Card 1: The Magician

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My magician has movement. Because for me he is all about energy and action. He makes things happen.

The Magician is a big Yes. He has all of the tools he wants to bring the changes he needs.

You can see in the painting a sword, a pentacle, a cup and a wand. The four suits of the tarot. This means that the Magician can utilise all of these different energies as he sees fit.

The lemniscate or infinity sign on top of his head symbolizes the perpetual movement that he is. There is always something brewing with the Magician. There is also the boundless exchange of energy: As above, so bellow.

The Magician reminds us to stop making excuses. We already have all that we need to conjure the future that we need.

Johanne

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Card 0: The Fool

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It all starts with The Fool.

In my version, the Fool is embracing the sun on top of a cliff, with her best friend, her dog, next to her. My Fool is painted abstractly, because this was the second painting I did in the series, and I thought that I wanted to paint abstractly. That’s going to change quickly.

When I painted her, I wanted to capture the exuberance of her. Of her silliness and courageousness in thinking that everything is possible, if you only take the risk.

Her dog symbolizes her instincts. This is an important part of the Fool. Instincts are what makes you act quickly, without thoughts muddling the whole thing.

The dog in the painting has more substance that the Fool herself. She is more gut feelings and action than thoughts. With a big dose of naiveté.

This is how I see the Fool: The whole world is calling her, and she is ready to jump right in.

Johanne

My tarot painting project

IMG_3121I’ve started painting again.

My love of tarot has gotten me out of my painting dry spell. After years of being busy with the kids, it was time to do something fun, just for me.

That, for me, means painting with acrylics.

I’ve decided to paint my very own tarot deck. Just for me, just for fun. I never thought I’d get this far, but I’m about 20 away from finishing the complete deck of 78 cards.

I was thinking of a way I could share the painting process with you, so here I am. I’m going to post each tarot card painting, and explain a bit my thoughts on them.

My dream would be to be able to print them out and use these paintings as my own tarot deck. I’ll find a way. I need to be able to shuffle these colours and feelings in my hands.

I hope you’ll join me in this journey.

Johanne