GOOD HEAVENS You mean … that happened back when? but why didn’t she say something? … when he said nothing then?.. Each vibrant painting depicts a symbolic story, bestowing kingdoms of good treasures and glory. She began with a word and the word was emotion, each illustration, imbued with a spiritual potion. The colours, the liveliness, the right actions, each story holds human divination satisfaction. From morning to night, creating from source, each card, a contemplative signpost for cause. As genius in the design of costume and arts, a deep symbolic wisdom, is held in each card. Many have walked within her graceful steps, the Empress of righteous thoughts… she kept. Today all praise her eyes and ears of truth, however, back then, her talents were rebuked. Rider and Waite held copyrights to her fame, what a pity, they never testified of her name. Incredulously. He, had been her best friend, embarrassing, is how the ‘Rider Waite’ fate ends. PAMELA COLMAN-SMITH; Artist of esoteric mysteries, aka *PIOUS PIXIE, the designer in tarot card history. In memory of her work in faith and labour of love, in patience, her talents, elected from heaven above. In dedication, as I hold my hand on my navel, I shall bow to her prophecies of mystical tales. Victoria Healing ~ 12.6.2021 Good Heavens ~ *Pious Pixie Never forgotten. Requiescat in pace ALONE - Alone and in the midst of men, Alone 'mid hills and valleys fair; Alone upon a ship at sea; Alone -- alone, and everywhere. O many folk I see and know, So kind they are I scarce can tell, But now alone on land and sea, In spite of all I'm left to dwell. In cities large -- in country lane, Around the world -- 'tis all the same; Across the sea from shore to shore. Alone -- alone, for evermore. ~Pamela Colman-Smith
Empress of the Modern-Day Tarot
The Jamaican-British artist responsible for the “Waite-Rider” deck, the most popular in the world, which men profited from while she died penniless. “She changed the face of tarot, creating the first deck with illustrations on every card. “Her tarot deck and many of her other works are an example of women’s work and art and contributions being continually brushed under the carpet, continually undervalued, unpaid, taken for granted.”
‘Discover the childlike magic of just being alive’ ~ Pamela Colman-Smith
She was seeking to create a world in which racist thought and moral hypocrisy would vanish along with high-button shoes and celluloid shirt collars. She wanted everyone to sit on the floor, cross-legged and ‘Discover the childlike magic of just being alive’
Though she didn’t get the credit she deserved, her artwork remains the most recognisable Tarot imagery of all time. Learn all about her talents and history here:
*Pious ~ Deeply religious.
‘Blessed were her eyes, that they saw,
Blessed were her ears, for they heard’
Images: Pamela Colman-Smith.
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