Artist: David Van Gough
“With all my work, I try to place anything I do within a contemporary context, evoke the Carnival of ancient rites as allusions to the broader stage.
So, referencing the original alchemical properties of the Tarot, it is the sm of Agrippa’s human form divine, the Vitruvian man as the ultimate sacrifice recapitulated as a symbol for the events of 911. Who can forget that haunting image of the falling clerk, framed between the twin towers – a perfect approximation of Saturn’s harlequin – the foot hanging and paraded as as a ritual martyr for some divined end. As above, so below, because all the world is a circus, and the chasm left by the escapologist is naught, but the ringmaster’s thrall.”
A masked figure gives us a glimpse behind the curtain. An escapologist hangs upside down in a tank of water, suspended from a cable held by a macabre ringmaster. HIs escaping breath transforms into eyes and skulls, and sinks into darkness at the bottom of the tank. He is chained and bound, arms behind him, and seems to be in terrible danger – his mask is one of despair. But he is the master of his craft – he hasn’t sunk into the darkness, he’s suspended above it. This is his choice, his trial to face.
This card reminds s that changing perspective is not easy, but sometimes necessary to follow the right path for ourselves, depsite the sacrifices we may have to make on the way.
Astrological Element & Association
Water / Neptune
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