drawing on 9″×11″ sketchbook paper coloured on computer
Death as an almost seductive woman on a blood red horse. Death is the thirteenth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. The Death card commonly depicts a skeleton riding a horse. Surrounding it are dead and dying people from all classes, including kings, bishops and commoners. The skeleton carries a black standard emblazoned with a white flower which I changed to a blood red flower. The king is trampled by a reaping skeleton horseman which may represent that death takes us all equally.
The reaper carries a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose which symbolises life or rebirth. The gray background may indicate uncertainty surrounding this event.
The bishop may represent faith in the face of death, faith in the divine plan, and faith that “God works in mysterious ways”.
The maiden seeming distraught by the fall of the king represents the sorrow and great pain that often accompanies death.
The child, seemingly entranced by the occurrence, may represent bewilderment or curiosity. Some believe that New Jerusalem appears as a silhouette across the Sun.