Following The Spirit in The Creative Flow

Jelena Januskevic is a Virtual Reality Artist
and a Visual Storyteller

Jelena Januskevic

Virtual Reality Artwork

Major Arcana.  The Empress

The Empress is associated with fertility, expression, creativity and nurturing among many other aspects.

The Scorpion and the Frog is an animal fable which teaches that vicious people cannot resist hurting others even when it is not in their own interests. 
A scorpion wants to cross a river but cannot swim, so it asks a frog to carry it across. The frog hesitates, afraid that the scorpion might sting it, but the scorpion promises not to, pointing out that it would drown if it killed the frog in the middle of the river. The frog considers this argument sensible and agrees to transport the scorpion. Midway across the river, the scorpion stings the frog anyway, dooming them both. The dying frog asks the scorpion why it stung despite knowing the consequence, to which the scorpion replies: "I am sorry, but I couldn't resist the urge. It's in my nature."
However, is there hope?

The general theme of the painting is inspired by the story of the royal rivalry between Queen Catherine de Medici and Diane de Poitiers—King Henri II’s favorite mistress— who spent the majority of their lives competing for the attention of the King. The two women spent time with Henri II at the famous Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley, famous for passion, romantic rifts and heartbreak.

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Major Arcana.  The Hermit

The Hermit is a seeker for the knowledge that comes from within. A lonely wanderer in the path of the night, he searches for that which can only be gained with long periods of solitude - the inner voice. To hear it, he must disconnect from the crowds whose voices and desires threaten to overcome his own. He walks through the dark night of his unconscious, guided only by the low light of the northern star, with his destination being his home, his self.

You are currently contemplating that you need to be alone. Never be afraid to take this chance to reflect, as it could help you clear your mind of all the clutter that comes with everyday life. The Hermit may also refer to your effort in taking action that is authentic and aligned with your true self. You are perhaps searching your inner soul for guidance on what is right, and where your next steps are to be.

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Major Arcana. Wheel Of Fortune

The Wheel of Fortune turns evermore, seemingly to communicate that life is made up of both good and bad times, and that the cycle is one that we cannot control. It is something that is subjected to both kings and workers, and that nobody on earth can avoid what is fated. When you have good moments in your life, make sure that you enjoy to the fullest, for what comes up must always go down. The same is true in reverse - when you are in a bad situation, things will eventually become better again. 

Greater forces that are outside of human control are at work here. The same forces that govern the changing of the seasons, or the rising and setting of the sun is also the master of luck and the fate of individuals. Where it lands is as random as chance - you may find yourself at either the top or bottom, but remember that no matter what the outcome it may not last for very long, for the wheel always turns.

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Major Arcana. The Lovers

The primary meaning within the Lovers is harmony, attractiveness, and perfection in a relationship. The trust and the unity that the lovers have gives each of them confidence and strength, empowering the other.

Another meaning behind the lovers card is the concept of choice - a choice between things that are opposing and mutually exclusive. This could be a dilemma that you need to think about carefully and make the best decision for your situation.

The Lovers tarot card signals a wonderful cohesiveness and balance of forces, indicating complimentary energies. This card represents a pair that works well together. On the other hand, because this card also symbolizes choice, and the choice of commitment, it also raises questions of how committed you are to love. This doesn’t have to refer exclusively to another person, but can also indicate a choice between love or work, love or family, love or friendship, or even sometimes love and your entire lifestyle. The idea here is that there may be a sacrifice that you must make in order to have this love. In some ways, all commitment is a sacrifice, but one made for the right person can help you grow as an individual. The choices and sacrifices that need to be made can apply to both you, a potential or existing partner.

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Major Arcana. The Sun

The Sun is the source of all life on our planet, it represents life energy itself, the feeling of optimism and fulfillment, the dawn which follows the darkest of nights. There is a child playing joyfully in the foreground. A symbol of innocence and absolute purity, it represents the happiness that occurs when you are in alignment with your true self. The child is naked, meaning that he has absolutely nothing to hide. The white horse upon which the child is riding is a symbol of strength and nobility.

The Sun card represents success, abundance, and radiance. Like the sun itself, it gives strength and vitality to all those that are lucky enough to feel its rays. There is much joy and happiness that is coming to you.

Because of your own personal fulfillment, you provide others with inspiration and joy as well. People are drawn to you because they are capable of seeing the warm and beautiful energy which you bring into their lives. You are also in a position in which you are capable of sharing your qualities as well as achievements with other people. You radiate love and affection towards those you care about the most. 

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Major Arcana. The World

The World represents an ending to a cycle of life, a pause in life before the next big cycle … You are drawing near to something that marks the end of a journey or an era. There is a recognition that the individual self is profoundly linked with all other things, and that we all dance and sway along the flow of life to one rhythm. Not only do you hear this rhythm, but you participate in it - following the dips and the rises, the joys and the sorrows. 

The World card shows that you have a desire to give back to the community in various ways. You have a commitment to make the world a better place because you understand that everything is connected. 

The goddess of The World card points to the presiding wisdom which upholds life on this and all worlds. She stands between heaven and Earth as the cosmic mother of souls, the wife of God, and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance.

It invites us into cosmic citizenship and announces the awakening of the soul's immortal being, accomplished without the necessity of dying. 

 

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Major Arcana. The Star

To receive the star tarot card means that you have gone and passed through a terrible life challenge. It comes as a welcome reprieve after a period of destruction and turmoil. 

You have managed to go through this without losing your hope. You stripped yourself bare of any limiting beliefs, facades, or deceptions, and live in your authentic nature. 

While you suffered, you were not aware of your own strength, but you are now recognizing that the loss helped you rediscover yourself. It is only now that you can really appreciate all that you have.

The Star brings hope, renewed power, and strength to carry on with life. You hold a new sense of self, a new appreciation for the core of your Being. 

You are entering a peaceful, loving phase in your life, filled with calm energy, mental stability and more in-depth understanding of both yourself and others around you.

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Major Arcana. Strength

The tarot card illustrates that the feminine powers of gentleness and self-control can tame our lower and more violent animal natures.

Your resilience, compassion, empathy and inner strength will greatly aid you, and your fearlessness means that you should have no issues speaking your mind and setting the boundaries.

Should you find yourself in an argument or in heated moments, it may be better for you to treat each other with patience and gentleness, rather than allowing your anger to take control.

You will need to act with grace and sensitivity, rather than just using brutal force.
You are committed to what you need to do, and you go about it in a very balanced and mature way.

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Abundance. The Dawn

"Remember that you are 𝑾𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓.
Cry. Cleanse. Flow. Let Go.
Remember that you are 𝑭𝒊𝒓𝒆.
Burn. Tame. Adapt. Ignite.
Remember that you are 𝑨𝒊𝒓.
Observe. Breathe. Focus. Decide.
Remember that you are 𝑬𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉.
Ground. Give. Build. Heal.
Remember that you are 𝑺𝒑𝒊𝒓𝒊𝒕.
Connect. Listen. Build. Be Still."

Part 1. Water

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Part 2. Fire

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Part 3. Air

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Part 4. Earth

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Part 5. Calatrava

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Shambala Stone. Gifts of Nature

"I know that it is a secret

And that I got to keep it

But I want the lights on

And I don't want to run away anymore

Leave the lights on

Let it out ..."

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Rainbow Twins. Oneness

"I see the ripple in you
I see the ripple in me
The river runs so deep
Just a ripple in the sea
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We come and go,
We chase the sun
But on the river, forever young
We find and lose, and fall between
But on the river, we are running free

Burnt grass and birch bark, good when it gets dark
I see the fire in your eyes
Water in motion, back to the ocean
Wish we were frozen in time..."

From "Ripple" by Children of Indigo

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Free Inspiration

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"Breathing in, I see myself as space.
Breathing out, I feel free."
From "Happiness" by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Reflection

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"Breathing in, I see myself as still water.
Breathing out, I reflect things as they truly are."
From "Happiness" by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Wind Horses

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"Breathing in, I see myself as a mountain.
Breathing out, I feel solid."
From "Happiness" by Thich Nhat Hanh

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Blooming Sangha

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"Breathing in, I see myself as a flower.
Breathing out, I feel fresh...
Every one of us is a flower in the garden of humanity"
From "Happiness" by Thich Nhat Hanh

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The River and the Clouds

Inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh's poem "The River and the Clouds"
 
"The fresh and beautiful Moon is traveling in the utmost empty sky. When the mind-rivers of living beings are free, that image of the beautiful Moon will reflect in each of us"
 
"Once upon a time there was a beautiful River... One day she noticed the clouds within herself. Clouds of all sorts of colors and forms. She did nothing during these days but chase after clouds. She wanted to possess a cloud, to have one for herself. But clouds float and travel in the sky, and they are always changing their form. Sometimes they look like an overcoat, sometimes like a horse. Because of the nature of impermanence within the clouds, the River suffered very much. Her pleasure, her joy had become just chasing after clouds, one after another, but despair, anger, and hatred became her life. Then one day a strong wind came and blew away all the clouds in the sky. The sky became completely empty.... That night was the first opportunity for her to hear her own crying, the sounds of water crashing against the banks of the River. Because she was able to listen to her own voice, she discovered something quite important. She realized that what she had been looking for was already in herself. She found out that clouds are nothing but water. Clouds are born from water and will return to water. And she found out she herself was also water... When she opened her heart completely to the evening sky she received the image of the full Moon - beautiful, round, like a jewel within herself... The fresh and beautiful Moon is traveling in the utmost empty sky. When the mind-rivers of living beings are free, that image of the beautiful Moon will reflect in each of us. This was the mind of the river at that moment. She received the image of that beautiful Moon within her heart, and water, clouds, and the Moon took each other's hands and practiced walking meditation slowly, slowly to the ocean..."

Goddess Saraswati

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Goddess Kali

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Buddha

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Estrella 
The Gift

The story is inspired by the ancient Inca traditions, the mystical world of the Q‘ero shamans from the sacred valley of Peruvian Andes. A girl Estrella is searching for the lost Inca's treasure, the star of gold, that is believed to provide supernatural multi-talents and turn all dreams into being. She meets Laika, a powerful shaman, who invites the helpers on her journey, the sacred spirit animals. The spirits invite Estrella to extraordinary locations in the Under World, Middle World and Upper World. She follows the spirits of the Serpents, who whisper about the concealed knowledge they keep. The spirits of the Jaguar and the Puma cast a spell of a sudden transformation and Estrella gets lost on the way, however she is brave enough to continue the journey. She travels across the ocean with tiny courageous spirits of Hummingbirds, and explores the vast space with the spirits of the Eagle and the Condor. The girl finally meets the Father Sky and the Mother Earth, who tell her the story of their love, and give her a gift of a guiding star. Her feelings of powerlessness and fear disappear, and in their place arise courage, curiosity, and creativity. The star guides her home and magically becomes a golden necklace around Estrella's neck. The girl recognizes she found the treasure ...  all her multiple gifts were always with her, now reawakened.

Written by Jelena Januskevic

Meeting Laika, the Shaman

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Serpents

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Jaguar and Puma

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Hummingbirds

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Eagle and Condor

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Mother Earth and Father Sky

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You are enough, Estrella!

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Warrior of Light

Warriors of light
They put their swords aside
And observe the world being ruined in twilight
To create the things anew
With the power of their thoughts

Written by Jelena Januskevic
 

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Ancient Homeland
Mount Belukha

In very ancient times, among the tribes of the Altai Mountains, there was a rumor that a strange monster of snow and ice appeared in the Altai forests - a snowman, who for some reason was called the White Ear (in Russian Beloe Ukho), probably due to the fact that he had ears whiter than snow. The leader of one of the tribes had innumerable wealth. He heard about the Beloe Ukho and, in order to become famous among the other leaders and surprise them, he decided to take possession of him. He announced that he who catches the Beloe Ukho will receive a generous reward - half of his wealth. Dozens of heroes rushed in search of this mysterious creature. For many days and nights, they searched for him in the mountains and forests, until they finally found him. Beloe Ukho fiercely defended himself and did not want to surrender to his enemies, because he was used to living free. Then, seeing that they would not take the snowman alive, the heroes killed him, hoping that they would receive a reward for the dead. A snowman fell to the ground, exposing a dazzling white ear to the sun's rays. The heroes came to carry him away, but, no matter how powerful they were, they could not raise the snowman, they had to return empty-handed. In the place where the Beloe Ukho fell, a high mountain grew. Its top is always covered with snow and sticks out like an ear. People, looking at this mountain, called it Belukha, in memory of the proud bigfoot.

The legend of Altai

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Major Arcana.  The Hanged Man

The hanged man understands that his position is a sacrifice that he needed to make in order to progress forward - whether as repentance for past wrongdoings, or a calculated step backward to recalculate his path onward. This time he spends here will not be wasted, he does this as part of his progression forward. His upside down state can also symbolize the feeling of those that walk a spiritual path, for they see the world differently. Where there are others that do not understand the need to sacrifice, you see it differently. This is a natural course of action for you as you walk the path alone.

The Hanged Man card reflects a particular need to suspend certain action. As a result, this might indicate a certain period of indecision.

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