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Art Project or Spell?

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It’s that time again, when tarot bloggers from around the globe challenge themselves to follow the suggestions of our wrangler, and create a blog post as part of the Tarot Blog Hop.  This Summer Solstice, Morgan Drake Eckstein gave us the fun prompt to create a tarot card in “junk mail” style.  He called it: a “Tarot art project for non-artists.”  I was sold 😀

The idea was to use visuals gleaned from junk mail, or its equivalent, to make a meaningful card.  While I’m not sure Google quite counts as junk, it’s true that there are images galore out there, which wouldn’t impinge on our consciousness unless we had a specific reason to dig through them.  I figure that’s close enough 🙂

Straight away, I knew which card I wanted to create.  While it’s not big or brash or important, the Four of Swords is a card that speaks to me at the moment.

It is a card of a retreat from the everyday, of taking a break in order to be ready to carry on with life thereafter.  And as a rather exhausted mother of an exceedingly active toddler who is up shortly after 4am every day at the moment, I certainly need to make the most of those little rests I can grab between school runs and laundry, food prep and playtime.

In that sense, I see the creation of this card as more than just an art project for a blog hop.  It was, in itself, one of those times out of the mundane.  As the saying goes, “A change is as good as a break.”  And doing something creative unrelated to my normal tasks is a way of nurturing myself, of shifting my state of mind.

As such, it is a spell of sorts.  Focusing on the idea of a mental holiday is, in itself, a mental holiday.  And acknowledging the importance of this kind of self-care, and actually doing it, is a way of drawing that energy into my life more.

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Radiant Rider Waite in a Tin (U.S. Games, 2016), used with permission from U.S. Games.

On top of that, I have incorporated the visual from the Four of Swords into a couple of tarot spells to help with insomnia or other sleep issues.  For instance, a nice one is the Nine of Swords for the issue to resolve, the Four of Swords for the desired outcome, and then drawing a card at random for the best way forward at this time…  For me, the Wheel of Fortune came up: make the best of the current moment through cultivating inner calm; and know that this too shall pass 😉

As for the image I created, in the traditional RWS image we see a Knight in a church, resting before (or maybe after) a battle.  Some people wonder if he is alive or dead – could he be a sepulchral statue rather than a real person?

Trying to bring this into a modern perspective, I thought of savasana (corpse pose).  This relaxation pose at the end of a yoga class is both a rest after exertion and recuperation before heading back into regular life: work, family, whatever.

And so, I found images of four figures in savasana.  I couldn’t resist the last one: sometimes I feel dog tired, and who doesn’t get a little boost from a cute squee?!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little meander away from the realities of life.  And that you’ll keep on hopping, discovering more perspectives and artistic offerings.

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21 Responses to “Art Project or Spell?”

  • Brilliant idea using the Four of Wand. I do love the image but the puppy at the end just seals the deal. I ended up going through my stock pile to create mine because I have such tight filters, Didn’t know about Tarot Spells what a curious concept, I always learn things on these hops 🙂

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  • Love this! Great to see the puppy taking a break in the corpse pose rather than his usual downward dog! 😀

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  • 😀 Hahahaha, what an awesome idea, Savasan as 4 of Swords, I love it a lot, especially wiht the dog, of course! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Boglarka! And yes, the puppy was just too cute to leave out – dog tired 😉

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    • Well, they do say a change is as good as a break 😉 And I find meditating is great for that kind of mental rest, too, which I’m sure you’ve noticed, Bev!

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  • LOL I shall always think of this as the Pooped Pooch Pose from now 😀 I could do with a little 4 of Swords myself sometimes. as regards insomnia, I find that listening to audiobooks on my iPod often sends me off nicely, though they can’t be too gripping and ideally ones I’ve listened to before so I don’t lose the plot 😀

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    • Ha ha, excellent name, Ania 😀 My problem with audiobooks is that I often wake up when they stop talking… To each their own, glad it works for you!

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  • Aisling the Bard

    I also do Tarot Spells but you’ve given me a new perspective here, and I am contemplating a new approach. And love the four of resting yoga, published on international yoga day…now I need to go and lie down! 🙂

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    • Isn’t it great to find a new viewpoint, now and again. Sometimes just a small tweak makes a big difference to your perception of something. And would you believe, I hadn’t twigged to the International Yoga Day?! 😀

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  • Anonymous

    Doggiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! <3 so sweet!

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  • Chloe your card is so cute! Well, I suppose the humans are not as cute as that yoga puppy 😉 It’s a lovely take on the 4 of Swords. That is also a card I really like a lot – as busy mothers those lulls and quiet moments are so valuable.

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  • Yay! I love it! The 4 of Swords is one of my all time favorite cards. Gotta give the mind a BREAK! I really like your spell idea too, I can see lots of uses for the concept. 1. what’s happening 3. what you want to happen 2. how to get from 1 to 3. Thanks!

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  • Pooped pooch pose is now a firm favourite! Great concept… and thanks for sharing the tarot spell 🙂

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