Portraits of Pips by Elizabeth Hazel
This is the eighteenth 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.
Ace of Swords
The edges of the Sword pierce the winds – winds that gust with force and power, separating and dovetailing into distinction. This wind is identity, and that wind, idea. Driving currents mutter names and notions into the slipstreams a mile above ground. Purest air – not mineral but essence; not solid but pervasive. The airs merge to form the blanket that gives breathe to Earth.
Four of Wands
The crackling bonfire lights the wedding dance. Each lover sways and steps in beat with the beloved, their feet tap the rhythm of their hearts. The accord of spring is here, that in the greening earth bears the promise of hopeful future. All of nature celebrates the marriage feast, and the Lord of the Forest confers blessings of joy and fertility.
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 © 2003 Elizabeth Hazel
Page © 2002 Diane Wilkes