Artist: Holly Broxson
Rock bottom, defeat, ending, betrayed
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
” A pirate captain has been betrayed by his crew. He managed to make it to shore. Is he dead? Is he dying? He is so full of woe. This is the worst it ever could be. Nothing could be worse than having ten swords in your back.
Things aren’t as bad as they seem, though. Off in the distance, peeking from behind the mountains, is the sun. It is coming to light the dark sky. There is hope after all. You just have to wait for the light.”
A pirate stands defeated, betrayed and injured by those he called his comrades. Head bowed, he is draped in a cloak that is red with his own blood – the pain and sadness in this crest-fallen soul is clear to see. The sky is dark and foreboding; perhaps he should have seen this coming. But beyond the mountains, dawn is breaking, bringing with it the light of a new day, and the sea behind the pirate is calm.
This card represents an end, a hard and painful one – one sword could have killed this pirate, let alone ten. The pain screams victimization, deliberate cruelty, but it is over now. Light brings a new dawn to chase away our darkest time, and with every loss comes a new beginning. This card tells us “The only way is up”.
Astrological Association & Element
Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
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