of Pips by Elizabeth Hazel
Seven of Wands
This is the second 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.
"Keep your eyes on me - don't look down!" He stretched to grab her hand and help her across the branches. "I'm afraid of heights," she said, smiling nervously. He's so handsome, she things to herself; if I miss this step he'll think I'm an idiot. And what's the deal with that dragon down there? "Don't look down! Focus, sweetheart, its just a little farther," he encourages enthusiastically. Really, it was such a great adventure when they started out - the journey had been pretty easy so far. But then they entered a forest and lost the path. The couldn't wander forever without direction - they were running out of food. It had been his idea to climb up to the treetops, to see if there was a road or a pathway visible from the heights. She went along at first, but now the branches were getting thinner, and what was the deal with those dragons? It seemed unlikely that they were moving toward them out of idle curiosity. She wondered if they were on the menu for dinner, but she couldn't be distracted by what-ifs just now. Keeping her balance as she moved from branch to branch was imperative. "You're almost here - reach out and grab my hand," he cried. Just then, the green dragon swooped downward, its scales flashing and fangs clicking. Should he help her across first, or try to fend off the dragon? He didn't want to take his eyes off of her - he knew she was scared and trying not to let it show. Just one more second and she'd make it.....
You can read the first installment of this series here. You can read the third installment of this 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 © 2001 Elizabeth Hazel
Page © 2001 Diane Wilkes