Today's Lua Tarot “In the Card” description: The Chariot.
The charioteer is a Martinique woman wearing Madras headdress and a beautifully embroidered dress. As I’ve written before, many of these 19th century images are often unidentified and include captions like, “Martinique Madras.” This portrait came from a book about the French Antilles.
The horses are from a British children’s weekly called Chatterbox. The original image depicted one horse actualIy, so I digitally added the other horse to reflect the RWS Chariot. Though here, they are black and white horses to represent the opposing forces, which the charioteer harnesses to propel herself forward with her purpose.
The Three of Coins shows two men singing the Gregorian Chant, an abbot who is stroking his chin, a six-pointed star from an architectural feature that I multiplied into the three that you see, and an arched hallway.
Sometimes these images are from an accompanying story, so there isn't a representation of someone specific. Quite a few of the people in the Lua Tarot are anonymous or unidentified, like this abbot. All that is identified about the other two people in the collage is that they are doing a Gregorian Chant.
Discovering the people in the Lua Tarot. This is not Jesus. I know he looks like him, but this is from a photograph of a Persian man from the late 1870s. (That’s a laurel wreath on his head.)
As a deck creator, particularly one who excavates 19th century photographs and engravings, I seek out images that fit intuitively and functionally with the collages that I create.
It’s hard to explain, but there’s a whole process. I get into a “space” for the card I’m designing and open to a particular flow of creativity.
Lord of Prudence. “In the shade of an old tree, a carpenter is refining his pieces for his project. He guides the planer with focus and care.
The Eight of Coins is the artisan card and shows someone who is working happily to improve their craft. It affirms an emerging talent and ability to work alone in a craft or business venture with great skill and self discipline.
This card is affirming the power of fine-tuning your technique and bringing attention to detail. Meticulous repetition can be boring but it’s with constant rehashing that one improves their skills. It’s what elevates one from the serious student to the master.”
Text and Eight of Coins from the new Lua Tarot deck.
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Finished my 58th card from the Lua Tarot. I have 20 left to go! The Two of Coins card meaning is about balance, grace, harmonious change, and fluctuation. The following is an excerpt from the Lua Tarot booklet:
“A flamenco dancer plays her castanets with graceful poise while ships navigate a tumultuous sea behind her, representing the ups and downs in life.
This card shows the skillful balance of taking on multiple projects at a time. It requires flexibility, grace, & an ability to go with the flow while being adaptable to changes. There’s an air of enjoyment in these projects, and multi-tasking skill.
This card may be asking us to limit our choices in order to maintain balance. There’s only so much we can cram into a day. The Two of Coins card may also be saying that our work or money situation is ebbing & flowing. There is fluctuation, profit & loss, which is expected, but try to stay positive and focused on solutions.”
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a professional tarot reader and veteran deck creator born under a Sagittarius Sun with a Libra Rising & Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena. She's been stepping up her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 17 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts deepened her intuitive abilities and inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves to travel and enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals. She lives in Pacific NW U.S.A. with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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