Friday, 11 May 2018

Tarot In Art | Igor Makarevish | Majors Only

Golly, this is one for those with very deep pockets!  A set of 23 tarot cards (all the Majors plus a Significator, possibly?) that are up for sale at the moment here.

This collection of cards is called The Makarevich Tarot.  The lot also comprises of a cover sheet and are presented in a silk covered hard case, each mounted on paper; 14 signed, some with initials, and nine dated 1994 and one 1995.

Each card ink and watercolour, and cover sheet ΕΎ ink on paper, 22 cards measuring approximately 20 by 13 cm, one 21 by 17 cm, and cover sheet 12 by 15 cm (each image size).

The present owner acquired the cards directly from the artist in 1998.

Sit down for this one:  They are expected to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000! 

The cards are by Georgian-born Igor Makarevich (born 1943 - still with us!).  Makarevich is a photographer and conceptual artist who studied at Moscow Art School as well as the Moscow Institute of Cinematography 
and in 2012 was awarded for "the Creative Contribution to the Development of the Contemporary Art".

Lives and works in Moscow.

Auction date is 6 June. 

So, start saving up!

Monday, 7 May 2018

XVI The Tower | The Court Cards

We all have roles that we play in life - child, sibling, friend, lover, partner, parent, colleague, boss, grand-parent, high priestess ....  hey, it's your life, your roles :)

Whether we are anchorite nuns, mothers of millions, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies,  we will all experience, God help us, that lightning strike that leaves us shattered like a broken mirror.

Most often we associate this colossal blow with personal disasters such as the death of a loved one; an incident that leaves us cored, without a centre, without the familiar roles that anchored us to our lives so securely.

The tarot card that illustrates this collapse of ourselves is The Tower.

We build a tower for ourselves in life out of all these roles.  Each brick builds the tower walls thicker and higher. 

Sometimes the tower that we unconsciously create is a restrictive prison - how fed up are you at returning to the family home to slot straight back into the role of 'rebellious teen' and you're nearly 55? Just me?!

Sometimes we nestle inside, secure and hidden behind this enormous facade that we have built - it can protect us.  We're safe here from The Big Bad Wolf.  He can huff and puff as much as he likes, but he's never blowing down these walls.

But of course, he does.

Because they were never really bricks and they were never mortared in place with anything other than our relationships -with outselves and with others.

The bricks tumble and fall and our view of ourselves - and sometimes the way the world views us too - is forever altered.

The number of The Tower in the tarot deck is 16 and we have 16 court cards in the deck. Yes, it's just a co-incidence but humour me and stick with it for a couple of moments.

For me, all the bricks in the Tower are the court cards.  They are all the different faces that we show to the world.   The caring Queen of Cups sits alongside the enthusiastic student Page of Swords.  Of course, some bricks will be bigger and more important than others.  If you are the Head of the IMF, your Pentacles Court bricks will be GINORMOUS and maybe those Cups bricks are reduced to nothing more than some pebbles in the mortar.

Suddenly the lightning bolt strikes and the whole edifice falls apart.  Well, that's got to be the end of the world, right?

But I put it to you that while it is the end of ONE world, it also offers up a brand new opportunity to step into a new one.  One where the bricks are in a different order, perhaps with a different priority.

The lightning strike can illuminate you and awaken you to new possibilities. 

You can consciously build yourself a NEW Tower.  One that better reflects who you are NOW. 

And, over time, THAT tower will also tumble and we will take our bricks and begin again.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Beltane Tarot Blog Hop | What Lesson Can I Teach The World? |

Photo of Ganesha by Jose Luis Sanchez Pereyra on Unsplash
Lord Ganesha
Blessed Beltane to you! May the coming 12 months be fertile and fecund in whichever ways you need them to be!  You have either stumbled here fortuitously or come from the Sacred Healing blog or the Willow Path blog - whichever path you walked to get here - sit down, you are very welcome here at Tarot Thrones.

So, our challenge for this Beltane hop is to wax lyrical about the 'Lesson I Can Teach The World'.  Reader, I trawled through the archives of my life looking for some profound and enriching gem to share with you, but could only come up with:

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