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This Jewish artist’s tarot card deck is inspired by Torah and ecology

(J. The Jewish Information of Northern California by way of JTA) — A forest fireplace, racing up a mountain. A tortoise, deep contained in the earth. A darkish sea, tough on the floor and nonetheless beneath it.

These pictures, carved on blocks and printed by artist Ava Sayaka Rosen, are a part of a deck of playing cards that’s concurrently an artwork piece, a non secular instrument and a name to attach with nature.

“I used to be searching for a technique to educate individuals about ecology, but in addition make that connection between taking good care of the Earth and taking good care of your self, and human relationships,” Rosen mentioned. “I felt like tarot was a great way to bridge all of these issues.”

Rosen, 33, created the tarot deck as a 2021 fellow with LABA East Bay, the yearlong Jewish artists’ fellowship hosted by the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, California. It’s a mission that fuses her ardour for nature and text-based artwork along with her Jewish roots.

“My Jewish upbringing, mixed with my dad and mom’ love for nature, actually instilled a deep sense of belonging and connection in nature,” mentioned Rosen, who’s biracial (her mom is Japanese and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish). “And that was actually the inspiration to make this deck.”

Ava Sayaka Rosen is the artist behind the “TARO::TORA” tarot deck. (Ava Sayaka Rosen)

Rosen, who lives in Oakland, grew up in San Francisco and has an MFA in inventive writing and ebook artwork from Mills Faculty. Her first artwork job was at Congregation Emanu-El as a teen assistant within the artwork room, serving to the artwork trainer. Now she’s an artist and an artwork trainer herself on the San Francisco synagogue — along with her personal Jewish excessive school-age assistants.

“That was my first job, and I actually preferred it,” she mentioned. “And it’s simply hilarious to me that I’m full circle. I’m again there because the artwork trainer with teen helpers.”

Whereas her examine of artwork was in a college setting, her background in tarot was private.

“I used to be initially drawn to the imagery. I didn’t know something about what the playing cards meant, or the historical past of it,” she mentioned. “As I began to be taught extra about it, I bought actually into tarot studying apply as a technique to examine myself and my relationships.”

Tarot playing cards date again to Fifteenth-century Italy. They have been tailored for mystical functions, together with as a fortunetelling instrument, in 18th-century France, and social media has introduced new curiosity to the apply. Throughout a tarot studying, playing cards with evocative pictures are drawn from a deck and interpreted via a selected lens. Some draw on Kabbalah of their readings; different fashionable Jewish artists have additionally blended tarot with Jewish mysticism.

A wall of tarot cards

Ava Sayaka Rosen’s Torah-inspired tarot playing cards on show at LABAlive, an occasion placed on by the JCC East Bay, Nov. 7, 2021. (Jewish Neighborhood East Bay)

As an artist, Rosen mentioned creating her personal deck was a pure step. The deck she designed as a LABA fellow shouldn’t be a very Jewish paintings, though it incorporates some Jewish texts to assist deepen the understanding of every picture. However the LABA fellowship allowed her to take an present idea and develop it. It additionally gave her deadlines to satisfy.

“It’s a really bold mission to create authentic ideas and carve them, print them, write them — write the descriptions for them — so I knew I used to be going to wish some accountability assist, in a serious manner,” she mentioned.

Of the 78 playing cards that make up a tarot deck, Rosen has completed 39, largely in the course of the LABA fellowship. She plans to search for a writer as soon as the deck is accomplished.

“This LABA fellowship actually put a fireplace underneath my butt and gave me a deadline, and I simply labored actually, actually arduous to provide about half the deck now,” she mentioned.

Rosen began every design by pulling a card from her copy of the Rider-Waite deck, probably the most well-known tarot deck (first revealed in 1909, it’s well-known for its esoteric imagery and is what most individuals consider once they consider tarot playing cards). She let that be a information for the inspiration and interpretation wanted to make a model of her personal.

Pondering via the standard interpretations of every card, she would discover a associated nature idea and create an outline with “writing prompts for self-reflection questions,” she mentioned.

For the Moon card, which exhibits a glowing full moon frivolously wreathed with clouds, the questions included: What are you aware? What are you being pulled in the direction of? The information for the Compost card, which exhibits vibrant mushrooms sprouting from a log, has a well known part from Genesis: “For mud you might be, And to mud you shall return.”

“Working with different Jewish artists actually opened up my concepts about what Jewish artwork is,” Rosen mentioned.

She known as the mission “TARO::TORA” after two pictures from the standard Rider-Waite deck, illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. “The connection between tarot and Torah, which the title references, is mysterious however very a lot current inside the conventional archetypes of the playing cards,” she mentioned.

Rosen was capable of see the facility of “TARO::TORA” in individual at a reside LABA occasion on Nov. 7 on the JCC East Bay. Her nook, the place she did readings along with her deck, was extra well-liked than she anticipated.

“I didn’t assume {that a} huge line would type,” Rosen mentioned with fun.

Musician David Israel Katz was a kind of who bought a studying. He mentioned he was drawn to the mission for the way in which it mixed “the visible language of liberty and playfulness on the one hand, and of aesthetic cohesion and deep inquiry however.”

A tarot reading

Musician David Israel Katz (left) will get a tarot studying from Ava Sayaka Rosen at LABAlive, Nov. 7, 2021. (Jewish Neighborhood East Bay)

“As minimal because the studying was in its outward format, it was intimately illuminating inwardly,” he instructed J. in an e mail. “The cardboard I drew spoke to me instantly, and Ava was capable of describe precisely and concisely the totally different sides contained within the picture.”

Sarah Wolfman-Robichaud, director of public packages on the JCC East Bay, mentioned the JCC was desirous to have Rosen within the fellowship not solely due to her expertise and her connections within the artwork and Jewish worlds, but in addition due to her expertise instructing kids. The JCC has plans to develop on LABA by bringing artists into the preschool and afterschool packages, and Wolfman-Robichaud mentioned Rosen was an apparent selection for that, as properly.

For Rosen, LABA was a novel alternative for her to take part in a gaggle with others like herself: Jewish artists who collectively might discover the ideas of Jewishness, artwork and Jewish artwork.

“The textual content examine paired with artwork making was actually interesting to me, and felt distinctive,” she mentioned. “It actually allowed us to have deep conversations round these concepts and actually type neighborhood.”

This story initially appeared in J. The Jewish Information of Northern California and is republished with permission.

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