Thursday, June 30, 2011

Inspired by the Tarot

Most of us have various passions, interests, and activities that occupy our time. Sometimes it can be fun when these passions intersect. I make jewelry and sell it on the internet through the online shop Jewelry by Scotti. Recently, I was trying to decide what jewelry project I wanted to do next. Calling on one of my other major interests, I consulted the Tarot.

The card I drew was THE EMPEROR from Ciro Marchetti's Legacy of the Divine deck (Llewellyn).


After sharing this on Facebook, I got some great suggestions about what sort of piece I should create:
TS: Maybe something made of horn or bone. He's wearing an ankh...maybe something with that. The colors you mentioned work, too. Or maybe something less feminine...maybe something in gold or brass, but not delicate. Also notice the sun behind him.
SC: Maybe some Dude Jewelry -- there is nothing for us to buy!
RI: Some serious bling!
HH: Something commanding, something fit for an Emperor or Empress to wear, something that demands attention when worn.
I decided that I would use materials that I already had on hand, which did limit my options somewhat. I also decided to make a necklace that could be worn by a man or woman. I had some large red agate nuggets, but was disappointed when I realized they all had flaws that rendered them unsuitable (in my opinion) as a focal bead. The next best thing were some red agate bamboo beads.

The Emperor card is often associated with the zodiac sign Aries, a Fire sign. Interpretation also usually emphasizes stability and authority. Therefore, I created a necklace that combines fiery red-orange and gold with solid, stable brown to create a blend of radiant confidence and unshakable reliability. Here is what I ended up with:


Red agate bamboo beads, carved olive wood beads, double-sided betel nut beads in black and mahogany, and 5mm dark wood beads form the foundation of this necklace, while shiny gold spacers and gold chain add a royal glow. The necklace can be adjusted from 18 to 20 inches.


It's not terribly flashy or brassy, but I feel it does reflect The Emperor's passion as well as his dignity and stability. Comments welcome!

3 comments:

  1. That necklace is absolutely stunning! I can see the influences from the card and love the Aries fire aspect.

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  2. Thank you, Raelyn. I'm glad you like it. I think I may be making more Tarot-inspired pieces!

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