Seven of Swords is traditionally depicted as a figure with a handful of pilfered swords, and irate townspeople off in the distance. It is associated with trying to get away with something, deception, and betrayal. I spent a lot of time developing the main figure, and was very inspired by the mage-cyborg character from the animated short, “Adam” (Unity, 2016). The habitats in the background stand in for the traditional townsfolk, and the swords are some kind of cybernetic hybrid machete, standing scattered in the ground behind our mysterious space warrior-mage. Far off in the background is an orbital habitat, aloof from our hero’s problems.
A futuristic mech stands, sword in hand, six more weapons behind him. In the distance there are raised dwellings, but no one follows him. He has snuck away with these weapons, leaving his people less defended, and a satellite approaches, but we cannot condemn him completely, his motives are not yet clear.
When this card appears in a reading, it’s time to take a good, hard look at yourself and what you’re doing. You’re making a break from tradition and going out on your own. But are you making things worse for yourself, and others? Are you being independent, or are you running away? We all need solitude from time to time, but on the other side of the coin, collaboration and teamwork can help us move forward. You need to work this through and decide where your motives truly lie. It’s time to be honest with yourself, face the facts and start behaving differently to improve the future. By hiding away and procrastinating, you certainly aren’t helping yourself, or anyone else.
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