Carolyn's Introduction

This loving tribute to Tarot as Muse is a fundraiser for Ink People Center for the Arts, conceived by Kathryne DeLorme, Carolyn Ayres and Libby Maynard. The twenty-two images seen here have been made into a collectible Major Arcana Tarot Deck which can purchased online with Ink People or found at the following venues in Humboldt County. In Eureka, Humboldt Herbals at 300 2nd Street and the Sewell Gallery of Fine Arts at 423 F street. In Arcata, the Global Village Gallery at 973 H Street; Hair Unlimited at 1640 G Street and New World Water at 778 18th street The original art was exhibited July 7th, 2012 at the new Ink Annex, 47B West Third Street, Eureka, California.
For more information contact Carolyn Ayres at tarotofbecoming

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

13. Death

Death can be seen as transformation, enormous change but rarely physical death.  This aspect of the journey is more about ego death, when we die into our greater expanded Self, transcending our limited view point of who we are in this solid reality and begin to see opportunity in surrendering to what is.  Having developed the outer personality up through the Chariot, maturing and overcoming the ego through the inner journey of the Hermit and surrender of the Hanged Man, the Fool now dies to a Higher Self.

Key Words:  Transformation/ Ego death/ Transmutation/ Surrender

Kati Texas                      Death

There is a quote from the Tao Te Ching that rings true with me, so much that I find myself sharing it often. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.”

For a time, sorrow was my constant companion. I was feeling pretty carved up.  Then one day I found something to hold onto: Change.

Suddenly I saw my situation differently. No longer was I plummeting helplessly toward an inevitable crash. Instead, I was a fledgling bird, spiraling out of control, but already possessing everything I needed to fly. Some lessons are harder to learn than others and some little birds hit the ground before they figure out they've got wings.

My interpretation of the “Death Card” isn't about the end. It's about the beginning.

Joy is meaningless without sorrow. Creation is not possible without destruction. The cultivation of roses requires handling shit.

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  1. Wow! Great painting. It changes everytime I look at it. I see more and more. There is alot going on in there. Thanks Kati.

  2. Love it, Kati! Hope to make it downtown to see all the art tomorrow night.