Artist: Felicia Cano
Innovator, leader, spontaneity, energy
“For my illustration for the King of Wands, I wanted to combine the traditional symbols associated with the card with symbols and imagery from a New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration. Present are the single wood wand, a salamander, a lion, a crown, and an old King. Drawing from African and French sources, I included South African Protea flowers, fireflies, a Mardi Gras mask and the Fleur de Lis, a symbol of French royalty as well as a reference to the French heritage of Louisiana. Instead of a King on a throne, I’ve placed a magician in a Mardi Gras costume on his stage which would be a performer’s equivalent. The suit of Wands’ element is fire, which is demonstrated by the magician conjuring a fire salamander.”
This royal ringleader is the ultimate showman, always giving the audience the greatest of shows. His top hat blossoms with flames that surround a summoned salamander rising from it as the regal lion stares on, roaring his appreciation of the spectacle. In his left hand he bears the wand that symbolizes his mastery of life and creativity, the key to his power and mastery over the flames. A wreath surrounds him, emphasizing his achievements, adorned with a crown, lion and salamander, signs of power and fire that go hand in hand with the King.
This card represents a figure of great energy and strength who leads us to the bright future he has envisioned for us. Boldly, he leads us forward, fearing none.
Astrological Element & Association
Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
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