Today is my friend’s birthday. A woman well-known to some in the cartomantic community. Witta Kiessling Jensen, artist and wife of the famed collector K. Frank Jensen, is a woman of power. Not many can celebrate their 72nd birthday on a new moon. Something new must be made for her.

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 4.20.36 PMI got up and decided to go textile. I have a way with fabrics, braiding, and making magical cords. I took out a piece of silk that I bought in New York a few years ago, and I decided to make Witta a stole that she can wear at crossroads.

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 4.20.58 PMI braided a long red cord for vitality and power and I encrusted it with a golden pearl. Witta likes pearls.

Then I read Witta’s cards. Not just for a birthday message, but literally also her cards. I have a deck of Lenormand cards that Witta, Frank, and a number of other artists around the world made in the early 1990s as a collaborative mail art project. Of the 22 decks made, only 16 were up for sale.

Witta’s cards were the following:

Tree, Crossroad, Cat.

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Happy birthday, my dear and most magical friend. You walk between worlds with the majestic endurance of the tree and a beautiful familiar. Your own black cat, Pips, decided to have a word on this day of the new moon, and wish you well. The big, rather frightening grin, tells me that you know your path.

See you in the woods today, where we can both harvest the beautiful solanaceae, and at the house of spirits for a schnapps.

Love and kisses – c.

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Note on the deck:

Mail Artist’s Lenormand deck, Roskilde, Denmark, 1995.

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