As promised, here’s part of the structure I’ve come up with for the Texas Tarot:
- Wands (fire) will be pictured as wildflowers for Ace through Ten cards and butterflies for the Court cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King)
- Pentacles (earth) will be grasses and brush for Ace through Ten cards and four-legged critters for the Court cards.
- Swords (air) will be cacti and prickly plants for Ace through Ten cards and birds of the air for the Court cards.
- And Cups (water) will be vessels for Ace through Ten cards and birds of the sea for the Court cards.
Last night I drew the Five of Pentacles …
having decided it would be a good idea to let my subconscious work while I slept. Sure enough, I woke up with an idea of how it might go.
First off, apparently there’s no sugar-coating the Fives:
- 78 Degrees of Wisdom: “conflict or loss of some kind … material troubles”
- Kitchen Table Tarot: “those things that keep you up at night”
- The Creative Tarot: “you’ve been cast out … the best thing is to do things your own way.” Hmmm, that actually sounds positive to me.
So taking those quotes along with the dark imagery of the card, I chose Texas Mountain Laurel to depict toxicity. While its blooms are beautiful (especially if you like the scent of grape bubble-gum), the resulting seeds, aka mescal beans, are hallucinogens that can be fatal. Combined with the floodplain cloth background, this card/collage sends a warning to be careful …
And even though I’ve got tons of bookcover art to draw on, I’ve been trying to use pictures from the blog as much as possible. Luckily, I discovered that glossy brochure paper works well with my inkjet printer and even survived a trial by water test …
Next up: the story behind the symbols for the Ace through Ten cards.