The WORLD XXI


Another painting that was to be my homage to Artist Pamela Coleman Smith who's creative skill and interpretation of Arthur Waite's ideas, made the RWS pack what it has become today.....the most popular tarot pack in the world. I have included a few mock-ups of the print framed at different sizes and in various situations.

 

Created over the loooooong lockdowns in 2020 and made with Bombay Inks on H40 x W30 cm Ampersand Claybord. Both these materials are sublime to work with and after layer upon layer of painting they have a jewel, stained glass clarity to them.


I will be uploading all 12 images from my initial venture with the RWS homage. The original drawings will also be available to buy shortly. Read more about downloads below.

 

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About The World.

 

A short description of the meaning behind the card.

 

In the traditional Tarot of Marseilles, as well as the later Rider-Waite tarot deck which this work is based on, a naked woman hovers or dances above the Earth holding a staff in each hand, surrounded by a wreath, being watched by the four living creatures (or hayyoth) of Jewish mythology: a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.  Some astrological sources explain these observers as representatives of the natural world or the kingdom of beasts.

 

According to astrological tradition the Lion is Leo—a fire sign, the Bull or calf is Taurus—an earth sign, the Man is Aquarius—an air sign, and the Eagle is Scorpio—a water sign.These signs are the four fixed signs and represent the classical four elements.

 

Upright meaning: Assured success, recompense, voyage, route, emigration, flight, change of place. Reversed: Inertia, fixity, stagnation, permanence.

 

The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life before the next big cycle beginning with the fool.The figure is male and female, above and below, suspended between the heavens and the earth. It is completeness. It is also said to represent cosmic consciousness; the potential of perfect union with the One Power of the universe. It tells us full happiness is to also give back to the world: sharing what we have learned or gained.

 

According to Robert M. Place in his book The Tarot, the four beasts on the World card represent the fourfold structure of the physical world—which frames the sacred center of the world, a place where the divine can manifest. Sophia, meaning Prudence or Wisdom (the dancing woman in the center), is spirit or the sacred center, the fifth element.

 

Above text from wikepedia.

 

My favorite tarot books etc.

 

Rachel Pollock: 78 Degrees of Wisdom and Tarot Wisdom

Sally Nichols: Jung and Tarot

Aleister Crowley: The Book of Thoth

www.marykgreer.com

A. E. Waite's 1910 Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Most works of Joseph Campbell.

Juliette Wood, Folklore (1998):The Celtic Tarot and the Secret Tradition: A Study in Modern Legend Making (1998)

     

    Please note that all images are upheld under UK copywrite and remain property of Artist Sand Laurenson. For personal use of buyer only. No Resale, duplicating, publication, etc. without permission from Artist. All images contain traceable digimarc.

    The WORLD XXI

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    • About this download

      About this digital download:

      A link to the image (Max size H48 W28cms H19x W11" ) will be sent immediately upon payment.

      This is a large file at 300dpi /36apx MB which can print sharp up to H48 x W28cms H19 x W11" so will fit fine inside most standard paper sizes and frames with a border.

      Although you can print on to any paper, I recommend an archival fine art paper if you intend to use as an art print. An excellent choice would be Hahnemeuhle rag paper in a satin or vellum finish. https://www.hahnemuehle.com/en/digital-fineart.html

      Printing on paper between 200 and 300gms will work in most home printers and will give your print a firm place to fix. You can also use the image for a canvas, aluminium or other print.

      The image is set at the ratio of a generic tarot card size apx H12 x 7cm H5 x W3" and keeps this ratio up to the largest size so there will always be a border to your print which you can crop as you wish. Please see image of print with border.

      Any problems with your download or any questions....just ask via chat on webpage or email sand451@hotmail.com

      Please note that all images are upheld under UK copywrite and remain property of Artist Sand Laurenson. For personal use of buyer only. No Resale, duplicating, publication, etc. without permission from Artist. All images contain traceable digimarc.


       

       


       


       


       

       

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      Please contact me via contact page or chat on website if you would like a lager print size than H 48 x W28 cms H19 x W11"

      It is possible to printe very large and in different aspects etc.

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