Our seeds climb to waters that lead us where we go, as our stems find the shimmers that feed us where we grow.
No two gardens are the same, from potted indoor plants pruned beautiful and tame, to sprawling sprouts from outside woods, leaning in along the frame. Every plant leans in directions that are not of their choosing, be it a climbing rose that grows where sunlight meets the fence, or hydrangeas that reach for an open window, with mystical senses and mysterious intents.
So too have these decks found such bountiful spots to grow, where plots like seeds are sown, along thoughts one needs to know.
The Ophidia Rosa Tarot is about transformation: the conversion of seed into bloom, the movement of crescent bodies into full moons, and the renewal of youthful wonder from weary, full-grown forms.
It's a very visceral form of Tarot, and one that required digging deep into the garden, with all the twists and turns and dirt one might encounter among those thorns and worms and seeds and leaves.
This work grounds itself in how the botanicals interact within themselves and in the natural realm, how they're portrayed, what emotions they evoke in each of these 78 vignettes.
Viola Lux Umbra vined up from below, seeking Sunlight to grow, the Moon to nourish, intentions to protect, and our hope to bloom. From memories of the past to fantasies of futures yet cast, our botanical fates are fed by light.
But what of the shadows? They cast magic, as well: From dusk to dawn, where morning greets night, to trees projecting leafy patterns on our dreams with boundless potential, and everlasting height.
Viola Lux Umbra explores the nexus between the Tarot's timeworn truths, plant symbolism, and hues that bloom from green to violet through the illustrated prism of the mind's eye.