A Sculpture of Truth and Liberty
Daily Draw February 6th, 2012
While reorganizing my decks I came across the Tarot de Paris which I don’t often use. I bought it after I made a commissioned tarot bag for the deck. The inspiration was Matisse plus the colours in the deck. I printed out some images from online and then used CMYK charts for the silk dyeing to match the colours.
I was thinking of selling a few decks after I tidied my room, and when I did some research on current values I found the secondary market prices ridiculously high. I dislike inflated pricing, even though I could make money, so will just keep my decks, this being one I had considered selling.
SPIRIT OF AIR (Page of Swords)
This is the Page of Swords in more conventional tarot decks. I left the scan fairly large so you can see the jigsaw puzzle pieces superimposed over the sky at the top. Because Pages are young I was thinking this could mean the way we fit things together to get a sense of life when we are young and impressionable. We are trying to see how we fit with others and our life’s work and partner.
The mirror in the Spirit’s hand, reminds me of how self-oriented the young are, and also how we mirror what other people do before we find our own voice, our own firm footing. The author calls it the mirror of truth, I call it the mirror of someone who isn’t secure enough to know their own truth.
It’s important to think things out and look at everything before choosing a direction or relating to others. There is a hint of gossip or lack of privacy with this card. I still remember the searching quality of being young, of being naive and involved with people who were not truthful. Truth is discernment. I also like the thought of discernment with regard to choosing not to sell books or decks too.
Interestingly, the artist refers to this statue as La Verité (Truth) on the Palais de Justice in Paris. It is also called Libertas the Roman goddess of liberty, but the painting that inspired it is of La Verité and was painted by Jules Joseph Lefebvre in 1870. Seemingly the titles for the statue are interchangeable. Here is the original painting.
So I have both Truth and Liberty today, and the idea of reflecting truth, bouncing truth off yourself, reflecting your own truth to the world. Something like that.
Oh and for Debra, because of the comments section in this post, I am showing an image of the new shelf so far. I thought this would organize everything but by the time I brought more decks and books up from downstairs, it still looks rather full.
“Better than nowt” as they say.