In the past year in particular, there has been a proliferation of Tarot decks that have been created using generative AI (artificial intelligence). Generative AI has popped up in many industries, but it’s something that is on the minds of many Tarot lovers. So for anyone who is wondering, let me be really clear: Cat Aura Tarot (and Chakra Healing Tarot that came before it) has been created by real, live people! So in case you’re wondering, no AI has been used to create either of these decks. Specifically, there’s a very iterative process that takes place between myself and E.C. Mazur, the incredible artist who agreed to work with me again to create the art for Cat Aura Tarot.
How is the art created for Cat Aura Tarot and Chakra Healing Tarot?
As you can see, the first step is for Ella to create three rough sketches called Concepts that offer different ways of reflecting the description I wrote for the card. This example shows the Concepts Ella created based on the description I wrote for the Lovers card.
When I’m looking at the Concept options from Ella, I always review my written description and any notes or references I made for myself, and I always do a gut check to make sure that my selection or feedback aligns the card with my original vision.
Most of the time, there is a specific Concept that works perfectly for my vision of the card. Sometimes, I ask Ella to combine elements from two or three of the Concepts. Based on the feedback I share, Ella then creates the outline for the art.
For the Lovers card, I selected this particular Concept without any combination of elements from the other two Concepts.
Finally, the scrumptious part! Once I provide Ella with the go-ahead on the outline, she then colours in the outline, bringing the card to life!
Which reminds me – may I introduce you to the Lovers card! The Lovers card shows two lovely cats snuggled up with a magical sky above and trees behind them. This card is not only about romantic love.
The Lovers also asks us where our attention is, and reminds us that we always have a choice about what and who we’re paying attention to, and what we do based on what we notice.