|RED SCOTT (aka - Red Dog) |
XVIII The Moon
Memoirs of a Geisha
Notes on the card: Dreams, visions, intuition and creativity, these are all aspects of the MOON card in the Tarot. We see them through the eyes of little Chiyo, a young girl of nine, sold to the Okiya (Geisha house) and those qualities become the driving force for her future as one of the most celebrated Geisha in Japan. Chiyo's mother is terminally ill and her fisherman father is forced to sell his two daughters for their sakes (as well as that of himself and mama.) The MOON controls the tides and one of the first things we learn about Chiyo is that she has eyes the color of rain and is believed to be ruled by the element of water. (Another bow to the MOON card.) Chiyo begins her new life as a "maiko" or "geisha in training" but it isn't until she first meets "The Chairman" that her vision becomes clarified and she dreams ONLY of one day becoming his. As she hones her skills she takes the name "Sayuri" and becomes adept with the shamizen instrument and the dance. Later in her life, she does finally fulfill her long held dream-wish and becomes The Chairman's "only." I've mirrored her life changes to reflect that of the MOON'S cyclical changes and also, to underscore the "maiden, mother, crone" aspects of the card. We see a MOON face shining down on the scene that is distinctly representative of a Geisha. There are two sliding rice paper doors, leading one into the mysterious world of the Geisha much like the pillars in a standard MOON card. The "Floating World of Willow and Flower," another reference to the world of Geisha I've further indicated by the blossoms floating between the doors. Finally, the black on black willow images are seen in the background. As explained by Mameha, Sayuri's older sister and mentor, "the very word Geisha means artist and to be a Geisha is to be a moving, living work of art."
Red Scott is a mixed media artist, word weaver, songstress and dreamer of dreams. She has been published by "Dog Earred", "National Stampagraphic," "Stretch Marks" "Brainwaves" "The Studio" as well as other 'zines and mags. Her contributions to the Artist's Inner Vision Tarot are: The Fool, Two of Wands and Two of Swords. She has also orchestrated several tarot collaborative deck projects including the upcoming Carnivale Mystere Tarot. Her "pride and joy" project however, has been the founding of the Capolan Exchange which, over the last decade has morphed into the Traveler's H'Art art exchange and electronic dialogue group. When she's not singing, arting, writing or dancing she finds herself living out her days in that 'other world' of wife, mother of four, gardener, student and the occasional cleaning of her home. All in all, it's a full life and one she's grateful for.
The Museum is set in an enchanting historical building of 1600, completely restored, situated between Bologna and Pistoia, among the woods.
This building, apart from being a rich permanent collection, offers a series of cultural events and exhibitions which will be organized not only inside the Museum, but also in the other centres.
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