Archetypal Dragons: The Star (XVII)

star-envOn this cosmic day and full-moon night we gaze into the sky. We chose for our archetypal dragon the Star, the constellation Draco – a huge circumpolar constellation winding across the Northern sky. Circumpolar means, it is never setting.

In the pyramid age some 4-5.000 years ago, its main star, Alpha Draconis or Thuban in the tail of the dragon, was the Pole Star of the Earth and one of the two shafts of the Great Pyramid in Gizeh pointing to the sky was oriented towards it. Present Day Polaris, the Alpha Star in the Little Dipper,  is not considered as part of Draco by modern astronomers, yet in antiquity the Little Dipper was seen as the wing of Draco.

The constellation revolves around itself and our whole zodiac seems to hang from Draco as its “King”, in the words of the Kabbalistic Sepher Yetzirah. There are many legends and mythic references to Draco linking it, for example, to Ladon, the hundred eyed dragon, guarding the golden apples of the Hesperides for Hera  or, much older still, to TIamat, the great creator-chaos dragon of Mesopotamia.

Archeypal Dragons: The Sun (XIX)

The SunOur Sun-Dragon unites many different ideas and concepts.

Prominent is the very ancient symbol of the winged sun-disk, an emblem of divinity, royalty and power in Egypt and the Near East (Meopotamia, Persia).

In her face you can detect features of the lionine Egyptian sun-goddess Sekhmet, whose very name is derives from the root word for power. Sekhmet was the deity of war, courage and healing. One of her symbols was the Ureaeus-snake, the protecting serpent-power in the crown of the Pharaos.

We also see in our image the phases of sun throughout day and even night, sun-rise and sun-set in her two wings, East and West, the sun at its zenith in her crown, finally, the black ‘midnight’ sun, where the mysterious rebirth processes are taking place in the scarab under her face.

 

Archetypal Dragons: The Emperor (IV)

empToday we continue our series with the Emperor.

In this image we turn to Asia to honour the dragon companions of the Chinese Emperors (and other rulers in Asia) who consider(ed) themselves as sons of dragons.

The card shows how the Dragon of Celestial Fire supports and feeds the edifice of wise statecraft and authority.

 

 

Archetypal Dragons: The Empress (III)

emp2In the second part of our series we introduce our Empress as an archetype in the Starlight Dragon Tarot.

The Empress is the only card where we show a fully developed human-figure. In her we celebrate the “Goddess of the Beginnings” (or Great Mother) and the very early association of women with serpents/dragons, which goes back to the Stone Age and carried over in the Bronze Age and Antiquity.

Our Empress is in the presence of two benign dragon companions, sharing their wisdom with her. This card-image is also meant as an encouragement to allow yourself to be found by a personal dragon companion through working with our deck.

The image was inspired by a pendant of the “Dragon Master” from Tomb II in Tillya Tepe in present-day Afghanistan, which you can view here.

Archetypal Dragons: The High Priestess (II)

highpbackgToday we open a new series presenting cards from the Starlight Dragon Tarot: “Archetypal Dragons” – to reveal some of the mythic influences flowing into our conception and design:

The High Priestess or Dragon Guardian of Esoteric Knowledge sits stern and dark. She is not easily accessible and her message to those she deems worthy is indirect or coded.

The Pythia of Delphi comes to mind presiding over the “House of Snakes” (Pytho = great snake, the guardian of an original sanctuary of the Earth Goddess Gaea, later slain by Apollo). But we also think of Hecate,goddess of the Moon, liminal places and witchcraft often depicted with snakes in her hands.

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