Monday, March 26, 2007


As with the previous eight Taiga Tarot designs, The Wheel of Fortune (X) was dream-influenced. I'd worked on only the basic drawing a couple of days ago (based on images that came when working previously on the dream-prompted Sun card). Then I woke up yesterday morning chanting the last two lines for The Wheel of Fortune tanka and figured X was next:

[Note of 3-29-07: I will definitely re-draw this wheel (it's not centered itself :-D), and will probably edit the tanka, sometime soon.]

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.

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‘til next time, keep enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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