Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The World β€” Dragon Tarot

Artist: Peter Pracownik

Designer: Terry Donaldson


Here I am back at the Dragon Tarot, where a slender dragon wraps it wings protectively around the world. The dragons in this deck seem to have all hatched from the same clutch of eggs. If I was going to draw a dragon tarotβ€” which I won’t but if I didβ€” one of my main goals would be to give the dragons all their own personality and unique features. After all, dragons are people, too. But I digress.


My mother is here visiting. We do typical mother-daughter activities such as walking the frozen wetlands of the nearby nature preserve and constructing built-in shelving so baby-to-be has some place to store its (her?) dozens of onesies. I know the shelving project will not be completed before she leaves: I will need to finish the drywall and painting. I have other unfinished drywall projects around the house. My best excuse for not finishing the other projects is that it is impossible to carry home an intact 8×4-foot sheet of drywall on top of a Toyota Corolla. Afraid of impending lethargy, I say to the deckβ€” Tell me to finish the drywall! β€”Motivation comes easier with a foreman.


The deck hands me the World: a card of integration, completion, accomplishment, and travelβ€” quite a powerful card for a seemingly simple request. Nonetheless. To integrate is defined as to combine one thing with anotherβ€” such as to combine drywall with mud and tapeβ€” so that they become seamlessly whole. To complete is to finish a project. To accomplish something is to stand back and look at it with pride and say, β€œWell! That’s done.” To travel is to move on to the next thing. Despite how annoying I find the task of spackling, I don’t think my request was deserving of the World, which indicates there will be praise and celebration for my successful achievements. I won’t complain. I just have to do what the World has obligingly ordered me to doβ€” ASAP.


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