Artist: Ralf Straaberg
Deception, duplicity, stealth, dishonor, stealing away
Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning
“Seven swords – five in the eye-patch, two in the earrings.
Being two-faced. My meaning is the duality – betrayal and face the fear, mental challenge. I especially had the reverse meaning in mind when I did the card. It spoke to me and was something I could relate to. The dark side is the fear and the voices saying you can’t – and the girl is the positive side, believe and you can. You can read a lot into this card, from being afraid to facing the music, being a lone wolf or covering your tracks. I added the lunar symbols associated with the card in the head chain – Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune.”
A face stares out – one half is a beautiful pirate, with two Swords for earrings, the other side shows a death mask. Her bandana is tattered and torn on this side, there are five swords on the patch over her eye and her blonde hair is tangled and blackened. This is the dark face of betrayal and deception showing through the beauty. Her face looks sad – but sadness that she has been wronged, or that she has been found out?
This card advises that trying to get away with deception never works – the truth will come out, the thief will be caught. Keeping secrets will come back to haunt you, the easy path will eventually create more work, even that you should ask for help rather than go along a path you can’t come back from.
Astrological Association & Element
Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
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