Artist: Stanley Morrison
Dynamic, determined, craving action, hasty
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“My assigned card is Knight of Swords. I tried to put as much nautical symbolism as possible. The knight’s shield is a sea turtle shell, the sword has carved seahorses with a shell in the handle, the blade hs a slight fish shape, and he needed a swordfish companion. I went with a white hippocampus, which has a mixture of lobster tail pattern in it, to symbolize the purity of the intellectual energy that motivates the rider. Using a sea dragon helmet to hide his eyes, to convey obsession of an idea that often blinds us by desire for its fulfillment, that we fail to see the difficulties we may encounter or the consequences of our actions. It is kind of the way a painting idea comes to me sometimes, I need to charge forward and get it done; I put in the flowing seaweed on the rope to help symbolize this.”
A knight charges forward under the sea on his hippocampus with a speedy swordfish at his side. His sword is raised, but there is an element of danger here – the knight cannot see, his helment covers his eyes – hopefully his armor will be enough to protect him if necessary. The tip of his sword is also hidden from view – maybe whoever he is charging towards will never see him coming. His hippocampus is white, the entire party dappled by light through the water – their plans and minds are pure.
The Knight of Swords embodies the energy of inspiration – that lightbulb moment, the idea or sketch that just needs to be on paper. Rushing in with pure heart and intentions, sometimes he fails to understand the consequences of his actions.
Astrological Association & Element
Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
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