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.

The Court Cards

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We present an example of two of the court cards from our deck: the King and Queen of Cups,  or in our elemental characterisation: Fire of Water & Water of Water.

If you are not familiar yet with this system, you will surely catch up quickly with our overview further below.

And soon you will benefit from this new perspective on the Courts! It is much easier than it might look at the first glance…


The courts correspond to the elements. So instead of Pages/ Princesses, Knights/ Princes, Queens and Kings we have Earth, Air, Water and Fire in their particular suits of Pentacles/Earth, Swords/Air, Cups/Water and Wands/Fire.  So for example, the King of Cups bears the symbol of Fire (top) and Water (bottom) and is Fire of Water, whilst the Page of Wands is Earth (symbol at top) of Fire (symbol at bottom).

The Pip Cards

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Today, we share our conception of the pip cards and two of our images as an example

The 6 of Swords & The 2 of Pentacles:


We decided to keep the pips unillustrated, to focus on the numbers and the element of the suit symbol, similar to the tradition of the Tarot de Marseilles. But as Lady Frieda Harris in the Thoth Tarot, we go beyond the symbols in expressing meaning through colour and form. Each suit has its own colour scheme to fit the element. So for the Swords it is colours of coolness for the rationalty and decision-making of the suit, whilst the Coins are in colours of earth and vegetation. But here and there you can also discover a dragon-figure or dragon-eye. Just look closely …

TarotCon Solingen – Pressconference

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Today, we invited the local press in Solingen to the Atelier WeCreate, location for our conference on March 19th. The press meeting as well as  the event itself naturally includes a presentation of the Starlight Dragon deck.

See here Nora and Steph proudly presenting the Empress and the Hierophant from the deck on a photo from the excellent article by Martina Hörle for the Solinger Bote, a local paper on the Internet:

The Emperor as the emblem for the TarotCon and the Star grace our information flyer and set the scene for our highly creative conference


Stay tuned, another card will be revealed shortly!


For more about our TarotCon, please see our event page on Facebook.


Celebrating the Magick of Dragons

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The Starlight Dragon Deck is the exciting, collaborative tarot-creation work by Steph Engert (conception/texts) and Nora Huszka (conception/images). Fired by dragons and our creativity we take you on a journey to dragon-land never experienced before. Tarot methods, some specifically inspired by this deck, will further unlock its wonders for you.

The deck is  currently in the making and will be published in late spring/early summer 2016 after a crowdfunding campaign.

Today, we are showing three images of the Major Arcana as a first teaser.  Each Image is accompanied by a verse in a form approximating old Norse/Anglo-Saxon Hrynhenda, which is so fitting to these mysterious creatures:


Draco, dancing – neversetting

Star snake sov’reign – of our zodiac


Central Star – life source, splendour

I sing sublime celebration

Dragon of Kur – killing by glance

Lapis Lady – Water of Life

This website will bring to you all the news about the ongoing work on this deck and the crowd-funding campaign to make it happen (later this spring).

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