Saturday, March 18, 2017

THE LOVERS (VI)

Original sketch for THE LOVERS (VI) in The Marker Tarot*


Closer to how THE LOVERS (VI) will appear in The Marker Tarot*


For comparison, THE LOVERS (VI) in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith (RSW) deck.


So, here we are at one of the most "popular" cards with the general public, THE LOVERS (VI). Back in the day when I was reading professionally, it often elicited positive responses of some sort from Tarot clients. (As opposed to those cards that generated the occasional hidden -- and sometimes not so hidden -- flinch when they would show up: Death or The Devil or The Hanged Man.) Yet in my readings for over 40 years for both others and myself, VI has often given me a troubling pause. Especially as it tends to be more about all sorts of choices that we are faced with in our lives rather than issues that are generated by romantic love. Well, I'll modify that and add that love does frequently enter the picture in all sorts of choices. "Nothing's a sure thing, baby, so play the game with most heart." I blush to say that that line in quotes is from one of my own dream poems. Essentially saying, you can't know the outcome for sure, so best to let love -- your heart -- guide your choice. And that puts me in mind of the idea that appears in VI lore: it's through the feminine (not necessarily female gender, but definitely feminine aspect) that we find our ways to Spirit. In the above Marker Tarot glyph, the Spirit would be the top arrow, the feminine on the left, and the masculine on the right. This is the arrangement on the well-known RWS version above. Of note here in the RWS version is that the male figure is looking toward the female, who's looking to the Angel who's sometimes interpreted as representing Spirit.

As often with these Marker Tarot posts, it's synchronistic this particular card would be up now. I have been faced with more huge and entangling inner world choices (and many times, the challenge to choose to simply accept what is) than I have been in years. It is good to be reminded that no matter how desperately lost I may be feeling or am, I need not always become some sort of well-armed, full time, furious warrior to wend my way back to the guiding light of Spirit. As the way in which Spirit calls to us can often be subtle and require us to yield, to be receptive, to be more yin than yang. And, not surprisingly, The Marker Tarot VI vaguely reminds me of that ancient Yin/Yang symbol.

The next Marker Tarot design will be THE CHARIOT (VII), a card I've never fully buddied up to. Maybe work with it here will bring me closer. In terms of the little story that's emerging within the Majors of the Tarot as I put them up here, VII can be seen as the Fool acting on/taking the choice(s) s/he's made out into the world in some concrete way.

*The other two decks I've got going are Roswila's Taiga Tarot (blog dedicated solely to the deck's designs), and Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal (you can search for "Found Tarot" at the top left of this blog; the photo/cards for The Found Tarot are salted betwixt and between all sorts of other posts).

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For the full details (history of and ideas behind this deck's designs) please see this blogs' first post, The Fool.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; and Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

Monday, January 23, 2017

THE HIEROPHANT (V)

Original sketch for THE HIEROPHANT (V) in The Marker Tarot



Closer to how THE HIEROPHANT (V) will appear in The Marker Tarot [Note: This is the sketch at the top of this post, with the Photoshop color inversion filter applied, followed by the glowing edges filter ... another design experiment along the way.]



For comparison, THE HIEROPHANT (V) in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck


As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, The Hierophant (V) was one of the most difficult Marker Tarot* designs to finalize. It was equally so in my Tactile Tarot (the deck that ultimately morphed into The Marker Tarot) and in my Taiga Tarot (see signature below for link to its blog). This is at least partly due to my identification with V as it's one card in my "family" of cards in the Tarot, as determined by methods such as numerology and astrology. And it's the primary card in my "family," as The Hierophant's number is five, and I'm a five by both name and birth date numerology. This identification can sometimes make me a bit doubtful about how I see V. Do I see it clearly, feel it deeply enough, or does my own reflection get in the way?

There are other possible reasons for my difficulty with its design but that's not what this post is about. Especially as I did finally decide on a design I like and resonate with. One that expands somewhat on The Hierophant in my Taiga Tarot, taking off from an old name for V: The Pope, or Pontiff, which word means "bridge builder." And that is a nicely graphic way to depict spiritual teaching, one of V's most commonly agreed upon central aspects. In a less exclusively spiritual context The Hierophant might be seen as honoring the human need to tell one's story to others. To be heard ... and in that way to touch and to be known.

Looking at the Tarot cards as representing a journey from birth onward, by the V one has come far enough along one's path to have stories separate and different from one's parental figures (III and IV, the previous cards). And this emergent individuality leads to choices that are often represented by the following card which I'll post next, The Lovers (VI). BTW, this little story I find emerging as I post The Marker Tarot cards is only one way the progression of the cards might be seen. I imagine many Tarot aficionados are inspired by the richness of the Tarot to see other stories.

*The other two decks I've got going are Roswila's Taiga Tarot (blog dedicated solely to the deck's designs), and Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal (you can search for "Found Tarot" at the top left of this blog; the photo/cards for The Found Tarot are salted betwixt and between all sorts of other posts).


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For the full details (history of and ideas behind this deck's designs) please see this blogs' first post, The Fool.


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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; and Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

THE EMPEROR (IV)

Yup, it's been over a year since I last posted to this blog. Nor have I done any work on The Marker Tarot designs in that time. Long story, but I'm now enthusiastically back to work on this deck. (The other two decks I've been sharing my designs for: The Taiga Tarot and The Found Tarot [links below in signature], will also have posts showing up for them again soon.)

As I said in November 2015, THE EMPEROR (IV) is the next card:

Original sketch for THE EMPEROR (IV) in The Marker Tarot



Closer to how THE EMPEROR (IV) will appear in The Marker Tarot



For comparison, THE EMPEROR (IV) in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck


I won't go into the details but it's synchronous that the first card as I start back on posting
from The Marker Tarot would be IV. The Emperor is often seen as the archetypal, and
sometimes personal, father. And father issues have been up in my life in a big way for some time now. As of this writing I'm getting (seeing) something I'd not gotten before about this card. It can say to examine in what ways some important father figure in one's life has determined how one views (sees) things. Some foundational way one may not even be all that aware of.

Although its more often shown up in the King of Wands, IV also addresses something
my life keeps urging me in various ways not to forget to do: be the father to myself that I never really had.

In a more general sense, I always get a chuckle out of the possibility of clairvoyance this card can represent. Maybe this ability is at least partly why He can seem so solid and calm. If one has a sense of what the future may bring, then what to do becomes much clearer and one can focus on action as opposed to worrying.

I'm also often struck by his protection of what The Empress (III) creates. Both maintaining/containing Her sometimes wild creative efforts and taking good care of them in the even wilder world.

The next card up will be THE HIEROPHANT (V). A design I had an especially hard time with, even as far back as the design I'd done for it in a deck for blind folk (which deck is at the roots of The Marker Tarot) and on a side trip, to the V in my Taiga Tarot. But I think I'm finally content with its design in The Marker Tarot that I'll be sharing here soon.

Footnote: The other two decks I've got going are Roswila's Taiga Tarot (blog dedicated solely to the deck's designs), and Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal (you can search for "Found Tarot" at the top left of this blog; the photo/cards for The Found Tarot are salted betwixt and between all sorts of other posts).


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For the full details (history of and ideas behind this deck's designs) please see this blogs' first post, The Fool
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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); and Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

Friday, November 13, 2015

THE EMPRESS (III)

Original sketch for THE EMPRESS (III) in The Marker Tarot


Closer to how THE EMPRESS (III) will appear in The Marker Tarot


For comparison, THE EMPRESS (III) in the well known Rider/Waite/Smith deck


Today's card in The Marker Tarot* is The Empress (III). I've kept noting as I've been doing other sorts of work at my computer, that today is Friday the 13th. And now find myself wondering if there's any connection I can possibly wring out of this to The Empress card. So far nothing has occurred to me. Especially as after I'd scanned in the above sketch I had the good fortune to realize a way I can easily further clean up these designs once they're on my computer. And that's a stroke of good luck, just the opposite of what a Friday the 13th might portend. Smile. (The way to further clean up these sketches? Just increase the contrast and decrease the midtones.)

But to The Empress: as I mentioned at the end of my previous post on The High Priestess, I have a rather neutral reaction to III when She shows up in readings. And getting out of that neutral response is often a challenge for me. Getting into gear and going someplace, anyplace at all with this card (and a couple others, such as The Magician) can be a struggle. Even The Marker Tarot design for III was one of the biggest challenges of the entire 78 Tarot cards. It took many months to get to what even felt somewhat close to a form that I liked. Then it took more time to become refined. I know that must sound silly with such a simple design. But that's the truth of it.

Now I'm trying to see how all this might relate to what I know about III. Hm, She's about Creative Imagination at heart. So maybe this struggle I've been referencing is one way in which creativity manifests. Yes, any birth (something else She often portends) is a lot of work to say the least, but well worth it.

Next up will be The Emperor (IV). His design was rather solid -- like the immovable old square that He can sometimes be -- from the start.

*The other two decks I've got going are Roswila's Taiga Tarot (blog dedicated solely to the deck's designs), and Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal (you can search for "Found Tarot" at the top left of this blog; the photo/cards for The Found Tarot are salted betwixt and between all sorts of other posts).

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For the full details (history of and ideas behind this deck's designs) please see this blogs' first post, The Fool.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

THE HIGH PRIESTESS

Original sketch for THE HIGH PRIESTESS (II) in The Marker Tarot


Closer to how THE HIGH PRIESTESS (II) will look in the final Marker Tarot


THE HIGH PRIESTESS (II) in the well-known Rider-Waite-Smith deck


So, moving right along, or in keeping with today's card it would be better to say "going with the flow," here's The High Priestess (II) in The Marker Tarot.* As I worked on this card I kept remembering that in some older decks She's called The Papess. And that if one thinks of an actual person as the source of this, there is a legend that there was once a female Pope, known as Pope Joan. Whether this is true or not, it adds even more possibilities to an already intriguing card with a far reach. Ultimately, though, what I come away with from any encounter with The High Priestess is the reminder that all the waters depicted anywhere else in The Tarot images are said to flow from the hem of Her robe. And that one might do well to deeply consider those subtle urgings and intuitions.

The High Priestess also tends to bring up memories of a dear friend of mine who died very young. She identified with this card as the initials of her first and middle names were B and J (the letters usually appearing on the pillars to either side of II, standing for Boaz and Jachin). Sometimes this recall prompts a later dream message from Brenda, and at other times just a sad but fond feeling.

Next up will be The Empress (III), a card I've oddly enough often had a rather neutral relationship with. When She shows in a reading I'm usually a little befuddled. She and The Magician have been alike in this way for me. Yet The Magician's Marker Tarot design popped quickly (see previous post). While The Empress's has gone through many reworkings.

*The other two decks I've got going are Roswila's Taiga Tarot (blog dedicated solely to the deck's designs), and Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal (you can search for "Found Tarot" at the top left of this blog; the photo/cards for The Found Tarot are salted betwixt and between all sorts of other posts).

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For the full details (history of and ideas behind this deck's designs) please see this blogs' first post, The Fool.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

THE MAGICIAN

Original sketch for The Magician (I)


Closer to how The Magician (I) will look in final version


The Magician (I) in the well-known Rider/Waite/Smith deck


OK, I've taken the leap and posted The Fool for my newest deck-in-progress (See Footnote re: two other decks in the works). So next in line is THE MAGICIAN (I).

As I've worked on this deck's designs there are some that have changed very little over the going on two years I've been at it. They were themselves from the giddyup. That's how it's been with this card, THE MAGICIAN. It's energy came through onto my drawing table (so to speak) early on in an orderly fashion and I have been quite content with it. The only changes I might make are in the styles of suit symbols (especially that of the sword). But it's entirely possible I won't, as details might crowd the picture. And, above almost anything else, it's plain and simple that I have been aiming for in this deck. (BTW, those dots at the top of the THE MAGICIAN card are the no longer relevant brailling. For the history on this see link below in the red font paragraph. These dots will not appear in the final card versions.)

I'm presently working my way through the Majors in THE MARKER TAROT, making changes in the cards as needed. Sometimes re-drawing the design if it's been over worked. I have been surprised to find out how fresh this project feels, even after gathering dust on my shelf for some time. Doing this work has also revivified my interest in my Taiga Tarot (a new card design will be up on that blog soon).

Next up in THE MARKER TAROT will be The High Priestess (II). She's prepared and waiting placidly in the wings.

Footnote: The other two decks I've got going are Roswila's Taiga Tarot (blog dedicated solely to the deck's designs), and Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal (you can search for "Found Tarot" at the top left of this blog; the photo/cards for The Found Tarot are salted betwixt and between all sorts of other posts).

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For the full details (history of and ideas behind this deck's designs) please see this blog's first post, The Fool.

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

INTRODUCING A NEW TAROT DECK IN PROGRESS, "The Marker Tarot," by Roswila (Patricia Kelly)

Actual working copy of design for The Fool in The Marker Tarot


Closer to how final version of The Marker Tarot Fool will look


For comparison: The Fool in the well known Rider/Waite/Smith Deck


It may seem strange to design yet another Tarot deck when I've already got two others in very slow progress (see links to "Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal/Found Tarot" & "The Taiga Tarot" in sidebar). But I must follow where the Muses lead. And for some time now they have been leading me back to the first deck I ever designed -- The Tactile Tarot: for the blind & visually impaired. A deck which I completed and produced in a rough but quite usable form, back around the turn of the century.

I kept only one copy of the three Tactile Tarot decks that I made. The cards for all three were cut from oak tag to approximately 4" X 5-1/2". A blind friend brailed the card names and numbers on the top edges. I drew the images on clear plastic sheets (made for this purpose for the blind) using a ball point pen, creating raised line drawings. I then taped the raised line drawings to the middles of the cards, and printed the names and numbers in black marker at all card bottom edges.

However, the Muses have not called me back to The Tactile Tarot as one for blind folk.  I gave up on that focus many years ago. (For details, see "A Note to ... Files" appended below.) What I found on following the Muses to my one remaining copy of The Tactile Tarot was that it began to resonate with ideas for a deck for the sighted, albeit in a very simple line drawing form. I was soon busily revising images right on the Tactile Tarot cards themselves, scribbling on fronts and backs, often taping newer designs over older ones. (You can just see a bit of The Tactile Tarot Fool card braille peeking out from the top edge of the first of The Marker Tarot Fool designs above.)

As I worked I also found I was returning to the earliest roots of the Tactile Tarot. I'd initially come to that earlier deck design process intending to make drawings that indicated the directions in which the energy is moving. This because I had been hoping to make the experience of the deck as kinetic as possible, since vision would not be in play. So at that time I settled on the idea of lines with arrows as a basic component of the raised line drawings. As I developed the deck, though, that idea got dropped in more and more of the card designs when I could not make it work to my own satisfaction. And many times where it did work for me, the resulting drawings were way too complicated for the finger tips of blind folk to make sense of. A design issue I became aware of via direct feedback from blind folk who reviewed my designs in raised line form as a I went along.

So here I am, many years later, coming back to that original idea and having a great good time of it. Drawing lines and arrows -- among other simple things -- to my heart's content for a new deck for the sighted, "The Marker Tarot." And in this process I have discovered what my more personal investment was in that initial idea of the directions in which energy is moving. It's part of a basic need of mine to simplify, to boil things down to important aspects, if you will. (Say I, nattering on at great length!) As I've done for years in my Taiga Tarot (a very simple drawing with a very small accompanying poem on each card), and in my study of haiku and the even smaller monoku forms of poetry.  I also discovered that I like The Marker Tarot more as black cards with white drawings and letters.  Something to do maybe with black representing that out of which all differentiation arises, including of course energies and directions. Also, black can be seen as the unknown surround through which we move and act.

About the name "The Marker Tarot": The word marker refers to how most of the sketches and all of the final designs, names, and numbers will be made: with a black marker. More importantly, a marker is used to indicate a position, place, or route (as arrows do). I'd like to think I'm designing a deck of markers, each pointing toward some essential aspect of a card. Like visual flag words.

And why a blog for "The Marker Tarot"? My hope is that it will keep me focused and energized. I hope to post the rough sketches of these cards in order, starting with the Majors, then each of the four suits. I'll also post the Rider/Waite/Smith version with each card for comparison. Since my usual wont is to get stuck along the way of large projects such as this, I'm hoping that having this blog to post to will keep me from getting mired for too long at any one point.

Now, in the spirit of The Fool above I will take the risk and publish this post. I do feel a wee tug at my heels, however, warning me not to expect too much from this leap. But how can a fool really know until she's jumped?

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Appendix: From "A Note To Tactile Tarot & Marker Tarot Files"
[excerpted and slightly expanded for this post's purposes]

"...The Tactile Tarot I had fully designed for blind folk no longer exists. (Though there are two draft complete copies out there somewhere, that I mailed years ago to blind folk.) ... Why I've scrapped The Tactile Tarot ... is rather complicated to explain. Suffice it to say, I don't think there's any real need for it. E.g., one blind man learned what all the traditional card images and meanings were; brailled the names and numbers on a regular deck; and did excellent professional readings that way. Another blind man expressed interest in my deck only to compare it unfavorably to his own ideas for one. And I think that's the truth of it. It just might be best if blind folk were to design their own unique deck(s). Especially as I learned in the designing process that there are other differences in perception between the blind and the sighted than just the lack or presence of vision. Vision organizes ways of perceiving and understanding that sometimes don't come across via fingertips without a great deal of explanation. And, vice versa.

I hasten to add that blind folk are as capable as any other people of grasping the concepts embedded in the Tarot images. What I'm addressing is that they are embedded in the visual. And, of course, in the case of The Tactile Tarot in my -- of necessity -- greatly reduced versions of those visual images. To boot, I often suspected over the years in which I shared my Tactile Tarot designs with various blind folk that I was not really grasping unique ways in which they perceive; and how and what meanings get communicated, especially for people who are blind from birth.

Since Tarot is first and foremost a visual system, all of this gives me great and permanent pause on going any further with a Tarot deck for the blind. Though it has been a journey I've been delighted to take. I learned a great deal about Tarot. I also learned about the world of some of the blind folk with whom I shared and discussed my designs. I thank them all."

[end of note to files]

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'til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot, in whatever forms it comes to you,





[aka: Patricia Kelly]
****If you wish to copy or use any of my writing, please email me for permission (under "View my complete profile")**** SEE ALSO: United Haiku and Tanka Society (UHTS) (charter member); Roswila's Dream & Poetry Realm for Tarot poetry; Roswila's Tarot Gallery & Journal; Roswila's Taiga Tarot for taiga (illustrated tanka); Trying to Hold A Box of Light for digital photos only.