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Artio // The Two of Wands

The Two of Wands (Partnership, courage and daring. It has the message of striking out on a journey or new path) depicted as Artio, a Bear Goddess whose shrine once stood in what is now Berne, Switzerland. Goddess of fertility, wildlife, strength and courage.

I sketched this one out several times and painted it all in one night during an epic art session – I love how the fur turned out and am really looking forward to the other Wand cards as I tried to pick quite earthy, natural goddesses inspired by the leafy branches that are depicted as wands in my book on tarot.