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Celebrating the Vernal Equinox

The Pyharam
Amir Bey, The Equinox Celebration at the Pyharam, Bronze, 1993

The Equinox Celebration Tarot is quite likely the only tarot whose images are derived directly from sculpture.

The figures are celebrating the Vernal Equinox, observers of the new life of spring, bringing their essential characters in devotion. There are 36 Celebrants, with each having a correlation with 10 degrees of zodiacal longitude, about 10 days.
For example, La Danseuse is the first 10 degrees of Aries, from about March 20-30.

The Tarot’s Spread

Apex
The Apex Celebrant indicates the result or direction of the matter. It can also show what may bind all three Celebrants.

1st Position
The Question or Current Circumstances.
2nd Position
What Works for and Against the Situation.
Combine the meaning of the 1st and 2nd Positions
to understand the present status.
1st Position
The Question or Current Circumstances.
2nd Position
What Works for and Against the Situation.
Combine the meaning of the 1st and 2nd Positions
to understand the present status.
Apex
The Apex Celebrant indicates the result or direction of the matter. It can also show what may bind all three Celebrants.

The Equinox Celebration Tarot’s spread is a three-card reading.
Called a Triangle, it consists of:

  • a Question Celebrant, and the energies surrounding the circumstance, the theme, persons involved, how the circumstance or question is shaped and influenced. This could be seen as the "identity" of the question.
  • followed by the Second Position Celebrant, which works for or against the situation.
  • Together these two Celebrants represent the current state, consistent with the static quality of the number two. Blend the meanings of them. One thing to remember, there is no real Good versus Bad, and when blending these two Celebrants, see them as two parts, with one the identity of the situation, the other as what helps and hinders.
  • The Apex Celebrant, placed above the first two, shows the direction, result, or at times, the solution. As the Apex of the Triangle, it is the focal point, and is a key to the question's realization.

Because it is a Triangle, the emphasis is act-centered, two poles and a focal point; the constellation Triangulum, traditionally associated with activity, is its foundation. Through action we gain awareness; our thoughts and feelings are activities, our spiritual aspirations are flames that motivate us. Even inaction, keeping still, and not thinking are activities.

How and why does it work?

The Celebrants were carved carved from a single block of African Wonderstone.

Their original relationship within that stone was maintained, and as they were being carved, their chronological and physical relationship endured. And as every act contains the signature of the consciousness of each moment, each Celebrant possesses the moment of its creation and its relationship within the circle of 36 Celebrants.

Do the Celebrants have mythological import? Does life contain the essences of myth?
- Not the “unreal,” but the vital Magic that flows within our ideas and perceptions.
Our experiences then, are stories that come to us in many forms to be understood and told.