Thursday, March 15, 2007


As with the first five designs for The Taiga Tarot, the below design for The Emperor is a result of my dreams. Last night there was an adult authority/husband figure who made an observation that was central to the dream, and incredibly clarifying when I woke and worked with it. I had actually been considering The Empress or Judgment as my next card, based on images in the previous night's dreams. It was as I was mulling over III and XX that the above male figure I mentioned popped into my mind and I knew The Emperor was next. (As I thought more about the dream and The Emperor I remembered the male's statement in the dream referenced appropriate anger, which fits with Aries as the usual astrological correspondence for this card. Not to mention the far-reaching implications of the dream figure's rather protective statement.)

So, here's The Emperor, the next design in The Taiga Tarot (see the bottom of this post for more information on "taiga" and this deck):

It's becoming a bit of a challenge now that six designs have been influenced, directly or otherwise, by my dreams. I have to remind myself to remain as at ease as possible with my dreams, and not force Tarot meanings into the images. But rather wait on what reaches out toward me. Not unlike my earliest years working with my dreams once I recognized what treasures they could hold. Of course, I am quite curious to see how many of The Taiga Tarot designs will wind up being dream influenced. Whatever way they come through, however, I will be delighted to receive them.

BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE TAIGA TAROT (Click here for additional background on the Taiga Tarot.):

When I decided the name of the deck would be The Taiga Tarot, I liked not only the alliteration but the resemblance of the word “taiga” to “tiger.” One of my power animals is the Siberian Tiger (and by extension, all tigers), which first appeared as three tiger kittens in a dream. What I had completely forgotten at the time was that the area of Siberia in which the tiger ranges is called “The Taiga”!

A “taiga” (briefly put) is an illustrated tanka. A “tanka” is a mood poem written in five lines, that usually references natural images and human emotions. Also, there is often a contrast or conclusion or response in the last two lines to the first three. I recognize that the tanka/taiga I’m developing for The Taiga Tarot are non-traditional. As with the dream haiku I write, I am not only attempting to bridge two things – with this deck, Tarot and taiga – but also bringing my own experimental slant to it all.

‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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