Seattle. She is an
Artist, Art teacher, Tarot reader and
Her fantastic Tarot paintings are the focal point of this interview.
by Kristin Over-Rein
seem to be Norwegian, but are you really? How did you end up in USA?
I am 100%
Norwegian, even though I was raised in the USA. My parents came here
from Oslo because of my father's work with an American hotel
company. Both my parents and my brother are Norwegian citizens, but
since I was born in the USA I have both Norwegian and American
passports. We have always spoken Norwegian together. I have never
studied Norwegian, but I taught myself to read and write Norwegian
from books and magazines. We have an apartment in Oslo and I have
plans to move back to Norway, especially when I see that the artists
are better accepted there than in USA. Especially now that I have
discovered that Tarot has become popular in Norway also.
How did your interest for Tarot begin, and which deck is your favorite?
My parents, especially my father, was interested in Tarot and other spiritual ideas. When I was six years old I saw the "Tarot of Marseilles" cards, and became totally enamored with the amazing colorful pictures. Since I was two years old, and could hold a pencil, have I been into all kinds of colorful drawings and figures. Later my father gave me his "Tarot of Marseilles" deck. It is still my favorite. I feel they are most true to the original meaning, symbols, colors and composition. But it is only the Major Arcana that is useful, since the Minor Arcana is illustrated with only symbols. But since then Pamela Coleman Smith interpreted the symbols in the Rider Waite/Smith deck at the beginning of the 1900's and now most Tarot cards today are illustrated with real pictures in the Minor Arcana. It is important for me, who reads Tarot cards for clients, that all the pictures in the Tarot are detailed and clear. I use "The Golden Tarot" by Kat Black. I also like "Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea" by Julia A. Turk. I also use my own cards, that are not complete yet, in shorter readings. They are called "Tarot of the Pomegranate" and have the deepest meanings for me, since I have lived every single card, and have developed a very deep inspiration and connection in me to spirit as a result.
What do you use Tarot for? Foreseeing the future/awareness/meditation, etc. Do you have clients?
I use the cards mostly for personal awareness in different situations, and where I am now in my life. But I also use the cards for meditation and foreseeing the future. Tarot also stimulates my fantasy as an artist for new ideas in my oil paintings. I have always been interested in helping people on their journey in this physical world. Yes, I also do have paying clients, that come to me in Seattle, also many clients from USA and the rest of the world through my website www.tarotofthepomegranate.com. I have many returning clients, and I am told my readings are right on target.
How did you get the idea to make your own Tarot cards, and where do you get your inspiration?
believe when I first saw those "Tarot of Marseilles" cards, when I
was around 6 years old, that it became embedded in my subconscious.
When I was finished with my studies at Cornish College of the Arts,
where I recieved a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree, I began my large
project to paint my own Tarot cards. It helped also that I have an
Associates degree from Art Institute of Seattle. My oil paintings of
the Tarot (the Major Arcana) are 3 x 5 feet. Much of my inspiration
comes from other artists, among them Odd Nerdrum, after I saw his
show in Seattle. The painting "Death" was inspired by a sculpture by Gustav Vigeland. Sometimes I get my inspiration from the other side, the spiritual side we all come from. Dreams and visions from other lives and from nature play a big role. The atmosphere here in Seattle is dark and rainy, but full of inspiration for me. Astrologists say that Seattle is a "Scorpio" city.
The Magician - An-Magrith Erlandsen
Oil on canvas / 5.2 x 3 ft. 2006
She sits with the symbols of the four suits before her, dagger is sword, coins are the disks, chalice is cups and the branch in her hand is wands. The dagger has cut the pomegranate revealing more than fruit. The monkey entwined about her arm chews on the other half of the pomegranate which resembles a human heart. It could be fruit or flesh, what is your perspective? You choose. The Magician's arm covers a book of the Tarot of the Pomegranate, the same book the High Priestess holds in her hands. The Magician sits inside an otherwise walled up doorway, she has access to the other side. She has all the elements she needs to continue on her journey but she is not sure what they all mean yet. The Magician is the first card in the Tarot, the beginning. The table reveals a foreshadowing of the darkness and light to come.
"The High Priestess"