Garden of Life Tarot Art Contest

Image Descriptions, Key Words, and Meanings

Below are six sample written descriptions for you to choose from, selected from the 108 images of the Garden of Life Tarot. Pick one or more to depict as a tarot card, and create an image in any medium you like. One of the eventual plans for these "cards" will be to produce virtual reality vignettes on the web, however, we understand that the two dimensional versions of the cards will have to be simpler. To help guide you, the most important images are highlighted in various colours, in each description. If you don't know a term in a description, you can email us for information or do a quick search on the web.

 

Card Title: Child of Vessels
Leaves & Stems


The current working description of the image for this Position includes:

Two-Dimensional Image Critical Components
Two Children, a girl and boy, are playing in a tidal pool. It has an intense microcosmic biosphere, including plants and animals. The girl picks up a starfish. The boy holds a branch with leaves and has gotten a crab to climb up on it. They both have net bags of shells at their waists. The scene is viewed from the tree line framed by leaved branches hanging down at the top.


Virtual Reality Vignette
In the Virtual Reality Vignette, they walk among several tidal pools, playing and interacting with the various lifeforms in the microenvironments. The beach goes on a long way flanked by dunes and the ocean.

The most important interpretation of each card occurs within the direct communication of one's mind with each image.

Possible Concepts Represented:
Emotional spontaneity and innocence; emotional intelligence and learning. The card refers to exploration of the panoply of emotional ranges to strengthen connections among people.


Colour produced by Light - Hologrammic Blue;
Colour produced by Pigment - Transparent Blue


Practicable Keywords:
Instinct, Emotion Play, Connections Play, Tidal Pool

Suite = Vessels       Elemental Coding = Water
Sources of current proposed images for this card

 

Card Title: Deuce of Vorti
Rapture


The current working description of the image for this Position includes:

Two-Dimensional Image Critical Components
Wearing simple white tunics, two attendants walk down a river rock path toward the viewer. They hold a round frame supported by poles upon which hangs a white, seamless, cylindrical veil. Inside the tube, with arms akimbo and one leg up, an Archaic Priestess of the Cypriot dances. The priestess is viewed only in silhouette. A clockwise Vortex rises above her; counterclockwise vortices from Attendants surround them and the priestess.


Virtual Reality Vignette
In the Virtual Reality Vignette, they walk along a a path at the edge of a cliff with ocean spray rising high. Experiencers would be able to go back to the town that they came from, and/or on to the Temple at their destination. The Architecture and Sculpture visible should reflect archaic Cycladic motifs, the buildings based on that found in the digs at Santorini. We are able to see the Priestess as she Dances in the Veil going down to the Ocean, through the town, up to the Temple. Then we see Her Dance in the Temple without the Veil, the Dance that Isadora Duncan reminded us of.

The most important interpretation of each card occurs within the direct communication of one's mind with each image.

Possible Concepts Represented:
Representing ecstatic trance as one direct connection for exploring spirit, self, and the sacred. The value of direct personal experience of alternative states of consciousness, especially as induced by praxis of one's chosen spiritual tradition.


Colour produced by Light - Deep Blue;
Colour produced by Pigment - Earthen Medium RedPurple


Practicable Keywords:
Ecstatic Trance, Altered States, Two Personal Energy Vorti

Suite = Vorti       Elemental Coding = Spirit
Sources of current proposed images for this card

 

Card Title: Queen of Blades
Keeper of the Hall of Records


The current working description of the image for this Position includes:

Two-Dimensional Image Critical Components
In the foreground, both wings of the Peacock Gate are thrown open and laid back against the walls, the rest of the scene is seen beyond. An elder Asian Queen is enthroned on the Hyacinth Throne in a library. She wears a rainbow armlet on her left arm. There is an open scroll to her left showing a map of Ægypt. On her right an open scroll shows a futuristic space station. She holds a third scroll and is cutting the seal cord with an elegant dagger. A scribe's kit from early dynastic Ægypt is in the background along with computer elements. Two children sit in front of her. One is looking at the parchment map of Ægypt and the other at the one of the space station. In the background, the Rainbow Bridge goes to a building on a cloud.


Virtual Reality Vignette
In the virtual reality vignette, we are able to explore the extensive library though all its meanderings. We are able to meet and interact with the Queen's many assistants, each of which has their own interests and personality. We are able to view the various courtyards where the Philosophers give forth to instruct, sometimes on schedulek, other times randomly. We are able to view the workshops of the Inventors and learn about their processes and results. We are able to follow the path forward to a detailed representation and surrounds of the Rainbow Bridge, with special requirements to be able to cross it. Or turn around and go through the Peacock Gates, into the town where less cerebral goings on may be expected, though all the pathways lead back, eventually, to the Peacock Gates, which open and close automatically upon approach, though enormous on some kind of counterweight system. And follow any of six other paths through different symbol sytems attributed to this Archetype.

The most important interpretation of each card occurs within the direct communication of one's mind with each image.

Possible Concepts Represented:
Every event, moment, and individual decision is recorded and each affects the structures of the Multiverses. This is the mystery of the Librarian who collects, catalogues, and shares all knowledge. There is value in keeping records to pass on culture, spiritual growth, and species development. This card indicates how important it is to keep and teach a continuity of knowledge and tools, as humanity prepares to leave the nest and reach for the stars.


Colour produced by Light - Medium Blue;
Colour produced by Pigment - Pale YellowGreen


Practicable Keywords:
Keeps Memories Alive, Tribes, Traditions, Akashic Records, The Hyacinth Throne, Elegant Dagger, Rainbow Bridge, Peacock Gate

Suite = Blades       Elemental Coding = Air
Sources of current proposed images for this card

 

Card Title: Four of Discs
Power


The current working description of the image for this Position includes:

Two-Dimensional Image Critical Components
The central image may be described as a woman seated with her right profile toward the viewer. She is wearing the traditional Cretan dress of the Priestess-Goddess-Ruler, with its skirts of seven alternating layers below the metal girdle and breast support. Her skin is porcelain, glowing white, possibly dusted with powder, and her ample breasts are visible with gilded nipples. She is seated in a specially designed throne made of stone, leaning her head back so that her hair falls to the floor behind her. There is a circular opening in the floor, allowing the earth to show. There is a blue-green tile ring around the opening. The earth is a rich reddish-black. Her dark brown hair actually touches the earth. The woman's face is upturned, her eyes closed, apparently in some trance state. Directly above her in the high ceiling is an open oculus (circular skylight.) Light streams down through the opening. In the center of the stream of light are the descending hooves and head of the Celestial Bull, but they are almost transparent with sparkles.


Virtual Reality Vignette
In the Virtual Reality Vignette, the side of the belt and girdle which we can see, and which supports the side of her breast, has a leaping dolphin design on it. The general decor is Cretan circa 2000bce or before. Her specially designed throne is made of stone with a wooden attachment at the top which allows her to lean her head back, so that her hair falls to the floor behind her. There are eleven tiles around the opening in a medium blue-green. Above her is a high ceiling supported by typical Cretan columns. The ceiling has an open circular skylight in it, centered above the earth baring hole below, but a lot larger. Light streams down through the opening, Seven Amphipteres (Winged Serpents) are faintly visible in and around the light stream. Beside her on the floor is a golden plate with pomegranates, poppy seedpods, and amanita mushrooms on it. There is Cretan décor on walls. The floor is covered with mosaics; an octopus and three dolphins are visible. The wall behind her is also covered with a mural of pheasants almost hidden by tall grasses and swallows flying above the field. There is a stand in front of the woman and further away from the viewer with a round pillar and top, decorated in the Cretan octopus motif. The traditional Cretan High Priestess crown rests upon the stand. On it, is a Lion Cub in profile sitting on the blue cloth cap part of the crown. It is not immediately apparent whether this cub is alive or an artifact. We are able to see the process from the intitial prepatory meditation, through the procession through the town, with the accompanying Bees and translucent Amphipteres, to the Bull Dancing Arena and the Ritual there.

The most important interpretation of each card occurs within the direct communication of one's mind with each image.

Possible Concepts Represented:
Representing pure power as it manifests into material reality. The card refers to the purposeful nature of physical and ethereal existence. Both are Matter, maintaining and changing state, interacting and combining.


Colour produced by Light - Deep Purple;
Colour produced by Pigment - Medium Warm Brown


Practicable Keywords:
Material Energy, Stability, Make Manifest, Foundations, Natural Forces, Four Elemental Rounds

Suite = Discs       Elemental Coding = Earth
Sources of current proposed images for this card

 

Card Title: Prince of Rhods
Charioteer of True Will


The current working description of the image for this Position includes:

Two-Dimensional Image Critical Components
A red-haired Prince with an erection wears a red-purple Greek chlamys cape with a broad border pattern of Damiana flowers and leaves. The whole chlamys is edged in copper. The Prince has flaming, winged temples. A copper torque surrounds his neck, the two ends resembling the heads of bears baring their teeth. He holds a staff with the head of a laughing Dragon. The height of the staff is equal to his throat chakra as he stands in the chariot. The shaft of the staff is made of living Dragon's Eye Pine with buds and leaves. From a copper ring at the neck of the Laughing Dragon a red ribbon and a white ribbon are suspended. The ruddy Prince's chariot is pulled by lynxes through a ring of fire and appears to be traveling at high speed. The two wheeled Ægyptian chariot has wheels made in the Ægyptian Wheel-of-Going pattern in which the eleven spokes are Ankhs.


Virtual Reality Vignette
In the Virtual Reality Vignette, the ribbons on the staff are knotted in eleven knots and bedecked in two bells at each knot, and may be inspected closely. Many types of staffs and wands appear in the bed of the chariot. We see the Prince travel through a series of flaming rings then down to rocky terrain and passing to pastoral lands where a river with red water flows beside his passage, then back to the flaming rings.

The most important interpretation of each card occurs within the direct communication of one's mind with each image.

Possible Concepts Represented:
Attainment of the Breath of Fire, the Blessings of Lust, and the urge to Procreate. The card infers awakening Kundalini sexual energies that form a connection with the Higher Self or Atman. The image also reflects a Higher Self that emerges so that it may be accessed and applied in life. The ability to integrate parts of the higher self into accessible forms emerges at the same time the higher self emerges. Such coalescence occurs as result of the individual's self-directed and self-defined Will.


Colour produced by Light - Deep RedViolet;
Colour produced by Pigment - Pale Red


Practicable Keywords:
Breath of Fire, Volatility, To Dare, Laughing Dragon Headed Staff, The Wheel of Going

Suite = Rhods       Elemental Coding = Fire
Sources of current proposed images for this card

 

Card Title: Atu 9
Solitude - Seeking


The current working description of the image for this Position includes:

Two-Dimensional Image Critical Components
A copper-haired woman in white gown is on a raised stone embankment in a cavern. Girls/acolytes in pale shifts sit and stand below, watching. The Priestess holds one girl by the hand as they stand before a tall, oval copper or bronze mirror. The deep night sky with stars shows within it. The girl's arm and hand are entering the mirror and appear as outlines of energy among the stars. A river runs through the cavern in the background behind the mirror.


Virtual Reality Vignette
In the Virtual Reality Vignette, the acolyte passes through the mirror and in her energy outline form, floats among the stars.

The most important interpretation of each card occurs within the direct communication of one's mind with each image.

Possible Concepts Represented:
Spiritual Development (alone or in community) is a journey different for each individual, but in all cases it contains phases which may only be addressed from a solitary perspective. For some individuals this may be the nature of the entire journey, or large sections of it, for others perhaps only small portions. In the process of individuation, discovery of commonality between the self, others, and the Cosmos.


Colour produced by Light - Medium Yellow;
Colour produced by Pigment - Medium Green


Practicable Keywords:
One Alone, The Hermit, Oneness of Life

Suite = Atu       Elemental Coding = Pauti
Sources of current proposed images for this card


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