Portrait of the Alchemical Seductress

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Headmistress Shahrazad of the Ritual Chamber in Toronto requested a commission inspired by “The Magician” , a Tarot card of the Major Arcana.

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I tried to keep the same pose, as closely as possible, but it had to be adapted to show her dominance and relationship to her slaves so instead of a plain wooden board in front, a naked male forms a human table carrying chalice, collar and whips.
So the traditional roses and lilies were taken from below and run along the sides.
In the background a night-time Toronto skyline in storm, and lightning conducted through her purple “rod” through her body to her left hand.

 

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