Green Witch Tarot: The Oak King / The Hanged Man

Rider-Waite Tarot: The Hanged Man

Rider-Waite Tarot: The Hanged Man

Disclaimer for new readers: Welcome! I am in the process of illustrating a full tarot deck for Llewellyn Worldwide, the artwork has been shared here with permission from the editor. There is no release date yet for the deck, but it should be sometime in 2015. It will be a full 78 card deck with no borders. The author behind the project is Ann Moura, who is widely known for her Green Witch books.


This week’s card is commonly known as The Hanged Man. In The Green Witch tarot it is named The Oak King.

The Oak King hangs upside down by his heel from a great oak. He is peaceful and contemplative. He draws an infinity symbol below his head. Gorse grows below symbolizing hope, endurance and rebirth. A robin watches him from a branch. The robin is a symbol of change, the cycle of the seasons and messages.

I should mention there will be a fuller description of the cards meaning and symbolism by Ann Moura in the final product.

Illustration of a man with antlers hanging upside down in an oak tree for the tarot card the Hanged Man

This card came together easily and quicker than some of the others, yet it’s one of my favourites so far. The author Ann Moura gave me a wonderful description to work from. The mood of the card was set as springtime which is perfect now that the weather is finally beginning to warm up.

I have compiled a gif of the process for you to see the full process:

Illustration of The Hanged Man for Llewellyn's Green Witch Tarot by author Ann Moura and illustrator Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2014: KiriLeonard.com

Illustration Process

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this little look into my illustration process. As always I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment. If you like the artwork I would also like to encourage you to share it with your friends.

To view all cards posted on the blog so far, please click here: Green Witch Tarot

Links:
Llewellyn Publishing
Ann Moura

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an award winning illustrator and artist from Denmark, currently living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys working on projects within the fantasy and children's illustration genre.

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