“Named after Ingmar Bergman’s film. cut&paste on and mostly with my own photographies 420 x 297 mm (A3)“[From the ‘diary’ of Mrs. Vogler:]
'Then I felt that every inflection of my voice, every word in my mouth, was a lie, a play whose sole purpose was to cover emptiness and boredom. There was only one way I could avoid a state of despair and a breakdown. To be silent. And to reach behind the silence for clarity or at least try to collect the resources that might still be available to me.’” – Ingmar Bergman, from his workbook for Persona (May 1965)”
Card #22 of my Divination Tarot’s Major Arcana series. I will be posting one card every day, but you can see all of them at once at the link above. Below my collage, you can see the older style usually found in Tarot cards, for comparison. The mystical meanings of each card were kept as true as possible as it can be done with collage.
Explanation from the Biddy Tarot web site: In the centre of the World is a dancing figure, rejoicing in the completion of the journey and celebrating not only this completion but also the new beginnings it promises. The dancer has one leg crossed over the other, just like the Hanged man. She is, in a sense, his opposite (i.e. the Hanged Man upright). As the Hanged Man looks infinitely inward, the dancer in the World card looks infinitely outward. In each of her hands she holds a wand or baton, representative of evolution and balance. She is surrounded by a thick, green wreath, symbolic of success, victory, achievement and accomplishment, and tied with the red ribbons of eternity. The red ribbons form the infinity symbol, representing the infinite rewards of positive effort in improving both ourselves and those around us. Within the laurel wreath are stars of light indicating attainment of enlightenment or cosmic consciousness.
The figures in each of the four corners of the World card are the same figures that appear on the Wheel of Fortune. Interestingly, the World card is very much associated with the Wheel of Fortune, reflecting the cyclical progression of time and the human experience. The four figures (a lion, bull, cherub and eagle) represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac – Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio. These are symbolic of the four elements, four suits of the Tarot, four compass points, four seasons, and the four corners of the universe. And all are within the dancer’s sight and power. The planetary ruler is Saturn, the symbol of time.
It was just after their first wedding anniversary, and Kurt and Blaine were out for the evening with Santana and Brittany, at Brittany’s insistence. While she had agreed that they didn’t need to spend the exact day of their joint wedding anniversary together, she still wanted them to mark the occasion together, and frankly it wasn’t such a hardship to spend the evening with two of their closest friends.
The swanky club their friends had chosen was quite a bit calmer than the usual dance clubs they frequented, and Kurt had to hand it to Santana for the excellent find. A jazz trio had just finished up, and a singer was making himself comfortable at the piano. Blaine and Santana were over at the bar, their dark heads close together as they whispered secrets and silliness to each other.
Blaine looked delicious tonight in a slim fitting black shirt and blazer, tight dark purple slacks and exquisite leather shoes that he had saved up to buy with the extra money he made teaching piano. He had forgone the bow tie, opting instead to open the top button on his shirt, adopting a slightly less formal look. Kurt could hear Blaine’s laugh over the chatter in the club as Santana rocked back on her ridiculously high heels and slapped him on the shoulder, apparently equally as entertained by his husband as Kurt was, if for different reasons.
Brittany had just finished explaining something about her new cat, who apparently was related to Lord Tubbington in some convoluted and probably imaginary way, when Blaine and Santana made their way back to the table. The piano player started up on a familiar song, and Kurt wasn’t surprised in the least when Blaine held out his hand. “May I have this dance?”