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Page of Cups
by Cerulean

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


Earth of Water

In a secret tide pool
hugged by marbleized stone,
swirling green leaves, soft waters--
yet a softer sweetness.

She opens her fingers, her arms,
her eyes and mouth--
mimicking a surprised fish.
Earth of water, child of stone and sea
a momentary mermaid
loving it all, adrift.

She gives all to this moment.


Here, marbleized stone means the variegated beauty of earth, green sea-grasses absorbing away her negative emotions. Her open arms and free hair flows in voluntary love and offering protection to all in her embrace. She imagines herself as a mermaid belonging to a seascape of inner beauty and feels a willingness to be a giving lover. Her childish expression shows fresh romance, tinged with the innocence. She meets a koi-like fish as a a gift of communication and insight. She feels free and yet is filled with tender understanding of her past. Right now, the freeing action of being adrift in water is a floating sensation of release and joy.

Card Meaning

The nearly transparent Japanese banners over the scene have calligraphy symbols for Uguisi, the nightingale, singing in the summer night. The rest of the poem speaks of family gathered around a dinner table, a feeling of comfort and security. For this imaginary mermaid child, the freedom in her tide pool surrounded by green grasses and marbleized granite is as sweet and yet just as secure. The fish are a friendly meeting and unexpected joy.

Artistic Media

Her childish expression was my first colored pencil sketch. Next I drew the various fish, calligraphy, greenery, and then the mermaid. In the last scans I put the collage layers on marbleized material to symbolize the earth or granite layers surrounding the pool.

For good luck, this is something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. My marbleized material is nine years old, leftovers from a fabric dying class. My sketches are new, but the calligraphy tracing is borrowed from my mother's old recipe book. And the mermaid is definitely in the depths of blue.

Artist's Bio

Cerulean Mari is experimenting with concepts related to Eastern and Western studies. Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.

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