Today I got a new tarot deck. I’m not one of those who splurges money on contemporary decks, but I’m interested in anything that Ellen Lorenzi-Prince puts her hands on – and let’s mention her heart and head too, to be fair. I won’t review her new Dark Goddess Tarot, as others have already done a good job at it, but I just want to mention that already in the first draw, this Tarot promises to do just what I expect. And more, of course, to be fair. As a general rule, what I expect from any oracle is the following: precision and power. The right stuff. The mojo that makes me think.
So quite appropriately, I get these 3 cards upon asking the Dark Goddess to strut her stuff.
The Stars – inspired not only by the Hopi Goddess Spider Woman, but also by the producer behind the deck, Arnell Ando – Two of Fire, in the form of the Goddess of the Crossroadds, Hekate herself, and The World embodied here by the Aztec Goddess Coatlicue.
Straight forwardly this deck tells me that its power consists of illumination. Hekate, after having dipped her torches into the web of stars moves towards the center of the world. Power animals adorn Coatlicue’s body, with snakes forming a neat pattern in her skirt and hair. The breasts hang freely in a dripping cone while the goddess’s hands give us the green light.
I like Ellen’s one-liners here that describe each card:
- The Spider Woman says: Small things hold the Earth to heaven.
- Hekate says: You don’t need a path to find your way.
- Coatlicue says: A single manifestation holds a multitude of being.
These lines are magical in themselves. But in juxtaposition they work even more wonders. They reduce complex ideas to simplicity. A simplicity we also find in Ellen’s drawings, which are simple, but not too simple. That’s always the art, to keep it simple, while having something to say. Ellen’s new deck has something to say, and it says it eloquently.
Great stuff indeed. Go get it if you don’t have it already.
Thanks to Ellen and Arnell for a beautiful job.
Note on the deck:
The Dark Goddess, by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince, 2013, ArnellArt.