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Mother of Fire by Ellygator Mother of Fire by Ellygator

(2016), pencil on paper, 5.5"x10.5" backed with digital frame.

The court cards are leaving space for a number of interpretations in a spread. Often they are read as actual people having an impact on the querent's life, who share characteristics of the element they are associated with and hold a certain social or familial "rank". However, they can also be aspects of the querent's personality that either define him or her or that are currently suppressed.

The Rider Waite deck shows us a crowned woman in flowing yellow robes sitting on a throne flanked by lions. She holds a sunflower in her left hand and a wand in her right. At her feet sits a black cat. In the Thoth deck a woman with long golden hair and a flame-colored mantle is seated high above the viewer making her feet and legs appear enormous and her face quite remote and small. She is crowned with a spiked headdress of sun-rays and holds a wand in her left while a leopard is perched before her.

For my own card I chose a mature Masai woman wearing the wealth of her elaborate beaded jewelry and ornaments. She faces the viewer openly and calmly, but does not smile. Whoever approaches her will have to prove themselves to her.

In a spread the Mother of Fire signifies a powerful, self-confident and independent woman. She is passionate and charismatic and fiercely protective of those she cares about and to whom she freely gives her love, trust and strength. Cross her, however, and you will feel her anger. If she is challenged or slighted, her fury can be a force to be reckoned with.

For a relationship-related question the card may indicate that you are coming together with someone as equals. There is a lot of passion and heat between you and you are willing to take chances to follow your desire and attraction. You each enjoy the company of the other and others may even envy you for the power-couple that you are. You want it all and manage to find a good balance of success in your love, family and career. Exercise caution, however, when you feel that either you or your partner are becoming too possessive.

If the card comes up for a business-related question it means that you are on top of your game. You are self-confident, find it easy to get your point across and will energize others with your drive and vision. Being successful and winning the respect of others is very important to you and you are in search of acclaim and perhaps a promotion. If you are a woman it may also mean that you are holding your own in a field that is traditionally more male-dominated. If you are a male it could mean that you are getting the support of a strong woman, perhaps a female boss who is willing to back you.

If the card stands for yourself it means you are feeling powerful and self-confident. You want it all, and you’re going to achieve what you put your mind to. You’re not afraid to take a chance, whether it is in love, in starting a new chapter in your life or in your job. Others will admire you for your fearlessness, sound judgment and self-respect.

If the card is uncovered in an adverse or blockage position it could mean that you are in danger of becoming arrogant and entitled. You are possessive and jealous when it comes to love and aggressive and vengeful when you feel that others are not giving you the attention and respect you think you deserve. You are prone to hold grudges for a long time and to get lost fuming at the perceived slights of others. At the same time you tend to be oblivious to the fact that your quick temper, sarcasm and anger is hurting others. Alternatively you are battling with a lack of self-respect. You are slipping into the role of a complete door-mat and allow others to take advantage of you and despise you, because you are unwilling or unable to stand up for yourself and try to avoid needed confrontations at all costs.

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EssiesJewels Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
one of your best drawings ever elly!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I must admit, I love her. She looks so proud and powerful.

It's been good therapy these past few weeks drawing men and women as equals, drawing people from all over the world who are smart and beautiful and kind...
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Shelly0905 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016
Excellent work! Really Outstanding! She looks so real :)
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I really enjoyed drawing her!
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phillebovsky Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
Great work !
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I loved drawing her.
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eschlehahn Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
I especially love all the specific characteristics of her face, the wrinkles and strong features, and those deep eyes. This is not a young, naive woman, but an experienced one, who has seen ups and downs of life. She felt fear, courage, calmness, anger, anxiety, trust, sadness and joy. This is pure art for me to all of this in just one picture. There is so much interpret and read in it - and for me, however neutral her expression may be, in her eyes shines love.

Great drawing.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for a beautiful comment. I am so pleased that my drawing expressed such a range of experience and emotion for you. When I was looking for references this image just floored me. As you say there is so much burnt into this face. I felt so much beauty, love, wisdom and dignity in her, plus she could whup your ass if she needed to! I am just glad I was able to translate that into my drawing.
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MahimaLiliah Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Nicely detailed
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I loved her beautiful collar and bead jewelry. I wanted to move away from the traditional appellation of the card as the Queen and instead chose the title of Mother, but she still feels quite regal to me...
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MahimaLiliah Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Agree. But overall it's outstanding
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ElvenIvori Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the small details that add up here, it's beautiful & simple. True to real life &a gorgeous.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I loved drawing her elaborate bead jewelry and the weatherd textures of her face.
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Vinnabelle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i love this!!!!!!!!!! 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! She was such an interesting character to draw.
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Quindayo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is outrageous. Why have nobody commented on this?! Riot!
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! Thanks! I think fan-art often gets a more enthusiastic reception on DA than original work.

I've got a whole bunch of Harry Potter art that people went wild for where I know I'm less proud of some of them than of another original piece that was just better art, but that got very little reaction.
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Quindayo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Tell me about it. My most populare piece is, the image of two Pokemon's. Very simple and only took me half the time it does for me to do my much more detailed portraits. I will make sure to share your beautiful work around. 
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Just put you on my watch so I'll remember to check out you gallery in more detail. Love your people and animal portraits!
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Quindayo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aow, thank you, that's real good of you! :D
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