Monthly Archives: September 2014
A Big Hello to all My Tarot Friends Around The World,
Well here I am again, and very much delighted to bring you some updated information on The Knight of Swords. Below you will find an in-depth analysis and study of this dashing and slightly unnerving young Knight of The Swords Family. I have gone into much detail with his Personality Profile and Card Description. I have also shared some psychological concepts, ideas and comparisons in relation to his personality and characteristics. The Knight of Swords is not an easy person to evaluate for he is extremely complex and intriguing. Just when you think you have some notion of who and what he might be, he shows us another side to his character which forces us to run back to our drawing board so that we may add a few more pieces to his jigsaw. We must never take any of The Knights at face value, and especially this Knight of Swords who is both multi-faceted and very changeable.
I have also completed revising a variety of ways of interpreting The Upright Knight of Swords when Reading, along with a host of Keywords and Messages he might be trying to convey to you.
NB*****The Reversed Knight of Swords is still waiting to be reworked, and I did think that I would be bringing it to you at the same time, but alas I have been busy tooing and froing from hospitals, and tomorrow will be admitted for some pretty serious surgery. It was very disappointing not to have it all complete but it cannot be helped. I was going to wait until after I had recovered before posting this Knight which would give me time to complete, but who knows what will happen on the table tomorrow!!! I would hate to think that all my recent effort would lie forever unseen. So with that in mind I am posting The Knight of Swords without his Reversed Section Updated. I promise to attend to it at my earliest convenience.
So when you are ready you can go straight to The Knight of Swords or click on the Link Below. For those who just wish to access the Card Keywords and Meanings without the Personality Profile there is a Knight of Swords Shortened Version also available.
See you all again soon and hope to be feeling much better by then.
Brightest Blessings to All,
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
The Knight of Swords
The Intelligent, Assertive Fast Mover & Thinker
For Card Meaning and Keywords Only – Click Here
Together with The King of Wands and The Emperor of the Major Arcana The Knight of Swords can represent Aries (fiery energetic and determined) and Gemini (quick thinking/talking, mentally alert, changeable) if found with The Lovers.
Now explore the personality of The Knight of Swords below. If he has turned up in your Reading it means his energies have special meaning for you at this time.
You must ask yourself: Who is he? Who does he remind me of? Is he having a positive or negative influence in my life? How can I embrace or avoid his energy? What is he trying to tell me? Is this how I am behaving? Is this how others perceive me? Do I like him or not? Do I want to be more like him? How can I be more like him, If he is not a person then what is his energy trying to tell me? How would this Knight handle my situation? Which part of this Knight am I trying to deny?
Card Imagery Description and Personality Profile
Air and Fire
The Knight of Swords is of The Air Element, but just like his fellow Knights, is also influenced by Fire. Thus we have a combination of the Elemental Energies of Air and Fire within him.
Knights represent the Fiery Part of the Court Cards regardless of their Suit Element. Therefore The Knight of Swords represents the Fiery part of Air. In The Knight of Swords we have Fire influencing Air; actions influencing mental activity, thought processes, attitudes, plans, ideas, communication.
Before we go any further we must look at what we already know about the above two Elements. We have already become familiar with them on an individual basis but when it comes to The Knights we must observe how they will react with each other when they unite and integrate.
Air and Fire have the potential to be explosive when combined. We have all learned from Fire Safety Manuals, Workshops and Talks that one should close all doors before going to bed at night, and in the event of a Fire it is extremely dangerous to suddenly open a door or window. Air or Oxygen when suddenly introduced to a contained Fire can often result in an explosion, and what was originally a small localised Fire, can within seconds or minutes, develop into an inferno as it engulfs everything in its path, travelling at the speed of light. We have seen the destruction and death caused by bush Fires that are fanned and spread by strong winds. Air will never be able to overcome Fire unless it is as small as a birthday cake, candle or match. Even then the Air must be delivered in a rapid blast before the Fire is allowed to increase in size. Sometimes we have to blow a little birthday candle or match several times before it will go out. Fire is extremely powerful on its own but becomes an unstoppable dominant and dangerous force when it joins forces with Air in large amounts.
However, we also know how to safely apply Air to a Fire in the hearth that has burnt low or is struggling to stay alight. We often blow into the smouldering embers to help it catch, or use a bellow which has been specially designed to direct a blast of Air into the struggling Fire so that it ignites and flames. We all have experience of finding it impossible to get, or keep, a Hearth Fire going. We often wonder how a Fire can get out of hand so fast when we cannot even get a silly little Hearth Fire to catch and take hold after working our way through a full box of Fire Lighters……………………………….
The 78 Cards – Detailed Study Version (Card Description, Keywords, Upright & Reversed Meanings)
The 78 Cards – Shortened Version (Keywords, Upright & Reversed Meanings)
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A Great Big Hello to all my Tarot Friends and Supporters Around The World,
Today I bring you some Great News, well Absolutely Fantastic really, but also I bring you some Disappointing News. Which shall I deliver first? The Good News First I think.
Yesterday afternoon, my Site Stats were moving rapidly towards the 2,000,000 hits marker and I felt confident that we would cross the line sometime during the day or night. Before I retired to bed last night I checked to see, and there it was, already past 2,000,000 and working towards the next by almost 2,000. I couldn’t believe it, over 2,000,000. I was so thrilled and delighted to have achieved so much in so little a time. I sat with my partner over dinner last night, and a bottle of wine, to celebrate, slightly in advance but we didn’t mind. We chatted about the very early days, only two years ago, when I first signed up to WordPress.com and began slowly but surely to find my way around all this Blogging business. I quickly discovered that I could build a complete site along with my Blog and from there on there was no stopping me. We cast our minds back to the initial amazing discovery that people were actually viewing and reading my work. It was admittedly like a building site at that stage, and is still an ongoing building and development project that indeed takes an enormous amount of daily work to maintain and move forward.
I remember chancing upon the Stats Section one day, another area I had to get to grips with. I was almost shocked to see that I actually had Stats and not a big fat 0 as I thought I was working away unobserved. I got very excited and rushed to tell my partner, Billy that people, real people, were reading my work. Someone had found me and there I was thinking I was flying below the radar. We sat and stared at the screen and discovered that we could see where the viewers were coming from. When I saw a list of several countries I became intrigued by the incredible power of the internet. There was little old me, pounding away on my computer every day, sitting in the back bedroom of my house in a small country area of Ireland, while in parts of the world, very far away from me, people were reading what I had just written. It was actually quite scary and I went into a bit of a panic trying to tidy my site. I wrote little notes of explanation regarding my progress and the fact that it was not a complete work, but building. I began to push myself too much, spending too many hours on the keyboard thinking I could complete all the work in a matter of weeks. How foolish was I?
I remember reaching my first 1,000 and feeling over the moon about it. I rarely let a day slip by without writing and I lay awake many nights, I still do, thinking of what I would write the next day, or stressing about something that I had forgotten to include in work already completed. There were, and still are, days where I almost forget to eat, so consumed am I about getting more of my work completed. I turn on the computer in the morning, still in my night wear, eye-mask shoved up onto my hair, and intend to do a little bit before I shower and dress. Then suddenly, before I know it, it is 1.30pm and I think, okay, I will take a break at 2pm for a bit of brunch (never got around to breakfast). 2pm comes and goes and I am oblivious to this fact. I have disappeared into a different timezone and the next thing it is heading towards 4pm and I haven’t eaten, showered or dressed. I may be very disciplined about my writing but I have no personal discipline when it comes to eating regularly and showering and dressing at a reasonable time of the day. Is this the plaque of the writer who works from home? My partner often has to drag me from the keyboard and to the kitchen table. I do try to get out for a walk or cycle as often as I can though for I have developed neck and weak arms from too much time at the computer.
By the time I reached 1,000,000 I had found my stride and now felt a growing sense of responsibility to my viewing audience and now hate to let a week go by without posting. I am under extra pressure at present due to my moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org as there is so much work to do to sort it all out. I really should have made the move before my site became so large. It has left me with a huge amount of work to do on top of writing regular posts, course content, and re-working the remaining cards on the course. I am nearly there however, and do hope to make the final transition in the next month, all going well. This will give back to me the time for actually working on the course content and cards. I have a long list of plans and development for my new site, and once my body holds out, I will be writing for several years to come yet. There is still a lot to be said and new areas to explore which I am very excited about.
What has made all this possible or rather who is it that has helped me along to this momentous stage of my journey? Who has walked with me from the very start and understood the rawness of my site? Who has patiently waited for new content to be added, or the re-working of cards? Why of course, it is you the viewers who are responsible for my being still here and doing what I am doing. I wouldn’t have kept going without you. In fact I couldn’t have got past the first 6 months without having you all behind me. It is a long hard slog at times, yes, a labour of love, but very hard work. Working from home alone and shut off from the rest of the world can be very isolating, but with so many of you stopping by to study the course or read up on a card or a new post, I never feel alone. And of course all your lovely comments and positive feedback have been overwhelming. They certainly keep me motivated when my neck or arms ache from lengthy computer sessions or my self-belief wavers. Because of your fantastic ongoing support I know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and that it’s all very worthwhile.
So, indeed, I look forward to heading towards the next million and welcome all the new visitors who have happened upon my site in recent times. It is great to have you all on board and we can look forward to plenty more tarot related coursework, exercises and articles in the coming months.
Again, thank you, not 1,000,000 times but 2,000,000 times!!!!
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
And Now For The Disappointing News……………
Unfortunately there will be no Tarotscope this month and I apologise to all those who were looking forward to September’s issue. I have been quite unwell the last couple of weeks and especially so in the last seven days or so. This is when I had planned to work on the Tarotscopes. Everything ground to a halt while I was forced to take to the bed regardless of how much I wanted to work. It takes a lot to knock me off form and away from my computer but I have been struggling with a chronic condition that now appears to need surgery in the next couple of months. Indeed, I am since last week on the waiting list for surgery as this recent flare up has been pretty awful. So there you are, that is my only excuse, and once more I apologise. I did however manage to complete the Courts Converse Review and Explanation yesterday, as that too had fallen behind schedule. I am back at my desk once more and am delighted to announce that the revised version of The Knight of Swords will soon be riding into town allowing us to get up close and personal with this dashing and daring young man.
So that is all for the moment and it is back to work now. Maybe I will have something to eat first, and maybe even shower and dress too before I proceed any further!! We shall see.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,
I do hope you all enjoyed The Court’s Converse Tarot Reading Exercises. I am sure you all managed to work out which conversation belonged to which Court Card Pair. The Clues were in their conversations; their words, attitudes, approaches and ideas. The description of their behaviour and how they conducted themselves in the individual snapshots of their lives should also have helped identify them.
Below you will see that I have matched them up and have pointed out some of the more obvious clues as to who was talking to who.
This type of Exercise helps to bring the Personalities of the Courts to life, so that we do not just view them as Cards but rather as real living people we encounter in our everyday life, both on a personal and impersonal level. Working in this manner and by applying our imagination, we should be able to almost hear their voices, pitches and tones from the dialogue.
Here is the correct order as sent in by Marianne. I have simply copied and pasted the order from her comment submitted. Well done Marianne and a rapid response too.
A Residential Nursing Home – Pair 4
Queen of Cups Rx and King of Cups
Media Company’s Head Office – Pair 5
Queen of Swords Rx and Queen of Cups
The location – An expensive restaurant at lunchtime – Pair 1
King of Cups and King of Pentacles
At the Breakfast Table – Pair 3
Queen of Pentacles and King of Wands
A Hospital – Patient waiting to see Consultant regarding MRI results. Pair 2
Queen of Wands and King of Swords
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
The Paired Court Cards
The location – An expensive restaurant at lunchtime.
Court 1 – (Calm and Relaxed) ‘I see you’re not eating locally today, any particular reason?(Implies a habit and routine – King of Pentacles) Have they run out of your favourite burgundy?’ (Implies that Court 2 Likes good quality wine – could be both King of Cups and King of Pentacles as both enjoy their wine.)
Court 2 – ‘Very amusing! You know exactly why I am here and not there. You also know why you are here’ Intense stare at Court 1. (Implies that Court 1 intuitively knows why he has been invited – King of Cups is Intuitive)
Court 1 – ‘Well, I presume it’s not because you were missing your old friend. I never hear from you unless you are up to something. What is it this time and in what way do you need my help?’
Court 2– Nonplussed. ‘Shall we order. I hear their beef is rather excellent. Melts in the mouth apparently.’ (Implies a steady manner and an appreciation of good meat -King of Pentacles)
Court 1 – Perusing the Menu. ‘I think I shall have the sea bass. Please, let me select the wine. You know I have never let you down in the past with my selection. (Implies a liking for Sea Food and a good knowledge of wine – King of Cups)
Court 2 – Raised eyebrows and a hint of a smile – ‘Well you would know wouldn’t you? You must have sampled them all at this stage’. (Implies a regular drinker and consumer of wine. Hints of a potential over-fondness of wine – King of Cups)
Court 1 – Decides to ignore the comment – ‘ I say we go for a light and crisp chardonnay. After all, it is lunchtime.
Court 2 – I am sure it will be perfect. The waiter takes their order and the wine is brought to the table to be tasted. The Nod of consent is given and the two Courts settle into a more relaxed atmosphere.
Court 2 – ‘Down to some business now that the matter of food and beverage has been nicely taken care of. There are shares I want to buy in a company that is flying below the radar at the moment but is due to explode in the next month.’ (Implies a business man who is interested in making more money – King of Pentacles) Read the rest of this entry