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Ten of Cups
by Violet Gargoyle

Symbolism & Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio

Symbolism & Meaning

It can't rain all the time. We see here a rainbow emerge over the cloudy sky hover the land. It is a distant and undefined melding of colors, still surrounded by the remnants of the ending storm and blurred by the breaking mists and fog which are also still clinging in ribbons to the grass and stone. The cups are fuzzy, dreamlike, maybe a little ethereal or slightly out of reach in the rainbow's arch. Our gargoyle pals, sitting in their place on their carved stone ledge, seem content and smiling.

The pair may be smiling because of the Rainbow in their sight, or maybe they are daydreaming of all things possible for them while they work. Perhaps their contentment is just carved in, a constant and serene part of their character all the time, come rain or shine.

Much like my ten of swords, I found it important to be able to show the faces of the card's main subject, which again is a departure from the traditional RW version. Here, I chose the stone figures instead of the man-woman couple usually depicted. This way our guardian friends here can be two males, two females, one of each, neither lovers, friends, family, nature, whomever or whatever in your life brings you contentment.

Besides, you knew I just had to work a gargoyle or two in somehow.

Artistic Media

Our Gargoyle pair started out as a singular little picture from a copyright free Dover clip art source. I then turned it on its side to look upwards, colored up a bit, and then gave it a mirrored buddy to gaze the skies with. Everything else was digital drawing, painting, polishing, and FX on my part, getting every byte out of my old Mac and fueled by a lot of Caffeine.

Artist's Bio

Violet Gargoyle is a Folklorist who is fascinated by Tarot interpretation. She hopes to next take on the project of working on a Yule Theme Tarot, laden with folklore references from many cultures.


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