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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Katalin of HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot is Interviewed by Judika Illes

Katalin is one of my few featured Affiliates here on my blog. 
Recently she was interviewed by Judika Illes about her Hawaiian Tarot deck! 
Below is a sound bite of this interview.
Please check this  LINK for the full interview! 

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Q: Katalin, can you tell us a little about yourself, 
about the journey that brought you from Hungary to Hawaii?
A: I was born and raised in Hungary, near Lake Balaton, which always reminded me of Hawaii since the age of 4, which is very odd since I could not have been there yet. Not in this life that is. As I would sit by the lake side, watching the sunsets, I had always thought of the other side of this planet, where the sun is rising at that very same moment. Even at such a young age, I explained this to my parents and that one day, I would be living in Hawai’i. I became a self taught artist, drawing and painting before I learned the alphabet. Shape and colour seemed to be more important than words to me at that time. Words, I would use later in stories and poems. As my interest in art continued alongside of my infatuation with Hawai’i, the two melded together and only furthered my desire to live there. After some time traveling and living in various places, the journey finally deposited me where I longed to be. It took a long time to prove I was right at such a young age but here such beauty with colour and shape in nature and elements is a living palate to take inspiration from. I am home now.

Q: What inspired you to create HazelMoon’s Hawaiian Tarot?
A: My inspiration was brother "IZ" Israel Kamakawivo'ole, considered by many globally to be one of the top Hawaiian musicians, especially singers, in history. 
I had a dream in which I saw him sitting on the beach. He looked at me but said nothing while his eyes told all I needed to know. I was living in Hawai’i when he passed and I remember feeling great sorrow at the loss of such a wonderful musician and person. His songs still give me 'chicken skin' (goosebumps) and I feel the great love he held in his heart for the Hawaiian land and it's people. This compassion pushed me to try to ingrain this love he projected through my art upon a medium that would connect people and assist them with guidance in their lives. Reproducing the age old divination tool, the tarot, with motifs and inspiration from Hawai’i seemed more than appropriate since I myself have been favored by directional support through readings. It is also a comfortable match since early in the kingdoms unified history, the royal line of Kamehameha was itself enamored with European culture so this seems to be my natural response in return. 

Q: Is there something in particular that you would like people to know 
about your beautiful cards?
A: I am just an artist who follows her inspirations and visions so I have no focused sales point to highlight. I created each card with an unfiltered compassion and desire in my heart from the love for Hawai'i that continues to wander through my spirit each day. It has been and is a grand and beautiful feeling when an artist is able to share their creations with others all over the world. Even more so for me when, as I suspect in some cases, it has been of value outside of an object of art and really provides assistance for people.

Katalin of HazelMoon's Hawaiian Tarot



  1. The joyful island tarot

    Wow, I am impressed with a little known deck that just popped up in my life. Hazelmoon's Hawaiian Tarot.
    I was told a few years ago about a deck that was a one of a kind and real cool since it was all about Hawai'i. I have been there and it sounded like a great idea.
    So I got one and was happy right away since it had a book too. It is always nice to get the artists who bought a on card interpretations since it connects the traditional meanings with the new images.
    In this set Hazelmoon uses her artistry and personal joy of Hawai'i to create images that are both known landmarks and other suggestive locations or events. I was told that many people who live in the islands have nature spots that when they are feeling stressed or emotional they go to. That might be some o the paintings on the cards. I hope so. To give us a peek at a personal space like that would just charge up a card more.
    Artists tend to be sensitive people and a good artist usually puts themselves into their work so I felt closer to her for the non-specific images than the tourists stops like the blue church in Kona. Which wasn't blue anymore when I saw it. So I guess her card is more an artifact now and a memory of the older hawaii past. Cool!
    Give colors with bold brush strokes and a feeling she painted with passion makes them alive. I want to go back and find each card in the life of the islands.
    But I should say more about the cards and not my vacation wishes huh. Professional work from the printers in both card stock and finish. The gloss helps to bring pubs colors and depth and after a few shuffles, made them glide easy for me. I liked the size too. I have held many cards even the round ones and these kept me from getting Vegas fancy with them. I find small cards make me go fast and forget to put my energy into them. Like I am doing a card trick and wowing the person I am reading for. I take my time and keep a rhythm going while I have the person flood their thoughts and feelings into the deck. It is so exciting for me that I almost like the shuffle and layout part more than the read.
    I was told by Hazelmoon that this is the only print run she will do and that was why she had the printer run off several thousand so once this batch has homes that is it. I got another one for keeping. I know that as time goes by some decks will be lost or worn it so little by little these will become more valued and collectable. I fantasize that one day when I am old and grey I will have the last set and thy will almost vibrate with energy. Maybe I will hear the conk she'll blow and will then know it has become so.
    I would say more but this is making me excited so I am off to do a reading and then dream of the islands as winter here closes in. I think of snow as white sand only colder and less crunchy in my lunch plate. Aloha everyone and go check out her tarot.

  2. What a lovely response! You write vividly and I like that! Yes I too love finding rare and unique tarot decks, even though I rarely use tarot myself anymore it is about nostalgia for me. Hazel Moon's deck is one of my favorites and a "go to" tarot when I do read them for others. Thank you for your lovely post James! I wish you all the best life has to offer!


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