Tarot Images and Icons: A 40 DAY JOURNEY THROUGH SEX, GLAMOUR AND ROCK N’ ROLL

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Beyond fashion, one of my main interests is studying tarot and the occult. Tarot has become, for me, a way to delve into the subconscious and learn about myself through the archetypes of the cards. This inner work has led me to co-develop a 40 day email program that matches the archetypes of the Major Arcana with icons from the worlds of music, film, art and literature. By working with these real life icons as archetypes we can learn more about ourselves.  As a group we will work with these Major Arcana icons to channel the archetypal energies into our own lives through a mix of writing, ritual, and other psychoanalytic/ esoteric techniques. Email will be sent out daily with writing prompts from psychoanalyst/astrologer Sherene Vismaya Schostak, historical information on the celebrities by me, and ritual work by Mistress of Magic Katelan Foisy. while Sherene has run over 30 of these 40 day programs (Project 40), this is the first time we have worked all togethercombining our differing skills to create a world of knowledge that is unrepeatable. I’ve participated in several P40’s before and they have always been such an amazing experience in terms of learning about myself and about the key subject, which has ranged from goddesses to dreamwork.

For more information and to sign up, go to www.project40.info

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Elizabeth Taylor as ‘The High Priestess’

The Journey of the Tarot is a Rite of Passage—from the innocent emergence of the Fool through the sobering confrontation with Death, shadow work of The Devil, and the full circle nature of Karmic Cycles with the World.

The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot reveal KEYS and INSIGHTS along the Soul’s Path through the complex layers of Self—the good, the bad, and the beautiful… and most importantly, the UNKNOWN.

As Universal Archetypes we can see the cards reflected not only in our personal journeys, but in those around us and especially highlighted in the lives of iconic figures (rock stars, artists, and legends) who live on the archetypal dimension in waking life.

For this Project 40 we have paired icons from the worlds of art, music, fashion and literature with the corresponding Tarot archetypes.  We will work with these Major Arcana icons to channel the archetypal energies into our own lives through a mix of writing, ritual, and other psychoanalytic/ esoteric techniques.

Drawing on Sherene’s Jungian psychoanalytic/ esoteric arts background, Katelan’s wealth of knowledge as a tarot reader and artist, and Laura’s insights and collections as a cultural and fashion historian, this P40 will amp up the glamour while also diving deep into the psyche.

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana are split over 40 days, with all but three cards receiving two days of focus each. The sequential sojourn through the cards presents us with a path where we will encounter the stars of western culture, acting as guides and teachers at each stop.  “We can be heroes, just for one day”–Bowie

For the next 40 Days, become the Hero, Icon, & Master of your own Soul’s Journey.

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Frida Kahlo as ‘The Chariot’

THE 22 ARCHETYPAL ICONS:
THE FOOL: David Lee Roth
THE MAGICIAN: Stevie Nicks
The HIGH PRIESTESS: Elizabeth Taylor
THE EMPRESS: Cher
The EMPEROR: Marlon Brando
THE HIEROPHANT: Bob Marley
THE LOVERS: Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg
THE CHARIOT: Frida Kahlo
STRENGTH: Josephine Baker
THE HERMIT: Greta Garbo

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Adam Ant as ‘Death’

WHEEL OF FORTUNE: Frank Sinatra
JUSTICE: Martin Luther King Jr.
THE HANGED MAN: Kurt Cobain
DEATH: Adam Ant
TEMPERANCE: Coco Chanel
THE DEVIL: Madonna
THE TOWER: Pablo Picasso
THE STAR: David Bowie
THE MOON: Basquiat
THE SUN: Andy Warhol
JUDGMENT: Sylvia Plath
THE WORLD: Martha Graham

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Martha Graham as ‘The World’

An update…

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Thea Porter’s 1977 collection, photographed by David Seidner.

It’s been many moons since I’ve posted on here, but I have been very very busy…

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In February 2015 an exhibition I curated on Thea Porter opened at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London: Thea Porter: 70s Bohemian Chic. At the same time, an accompanying monograph I wrote, with a foreword and afterword by Thea’s daughter Venetia Porter, was published by V & A Publications: Thea Porter: Bohemian Chic. Both were wonderful projects to work on, and have laid the foundation for my newest projects among them, a full-length documentary film on Thea.

I am constantly posting on Instagram (@laurakitty), which also feeds directly to my Tumblr. I’ve continued writing a column on Shrimpton Couture’s Curated all of my posts can be found here, but below are some direct links and photos from some of my favourite recent ones…

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The New Lace Action: Photo by Guy Bourdin for Vogue, April 15th, 1958.

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Triumph: Photo by Derujinsky for Harper’s Bazaar, October 1959.

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The Soft Season: Jerry Hall and Yasmine Guenancia photographed by Albert Watson for Vogue, August 1977.

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Day Dreams: Debra Jo Fondren photographed by J. Frederick Smith for Cosmopolitan, March 1980.

Weekend Reading…

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Photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe from Harper’s Bazaar, July 1939.

I’ve been seriously amiss about posting, which I am very sorry about. While I am going to try to be better in the future, I am constantly posting on Instagram (@laurakitty), which also feeds directly to my Tumblr.

I’ve also started writing a column on Shrimpton Couture’s Curate – all of my posts can be found here, but below are some direct links and photos from some of my favourite recent ones…

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Bill Blass photographed at home by Francesco Scavullo for ‘The Couturier’s Private Lives’, from Town & Country, September 1969.

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Bianca Jagger from Viva, December 1973.

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Christian Lacroix’s first Haute Couture collection, Winter 1987. Photographed by Abbas.

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Marlene Dietrich by Cecil Beaton.