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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - May 2010

The Creation of Shadowscapes Tarot
by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Llewellyn.com - May 2010

During the creation of Shadowscapes Tarot, the Major Arcana was easy to create, in terms of imagery and motivation. The archetypes of the Majors are enticing to any artist, imbued as they are with the collective subconscious of meaning, and familiar to even those who know little or nothing of Tarot. "Death," "The Tower," "The Empress"...each of these conjures a host of ready visual associations and metaphors just from hearing the name alone. 

The Minor Arcana was much harder. A number and a suit: how to create meaning from something that seems random? How to motivate myself artistically to not hold back, but to pour everything I have within me into each card? It would be a shame to have created a body of work I was proud of in the Major Arcana, and then to fall short when coming to the rest of the deck.

I decided on one thing immediately. Just as I had done with the Major Arcana, I would proceed with the cards in order. Aces first, twos, threes, etc. By not allowing myself to skip ahead to what might be perceived as the "fun" images, I forced my mind to look into each card to find the meaning in it, to seek out its unique beauty, and to determine how it intersected with my life experiences and personal symbology.

After having come to this decision, I was surprised at how well it worked. I suppose that should not have been unexpected, for the popularity of the tarot and the fact that it has lasted and is so ageless is because the meanings of the cards span the whole of the human experience. If a single card is isolated, and one digs deep enough into the soul, there is bound to be some connection that one finds to what that card signifies. As a result, the journey of creating the deck felt like an extended exercise in meditation, spanning the four and a half years it took to complete the project.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - May 2010

An Interview with Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Artist of Shadowscapes Tarot
by Llewellyn

1. The art for Shadowscapes Tarot is breathtakingly beautiful. From where did you draw inspiration when creating this deck? Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

For the imagery in this deck, I drew a lot from various myths around the world, weaving them together into my own melded landscape. Much of my inspiration also comes from nature: the flow and rhythms of the seasons, of growth, of the dance of life, and the beauty in death and renewal. That aspect of nature is obvious in the profusion of animals that appear in my cards, but also I like to think more subtly in the overall flow and movement in each, and the visual randomness that nature presents.

2. You already have a following for your art; is most of your work similar to that of the deck?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - May 2010

The Quest for the Divine Language
by Aaron Leitch

From the very advent of the spoken word among humanity, language has been considered something sacred and magickal, and remains so to this day. Still, priests and mystics have begun to look into the past for sacred language for use in religious rites. Eventually the belief has developed that all languages must trace their roots to some original prototype. What is this original language, traced back to God? Aaron Leitch, author of The Angelical Language, explains.

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The ABCs of Pagan Festivals
by Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson

The season of Pagan festivals is upon us! From coast to coast, they stretch in grand array, each with something unique to offer, so many to choose from within your grasp. Bronwynn Forrest Torgerson, author of One Witch's Way, offers up a festival alphabet to make your selection easier and ensure that you have the experience your heart desires.

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10 Easy Steps to Psychic Protection
by Richard Webster

When most people think of psychic protection, they think about a deliberate psychic attack, but everyone can benefit from psychic protection, as everyone experiences various forms of negativity (such as anger, jealousy, road rage, and stress) on a regular basis. Richard Webster, author of Psychic Protection for Beginners, details 10 easy ways that we can combat stress and negativity and provide ourselves and our loved ones with psychic protection.

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Play with Your Cards
by Barbara Moore

Tarot decks were originally used to play a trick-taking card came called Tarrochi. While the game is still played, particularly in Europe, tarot cards are more often used for readings, with readers approaching tarot more seriously and understanding the wisdom, advice, and guidance that the cards provide. But that close connection between cards (even tarot cards) and games cannot be overlooked, and can actually be used to liven up your tarot practice. Here, tarot expert Barbara Moore provides some fun ideas to play with your cards—and experience the tarot anew.

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