Art and Tarot

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  February 25, 2014 — 5 Comments

While I love attending PantheaCon year after year, it certainly doesn’t exist in a vacuum of Spring events. This is particularly true for me, as the very next weekend I found myself in Seattle working at FaerieCon West in Seattle. I’ve been a part of Faerieworlds Events for a couple years now, working on event programming, and they are truly vibrant gatherings that should please any Pagan who loves art, music, performance, and craft. This year, I was honored to moderate a panel of artists who have created tarot and oracle decks. The panel included Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, creator of the Shadowscapes TarotLinda Ravenscroft, illustrator of the Mystic Faerie Tarot, and Amy Brown, who created the Faery Wisdom oracle deck with her mother.

Amy Brown, Linda Ravenscroft, and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Amy Brown, Linda Ravenscroft, and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

We discussed the creation process, their experience with tarot and oracle decks, and future projects. Later in the panel with were joined by Satyros Phil Brucato, who is working with Stephanie Pui-Mun Law on a new oracle deck. I was lucky to record the entire panel, and you can listen to it at Soundcloud (or embedded below).

Often with tarot decks we speak with the writers and experts who craft meanings from the commissioned images, so I think it is important to give voice to the artists and illustrators who bring these tools to life, who make them into true art objects. Whatever their level of commitment in the creation process, without the art these decks would lose their impact, their connection to deeper symbolic pathways.

The Hermit, by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

The Hermit, by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.

I continue my work with FaerieCon for exactly these confluences of talent, these instances of connection and inspiration. While formal Pagan events often have a lot going for them, sometimes, when you cross into the borderlands where Paganism intersects with other cultures, and subcultures, you can enter into circumstances that enrich you in ways you might not anticipate. I’d like to thank the artists for taking the time to share their stories and creation process with me this past weekend. Enjoy the panel!

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  • Merlyn7

    Thank you for posting this; the Shadowscapes is a wonderful deck.

  • Yvonne

    Awesome! I’ve been following Amy Brown and Stephanie Pui-Mun Law for years now, their work is fantastic in every sense of the word.

  • thelettuceman

    I was following the Shadowscapes deck when Stephanie Pui-Mun Law was still working on the Major Arcana releases. I love the deck, even if I’m AWFUL at divination.

  • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

    I was married this past August, and had a Tarot-themed wedding. One of the things that shocked me was how little Tarot-related art and craft exists. I couldn’t find Tarot-themed fabrics, miniatures, figurines, or even kitsch. I made my own Tarot-themed centerpieces, decorated with mini-Tarot, and commissioned a Tarot-themed cake topper.

    Artists! Get it together and create beautiful Tarot-based objects for us to enjoy!

  • Lyradora

    Thank you for this. :) I do not have any of these particular decks, but artwork certainly plays a role in which decks I purchase — like the Kickstarter-funded Tarot of Delphi. :)