Tuesday, June 19, 2007


This post is about the first Taiga Tarot design to urge itself upon me for quite some time, Death (XIII). This is also the first card design so far that was not directly influenced by a dream. However, I do not say my dream world has had nothing to do with it. I have had a few dreams recently that referenced death, but as I did not feel immediately prompted to work on XIII I cannot confidently claim they have influenced this design. I can mention a conscious influence: my Taiga Tarot design for The Hanged Man (XII).

Here's Death (XIII):

And here's Death in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck for comparison:

Very succinctly put, Death is often understood to represent transformation. And though I have only rarely seen it address actual bodily death in a reading, it can carry this meaning as well. However, more often I have seen Death refer to a metaphorical dying, as in a total change. It is this aspect of the card that drew me to design it today, tugging at my yearning for inner transformation.

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

Please note: This deck is not necessarily being designed for use in divination, but rather to share taiga based on each of 78 Tarot cards.

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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