Winter, introspection, Pentacles, Stones and Discs.

As we are approaching the Winter Solstice in the UK we had our first taste of snow and ice last week. Picturesque postcard scenes of white landscapes with crisp azure blue skies. The paintings for the Discs that are part of the new Initiates Way Tarot series have unearthed themselves in a slow and steady fashion and there is only the 10 of Discs left to create now for that particular set. The Princess, king and Queen I expect to arrive over the next week or so during the holidays.

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The choice of Discs to name the suit this time around during the creation process has been an intuitive choice. In the Soulscapes Deck I used the traditional Pentacles to represent the realm of Earth. This time I have used golden spinning wheels or Discs. Some of them have the appearance of coins but there is always a subtle movement in them which was the deciding factor on choosing Discs.

In some decks like Chesca Potter’s Wildwood Tarot this suit is attributed to stones thereby representing the actual Earth but I wanted to present the more fluid idea of currency and the idea of spiritual wealth being that of the movement of energy in and out of ones sphere of existence. Energetic output and return for ones creativity or the work that we do is only one of the aspects of the suit of discs or pentacles. The flow of wealth in and out of our lives, the idea of gifting and giving without thought of what you are going to get in return, and what something is really worth and why. These are the sort of things that I have been considering while creating the images for the Discs.

I was watching a lecture by John Anthony West about the temples and the function that they serve as places to get in touch with the divine presences and something he said in it about Architecture being frozen Music really got me thinking about the effect that our surroundings have upon us. Especially our homes. I remember very well the feelings and sensations that I had the first time I walked into Chartres Cathedral and the emotions that it evoked, overwhelming me with love and a sense of awe and humility. And in contrast the feelings and sensations that were present when I walked into the man made Cathedral Cavern at Langdale in Cumbria with its window that illuminates the darkness below. Both very different structures but that produce a distinct feeling or emotion, that of standing in a ‘great hall’.

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Photo credit JadeM

So the general ambience of this last month has been a retreat into solitude within the walls of my home, my sanctuary and lots of quiet contemplation and introspection, journeying within to seek out the known and unknown places within the darkness as well as in the light.

JadeM Dec 2017

November. Death, Fall,& Transformation

There have been so many changes since I wrote last month’s blog I hardly know where to begin. I started off this month by beginning to paint the Pentacles / Discs pip cards for the new Initiates Way Tarot and gained more understanding about my own relationship between work, finances, energy and grounding of ideas into the physical world.

I don’t know if it’s an Artist thing or a projected state of mind that we have drummed into us about Art being a hobby, or something else that you do away from your real job, but I have had a fraught relationship with being an Artist for most of my adult life.

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Justice from the Initiates Way Tarot by JadeM

A friend posted on Social Media about the need for having an identity as an Artist and what that means in terms of what people expect from you and one of the issues I have battled with for a long time is putting a fee on the work that I create. It is a job like any other and sometimes it can take a lot more effort to make money doing it than it does to go and work for someone else as an employee and take home a regular wage. Self confidence and self esteem almost certainly come into play when it comes to selling Art.

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Death from the Initiates Way Tarot by JadeM

Can you talk to others about about it?

What makes one piece of art worth more than another, other than whether the Artist is dead or alive?

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Drowned Man from the Initiates Way Tarot by Jade M

During this process I plunged headlong into the shadows of the underworld and by submitting to introspection and dealing with whatever that threw up in terms of learning and life lessons, I journeyed through the creation of the remaining images and find that i’m standing once again on the high vista of the plateau of the Fool / Jester.

Ready to jump into the abyss and begin anew.

The images for Justice, the Hanged / Drowned Man and Death literally fell out of the ether and on to the canvas in a week after having an unbelievably stressful lead up to the release of these images.

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Prince of Discs by Jade M

As of today there is only one of the Major Arcana left for me to paint. It is the 22nd tomorrow so I intend to focus on painting that and then the entire Major sequence for this deck will be finished.  The three remaining court images for the Pentacles and Discs are on the menu after that while plotting and scheming for the festive period.

There will be a Calendar available which will include all of the new Initiates Way Tarot images for anyone who would like to order one. Please Email and register your interest and I will contact you directly about the order process.

Seasons Greetings!

JadeM Nov 2017

 

 

Spring and the Sword Creations!

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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.

IMG_0133Each 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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Creating a New Tarot Deck “Initiates Way” 2017

So 2016 has come to a welcome end and as the wheel has turned 2017 has ushered in new hope, inspiration and motivation for new ventures and creations.

When I was at University in 2006 I created my first Tarot deck for the final project that I did before I graduated from the Media and Communications degree. It was called The Initiates Way. Thinking back it was rather ambitious to attempt to create something as big as that on my own  while I was still right at the beginning of my path into discovery. It was a big learning curve for me that lead on to the creation of the second deck between 2009 and 2013. The Soulscapes Tarot was self published after seven years of working one to one as a Holistic Therapist and 20 years of reading as a professional Tarot Consultant and a lot of the awakenings and experiences that I had during that time are imbued in the imagery of the deck.

High Priestess from the forthcoming Initiates Way TarotNow as I find myself in a different place entirely, with a completely different perspective I have begun the task of re-creating the Initiates Way Tarot to document the journey so far and add another dimension to the Soul Journey of my own revelations and discovery through working with the Tarot Archetypes. This time I have assistance with the very willing dragon twins who love to paint and create at every available opportunity.

Early December 2016 I started in ernest with the images for this new deck. So far I have painted the High Priestess, the Ace, King, Queen and Princess of Wands / Staffs and I’m working on the Magician at the moment.

Ace of Wands / Staffs from the Initiates Way Tarot During the process of creation for this deck so far Christen and Charlie have assisted me with some awesome backgrounds to work with. The Ace of Wands / Staffs is our co-creation between the three of us and is currently hanging on the wall in their room as inspiration for us as we set out to create the rest of the images together for that suit.

Three sittings later and the Magician image is starting to take shape nicely. I started painting it on Jan 1st with the original painting of the Messenger / Magician from the Soulscapes deck as company.

Magician from the Initiates Way in Progress

I have written guided meditations for each of the Major Arcana that will be available online soon for anyone who wants to pathwork with any of the Major Tarot images. If you are interested in the guided mediations that I have written especially for working with the Major Arcana they will be published in the forthcoming Soulscapes Tarot Companion and some of them will be available as streamable mp3’s on iTunes. Please email me for more info on this.

Queen of Wands / Staffs by JadeMThe Queen of Staffs / Wands has had a lot of positive feedback and it was with her that I decided that I should begin the Fools Journey once again for another round of learning, growing, seeking and creating. If theres one thing that the Tarot has taught me it is that we are never too old to learn something new and that we evolve all the time from one state to another and fluctuate through the processes of change. Each of these new images have burst straight from the tubes of paint straight to the canvas just by using fingers. Any fine detail that has been added at the end has been to define something or bring more understanding to the image. Watch this space for more creations.

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