Monday, February 18, 2008


I really wasn't expecting a Taiga Tarot design to occur to me for some time. My move here to southern California from New York city barely two weeks ago is still very new and there's tons of stuff left yet I have to do to be truly settled in. But on February 13, 2008 I had a dream that ended: "....I realize I'm going awfully fast and not looking very carefully as I continue to veer to the left. I come to what is clearly a cliff-edge but don't even stop to look before going on. As I keep going vertically down the cliff-side I see all sorts of rocks and boulders, and meandering puddles and streams. I keep rushing straight down, thinking that going this way will take a very long time with all the twists and turns required in order to find proper footing." My immediate thought on recalling the dream was "I sure feel like I've gone headfirst without looking off a cliff [with respect to the move to CA]." "Oho!" I said to myself, "The Fool!" Here's the design that resulted:

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

The little dog is often said to be intuition, our connection to God/dess's guidance. And that little dog has been nipping consistently at my heels since I made the decision to move to California, almost herding me toward just the right cliffs to head pell mell over. Once at a cliff-edge, it's been up to me to cope with the new moment before me ... feeling foolish, breathless, and hopeful.

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 dreamku I write (haiku-like poems about dreams), I am not only attempting to bridge two things – 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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