Oscar Araripes Tarot Cards
My dream was to paint a Tarot Cards which had the image of another time and which was sufficiently liberating to overcame the erudition of the old culture, and anarchic enough to be used as pure talent.
I had just finished writing a literary trilogy- a good thirty years of intense labour - when, having already started painting, one fine day, a beautiful magician unexpectedly revealed to me for the first time the 22 Cards of the Major Arcanics from the Marseilles Tarot Pack. Immediately, I was struck with the idea of a book of images, a silent book . For the next twenty or twenty two minutes I painted it , arranging it according to the Cardinal Points, and dividing it into 7 Celestial Cards, 13 Terrestial , 1 "Binding Card -the Devil , and 2 outside the Deck ( the Hanging -man and the Fool).
It is clear that I didnt have an exact idea of what I was doing - the whole process was rapid and completly spontaneous - and only, little by little, did I perceive what I wanted from the ancient images; the first and oldest capable of manifesting the "essence common to all things, and the way these alchemical visions can be realised without any great surprise. Thus the cards would never lie - and people could leave them. By pure talent.
Below are a few words showing my interpretation of each of the cards.
1- The Blacksmith - Imagine the number One Thousand. Use the speed of the hands. Being able to transform the 3. Discernment arises by turning one's head upwards and to the left. To become Zeus is to love Zeus.
2- La Papesse - As the Pope, has the eyes heavy of shadows because she does not connect with the Earth.Her exoteric forehead is frightening. The Papesse must give birth.
3- The Empress - Still has her eyes in the head. One should not use falconeries. Stop looking at the Scepter. The Empress is an actress.
4- The Emperor - The Lion sees the horizon. However a 4 keeps him from seeing with both eyes.
5- The Pope - The Pope is myself.
6- Les Amouresses - One should not choose among two peoples. The fiancèe is only one.
7- Coche - Every women has a coach-driver in her life.Whem turning a horse around, turn both at the same time. The world of Coach are made of powder.
8- Jus - Justice is made cutting heads. One should close the left eye to see the card with the left eye closed. Put the green in the mouth.In beauty there is no injustice.
9- Hermit - The Hermit knows how to wait and defeats the demons with his fire lantern.
10- The Audacious Wheel - Luck helps the audacious. The Ace falls into the whirl that takes to the center of the world.
11- The Strength - It is Love. One should put the hand in the Lion's mouth but only if the Lion is tame.
12- The Hanging-man - A pending situation. The hanging-man always has a reason in his belly.
13- Death - There is a death that is death itself. But how terrible it is to love Death.
14- Temperance - Instead of pouring water from one jar to the other, one should season things. Unbalance.
15- The Devil - It is march 15. One should make a pact with him, but fooling him. He is completely mundane. He is between heaven and earth. He is blue, yellow, red and black.
16- The Tower - The beautiful destruction makes from all of the tower's breaks beautiful confetti.
17- Star - They are 13 stars. One should imagine one's own star.
18- The Moon - The moon has many ligths. The moon defeats the sun but will not extinguish it.
19- The Sun - The great star of 5th magnitude. Everything here is false. The Sun is colder, smaller and less luminous than the Moon. The pleasure of being the Sun.
20- Judge - One should not Judge. One should blow the trumpets.
21- The World - The most complex card. The question of XX and XXI. A parrot tries to bite a 4. The rabbit has the body of the stars. The 4 leaves the center of the world.
22- The Fool - The Fool looks skywards. His hairs is tangled. Purifies the gold he carries.Not even the dogs bother him. His legs are like a club. He is golden.The brigthness of silver in his eyes distinguishes him from the suicidal.