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This is a greeting card set of four featuring the collage, "The Maiden of Cups," from my Tarot Collection. The picture depicts a woman standing upon the sea. The colors are ginger and aqua blue. The cards are printed on white recycled cardstock and fit into ginger envelopes measuring roughly at five and a half inches by seven and three quarters inches. On the back of the envelope, on the closing flap is a homemade sticker of the infant shown in the larger picture, floating on the ocean inside a lotus cradle. These cards make for great gifts for baby showers, blessing ways and birth itself, even for women trying to get pregnant. But they are versatile and can be given to anyone embarking on a new course in life. A rebirth. A new job, a new school, etc.

As do all of AnangkaArts greeting cards, each card has an elaborate write-up on the back explaining not only the meaning of the card, but the process in which it was made. In a Papyrus font, this is how that reads:

“Maiden of Cups”—while this court card can be a male or female figure, since it suggests pregnancy and birth, the artist chose the latter and also kept with her feminization of the deck. A young woman stands surrounded by water,
popularly believed to be a symbol of the collective or personal unconscious. But as J.E. Cirlot elaborates in his book, A Dictionary of Symbols, water also represents “the most maternal,” a concept known as matritamah in the
Vedas, “because, in the beginning, everything was like a sea without light,” a spiritually universal notion that water acted as the primal stew in which humanity was brewed. It is also simply reminiscent of the amniotic waters in which we all once swam. According to Freud, in our dreams, birth is usually expressed through water imagery. Taking it a step further, Cirlot plains “immersion in water [such as a religious baptism or mythic journey] can signify a return to the preformed state, with a sense of death and annihilation on one hand and rebirth and regeneration on the other.” Our Maiden of Cups, and of the water, is a manifestation of innocence, imagination and idealism. Caught in her daydreams, she is surprised by the fish that jumps from her chalice as if to remind us that
inspiration comes when we least expect it. Many believe that this card foretells a birth, but not necessarily that of an infant-- she (or you or someone you know)
could be pregnant with ideas, or simply new perspectives. Because she is a sensitive creature we realize that with her come extreme emotions and an innate psychic ability. Just as water is reflective, so is she. The artist wonders if perhaps she is to be the Fool’s young bride and suspects that someday she evolves into the figure of the Star card. She thinks it truly is a blessing to receive this card,
whether in a Tarot reading or as a greeting card.

The piece was made on canvas w/ acrylic paint, rice paper, magazine clippings, decorative wood (from a set of fairy lights), wool , beads and lots of glue. Her facial details, the floating lotus cradle and skin tone of the infant were enhanced with pen & ink.

Your greeting cards will be mailed to you in cello sleeves within a protective envelope marked obsessively in red, "Do Not Bend!!!" Because I am but a one woman shop, please allow for up to one week (after receipt of payment) for me to process and ship your order (although it rarely takes that long). Thank you for looking and for buying handmade!!! We simply can't afford not to in this day and age!!!

Maiden of Cups, Greeting Card Set of Four


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  • Materials: recycled cardstock, ink, envelopes, paper, stickers, thoughts, time, love
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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