OMIGOSH! Will the tarot goodness never stop??
Above is the Hanged Man from the Witches Altar Tarot by Ted Enik. Only a few cards have been completed, but it is wonderful so far.
The Witches Altar Cards are unexpected, eclectic still lifes depicting symbolic altars. Each card corresponds to a traditional tarot card. However, unlike any other deck, they are laid out as horizontal vignettes – personal altars created from household and ritual objects. The power of the deck can be drawn upon in two different ways; practical or oracular, familiar or mysterious.
By placing an Altar Card before him/her, each individual shrine will invite the seeker to enter. Through detailed imagery and rich symbolism, an Altar Card will stimulate the imagination and open the seeker’s mind to a meditative journey.
And I don’t think you need to be witchily-inclined to appreciate and use these images. From the looks of it, there are going to be plenty of symbols and layers of oniony-goodness to contemplate, regardless of path, rede or creed.
I’m guessing (hoping) these cards are going to be large and presented in the horizontal format as the appear now (I can hear the whining about them being difficult to shuffle already…) I just love how artists are pushing the boundaries of tarot-expression! The “purists” will whine about non-traditional format and elements and presentation, but really, popular tarot is only a little more than a century old and is still very much in its growing-and-developing phase, I think. Besides, we are changing, and so the expression of our symbols change with us.
All I can say is thank goodness Eris pushed me out of the tarot closet – it’s going to make sneaking decks into the house a lot easier!