Shadowscapes Tarot Artist Notes

During the creation of Shadowscapes Tarot, the Major Arcana was easy to create, in terms of imagery and motivation. The archetypes of the Majors are enticing to any artist, imbued as they are with the collective subconscious of meaning, and familiar to even those who know little or nothing of Tarot. “Death,” “The Tower,” “The Empress”…each of these conjures a host of ready visual associations and metaphors just from hearing the name alone.

The Minor Arcana was much harder. A number and a suit: how to create meaning from something that seems random? How to motivate myself artistically to not hold back, but to pour everything I have within me into each card? It would be a shame to have created a body of work I was proud of in the Major Arcana, and then to fall short when coming to the rest of the deck.

Ace of SwordsI decided on one thing immediately. Just as I had done with the Major Arcana, I would proceed with the cards in order. Aces first, twos, threes, etc. By not allowing myself to skip ahead to what might be perceived as the “fun” images, I forced my mind to look into each card to find the meaning in it, to seek out its unique beauty, and to determine how it intersected with my life experiences and personal symbology.

After having come to this decision, I was surprised at how well it worked. I suppose that should not have been unexpected, for the popularity of the tarot and the fact that it has lasted and is so ageless is because the meanings of the cards span the whole of the human experience. If a single card is isolated, and one digs deep enough into the soul, there is bound to be some connection that one finds to what that card signifies. As a result, the journey of creating the deck felt like an extended exercise in meditation, spanning the four and a half years it took to complete the project.

At times during the journey, it felt like purest synchronicity the way inspiration would present itself as I approached a card. Or perhaps it was as I have said: that the connections are all there in our lives, only needing the moment of meditation to comprehend how that puzzle piece fits into the weaving. These links always exist, but they are not recognized as such until they are actively searched for. [Read more…]

Beneath the Below is a River – Wendy Rule Dives Deep

Beneath the Below CD Cover

Beneath the Below CD:

Here’s how it begins . . . a movie soundtrack and two musicians reaching for deep and ethereal, an otherworldly fantasy about a Moth Boy; a film which lent itself to dark and dreamy audio visions. Beneath the Below is a River began life as a collaborative soundtrack to the short film ‘Hugo’, directed by Nicholas Verso. Wendy and collaborator Craig Patterson were so pleased with the outcome of the soundtrack that they expanded it into a full length album.

This is not the first time Wendy has created ambient music. Although all of her CDs have some of that soundtrack quality, she worked to create almost theatrically faerie atmosphere in Deep Within the Faerie Forest–a collaboration with Gary Stadler. But that does not make these CDs twins, like so many of the ambient titles out there. Where the Faerie Forest is light and uplifting, Beneath the Below resonates like a waking dream and draws you back down into the underworld to explore further.

In fact, any artist or writer would find this music makes a great background for the creative process. It would probably also be amazing to have in the background of a Tarot Reading.  Imagine a room with dark velvet drapery, red wine and frankincense and add Beneath the Below is a River, and you have a modern, sophisticated Goth Salon…  Listen to mp3 samples

Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Legacy of the Divine Book & Deck

Legacy of the Divine Book & Deck

From the artist who created the best-selling Guilded Tarot, Ciro Marchetti,  comes a wondrous new vision of the archetypes and symbols which make the Tarot such a powerful tool for exploration.  While remaining true to the classic Rider-Waite Tarot deck, Marchetti creates a myth of a legacy from ages past to cast a new light on both the Tarot and the power of dreams.  The Legacy of the Divine Tarot was first available only in a limited edition version, which dazzled and stunned even the most jaded tarot enthusiast, but is now available to a broader audience in a kit. The Legacy of the Divine Tarot kit includes a 78-card deck, a 312-page book, and a black organdy bag.

This deck has been massively anticipated, partly because the artists says it will be his final deck, but largely due to the trailers.  That’s right, there are YouTube videos out for the deck, but that’s not all, Marchetti is creating an amazing interactive web site which will enchant any art enthusiast, let alone Tarot enthusiast. I need to say that these interactive resources are not just gimmicks, but clearly an expansion of the passionate vision which gave birth to this deck. Absolutely stunning:


Legacy of the Divine on YouTube

You don’t need to see the video in order to understand the cards, though. The companion guidebook, Gateway to the Divine Tarot, presents the author’s interpretation of each card’s significance, including the fantastic back-story, along with additional perspectives from experts in the tarot community, including Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone, James Ricklef, and Leisa ReFalo. Just to give you a taste . . .

“The Blind Ones had told of its coming, that which would bring about our destruction. No one doubted their wisdom, and we neither feared nor questioned their reason. We understood that we were, ourselves, of the stars, and our existence in this form is but an instant in eternity. We would cease to be part of the universe. But we lamented nonetheless.” – From the companion book to the Legacy of the Divine Tarot (Gateway to the Divine Tarot)

For some people, like me, you just won’t be satisfied without seeing the actual card images. Here are some of the incredible images in this gallery here: