Friday, March 9, 2007


Well, it's still not time for Death, The Hermit, or The World card, as I mentioned in a couple of previous posts as "candidates" for the next Taiga Tarot design. The Sun appeared in a dream of the night before last. I saw lots of little astrology glyphs for the sun -- a circle with a dot in the center -- floating, rotating, flipping, and dancing in the air before me. I took that as a big clue as to which card to work on next. :-D The dream also influenced the design and text as it progressed, but not fully consciously. I saw the effects mostly after the initial draft was done. Now, with no further ado, here's The Sun:

Given my recent track record, I won't make any predictions as to which card will be posted here next. Though I can venture a pretty good guess that it will be, in some way, dream prompted.


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.

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‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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