Ah I mean Dominion, or do I?
These are my Fab Foxes.

It’s been an epic lunar month in more ways than one. Completing four cards has been intensive but rewarding, though I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up that pace. I suppose it depends mostly on the ideas keeping coming.
It was also the last month of The Year of The Tiger (and didn’t it go out with a roar!). Today is the first day of the Year of The Rabbit so Gung Hei Fat Choi to you all!
*Lets off a bunch of metaphorical firecrackers*
I had a good if somewhat dramatic Tiger Year. Certainly I have been blessedly lucky compared to many. Thinking of dear Sumina who lived through this awful cyclone last night! Love to you my dear!

Hoping for a calmer year this year and to get the bulk of my minor arcana completed…have a feeling these two aims might be mutually exclusive though, especially if I keep coming up with cards like this one. Given a choice between peace and creativity, I chose creativity, even if it means destruction as well.

These are two Tibetan dorjes crossed as recommended by Mr C.  Symbols of thunder and of the generative power of the universe. A dorje represents the mantra Om Mane Padme Hum, which means the Jewel in the Lotus, refering to the sexual union that leads to all creation. The Fab Foxes destroy so that creation can take place.  I call them Fab Foxes because I have been listening to the album of that name while painting them, though in fact they are Tibetan Iron Dogs.

Oh and the symbol at the centre is a Sri Yantra, also a symbol of Tantra. The triangles intersecting are male and female so that the whole again is a sacred sexual union. A Yantra interestingly, is the visual equivalent of a Mantra. Perhaps I could call all my cards Yantras.

Also born from the terrible fate of my dearest lovely chicken Inanna Banana (eaten alive by a fiendish black dog).

I wonder, what does it profit a person to gain the world and lose their chicken?

6 responses

  1. This card is fierce. Wow, so much to absorb in all your cards. The shapes at the bottom that contain the symbols for Venus and Aries – do they have some significance? I know only a teensy bit about Tibetan Buddhism.

    I hope the inspiration keeps coming for you!

    February 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    • Well strictly speaking they are Phurbu or Kīla:
      Which are a kind of magical dagger, so the shapes at the bottom are triangular blades.
      I hadn’t read that wiki, but it fits what I was intending perfectly.

      It’s just like visual riddles. If I play with them long enough I get the answer, often just by playing with shapes. Great feeling when you solve them. 😀

      February 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

  2. Inspiring work, such beautiful cards.

    February 6, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  3. I hope it doesn’t tire you to keep hearing me gush about how incredibly talented you are 😉 You’re not happening to look for an apprentice or young(ish) Padawan or something, are you?

    February 11, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    • I don’t think I have much to teach on the technical front, bar perhaps OMG acrylic inks!
      Reading continuously is very helpful to me. Gives me content and ideas and constant inspiration. Looking at old art, from everywhere.
      Looking at nature most of all.
      Just looking generally.

      Be cool to meet up one day. I’m sure we’d get on. It’s funny I just came up with the perfect three of cups after you commented. I was struggling before so you must have inspired me!
      Three women….don’t you think three women together always have a catalytic effect on life?

      February 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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