International Tarot Day Deck


If you didn’t know already, I am among the many amazingly talented artists that are part of the International Tarot Day Deck project. (Sorry, I realize that sounds like I am tooting my own horn. I am one of the greats! Woohoo! I just meant that I am honoured to be part of this group that houses many awesome talents! 🙂 )

Anyway. We are preparing to launch the first ever International Tarot Day that isn’t trademarked or affiliated, we are calling on the collective passion of tarot enthusiasts everywhere as well as the power of social media to make this official and global. Special thanks to our Boss Wonder Woman Janet Boyer who gathered everybody, organized everything and made everything possible!4 of Pentacles Submission by Kimberly M. Tsan

For me, I took on the 4 of Pentacles, as you can see above. It didn’t really take long for me to come up with the design. To be honest, I didn’t really think much. I just picked up a pencil, did a rough draft of the design, and intuitively built on what I had. I knew that I couldn’t draw too technically (my utter lack of understanding of proportions on an artistic canvas prevents me from drawing anything realistic) and I physically wouldn’t be able to draw something against a backdrop or a landscape (this was before I discovered layering via digital drawing softwares!)

So really, what happened was, I simply followed my heart and drew what felt right to me–trying my best to capture the symbolic massage of 4 of Pentacles.

4 of Pentacles has always been a card of productivity for me. The traditional RWS tarot portrays a miser and constipated looking (khem, sorry) man sitting on his throne, guarding his treasures and refusing to budge. There is a feeling of inflexibility, stubbornness and rigidity. I think those qualities do surface when we anchor ourselves too much in our routines and our possessions. Possessions–exactly that word. It becomes possessive when we refuse to behave in a way that is outside of our comfort zones or our established system.

But yes, 4 of Pentacles is about exactly that–an established system. It is a system consisting of our routines, our ways of being, our patterns of thinking and doing things that reflects who we are as individualsAnd most importantly, they reflect how we work as individuals. In this way, 4 of Pentacles is the epitome of productivity for me. It’s what we have intentionally cultivated, habits we have fallen into, the lifestyle that we lead–the things that define how we “work” and “function” on a day to day basis. And the things we choose to dedicate our time and energy reveal what we value in life.

With that in mind, I knew I wanted to honour the spirit of 4 and create 4 pillars, or 4 aspects of our life that are important–things that will enable and empower us to “function” at our optimal.

Trying to add a touch of personal fair without getting too personal, this is what I came up with:

  • The Mewnicorn, representing imagination, inner child, laughter, and magic
  • The Anchor, representing groundedness, security, core beliefs, and existence
  • The Cutesy but Creepy Creature, representing our shadow aspects. Often, we try to coax it or overlook it as something harmless, but it is also a frightening force in our psyche
  • The Wings, representing freedom, potential, empowerment, and possibilities

These four symbols surround the 4 pentacles that are situated in the centre, locking in the idea of productivity living and the spirit of 4 of Pentacles channeled through my artistic vision.

I am very happy with how it turned out. I remember marveling at the magic of artmaking and creativity. In a short period of time, I have already grown so much. I have met so many talented individuals who are taking part in this project and I truly felt a sense of belonging and community. It was great. And do you know what is the most wonderful and precious gift that I have received from taking part?

After I signed up, I actually nearly quit because of the sheer stress, anxiety and insecurity that I went through.

I honestly didn’t think I could do it–what was I thinking…a tarot card? An actual tarot CARD? I CAN’T DRAW!! I can blog about the tarot card; that I can do. But actually illustrate one? Impossible. None-sense!! I was running in circles in my head-space, growing increasingly neurotic and stressed out about my epic suckage.

Long story short, I decided to stay, of course. And staying has honestly been one of the best decisions that I had made. If I didn’t say, I would never unlocked the “skill tree” of creating digital art. Taking part in this tarot deck has created a chain of events that allowed me to connect with my inner visual artist and enabled me to start to build the skillset and vision that I needed for one of the dreams that I’ve always had: and that is to create a tarot deck of my own.

Without taking part, I would never have thought that this was possible. I had always thought about searching for my tarot “soul mate”, someone who shares the same view as me but you know, could draw, haha. I guess I no longer have to look. That person is right here, with me, inside me. 

SO YES! I am going to create my own tarot deck!

It is a project that is already underway. I will talk about it in another blog post, but words cannot express how grateful I am for this experience. Truly truly grateful. With this experience, I got to know about myself a little better. I discovered a skill I didn’t know I had. I opened up a new lane of creative and artistic expression that I wasn’t aware of before. The tremendous potential and gratitude that I feel right now…I feel like a humble Kimberly-whale swimming across a profound, wide ocean. I thought I was just a small fish, but as I expanded to become more of me and into the awareness of a whale…I can dive deeper into the ocean. I can have bigger reign in the creative realm that I dwell. I can be more of…me. I don’t just own a tiny part of the ocean, but the entire ocean and its depths.

I know it’s a strange metaphor, but that’s how I feel. A whale, slow moving, graceful, at ease, big, expanded, so full and fulfilled.

Don’t forget to visit our website to check out other amazing tarot creations and find out about the awesome artists that participated! Click the image below: 


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