The Lovers

Leah Pantea

I worked hard on this lovers design. I was very excited about creating two figures that feel separate, yet the same. That middle arm is shared and it could belong to either figure. The story in the image feels cyclical to me, looking at the outside world (blue figure, blue to also represent cups- my emotional friend) feels the love and joy from the outside world and brings it inward. For me, the bliss of the card is truly in the corresponding action (red figure, representing wands) of reflecting that inner joy outward again. And so it repeats and repeats,...

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The Moon

Leah Pantea

Ahh the moonnn my friend. I made this card to visually reference the moon phases that are present on the backs of the cards. Present on top are a full moon- looking full and ripe, foreshadowing the sun in the next card, and the waning moon, reminding us to reflect on our lives- and that now is a time to explore within. On this bottom half, I created a stylized moon-reflection, to 1. reference back to the water element present in the Smith-Rider-Waite deck and 2. to play on the elusiveness of the moon. A reflection is both something and...

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10 of Swords

Leah Pantea

While researching the Ten of Swords I was really struck by how DEVASTATING the imagery of Smith-Rider-Waite is. Okay, maybe this is just me, but when I'm feeling sad, I LOVE indulging on stuff that just makes me feel more affirmed for feeling sad. But does it help? Does it make me feel more seen or make me want to fight for a way out? No, not at all. When I created this card, I wanted to focus on the bigger picture of the movement from the ten to the page (seen here, over the shoulder of the ten). The swords...

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