Thursday, 12 May 2011

Dr. Livingstone, I presume

Today's sixth draw from the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot by Karen Mahoney and Alex Ukolov, published by Magic Realist Press, and with companion book by Sophie Nusslé, is the Three of Wands.

In the best tradition of Victorian era explorers, we see five figures gazing through three different telescopes.  The hawk and the rhino seem to discuss directions as Rhino gazes through the largest telescope.  Two beetles cling to one of the tripod legs of Rhino's telescope, holding their own, miniature instruments.  Down on the floor, a snail peers through another small telescope on a little tripod.  The Hawk and the Rhino wear gentlemen's clothes, while the smaller creatures wear nothing but their shells.  Still they all seem to be in it together, exploring and discovering. 

I am grateful for the very different people in my life who can lend their perspective to projects.

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