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Kouryou-chan draws her own tarot deck. Sort-of. - Elf M. Sternberg
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Kouryou-chan draws her own tarot deck. Sort-of.
Kouryou-chan's creativity has been somewhat quiescent lately. That's not to say that she hasn't been doing things that are fun and creative, but she hasn't been pushing at her skills boundaries the way she has in the past. Obviously, she was saving it all up for something.


The tableau.
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When I came home Friday night, I found this on my bed. Every single one of Kouryou-chan's stuff animals laid out, but what caught my attention were the tiny little cards laid on top of each of the animals. There were almost thirty of them, and each one had a little red feather attached to it with glitter glue. The feathers had come off a dress-up boa the girls had found at some dimestore. In the closeup at right, you can get a look at them. It took me a while to figure out what they were, and then I realized what I was looking at.

Kouryou-chan had found my Hello Kitty™ Tarot Deck. Yes, I have one. Yes, it's evil beyond words. It is not an official Sanrio project, although what's most startling about it is that it is a very honest interpretation of the Rider Waite deck.

Close-up.
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Its useability is on par with the original Hanson Roberts deck, it's that good. It's hard to believe that someone actually drew all 78 cards and knew enough about Tarot and Hello Kitty to meld them so effectively, but these cards pull it off. And Kouryou-chan had copied the cards. Not perfectly, obviously. I mean, she's only six. But good grief, that's so cool.

My favorite has to be this one, because it looks like Kouryou-chan did her own substition and drew Totoro as The World.

The World tarot.
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At the link, you can find two more examples. Clever girl.

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caprinus From: caprinus Date: July 23rd, 2006 08:30 am (UTC) (Link)
That is insanely awesome in so many ways... Truly inspires me to want to be a parent (a good one, like you :P)
memegarden From: memegarden Date: July 23rd, 2006 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
That is extremely cool. The card you've marked "unknown" looks like Judgment to me.
memegarden From: memegarden Date: July 23rd, 2006 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm wondering about the matching them to her stuffed animals, and whether she had personality reasons for the pairings.

But then, I was a kid who kept genealogical records for my 500 or so miniature animals.
scyllacat From: scyllacat Date: July 23rd, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Just passing through...

Yes, I'm completely curious about the correspondence between the animals and the cards. Because that would have been a necessary part of me doing something like that.

But then, this is obviously not my world, because I would never have exposed myself to the Grups that way. I hid most of my imaginings, art, and play tableaus, and AFAIK, I still do. (Maybe I'm hiding them from myself now.)
acelightning From: acelightning Date: July 23rd, 2006 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm assuming that she understands what Tarot cards are, and that she was purposefully associating a card with each of her stuffed toys - that is, beyond any superficial resemblance between the toy and the Hello Kitty image on the card. Has she shown any talent for divination?

The artwork is pretty impressive for a six-year-old - I can't draw anywhere near that well.

From: j5nn5r Date: July 23rd, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Save all these. Scan them. Create a deck.
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