Since the first stirrings of Spring I have been immersed in painting the Court images for the new Initiates Way Tarot paintings. The first image that I painted just before the Court images appeared was the Ace of Swords, or the root source of the powers of Air. It has been an interesting journey since the turn of the tides at the Spring Equinox this year!
More focus, orgnanization, cutting away the doubt and invoking the imagination into action after the long winter.
The first of the Court images to manifest was the King of Swords who is the benevolent kingly ruler that you see in the image below.
Each of the personality types has a completely different feel and this one definitely radiates peace and the ability to wield power efficiently, for the benefit of others and from a place of love.
The second of the Courtly Sword Persona’s to manifest was the Queen of Swords. Very different from the peaceful aura of the King. She is stern, yet keenly perceptive looking at you with a gaze that pierces right through to your very essence.
Next to appear after that was the Princess of Swords.
The princess radiates calm and serenity.
All of the Sword Court images have been finished with rustic golden eyes, painted on with metallic acrylic and the gentlest touch of the fingertip!
Each image started out as a little bit of gouache paint applied to the canvas and some water and I used my fingertips to manipulate the water and paint into a ghost image of each character with the paint and water. Once I saw the lines of the face I started to paint from there adding colour and depth until the character sprung to life!
The last of the Sword Characters is still underway but the Prince of Swords has most definitely taken form and as this season closes and the next begins, after completing the Lovers image I will move on to the Initiates Way version of the Chariot!
If you are interested in learning to use the Tarot for Spiritual Development please get in touch as I will be running some Monthly workshops/development groups in Sept / Oct this year using the 22 Major Arcana Guided Meditations that I have written.
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