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.
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.