As a part of my project to identify Australian women who help to explain the energetic of a Tarot Card I am endeavoring to put together interpretive drawings which help to tell stories about the women. For example, anthropologist, Marcia Langton is surrounded by Indigenous artifacts which can be found online, while the tragic legacy of the early missionaries who worked in Indigenous missions surrounds Annie Lock.
The symbolism in the Five of Wands suggests that there is form of conflict in one’s life. This may be an existing conflict or one that is brewing and may eventually blow up in one’s face. It may also depict a problem in communication, for example in a situation where no one really wants to listen to the other – meaning that no agreement or understanding takes place.
Olive Cotton Is regarded as was one of Australia’s pioneering modernist photographers.
Cotton was born in Sydney in 1911, daughter of Florence (pianist/painter) and Leo (geologist) both whom shared interest in photography. During early childhood, Cotton was privy to aspects of environment and developed a love of the world around her. At age 11, Cotton was given her first camera and her love of photography grew from this.
In 1934, Olive Cotton graduated from the university of Sydney and began working in the studio of Australian photographer Max Dupain, a childhood friend who she married. Cotton and Dupain had been childhood friends who grew up sharing a keen interest in the evolving medium of photography. Cotton and Dupain became romantically involved in 1928 and married in 1939. However marrying each other exposed them to some uncomfortable truths and they separated in 1941, eventually divorcing in 1944.
The Five of Wands shows us a battle of egos, people fighting to find out who is strongest. It may be presumptuous to suggest that a battle over egos was what divided this photographic couple, for in reality there were contributing factors outside their control. For example, in line with social convention, women were banned from working in the public service and other occupations in Australia after they married, so as soon as they married Cotton’s status changed.
On top of this was the accepted standard division of labour in which the husband was expected to be the breadwinner and the wife the homemaker and child-bearer. This meant Olive was no longer able to be fully immersed in the social and creative flux of studio life and was removed from the camaraderie and satisfaction that her work as the assistant had previously engendered.
Clearly there were other factors but the collective result was that their marriage did not last long. However, despite this, they did share a long and close personal and professional relationship. An exhibition looks of their work made between 1934 and 1945, the period of their professional association, reveals an exciting period of experimentation and growth in Australian photography. Cotton and Dupain were at the centre of these developments.
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Examining Tarot through the Aperture of Significator Cards and Real Life Stories
Every Tarot or Oracle card has its own story to tell, and every card is open to one’s personal interpretation. Despite what purists might have you believe, no matter what “meaning” experts or books may ascribe to a particular card, no one definition is correct for everyone or every situation. Tarot cards may help to explain a situation or describe a person. In this case a significator Tarot card has been consciously chosen to represent an individual and pick up on an aspect of the energetic of a woman who has made a significant contribution to Australian culture. The cards chosen for these women seemed appropriate at a moment in time. The reader may well differ and dispute the connection being made and offer alternatives.
The Fool – Germaine Greer
The Magician – Elizabeth Blackburn Scientist
High Priestess – Barangaroo
The Empress – Catherine Helen Spence
The Hierophant – Two Extraordinary Women
Lovers – Aunty Oodgeroo Noonuccal
The Chariot – Judith Durham
Justice – Elizabeth Andreas Evatt
Strength – A Test of Endurance
Death – Lets Talk Death
Temperance – Women’s Christian Temperance Union Australia
The Tower – Ultimate Tower Moment
The Star – Fay Catherine Howe
The Moon – Joan Lindsay Picnic at Hanging Rock
Judgement – Annie Lock Missionary
The World – Nancy Bird Walton
associated with the emotional realm. Connection, love, dreams and wishes. Happiness as well as sorrow and vulnerability.
Ace of Cups – The Promise of Happy Ever Afer
Two of Cups – Soulful Connections
Three of Cups – An Artistic Collective
Four of Cups – Ash Barty
Five of Cups – Red Flags to Address
Six of Cups – Custodians of Memory
Seven of Cups – Smorgasbord
Eight of Cups – Picking up the Pieces
Nine of Cups – Dame Nellie Melba
Ten of Cups – Miles Franklin Award
King of Cups – Sandra Pankhurst Trauma Cleaner
associated with the material realm. Physicality, the body, work, environment. Abundance as well as scarcity and greed.
Five of Pentacles – The Lady of the Swamp
Six of Pentacles – Ruby Hunter
Eight of Pentacles – Productivity
Ten of Pentacles – Mary Reiby
The Page of Pentacles – Teal Independents
Queen of Pentacles – Margaret Fulton
King of Pentacles – Christine Holgate
associated with the mental realm. Rationality, logic, communication. Useful thoughts as well as anxieties and fears.
Ace of Swords – Catherine Hay Thomas
Two of Swords – Julia Gillard.
Three of Swords – Grace Tame
Seven of Swords – Christina Macpherson and Jessie Hickman
Eight of Swords – Lindy Chamberlain and Schapelle Corby
Nine of Swords – Trails of Trauma
Ten of Swords – Catherine Folbigg
Queen of Swords – Mary Gaudron
King of Swords – Marcia Langton
associated with gusto and life force. Excitement, exploration, creative pursuits. Passion as well as grandiosity and impulsiveness.
Ace of Wands – Tilly Aston
Five of Wands – Warrior Spirit
Ten of Wands – Charlotte Allingham
Page of Wands – Inventive Creatives
Queen of Wands – Margaret Throsby
King of Wands – Margaret Olley