The Courts Converse Exercise – Review and Explanations
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)
Court 1 – Raised Eyebrows. ‘It is not like you to take a gamble on a company that has not yet proved its worth.’ (Implies someone who does not usually take a risk with money or business and favours the tried and tested over the new and novel – King of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘Ah, you see it has, but they have been keeping it under wraps. I have checked all the figures and had my forensic accountants go over them with a fine tooth comb. They have set the stage so that when they hit the headlines next month, it will look as though they have built an empire overnight, but the empire has been standing a long time. ‘ (Implies thoroughness and detailed research in business – King of Pentacles)
Court 1 – So why do you need my involvement? I am not in the market for buying shares at the moment, but tell me more about this company and I will give you my honest opinion. ‘ (Implies a different attitude and possible wealth level to the other Court but wants to help – King of Cups)
Court 2 – Hands over a manila file and Court 1 studies it intensely. A half hour passes without conversation. The food has arrived and is eaten while Court 1 studies the files.
Court 1 – ‘I have a good feeling about this. These guys having the makings of going colossal within the next year. I also am beginning to understand why you have asked me here today but I shall let you explain first.’ (Implies gut feelings and a strong sense of intuition. Knows why he is here – King of Cups)
Court 2 – Aha, very intuitive of you indeed. You know I always make special allowances for your gut feelings. They are rarely wrong. (Implies the King of Cups and his strong intuition in business)The thing is, I want to buy a substantial amount of shares but once anyone gets a sniff of my interest there may be an attempt by others to block my purchase or hike the share prices. I intend to buy now before this company becomes extremely visible as then there will be a stampede. I want to acquire a considerable amount of shares and at the best price possible. I want a good return on my investment but I need to remain in the background for this one. That my dear friend is where you come in.’ It is all above-board and squeaky clean legal as usual so you don’t have to worry about getting involved in anything shady. (Implies a well-known successful business man who others will look to in business when they want to make a sound investment. They will follow his lead hence the need for secrecy at this stage. However, no underhand dealings are being implied as it is all above-board. Insists on a good return on investment – King of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Just as I thought. Very clever indeed. So you want me to handle all the financial dealings and keep your name out of it?’ (Implies secret financial dealings – The King of Cups)
Court 2 – ‘Precisely. You’re the best person for the job. You will get handsomely paid for your work as usual and I know I can trust you to be the sole of discretion.’ (Implies – discretion and confidentiality. A secret keeper – King of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘It is always a pleasure doing business with you. I can assure you that no one will guess for one moment that you are in any way involved. I enjoy watching you make money and I equally enjoy benefitting from your success too ‘ (Implies being able to conceal one’s true feelings in a situation and not give the game away. Emotional Discipline and control – King of Cups)
Court 2 – ‘You’re a dark horse for sure and that is why it is you I call when any, let’s say, secret financial dealings are required.’ (Implies secret financial dealings and choosing someone who no one will not divulge to anyone the nature of their business. Trustworthy – King of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘I will take that as a compliment. Only the most successful people in business know that there is a time to show your hand and a time to play your cards close to your chest. My secret weapon is that I can see your full hand even if you try to hide it from me. I have the perfect poker face and save this information until I know the time is right to use it. Business is business, nothing personal.’ (Implies not letting emotions or behaviour betray you. The Poker face in business dealings. Totally different person at home – The King of Cups)
Court 2 – ‘ I can never understand why you haven’t joined the big league yourself’. (Implies that Court 1 does not have the fascination with high level business that requires such constant management. Different values in life – The King of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘Not interested. I enjoy my home comforts and the easy life too much. I Have more than enough and there is more to life than making money you know. However, I do enjoy helping other people make money. Of course I make money once they make money. I have other interests in life and am quite happy doing what I do. Your life would exhaust me, work, work, work and very little play. Come to think of it, how are your family getting on? Tell them I was asking for them. ‘ (Implies that even though Court 1 is not opposed to having money and enjoys all that it affords, he has different priorities and prefers a more balanced life with business and pleasure. )
They finish their wine and leave. Court 2 has already paid the bill.
A Hospital – Patient waiting to see Consultant regarding MRI results.
Court 1 – To the Clinic Receptionist. ‘Can you please show my next patient in’. (Implies a Medical Professional – King of Swords) Receptionist calls Court No 2 and escorts the waiting patient into the Consultant’s office. She places the patient’s Medical File on the desk and closes the door quietly as she leaves.
Court 2 – Sits on a chair and looks at the Consultant expectantly. Court 1 is quietly scanning through his patient’s files. (Implies a desire to ensure he has all the facts before he speaks – The King of Swords) Court 2 begins to get a little restless and seems uncomfortable with the silence. ‘So, did anything show up on the MRI? I didn’t think I would have to wait so long to get my results. I remember a few years ago having a scan done and my doctor had the results within 24 hours. It must be all the cutbacks.’ (Restlessness and uncomfortable with the silence. Impatient to get results. Does not like having to wait – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – Glances up briefly at Court 2 from under a pair of spectacles and then resumes reading the file without commenting. (Implies not letting the patient fluster or hurry up the reading process. Professional stance and not swayed by emotions – King of Swords)
Court 2 – ‘I have done quite a bit of research on the internet with regards to my ongoing symptoms and found some really interesting Forums that I have now joined. Nothing like getting to hear some real life stories instead of the medical textbook accounts on most sites. The people on the Forum are the real sufferers and probably know more about their conditions than their medical team do. ‘ (Implies the natural curiosity and interest in researching her own symptom. Confident about her own abilities to understand the medical terminology. Also implies an impatience with waiting for results to come back in their normal time frame. Needs to self-diagnose. A desire to empower herself through self-knowledge of her condition. The idea of networking with others who are prepared to discuss their conditions in an honest and open manner appeals to her sense of being involved – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – Glances up again, and without speaking to Court 2, indicates that they are trying to read the medical notes. (Implies a controlled patience and a refusal to allow his patient’s impatience to make him rush through reading her medical notes – The King of Swords)
Court 2 – Goes silent and watches the expressions on the Consultant’s face which do not look very reassuring. The consultant is jaw rubbing and has two deep furrows between their brows. (Implies allowing thought processes to form before speaking. Control -The King of Swords) ‘So you found something? Can you tell me what you found please. I really need to know at this stage’. (Implies a growing impatience and need to know. Not in denial of condition. Fearful but not afraid to hear the diagnoses – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – Puts the notes and scan results back into the folder and looks up at Court 2. The stern expression has been replaced by something more disconcerting. The expression is now one of gentleness and compassion. ‘Your scan results were delayed because there was a shadow found on one of the images that warranted a second opinion. That second opinion has now come back and we will need to do some further testing before we can give you an exact diagnosis.’ (Implies adopting the professional bedside manner after reading the scan results. Admits that something has been found but not prepared to speculate. A desire to deal only with the facts – King of Swords)
Court 2 – Stiffens but quickly pulls together. With a racing heart and suddenly nauseous stomach ‘yes by all means do more tests but if you don’t mind I would like to hear what the ‘second opinion had to say about this shadow that was discovered.’ (Implies again a definite fear but still a strong desire to be given her diagnoses regardless of its nature. Inner strength and courage – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – We cannot confirm anything at present and I would prefer if we had the full facts in front of us. Otherwise we are merely speculating and in my experience that is not advisable when dealing with the lives of patients.’ (Implies once again a refusal to deal with speculation. Facts only – King of Swords)
Court 2 – Oh for heaven’s sake Doctor, just tell me. How bad is it? I am made of strong stuff and I can take it, so please, I am giving you permission to tell me the second opinion before any other tests are done. I know you will be speaking off the record but I have to know. I can’t sit around waiting anymore.’ (Implies impatience getting too much to bear. Becoming very assertive and determined to get what she wants but does understand that it will be off the record – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – Very well but I must remind you that more tests will need to be done to confirm this diagnosis, and I am not in the habit of breaking rules that have been put in place for a very good reason.’ (Implies an acceptance of the ability and strength of his patient to handle the diagnoses. Lays down the conditions under which they are given. Professional – King of Swords)
Court 2 – ‘Yes, I understand all that and admire your ethics. However, I would like to take responsibility for myself and in this instance I need to know what I am dealing with, or will have to deal with.’ (Implies an assertiveness bordering on bossiness. Used to getting her own way and tiring of the time being wasted on formalities regarding revealing her diagnoses. Stressing being responsible for herself. Independent thinking.)
Court 1 – Regarding Court 2 very closely, ‘your scan appears to show evidence of a large mass on your spine in the area where you have been feeling intense discomfort. At present we need to conduct further tests, including a biopsy, to determine what this mass is and how we go about treating it. Until then it would be best to not dwell on your condition too much until we know for sure’. (Implies an understanding of the nature of the patient he is dealing with. However, keeping the language very simple and not going into too much detail. Again reminds the patient of waiting for hard facts instead of speculation – King of Swords)
Court 2 – Suddenly very pale. ‘So you are saying that I have a tumour on my spine. You’re saying I have cancer?’ (Implies a strong understanding. Not in denial and not afraid to mention the word tumour. Under no illusions. The first signs of drama beginning to breakthrough – The Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘We don’t know at present if the mass is malignant or not.We need to do further tests’. (Implies the repetition of the need for hard facts. Will not be drawn into speculation with his patient – The King of Swords)
Court 2 – ‘Damn the further tests, is it cancer or not? You know but you just won’t say because you want the hard evidence in front of you. Is it cancer I am dealing with?’ (Implies a loss of patience with the hard-line attitude of the consultant. Rules don’t apply to her or can be broken. Irritation and a flash of fiery temper. – The Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘The mass has all the appearances of being malignant but we have to wait for the biopsy results.’ (Implies a strong mental disciplines. Maintains control while the patient is becoming uptight. The need to wait for test results is reinforced once more – King of Swords)
Court 2 – Suddenly very flustered. ‘So it is cancer. How large is the mass? Is it a primary tumour or have you found cancer elsewhere? (Implies the beginning of hysteria. Very agitated as feels a loss of control – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – The mass is quite large and we will have to wait for biopsy results to determine if it is primary or metastatic cancer. If the biopsy shows that the cells are or of the spine then it has not spread from somewhere else but if we find cells from another organ or part of the body, it means that it started somewhere else and has now spread to the spine. ‘ (Implies an understanding that his patient is determined to be told. He doesn’t have to dress up the diagnoses or make it sound better as his patient needs to be dealt with in an open and honest manner. He is not sparing her the details – The King of Swords)
Court 2 – The full impact beginning to hit home. ‘My god, how bad is it? What is my prognosis?’ (Implies a fascination along with building hysteria – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘Unfortunately we will not know until we do some further testing but I will warn you that the mass is very large’. (Implies only working hard facts once more – King of Swords)
Court 2 – Sitting up straight and erect. ‘When do we start to fight it? I am not going to just lie down and die because I have been diagnosed with cancer. I will fight this with every breath in my body. There are cancer survivors and I am going to be one of them. I will prove to everyone and especially this filthy disease that they picked on the wrong person this time. I come from a family of strong-headed stubborn people and I will fight it. (Implies a rapid regain of control. Taking back her power and a stubborn refusal to accept anything but survival. A fighter who is prepared to go into battle. A competitive streak and will not let the cancer win. She is used to coming out on top and has a positive attitude and inner-strength even though she has just received bad news. Fierce determination. – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘I think you should take some time to let all this digest. No treatment can start until all the tests have been completed. Saying all that, a positive attitude and outlook is a bonus and a must if you want to battle this disease. It can take you very low so you will need a strong spirit to keep going. I have seen it done before and have patients who should be dead many years ago, yet are still here. It is nothing medically that we have done,for we have done the same for the rest who unfortunately didn’t make it. Therefore it might have something to do with the individual. However, I can only vouch for the world of science and medicine. That is my realm and I really cannot help you with anything else. Would you like my receptionist to call anyone for you, a partner, friend, family member? Really you should not be alone after receiving this news. I would prefer if you got someone to collect you rather than drive home on your own. (Implies an admiration for her attitude and a step aside from his otherwise formal attitude to her. He is clear to separate the science and medicine from anything else she may wish to do in her fight. Returns to his professional duties with due care to his patient’s needs and personal safety about getting home. Covers all areas – King of Swords)
Court 2 – With almost feverish eyes . ‘No, that won’t be necessary. My battle begins here. I am perfectly capable of driving myself home. In fact, I am going to go straight home now and take out my laptop. I will begin a Blog which will document my journey through this disease. I want to share my experience with others who are going through the same or some day in the future will. I will start a Forum on my Blog so that other cancer patients can network and support each other in their own battles. I am not just going to sit down Doctor and let this disease do as it will. Would it be possible to record some of my scans, you know a webcam so that I can put it on my Blog.’ (Implies running ahead of herself, getting carried away and full of drama. An eagerness and impatience to start doing something now. Afraid to just sit still in case she wastes a second. Sees a new world opening up to her and the new opportunities her illness has created. She is determined that some good will come out of it and believes that she can help others at the same time. Taking on a lot. Setting challenging goals – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – Taken aback by this sudden flurry of near hysteria. ‘Really, I think you should take things slowly and quietly. You will have a lot to deal with without having to inform the whole world. I would suggest you let everything rest until the other tests have been done. Then we can talk again. You may have changed your mind about a lot of things by then. ‘ (Implies a professional concern for her due to her overly bright reaction to her diagnoses. He has seen it all before. A calm talk down -King of Swords)
Court 2 – ‘Take things slowly and quietly?. I think not. No, this is happening to me and if I have to go through it then some good must come out of it. I can help other people, maybe eventually set up a help line or community support group. Who knows?’ (Implies getting carried away and rushing into taking on too much without a true understanding of how she will manage to cope along with her illness and treatment. Possibly setting unattainable goals and is bound to wear herself out with hard work. Believes all is possible. – Queen of Wands)
Court 1 – Very well but please take things as easy as you can. My receptionist will send you out appointments in the next couple of days for your scans and biopsy. Until then, please do not hesitate to ring if you are concerned or your symptoms worsen. I am sorry for delivering such awful news and we will do everything in our power to increase your chances of survival. (Implies a professional manner in bringing the consultation to an end. Not joining in her frantic enthusiasm and ambitious plans. Maintaining a professional distance. Handing her over to the receptionist. – King of Swords)
Court 2 – Thank you Doctor. I presume we will be seeing a lot of each other in the coming months. You will have to forgive my very forward and direct nature. That is who I am and I will challenge and question all the way. If I get too bossy, you will have to put me back in my place. (Implies self-knowledge and a desire to let the consultant know that her nature will not be tamed and that he better get used to it. However she is not afraid to be tackled or challenged over it. She expects a certain understanding from him. Trying to control – Queen of Wands)
Court 2 walks out the door rapidly and takes a wrong turn. The receptionist calls out and points to the doorway for the main Hospital Exit. Court 2 is very preoccupied and thanks the receptionist before heading for the door. (Implies a mix of excitement and shock. No tears but an appearance of hyperactivity. She is so preoccupied with her diagnoses and all her new plans she walks out the wrong way. – Queen of Wands)
At the Breakfast Table
Court 1 – ‘Morning. I thought I was up early but you win the prize today for first down to the kitchen. Is that fresh bread I can smell?’ (Implies early risers, energetic – King of Wands/Queen of Pentacles. Freshly baked bread – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘Yes, well if you want fresh bread in the morning, it won’t bake itself. I can’t laze around in bed all day and have freshly baked bread ready for your breakfast all at the same time.’ (Implies being practical and realistic – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Don’t think I have ever seen you laze around. The only time I see you sitting for any length of time is when you are out in the garden.’ (Implies an acknowledgment of her business and also a love of the garden – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘Well there is always a lot to do and the Devil finds work for idle hands and all that. However, I do like my garden as you know and that is where I find my peace. I also do all my thinking there too. I don’t think I sit too much unless you count kneeling as sitting. Most of the time I am in the garden I am tending the vegetable patch, the fruit bushes and the herb garden, but it is a labour of love.’ (Implies thinking and working at the same time. Multi-tasking and keeping busy or occupied. Always work to be done but enjoyable – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Speaking of fruit bushes, I just can’t make my mind up as to which preserve I should have with the freshly baked bread. Strawberry, Raspberry, Gooseberry? Oh decisions, decisions, decisions and all before I have had my first cup of coffee. (Implies someone is into making preserves as well as bread. A cook – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘Are you not going for your run this morning?’ (Implies a fit, healthy and energetic person – King of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘No, not today, I have a match to play this evening so will go the gym after work and limber up before I head over to the pitch. ‘ (Implies a lot of sport and activity – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Very well then. Do you want me to prepare some food for you to take or have you made plans to eat out? I could prepare you a picnic hamper. I could make enough for a few of you. Whatever you wish.’ (Implies a desire and interest in preparing food. Not a problem. Obviously has a well stacked larder – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Sounds good to me but don’t you have to go to work yourself? You won’t have the time to throw a picnic together. ‘
Court 2 – ‘I don’t ‘throw things together’. Whenever have I thrown anything together? You know the saying ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person’. Well that refers to me and really it will only take me half an hour to prepare the basket, if you want a picnic. It really is no big deal. I could do it in my sleep and you know I always allow myself plenty of time to get to work as I hate being late. I can spare the time ‘ (Implies a personality that approaches every task, regardless of importance, with diligence and care. Pays attention to detail. A busy person but does not make a fuss about having to do a bit extra. Making light of putting together a picnic. Organised and a good time-keeper. Reliable – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘A picnic it is then but you will need to cater for about four or five of us. You know what they will be like when they find out I have one of your famous picnics with me?’ (Implies a reputation for being a good cook – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘Splendid. Well you are the Captain of your team and a nice picnic will show them how much you think of them. Keeps up Team Morale.’ A plate of steaming toast and homemade strawberry preserve is placed in front of Court 1 followed by a large mug of coffee. ‘ Now eat before it goes cold.’ (Implies a team leader and one who commands attention and respect – King of Wands.
Court 1 – ‘Are you not having any?’
Court 2 – ‘Have eaten already’ and begins to prepare the picnic. As an afterthought ‘Oh I have walked the dogs too, so you have nothing to do except go to work’ (Implies being very organised. Consideration given to animals – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Good God, how do you manage to do it all’.
Court 2 – ‘Well, when you are running around in circles and ranting and raving about everything, I simply just get on with what I have to do. No fuss, no drama, no hysterics. I find it is the best way to complete tasks. You should try it sometime, you will be surprised how more relaxed you will feel’. (Implies a no fuss attitude and an application to what needs to be done. No drama, no time-wasting. Moderation – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘I am relaxed and organised’.
Court 2 – ‘Hmm, Of course you are, but take a bit of advice from me, multi-tasking is fantastic as long as you actually complete all the multiple tasks. You go around giving out about what you have to do, roaring and shouting orders at people, then follow them around until they have managed to make a mess of it, so that you can roar again about having to do things yourself if you want it done well. All you are doing is wasting time and energy that could be put to much better use. You could achieve much more in the day if you thought things out clearly before starting, instead of just being too eager to get started. Your ‘to do list’ is always so much longer than mine. The difference is that by the end of the day, my list has been achieved while yours constantly flows over in the next day. I feel relaxed and a sense of achievement that I have completed all my ‘to dos’ for the day regardless of how busy I have been, while you stress about the ‘to dos’ you couldn’t’ get around to. You overestimate your capacity and underestimate the time everything is going to take. Whereas I know each day that there is a very good chance I will achieve all my aims in the day because I have set realistic goals, you set impossible goals and then heap tonnes of stress on your shoulders trying to achieve them. You are going to wear yourself out in the process.’ (Implies the rock of sense. Realistic and Practical – Queen of Pentacles. Overstretching and stress – King of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘Sound and practical advice as usual. I have tried your way but I can’t help who I am. Wish I could take things in my stride like you do. I never see you ruffled. You are my rock’. (Implies acknowledging their differences and his inability to change his personality – King of Wands)
Court 2 – Watching Court 1 heap mor preserve on to their toast. ‘Go easy on that preserve, try not to empty the jar in one sitting’. (Implies being motherly – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘ It’s there to be eaten isn’t it?’ (Implies not seeing anything wrong in finishing the jar. Why not? Instant gratification – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Yes, but not in such greedy proportions’.
Court 1 – ‘Well it is homemade so it must be healthy for me.’ (Implies being playful and Humorous. Knows he is being scolded. – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Yes, I only use the best ingredients when cooking and most is homegrown. They are packed with nutrition but too much of any good thing is bad for you’. (Implies a healthy approach to food and natural living – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Well, I never see you gain any weight. You are a picture of health, vitality and not a gram of excessive fat to be found’. (Implies good health, good body – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ”That is because I watch what I eat and get plenty of exercise. You are what you eat they say and I do try hard to prepare nutritionally high meals all the time. I am thinking of doing an Online Nutrition Course this Autumn and possible Herbalism.’ (Implies an interest in health and nutrition. Also an interest in study related to health and food. Home study. The Kitchen witch. – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Gosh, I wouldn’t have the patience or self-discipline for home study. I would prefer a classroom full of people and a tutor. It would be more fun that way. Studying alone must be very boring.’ (Implies a need for entertainment along with education – King of Wands. Having the self-discipline in home-study. An interest in further education – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘On the contrary. Home-study suits me because I find that when studying with a group, a lot of class time goes by with irrelevant chit-chat. I have something I want to study and just wish to get on with it without all the constant interruptions. I can complete the course in half the time if I wanted to, but like to work at my own pace so that I assimilate the information instead of just cramming it. I don’t study to socialise or have fun as you say, I do it to learn.’ (Implies a sound and practical approach to study. Not a time waster – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘The model student and every teacher’s dream. You must have been a real swot in your day, top of the class no doubt’. (Implies an A-Student. Diligent, consistent and hardworking. Ambitious and productive. – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – Laughing ‘Yes, something like that. I come from a family of them. You mentioned last night that you wanted to talk to me about something. Can it wait until later or do you want to run it by me now if you like?’ (Implies an ability to wait for the news – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Yes, I was thinking about that attic conversion that we wanted. I think we should just go ahead and just start it. Do it bit by bit over a period of time. Get a little bit done as extra money comes in.’ (Implies a sudden interest and enthusiasm about getting started on the job – King of Wands)
Court 2 – Continues to prepare picnic. ‘You know we have discussed this several times. There is not enough funds for that project yet. I told you I had done my research and had several builders in to give quotes. It is a lot of money and something that just can’t be rushed into. We need to save quite a bit more before we can even contemplate buying the first nail or plank of wood.’ (Implies a patient and practical approach. Well researched and has worked out budget and the need to save. Sees the potential folly in rushing – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Oh I am tired of waiting. I have a friend who knows of this guy who will do it at a knockdown price. We should consider getting him in to give us his opinion. He does all the work himself so doesn’t have the burden of paying wages.’ (Implies impatience and making an impulsive move. Tired waiting. Ready to jump at an opportunity that has suddenly presented itself. – King of Wands)
Court 2 – Quite snappy now. ‘A knock down price in my experience equals knockdown quality. When the attic is converted I want it to be done to the highest standard and not just flung together with a few nails and a bit of twine. We will be looking at it for many years to come. So this guy is qualified in several trades? Is he a builder, an electrician, a plumber, a plasterer?’ (Implies a definite no, no here. Will not sacrifice quality just to save a bit of money. Doesn’t trust the builder’s credentials. It all sounds too good to be true. She will not be rushed – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘He is a builder but he knows what he is doing when it comes to electrics and plumbing. I saw my friends attic and it looks fine to me. The whole job was completed in just over a month. ‘ (Implies he is allowing his enthusiasm to cover any apprehensions he may have about the builder’s ability. He is trying to sell the builder and the attic conversion to her. He thinks the speed of the completion will impress her – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘I wouldn’t trust a builder who was able to finish a job like that, all on his own, in just over a month. That sounds too good to be true. He would have to cut corners or rush jobs. ‘ (Implies a practical view of the proposal. She is able to punch holes in his sale’s spiel. She is not impressed by the speed of the builder’s work. She is suspicious of short cuts and shoddy workmanship. Not easily impressed – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘So what if it is not 100%. Who is going to know? We will have saved a fortune, have our attic, and could be getting the use out of it’. (Implies trying another sales angle and using the financial savings as the bait as he knows she conscientious about money – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Aha, doesn’t sound like his work is up to scratch then, and regardless of anyone else knowing, I would know that it was not perfect and not able to stand up to close scrutiny. Do you not think I want to save money where I can, but on certain things it really doesn’t pay to take the cheap route. I also have plans for the attic. I want to design it so that it is not like every other conversion. I want solid wood flooring and bespoke windows so we can avail of that beautiful view of the mountainside.’ (Implies the need to feel the quality on a personal level. Not just for showcasing to others. High standards where quality and materials are concerned – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘We will all be dead by the time we get the attic converted or too old to enjoy it’. (Implies an almost childlike attitude to having to wait for anything. I want it now, it will be no good next year – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Now you are being silly. I would prefer to wait until we can afford the best. The money would be in place and we can hire certified builders and tradespersons who could be relied upon to complete work to a high standard. You just can’t skimp on those kind of things’. (Implies responding to his childishness in a motherly manner. Only wants the most qualified for the job and the most reliable. Pointing out that quality costs. – Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘I could help at the weekends. You know I love DIY and have all my tools in the shed. I could do a lot of the work myself’. (Implies still pushing and trying to sell it to her. DIY person and power tools -King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Yes, I am sure you could but we have seen what happened before when you decided to knock the wall down between the kitchen and the dining room. You promised that it would be done and dusted in a week but I was still falling over tools and bits of masonry for two months. I had to argue with you to finish the job. You start these things with great enthusiasm but get bored if it is not going as fast as you had planned. You should have realised at your age that everything always takes longer than we expect and should make allowances for that.’ (Implies has seen and heard it all before and is well aware of the outcome. Incomplete jobs due to enthusiasm waning tendencies. Taking on too much. Underestimating the length of time a job will take and its demands – King of Wands)
Court 1 – ”That was different. I was also working on that big project in work and had to put in a lot of extra hours. I also had my training to do and matches to play at the weekend. I had very little free time’. (Implies an overly full schedule – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘And you think it is any different now? Look at how busy you are. Sure you are never home until late at night and when did you last have a full weekend to yourself? You have a lot on your plate as it is and to think you are considering throwing an attic conversion in on top of it is incredible. I admire your enthusiasm and you are full of good intentions but we both know where it will end, and I don’t want to have that argument all over again, or the mess. ‘ (Implies a patient motherly manner with him as she details to him his already heavy workload. Too much on plate already but considering taking on more – King of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘Well you have certainly put me back in my box. I just thought it would be a great idea and I know how much you are looking forward to having the extra room. I was just trying to help.’
Court 2 – I know you were and I am touched, but my job is to pull you back down to earth every time you get too excited and carried away. Really, you are like an over enthusiastic child at times, but a very cute one. Yes, I would love to have work start next week but I am very happy to wait until the money is saved. I think it will be well worth the wait. You need to stop dwelling on it and just get on with your work. It will all come in time and you can drag every one of those power tools out everyday if you like.’ (Implies again a motherly approach with him. Grounded and realistic. She is complimenting him as she knows his heart is in the right place even if his scheme is a bit overly ambitious. Content to wait. Takes the long-term view. Has lots to keep her busy until then and so has he. – Queen of Pentacles. She gives him something to look forward to by promising him he can use his power tools – King of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘I admire your patience. I don’t know how you do it all the time. You never cut corners in anything you do. The garden is a testimony to your patience. I have seen you toil for hours on end in all kinds of weather so that all you have sown and planted flourishes and thrives. You have natural green fingers but the rest is hard work. You certainly clip my wings when I try to fly too high too soon.’ (Implies the natural green finger of the Queen of Pentacles)
Court 2 – ‘Thank you dear. I am only too well aware of your lack of patience and I have to work hard to find a balance between us. I don’t want to come across as a spoil sport but at times someone has to be practical and this is where I excel. Sometimes I can be too practical and cautious, and then I need you to jolt me out of it’ (Implies a happy balance. She keeps him grounded and he brings out fun and spontaneity in her – King of Wands and Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘Yes, I think we work well as a team. Together we could take over the world!’
Court 2 – ‘Sounds like a good idea, but not today as I have to go to work now. Taking over the world, just like getting the attic converted, will have to wait for another time. Now, here is your picnic, all ready and prepared. I won’t be home until late myself tonight as I have end of year accounts to prepare for the end of this week and want to make sure all is in order. If you get home before me, there is a Quiche I made yesterday. It only needs heating and a little salad with it. Perfect light supper. You will find it in the fridge. Oh by the way, just to let you know I found your dirty kit bag lying beside the bins in the garage the other day. You will be needing that for this evening’s match I presume?’ (Implies organisation and good housekeeping. Has everything covered. Dirty Kit washed and dried. Food prepared in advance.Knows his schedule as well as her own. A natural accountant and PA- Queen of Pentacles. Dirty Kit bag forgotten about. Never thought of it – King of Wands)
Court 1 – ‘Oh no, I can’t believe I left it there. I did mean to carry it in to be washed but must have forgotten about it. I have no clean kit for the game then!’ (Implies a mind that does not place a dirty kit bag as a priority. Nothing exciting about a dirty kit bag. Didn’t even enter his head – King of Wands)
Court 2 – ‘Well it is just as well I washed and dried it then. You will find it neatly folded in your wardrobe. Now I must dash. Have a good game dear and if I don’t see you tonight, I will see you in the morning. Just don’t leave the kitchen in a mess, and please put your dirty kit in the wash this time.’ (Implies motherly behaviour again -Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 – ‘What would I do without you? You run this house like the Captain of a ship! Better be off myself as I have to be on site in less than an hour and then have meetings all day after that.’ (Implies an acknowledgment of how well she runs the house – Queen of Pentacles. A busy working couple – King of Wands and Queen of Pentacles)
Court 1 and Court 2 exchange a brief kiss in the hallway before heading out to their individual cars.
A Residential Nursing Home
Court 1 – Bright and Breezy and carrying a multitude of bags. ‘Hello you’ and Kisses Court 2 gently on the top of the head. ‘How are you feeling today? You certainly look much brighter in yourself. Do you like the new room you are in? It is close to the garden and what a pretty garden, isn’t it?’ Goes about setting down the bags on the freshly made bed. (Implies a kind, friendly, caring and affectionate nature – Queen of Cups).
Court 2 – Looks at the bed and begins to get flustered. ‘My bed, what are you doing. Stop it now, stop’. Tries to get out of chair but Court 1 runs to restrain Court 2. (Implies a personality who is overly distressed about a minor incident. An inappropriate reaction to a kindly gesture. Someone is not himself. – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Settles Court 2 back into the chair and pats Court 2’s hand fondly. ”These are bits and pieces I brought into you. Don’t worry, I will tidy your bed. It’s lovely to see you out of the bed for a while. I told you this new room would make a huge difference. The other room was dark and the colour on the walls depressing. And the garden, just look at those roses, aren’t they the best you have ever seen, such a deep fuchsia mixed with yellow. I think they are a breed of Tea Rose, the gardener certainly has done a good job. Pulls back the net curtain on the window allowing more light to stream in. ‘Look, aren’t they wonderful?’ (Implies a soft and gentle reaction to the rudeness of Court 2. Ignoring the bad behaviour and continuing to be kindly and a genuine desire to improve the environment of Court 2 so that it is more homely and aesthetically pleasing. A joy and delight in the roses – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Looks briefly in the direction of the garden and then begins to get annoyed about the net curtains pulled back. Court 2 waves a walking stick at the curtain and scowls. (Implies obsessive behaviour and extreme reaction to a simple inoffensive action. Possible senility or mental confusion – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – ‘Do you not like the light, is it hurting your eyes? ‘There I have put it back the way it was’ , stares out wistfully at the sun on the roses and then settles the net curtain neatly into place. ‘What would you like to do today, a stroll through the garden, I could read to you maybe, or would you like to spend some time visiting in the dining hall?’ Court 1 moves around the room, straightening and tidying. Dead flowers are taken out of a vase and tossed in the bin. The stagnant water is emptied down the sink and fresh water sloshed around, the vase is topped up again and placed back on the chest of drawers by the bed. (Implies ignoring the cross manner of Court 2 in a loving and understanding manner. Not taking offense. Desires to cater for the wishes and demands of Court 2. Suggesting pleasant ways to spend the afternoon. Fussing over room- Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Closely following the movements of Court 1. ‘Who are you and what are you doing here?’ Now very cross and a little nervous. (Implies a lack of recognition of Court 1 who obviously is closely connected to Court 2. Inappropriate anxiety. Possible senility or dementia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Stops in tracks and puts a hand to their heart. Moving over to Court 2 and kneels on the floor in front of them. ‘Its me, you know who I am. I was in yesterday and you were talking to me. You knew who I was then. Look closely at me and it will come to your mind. You know me very well.’ Pats Court 2’s hand lightly but has to move away swiftly as suddenly overcome with emotion. (Implies strong emotional reaction to not been recognised by Court 2. Hurt and sad by the loss – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Looking very confused and startled attempts to get up off the chair again. ‘Get out, get out, do you hear me’. (Implies behaving irrationally and aggressively. Obvious change in personality – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Not so jolly as mood has changed but manages to pull together. ‘There now, don’t be getting so distressed. I have been coming to visit you every day for months. Of course you know me. Look at the dressing gown you are wearing, I bought that for you in Weston’s Store. You gave out to me for spending so much money on it and I told you that you were worth it. Do you remember that? And those slippers, remember they gave me a mis-matching pair in the beginning and you had one brown and one navy and we laughed and laughed and you showed them to every nurse who was on duty that day. Do you remember? (Implies a loss of memory. Senility, dementia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 2 – Struggling but something Court 1 has said has triggered a vague memory and begins to stare down at the slippers. ‘You’re wrong, these slippers are black, not brown, not navy’. (Implies senility or dementia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Relieved at getting some normal type of response instead of aggression. ‘That’s right, they are black. Do you remember, when I brought back the mis-matching pair they had no more of those colours left and I had to get you black instead? You said you liked the black best of all when you saw them’. Now beginning to sort through the bags on the bed.
Court 2 – ‘When am I going home? I have to go to work and they are keeping me prisoner here. They lock the doors at night you know so we can’t escape. They are listening to us now. They have spies everywhere.’ (Implies paranoia. Possible dementia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Arranging fresh flowers in the vase but leaves the task and returns to Court 2’s side and takes their hand. ‘It is okay, you don’t have to go to work anymore. Your workplace knows that you are here and they say you have to rest. No one is keeping you a prisoner, you are here because you can be looked after properly and they lock the doors at night so that you can sleep safe and sound. They are checking to see if you are alright when they suddenly pop their head in the door, not spying on you. I promise. I wouldn’t let any harm come to you, or put you anywhere that is not safe’. Kisses the top of Court 2’s head. Turns away before Court 2 can see the tears flowing down their cheek. (Implies a strong loving, reassuring and protective nature. Taking responsibility for the care and safety of Court 2. Nurturing – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Returning their attention to the bags on the bed. ‘Get those off my bed’. Waves the walking stick in the air. (Implies irrational behaviour and reactions. Possible dementia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – ‘I will take them off once I have finished unpacking them. Some have gifts for you so please be patient’.
Court 2 – Becoming fixated on the bags once more. ‘Get those off my bed’. obviously distressed.
Court 1 – Moving quickly now, sighs and removes the bags from the bed before all control is lost. A nurse arrives with a lunch tray before informing the nurse that they will take care of the feeding. The tray is placed on the mobile table and Court 1 begins to cut up the meat and vegetables into miniscule pieces. (Implies a strong caring, helpful and loving nature. The desire to nurse – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – ‘Who are you? What are you doing here?’ (Implies dementia/senility – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Ignores the questions and moves the table closer to Court 2. ‘Lunch is served and if you eat all this I have a surprise in one of the bags for you.’ Places a napkin around Court 2’s neck and begins to fork feed the lunch to them. Some of it dribbles back out and Court 1 swiftly wipes it away. Court 2 appears to be quite hungry and eats happily without any disagreement. (Implies being unable to care for oneself – King of Cups Reversed and caring and nursing – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – On completion of their meat and vegetables. ‘Where is my surprise? Why are the bags gone? Someone stole the bags.’ Getting very cross. (Implies confusion, erratic behaviour and paranoia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – ‘Aha, you can’t remember who I am, but you can remember that I said there was a surprise. I see. The bags aren’t gone. You told me to take them off the bed. Do you remember? They are over there on the floor and I will get your surprise for you’.
Court 2 – Watches Court 1 going through the bags and then stares intently at the small bowl that is produced. It is a Tupperware bowl and Court 1 carries it over to the table and stirs the contents.
Court 1 – ‘ Mrs Mercer, your next door neighbour, very kindly made this rice pudding for you. She told me it was one of your favourites and I promised to take some in for your lunch as a surprise. Isn’t Mrs Mercer very thoughtful and kind. Good neighbours are hard to find and she certainly is one of the best. She told me she was in to see you last week, but that you were asleep most of the time. She brought you your favourite flowers too. She said to say hello to you’. (Implies good supportive friends and close neighbours. Typical of Cups families, encourage helpfulness and friendliness – King of Cups Reversed and Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – ‘Mrs Mercer, Mrs, Mercer, Mrs Mercer, Mrs, Mercer.’ Continues to repeat her name over and over again as if trying to find a memory connected to it. Smiles as the first spoon of rice is tasted. (Implies memory coming and going. Dementia or senility – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – With lunch over and tray tidied Court 1 pulls a large soft woollen rug from one of the bags on the floor. ‘I got this for our walks in the garden. The autumn chill is beginning to set in and you need something heavier than the fleece one I got you for the summer.’The rug is opened and displayed for Court 2 who is asked to feel its texture. (Implies thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. Wants to ensure comfort. Shows concern for the welfare of Court 2. Taking care of the special little details – Queen of Cups)
Court 2– Rubs their face with the rug and begins to cry, heavy deep sobs. Court 1 rushes to their side. (Implies a sudden rush of emotion as memory and sensations stimulated and surface. Nostalgia – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – ‘Oh dear what is it, tell me what is wrong? Why are you crying. I am so sorry for upsetting you. At that moment the door opens and the nurse appears to collect the lunch tray. The nurse upon seeing him crying, goes straight to his side. (Implies wanting to take the blame and distressed that they may have caused the upset . Would never deliberately cause upset- Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Holds out the woollen rug to the nurse and calls the nurse by a name. ‘Feel, wool, so soft’. The nurse takes the rug and gently rubs the soft knit. The nurse agrees with Court 2 about the rug and then takes the tray and heads for the door.
Court 1 – Notices the nurse’s name badge. It was not the same name used by Court 2. Court 2 had called the nurse by Court 1’s name. Court 1 is relieved that they have not been totally forgotten. (Implies confusion over names and identities – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 2 – Trying to get the rug around their shoulders looks suddenly very, very small and fragile. Court 1 produces another item from one of the bags. ‘It is a glorious day out and the roses still in bloom. Let us walk in the garden and I can show you something very, very special.’ Court 1 wraps the rug neatly around Court 2 and fetches their reading glasses. The two depart for the garden with Court 1 pushing Court 2 in their wheelchair. (Implies old age, senility, dementia. A need to be nursed – King of Cups Reversed)
After a stroll around the garden, they come to a stop at a garden bench. Court 1 puts the brake on the wheelchair and sits down on the bench. The item from the bag is brought out from the pocket at the back of the wheelchair.
Court 1 – ‘I have a very special photo album for you to see. I had to go to a lot of trouble to get it as it had to be posted from another country. It came from your sister’s house in Ireland and it is very old indeed. It has lots of photos of you as a child and growing up, and photos of all your family too. There are even a few of me at various weddings and family gatherings. Do you want to have a look?’
Court 2 – Sits staring ahead. Court 1 places the reading glasses on Court 2 and begins to turn the pages of the photo album. The album is placed on the lap of Court 2 and Court 1 points out all the various people and identifies them to Court 2. Slowly they work their way through all the album with Court 1 passing on the stories that accompanied some of the photos. Court 1 stops at one particular photo and won’t allow the page to be turned. It is of a woman in a long black skirt. Her hair is piled high on her head and she wears a formal looking blouse. She stands beside a man who appears smaller than her. The man has dark hair that is oiled down and a wide narrow black moustache. In front of them sit five young children. It is hard to tell which is boy or girl as they all appear to wear a form of dress. Court 1 knows this picture and points out the child third from the left.
Court 1 – ‘That is you isn’t it? You look so cute and so small. Your mother was very pretty. I can see your sisters in her and even her likeness in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her strong good look genes have come down through the generations. (Implies nostalgia and emotional memories connected to family – Queen of Cups and King of Cups Reversed)
Court 2 – Points to the image of the woman and begins to rub the face. Suddenly there is a splash of wet on the photo and Court 1 looks up to find a steady stream of tears rolling down Court 2’s face. Court 1 begins to cry too. (Implies strong emotional memories of happy days and family now deceased. A far off recognition – King of Cups Reversed)
Court 1 – Through a veil of tears. ‘You miss her don’t you? It is a long, long time since you saw your mother or your father. Decades and decades. It must be very hard for you. My heart breaks for you. Takes Court 2’s hand and holds it tightly. They sit in silence for some time and only return indoors as the sun begins to wane. (Implies shared emotions, nostalgia, melancholy but love and being cherished – Queen of Cups and King of Cups Reversed)
Back indoors Court 1 wheels Court 2 through the communal area where several other residents are sitting quietly. One of the nurses approaches Court 1 and asks if it would be possible for them to play a few tunes on the piano before tea is served. The nurse tells Court 1 that the residents had been plaguing him all day to ask Court 1 for a sing-song after they had been spotted on arrival by a group in the lobby. (Implies Cour 1 is regular visitor and has a reputation for bringing joy to the other residents. Gives her time willingly and lovingly. Happy to make a difference. The nurse is not afraid to make the request and is quite confidant that Court 1 will be agreeable – Queen of Cups)
Court 1 – Smiling and laughing simultaneously, happily agrees. Court 2 is settled into place and the wool rug is loosened in the warm room. Court 1 takes their place at the piano and prepares to sing along to songs that have been especially sourced and learned for these occasions. These songs belong to another era, the era of all these residents and Court 1 knows how important and precious they are to them. They help them remember the old days and Court 1 was happy to give of their free time to bring a little joy to these lovely people. (Implies that Court 1 is not presumptuous or conceited about her talents. Has gone to trouble to learn songs that the residents will remember from times past. A genuine care for the elderly and their happiness – Queen of Cups)
The atmosphere in the room changes once the singing and playing begin. Some of the residents’ voices are still strong and hearty and even though they may not remember every little detail of their life, or indeed what they did yesterday, they can remember every single word of the songs. They sit tapping their feet, clapping their hands or nodding their heads. They have all become animated and lively. Some of the nurses watch and all agree that Court 1 should think of a job in nursing or caring for the elderly as they have watched and admired the daily visits and all the efforts made to ensure Court 2 was well looked after, entertained and loved. They agreed that Court 1 was a very special person with so much to give. Lovely indeed. (Implies bringing joy and happiness to others. Giving willingly and freely of time for a good cause. Obvious to others that Court 1 has strong nursing potential. A natural nurse – The Queen of Cups)
Media Company’s Head Office
Court 1 – ‘Where is the person who is normally at this desk?’
Court 2 – Looking up to find a very tall and serious looking Court 2 staring questionably at them. ‘Oh excuse me, that person has left. As of today I am the new person on the desk. Can I help you?’ (Implies a polite, friendly personality with a desire to help – Queen of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘Oh for pity’s sake. No, I doubt if you can help me’. Shouting at no one in particular, ‘Find me someone who knows something. I really can’t cope with new people. Someone get me a coffee, I can feel a headache coming on.’ Storms off into an office down the corridor and slams the door. (Implies – bad manners and rudeness. Highly irritated, shouting orders and making demands. Cares less about humiliating someone. Stress headaches – Queen of Swords Reversed).
Court 2 – Face burning with embarrassment turns to find no one staring at her. Everyone is just going about their business, looking tense and strained. Not one smile or casual stance is to be found. People are talking in hushed tones and walking briskly past each other. (Implies being emotionally affected by the scene and behaviour – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Phone suddenly lighting up with several calls coming in at same time. Panic setting in. ‘Hello, Morgan Media, Can I help you?’ Someone screaming down the phone looking for someone in accounts. Which button is accounts??? Puts the caller on hold. Next call, ‘Hello, Morgan Media, Can I help you? Someone looking for Court 1 but can’t make out the name. Has to ask three times but Court 2 still cannot make out the name. The caller hangs up, obviously annoyed. The other caller is still on hold for accounts. Court 2 is struggling but eventually manages to make the connection with accounts. Success but there are more calls coming in and once again the caller looking for Court 1 is on the line and asking to be put directly through to them. Can’t find Court 1 extension. An internal line lights up and appears to come from extension 321. Court 2 answers.
Court 1 – ‘Who is this? Are you the new person on the desk?’ sounds peeved bordering on fuming.
Court 2 – ‘Yes, I am the new person on the desk. My name is….. ‘ cut off by a sharp retort from Court 1
Court 1 – ‘I didn’t ask you for your name. I simply asked if you were the new person on the desk. Your name is irrelevant to me’.
Court 2 – Mortified and close to tears ‘Of course, I am very sorry, how can I hel…..’ Cut off once more.
Court 1 – ‘Where the hell is my coffee. I asked you half an hour ago and I still don’t have it’. Shouting down the phone.
Court 2 – ‘You told me I was of no use to you when I asked if I could help. I thought you wanted someone else to get it. I am so sorry. I will get it now’.
Court 1 – ‘Everyone knows around here that the person on the desk gets me my coffee. Who else do you think is going to get it?’ Hangs up on Court 2. (Implies extreme rudeness, bad manners and arrogance. Behaving unreasonably and appears to be deliberately making it difficult for Court 2. Enjoys insulting others. A nasty unfriendly personality – Queen of Swords Reversed. Apologetic and desire to please – Queen of Cups)
Court 2 – Still has the caller on hold for Court 1 and in a nervous move puts the caller straight through to Court 1 without checking first. Heads off to find someone who can tell them which way Court 1 likes their coffee. Wants to grab their jacket and run out the door. The atmosphere is so tense and awful. Has tried to smile and make conversation with people but everyone wants to bite their head off. (Implies that Court 2 is either not used to or is unable for a stressful work environment. Nervous and upset by the lack of friendliness. Too soft for such an aggressive workplace – Queen of Cups)
Arrives at Court 1’s office door with their coffee and taps gently but gets no answer. A girl at a nearby desk looks up briefly and nods at Court 2 to just walk in. Feeling as if they are walking into a firing squad, Court 2 gingerly lets them self into Court 1’s office and places the coffee on the desk. Court 1 is on the phone with a very different tone to the one they used on Court 2. (Nervousness and timidity – Queen of Cups. Two face behaviour of Court 1 on the phone. Polite when she wants to be – Queen of Swords Reversed )
Court 1 – To the caller ‘Yes of course, I would be happy to show you the first proofs tonight. I have a meeting now so must go’. Hangs up and then turns to glare at Court 2 ‘How dare you put a call through to me without asking my permission first. What sort of a useless idiot are you? Who hired you anyway? Takes a long sip from their coffee and hands it back to Court 1. ”That is not how I like it. Get me another one’ . (Implies severe intolerance. Insulting and sarcastic. Nothing pleases her. Negative about everything – Queen of Swords Reversed)
Court 2 – ‘I am so sorry, it’s my first day and all the phones were ringing at the same time, and then you wanted coffee, and that person’ pointing to the phone on the desk, ‘had been waiting for ages to speak to you and I couldn’t’ work out their name because they spoke so fast. I just put them through as it sounded important. Like I said I had to get your coffee too’. (Implies politeness and apologetic nature. Not used to such an aggressive personality and does not know how to handle it. Trying to explain herself – Queen of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘You’re very good at saying sorry, it’s about the only thing you are good at. Do you think I care that it is your first day. That is of no concern to me. You can either do your job or you can’t, and from where I am standing you have failed miserably so far. No get out and get me my coffee. My headache is worse now thank you very much.’ Shooing Court 2 away with their hand. (Implies severity and an unforgiving nature. Mental stress causing headaches. Continuing rudeness and insulting remarks -Queen of Swords Reversed)
Court 2 – Wanting the ground to open up and swallow them. Feels close to fainting. ‘If you could just tell me how you would like your coffee I will do my best to get it right’. Waits for an answer from Court 1 (Implies mortification and embarrassment. Feels the humiliation deeply but still desires to find a better side to Court 1 by wanting to get her coffee right – Queen of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘I have wasted enough of my morning with you. Just ask someone. I have enough to be doing without taking you through the step-by-step process of coffee-making. For goodness sake. Now go, go. Shoos Court 2 with their hand in a strongly dismissive manner. (Implies continuing rudeness and nastiness. Severe personality and hyper critical – Queen of Swords Reversed)
Court 2 – Leaves the room and looks at the clock in the corridor. Only another 6 hours to go but tomorrow will come around again awfully fast. Goes to the girl who acknowledged their presence moments earlier and asks for help regarding the coffee. As Court 2 passes their own desk on the way to the office canteen, they can see about 10 lights, incoming calls, and feels a sense of panic about how they can possibly be expected to answer phones and deal with the likes of demanding, rude Court 1 and their coffee.
In the office Canteen, Court 1 is overcome with despair and feels a strong urge to cry. On returning to Court 1 with the fresh coffee, they are greeted with another onslaught of abuse and humiliation. (Implies emotional upset and stress. Not able to hide her distress – Queen of Cups)
Court 1 – ‘Why aren’t you at your desk answering the calls? Isn’t that what you are paid to do? I come out into the corridor and there is no one at the main desk, and where are you to be found? No where!’
Court 2 – Feeling weak at the knees. Can’t get anything right today? ‘I was getting your fresh coffee as you had asked me to do’.
Court 1 – ‘Don’t get cheeky with me. Your job is to answer the phone and direct callers to the correct extensions. Your job is not to make coffee. I can get my own coffee if I really want one. Now get back to your desk and get to work.’ Storms off down the corridor and out through the external doors. (Implies a personality that cannot be pleased. Finds fault with everything. No one is good enough. Possibly enjoying the stress she is causing to Court 2 – Queen of Swords Reversed)
Court 2 – Turning to see who had observed this latest ordeal. No one watching, no one appears to be interested. ‘Where has Court 1 gone to?’ asking the crowd and no one in particular. A young man looks up momentarily to tell Court 2 that Court 1 has gone out to meet a client for coffee. Staring down at the now cooling coffee in their hand, Court 2 decides to drink it but is stopped in their tracks by the same young man who advises Court 2 not to as there will be awful trouble if they are caught drinking coffee outside the office canteen.
Court 2 – Returns to their desk and falls into a growing state of depression. They can’t possibly work in such a hostile environment. Court 1 is going to make their life a misery, and Court 2 knows that they cannot work in such a negative environment. It is not in their personal make-up to have to deal with such an unpleasant personality and they also know that they are not the best when it comes to being assertive or standing up for them self. There is nothing for it but to hand in their notice with immediate effect. They will finish the day, but they will not be back. They would hate every minute of work if they had to stay, and worse, they might even turn into one of their uptight, nervous and unfriendly co-workers. They needed a caring, friendly warm environment where everyone is happy to do their work, a place where people smile at each and are helpful and considerate. This place didn’t even remotely come near to that description. Court 2 had been sent by an agency and had been given brief details about the position. No they would not be staying. No thank you. (Implies the emotional personality of Court 2 realising that the work environment is far to aggressive and does not suit their nature. Describes the personality traits of the Cups. The need for harmony, peace and friendliness – Queen of Cups)
As Court 2 leaves the building that day they wonder to themselves who their predecessor was and how long they had lasted working under the horrific Court 1?
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