Artist: Tara Fly
Tension, obstacles, arguments, chaos, competition
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“The card usually represents being at odds with others, and is often attributed to struggles and competition over riches and fortune, so I envisioned a band of pirates fighting over a treasure chest.
Originally bound together on their quest to find gold, the success of their mission led to opposition over how to split the spoils. Their individual greed prevents them from coming to an agreement, as each pirate feels he deserves a bigger share than his mates. One pirate is even sneaking his paws into the treasure while the others are busy arguing.
The figures were drawn in similar poses to the Rider-Waite deck and I chose to use torches to represent their wands, a suit associated with the element of fire.”
On the horizon, a pirate ship is waiting, visible through the mouth of a dark cave. Inside the cave lies an open treasure chest, full of gold and jewels. It was recently unearthed by a band of pirate cats, but faced with the treasure, conflict has broken out. Not a bloody conflict, their torches are held aloft, apart from each other, not striking each other. This is more of a verbal tussle – a lack of trust among thieves, as one cat sneaks his hand into the treasure chest while the others are distracted.
This card represents a temporary setback, but as with the other fives, it’s potentially a setback of your own making. Yes, there is trouble and chaos, but did you expect any less from a band of pirates, working together to fuel their greed?
Astrological Association & Element
Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
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