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 Posted: Sat May 23rd, 2009 05:01 pm
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Vision #20 – Judgement
 
A veil was lifted from before my eyes and I saw a mountain grow to heaven before me. I started climbing up the mountain and when my feet had no more strength to carry me further, another mountain top grew before me. On hands and knees I started making my way up the second mountain. In a distance I could hear the sound of laughter and suddenly I could see the image of The Fool before my eyes. The waves of energy penetrated my every limb and I climbed on to the top to find another mountain top grow before me. With little more than the strength of my will to carry me further I started climbing the third mountain. As I climbed higher and higher I could feel the weight on my body grow heavier and heavier. I gazed unto the top of the third mountain and saw a cross reach from heaven to earth towering before me. The sound of a distant trumpet was the last thing I can recall before I fell into the light…..

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Vision#21 – The World
 
I woke up as from an everlasting sleep to find myself inside a temple. My eyes gazed upwards, and then downwards, and then to all sides, but the same image was presented before my eyes. The Star was cast in stone, at arms length. The river of Temperance was flowing in the walls and formed the sign of a cross. Four pillars held everything together, the four pillars that made up the coloumn of the Emperor from inside.

This is the place where the Path of the Tarot ends and the Path of Man begins. You have seen what needed to be seen. Treasure the images in your mind and let them grow in your heart. You now have the keys to your own life. Let these images be a light to you when you walk on the darkest paths, and let them be an eye opener for you when you are blinded by the light.

As these words faded from my mind, waves of laughter filled the temple and everything started dancing around and around, first on itself and then in circles. The laughter grew louder and louder as the dancing in circles went on and on and on and on…

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Vision #22 – The Fool and the Return to Earth
 
…I became again conscious of myself and I saw the temple expand towards infinity as I felt myself fall from the highest of highs. I fell in a vertigo of waves as the laughter again grew all around me. Suddenly, I felt myself on solid ground again. A person cloaked in tattered clothes came up to me. I was transfixed looking at his eyes: they looked wise and old as time but also smiling and childlike. He had a lonely tear in his eye. As I stood looking, he put something in my pocket and rushed away. I started to run after him, but the ground crumbled under my feet, and again, I started falling…
 
…When I opened my eyes I found myself on a ladder. I could not see neither the top nor the bottom of the ladder. I started climbing up, but it felt like I was remaining in the same place. I tried to climb down, but again, it seemed that I was not moving at all. Suddenly I felt something in my pocket and I remembered about the cloaked man. I put my hand in my pocket and I found a card. Four concentric circles were scribbled on it. As I gazed upon the card, I felt as if I was being pulled towards towards it. I fell head first through the card. As I was falling through an infinity of  ever expanding concentric circles, I remembered about Temperance and I realized that I could fly. I could hear the sound of laughter from a distance as I started smiling and I woke up.
 
Peter Rotin 2009.

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Peter, thank you for telling us this story.  I am surprised, I must admit.  I do not think this way, in narrative--it is interesting to read how you came to visualize these cards.  One of my favorite decks, and now I know the story behind it.  Thank you again!

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You're very much welcome debra :)

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A nice review of this deck has just been posted at Aeclectic Tarot Forum:  http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/rotin/review.shtml

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debra wrote:
A nice review of this deck has just been posted at Aeclectic Tarot Forum:  http://www.aeclectic.net/tarot/cards/rotin/review.shtml


Thanks for the reminder .... this deck has been popping up in my mind lately, so I just finally purchased one. YAY!

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Thanks for letting me know :)

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P.S. lulukat, enjoy the deck...hope you find it interesting

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I received the Rotin yesterday.
wow.
a treasure that i cannot wait to get to know.
the images on the cards are incredible.
i am so glad i read this thread (although now that i have the deck in hand i will have to re-read the story).
:ce

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rotin00 wrote:
Thanks for letting me know :)

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P.S. lulukat, enjoy the deck...hope you find it interesting


I sure will enjoy it - I have a knack for b/w tarots and good art - your deck falls into both categories ; )

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Hope you enjoyed the review - I also love black and white, unusual decks and the Rotin Tarot fits right in.

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yes i enjoyed it very much lizziecat....did you write it? i must admit that i like to see how other people interpret the deck. I am well aware that many unconscious forces were at play when I was devising the deck, and in the process of writing about them and seeing how other people see them helped me rationalize much more about them then when I actually drew them.

In the review there's this line...'Interesting patterns begin to emerge playing on the positive and negative spaces, especially evident when the cards are examined in large spreads.'....you should see them in the original size (27 x 14.5 cm)... when I was drawing the deck that's when I knew that the card was finished...there was a point when I would look at the image and it would transfix me, like it was pulling me towards it...at that point my mind would unlock and I would start this voyage in my mind between thoughts and images and memories... all would then end back in the image of the card before me.

Peter Rotin.


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Yes, I confess I wrote the review so I'm glad you liked it :)  I love writing reviews particularly for decks that have interesting artwork and unusual interpretations of tarot.

Your tarot was my first Adam McLean deck and I was very impressed not only with the artwork but also with the production quality (my undergrad degree was in Printmaking so I'm always interested in production).

I can imagine the images are quite impressive at the original size!  I also appreciate the information you've given about the cards.  I can always write a review about my own interpretation, but it really doesn't mean as much without knowing the artist's thoughts and processes when creating the images.

It would be great if some of that was included with the deck - as an artist myself that type of information is "gold" and brings a whole new level of appreciation to the artwork :)

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So THAT's who Angela is.... I have wondered many a time.....

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Oh Oh...that doesn't sound too good...

You can keep a secret, can't you? ;)

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Possibly, possibly.....:hp

No - it's just that I like your reviews and had argued with someone about one a while ago and wondered what your AT name was !

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It doesn't have to be a secret....hope you won the argument!  Actually I'm quite surprised because I didn't think anyone really read them.

Sometimes when I find an interesting deck I just have to write about it - the Rotin Tarot is one that I just found fascinating and had to write about.

I'm also itching to write about the Purro Tarot and the Phantomwise Tarot but I have to purchase them first.  I'm hoping the Purro Tarot will be available again because I missed it :(

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It wasn't a win lose sort of argument; tastes differ. I was trying to recall which deck it was - did you do the Rumi ?

Is the Purro all sold out ? you could BEG Adam.....

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No, I've just done Tarot of the Magical Forest, the Ironwing Tarot and the Rotin.

As for the Purro Tarot, I'm not above begging, crying, wailing or bribery :D

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I was just wondering, and I could have missed it in a previous discussion, so accept my apologies if I did so--
Are you planning on a full 78 card deck at any time?
Thank you and have a good day.

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No victoria.star, I do not intend to. The Minor Arcana never inspired me in the same way the Major Arcana did. Moreover, I haven't painted in ages so this makes the idea of designing the Minor Arcana near impossible!

Regards,
Peter Rotin.


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lizziecat wrote:

It would be great if some of that was included with the deck - as an artist myself that type of information is "gold" and brings a whole new level of appreciation to the artwork :)



I have been thinking about this for quite some time. I blogged the 'explanations' of the cards as I wrote them in this forum, and I did this only recently. The deck was published a couple of years back. As I said before, this forum gave me the opportunity to put into words concepts that initially came to me in the images: the rationalisations came afterwards. When I had designed the deck I had found quotes from different authors that described in a nutshell the reasoning behind the cards, but I did not find quotes for all the cards ( http://www.global.net.mt/rotin00 ). Right now I am thinking about developing the explanations I gave in this forum into essays. My idea would be to develop the whole thing into a book, where I could show the cards in their original size with the respective 'explanation' to each card. The thing is that the process of 'working' takes a lot of time with me. I tend to work slowly at first, reading and thinking and meditating on the card until finally I reach a moment of inspiration: that's when the actual material comes out. If I manage to come out with something I will let you know...most probably I would post it here :)

Regards,
Peter Rotin. 

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A book would be wonderful!  I understand how that could be a very long process, but just the explanations you've written here really opens up the deck to a new level - even a few short essays available for the deck would be inspiring.

Heck, I'd be happy if art decks included just a one or two page Artist Statement to give a sense of what the artist was thinking and the relationship to tarot.

I was actually thinking about the type of little book Lorena Babcock Moore included with the 78-card version of her Ironwing Tarot.  Although I found the artwork just too beautiful to pass up, the tarot part was so unconventional the deck didn't make any sense to me until I received it with the little spiral-bound book.

She didn't write a lot, but she wrote enough to draw together the rather diverse elements of tarot, ironworking and shamanism so that the deck suddenly made perfect sense in a way that was, well, just brilliant.

Your deck is both beautifully minimalistic and has great depth at the same time - anything you decide to write about it would definately be interesting.

Take your time - decks like yours is exactly why I prefer art decks more than the mass-produced, pop culture world of themes and clones - I like something with a little more depth than cute pictures and bright shiny colors :)

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lizziecat wrote:
Your deck is both beautifully minimalistic and has great depth at the same time - anything you decide to write about it would definately be interesting.

Take your time - decks like yours is exactly why I prefer art decks more than the mass-produced, pop culture world of themes and clones - I like something with a little more depth than cute pictures and bright shiny colors :)



Thanks a lot for your beautiful compliment lizziecat :)

P.

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I have been unearthing drawings I was working on at the time when I came up with the Rotin Tarot. Hope you find them interesting. I don't think that I can put them all on one post, so I'm placing them one by one.

Peter Rotin.


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The second drawing....

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The third......

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fourth....

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These are alternative versions of some of the cards...

the wheel of fortune

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the devil

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the world

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the wheel of fortune

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the evolution from a figurative to an abstract version of the magician into the fool (and eventually setting the theme for the magus, wheel of fortune, etc.) as found in the Rotin deck

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more paintings/drawings...

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