wip - six of wands
Hello blogging world
I've been working with my fairy tarot - deck lately.
Above you can see work in process- of the "six of wands".
I hope to finish it soon.
There is show and tell - week on Inspiration Avenue so I thought to write about ideas in my fairy deck.
"ten of pentacles".
Card of fulfillment, wealthy and achieved goals.
This fairy tarot- deck of mine is based on elemental symbols (and fairies).
There are five main elements to represent nature and spiritual aspects about ourselves.
- energy (spirit)
Each tarot deck artist have their own way of creating cards and using symbols.
I'm using the traditional tarot - symbols:
cups - water
pentacles - earth
wands - fire
swords - air
Water / cups
Water is element of emotions and feelings. So pretty much all the fairies in the cups cards - will be related to water.
I just had a lecture earlier last week about watercreatures in world mythology. It was very facinating how much folklore and tales there are related to water and waterareas and pretty much all the mythological creatures connected with water many of them have been concidered emotionless and also dangerous. Mostly because humans have had (and quote often still has) very mixed feelings to water. Element that is hard to get connected with because we can't breath underwater.
Pentacles are talismans made to protect their users from evil spirits. Before industrial times pentacles were made from clay, iron and wood. All the materials you can get on earth. Now of course they can be made from pretty much any material.
Fire cards represent strength, determination, spirituality, ambition and the sparkling energy of life in each one of us and around us.
As a symbol trought history wands and staffs have represented power. Still today different kinds of wands are used in ceremonies. Also wands and sticks are used to help to give lenght and support for walking.
Swords / Air
Sword cards are associated with action, change, force, power, conflicts and courage. Air is the element of thoughts and thinking. The suit of swords in mental level symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used.
Some people recon themselves to belong to certain element (earth person, water person etc.)
Idea of horoscopes is based on elements
I'm a virgo so I'm an earth-person and I must say it's very fitting to my personality. Human of course is sum of many things. If one of the elements speaks to you more than other I think you can call it to your main element.
I think I had my first experience with fairy realm when I was a young girl. Traditionally we don't have "fairies" in Finnish mythology and folklore. We do have big ammount of different kinds of natures spirits, fairy-like creatures and lot's of pure nature here.
I think I made my first fairy- themed paintings and drawings when I was 15 or 16. I just had joined some of the art communities on internet (elfwood, deviantart) and saw so much beautiful and inspiring fantasy art. Other place I could find them was my collection of fairy tale & fantasy books.
I've been painting fairies ever since. Of course I paint many other things too but I concider fairies as my spiritual guide.
Often I get asked how I see fairies and how it is possible to see fairies. Last question it's impossible for me to answer because they appear different to each person. Some people attract them more than others.
One of my first fairy paintings
I've seen fairies and felt their presence. While meditating in nature I have seen these light balls around me and sometimes I've also heard laughter and tiny bells ringing. Quite easily I get the feeling what kind is this fairy that is communicating with me. Sometimes they are sad, sometimes happy and playful. That feeling I get inspires me to paint them.