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Tarot Card of the Day: The Emperor

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Had a reunion with my tarot cards and I laughed. The Emperor is ALWAYS watching over my shoulder, urging me on to find strength and order in my life. He makes himself known.

1 Tarot Deck Down. A Lifetime Of Learning To Go!


The Emperor had made  a few appearances in my readings recently; I guess he took a break today. Maybe this reading was a bit too on the emotional side for him (Ace of Cups and The Moon?! No thank you!); so he wanted to step away. But even though he’s not there, I can still feel his presence; like he’s just peeking over my shoulder, pointing to each of the cards and pushing at me to take charge of things. Sigh 😛 Maybe he sent the Magician in his place in the reading instead… The Magician is kind of staring at me with this look that says, “hey, this is serious. Stay focused!”

Even though the Animism Tarot is complete, I feel like I’m still at the start of the road when it comes to actual tarot reading. And even though I can pull out cards that I’ve actually designed myself, I still continue to go, “hmm, what the heck can that mean?!” when it comes to applying the images to the questions that I have. Reading is a whole other ballpark; I’m no longer drawing and painting, but trying to see things in a different light and writing down notes and readings in my tarot journal (or rather, my stack of lined sheets of paper that’s usually a mess.) But it’s definitely been an interesting road so far, and it’s surprising the kind of insight I can find when it comes from my own pictures. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that this deck is real. I better not wake up and find that this has all been a dream, or I’ll be so mad!

The Emperor Tarot: Komodo Dragon, the Yang

The Emperor and The Empress. I wanted some powerful contenders for the major arcana tarots, especially for The Empress and The Emperor. I felt that I could perhaps create a balance and connection between the two. I quickly became inspired by the symbolism of tattoo art, and the image of a tiger and a dragon coming together in a partnership. Of course, I didn’t want to paint an actual dragon; I didn’t want to dive into mythological animals for this tarot. So instead, I thought of the tiger for The Empress, and the komodo dragon for The Emperor. I wanted each card to be able to stand on its own, but created a link between the two. The Empress stands  at the base of a waterfall, looking up, and The Emperor at the top of the waterfall, comes down. I think it worked out in the end.

Project 365: Day 204: Komodo Dragon in Progress

Day 204 – Komodo dragon in the making

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