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It is amazing that I work best when I have a song running around my head as I am creating the art. With this one I had the lines from Bob Marley’s wonderful “Redemption Song” – Songs of freedom.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds

which was completely perfect for The Heirophant, who helps you to do exactly that.

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
’Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs,
Redemption songs.

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our minds.
Have no fear for atomic energy,
‘Cause none of them can stop the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? Ooh!
Some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the Book.

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs,
Redemption songs,
Redemption songs.
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/Guitar break/
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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy,
’Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it’s just a part of it:
We’ve got to fulfill the book.
Won’t you have to sing
These songs of freedom? -
’Cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.


Created in Photoshop CS4. I have made so many versions of The Heirophant – and not been satisfied with any of them, – than as soon as the song came into my head I blasted forward with this one – which I love.

The background is a merge of six colour layers, gradients and texture. I wanted the Heorophant to be grounded in earthly things- hence the Oak and the roots. I also wanted her to symbolise wisdom and freedom. The cocoon shell around her is both an artistic device to frame her, but also symbolic of our own cocoons of self -imposed, hidebound rules and regulations, which are not necessary and which keep us safe – but trapped.

My thanks go to the following artists for their generous use of stock…
Model
Oak Tree
Key
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The Heirophant

Having created a solid foundation on which to build your future,after meeting the Magician, The High Priestess, the Empress, and the Emperor, you are struck with a sudden fear. What if everything you’ve worked for is taken away? Is stolen, or lost, or destroyed or vanishes? Or what if it is just not good enough?

In a panic, you head into a mystical place where you find the Hierophant, a wise teacher and holy woman. Acolytes kneel before her, ready to hear and pass on her teachings. You tell the Hierophant your fears, and ask how you can be free of them.

“There are only two ways,” says the Hierophant sagely, “Either give up that which you fear to lose so it no longer holds any power over you, or consider what you will still have if your fear comes to pass. After all,” the Hierophant continues, “if you did lose all you’d built, you would still keep the experience and knowledge that you’ve gained up to this point, wouldn’t you?”

The Heirophant will show you that you must not imprison yourself with old long-held beliefs and traditions that no longer work for you, and that stop you reaching your potential. She will tell you to stop using the words “I should…” or “I must”. She will teach you to look at the self-imposed rules and regulations that hold you back from being free. She will free you from your hide-bound ways of doing things – if you listen to her.

This surprisingly pragmatic advice releases you from your fear, and you are able to exit out of the sanctuary and face the world’s challenges once again.

The Hierophant’s purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant deals with worldly problems. She is well suited to do this because she strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis.
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The others in the tarot series are…

The Fool

The Magician

The Lovers

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Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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Comments

  • simba
    simbaover 4 years ago

    Fabulous work Anna.

  • Thank you so much Linda- I am pleased that you like it.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    “It is amazing that I work best when I have a song running around my head as I am creating the art.”
    the exact definition of an inspired artist, which you are obviously ! lol
    it helps also to be talented and meaningful… lucky you, it’s all you !!!
    in one word… bravo !
    my best, francis.

  • Dear Francis – it is quite amazing the influence music has on our work. I have struggled and struggled with this one, – until ‘Redemption Song’ popped into my head! Then I could not stop. Thank you for your wonderful comment.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesover 4 years ago

    Knocked my socks off Anna Bravo

  • Thanks so much my wonderful friend.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • annamora
    annamoraover 4 years ago

    absolutely stunning

  • Thank you so much, what a lovely comment to receive.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • James Birkbeck
    James Birkbeckover 4 years ago

    womderful

  • How lovely of you. Thank you James.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • Michael Howard
    Michael Howardover 4 years ago

    WOW & stunning Anna

  • Thanks so much dear Michael, what a great comment.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • katrilumi
    katrilumiover 4 years ago

    Love it! My fav!

  • Thank you so much – and especially for the fave.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 4 years ago

    Oh – wow – this is gorgeous. An instant fave.

  • How lovely you are. Thank you so much. I really appreciate the fave too.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinover 4 years ago

    One of my favourite Marley songs.

    Love your concept for this tarot card

  • That is so kind – it is one of my favourite songs too.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Beautifully done Anna, great colours and design xx

  • Thank you so much Trudi, what a lovely comment.
    xx

    – Anna Shaw

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