Posts Tagged ‘Justice

12
Dec
08

Jasniak Tarot

The Jasniak Tarot (also referred to as the Jasniak Color Tarot) is a kaleidoscopic beauty of a deck published in Poland in 1998.  The author/designer is Aleksandra Jaśniak, and the artist is either Anna Galuszka (per the box cover) or Longin Szmyd (per the preface to the accompanying 300-page book).  The artwork is crisp and expressive with a sharp graphic style, and there is a liberal use of vivid almost psychedelic colors, patterns, and shapes throughout the deck.

The imagery in the majors has some subtle hints to Marseilles themes, yet with a modern aesthetic.  The images often expand just beyond the background frames and titles, providing a dynamic yet subtle effect.

The court cards are exotic (and somewhat erotic) characters, arrayed in fantastic robes or intricate armor.  The minors are non-scenic yet energetic arrangements of the suit symbols, pulsating with psychotropic patterns.

Here are some of my favorite cards.  There are so many cool cards in this deck, it was difficult to select just a few.  Tune in and turn on!

Major Arcana:

Jasniak Tarot - Empress and Justice

Jasniak Tarot - Empress and Justice

Jasniak Tarot - Hermit and Devil

Jasniak Tarot - Hermit and Devil

Court Cards:

Jasniak Tarot - Queen of Wands and Knight of Cups

Minor Arcana:

Jasniak Tarot - 2 of Cups and 3 of Swords

Jasniak Tarot - 2 of Cups and 3 of Swords

Jasniak Tarot - 6 of Coins and 9 of Wands

Jasniak Tarot - 6 of Coins and 9 of Wands

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08
Dec
08

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów

Continuing my exploration of uncommon and noteworthy Tarot treasures, the Tarot Czterech Żywiołów (or Tarot of the Four Elements) is an intriguing Polish deck published in 2000 by Janusza Wieloboba (writer) and Amos (artist).

The imagery on many of the cards is reminiscent of the Crowley/Harris Thoth deck. An interesting “twist” on the Court cards are figures depicting both the upright and reversed meanings.  There are also some small scenes or figures on the bottom of several of the Major Arcana cards which provide additional hints to the nuances of the card’s energies.

The cards are quite small (92 x 56 mm, 3 10/16 x 2 3/16 inches), and although that makes it a good travel deck I wish there was a larger version so that the expressive artwork could be better viewed.  I recommend having a magnifier handy when viewing this deck to gaze more deeply into its magickal charms.

Here are some sample cards (slightly enlarged):

Chariot and Justice, showing influences of the Crowley’Harris Thoth cards.  Also note the small figures on the bottom of the card which embellish the cards reversed meanings;  the Chariot reversed meaning is Waywardness (the trampled knight under the horses), and Justice reversed meaning is Savagery (the combative figures).

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Chariot & Justice

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Chariot & Justice

The Princess of Cups has an upright meaning of “Trust” and a reversed meaning of “Envy”; on the reversed image she is choking the swan!  The Prince of Disks (which once again shows the influence from the Thoth deck) has a upright meaning of “Heavy Work” and reversed meaning of Phobia; the reversed Prince seems tired of that heavy work and appears to be taking a nap.

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Princess of Cups & Prince of Coins

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Princess of Cups & Prince of Coins

The Ace of Swords is quite similar to the Thoth Ace of Swords, and the 8 of Wands displays a very energetic arrangement.

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Ace of Swords and 8 of Wands

Tarot Czterech Żywiołów - Ace of Swords and 8 of Wands

The Tarot Czterech Żywiołów is a fascinating (but hard to find) deck.  You may be able to find it from the Tarot Garden.  It is worth the search.

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06
Jan
08

Traumzeit-Tarot

It’s wonderful to see Tarot continuing to be an evolving artform and platform for exploring and expressing personal visions.  Like jazz music, Tarot artists can use an established structure or theme as a platform for exploring creative riffs, letting the vibes take them into personal improvisations and expressions.

A nice example of this is the Traumzeit-Tarot, a new deck by German artist Stefan Beckhusen.  The Traumzeit has hints of the Crowley/Harris Thoth deck, particularly in the minor arcana, as well as influences from the Marseilles and Waite/Smith traditions, yet is infused with the personal energy,  perspectives, and motivations of the artist.

One of my favorite cards of the deck that leaped out to me was XX: Gericht, or Court (as translated by Google).  Traditionally this card is titled Judgement, or Last Judgement.  The keywords for this card are:  Selbstschau, der Lebensfilm, which translates to: Self-review, the life film.

Traumzeit_Judgement

Here the Seeker has come to the end of their journey.  The book of their life lies open before them, and the heavenly horns are blaring as if to announce:  Wake Up!  It’s time to assess where you’ve been, and where you are going.

A demon-like figure huddles on the left, and an open chest is on the right from which floats particles of light.  These may represent the dark and the light experiences that the Seeker has encountered on their journey through life.  The particles of Light rise towards the book, indicating that the Seeker has chosen the Light over the Darkness.  The two angels at the top of the card point the way towards the heavens, towards the next destination on the Seeker’s evolutionary journey.

In our lives, there is often darkness and we feel trapped by the machinations of the world and despondent of our failings.  Yet, it is through confronting those demons that we come to know their opposite, the Light.

Here are some additional cards from the Traumseit-Tarot, showing Beckhusen’s space/jazz riffs on archetypal Tarot themes:

Major arcana:
Tramuzeit-Tarot - Majors

Minor arcana:
Tramuzeit-Tarot, Minors

Courts:
Traumzeit-Tarot, courts

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05
Dec
07

Sol Invictus: The God Tarot

Sol Invictus: The God Tarot is a recently released deck by Kim Huggens and Nic Phillips, printed by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.. It very effectively combines powerful images inspired by a wide range of diverse mythologies, crisp and accesible artwork, and in-depth and interesting research.

This is not a casual deck.  This is a deck for pondering, reflection, and insights, card by card.  The accompanying 254 page book is also not casual, containing several pages of fascinating details on the symbolism and historical background about the god, legend, or concept depicted in each card.

There are many wonderful images in the deck.  One of my favorites is XI – Justice – Mystical Opponents/Brothers.  I find this image particularly appropriate at this time of the upcoming Winter Solstice, where the lengthening darkness will soon transition to a slowly emerging light.  I love the way the dark and light are dynamically balanced in this card, with images of Chaos on the left and Order on the right. The hooded figure reminds one of the Grim Reaper, whose scythe decisively separates the quick from the dead.  In this card, the enigmatic spectre silently reveals the dynamic dualism that powers creation. One cannot exist without the other.  Indeed, the One is part of the Other.

Sol Invictus - Justice




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