Meet Daniel Shaffer, one of the many artists featured in the upcoming Cosmos show! Daniel has been in past shows at Light Grey and we’re excited to have him again on this recent one! He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art who is known for his colorful illustrations and narrative images. He currently resides in Baltimore as a freelance illustrator. For more of Daniel’s work check out his website, daniel-shaffer.com and blog, danielhshaffer.tumblr.com and be sure to check out his Canis Major piece in the Cosmos exhibition that opens October 30th!
For the COSMOS Tarot & Oracle Deck, Daniel illustrated a piece for the constellation Canis Major. In the deck, it represents the Hermit Card and is an Earth Element.
The Chase - Pursuit Without Fatigue
Canis Major depicts Laelaps, a mythological dog who never failed to catch what he was hunting. Gifted to Europa by Zeus, Laelaps the dog was once used to hunt the Teumessian fox, a fox that could never be caught. Laelaps was known for his speed, loyalty, and his persistence during the chase. Zeus cast both the dog and the fox into the heavens, where the chase continues to this day.
This card is all about the pursuit of an incredible, and hard-to-attain prize. Upright, this card indicates focus, determination, stamina, and steadfastness. In some cases this is a search for knowledge and understanding, such as in the case of the Hermit. The pursuit referenced in this card is also almost always done alone and for selfish purposes, though the wisdom gained during the journey may be shared with others once the seeker deciphers its meaning.
Reversed, the prey may seem so elusive that a person may wonder if they are chasing anything at all. With any good search, one must know if and when to end the pursuit. Adjusting one’s strategy and beginning the search again after a small rest may be just enough to revitalize the hunt.
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