Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Rocker Tarot Update - Suit of Guitars (Swords)

It’s been a while since I updated my progress on the Rocker Tarot. That’s mostly because I stalled a bit as I was working on other projects. Although I did make a new piece here and there. This is another project I’m working to get back on track with. I recently finished the Three of Guitars and thought I’d let you know how things are going. 

Above is the Ace of Guitars. This suit correlated with the suit of Swords. I mean they do call a guitar an “axe” after all, so I thought this instrument would be perfect for this suit. Swords are associated with the element of air, thoughts, the intellect, and also with conflict and challenges. Swords, and axes cut through the air and represent the clarity of mind and focus to make decisions. And let’s face it, to be a good guitarist, mental focus is essential. 

The colours I am using for this suit are yellow and pink. Yellow is traditionally associated with this suit, and I thought pink would be a nice secondary colour. Unlike the Majors which are full colour, I’ll be using just two colours for each of the suits. 

It’s been an interesting process so far making a tarot deck. There’s a lot of decisions to make - what colours to use? What symbols to include? Does one follow an RWS style? How strict do you want to be to traditional symbols and how whimsical? Etc and etc. As the two of Guitars above shows, sometimes we have to make decisions a bit blindly, not knowing what the outcome will be. 

Even if no one else likes the deck, and it’s just for me, making a Deck is proving to be an enlightening and interesting exercise. Have you ever thought of making your own deck? 

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Super Attractor Deck - Why I’m Not a Fan

I know.. I haven’t posted in a while.. My intention is to be more active here, although I’m not sure what that will look like. I guess I will see how it evolves. I would like to at least post weekly updates and let you know what’s going on in my life and on my creative projects. 

This week I posted an unboxing video of the new Super Attractor Oracle cards by Gabrielle Bernstein (artist Michael Ezra). She’s a very popular author in the “new thought” community of love and light, manifestation and positivity. Not that I’m totally against those things. I do believe in affirmations, practicing gratitude and focusing on goals with positivity. These are all helpful practices, I just don’t think they are the be all and end all. I don’t believe in magical thinking, or that thoughts directly cause things. I think thoughts contribute to things. But that’s a far cry from causing them. That logic also leads to blaming people for being sick, or in dire circumstances. The rational becomes “well they must of thought their way into that , so it’s their fault.” So not helpful. 

That being said I read the book “Super Attractor” and I didn’t hate it. I don’t agree with everything she says, but again some of the gratitude practices and ideas about asking for help from angels and guides etc were alright. The book is a nice read, even if it lacks the depth to deal with the deeper issues in life. I thought I would check out the affirmation deck that goes with the book. 

I have to say I’m not a huge fan of the deck. The affirmations are a bit trite and the imagery and some of the affirmations a bit repetitive. I have to say this style of artwork isn’t my taste either. But that’s just me. It might be yours. And it’s not that I don’t like affirmation decks , or even her affirmation decks. I did like her “Miracles Now” Deck a lot better. You can check out the full unboxing video below. 

What are your thoughts on affirmation decks? Do you have a favourite? Or do you not like them at all? 

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Upcoming Event - First Friday Readings at Albert Street Tattoo

I'm excited to announce that I will be doing in person readings on Friday November 01, 2019! If you are in the Winnipeg area, I will be doing short 10-15 min. readings at Albert Street Tattoo and Art Market, (2nd Floor, 62 Albert Street Winnipeg).

This is part of "First Fridays", a monthly event in the Exchange District, on the first Friday of the month. Art galleries, and other creative organizations are open in the evenings for openings, shows and studio visits. Its a great way to spend an evening, as you can hop from gallery to gallery, see some art, and take in some culture. I love First Fridays, as its a great inexpensive way to take in local art, and I always run into so many great people.

The Albert Street Tattoo and Art Market, is run by an amazing group of talented tattoo artists and they also showcases local artists in the their shop. There is a mix of paintings (some by your truly), jewelry, cratfs, and other fine art. Its a wonderful space to showcase creative work. So when Jodie Wentz, the owner asked me to read tarot for First Friday, I was honoured and excited. (Psst..she also is the artist who did my tattoos, which I love).

So if you are in the Winnipeg Area on November 01 and are looking for something fun to do for the Halloween weekend, or would like an in person reading from me come down to the Albert Street Tattoo and Art Market. I'll be there 6-9pm, and readings are just $20. Looking forward to seeing everyone there. :)

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