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Hello! Life Takes Charge

August 14, 2009

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I just wanted to say thank you to all of you who are supporting my blog.

Life is taking charge!

My time is short and life is throwing obstacles at me right now so I’m afraid I will not be able to post for a while.

Please enjoy the posts that are published and drop me a comment to keep in touch.

I’ll be back as soon as I can.

Thanks again, Elizabeth

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Papus Tarot

August 13, 2009

Designer(s), Artist(s): Papus (Gerard Encausse), Gabriel Goulinat, Etteilla, Oliver Stephane
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 1982
Publication Status: Out-of-Print
Reference: Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. III, pp. 618-619

Description:
Noteworthy and influential tarot by 19th century occultist Gerard Encausse, a.k.a. Papus. The major arcana designs were rendered by Gabriel Goulinat, and originally published in Papus’ landmark work, Le Tarot des Bohemiens. The designs of the minor arcana were based on the interpretations of the 18th century occultist Etteilla, and were later published along with Papus’ major arcana illustrations in his book Le Tarot Divinatoire. The first publication of the Papus cards in deck form came in 1981, with Papus’ designs modified and rerenderd by Oliver Stephane. The cards were subsequently republished by U.S. Games Systems in 1982.

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Parrott Tarot

August 12, 2009

Designer, Artist: Margaret Parrott, Thom Parrott
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 82
Publication Status: Unknown


Description:
The Parrott Tarot is a hand-drawn and -coloured deck, with a wealth of correspondences in the border of each card. Interestingly detailed scenes are depicted in this self-published deck, to which four extra court cards have been added. There is some contradiction as to who designed the deck, Margaret or Thom, if you have more information, please let me know.

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Tarot Reading and Music

August 11, 2009

My life is filled with music. I have music for reading, working, sleeping, exercise, and just plain enjoyment. Music is an integral part of every aspect of my life as well as Tarot. I listen to different music for each reading. Before a reading I listen to ‘A Small Measure of Peace’ by Hans Zimmer as well as other artists.

You know ‘that’ feeling? It flutters your stomach, makes your heart beat strong. At times brings tears to your eyes? These are some of the  feelings I get from music. It can make me laugh, make me cry. It stimulates thought and the desire to know more.

One song, Tim Storys’ Map Of A Warm Night‘, takes me to my home and fills me with peace and security. Another makes me miss those who have passed.

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This world would be so much less if we did not have this transcendental, emotional evoking beauty.

One of my favorite authors is an individual from Iceland, his band, Sigur Ros has released a number of albums.

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Known primarily for his haunting falsetto and other-worldly presence as the singer in Sigur Rós, Jon Thor (Jónsi) Birgisson has – together with his partner Alex Somers – been exhibiting artwork and staging exhibitions under the name Riceboy Sleeps for two or three years now. A couple of months back the early fruits of the musical side of this collaboration surfaced in physical form for the first time, with the track ‘Happiness’, on the exemplary ‘Dark Was The Night’ Red Hot compilation.

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Visit to listen to their new album and I hope some peace and beauty may be yours.

Elizabeth

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Knapp Hall Tarot

August 9, 2009

Knapp Tarot

Designer, Artist: J. Augustus Knapp, Manly P. Hall
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 1929
Publication Status: Out-of-Print
Reference: Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. I, p. 198

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Knapp-Hall Tarot

Designer, Artist: J. A. Knapp, Manly P. Hall
Country of Publication: U.S.A.
Number of Cards: 78
Publication Year: 1985
Publication Status: Out-of-Print
Reference: Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. III, pp. 594, 600

Description:
U.S. Games reprint of the famous tarot by J.A. Knapp and Manly P. Hall.

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The Knapp-Hall Tarot Deck was originally published in 1929 under the name Revised, New Art Tarot Cards. It is the result of a collaboration between Manly P. Hall and the artist, J. Augustus Knapp.

In 1985 it was reissued under the name Knapp-Hall. On each card is a unique symbol. The LWB does not explain the meaning of the symbols but does explain their purpose: they act like a mandala. When you meditate on them and on the spread, it is easier to open your mind to inspiration and interpretations that go beyond the traditional meanings of the cards.

The cards are the size of a standard deck of playing cards (easy to handle). The illustrations on the Majors are beautiful and warm. The minors/pis are unillustrated.

This is a great deck for reading and particularly good for meditation.

Visit my post “Oracle of  The Tarot” to download the free ebook.

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Beth Seilonen Artist

August 7, 2009

I am always searching for new Tarot art and stumbled onto Beth. I ordered her Arcanic Hues and was pleasantly surprised. The deck is well made with lamination that will wear for many years and the smaller size of the deck is very comfortable. As for her art…WOW! That puts it in a nut shell! Just beautiful! The water colors on this deck are just wonderful! The colors are so rich you can taste them! This will be one of my favorite decks.

Thank you Beth.

ahwheelMeet Beth Seilonen

I grew up in the small community of Charlotte, Maine. A very rural part of Maine speckled with blueberry barrens, hay fields, and moss floored forests. As a child, I would roam the woods and blueberry barrens studying the forms; photographing and drawing.

My weekends were spent in the company of my grandmothers along the St. Croix River in Calais, Maine. During my weekend visits, they handed me art supplies and paper. I was painting and drawing anything that came into my view – from crows to cars, light houses to flowers.

As I grew, so did a spiritual awareness to the connection between myself, the land and ocean that surrounded the small section of the world that I knew and loved.

Upon graduating from Calais High School in 1994, I attended the University of Maine and obtained a Bachelors of Arts, Fine Arts in 1998.

I began teaching art at an inner city school in Houston, Texas during the fall of ’98. Throughout the three years I taught there, I longed for the woods, barrens and the ocean waters of Maine.

It took another five years, before I made it back to Calais to open my own gallery.

Once I came home, my art took a decided shift from being very realistic to a more spiritually expressive art.

Beginnings of the Tree People

There was a fairly young birch tree along our driveway that did not come back to life after one winter. My very observant four-year-old son, Dylan, took note of this and asked the proverbial “Why?”

I explained about pollution and acid rain.

“How does it get here?” He asked. I had to admit that it was our own doing, we created this toxic environment. After that, he would routinely point to people’s chimney’s screaming “POLLUTION!”

At the same time, President Bush repealed vital cooperate pollution control measures to reduce the amount of Mercury emitted into the air. Due to this, the Mercury emitted from industries in the southern United States, rain down onto the Maine lakes, streams, and ponds making our fish toxic to eat.

In response to this, I created a series of paintings using the barren birch tree, gnarled limbs with human attributes to convey what we were ultimately doing to ourselves.

Over time, my paintings changed, as had my philosophy. The trees softened, often pregnant with a child, or swaying and reaching for the midnight moon. I recalled the feelings I had as a child walking through the forest and have since worked to convey awareness to the balance between nature and us. The way life should be.

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Tarot Art by Robert M. Place

August 6, 2009

The Tarot of The Sevenfold Mystery

For my second Tarot artist I bring you Robert M. Place.

His art feels of Earth and warmth.

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