|The One who Hangs|
said that the shuffling of the cards is the earth, and the pattering of
the cards is the rain, and the beating of the cards is the wind, and
the pointing of the cards is the fire. That’s of the four suits. But the
Greater Trumps, it’s said, are the meaning of all process and the
measure of the everlasting dance.”
I bought my first tarot deck when I was 12. I remember clearly going through all the decks they had and picking the one that spoke to me the most. When I took it home and unwrapped it, it had two of the cards that represented me at the time, the Page of Cups. That has been the way with decks I've owned, both tarot and oracle, they have often had a multiple card in them, one that represents me. In Pixie's deck
it is the Good Mother card (which my daughter always smiles when I draw), in Gaia deck
it is the Eternal Dance
and so it goes.
Lately the cards have been working much more closely with me, from my paintings ( the Fool
, the Death card
, the Empress
, the World
, the Moon
and the Hanged Man have all shown up in recent paintings) and journaling to explorations of myth and story, of archetypes and life paths.
At a Paris flea market last year I picked up an old book to journal in and it soon
became clear that it wanted to be my tarot art journaling exploration
book. It has become my favourite journal to work lately. The richness of merging words and images, symbols and archetypes- layering story upon story, weaving myths and cultures in dazzling ways. I'm always surprised, and yet not, about what shows up on these pages.
For instance it wasn't until I had finished the painting at the top "The One who Hangs", that I realised that I had her hanging from Yggdrasil, the mythic tree that holds Asgard home to many of the Norse gods and goddesses. She hangs over the Well of Urd whose depths hold many secrets of the Cosmos. And it all showed up mysteriously on my canvas, woven into the symbols of the One Who Hangs as she gazes within releasing stars to the Well. Who knew, I guess I knew, and the act of painting and exploring the cards this way is an adventure in re-membering that which is written on all our bones, our inner wisdom. The cards have so much to show me and I am loving this journey...
"Myths are so intimately bound to culture, time, and place that unless
the symbols, the metaphors, are kept alive by constant recreation
through the arts, the life just slips away from them." Joseph Campbell
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