Dreams and tarot: Niki de Saint Phalle’s tarot garden

Artist Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist has created a tarot garden in Tuscany. It took her up to fifteen years and while she was working and living in this garden she really added some significant interpretations for the images. The picture illustrating this blog (courtesy Juvani photo) was taken there. I is card 8, Strength.  The young girl finally dares to look her dragon in the eyes. He is mesmerized by her acknowledgment. He lets her lead he way. We all know this feeling. Tired of running away, let’s face our dragons. It is the only way to put them on a string and lead them.

Niki’s Devil has two people that long for each other but are not able to come close. One is red, the other purple. two opposites of the spectrum, longing but unable to unite. They are not chained, there is no need for that. The devil has their feet. One red feet, the other purple. It is the longing for something we think we can never have that urges us to develop those qualities in ourselves.

If you look at tarot cards as a way of guiding your life’s journey you gain another perspective on hem. They are often used to predict the future and perhaps if you are on a certain journey the outcome can be accurately predicted by using the cards. But I am more in favor of using the cards as guideline for your life-journey.

If you want to learn more about the meaning of tarot cards and how to use them you can enroll in my course. Fill out the form and I will send you more information:


About Mindfunda

My name is Susanne van Doorn, I am a Dutch psychologist. I have been working with psychology, dreams and mythology ever since I finished my study of psychology at Tilburg University. I made this site to share insights, and recent scientific articles about the brain, dreams, and mythology for use in your personal life. A Mindfunda a day keeps the doctor away: a healthy mind in a healthy body. If you are a blogger yourself, you’re invited to submit a blog (if you use the contact form I will get back to you asap) on the subjects of science, mythology or psychology.
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