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King of Swords
by Gerbear

Description & Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio

Description & Meaning

The King of Swords, known as the 'fire of air' is shown with his feet firmly anchored to the earth of his kingdom. This is the mundane aspect of his realm of mind. Although rooted in the physical, he shows a sense of movement, a purposeful stride which is indicative of his intellectual focus. His head is depicted as a crystalline sphere, representing the precision of his mind, and containing a dispassionate eye used to reaffirm his insightful judgment. A sea of virtual energies surrounds him, possible distractions to his focus, or possible opportunities to veer from his appointed path. The upraised sword is a beacon of truth, the only weapon needed to cut through the confusion surrounding him. The clouds, receding, in the sky above have been scattered by the force of his analytical mind He has learned to think on his feet, keeping the interests of all sides together in one coherent package.

In the Rider-Waite symbology, the king is sitting regally surveying his realm. His focus is forward, his sword raised, but almost in his lap. Everything is calm around him and there is no visible indication of his mental prowess. My rendition is more like the Thoth version showing a more active king, more like a knight.

Artistic Media

This is an original design done entirely with Corel Photo-Paint 7.

Artist's Bio

I am still working on my tarot deck. The majors are almost complete, and work on the minors has begun. I plan to self publish it,. The cards done for this and other projects are not indicative of the final work. I am also a collector of Tarot decks, having more than 300 at present.


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