Rock bottom, defeat, endings, hope
Two words came to mind when I started the concept of this card: space samurai. Isn’t that cool? I just loved the idea of a warrior in a space suit armed with a sword…what could be more ridiculously fantasy/sci fi? I didn’t want to get overly bloody with this painting because I find gratuitous violence to be distracting and rather juvenile, so there is little blood in this painting. I compromised a little by making the space suit red to hint at the violence. If you’re wondering about the swords impaling the guy representing bones, I wanted them to look utterly alien, almost like the swords of the enemy are alive. Also, I wanted my character to be heroic, even in death so first, I had him holding onto his own sword, even after death. Second, all the blades piercing him stabbed him from the front. He fell facing his enemies head on; he was not stabbed in the back while fleeing.
Some great space battle has occurred, as an astronaut floats in space alone in the dark. Swords impale him all over his body, but still he clasps his own sword. For him, the fight is not completely over. He is not dead yet, and as long as there is breath in his body, he will continue to fight. Beyond his planet a light shines in the dark, as the sun arises, and hope surfaces anew.
When this card appears in a reading, you don’t need to be told that it’s been a tough time recently. You’re painfully aware of it already – and just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they do. You’ve been feeling as though there’s no end in sight, and if you let yourself start crying about it, you’re not sure whether you’ll stop. But there is hope. This will pass – the sun will rise tomorrow, making everything brighter.
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