In the Shadowscapes tarot, foxes play a central role as symbolic animal of the suit of Wands. Their red coat and high energy levels make them a natural choice for wands.
Foxes as symbolic animal in the Cups suit struck me at first as unusual choice. Nakisha van der Hoeven, creator of the Badgers Forest Tarot, explained her choice on AT, look for BlueDogRose, and I want to quote what she wrote:
I loved that explanation. I'm glad Nakisha didn't go with convention or first association but tried to see the deeper character of the animals she chose.For me the animals their respective suits was more of a personal thing, based on my own experiences with animals rather than folklore or common assumptions. Badgers are fierce and active animals- action and effort are always something I associate with sword cards. Foxes are emotional beings, and kind of mysterious, sometimes hard to read, they also play hard and are cunning, passionate, things I associate with some cup cards. Rabbits might be a bit harder to fathom, but I've always thought them as surprisingly intelligent and dynamic individuals, and crows are clever but they also can be territorial and have their own inner workings, social structures etc.
As an artist my work is from my own experiences, and the tarot decks evolved as an expression of that. Rather than trying to capture the exact definition of the cards I took a more intuitive approach and perhaps more emotional one, while trying to still honor the tradition and history of tarot. Hope that helps!
The picture btw is taken from Benebell Wen's beautiful review of the deck.
In the Wild Unknown, a fox appears on the Seven of Swords.
That's a clever little guy; the last sword is lurking beneath his fur.
So each artist went for a different angle. The Wild Unknown connected to the fox' reputation for slyness. The Shadowscapes sees them as red arrows of energy and assertiveness, jumping and running through the forest. And the Badgers Forest depicts them as mysterious, passionate beings.
I'm sure there are more foxes in tarot!
(And we didn't even delve into Lenormand territory where the Fox card is mostly the traditional German Meister Reineke or Schlaufuchs, the sly fox - but that's actually a topic for the Lenormand boards...).