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HP Tarot - 2 D Change

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By Ellygator   |   
Published: August 30, 2008
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(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

I am posting the pips as sets of four showing the permutations of each element as it reaches the next stage. Roughly defined Wands stand for Fire and for a person's will and spirit, Cups stand for Water and the emotions and soul, Swords for Air and the intellect and rational thought, and Disks represent Earth and the body and physical being.

In the 2s, each of the element gets doubled up, i.e. it gets to react to a similar impulse. With two material states the result is change. You move from one state to the other, from young to old, from rich to poor, from cold to warm.

The meaning of the card points to the power of opposites, yin-yang, polarization and opposing forces, but also to the eternal cycle where one state gets retransmuted into the other. The card urges us to realize that everything has two sides and to abandon one-sided standpoints and outlooks and is best approached with a certain amount of flexibility and an easy-going attitude.

For an image I chose an imaginary bit of marble flooring at Hogwarts that shows a mosaic of the two most opposite houses - Gryffindor and Slytherin. And yet we have two members of those houses who did a complete about-face: Wormtail, who proved more treacherous than any snake, and Snape, who proved braver than any of Godric's lions. I swiped the braided surround design from a bit of floorspace at St. Marco's in Venice.
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All the new cards are oustanding!!!
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Thanks so much!
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I loved how they are entwined and what great symbolism in them!! WOW! I really like this card and the detail you did on it!
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Thank you! It was fun figuring out the marble textures...
The entwined serpents of healing represented in tile, not unlike the double helix of DNA... the secrets of life force itself. Images predating the Sumerians. I never knew anything about the Tarot until I saw your work. It is another revelation in the puzzle of life's meaning.
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Thank you so much! If you are a student of life, I think the Tarot will hold many lessons for you. I think it's a way into how the human subconscious works.
More and more I want to know more and more. I so applaud your work and your creative and sensitive heart.
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Trippy. Where did you get the inspiration for the medieval style lion?
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EllygatorHobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I was a website I found a while ago that did heraldic beasts. It's based on that.
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You really go all out on refs, you know that :)
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Auch das thematisch sehr spannend und faszinierend ausgeführt. Beeindruckend!
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Wow...this is just too cool!!! I can't wait for it all to be done :)
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that's cool.
i like the way you invented a piece of flooring.
i wouldn't be suprised if that mosaic actually exsisted in hogwarts somewhere. they like irony like that.........
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I suppose so. Then as you followed the pattern the other houses would appear also.
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the-imaginedHobbyist General Artist
wouldn't doubt it...
she must be a sprite or something there
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Great idea, great drawing :-)
You were in Venice? I was there quite often and I would go there again, if I could, it's a wonderful city.
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Thank you! I went once, with uni during February of one of the years in the early ninties. It was very cold and foggy, very deserted, very beautiful and utterly enchanting and romantic!
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