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July 4th 2018:

I'm embarking on a 22-week journey to complete the 22 Major Arcana cards of my deck which is as of right now entitled "The Abstract Tarot."

The intention of my deck is to interpret each of the cards visually through my abstract and geometric illustration style and emphasize the essence and core symbolism and emotion behind each card. The idea is that without the highly detailed and figurative images to lean on, you can create interpretations of each of the archetypes and messages of the tarot in a brand new way. I am leaning heavily on the symbolism as it relates to the kabbala because it is more closely tied to my ancestry (being an American Jew.)

This week I am focusing on the Fool. The very first card in the tarot deck. Boy, have I been feeling the Fool energy this week. After a lot of releasing last week during the Full Moon, I am feeling quite open, raw and vulnerable. And that's precisely what the Fool, raw and vulnerable. The Fool however, doesn't give too much though to their vulnerability. They embrace the unknown with wild and reckless abandon. They are standing at the precipice of an unforgettable adventure where looking back is no longer an option. They must move forward, they must take the leap. After releasing and letting go of some things that no longer serve us, we create space for a new and foolish adventure to begin. That is definitely how I feel now. I am anticipating so many exciting things happening in the months to come and I am doing my best to embrace the change rather than allow it to overwhelm me.

When diving deeper into the kabbalistc symbolism of the Fool, I loved the interpretation of the Fool being the representation of a pure and infinite whole. Equal parts feminine and masculine with the purity of an innocent creator...essentially God before they create; infinite. In my visual interpretation of this card, the Fool figure is represented by the prism...a channel and conduit...standing at the edge of the beginning of creation. The 4 elements are represented through the rays of the sun (fire), with air just below, the cliff as the earth and below that lies water. The finite being held between two layers of divine support.

I am not sure this will be the final design, there may be some minor shifts and design details included...but I resonate deeply with the overall direction of the visuals. I am also still working out how I will color the final designs. As you can see, I have been playing around with watercolor...but I am not 100% sure this is the direction I want to go in. The back of the card design and border are also we move through the meditations of each of the cards you may see these shift as well. I am playing around with different ideas for the backs of the cards and the typographic details and will share updates as they become more refine.

What do you think!? Do you resonate with this interpretation of the Fool Card? If you are interested in following along on my Tarot deck creation and follow my deck's Facebook Page and on Instagram!

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I'll leave you with a quote I wrote that represents the essence of the Fool's energy to me:

"We may not know where we go or what we do...but we do so with reckless and unadulterated abandon."

Bye for now!



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