Friday, January 27, 2012

The Devil Made Me Do It

Mid last year I was invited to participate in a special project to benefit The Ink People, Humboldt County's indie arts organization.  Twenty two local artists were chosen to create a piece of art that represents each person's take on one of the 22 Major Arcana cards in the tarot deck.  We had a ceremony where each of us chose our card ~ in actuality the appropriate card chose one of us to represent it.  My card is The Devil.

The finished artwork is due March 1.  Each piece will be photographed, a deck of Major Arcana cards will be printed and available locally for sale, and the original artwork will be auctioned off to benefit TIP. 

The Devil is one of two or three Major Arcana cards that strike fear in most peoples' hearts.  Actually, though, it is a card of transformation.  The Devil shows us the dark side -- our personal dark side, the dark side of society and civilization, materialism, overindulgence, dark political powers, etc.  The images at the bottom of my collage represent those very things. 

But the card shows us that we're only enslaved by ourselves.  The chains are loose, we each make the choice to wallow in the mire of modern culture or to lift ourselves out and move toward the light, the awakened spiritual life.  The Devil is also Lucifer, the bringer of light.  If we're willing to let go of everything that is not working in our lives personally and culturally and see ourselves as we truly are ~ spiritual beings having a human experience ~ then life is open at the top and we are gifted with pearls of wisdom.

The Devil is absolutely the perfect card for me to have drawn.  It speaks volumes about the spiritual growth I've been undergoing in the last year.  I am honored that I was asked to participate in this project.


Els said...

Ha Connie, what a wonderful project to be part of ! It's always fun to be part of something with others, that "forces" you to find new ways in expressing yourself ! I like your devil-card. Wonder what the whole lot will look like ....

Nora said...

What a wonderful work of art you created and what a wonderful way to look at such a dark power in a positive manner. Yes, you have made quite a transformation. It is obvious in many areas of your life. You are an example to many of us. XOX

frazzledsugarplummum said...

Thanks for the link to the Ink People. I enjoyed reading about the objectives of the group and was excited about 'Msd/Creative', 'Maskabition', 'A tribute to who .. inspires you' as well as 'Dia de los Muertos'. Eureka must be a Mecca/retreat for artists. How did you choose your card? I agree about the transformative possibilities. An exciting card to choose you and so appropriate. You must have put a lot of thought into the image choices...or did they jump out at you? I especially like the healing snakes, the volcano lava burning away the restraints, that which needs cauterising and the transformation into someone that shines.
A lot of thought in this Connie. Something to be proud of. You inspire me! Thanks for sharing the info and thoughts behind it.

Meg in Nelson said...

And I agree; it's a great card for you to work on. Imagine, being produced as a card to be sold!!