We are making an intensive study of the cards in the Major Arcana, through our particular collaborative way of working, taking a trip in The Forest of Souls, a walk through the Tarot (as Rachel Pollack wrote about in her book of that title). We invite you to join us in this journey by signing up for a special mailing list dealing just with this subject (sign up at the bottom of this post). We will still be painting all sorts of paintings and commissions during this project as well, but this is a special project.
In general we plan to paint them in order, starting with The Fool, but we’ve already broken that rule and painted two that just felt so in tune with our past work that they seemed a good bridge to this project.
“Our actual knowledge of the unconscious . . . contains all aspects of human nature…light and dark, beautiful and ugly, good and evil”
-Carl Jung Man and His Symbols
Fortune telling is not for us. We wouldn’t have the presumption to say we know or could know what the higher powers know. We see Tarot as a tool for self-knowledge. The imagery can be a catalyst to reach and communicate with your unconscious, your deeper wisdom. It is a non-verbal language, using pictures to access where words cannot reach.
And what is it trying to say to us? It’s a visual vocabulary about the entirety of human existence condensed into 78 pictures.
What we value
What we fear
What we celebrate
What we resist
56 of those cards deal with day-to-day ordinary existence. 22 deal with the big lessons in life; the experiences that change us, the major archetypes that interested Jung and Joseph Campbell – The Major Arcana. We’re focusing on those 22 cards.
So with the open heart and trust of The Fool, we start this journey. Let’s see what we learn!
-Lynn Lemyre, May 31, 2016