“…The Witches Altar Cards are unexpected, eclectic still lifes depicting symbolic altars. Each card corresponds to a traditional tarot card. However,unlike any other deck, they are laid out as horizontal vignettes – personal altars created from household and ritual objects. The power of the deck can be drawn upon in two different ways; practical or oracular, familiar or mysterious.
By placing an Altar Card before him/her, each individual shrine will invite the seeker to enter. Through detailed imagery and rich symbolism, an Altar Card will stimulate the imagination and open the seeker’s mind to a meditative journey…”
Via Phantasmaphile, children’s book illustrator Ted Enik’s new (in development – out soon) Witches Altar Tarot Cards. The one above is for The Hanged Man – a card which sounds a bit ominous but actually means that you are in transition from one era to another and that you need to suspect expectations & judgement for a bit, detach & basically wait.
It’s not a reference to anything punitive – like the gallows – but to the Norse Mercury Odin (aka Woden) who, in one story, hung himself upside down off the World Tree, Yggdrasil, in order to gain his most powerful wisdom and magic yet.