Tarot Art Prints
Major Arcana created during InkTober 2019
To purchase individual 5″x7″ prints or a full set of the 22 Major Arcana, visit my Etsy store.
0. THE STUDENT (usually “The Fool”) The Student studies and explores a world of countless wonders, finding no shame in admitting what they do not yet know. Reversed, The Student’s learning is focused inward on the self.
1. THE ARTIST (usually “The Magician”) The Artist gives voice to that which astonishes them. Reversed, it refers to art and creativity for oneself alone.
2. THE SAGE (usually “The High Priestess”) The Sage has come to understand and trust their inner self, and this understanding has brought a measure of peace even in troubling times. Reversed, the meaning is the same; The Sage remains centered through it all.
3. THE GARDENER (usually “The Empress”) The Gardener finds purpose and joy in nurturing growth, often in plants, animals, people, projects, or communities. Reversed, The Gardener’s focus is inward on nurturing the self.
4. THE BUILDER (usually “The Emperor”) The Builder reshapes the world for the benefit of others, creating a sense of community, leading movements, or perhaps even envisioning new paradigms. Reversed, The Builder’s efforts are focused on a personal scale, for a small group of people.
5. THE GUIDE (usually “The Hierophant”) The Guide is a patient teacher and mentor, deriving great purpose in counseling others. Reversed, The Guide is humble and wise enough to ask others for help.
6. THE FRIENDS (usually “The Lovers”) The Friends is a reminder that no one is alone. Relationships may require work, but they return inspiration, comfort, enrichment, and so much more. Reversed, this card symbolizes the friend within; that part of the self from which we derive these same sorts of joys.
7. THE JOURNEY (usually “The Chariot”) The Journey towards your goals requires forward movement, regardless of the obstacles that arise to stop you. Go at any speed and do not be afraid to take a step back if you need to. Reversed, remember that simply surviving another day is also progress towards your goals. It is absolutely enough.
8. COURAGE (usually “Strength”) Focus your will and summon your strength, it’s time to face what frightens you. Reversed, remember that the greatest act of Courage is often a vulnerable heart.
9. THE READER (usually “The Hermit”) The Reader revels in time spent alone — time spent reflecting, relaxing, or filling the well of self. Reversed, The Reader’s introspection implies creative inspiration or a breakthrough of self-awareness.
10. THE WIND (usually “Wheel of Fortune”) The Wind is capricious; take time to revel in your victories and happy moments when the wind is at your back. Reversed, The Wind is capricious; give yourself time to grieve and be gentle with yourself when the wind slows your way.
11. TRUTH (usually “Justice”) Seek the Truth. It is sometimes difficult to see and embrace, but it is always necessary. Reversed, seek the Truth of your inmost self.
12. THE POET (usually “The Hanged Man”) Possessing the serenity of mindfulness, The Poet is focused on the present and at peace with the ebb and flow of thoughts and feelings. Reversed, The Poet’s inner tranquility provides a strong foundation for creative growth.
13. TRANSFORMATION (usually “Death”) Transformation indicates a profound change that leads to a new phase in the journey. Reversed, this Transformation is self-initiated, a purposeful reinvention.
14. BALANCE (usually “Temperance”) Balance is understanding what the self needs to return to its center. Reversed, this Balance is more dynamic and may involve a swing to extremes.
15. THE ADVENTURER (usually “The Devil”) The Adventurer steps boldly along unfamiliar paths, eager to discover what wonders await. Reversed, The Adventurer has the wisdom to return home to that which is comforting and familiar before setting off again.
16. THE RAIN (usually “The Tower”) The Rain brings catharsis — sudden and cleansing. Reversed, this catharsis leads to new understanding and growth.
17. THE SONG (usually “The Star”) The Song shines a light on that which is good and hopeful in the world. Reversed, The Song’s hope springs from within, a reflection of the self.
18. THE DREAM (usually “The Moon”) That shimmer on the horizon, beautiful and numinous, is The Dream. Do not lose sight of it. Reversed, take a step towards The Dream. It still shimmers, but it also becomes more solid.
19. THE HEART (usually “The Sun”) The Heart is joyous and free. Reversed, The Heart’s joy multiplies when shared with others.
20. HARVEST (usually “Judgement”) Harvest rewards hard work with bounty. Reversed, the bounty is tenfold when the hard work is on the self.
21. THE DESTINATION (usually “The World”) The Destination is what we strive for, the harmony won at journey’s end. Reversed, this harmony is not a permanent state, but rather a home to which we can always return.
What I envisioned as the design for the back of the Tarot cards, if they were actually made into cards.
The back of the art prints.