Tarot Cards

I am a woman of many projects. Can't help it. 

In 2000, I decided to make a tarot deck as birthday gifts for my friends. Well, ok, I'd wanted to do it for some time. When I was a child I tried to make a deck after reading a Princess of Flames, a fantasy novel by Ru Emerson. Two cards later, meticulously traced and colored with felt pen, I gave up. 

However, scanners and Photoshop make art possible for the drawing impaired.

I've always loved symbolic imagery. Stories of transition, change. I'm particularly drawn to juxtaposition. People floating in clouds, a lake under a night sky reflecting a summer day. Ovid's Metamorphosis. That kind of thing.

Anyway, click to see larger versions of the files and a brief explanation of my thought processes for each. 

And for more on my interest in legends and myths, check out the Morad Roel, a book a revised myths my friend Barbara (the page of pentacles) and I wrote in college.

crystal carroll

Major Arcana

1 2 3 4 5 6
magicianb&w highpriestess empress emperor hierophant lovers
7 8 9 10 11 12
chariot strengthb&w hermit fortune justice falling
13 14 15 16 17 18
death temperance deval tower star moon
19 20 21
sun judgement world


acecup 2cup 3cups 4cups 5cups
6cups 7cups 8cup 9cup 10cup
kingcups queencups knightcups pagecups


aceswor 2swor 3swor 4swor 5swor
6swor 7swor 8sword 9swor 10swor
kingswor queenswords knightswords pagesword


acepent 2pentb&w 3pents 4pents 5pentforb&wprint
6pent 7pentb&w 8pent_4 9pent 10pent
kingpents queenpent knightpents pagepents


acewand 2wand 3wands 4wands 5wand
6wand 7wand 8wand_4 9wand 10wand
kingwands queenwand knightwands pagewands


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