Tuesday, October 26, 2004
All work copyright - please ask us first if you want to use it in any way. Finally done! I have sent this in to the forum, but thought it would be nice to show it here - and at better resolution. It's great to use this image in some form. We worked on it for a ridiculously long time originally (the actual panel is significantly different so needed a lot of work to change it but still make it look and feel authentic) and intended it for Tarot of Prague. But we didn't use it in the end (most final Tarot of Prague cards went through at least three or four versions - which at the time was a hard process). But I always loved the basic theme of the women, lions and wands - so at last it takes on a life of its own.
Three women stride out, each holding a wand wrapped lavishly in rich green leaves. By their sides walk two lions. The picture is one of calm and confidence - these women know where they are going.
Above this scene is a decorated panel with many elements including baskets filled with the fruits of harvest. In the centre is a picture of three tree trunks intertwining, while in their leaves there are two doves.
Confidence and the ability to be visionary about what you want to achieve sometimes requires strength - the strength that the juxtaposition of woman and lion immediately reminds us of. But it can also take a gentle determination as well. The ability to see opportunities in a broad context and to make things happen does not mean that you should be aggressive. The more peaceful approach that the doves symbolise may actually take you much further.
The fact that we used an Egyptian theme in this card is in some ways simple serendipity - we love these ceramic panels, which catch a style that is somewhere between Art Nouveau and Art Deco - a time when Egyptian themes were particularly loved. However, the Egyptian reference is also one that immediately reverberates with many images that most of us now associate with tarot. So somewhere in this card, Thoth may perhaps be present as a benign influence?
Looking to the next stage with self-assurance, good planning and a sense that anything is possible. Walk forward with calm confidence - you'll succeed.
Adapted from a set of tiles photographed (actually for Tarot of Prague orginally) at the Cafe Imperial (which may have a certain ironic aptness to this card?) in Prague''s "New Town" district. We had to do very considerable redrawing of women and lions in order to show three women - without distorting or changing the two lions, this was by far the hardnest part of the card technically. The panel above is less changed but did need to be redrawn to show three tree trunks. We also changed colours both for stylistic consistency and also to make it more obvious that these are while doves - symbols of peace.
All photographs are ours - in this case they were great fun to do as we had a steady stream of people going in and out of the cafe curiously watching proceedings!
Sunday, October 17, 2004
(cross-posted to See of Logos community) We've begun to work in earnest on See of Logos imagery. This isn't a sketch, it's just a piece that we may use - but it gives a good flavour of the deck I think. (reminder that all work is copyright - and all that stuff)