Right and left brains collide in this game of creativity. Surreal imagery is merged with modern interpretations based on psychology, numerology, the Kabbalah, and original tarot concepts.
The Tarot of Creativity functions as a creative tool, as well as a traditional Tarot and as an Oracle deck; you can use it in a traditional Tarot spread, or as an oracle card to help you get in touch with your higher self, with your creative muse, and help you with your creative process.
I based the titles of the arcana in the original traditional keywords for each card, while the lower cards derive their meanings from the numerology and the suit of each card. Occasionally, when the original arcana keyword was too “arcane” I used my own intuition and knowledge of the card to come up with a more modern and accessible interpretation.
The Arcana, Royals, and Aces all have one word each; this keyword represents the distillation of their meaning, since all of these cards represent mastery in their number and suit. The deck is illustrated with original paintings that were executed over a 15 year period; it has taken nine years to complete. It started out as a conceptual art experiment in 2004 which resulted in my first deck, The Transformational Tarot, a digital game that was exhibited in national art shows.
The images are original paintings that were not created as illustrations. The meanings are inscribed directly on the card. I have interpreted each card with words that resonate with modern-day users.
The lower cards (cards 2-10) show two words each: one upright and one reversed. These words are based upon the numerological meaning of the card, enhanced by the energy of the suit. In this deck you can see the number of each card as a verb, and the suit of the card as an adverb that modifies the meaning and direction of the number. There are no negative meanings, instead the words are designed to work together to enhance your reading, and engage your intuition.
Through my nine years of studying and reading the Tarot, I have come to understand that the game shows us five distinct paths of personal mastery, each represented by a suit in the deck. I see the path to creative manifestation follows the exact same path: the path of Fire (wands) represents pure creative force/direction, Air (swords) represents thought/creative inspiration, Water (cups) stands for emotional mastery, and when the initial creative spark gets to the Earth suit, the creative force manifests in material form.
For example, the twos all represent balance and relationship, so the two begins in the Fire suit with the pure energy of Receptivity/Adaptability, and ends in the Earth suit in Communion/Partnership, and finally emerges in the Arcana as the traditional keyword of Memory (High Priestess), which represents the subconscious/the pool of creative energy available at our command, our body—our divine partner, the subconscious, that remembers our creative power and source.
I spent about nine months determining the exact perfect word combinations for each card; I used a spreadsheet to map out the path of each suit and each number. Numerology is very prominent in this deck: it was an early decision to use the more accessible and meaningful Arabic number system, because I have had many insights regarding the meaning of these numbers in my own life and work. So, in this system, an Ace is equal to 1, Pages are 11, Knights are 12, Queens are 13, and Kings are equal to 14. I have been using this system for years when interpreting other Tarot decks because I often total the cards in a spread to come up with its ultimate meaning/message in its Arcana equivalent.
The path to creative manifestation can be seen by following a number through the various paths until it emerges at its highest expression in the corresponding number in the Arcana. One can go through each path vertically (ex. exploring the stability of the number 3 through each path or expression of the number, to the Arcana card entitled “Imagination”). Or you can look down each path horizontally: Ace (ex: the Ace of Water = The Chalice) through King (ex: the King of Water = The Source). The royal cards representing the mastery of each suit, or ultimate flowering of that particular path.
The Tarot of Creativity, while respecting the wisdom of the traditional Tarot, offers a modern empowering deck with rich, saturated, surreal imagery and contemporary, positive interpretations.
Ultimately, The Tarot of Creativity is about creativity itself—the creative process, and the creative mood of the artist, who is the composer, director, actor, and artist in the play of his or her own life.
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