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HP Tarot - 8C Despair

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(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

The 8s are under the auspices of Mercury and share some of its quicksilvery mental acuity. The cards offer sudden insights, but also share a sense of nervousness and of mental hyper-sensitivity.

The Cups don’t cope very well with this kind of energy. The best scenario to describe the feeling of the card would be those times you wake up at four in the morning and a few minutes later you are thinking about all the problems and worries in your life, and the more you think the more awake you get and the more the problems seem to get blown out of all proportion until you reach a state of total mental despair and exhaustion, and you know that in a few hours you need to be awake for real and go to work. But what’s the point of it when your whole life is basically a mess and in the end you die anyway.

There is a reason why statistically most suicides happen in the early hours just before dawn…

So much negativity could be expressed in a whole cabinet full of assorted poisons. For the 8 of Cups that is a good image of how our emotional state looks like when our mind is playing this kind of trick on us.
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Mishelangello's avatar
:icondragonhiplz: Hi my friend! :icon1chick1: Your artwork was featured in my News article” Masters of light” here: [link] :icon1stbutterflykiss: :iconletylove:
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Thanks so much! Awesome collection of art. I just left a comment there!
Mishelangello's avatar
excellent work! very beautiful!
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! I really enjoyed drawing it.
dolphin64575's avatar
It looks like how I'd imagine the cupboards in 12 Grimmauld Place before The Order cleaned them out.
Ellygator's avatar
LOL! I like that idea. I bet they had a whole bunch of nasty potions and poisons stored up...
dolphin64575's avatar
If I remember correctly, Harry found a bottle of blood, corked with an Opal
Kitters2005's avatar
This picture is mesmerizing!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I had a great model for this in the collection of my blue glass bottles...
ToomassArt's avatar
Hey great style! Has a cool magic storybook look to it..=)
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! I really enjoyed this one with the dark glass textures and all the little details on the labels.
Veronika-Art's avatar
What an amazing set of potion bottles... so beautifully Drawn!!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you, I used my collection of cobalt glass bottles with some custom-made labels. It was great fun.
Veronika-Art's avatar
I`d love to see them!!! They are beautiful!
Ellygator's avatar
Thank you! This one was so much fun, irrespective of the rather depressing subject matter...
fallensecrets's avatar
wow.. i love how ';poisonous' you drew them... they're so dark in tone and everything.. heheh good job!!! :clap:
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks - it's my cobalt glass collection...
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fallensecrets's avatar
um ok, the word was supposed to be poisonous.. no idea how that emoticon got in there.. haha
xothique's avatar
I think everyone else has already said everything, positive there is to say about this, which just leaves me to say one thing:
I adore this.
:heart:
Ellygator's avatar
Thanks so much! I am just obsessed with glass textures...
droxy's avatar
Mercury = poision, yep. Love the "squiggly stuff" you put on it too.
Ellygator's avatar
Good point! I hadn't even thought of the fact that of course the metal mercury itself is extremely poisonous...
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