1 Dec 2023

Aetheric Tarot
by Byzantia Harlow

Aetheric Tarot by Byzantia Harlow

85 cards (85mm x 120mm)

a booklet (85cm x 120mm, 100pages)

a rigid paper box (95mm x 130mm x 45mm)

edition of 100 plus 2 AP

£100.00 +VAT if applicable

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'Aetheric Tarot' is a newly developed Tarot Deck created by Byzantia Harlow, introduced in conjunction with the artist's second solo show at the gallery, 'Aetheric'.The deck is a printed work of art. Each limited edition of the 100 boxed decks is numbered and signed by the artist.

Byzantia Harlow is a practicing visual artist and psychic medium, and the artist felt the creation of the deck was inevitable.

The images are a re-imagining of traditional tarot iconography, using real people - friends, lovers and strangers – as inspiration for the portrayals. The deck features the traditional 78 Arcana cards, with 7 additional 'Aetheric' cards.

Aetheric cards are a notable feature of Harlow's deck. 'Aether' or quintessence, is the fifth element in Alchemy. Unlike the four elements, i.e., Earth, Air, Fire and Water which are perpetually variable, the Quinta essential remains unchanged. It holds the four elements together - a spiritual constant in the physical world. In Harlow's deck, the Aetheric cards embody the fifth element, which is beyond the terrestrial sphere.

Each Aetheric Tarot deck box is accompanied by a guidebook with channeled interpretations for the cards, handwritten by the the artist within a ritual. Despite its small size, the guidebook provides extensive explanations for the deck's background and significance of each section, element and each card. The Major Arcana section of the guide was written by Harlow's father, Paolo Guidi, who trained as a Jungian Psychoanalyst. It expresses the traditional divinatory meanings through the lens of Jung’s Alchemical understanding - relating it to the development of the psyche and the process of individuation. Some symbols in the tarot and alchemy share a common metaphysical origin. For Jung, the alchemical texts were part of mankind's arcane attempt to understand the inner psychic world and the process of growth and development. Guidi has worked as a scientist, physician, psychoanalyst, artist, designer and jeweller.

all photos

installation view of Aetheric Tarot

last photo also shows some of the drawings that Aetheric Tarot cards are based on

all photos Alexander Christie