Humans have been intrigued by the unknown since the beginning of time. Uncertainty motivates us, and it seems we are forever searching for answers to those larger-than-life questions: How did the universe begin? Why are we here? Where did we come from? What does the future hold?


Enter the Tarot. Disjointed as its history is, the Tarot has captivated historians and spiritualists alike since the first known deck appeared in 1440 or earlier, according to some.


The first account of forecasting through the cards is attributed to Jean-Baptiste Alliette, a cartomancer who, in 1770, was the first to publish divinatory meanings for the images. Since then the tarot has been studied by both scholars and mystics.


Here, we might interpret Paola Tavoletti’s art as the depiction of a woman staring into her own reality. Reminiscent of The High Priestess of the Tarot’s Major Arcana, she appears as a mediator. The temple in the background is suggestive of the entrance she guards. Perhaps it is she who stands between the spirit world and that which we call reality. A man, much like The Hanged Man of the Tarot, is suspended before her, but she does not seem to notice. Despite his compromising position, he appears content to accept his fate, which forces us to question: is it his own fate that he holds in his hands?


Patricia Wentzel’s excerpt from “Mania: One hall, two rooms and an altar” speaks to us of surrender: “Willingly I laid my head on the altar.” Much like the Hanged Man who must let go in order to move forward, the speaker in Patricia’s poem willingly lays his head, reminding us that things are not always as they seem.


What we want most is often the very thing that we must give up if we are to move forward. The irony of course is that only when we let go do we find what we were looking for all along.


Welcome to ISSUE 7 of Petite Hound Press. Here uncertainty reigns supreme, and questions abound.




POET Patricia Wentzel is new to writing but not to the arts, having many years of experience as a visual artist behind her. Recovery from a long illness led her to poetry and writing in October 2014. Previous publications include Brevities, Poetry Now and Medusa’s Kitchen.

Paola Tavoletti's illustration was orginally published by Russia Today.


ARTIST Paola Tavoletti was born and lives in Rome, Italy. She is an illustrator,  painter, and  writer. She has worked for many years as an art director and illustrator in advertising. Her illustrations are often surrealistic ones, with a richness in details and decorations. Her paintings are more abstract;  they have been shown in Italy and France and are in collections in Italy and Saudi Arabia. She currently paints, draws, writes in both Italian and English, and goes hiking in the Alps with a companion as crazy as she is. Find more about her at  >><<

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