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Art-Full Tarot Series; Week Four: The Papess

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Yesterday I pulled the tarot at random for the week and out came« La Papess »


la_papesseBlogIn the original Marseilles Tarot, La Papess holds a book open  in her lap and is heavily veiled. I imagined she had the book of knowledge in her hands and was wrapped in secret mystery. Her papal tiara pushes right up through the card’s frame towards “the sky”, indicating a symbol for high levels of intuitive connection, and the beginnings of psychic vision. I chose those three symbols for my abstracted version : the book of secrets, the veiled mystery, and the intuitive tiara all submerged in a golden, green, glow.

La Papess Oil on Canvas Andrea Wedell

La Papess
Oil on Canvas
Andrea Wedell

I’m particularly attracted to this quiet, veiled card, it was my favorite in the series when I painted it, and still is. Maybe because the other symbol for « La Papesse » is virgo, and I’m a double virgo.

I painted all of these cards with an instinctive understanding, before studying them and learning the deeper symbols.

Here is what I later learned about La Papess:

The card symbolism speaks about a great sensitivity to sounds. Her ears are covered, and any sound will either set off a stream of electric negative reactions, or else make her want to get up and dance to the rhythm !

Two is for duo or else duel. Either there is harmony in your relationship or there’s confrontation. This card can mean it may be time for a little confrontation to build something constructive.

With two energy, we’re working out our own relationship, regulating our two energies, our ying and yangs, balancing the two hemisphere’s in our brains – keeping up the analytical thinking but also allowing the intuitive, big picture, seeing part to have it’s place at the table. In fact I’d venture to say it’s a really good idea to let that intuitive side speak to you when you’ve pulled out “La Papess”, you may really be tuning into some important messages !

We’re strengthening our own inner couple when we’re at two in our journey through life, we need an echo about that dynamic to help us see and integrate it : any kind of echo will work : journaling, painting, making art of any kind, connecting with nature.

That’s definitely good guidance for this coming week : I am feeling a little “electric” right now, a bit on edge to put it lightly (ask my husband !),  it’s time to seek out that echo.

I’ve been sketching every day lately and loving it. It’s fun to see what will inspire me, recently it’s been the gorgeously budding and flowering trees everywhere with Spring upon us here in France. I’m almost embarrassed to say I’d never really notice how amazing it is before I began scrutinizing the trees and flowers. It’s the best meditation practice I’ve ever found. And if this attraction to budding nature is an echo of my inner dynamic, there must be something budding in me, getting ready to flower.

La papess also means waiting patiently for your projects to manifest…

The hermit in me really wishes I had a calm week ahead of me, but it’s quite the opposite. There’s going to be stress, lots of people, lots of airplane travel, lots of noise, lots of stuff to aggravate me (!), and a great need to stay centered, or I really will get pulled into the exterior craziness.

I’ll look for that echoed inner relationship through continued observing, detailed drawing, writing, and patient waiting.

How about you ?

How do you find resonance for yourself ?

Art-Full Tarot, Week Three: Temperance

L'Amour, Temperance

L’Amour, Temperance


Welcome to week three of my Art Full tarot series.

Both the artist and the mystic in me delight in the tarot. The artist loves the wealth of creative possibiity inside these ancient symbols and the mystic loves connecting to the universal « source » for guidance, alignment and larger understanding.

The 22 cards are based on the Marseille Tarot, but abstractly…so they are open to interpretation, your own. My artistic goal was for each of the 22 major arcana to have it’s own unique color scheme and to hold a mini universe inside those colors. I’m explaining the more classical symbolic understanding here in this blog, but there’s a lot to be immediately felt and understood about a situation, a choice or direction, just by looking at and feeling the colors and prompting your intuition from there.

Gestation, oil on canvas, Andrea Wedell

Gestation, oil on canvas, Andrea Wedell

Last week we explored the Moon card, number 18.

There can be a lot of anxiety inside that Moon universe, and I got a nice dose of it during the week, whenever I focused on « the coming weeks, and everything I had to do » « How will I ever manage it all » ? « And with a sinus infection on top of it »!

flowering tree drawingTo ease out of those spiraling, circular thoughts in order to find better solutions to the projected, maybe even imagined « overwhelm », I sketched trees in my garden, and practiced making caligraphy lines with brushes with no goal in mind except practice. I immediately felt more peaceful.

Drawing is a fantastic form of meditation. It really doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not. Just pick up a pencil or a pen and focus on what’s in front of you. Let your eyes, heart and hand take over.

The moon card is all about gestation and such has been my week, art-wise. I’m incubating creatively and working on my line quality, randomly thinking about healing colors and i’ll see where it takes me.

It’s a relief to be able to consciously allow yourself to incubate. You can just let go and know that the creativity cake is in the oven, baking. Soon, your freshly baked inspiration will emerge.

The card for this week is: Temperance

L'Amour, Temperance

L’Amour, Temperance

The positive meaning

Balancing the Ying and the Yang, inspiration, universal love, universal intelligence, connecting with our own inner « guardian angel » temperance : structuring, finding poise, integrating, connecting with the purest essence of nature, magnetic energy, accepting « what is » with a positive outlook, confident expectation, creative drive, generosity, kindness, discernment, holistic therapies, healing, using and understanding the tarot.

The darker side

Not allowing for any fun, and tightening up, instability, moodiness, passiveness.

The darker side of any card, is in effect, the opposite of the positive.

I’ve been excited since last night about pulling the card for the week, today. I felt that same flushed childish anticipation as on Christmas eve, impatient to open my presents.

I’m glad the gift for this week is this card with it’s soothing energy. I’m reassured after last week’s anxieties that I can more or less expect the week to be full of positive encounters and healing. It actually IS full of healing already, with some holistic appointments ligned up for acupuncture and reflexology to balance my energy.

I’ll also focus on « connecting » with my own guardian angel, that wiser part of me that keeps everything in balance. The more I listen to her, the clearer her nurturing voice.

How about you ?

What are you bringing into balance this week ?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great week,

Andrea

P.S. Information about the painting: Temperance , 39′ x 28′, oil on canvas. This one’s still available. For all information contact me here

Art-Full Tarot Series: week one

When I painted my abstract interpretation of the 22 major arcana of the Tarot de Marseille a few years ago, I was delighted when they were published as a tarot deck renamed: “Le Tarot Essentiel.”

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I painted this series with the intuitive understanding I had of the cards at the time (based on color and a few of the essential symbols ). It was only after I’d completed them that I engaged in any real study of the tarot and saw that my first intuitions were really pretty spot on.

Every so often, when I have a question, I pull out my trusty cards for a reading. Aside from the wonderful artistic adventure it was creating them, I’m amazed how much insight I get from each of those readings, and how truthful the projected outcomes are of the situations I’m looking into.

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I also love the jolt of energy and immediate understanding I get just from the color and form of each painted card.

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I’ve decided to pull out a card a week for 22 weeks, and share it here with you here.

I’ll give a mini interpretation about now and what’s ahead based on each card, and the following week I’ll confirm how that played out. It’ll be fun. A weekly card series and an illustration of how they can work as faithful guides in your life.

I’m hoping this will allow you to enter into the magical world of art-full intuitive tarot, and get a lively conversation going. Maybe it’ll even inspire your own creativity. Or maybe you’ll love one so much that you’ll want the oil painted version of it to live on your wall

Here goes Week One of the tarot adventure:

The card for this week:

Le Choix

Le Choix

The Lovers; Renamed “Le Choix” Choice in the Tarot Essentiel :

The positive meaning;
Love, friendship, choice, reflection, dreaming, making the right choices, listening to and choosing from your heart, accepting duality, evolving beyond your past, disengaging from your past, doubting before making a decision, using color.

The darker side:
Hesitation, unavowed desire, indecision, temptation, cowardice

If I look ahead at this week with this card as my compass, I know that I need to be careful about the choices I make. 6 energy can mean either great hesitation in making choices, or else no hesitating at all and just jumping into things randomly. This is informing me that I need to spend some time meditating on my own best interests, my deeper values before saying yes, especially to anything work related. I do tend to be the “jump right in there” type and wind up committed to things I don’t really want to do. So vigilance is the word of the week. As is looking at both sides of any picture presented to me and understanding that I’m evolving towards something new, and if “I play my cards right” different from past experiences. Great news !

Some wonderful budding new friendships are on the horizon of my life, and I’m excited to get to know these delicious people better this week. Perfect for a 6, “I love people” week.

And finally, this card is telling me to get over my struggle to get back to my painting, and just throw myself in the studio with some color, lowered expectations, some music and some play time. Thank you my faithful friend. I shall listen to that wise advice ! I’m very attracted to greens and pinks right now. Spring is upon us.

And you ? How is this 6 choice card playing out for you right now.

How do you make choices in your life ?

From the heart ? With ease ? By overthinking things ?

And what color are you most attracted to right now ?

Looking forward to hearing from you !

Information about the painting: “Le Choix”, oil on canvas, 39 x 28 inches. Available through my the Paris gallery that represents me here