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Ten of Wands
by le pendu

Card Meaning
Artistic Media
Artist's Bio


A man slowly moves through a world of hot rock and lava. On his back he carries a huge 10 of Wands from the Thoth Tarot.


I was studying the Thoth deck when I made this card, and wanted to somehow integrate it with the Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism of carrying a burden that weighs us down. The man is engulfed in an oppressive world of fire, his path is traversable but the going is slow and dangerous.

Card Meaning

For the Thoth deck the card means "Oppression" - uncontrolled energy moving without focus. In Rider-Waite-Smith decks, it often refers to carrying a burden, being oppressed by our thoughts, or taking on too much.

Artistic Media

The world of Lava was created in Bryce. The model was photographed on a sunny day. in the park. carrying a large spiderweb styled bundle of sticks which was eventually photoshopped out. The Thoth 10 of Wands was created entirely from scratch in Photoshop. Recreating the card was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of this process... I spent hours looking at every detail in the original and my understanding and appreciation of the card was greatly increased.

Artist's Bio

Robert spends too much time on the computer and hopes he does not look back on his life wondering if that time might have been better spent in the "real world". Go back to the project index, read the traditional card meaning, or get a free tarot reading with this deck.

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