Arthropod Tarot - Card 1, The Magician

LeftHandedLenya

Chicago, United States

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A few years ago, I began work on a reinterpretation of the classic Rider-Waite tarot deck, utilizing my knowledge of entomology and love of arthropods. I decided the The Magician had to be a Lepidoptera species and I decided on The Isabella Tiger Moth (Pyrrharctia isabella) for its hardiness living in the arctic climate as well as the sheer magic(k) of the metamorphic process. After forming a cocoon, the caterpillar liquifies before transforming into a butterfly – yet in spite of its new form, it retains its old memories, avoiding plants and predators that created negative impressions during its multipedal youth.

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