Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ride the snake…

This is the end, beautiful friend.

Death rides in, but not on a pale horse. He rides a Feathered Serpent, a hybrid creature of the three archetypes of Scorpio: the Eagle as upper nature, the Snake central, and the Scorpion as the lowest form. The beast clutches a salmon in it’s talons. I mentioned to someone that I wondered if it was a faux pas to put a salmon in the Nile. Around here they spawn in rivers, but they are not likely there. Or maybe they are, I don’t know. Anyway he said he thought it was funny that I was concerned about the authenticity of the salmon’s habitat when it was being clutched by a mythological creature ridden by a skeleton in a hat (actually, it is an Atef Crown). Point taken though; I honestly had not thought of that. Salmon for their spawn cycle of life and death; also, the Hebrew letter for this card is Nun, meaning fish.

Just in time, as the moon passes full and is about to wane into the sign of Scorpio tomorrow. Death is the astrological trump of Scorpio, whose GD title is “Child of the Great Transformers, Lord of the Gate of Death”. We also currently have a stellium of four planets in Aries, sign of Mars, which is the co-ruler of Scorpio along with Pluto. Pluto, appropriately, is in Capricorn – sign of Saturn, the sign of old age and Chronos, the old man with the scythe.

In the background, the Great Pyramid is shown on the banks of the Nile, in schematic form so that the King and Queen’s chambers are revealed, along with their star-aligned shafts. The King’s chamber aligns with the alpha star of Draco, the Dragon, and a belt star of Orion (Osiris). The Queen’s chamber aligns with the beta star of Ursa Minor (the Little Bear or Little Dipper)and with Sirius, the Nile Star (Isis). (In those days, both Ursa Major and Minor were considered part of Draco and associatied with goddess Tawret, the Hippo.) Death points towards the current Pole Star, around which “the world turns”. Behind him, the wormhole-shaped solar barge drifts down the stream. Life is but a dream.

From the churning of the Nile mud, and the actions of putrefaction, air bubbles rise with draconic embryos.

This might be the end, for now, as I am debating whether to postpone posting cards for awhile. Or not, who knows? Would you rather they were a surprise, or known in advance? Could ask the same about Death, I guess.

The Golden Dawn color scales for this card are Green Blue, Dull Brown, Very Dark Brown, and Livid Indigo Brown.

Anyway, this is the Death card from my new deck in progress, currently known as Tarot M:

 

 

Death Tabula Mundi Tarot
Death
copyright 2013 M.M. Meleen

To see more of this deck in progress, visit http://www.tabulamundi.com/tabula-mundi-major-arcana-tarot/

Water, water everywhere! So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Another synchronicity. Currently in the sky the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Chiron are all in Pisces, which is mutable water and thus the wateriest of water signs, and the new moon Monday (aka moon day) March 11 joins them! Add in Saturn in Scorpio and most of the zodiac is now in a water sign.

It fits, that I’ve recently completed the Hanged Man card, as the Hebrew letter for the card is Mem, meaning water, and it is the elemental trump of Water and associated with nebulous Neptune, ruler of Pisces.

The Hanged Man is associated with resurrected gods and heros: Odin on the world tree Yggdrasil, Attis on the Pine, Osiris who washed ashore in the roots of the Acacia, and many others.

Here are the different stages of the artwork for the card.

 

The Hanged Man pencil lo res web size

Hanged Man pencil version
copyright M.M. Meleen

 

First, the pencil sketch above. Just roughed in ideas at this point. Looks like shite!

Next stage is to begin inking in the lines and refining things.

 

The Hanged Man Stage1 ink lo res web size
Hanged Man, stage 1 inking
copyright M.M. Meleen

In the above version the basic shapes have been drawn in black ink, and some of the shading has been started. It looks a little better at this point! But some areas are too flat, so now the rest of the shading and details need to be added.

 

Hanged Man Tabula Mundi Tarot black white

The Hanged Man
black and white version
copyright M.M. Meleen

The above is the completed black and white version of the card. Next up, the card gets painted with colored india inks.

Hanged Man Tabula Mundi Tarot
The Hanged Man
copyright M.M. Meleen

This is the completed card of the Hanged Man for Tarot M. Following the Golden Dawn color scales, the appropriate colors for the Hanged Man are deep blue, sea green, deep olive green and white-flecked-with-purple.

The sea serpent is wearing the mask of a man wearing the mask of a sea serpent, whose horns form a trident. The color radiating out behind him is the color of the glow of light though the deep sea waters. How Neptunian is that?

The next card to do is Death, letter Nun, the Fish. Guess I’d best start it while all these planets are in fish. Then they move on to a stellium in Aries next month, which is fine for a transition to the Death card as Mars ruler of Aries is also the ancient ruler of Scorpio.

To see more cards from Tarot M, deck in progress, go to http://www.tabulamundi.com/tabula-mundi-major-arcana-tarot/

And for the latest news about my other deck, the Rosetta Tarot, I am soon to release a mini pocket size version in a tin, which is something I have longed to do from the very beginning and am finally feeling able to get on with. I hope to also have custom tailored leather cases available in very limited quantities, handmade by a very talented friend across the waters. And, there are still some copies left of the original full size special numbered edition of the Rosetta at http://shop.rosettatarot.com/ so if you want one or want a backup, there they are for now. I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford to do a second edition of those so get them while you can.

Hope you are swimming and floating through the waters of Pisces with ease!