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The Philosopher of Chains by Bosshamster The Philosopher of Chains by Bosshamster
An entry in the Seventh Sanctum's Tarot Contest.

The Philosopher of Chains symbolizes the dangers of narrow-minded thinking, and the constraints of the human mind. When upright, it signifies a mental block of some sort on the part of the querent - an obstacle preventing his or her creativity from flourishing. This most commonly manifests as Writer's Block.

The card reversed signifies the opposite - an unfettered, open mind, possibly even chaotic in its lack of restraint. This can mean one of two things: a period of extremely vivid imagination, or a degeneration into madness.

Alternately, it could just be a small rectangle of paper with a chained-up sophist on it. :XD:
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Lesleigh63 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Congrats. I really liked what you did here.
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Bosshamster Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008
Thanks a ton! :D
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MorganLeFay14 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008   Writer
Could be... This card definately represents the PTA of my brothers school XD

I like how you included the back of it in the design
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Thanks! My condolences to your poor brother. :XD:
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SailorHime Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
well done!
U got runner up!
Kudos!
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Bosshamster Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Thankee kindly!
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ghost-eye Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Congratulations, and great job! I like the strong colour & the very apt & three-dimensional interpretation you made for it. Including the back of the card is a nice touch as well
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Bosshamster Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Thanks a lot!
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DragonScholar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
And let me congradulate you - you were one of the two runners up!
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2008
Oh wow, thanks! :D
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br0k3nr34l1ty Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Very nice.
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mini2168 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
This is so kwl, I was wondering how did you make it? It looks professional.
Gud Luk in Comp
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squidlifecrisis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008   Digital Artist
This is one of my favorites so far! I hope you win--the design and description are both amazing. <3
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Thanks a lot! :D
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biz3 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Ohh, wicked. Good luck in the contest. ;)
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
Thanks – and good luck to you as well! The Portal is awesomesauce. :D
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biz3 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Why, thank you. =)
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Lesleigh63 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
I'm working on - The Angel of Chains. I like your colour scheme and the rendering of the image. Best of luck.
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Fleetrun Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
Huh, I got 'Chained Angel' when I was fooling around with the generator and was thinking of using that in a tarot deck for a story...dont worry, I'm not entering the contest so I wont rain on your parade, I just thought it was interesting ^-^
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
And to you as well! :D
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blackRAVENsong Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
oooh...
I'm making one too! they go hand in hand XD
mine's is "Insanity" XD upright meaning is similar to this one's reversed meaning...
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Rock on! Good luck to you in the contest!
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:iconblackravensong:
blackRAVENsong Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
You too! :D
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DragonScholar Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Got your entry - it should go up next Monday.
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:iconbosshamster:
Bosshamster Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Rawk on.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Geez.

You just described My mind.

How did you get hold of that info......?

Interesting art!
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Bosshamster Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008
Theory: everyone on dA is either crazy or suffering from Writer's/Artist's Block, and most are both. Thus, this card can never be wrong.

Also, thanks. :XD:
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