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.
I put this all together, similar to the RWS Three of Pentacles, under an arch, but with three six-pointed stars it reflects the Hermetic “as above, so below” adage. The idea is that the collaboration of the Three of Pentacles can be spiritual AND material. >>>>>
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 & engravings, I seek out images that fit intuitively & functionally with the collages 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. This is often a magical merging of serendipity, intention, and intuition.
It can be challenging to find the “right” images for the cards. But when I do, there’s a feeling, a deep knowing. >>>>>
We've entered Leo Season (Strength energies) today. I’m exploring the 1st decan of Leo in the Minor Arcana. Leo I is associated with the Five of Wands, which starts today and ends August 1st. Put the Five of Wands on your altar or reading table during this time to see how it shows up for you.
The Five of Wands can reflect anything from disputes to competition. Because this card is considered the “Lord of Strife” we can see struggle between two or more parties, but it does not necessarily have to be negative, as we can look at this as friendly competition and sportsmanship, if we come at it with a shift in perspective.
When we look at the astrology in the Five of Wands, Saturn in Leo is not harmonious, which is why we often see disputes with the Five of Wands, “Lord of Strife.” Saturn is restrictive & stern and Leo is creative & warm, but both can express control. >>>>>
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I hope you all have a nice weekend!
Yesterday, we entered the third decan of Cancer, represented by the Four of Cups—the Moon in Cancer decan. The High Priestess (Moon) and Chariot (Cancer-ruled).
The original Golden Dawn title for the Four of Cups is The Lord of Blended Pleasure.
Four of Cups can bring up feelings of boredom, apathy and discontent in one's life. As we see in the RWS Cups Four, an angelic hand reaches out to show the young person the bounty that sits right in front of them. But, they don't even notice the miracle of this divine hand. >>>>>
The 2nd edition Lua Tarot and Divine Muses Oracle orders are now making their way to their new homes! Thank you so much for your generous support of these decks!
It looks like a lot of work, and it was. But, it was kind of fun to pack them up. You get into a groove and it all becomes a working meditation. I was listening to music and infusing your packages with gratitude and blessings.
If you placed an order last night and today, I will start working on those this evening. I just need to catch my breath. Next batch of orders will go to the post office tomorrow.
If you’re interested, there are still a few Lua Lenormand "miscut" gifts available with a Lua Tarot order.
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Decks have landed! I have some organizing to do, but orders will open for both the Lua Tarot and Divine Muses Oracle decks this Friday July 9th, on the New Moon, which is a Cazimi Moon!
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It’s amazing that both of the decks arrived at the same time! Making this an unintentional double release of these second editions.
I released my first deck almost 8 years ago now and I’m constantly amazed by the support there is for deck creators. Thank you for following my work and supporting my self-published creations.
We've entered Cancer II, the decan of the Three of Cups tarot card that lasts from July 1st - July 11.
This is the Lord of Abundance card, associated with Mercury in Cancer—and the Magician (Mercury ruled tarot card) and the Chariot (Cancer ruled tarot card).
Three of Cups is a card of celebration, friendship, community, creativity, fun, and abundance.
Consider how this energy may reveal itself to you in the next 10 days. Is it showing up for you yet? How does it want to be expressed? How does the Magician and the Chariot cards come into play? These cards will reflect the macrocosmic energies, while the Three of Cups shows the micro.
For me, these cards are reflecting my wanting to connect with the magical friendships and community that I celebrate. I need to get out and connect, dance, and play with the people I adore and want to toast. Abundance is found in these connections. Cheers to you all, magic ones!
I'm inspired to do a "decan walk" since I've been reading 36 Secrets by Susie Chang. I hope to post more of these.
Cards are the Lua Tarot on top of the Antiquarian Tarot large size.
Catching up on some reading during my staycation! 36 Secrets, A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot by Susie Chang is an incredible work, which she says was inspired by astrologer Austin Coppock’s 36 Faces, but here she focuses on the astrological decans that were assigned to the tarot’s Minor Arcana by the Golden Dawn.
In the book, Susie explores her one year “decan walk” of the Minor Arcana tarot cards. I haven’t seen this subject tackled like this before and I’m really loving it and inspired to do my own decan walk. I'll try to share if I do.
I highly recommend this to intermediate tarot students and beyond if you're interested in learning astrology connected to the Minors.
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Maree Bento is an 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 deepening her astrology studies the last few years, after a years-long hobby interest in the subject.
Maree was 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 inspires her present approach to tarot, creativity, ritual, and divination.
She loves traveling, especially to her ancestral homeland, the Azores, and has been relearning her mother tongue. She enjoys connecting with family, friends, & animals, She lives in Portland with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante where they hike rain or shine.
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