Connecting & Linking Cards

Empress & Swords Suit Pairing -Mini Exercise

Empress Card Pairing Exercise Part 4 – The Suit of Swords

The Empres UprightAce of Swords

This Exercise is all about making rapid connections between cards when they appear in a spread together. In this example I chose The Empress as the focus card with all subsequent cards needing to refer back to her. Instead of attempting to work with all the potential interpretations for the Empress, I decided to settle on one word for her – Woman. From there I went rapidly through each Card in the Swords Suit of The Minor Arcana, not allowing myself to dwell for too long on what they might imply.  The combinations or pairings below could have numerous alternative interpretations applied to them, but this is not about making them relevant for a particular reading, just getting the brain to make connections through free association. Why not try it yourself. You could build on this exercise by going back over it, each time adding a new connection. You might try using another focus word for the Empress as your starting base. Connections can be based on traditional tarot interpretations, intuitive responses, imagery, symbolism, numerology, free association. Just find a way that works for you. We may come back to this again to add a third card into the mix. I will continue this exercise with The Pentacles Suit of The Minor Arcana and post when completed.

Check Out – The Empress & Major Arcana Pairing Exercise In This Series.

Check Out – Empress & Minor Arcana Card Pairing Exercise – Wands

Check Out – Empress & Minor Arcana Card Pairing Exercise – Cups

The Empres Upright Ace of Swords

Empress/Ace of Swords –  A Chatty, Talkative Woman; A Woman Who Always Has The Final Say –  Rx  A Sharp-Tongued Gossiping Woman; A Woman With Nothing To Contribute/Gives Little Away/Holds Her Tongue

The Empres Upright 2 of Swords

Empress/Two of Swords – A Woman In Two Minds; A Partisan Woman; An Intractable Woman Rx A Decisive Woman, A Bipartisan Woman; An Acquiescent Woman

The Empres Upright 3 of Swords Upright

Empress/Three of Swords – A Woman On The War Path; The Other Woman (Love Triangle)/Cause of All The Trouble/Co-respondent – Rx A Mollifying Woman; The Woman Scorned In Love Triangle (Hell Hath No Fury)

The Empres Upright4 of Swords Upright

Empress/Four of Swords – A Woman With Worries Hanging Over Her; Women’s Ward (Inpatient) – Rx Woman Who Has Laid Her Ghosts To Rest; Women’s Outpatients

The Empres Upright5 of Swords Upright

Empress/Five of Swords – A Malicious, Spiteful & Vindictive Woman;  An Intimidating Woman; A Gloating Smug Woman; A Humiliated & Defeated Woman; A Woman Not To Be Trifled With/Takes No Shit; A Scary Woman Rx –  A Remorseful Woman; A Rip-Roaring Bitch Of  A Woman, A Chastened Woman; A Woman Who Gives As Good As She Gets, A Woman Whose Bark Is Worse Than Her Bite

The Empres Upright6 of Swords Upright

Empress/Six Of Swords – A Woman Reliant On Others/With Places To Go; A Woman With Baggage; A Female(Woman) Refugee – Rx A Woman With Nowhere Left To Run/No One To Turn To; A Woman Travelling Light; A Female Deportee

The Empres Upright7 of Swords Upright

Empress/Seven of Swords – An Evasive Woman; A Resourceful Woman/Acting On Her Own Initiative; A Tactical Woman; A Woman Living By Her Wits/With Her Wits About Her – Rx –  A Woman Taken To Task/Held Accountable/Making Reparation For Her Sins; An Easily Led Woman; An Outsmarted Woman; An Incapable Woman; A Woman At Her Wits End

The Empres Upright8 of Swords Upright

Empress/Eight of Swords -A Condemned/Accused Woman; A Helpless/Dis-empowered Woman; An Incarcerated Woman –  Rx – A Liberated/Vindicated Woman; A Fighting Woman; A Woman On Bail/Probation; 

The Empres Upright9 of Swords Upright

Empress/Nine of Swords – A Woman With A Guilty Conscience; A Nightmarish Woman; RX – A Woman Ready To Confess; A Woman Living A Nightmare

The Empres Upright10 of Swords Upright

Empress/Ten of Swords – An Afflicted/Persecuted Woman; A Broken Woman;  A Woman With More Enemies Than Friends; A Hit Woman(Assassin);  – Rx A Martyr Of  A Woman; An Enduring/Persevering/Reborn/New Woman (A Survivor)  A Woman Who Is Friend To None; A Murdered Woman;

The Empres UprightPage of Swords Upright

Empress/Page of Swords – A Curious/Questioning Woman; Sharp-Witted Chatty Woman;  a Thoughtful Woman; A Guarded/Vigilant/Wary Woman; A Defensive Woman;  – Rx A Know It All/Arrogant Woman; A Caustic/Abrasive/Sarcastic Woman; A Thoughtless/Tactless Woman; A Paranoid/Suspicious Woman; A Defenseless Woman, 

The Empres UprightKnight of Swords Upright

Empress/Knight of Swords – A Bloody-Minded/Single-Minded Woman; A Quick-Thinking/Acting/Reactive Woman; A Woman In Pursuit  – Rx   A Fanatical/Obsessive Woman; An Impulsive/Over-Reactive Woman, A Woman Running Scared

The Empres UprightQueen of Swords Upright

Empress/Queen of Swords – A Questioning/Perceptive/Observant/Vigilant/Astute Woman; An Interested Enquiring Woman – Rx An Obtuse/Inattentive/Ambiguous/Slow On The Uptake Woman; An Interfering Meddling Woman; 

The Empres UprightKing of Swords Upright

Empress/King of Swords – A Highly Ambitious Woman; A Woman After The Truth  – Rx A Ruthlessly Ambitious Woman, A Woman Who Jumps To Conclusions


Empress & Major Arcana Card Pairing Mini Exercise

Empress & Minor Arcana Card Pairing Exercise – Wands

Empress & Minor Arcana Card Pairing Exercise – Cups

Empress & Minor Arcana Card Pairing Exercise – Pentacles – Extended  Version

The Empress Upright   Reversed

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    • Hi Queentiye,

      Glad you liked it. I had fun doing it. The Empress and Pentacles coming later this week and this time I have supplied numerous connections for each card, just to show how far you can go once you get absorbed. Some will jump out at you as, hey yeah, this makes sense, while others will be more vague and puzzling. It will depend on how your mind and visuals work together. It also depends on how quirky you are, what type of humor you have and a lot of other things besides. I hope you get around to reading it once published. X


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