The Artist's Concept
For me, this card signifies victory, glory, following one's own path to the realization of the final reward (success) by surmounting an obstacle through personal power and teamwork.
For years I used the Tarot of Marseilles as my primary deck. While the Major Arcana include crude but expressive illustrations, the Minor Arcana contain only symmetrical patterns of the suit symbol similar to today's playing cards. For this reason the cards' meanings tend to be less defined and more open to interpretation than most modern decks.
When starting the design process for my cards I avoided consulting existing Tarot decks but instead studied the meanings in Jana Riley's Tarot Dictionary and Compendium in an attempt to create a unique and expressive design. I have chosen not to use symbols from disciplines other than tarot but still use easily interpreted illustrations.
Few things symbolize victory and glory like obtaining the summit of a mountain. In order to do so one has to plan, organize, exercise patience, and overcome mental and physical hardships. In short - be willing to do the seemingly impossible and then accept the credit when your objective is completed.
Even thought the climber who makes the summit of a mountain receives the credit and glory, no peak is taken without teamwork - so cooperation is an underlying theme of this card.
Receiving victory and glory, overcoming obstacles through teamwork.
I have always regarded the reversed meaning as emphasizing more concern for one's inner world than for the outer world. Perhaps the issues illustrated in the card in question are still on an unconscious level or are being dealt with internally, unsuspected and unseen by those around the subject of the reading.
The card was digitally produced using Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7 and Corel Painter Classic. The original started on workspace of 380 pixels wide by 605 pixels high then was resized to 220 by 350 and saved as a JPEG file.
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