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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

6. The Lovers

The Lovers can be seen as the realization of the Free Will of our separateness and how we choose to be as one again.  Here the feminine seeks balance with the masculine as we learn that we must first fall in love with ourselves as Divine beings before we can truly love one another. We learn as we make choices in our loving that we are all interconnected, that we all mirror each other and we come to a much higher loving than we ever imagined.

Key Words: Discrimination/ Alchemical wedding of  masculine and feminine consciousness/ Finding God in sexual ecstasy 

Walter Pence                  The Lovers 

“A long standing opposition in me manifests itself as a conflict between reason and art.  I have lived this contradiction.  Making this card has helped me to create a mythic harmony which I explain as follows:  The force of love in nature is already present in us at birth as a seed waiting to blossom when the time is ripe.  The sun’s warmth, like a smile, spontaneous and unbidden, is also love; its heat generates in earth the myriad forms of life.  As complementary opposites, human beings become one in their love for one another.  Their need for wholeness is expressed, first in erotic desire, but also in the tenderness and appreciation each shows for the other. 

Still, no relationship can exist without difficulties and problems.  Enter the serpent.  The serpent is wise because it knows both darkness and light.  Moving in the unknown world below ground, as well as above, ancient peoples saw it as a messenger between the two worlds.  Since the snake sheds its skin and grows a new one, it also has the ability to transform and heal divisive elements in both body and psyche.  Hence its presence in a romantic relationship.  Humans share the earth with other beings making up the web of life.  Just as the force of love is universal, so are the empathetic/symbiotic connections holding all things in interdependent relationships.  Love unifies, imparting purpose and meaning to life.  Thus everything attains a wholeness of being.”

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