Portraits of Pips by Elizabeth Hazel
Two of Wands

This is the fourth 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.

Looking up to the clouds, he sees them floating in the sky he longs to conquer. The distant silhouette of the mountains calls him to explore, to understand, to challenge their snow covered peaks and cliffs. It can become his world, a kingdom in the clouds, if he can pay the price of courage. He is summoned by the call of intrepid adventure. The Sun has risen to illuminate every possibility the earth offers to the adventurer. He carries no tools or maps, nothing but his faithful wand, the strength of his hands, \the pace of his feet along the path, the senses of his mind to anticipate the demands of his impending journey. If only there was an omen to bless his undertaking! He calls his protective totems, and the spirits of his ancestors for blessings. Look! There in the sky, the rolling clouds merge and converge into the image of a dragon. He must be wise and patient, fierce and unassailable in his pursuits. The spirits have answered, the way of his fate has been indicated by the omen in the sky.

Eight of Swords

I cannot move. I cannot see. no one knows I am here, alone, afraid, unable to escape from this captivity. I am bound in this shroud, not living, but not yet dead. Terror lurks in every corner of my mind. Every creak and whisper is a thousand times louder because I am blindfolded. There is no light, no sufferance, no assistance to be had here. They have left me in this isolation, bound by these cruel ropes; ropes woven of the wood of anxiety and the steel threads of despair. Thoughts are my only light, yet they circle like taunting banshees. Abandoned with no recourse, the jailers told me before leaving that the ropes are bound, not with knots, but with the substance of my weaknesses and failures. I am a prisoner of my self. Where can I find the strength to surmount my bounds? Apathy and despair are my enemies - where, oh where, can I find a glimmer of hope?

You can read the first 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










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