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Illustration of the Tarot card 'The Lovers' portrayed as a couple from the 1920s staring into each other's eyes and embrassing in front of a sunflower bush shaped like a heart.
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(watercolor illustration on paper, 9X12, 2010)

"The Lovers"

I don't know how you feel about the paranormal, but I've always been intrigued by the unexplained. It's not that I need it to be explained. If anything, I rather enjoy that there's a certain mystery to this world. I love learning about what's out there, but I wouldn't spend years researching something or trying to get to the truth like some esoteric junkies. I think there everything is revealed to us eventually whether in this life or the next.

In spite of my belief, I, periodically go through bouts of burying myself in one branch of the paranormal or another. Ghost hunting was a good example of my temporary obsessions. Once I accidentally discovered ghost hunting shows they became all I was interested in watching on TV, and I watched season after season of different shows on the same subject within a few months. After I got all ghost-hunted-out I took a long break and didn't venture into the mysterious for a while. However, after several years I felt the need to experience the same type of thrill again.

This time I picked Tarot. I bought a bunch of books on Tarot and several Tarot decks. Having a good memory is a huge plus when it comes to learning how to be a fortune-teller and I was giving readings to my friends within a few weeks. Most of them were spot on too. Intoxicated by my fortune-telling success I continued with Tarot for a few months. I even managed to paint a Tarot-related illustration during that time. When I was doing readings for myself I was constantly getting "The Lovers" card and that's what I chose to interpret in my own "a la Flapper" style. Perhaps some day I'll do a whole Tarot deck. …but probably not.

"The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along."
Jalal ad-Din Rumi

"The heart is forever making the head its fool."
François de la Rochefoucauld

"The passions are the most effective orators for persuading. They are a natural art that have infallible rules; and the simplest man with passion will be more persuasive than the most eloquent without it."
François de la Rochefoucauld