One of my “from me, to me” Christmas presents this year was Lisa Hunt’s gorgeous “Fantastical Creatures Tarot”. It literally came wrapped as a Christmas present – so I kept it on my credenza, to be opened on Christmas Day (although our tradition is to open presents on Christmas Eve). Somehow I knew that this deck needed sacred space – to be opened with a sense of honor and respect. I was sooooo right!
Lisa’s art is breathtaking! It is not simply talent – although heaven knows Lisa has that in abundance! It is that through her art she reaches levels of wisdom that deserve attention and respect. Her art is more than high quality, more than good spacing, more than esthetically pleasing – it is a journey, and every time you take that journey, you learn something new.
The Fool becomes a two headed serpent (Amphisbaena), seated atop a barren tree (the Tree of Life, perhaps?). The Magician is a winged cat, seated with front paws on his/her wand! The High Priestess is a powerful winged cobra (Ua Zit). The High Priest, portrayed as the Arabian Ruhk (a very large bird!). This is one of the strongest interpretations of the High Priest that I have ever seen! The Chariot is portrayed as two Centaurs in the night sky.
This deck took my breath away. I feel that it was meant to come to me now – at a time when I am going through enormous changes and need an “envelope pushing” deck to walk with me.
© December 2009 Bonnie Cehovet