Portraits of Pips by Elizabeth Hazel

This is the sixteenth 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.

Seven of Pentacles 

What worries rest on his shoulders, what questions must be answered before he can proceed on his path?  Each step has been carefully planned and taken, but looking back he sees there were flaws in first step, faults that have now caught up with him.  So much effort and work Ė will it yield nothing?  Or can some benefit be salvaged from the situation?  He worries and waits, thinks and speculates, and then worries some more.  Even the spider may catch more with her web than he will with his efforts.  There must be a way to fix the problems, but at the moment he canít see it.

Six of Swords

The boat skims forward over calm waters, and the sailor knows he has reached his destination.  Each element of the voyage has been displayed in perfection:  the rounded sail filled with wind without straining, the water easing the path of the craft without heaving, the smooth handling of the rudder as it guides the boat to harbor.  The expertise of the sailor and the steady winds combine in a safe yet speedy ride.  The destination is achieved with ease, accomplished through a steady application of skill.  The sailor and his boat are united with water and wind.   His mastery is evident as he glides the craft toward the dock.  All that he has learned in the past assured his success today.

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
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