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Library Exhibition: Journey of the Bearded Tarot

Take part in the "Journey of the Bearded Tarot." The images, which are the artist Doug Hammett’s interpretation of the traditional tarot deck, serve as momentary guides - giving the participant a new perspective on the past, present, and future, revealing hidden gems that might normally remain hidden from view.

On view Oct 26, 2019 to Jan 14, 2020 at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, during regular library hours:

M-Th: 11a-7p
Fr-Sa: 10a-6p
Su: 1p-5p
Closed Holidays and Oct 31, Halloween

The traditional Tarot deck is a collection of 78 illustrated cards, speculated to have originated in the 15th century. On a surface level the decks were used as playing cards for mere entertainment. Yet under closer inspection the illustrations reveal a profound archetypal language, speaking to a universal story of the humankind's heroic journey to find meaning in this complex universe. Although hundreds of decks have been re-imagined by different artists over the years, the meaning of the individual cards remain consistent. 22 cards comprise the Major Arcana (Big Secret) and 56 cards the Minor Arcana (Little Secret). Unique to the "Tarot of the Bearded Journey" the cards can be laid out in a linear fashion, revealing several hidden journeys through both Major and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana portrays the phases of one’s life from early innocence and societal rearing, through phases of outer independence and initiation that eventually returns to an inner spiritual maturation; a heroic journey through Mind, Body and Spirit. The Minor Arcana depicts a more detailed initiation through the four elements: Water, Air, Fire and Earth.

The traditional four suits Tarot deck, Cups, Swords, Wands, and Coins directly relate to these elements as well as seasons and psychological types: (Water/Winter/Cups/Emotion), (Air/Spring/Swords/Intellect), (Fire/Summer/Wands/Intuition), (Earth/Fall/Coins/Physical).

Doug Hammett has been an artist for 35 years, working primarily in painting, sculpture, theater and music. He has an MFA from Art Center College of Design, and a BFA from the University of Redlands. He serves as a director for Art 105, based in Old Town Pasadena and the Arts District of LA, a center for exploring art, music, and theater.

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