Portraits of Pips by Elizabeth Hazel
This is the fourteenth in a series of "portraits" of the Minor Arcana, written in Liz's unique style. All cards are inspired by and illustrated with the Vala Tarot, a deck designed and illustrated by Elizabeth Hazel.
drummers and pipers call the people to come and see:
the May Queen is coming! The
May Queen approaches! Harken,
rejoice in the pageant: raise high
the May pole, let all celebrate Earth's awakening!
The May Queen's magic is abundant fertility: seeds swell, bulbs burst, flowers bloom, weeds sprout, trees
bud, shrubs flower; sheep births lamb, cow births calf, sow births piglet, and
doe births fawn. The barn cat has
her kittens, the hunting bitch her pups. The
energy hidden in the dark soil is revealed; its potent treasure springs fierce
from its winter casket. The radiant
sun pours forth her hoard of precious warmth.
Twilight gilds the green and lavender of the valley; the wee folk sing
deep in forest grottoes upon the mountain.
Soak sweet woodruff in the spring wine, and light the bonfires on the
hilltops! All good things are
You can read the first installment of this series here. You can read the last installment of the series here.
Elizabeth Hazel is a tarotist, astrologer and rune reader. Her original art for the Vala Tarot was inspired by a life time of reading the cards, and she is seeking a publisher for the deck. Liz enjoys music and gardening.
Column and images © 2002 Elizabeth Hazel
Page © 2002 Diane Wilkes