Thursday, 31 October 2013

Samhain Blog Hop: The Making of the Burial Mound

©McCracken & Worthington
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Welcome to another hop around the world via the blogs of tarotists and other diviners :)  Our wrangler this time is the wondrous Alison Cross, who asked us to talk about love.  Well, that's a tough one as I love many things about this Celtic Lenormand deck!  One of the things that makes it rather different, though, is the fact that it uses the Pagan sabbats rather than days, weeks, months and years to look at timing.  I also love this season, with its spectacular colours and the suggestion to take time to look inward and to connect with those who have passed.  Honouring our forebears is something which I am finding more and more relevant as I grow older.

Connecting all these dots, I would like to share with you the card that I designed for this spoke of the Wheel of the Year: the Burial Mound (Coffin).  It's one of my favourite images in the whole deck: I think Will Worthington did an exquisite job on it!
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This card was a slightly tough one, as the Celts didn't bury their dead in coffins, instead inhumating them (putting the whole body inside a burial mound in the earth).  Still, I tried to capture both the traditional aspects of the Coffin card, and also to honour celtic practices.  So, in this card there is a crow flying off to the left, to echo the black pall often found draped on the left side of Coffin cards.  The crow also points to the sickness interpretation of this card, as they are known to feed on carrion, the meat of animals that may have sickened and died.

The mists emphasise the idea of the thinning of the veil between the worlds at this time, as well as adding an edge of uncertainty to the card.  The dark of the inside of the tomb echoes the dark of the grave into which a coffin is lowered, and also lends more eeriness to the card.  Yet, the slight crescent moon in the sky above reminds us that new beginnings follow endings, no matter how dark they seem at the time, and that even in times of sickness, there is hope of improvement.

A dark, but beautiful card, then, and one I hope you will love as much as I do.  My partner refused to have a print of it on our wall, finding it too dark, but I think it's wonderful, deeply atmospheric!

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Prototype on Show

This week, I will be running a workshop at the UK Tarot Conference on ways to combine the tarot and the Lenormand in readings.  The Celtic Lenormand will be there, both in prototype form, and in the images on the slides of my presentation.  On top of that, I've created a slideshow with a selection of the images from the deck - 33 of the final 45.  Wouldn't want to give away everything, with still 5 or 6 months to go until the deck is to be published!

So, if you're anywhere near London, why not think about attending?  And if not, well, I'll keep sharing more images here over the coming weeks and months - ever the ambassador spreading the word of the Celtic Lenormand :)