8 Wandering S
"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." Marcel Proust
A "Flâneur" is a person who observes society and life by strolling and meandering through the streets. Can you gently explore and discover the world around you and broaden your horizons? Perhaps by travelling, or through perhaps a more metaphorical journey into books or films or music or dance. Find new ways to express yourself, and listen to others, and appreciate things. "Not all those who wander are lost" J.R.R. Tolkien
When we surrender completely to external forces rather than noosing our own path, we will find ourselves in unexpected environments. This is a card of air - lightness, mobility, capriciousness. Bringing storms, and taking them away again. Whispers and howls. Bringing us to an elevated vantage point to see the broadest context and the big picture. After experiencing such freedom, what could tempt you back down to Earth?
Note (Air) Music. Harmonies. Artistic Expression. Air carries but also disrupts communication.
Bee (Air) Good fortune and happiness. Diligence and industriousness. Be inspired to action.
Bird (Air) Aspire towards freedom for yourself and others. Allow yourself to dream, and to fly.
Feather (Air) A kindness and lightness in your actions will attract supporters and fair winds.
Anchor (Water) Living with ones head in the clouds is dangerous. Ground yourself occasionally.
Book (Light) The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.
THE MAGIC SEAL
Wandering is an act of the imagination, the power to see the world in our everyday life every time with different eyes. If we achieve this, our city becomes a magic place, flying on the clouds, with glittering domes, delicate towers raising high to the sky. The card is a hymn to the power of fantasy to travel across space and time, to create myriads of multiverses to share with our fellow travellers. A mechanical fish is travelling through the cosmos suspended by a hot air balloon, looking forward to cross the border of the card to reach other realities...
...and this is exactly what happens in the Augmented Reality video!
The borders of the card collapse letting the mechanical steam-punk fish free to explore the floating city and beyond. Per aspera ad astra: 'through hardship to the stars', whatever happens we have the power to go on, dream and build another reality...
Andrea Aste is a multimedia artist and animator whose work has taken him the world. He is also the co-creator of Oracolarium.
He is inspired by fantastical parallel universes which he explores in his whimsical multimedia inventions, creations and animations. His artworks cannot be contained - they explode out of the pages, and he shares poetic stories that have been influenced by his travels through ancient antiquity, underground secret organisations, and futuristic technologies.
For more information about Andrea Aste, visit www.AndreaAste.com
As an artist in your balloon, you float through the cosmos, finding new inspiration. Stars twinkle around you like distant bells. Your soft whistled melody can be heard echoing for miles around. A piano asks you open-ended questions, even though it knows you will answer with yet more questions. Below you, a city sleeps. Or does it? Look closely. This delicate and airy scene feels almost weightless. There's a calming lightness to drifting along on the musical breeze.