This card, painted in cold shades of green and pink tempera paint on glass by Elisabetta Trevisan, has added interest because Trevisan has interchanged the usual attribution of Swords with Air, and Cups with Water.
This Knave represents the cold realm that he, as a member of Trevisan's watery suit of Swords, occupies. His is the world of the mind and the intellect where everything is connected to something else, until magnificent but sad geometries, reflected in the pattern on his voluminous cloak, are formed.
Garbed in cold steel, our Knave is very alone as he rests on his sword to balance himself while standing on his floating chess-board of the intellect. He is oblivious to where the board will take him next, as it floats amongst the lily-pads on cold evening water, in front of a sharply coloured sunset sky with a low moon.
'Hair brown to black, and eyes so dark
Energetic person, on the mark!'
Are you ready to expand your mental faculties?
Crystal Tarot. Artwork by Elisabetta Trevisan. Copyright 2004 Lo Scarabeo. All rights reserved. Image used by permission of the publisher. Card images are protected intellectual property, and may not be recopied or reused in any manner without written permission from the publisher.