The MAGICIAN I


​This work, one of 12 related images, 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.

 

​I initially I started out using the pack as a reference with the idea not to change the base colours, (other than to show them more clearly as described in relevant texts) and to not alter the content of the images which would alter their meanings, but to amplify, finesse and compliment them by including greater detail, depth and precision. My desire was to create a 'master' version of the cards without removing any of their integral parts and intent.

 

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 Magician.

 

A short description of the meaning behind the card.

 

Also known as Le Bateleur, The Mountebank, The Artisan, or the "sleight of hand artist", The Magus and others.

 

Like the other cards of the Major Arcana, the Magician is the subject of complex and extensive analysis as to its occult interpretations. On the broad level, the Magician is interpreted with energy, potential, and the manifestation of one's desires; the card symbolizes the meetings of the physical and spiritual worlds ("as above, so below") and the conduit converting spiritual energy into real-world action.

 

According to A. E. Waite's Pictorial Key To The Tarot, the Magician card is associated with the divine motive in man/woman. In particular, Waite links the card's connection with the number eight (which the infinity symbol is visually related to). Said infinity symbol above the Magician's head is also interpreted as a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the prophetic aspect of the Trinity.

 

Like other Tarot cards, the symbolism of the Magician is interpreted differently depending on whether the card is drawn in an upright or reversed position. While the upright Magician represents potential and tapping into one's talents, the reversed Magician's potential and talents are unfocused and unmanifested. The reversed Magician can also be interpreted as related to black magick and to madness or mental distress.

 

Above text from wikepedia.

 

Below is a  small and personal favourites selection on the tarot which I feel are very informative.

 

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 MAGICIAN I

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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.


       

       


       


       


       

       

    • Need a larger size or different aspect?

      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.

      Prices will differ.

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