On Friday October 13th, 2023 we released a revamped version of Carly Kozacheck's collection on the Artfit website. Our goals were to introduced new tarot cards into the ongoing series and update some of the older designs. Ahead of the release of the collection I sent some questions to Carly to help expand our understanding of the tarot, their unique meanings, and the deep iconographic research that goes into all of these incredible pieces
1) What role does iconography play in your tarot cards?
Iconography plays a major role in the cards. Tarot in general is an intuitive practice based on symbolic imagery and archetypal symbols that aid in interpretation. When deciding what type of iconography to include in the cards I am researching card meanings, important symbols and imagery that are included, how the card is usually interpreted, etc. Then, I find a way to put my own twist on the imagery in a way that the meaning of the card and my art style works in harmony.
2) What are some of the themes for the tarot cards as a whole?
The overarching theme of these cards is a heavy focus on poisonous plants, the plant folklore, its metaphysical uses and meanings, and how it all ties into the meaning of the card. There is also a stylistic choice in the artwork. The art style is inspired by Art Nouveau. While the art is made digitally, the line work is reminiscent of linocut printmaking techniques.
3) How do the Sun and Moon tarot cards differ from the rest of the series?
The Sun and Moon cards are the first major arcana cards of the series. All of the Aces included from the last series are cards from the minor arcana.
4) What is the meaning behind The Sun card?
The Sun Tarot card is a highly positive and vibrant card representing joy, vitality, success, and enlightenment. It often signifies a period of happiness, optimism, and fulfillment. It represents a time of clarity and confidence, where you are aligned with your true self and feel a strong connection to your purpose. The Sun card encourages you to embrace your personal power and express yourself freely. It brings the promise of success, vitality, and a sense of fulfillment in various areas of life, including relationships, career, and personal growth.
Daffodils are spring flowers that bloom early and are associated with renewal and new beginnings. Their vibrant yellow color is reminiscent of the sun's radiance, and their tall, upright stems reflect strength and resilience. Though they are poisonous, daffodils are often seen as a symbol of hope, optimism, and rebirth. In Greek mythology, the daffodil was linked to the tale of Narcissus, a young man who fell in love with his own reflection. This story carries themes of self-discovery and the dangers of vanity. The Sun Tarot card, with its emphasis on self-expression and enlightenment, can be seen as a reminder to embrace the positive aspects of self-awareness and confidence while avoiding excessive self-obsession.
Just as the daffodil emerges from the darkness of winter into the brightness of spring, the Sun card signals a time of personal growth and the realization of one's true essence. It encourages you to embrace your unique qualities, let go of self-doubt, and bask in the warmth of your inner radiance.
5) What is the meaning behind The Moon card?
The Moon Tarot card is a profound symbol of mystery, intuition, and the hidden realms of the subconscious. It beckons us to explore the depths of our inner selves, where our fears, dreams, and desires reside. In this card, we find three companions from nature - Datura, Luna Moths, and the New Moon.
Datura, also known as the “moonflower” or “devil’s trumpet,” is a potent and perilous plant. Its beautiful, trumpet-shaped blossoms open at night, under the gaze of the moon. Datura can be revered as a conduit to the spirit world, a key that unlocks the hidden doors of perception. However, it can lead the traveler to madness due to its intense hallucinogenic effects. Datura invites us to explore the depths of our psyche, urging caution as we confront our own shadows.
Luna Moths represent the guidance of our intuition. They encourage us to trust our instincts, even when we find ourselves in the darkest of nights.
The New Moon symbolizes new beginnings, a clean slate, and the opportunity for fresh starts. It signifies the need to embrace change and embark on a journey of self-discovery. It encourages us to release old patterns, fears, and doubts.
This card reminds us that to truly understand ourselves and navigate the labyrinth of life, we must be willing to explore the shadowy realms of our psyche, trust our intuition, and embrace the ever-revolving cycles of transformation. This card, like the moon itself, illuminates the way forward, if we dare to venture into the dark.
6) Of all the tarot cards we currently have on Artfit, which is your favorite and why?
I have a hard time picking favorites, but if I had to pick I’d say it’s The Moon. I think The Moon has the most unique color palette out of all the cards in the series. I also feel it has the most dynamic imagery. All the visual elements work together in complete harmony.