Courage, energy, action, impulse
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: STANLEY MORRISON
I decided to use the myth of a fiery salamander for what the knight would be riding. The myth states that the salamander enjoyed being in a fire and that their voices pop and hiss out of sparks as they perform ceremonial dances within the flames. I thought that was perfect for the fire associated with the card and to show the action of rushing forward. I tried to incorporate as much of the colors of fire against the desert sky as I could.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Wand in hand, the Knight charges in on his trusty steed – a blazing salamander, the physical manifestation of his passion and fire. All obstacles before him will simply be burned away as he rides through them. Be bold and let nothing hold you back. Change it up a bit, and go with a novel approach. Think it through, but don’t get so bogged down making plans that you lose the chance to act. Let your passion guide you, but take care that confidence doesn’t turn to arrogance, that enthusiasm doesn’t turn into frustration at the first hurdle – reign in your temper. The Knight of Wands can represent an imaginative figure, charismatic and adventurous, but a little tempestuous. They’re magnetic – we’re all just moths to a flame with them. So enjoy yourself, but don’t get burnt!
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: SALAMANDER
While there are similarities between the mythical salamander and the real animal, the fabled amphibian is a far grander creature. Legends spring up of his antics from ancient Roman times to Medieval European bestiaries and tales. They ran the gamut from sensible (a lizard who would withstand fi re) to the incredible suggestions of satyr like animals, dragons or winged hounds. Th ere is a common thread, however – an elemental infinity with fi re, which instantly suggests parallels to this card.
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