Tempted by gold, a clown dares to stick her hand right into a snake’s nest. This card is about materialism and temptation: willingly and imprudently going into danger for the (slim) promise of a reward. It’s the same impulse that probably led people to pack up their lives and plunge into the Gold Rush.
A smiling clown holds up a rattlesnake over a hole full of coins in the desert.
The clown kneels on her right knee with her right hand on her hip, and she looks up at the yellow snake that she shakes in her left hand. The snake has a long forked tongue, small black fangs, and a rattle on her tail; her eye is open wide. The five coins in the snake’s nest are all black, with a yellow outer ring and yellow and orange flowers in the center.
The clown has a red painted nose and smile and a yellow wig. She wears a brown cowboy hat with a green five-pointed star in the center and a polka-dotted veil hanging from the brim to protect her neck from the sun. Her button-down shirt is pale blue, and her pants have red and blue checkers. She wears a green bolo tie with a star on it, green gloves, and a green belt. She also has a brown vest decorated with blue five-pointed stars and white horseshoes, with red and white fringe hanging from the bottom. She also wears classic red round-toed clown shoes.