I’ll be taking a several-month hiatus from working on the Etteilla deck project because I have a book manuscript to complete. But before I take that hiatus, I want to “leave off” on a happy card.
And the last card of the Second Septenary in the Etteilla– The Devil– isn’t quite the happy card I’m thinking of. =)
So I’ve started the Ace of Cups, and am intentionally leaving it incomplete. That way it’s the prolonging energies in my space until I return. More about that. Keep reading.
POLL #1: Should I call the suit Chalices or Cups? I think technically for this deck, it’s supposed to be Chalices, right? But Cups just flows off the tongue better than Chalices, and much easier to verbalize. Let me know what you think.
Above you’ll see a side by side comparison of Etteilla I (top, first row), Etteilla II (middle row), and Etteilla III (bottom, third row), for Cards 8 through 14. Click on the image for a slightly more enlarged view.
Oops, the coloring of the archway in Prudence (Card 12) doesn’t match the archways in The High Priest (13) and The Devil (14). Sigh. The things we miss, eh? To be fair, I’m spending 95% of my drawing time looking at the images you see here at 500% magnified zoom. Which… I believe there’s a popular saying that captures my little oversight? =)
POLL #2: Which version of Prudence do you prefer in the above? Left or right? Or the coloring difference is so negligible that you don’t care?
I kinda like how the archways connect the three illustrations, but I dunno. I might go back and re-draft the background for Prudence. We’ll see.
Okay, so why am I getting all superstitious and making sure I am leaving a happy card incomplete? So… for every single card I’ve drawn in this deck, while drawing that card, real life events have been echoing whatever the textbook energies are of the card. (This happened with the SKT too, btw.) I’m not going to try to give a woo conclusion. You’ll believe whatever you’ll believe. But for myself, I want the Ace of Cups energy to continue from now until whenever I return to this project. =)
[Yeah, re-using the Ark of the Covenant I drew from the SKT Revelation for the reversed position of the Ace of Cups, b/c in the French editions, the keyword and referene associated with this card is the Ten Commandments, or to be even more specific, the original tablets that the Ten Commandments were written on by the Finger of God. Which, according to lore, are stored in the Ark.]