Featured Card of the Day – King of Wands – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

Artist: Eli Neugeboren

Website:  EliNeugeboren.com


Leader, honorable, primal, energetic, entrepreneur

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Many interpretations mentioned a cloak of flame, so I decided to make our King wear a cloak of sharkskin. One early visual I stuck with was havng the nautilus arms on his throne, and I’m happy with how they turned out. For the flame, I included the mysterious blue blaze emanating from his hand. Most references I found to this card emphasized that his throne should extend out of the frame of the card to imply a larger scale to the rule, an extension of his powers. I used an extreme perspective to really play up the angle and force of this. Other animals associated with this card included salamanders, which gave me a great opportunity to draw one, but also to have a bright orange counterpoint to all the greens and blues.”

A powerful sea King sits on a throne that looks as though it has sprung from the rocky sea bed for him. The only suggestion that this is carved are the inctricate images on the back, decorations to illustrate his fiery strength. The largest of these is a sea serpent eating its own tail – an infinity symbol representing the ocean, and this king- ever-moving forces of nature, overcoming all. In one hand he carries a ball of blue flame, in his other a massive trident, symbolizing his power and fiery temper. His foot rests on a salamander, the symbol of fire.

The Kind of Wands is a visionary, ambititious figure. Instead of creating a monument to the world, he is more likely to shape the world the way he wants it to be.

Astrological Association & Element

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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