We find ourselves on a dark and misty night, weakly illuminated by the Moon on a desolate shore by the sea. We are all alone. Adjusting to the scene, we become aware of the primeval smell of brine and sea-weed. The sounds of the sea with the tide coming in, like a deep breathing in and out, is muffled by the fog. But it touches us deeply and we find ourselves breathing along with it.
In the dark and moving mirror of the water, the silver moon looks up to us, weaker and even more mysterious than the moon up in the heavens. Both are tugging at our soul with a bitter-sweet yearning for something lost, not yet retrieved, something aspired to, not yet achieved. In the moon’s reflection in the sea, make out a silver dragon striving upwards to meet her heavenly counter-part. Fascinated by this marvellous figure we observe its movements and become aware of a silvery conversation beyond words between the Dragon and the Moon. We remember the many cyclical rhythms connected with the Moon, her own eight shapes in one cycle and how they may affect human moods and activities, women‘s menstrual cycle,the tides caused by gravity and a complicated interplay of Moon, Sun and Earth.
While we think about the many associations of the Moon and what they might mean to us personally, we suddenly see a huge fish, intertwined with the dragon. Dark red, we had not noticed her so far.
We recognise the fish as an extremely ancient creature from whom the silver dragon arises, like a higher lighter ‚octave‘ of the fish. Again the mood has changed. We are now tuned to the deep dark water, the primeval ocean, the chaos from which all life came forth – a vastness without limit and structure, fear-inspiring, of inexhaustible fertility. It is present not only to our eyes, but also in a deep throb. And then the alienness of the fish and its abode find a resonant throb inside us. We become part of our own evolutionary history. The ancient fish is our ancestor. The dark vastness before us is also inside us: our unconscious, where shadows dwell and also our dreams, our intuition, the fertile ground of our fears, but also our creativity.
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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).
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 …
On our TarotCon last Saturday, Nora Huszka and Steph Engert presented the deck to the highly engaged audience. As the deck has progressed considerably since our last presentation in November, we now focussed not so much on showing individual images, but on the overall conception and on how to work with the deck. Its unique format of square cards “on tiptoe” opens new possibilities for spreads and readings. Here a first glance on one spread pattern – just the ‘mechanics’, not the interpretation.
We begin with one card as a significator (drawn or deliberately chosen as an expression of what the query is all about):
Then we lay out the spread as four cards marking the axis points of the Significator:
We read the cards along the axes like from the bottom (base) card up and from left to right. Obviously, the Significator card has here a real position of power, integrating as well as directing the flows from the cards.
Then we have different options to ‘mutate’ the original spread, this is one of them – completing the picture:
The added cards can be viewed as ‘bridges’; they say something about how we get from one to the other axis cards. They also a square of energy of their own around the Significator.
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.
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
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