Artist: Alexandra V. Bach
Stalemate, neutrality, truce, putting off decisions
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“We see a young woman with a barrier of swords across her heart. Her rigid posture tells of her struggle to keep her feelings under control. She is fending off any approach from the outside. “Nothing comes in, and nothing goes out.” she seems to say. Parts of the card that I’ve included into my artwork are the two crossed swords, the sea and the moon. However I turned everything my own way and tried to proposed something a bit surreal.
I did two versions: first very close to the traditional card, static in some ways, it was not that easy to add nautical elements and stick to the deck’s theme. As I was not completely happy with it, I drew a completely different, more dynamic and dramatic card.”
A woman stands, defensive, braced to take what life throws at her. Two swords are held, crossed against her heart to protect it, but also blocking her emotions – she has closed herself off from the world, in order to make a balanced, logical decision. But she is inactive. Seaweed creeps across her eye, preventing her from seeing clearly. Behind her, a stormy sea crashes against the rocks, keeping possible solutions from reaching her. But the storm is starting to fade; light is fighting through the gloom in the form of a shrouded moon above her.
This card represents a balance of peace that has been achieved by avoidance. Avoidance of the world, of facts, even of a necessary decision. It is temporary, and reminds us that hiding solves nothing, that we must face the bad and the good.
Astrological Association & Element
Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
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