|Hand-made rough silk bag with card frontispiece|
Anyhow, back to the Chakra Mandala: there are a number of variations on this deck. You can have Carol's recolouring of the the Rider Waite Smith Majors in the foreground and the chakra images in the background (the Chakra Tarot), or you can have just the chakra images (the Chakra Mandala), which is what I chose. I love that no two chakras are drawn the same, as you'll see over the course of the week. As with all her decks, Carol also offers various bling versions - glitter and/or irridescent paints to really make the cards shine and come alive! An added bonus is that they come in the lovely bag you can see here.
I originally got these cards just to meditate with the chakra images, not as a tarot at all. However, drawing these cards and working with them I started to think about how the combined energies fitted with the Majors they were attributed to. So, I thought I'd share some of these lovely images and see what others think :)
|11 - Justice from the Chakra Mandala|
I love the way some of this is portrayed in the image itself. The Inner Eye chakra has been painted in such a way that it looks almost like an eye, clear-sightedly examining the situation. And the background looks like a star-scape, with a spiral universe in the petal of the Root chakra that connects it with the Inner Eye chakra. This seems to me to link with the idea of Justice as karmic - the laws of the Universe, and infinity, all wrapped up in one. The Root chakra is based around fours - the number of stability and structure - while the Inner Eye chakra has just two petals - the number of choice and duality, there being two sides to any question. Structure and choices, sounds like another quite good description of Justice.
Returning to the image, there are also some clouds above, the limits of our perception, perhaps? And darkness below - the muddy ground from which we rise up, which provides the bedrock for our character and the foundation from which we begin all that we do. There appear to be mountains, symbols of higher truth, and a couple of lines of fire - the passion for life which fuels us.
There is certainly plenty here, both visually and symbolically, to work with and meditate upon!
So, what do you think, do these chakra energies meld well to describe the Justice card?
I am grateful for the ability to assess what has gone before and use that to try to make good choices for the future.