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The Reversed Knight Of Pentacles
A Big Hello to All My Tarot Friends Around The World,
Well here it is at last, The Re-Worked Reversed Knight of Pentacles has finally arrived and is ready for viewing. Like The Reversed Knight of Pentacles himself, the going has been very slow and I apologise for all the delay in getting this latest piece of work out to the world at large. I have been battling Cervical Spine issues and running from one therapist to another with limited success. However, I have now found an excellent Muscular-Skeletal Specialist who is doing great work on me. It is early days yet but I hope to be back up to speed in the coming weeks. A lot of it has been my own doing so I have a big part to play in the healing process. I have learned a lot about the workings of my body in recent weeks and am now in ‘Save Vivien’ mode!
I really went into great depth with this Reversed Knight. There is a lot to read so don’t try to take it all in one go. To be honest, I could have written more but had to rein myself in eventually. Please be reassured there is absolutely no need to learn off all the associations I have provided. Your head will explode if you do! It is simply food for thought and should help in developing your understanding of the personality potential to be found in The Reversed Aspect of The Knight of Pentacles. Every Tarot Reader must follow his or her own path.
I will be leaving the Court Cards for a while as I need to come up for air. I now intend focusing my attention on The Ace of Cups along with The Emperor and Hierophant.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Heavy Earth/Scorched Earth
When the Knight of Pentacles Reverses we find a very different young man or woman. The Knight becomes overly bogged down in the Earth or loses his values and morals in a furnace of Fire. He can stubbornly resist the benefits and perks Fire has to offer him, resulting in apathy, stagnation and lack of motivation. He can lose the energy required to even rise from his bed or chair. He can grow sullen, dour and disinterested in life and the living. Mind numbing habit and routine find him drifting meaninglessly throughout the years as opportunities and the chance for adventure and fun are actively ignored or avoided. Without Fire,…………….Read the Full Description
Just a very quick note to announce the release today of the re-worked Upright Meanings, Keywords and Messages for The Knight of Pentacles. This content includes heaps of new information and detailed analysis for potential interpretations in all types of Reading scenarios; General, Personality, Relationships, Business and Careers.
I am currently working on The Reversed Meanings for The Knight, and whereas I had hoped to have it complete for launch by June 30th, it will most likely be a week behind schedule at this stage!!! I promise, it is coming though. Just not enough hours in the day at present.
I do hope you enjoy the new content. There is a lot so it might take you time to get through it all. Please note, that as either a Student or Tarot Reader, you are not required to memorise all of these interpretations. I simply provide them as food for thought and possible use. Work with only those which resonate with you. It is not possible to assign each of these interpretations to every reading you do. However, they do offer a variety of perspectives to work from.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
Hi To Everyone in Tarot World,
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of the Re-Invented Ace of Wands. I believe the Launch Card for each Suit should be given special attention as it sets the scene for their very particular, and specific journeys ahead. The Four Aces lay the necessary ground work for all the Cards that follow. Once you understand the Launch or Origins of each Suit, it makes interpreting the rest all the easier to intuit, or deduce.
I do hope you enjoy this new body of work and assure you of my commitment to affording the same level of attention to the remaining Aces of Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
Vivien xxx (Your Tarot Teacher)
Getting The Green Light/Thumbs Up, Get Going
Ace of Wands *Remember, Wands are governed by the Element Fire and so deal with energy, action, movement, change, work, careers, creativity, inspiration, enthusiasm, exertion, strength, passion.
A Disembodied Hand appears from out of a cloud or aura. A single Wand is grasped firmly by the hand in an upright position and is offered forth as a gift of opportunity or chance. The aura represents the pure aspect of Spirit. The Wand sprouts new leaves symbolically representing the beginning of new life and potential within. Any remaining old leaves fall away to make way for new growth as nature rebirths itself. The budding leaves also represent Spring, a time of new growth, rebirth, regeneration and possibilities. The Thumb is held in an upright manner, a symbolic gesture for ‘Yes’ or ‘Affirmative’. The sky is clear and bright. Young trees come into leaf in the background while a castle sits atop of a steep hill or mountain. The castle symbolises security, goals, dreams, opportunities, ambitions, the ultimate destination. A river meanders through the landscape symbolising the emotional currents that flow through the situation. The River does not follow a straight path. This symbolises challenges ahead, but non so great that cannot be overcome.
Card Imagery and Description for The Ace of Wands – The Journey Begins
In the Ace of Wands the Element of Fire prepares to embark upon a new journey. Everything is new and fresh and much excitement is in the air for this momentous occasion. Only moments ago, a bolt of lightning lit up the sky and set our nerve ends tingling as the hair rose on the back of our neck. The electricity is palpable. and it is clear something very magical is about to happen. As we focus on The Ace of Wands we witness the first impulse or emanation of the gift of Fire as a hand from the Universe/Spirit reaches forth from a burst of cloud. The aura surrounding……Continue Reading
Hi to Everyone out in Tarot World,
Well, here we are eventually. The In-depth Personality Profile and Card Imagery Description for The Knight of Pentacles is now ready for viewing and can be found right here. Below is a brief extract.
The re-worked Divinatory Meanings both Upright and Reversed are not yet complete and will follow in due course. However, I think I have left you enough to be getting on with. Hope you enjoy meeting the Final Knight, The Knight of Pentacles and trust you will identify many a friend or family member who matches his profile.
This final Knight completes the spectrum of Personalities found in this Rank.
So that is me signing off for today. I was determined to get this out before bedtime, and with aching arms I have achieved my goal.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
Personality Profile, Card Imagery and Description
The Knight of Pentacles is of The Earth Element, but just like his fellow Knights, is also influenced by Fire. Thus we have a combination of the Elemental Energies of Earth and Fire within him. We find a predominant Knight of Pentacles with a dash of The Knight of Wands.
Earth influenced by Fire
Knights represent the Fiery Part of the Court Cards regardless of their Suit Element. Therefore The Knight of Pentacles represents the Fiery part of Earth. In The Knight of Pentacles we have Fire influencing Earth; actions influencing material or financial concerns. What this means is that this Knight is results oriented. The Knight of Pentacles does not indulge, or participate in senseless action. He does not waste his time on ridiculous or frivolous pursuits. He approaches his time as he does the rest of his resources. He must utilise them to their maximum potential and advantage.
Earth can get extremely heavy and bogged down if left to its own devices. Earth is constant and generally solid and reliable. We lay down foundations on Earth and develop roots that can last a lifetime and beyond. Sometimes these roots can pull on us too much, making it difficult to move as it draws us further down into its grasp. Earth holds us all together and gives us the yardstick by which we measure our tangible achievements, success and possessions. However, as essential as Earth is to us all, it can have extremes of effects on us.
With Earth as our stabilising foundation, we can all just about manage to build a roof over our heads, and forage in the wild for just enough to sustain us and clothe us. We can live off the land and be quite content with our lot. On the other hand, we can use the Earth to provide us with so much more. We can build great houses instead of hovels, farm the land so that it yields bountiful harvests to sustain us without worry of starvation, and properly use its natural resources to craft quality clothing to suit our environment. The difference between the two is Fire. Earth is there for any of us to utilise so that we may exist, but when we add Fire to the mix, great things can be achieved.
Hello out there to all my Tarot Friends,
Yes I am back and thank you so much for all the lovely comments and supportive messages wishing me a speedy recovery after my recent surgery. Of course it would be silly of me to think that I am all recovered now because I am feeling so much better in myself as I do have another 2 months of official healing and resting to do. However, this does not imply that I am incapable of doing anything other than lying around in a bed, reading books and flicking through magazines all day while I watch my partner do all the housework. On the contrary, I was back at my computer a few days after being discharged from hospital. During this time I have completely re-worked the Reversed Knight of Swords and he is now ready for viewing. Please click here or the image and link below to go directly to The Knight of Sword’s Page. You will however, have to scroll down the page, past his Upright Version, to arrive at him in Reverse. He can also be accessed in the Less Descriptive version of the Cards, by Clicking Here.
Once again I must stress that there is absolutely no need to try to learn off all the interpretations I have supplied for The Reversed Knight of Swords. These are merely suggestions based on both traditional and non-traditional interpretations. They are provided to broaden your understanding of the personality of This Reversed Knight so that he becomes multifaceted. It would be impossible to apply each of these meanings every time he turned up. What I am giving you are options to play with. The list of interpretations is by no means complete.We could dissect him to pieces and still never get to the absolute bottom of possibilities. However, by deeply analysing his character to the best of our ability we become more knowledgable. When we become more knowledgeable about him, it is much easier for us to remember him when we next encounter him.
Deciding which interpretation to apply will come down to you, The Reader, and will depend on many things such as The Question, The Querant, The Surrounding Cards, and most importantly the Impressions you are getting from him in the Spread. Remember, you will not get the same impression of him each time you encounter him. His interpretation will be coloured by all the above and Tarot would become quite boring if we were to assign the same meaning for him in each Reading.
The Court Cards often prove difficult for Readers, even well experienced Readers. By getting beneath the skin of their personalities; walking a distance in their shoes, getting inside their heads, sitting in their saddles, or on their thrones for a while helps us to become very familiar with them. Unlike The Minor Arcana which provides a snapshot of a story for us to work with, The Courts can sometimes come across as the portraits that stare back at us from the walls of a grand old house or castle. We pass one after another and look at their anonymous faces; people we do not know, lives we have never lived, and struggle to find anything in common with them. Should we stop to take note of their name or some historical information about them, their world opens to us and we begin to see the personality come to life. The same is true of The Court Cards. Their personalities and lives are individually fascinating and we could spend forever speculating about what they do and where they go, how they think, feel and act.
The study of human psychology and personality profiling is very revealing and we can learn a lot about ourselves from studying The Court Cards. The Knight of Swords is a complex creature and we expect nothing less of him because of his association with The Swords Suit. They are never going to be easy to pigeonhole or label. The mind is an amazing thing and even though we now know a lot about it, we have barely touched on its capabilities. We can however differentiate between a healthy mind and a sick or diseased one. The mind controls everything in the body and we must approach our study of The Swords Courts with due respect.
The Knight of Swords when Reversed takes us down many tracks, for the mind when reversed can fragment into various directions. Practically anything can happen when the mind reverses. It can turn inwards on itself and become self-destructive, or turn outwards and project its dis-ease into its environment. It can also cease to function when it reverses, becoming idle and wasted. We shall visit The Reversed Knight of Swords in all these aspects and much, much more.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
The Reckless, Malicious Minded & Manipulative Aggressor
Negative, Mentally Un-Disciplined, Rash, Mental Confusion, Clueless, Out of Your Depth, Chaos, Out of Control, Riding to Ruin, Runaway Train, Insensitive, Rude, Ignorant, Hurtful, Tactless, Sarcastic, Cynical, Cutting, Critical, Talk is Cheap, Lip Service, Meaningless Words, Preposterous Arguments, Over Inflated Ego, Arrogance, A Know-it-All, Uneducated, Chip on the Shoulder, Deep Inferiority Complex, Fearful, Cowardly, Following the Pack, No Leadership, No Plans or Strategies, Bringing Others down with You, Leading others into Danger, Manipulative, Forceful, Self-Serving, Bully, Blamer, Insincere, Dishonest, Getting Away with Something, Being Left Behind, Revenge, Threatening, Ruthless, Cruel, Brutal, Aggressive, Intimidating, Vicious Battles, Nightmare Situation, Looking for A Fight, Fighting for The Enemy, Tempers/Tantrums, Ranting and Raving, Manic, Over-Reacting, Explosive, Dangerous, Violence, Attacker, Mugger, Thief, Arrogant, Superior, Criminal/Unlawfulness, Soldier, Henchmen, Assassin, Traitor, Treason, Radical, Extremist Mentally Dysfunctional, Frustration/Impatience, Not Paying Attention, Not Looking Where you are Going, Going in the Wrong Direction, Getting Lost, Missed Opportunities, Lost out to Competition, Mistakes, Heading for a Fall, Disaster, Reckless Speed, Accidents, Injuries, Remorse, Physical and Mental Exhaustion, Overworked, Battle Weary, Retreat, Withdrawal, Surrender, Wanting to Get Away from Hostilities, Slowing Down, Making an Escape, Mental Health Issues, Depression, Self-Harm, Speech Problems, Shyness, Passive, ,
As we immerse ourselves in the scene of The Knight of Swords Reversed, we find a very different story. However we are not entirely shocked or surprised to see such a change in his personality, attitude and behaviour. We always knew he walked a very fine line, and that it was always going to be a challenge for him to maintain the balance between Fire and Air. It was imperative for him to keep on the straight and narrow, even if he did move, think and talk at incredible speed, was sharp and abrupt in his manner, and at times quite arrogant. He possessed the power to become that dynamic, daring and courageous Knight with a super-intelligent, analytical and perceptive mind that was the envy of all the other Knights. His morals, standards, sense of fairness and justice made him stand out from the crowd. This was a Knight who knew what he wanted and was going to waste no time in going after it.
However as The Reversed Knight thunders down towards us like a runaway train, we quickly realise that instead of being in awe of this powerful armour-clad Knight and his tank-like horse, we immediately feel under intense threat. Respect is gone to be replaced by fear. When we first encountered The Knight of Swords we were unsure at first which version would present to us. Even though he was quite intimidating and even a little scary, he was thankfully Upright, and would have gone out of his way to help us rather than harm us. That Knight is now gone and in his place is The Dark Knight he alluded to.
As this Reversed Knight of Swords approaches we also discover that he is travelling much faster than his Upright Version. In fact, we worry about whether he will be able to stop at all. His Horse slips, slides and stumbles, but The Knight forces him on relentlessly over the rough terrain and around twists and bends. We rapidly scan the approaching roads in search of any oncoming traffic; other horse and riders, carriages, oxen and carts, or even people out walking along the roadside. His blind indifference to his personal safety, the safety of his horse, and for any other innocent being going about their business leaves us shocked and horrified. We now feel threatened and very possibly in danger. The Reversed Knight of Swords cannot possibly see where he is going and seems to have no contingency plan should anything unexpected happen along the way. He is riding hell for leather as we hastily retreat from the danger zone. It is not safe for man, woman, child or beast to be in the immediate environment for they may be putting themselves at great risk with such a reckless Knight afoot. Does he not have a care for what he is about? The roads and pathways are certainly not safe when The Reversed Knight of Swords decides to head out.
As the Reversed Knight and Horse pass, we see the once lovely Grey Mount has lost his focus. His eyes look wild and glaring as his nostrils flare and teeth bare. He becomes a frightening spectacle to observe. His coat foams with sweat as his head is severely yanked to the left and right byThe Reversed Knight of Swords who treats him as if he is a machine. The Reversed Knight’s dagger-like spurs plunge into the Horse’s flanks leaving a trail of blood seeping into his sodden coat. The horse looks terrified and is breathing rapidly; long plumes of his smoke-like breath linger in the air after they rush by. We couldn’t help but notice the sharp-pointed Sword The Reversed Knight waved so callously and threateningly in the air. The black piercing cold eyes and aggressive set of his jaw told us only one thing. He was out to cause trouble, to start a fight or cause injury. It was doubtful if anyone could stop him for he seemed to seethe with revenge, and we feared for the individual or individuals who would be on the receiving end of his Sword that night. Here was someone who couldn’t get to the battle ground quickly enough and he certainly wasn’t interested in sparing his Horse.
Thankfully he has not seen us hide behind a big boulder and we now watch him disappear across the hills. We hang our heads low and place a hand on our racing hearts. So it is true then, The Knight of Swords has lost control, is out of balance, his personality has become extreme. From what we can see he has either let Fire take complete charge or he has used an inappropriate amount of Air and Fire to create a volatile and explosive reaction. We shall get little good out of this Knight under this influence.
Here we find the negative and volatile aspect of combining Fire with Air in the potentially explosive Reversed Knight of Swords. So let us look at what that might mean for us when he appears in a Reading. In this particular negative aspect, it really depends on the level of extreme, and whether it is Fire alone taking over or an unbalanced combination of both Fire and Air. We will also be looking at the effects of too much and too little Air being applied to his personality, as well as what happens when his Fire burns out.
An Over-Fired Reversed Knight of Swords and a Dangerous Leader
This version of The Reversed Knight of Swords can be found rushing headlong into all types of situations. He is known to be extremely impulsive. If he just slowed down, sat still for a moment or exercised some discipline, patience and self-control it would give him time to think things through before he acted. However, that is not his style. He reacts instantly to incoming stimuli and is up and off before anyone can halt him in his tracks. He always thinks he knows best, believes he is on to a good thing, or that the situation needs an immediate response. He is overly cocky and overly self-assured so can easily talk himself into any crazy action on the basis that he knows best and therefore knows the only way to proceed. He will find it impossible to stop for long enough to listen to the advice of others for he is deaf to all but himself. The only opinion that counts is his. Even if it has let him down, and it must have many times in the past, he fails to learn from his mistakes. He always believes that this time it will all work out. People around see him as a loose cannon, someone best to avoid, and certainly not enter into any involvement with, for in The Reversed Knight of Sword’s impetuous and ill-fated reputation, he can often bring down those around him when his plans go dreadfully wrong. There are many who have been stung in the past and have a story to tell. His friends, family, partner and work colleagues have heard it all before and wonder as to why he keeps doing what he is doing.
The Knight of Swords Reversed can come across in a very believable and persuasive manner to those who do not know him, especially those he is trying to impress or needs something of. We must remember that even though he is out of control, this does not mean to say that he lacks strong communication skills or intelligence. His Element Air is still there, even though it is overshadowed by Fire. When he wants something badly enough he will allow Air to do the talking and convincing for him. Under this influence he can tell the most incredible lies that sound very plausible. He can easily sway the unknown or naive to his way of thinking and get them caught up in some mad hair-brained scheme of his design. This Reversed Knight is just as good as his Upright Version at rallying people to his cause, but this time it is generally a dubious cause, and those he rallies are bound to be of questionable character………………Continue Reading – Click Here to go straight to The Knight of Sword’s Page. Then Scroll down to find The Knight of Swords Reversed.……….
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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)
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Hail to All my Tarot Friends Far and Wide,
I am thrilled to announce that the long-awaited Re-worked Knight of Cups is now ready for viewing. I got pretty carried away with this Knight in Shining Armour so there is a bit of reading involved which I do hope you will all enjoy. Take your time going through all the Information and Personality Description that accompanies this Fair Knight of The Cups Suit. It may seem like a lot of information at first glance but really this Knight is very Self-Explanatory and once you get the gist of him, you will say ‘Ah yes, I now understand what he is all about’. Many of his meanings both Upright and Reversed are similar. It is just a matter of applying them to the Specific Area you are dealing with, and very importantly, consulting all the other Cards in the Spread along with The Question. Should you draw The Knight of Cups in a One Card Reading, it would be advisable to draw a Second, and even Third Card so that you can get a better insight as to what Message he holds for you.
Some Exercises for The Knight of Cups will follow next week and I will add the next installment of The Drama of The Four Knights in the near future.
To View this Dashing Knight in Full Detail, please CLICK HERE, THE KNIGHT OF CUPS or Click on The Image Below.
THE KNIGHT OF CUPS
As with all the other Re-worked Cards there is an alternative option where you can view just the Keywords and Meanings of this Knight both Upright and Reversed without the Lengthy Card Imagery Description and Personality Profile. Just Click Here to go Directly to The Shorter Version.
Happy Reading and Studying,
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
A Selection of Knights of Cups
Top Row – The Robin Wood Tarot, The Gilded Tarot, (Unknown)
Middle Row – Rider Waite-Smith
Bottom Row Timothy Lim, Morgan Greer & Witches Tarot
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Hello to all my Tarot Friends around The World,
Yes, I have been missing for a while but am back now and I have been very busy. Some of you know that I have been unwell and unfortunately my health has not been great in the last couple of months. During that time writing was difficult but I am feeling much better now and have some good news for you. The Knight of Wands has been re-written and is now ready for viewing and reading. Be warned though. I got quite carried away writing about him so there is a lot to read. Really, I could have said a lot more about this dashing Knight but one must draw the line somewhere, and I also have to finish his fictional drama. You have already seen the first instalment, and for those who enjoyed it, the second instalment is due for posting in the next couple of days as I have also been working on that too. So you see, I have been keeping myself busy and not lying around recuperating or feeling sorry for myself.
As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description, along with Personality Profiling, Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed version of The Knight of Wands. They are also to be found in the sub-menu of Lesson 2, Part II, The Court Cards.
Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 78 Cards -Brief by clicking on the link The Knight of Wands. This section is being created as I finish re-working each Card. There is still a great wealth of information available in this section and is probably most suited to those who just want to find out what their Cards mean rather than an in-depth study.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to The Knight of Wands. Just click on the link or on the image below and you will be brought directly to his Page.
I do hope you enjoy reading about this very charismatic young man and I look forward to bringing you the next exciting instalment of his fictional drama. We will see what he has been getting up to since we last visited his castle where we left the King and Queen of Wands, along with a certain Lady-In-Waiting impatiently awaiting his arrival. All were eager to welcome him home from his foreign crusades and victorious battles.
I have some Reading Practice Exercises prepared in relation to The Knight of Wands but I will give you the time to read and study his personality before posting them. By the time you have finished, you will know and understand the nature of this Knight inside out and be very confident about interpreting him in a Reading.
Then we will move on to The Knight of Cups, but I think you have enough to be going on with for the moment.
Vivien (your tarot teacher)
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Greetings to all my fellow Tarot Students and Tarot Enthusiasts around the World.
Welcome to the world of The Court Cards. These are the most famous actors of all time and for the next while we are going to be getting up close and personal with every single one of them. I promise reveal-all interviews and probing discussions about these iconic legends. For the first time, we are going to put each one of, The Pages, The Knights, The Queens and The Kings under the spotlight and through their paces. We will leave no stone unturned in our search for complete knowledge and understanding of their personalities and characters. We want to know what makes them tick, what drives them, what they like, where they go, what they wear, how they live, which side they sleep on, who they are dating and who their best friends are. We also want to know their weaknesses, their insecurities, what happens when things don’t go their way, who their enemies are, what their dirty little secrets are and of course, their shadow side. This should get rather interesting indeed.
To start the ball rolling, I am at long last thrilled to announce that I have now completed the re-working of The Four Pages of The Court Cards. The Page of Wands, Page of Cups, Page of Swords and Page of Pentacles. Traditionally The Page represented a child of either sex up to the age of 22 years (young adult), or a young unmarried woman. Therefore The Four Pages are the youngest members of the Four Court Families. They find their world to be young, fresh, exciting, filled with opportunities and limitless potential. Because of their youth and innocence, or sometimes naivety, they hold grand illusions of the future ahead of them and are eager to set out on their individual journeys.
As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with Personality Profiling, Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions. They are also to be found in the sub-menu of Lesson 1, Part II, The Court Cards. Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 78 Cards -Brief which is being created as I finish re-working each Card. There is still a great wealth of information available in this section and is probably most suited to those who just want to find out what their Cards mean rather than an in-depth study.
Just Click on the Images to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Pages Introduction first.
Each Page carries their precious Elemental Gift deep within. Spirit presented these Elemental Gifts to the Pages in the Aces of their Suits. Their Gifts represent their Governing Element, which guarantees limitless potential and success, that is, if used wisely. They are like four young people who have just been given the keys of their first car. They may have little knowledge of how to drive them, or how to use the many functions on the dashboard, but this won’t stop them from wanting to hop right in and take them for a spin. One of The Pages, The Page of Wands appears confident, brags to the others of how simple it all is, and decides to showcase his, as he calls them, ‘natural driving skills. With a screech of tires and a smell of burning rubber he takes off and disappears around the corner. Horror of horrors, we discover he has never driven a car before. Another Page, The Page of Swords, is very impressed with his car, is impatient to try it out, but has hundreds of questions to ask about the engine size, catalytic converter, maximum speed and things the other Pages have never heard of.
The other two Pages look visibly shook by the reckless attitude of the first Page who departed leaving a cloud of dust in his wake. They shake their heads in disapproval. One of the remaining Pages, The Page of Cups, sits in his car and looks so happy as he plays around with the steering wheel and gear stick, pretending to be driving, and thinking of taking a date on a long romantic drive. He loves the colour of his new car too. He is also thinking of all the lovely accessories he can buy to give his car a more personal and special look. He will ask his big brother to show him how to drive but he feels a bit nervous about it all.
The other Page, The Page of Pentacles, runs his hand over the bodywork of his car to see how solid it is, and then kicks each wheel to check firmness . He gets into the car and checks out all the various buttons and gadgets. He asks about insurance and car tax, and how economical it is on fuel consumption. Then he pops open the bonnet of the car to have a good look at the engine. Two hours later, he is found under the car, inspecting its under-carriage. He says that his father will get a reliable mechanic to look it over before he is allowed move it two inches from where it is. He will also be taking a course of driving lessons from a reputable school. Then he takes off to organise a driving licence and to check out the most competitively priced insurance. He will definitely be looking for Fully Comprehensive, he does not want to take any risks. His mother will make sure that the car has all it needs in the boot just in case of a breakdown; jump leads, torches, danger signs, first-aid kit, petrol container, maps and rugs. He will read the car’s manual from cover to cover later on.
As you see, they have all been given their bright shiny Element, regardless of colour shape or size. However, from their example stories above, you will soon begin to learn that each Page has a different approach when it comes to how they use their Elemental Gift. ‘Each to their own’ as the saying goes. The Four Pages are in the Learning Stage of their Element. They have a lot to learn and understand before they can become Masters of them. Some Pages understand this, but for others, it can be quite difficult to persuade them to slow down or to pace themselves. They think they know it all now, and can handle anything that comes their way. Why not, they are young and have the world at their feet? They are ready to take on the world and show what they can do. They don’t really envisage any difficulties along the way for they are bound to be able to overcome them. Their parents, The Queens and Kings, just want the best for them, and know their young Pages will have to learn the lessons of life, with all its ups and downs, just as they did before them. It is impossible to put an old head on young shoulders, some shoulders more so than others, as certain Pages are too much in a rush to get up and at it, to listen to any words of advice or caution.
Filled with enthusiasm, self-confidence, self-belief and plans for a dazzling future ahead, they take off on their individual journeys. The Four Page’s Journeys represent the archetypal journeys we all have to take in life. However, ours generally are more balanced because we thankfully are born with a mix of Elemental Gifts, and not just the one The Pages are portrayed with. This is what makes their journey and the way they think, act, feel and behave seem extreme at time. Their job is to demonstrate to us how life would be with just one Element. Technically, this is not exactly true as each Court Character does have a minor influence from another Element, but for the moment we are concentrating on their main Element. By studying each Element, so closely acted out through the characters in the Court Families, we can arrive at a deep understanding of human nature. Once we become familiar with the individual Elemental influence, we can then begin to play around with mixing them to see how might they work when put together.
What sort of individual would they create, what would the personality of The Page of Wands be if his Element Fire was mixed with The Page of Swords Element of Air? Fire and Air as we all know, can be a very explosive combination, as they feed off each other. Rush, recklessness and impulsiveness can occur, but in balance Air will insist that Fire think about what it is doing before it rushes off and Fire will insist that Air takes some action instead of just thinking all the time. If we throw in The Page of Cups with his Element of Water, his influence will make them all have to take into consideration the feelings of all involved, and how any of their actions will impact others. By then adding the grounding Element of Earth in The Page of Pentacles, we are guaranteed there will be a result. Anything started by Fire and Air, with the support of Water, will be attended to and finished.
Even though we generally have one Element that is quite dominant in our personality, which makes us identifiable for profiling purposes, we need the Four Elements in balanced proportion to create the perfect individual personality. This is what we all must aspire to, but is quite hard to achieve. Even if we do manage to, life does not remain static, and therefore neither will our Elemental Balance. Incidents and situations, upsets and anger, sometimes call on us to readjust our Elemental Make-up in order to cope. These however are just temporary adjustments, and once the incident has passed, the Elements usually find their balance once more.
Sometimes we need more Fire in us when the situation requires us to be more assertive or forceful. We may not feel comfortable stepping up to this task, but if we call in more Fire, it will give us the boost and stamina to do it. Of course the sudden burst of Fire typically calms down later on, but it was there when we needed to stand up for ourself. When something upsetting happens or we experience trauma or loss, extra Water arrives and floods us with emotions. Tears and sadness follow, but in time the increase in Water should subside allowing us to heal and our emotions settle, so that we can continue with life. If we want to finally get the back yard cleared and sorted after months of talking about it, extra Earth needs to arrive so that the hard work we may have been putting off for some time, can begin in earnest. With extra Earth on the scene we get stuck in, and can work hard from dawn to dusk to get the job done. Earth then slides back into balance when we spend the next day lying on the couch rewarding ourself for all our effort. The Healthy Personality should be able to call on extra back-up from any of the Elements as necessary without permanently altering the personality. Energy is in constant flux and flow. As humans we are made up of Energy too, so our Elemental Energy is constantly moving as it adjusts to its environment and those around us.
It is only when an incident or stress remains, or if several more come on top of it, then adjustments of The Elements may become more fixed. When that happens, there is a noticeable change in the personality.
The Court Card Characters are the actors in The Tarot. They are seen depicted or playing the roles of the individuals in the Four Suits, and sometimes make guest appearances in the Major. They appear in different guises at times but it is them. The individual Courts, The Pages, The Knights, The Queens, The Kings, are all loyal to their individual Suit and Element. This makes them rather type-cast. Regardless of what costume they put on for the individual scenes played out in the imagery of the Cards, their acting abilities are quite limited because they are not multi-faceted. They can only play themselves, according to what their Governing Element can allow or permit. Therefore, the Wands Courts are only able to act in a certain manner. They will be great in the action-packed adventure movies, ducking bullets, jumping from roof to roof across skyscrapers, and bravely running into burning buildings to rescue hundreds of lives. They are rugged and fearless and jump out of planes to catch villains. However, they are not great when called on to play a role in a puppy love movie. It’s just not them. This is The Cups territory for they are experts in the art of romantic acting. The Cups would swoon with fright if it was even remotely suggested that they play the Wand’s role of the fearless, daring, Hero. They might get hurt doing all those stunts or worse still, get killed. The Cups would instinctively do it if it was real life and their family or loved ones were in danger but only then, even so, they would need to call on the gutsiness of Fire to help them.
In real life, actors have to have the ability to change their characters so that they can be available to play many roles. However, even the real life actor can find him or herself type cast, and their work opportunities limited, should they stay playing the same type of roles for too long. This can happen in Soap World where actors often spend years playing the same character. When they decide to leave to try some more challenging roles, we, the viewers can find it very difficult to shake off their old character.
So as you begin your journey through the Court Cards bear all this in mind. When we know they are type-cast it makes it easier for us to predict they way they are going to behave in a situation. They are going to do what they have always done. The Queen of Wands is not likely to start behaving as The Queen of Cups voluntarily, nor will The King of Pentacles suddenly decide he wants to be like The Page of Swords just for the sake of it. Get to know these families, just like you know your own, so that you are in a position to comment on them as if they were your own. Feel sorry for The Page of Cups, if he is hurt in love, just as you would your younger sister or brother in the same situation. Make these Court Families real.
For most of The Pages I have created a fictional story around them so that you might find it easier to understand their personality. I have gone into quite great depth with them as they are the first of the Court Cards, and for many Tarot Students, the Court Cards are the bane of their life. The Pages contain a lot of information, but this is done so to set the stage for their older brother The Knight, their Mother, The Queen and their Father, The King. In the individual Suits, they are all cut from the same cloth, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Know The Page well for he is the apple that fell from the tree, whose seed will grow in time to become a tree just like the one he fell from. One day he will become just like his mother, The Queen or his father, The King. Once you know the Pages well, it will be much easier to learn the other members of their family. That is how Tarot works with it cycle of birth, death and rebirth what goes around must come around. Everything is linked and inter-connected.
In real life our families are generally made up of a mix of Court Personalities. You may be the Knight of Wands, your little sister might be a young Page of Pentacles, while you mother might be The Queen of Cups and your Father the King of Swords. Having a family who are all the same would indeed be very intense, but that is the situation in The Court Cards. The only difference between them is age, maturity and the fact that they all have a slight influence of a different Element in them along with their own governing Element.
All the Pages have the influence of Air, regardless of their Suit. All the Knights have the influence of Fire along with their Element, The Queen’s have the influence of Water and The Kings, the influence of Earth. This other Elemental Influence helps temper their strong Governing Element and is what gives them their subtle differences. However, a Pentacle Family for example, will still very strongly be a Pentacle family, and very identifiable from a Cups or Wands family. At times, the Influencing Guest Element can become quite dominant, and when it does, causes a very noticeable change of expected personality. They begin to act out of character. This is usually when The Court Personality Reverses.
Detailed information about The Court Cards and their Influencing Element will be found in Lesson 1 of Part II of this Course.
It is with The Court Cards we begin to make connections with The Twelve Sun Signs of The Zodiac through The Four Suits. The Four Elements; Fire, Water, Air and Earth govern and influence The Zodiac. The Twelve Signs are allocated to The Four Elements and Court Suits in Groups of Three creating:
The allocated Sun Signs in each grouping will reflect the nature and personality traits of its Court Card Suit. Therefore, having knowledge of The personalities of The Wands Court Characters will go a long way in helping you to learn or understand the Sun Signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius for they are both Governed by Fire which makes them predisposed to have certain personalities. It is the Sun Sign interpretations of the Zodiac that fine tunes their personality, and makes them more identifiable when Reading, because it is then possible to become even more accurate with your descriptions. The Court Rankings allow for generic personality traits, whereas the Zodiac Signs provide more specific traits. Combining Astrology with Tarot can be very powerful indeed. You do not have to be an expert to do this.
If you are just starting to learn about The Court Cards I suggest you read the Lesson content in Part II of this Course along with Astrology and The Elements in Part I, Lesson 3 first before moving on to the individual Court Cards as you will find a lot of information there that will help you understand these Tarot Families better.
For each of the Court Personalities I have provided a general overview of them along with their detailed profile and interpretations. You will find the Pages Introduction in Lesson 1 of Part II of this Course or by clicking here.
Just Click on the Images to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Pages Introduction first.
I do hope you enjoy your study of our Four Pages and the stories they have to tell.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Hail Fellow Tarot Students and Enthusiasts,
Well here we are at last – The Four Tens of The Minor Arcana , The Ten (X) of Wands, The Ten (X) of Cups, The Ten (X) of Swords and The Ten (X) of Pentacles have eventually crossed the finish line and completed their journey. It has been a long and often exhausting journey. So much has happened to each Suit along the way; drama, excitement, tension, travel, conflict, happiness, pain, suffering, disappointment, elation, success, failure surprises, shocks, scandals, intrigue and so much more. For certain there is the making of several Soap Operas, Movies and Books, with all the interesting experiences they have been through.
The Journey for each Suit has not been the same, yet they all started out in The Ace, on equal footing, and with high hopes for their mission ahead. In the Ace, each card looked similar enough, a hand extending from a cloud, as it presented each Suit with their Elemental Gift for their journey or life. Each Gift was pure and untainted, and we were given our first introduction to their symbolic associations in the card imagery.
When you compare the imagery of The Aces to The Tens, The Aces appear so simple and straight forward, while The Tens looks complicated and complex. It was all so easy when they started off in The Ace, they had a blank sheet of paper and could write their own script. The Wands went for an Action Packed Adventure story while The Cups preferred a Romantic Fairytale one. The Swords inevitably chose a Psychological Thriller, while The Pentacles opted for The Self-Made Man Biography type.
We found The Wands exciting, inspirational and great fun, but they exhausted us at times with their constant activity, high energy and overly competitive nature. We loved The Cups for their kindness, compassion and wonderful artistic abilities, but often became tedious with their ‘lovey dovey’ outlook on life and their bouts of moodiness and depression. We listened attentively to the articulate and intelligent Swords and the logical advice they gave, but drove us to tears and frustration with the constant stress and conflict in their life. We all wanted to be as sensible and practical as The Pentacles, with their down-to-earth approach to life, and strong commitment to personal goals, but this sometimes caused us to feel envious of their success, wealth and ability to do what we could only dream of.
The Four Suits are now at a stage of completion. Their use and handling of their Elemental Energy throughout their journey has culminated in delivering them to where they are now, for better or worse. They have gone as far as they can on this particular cycle and must now walk through the doorway of transition which will lead them from the past into the future, where a new cycle is ready and waiting for them to hop on board. As they pass through the doorway of transition, they will all find themselves back at The Ace once more, where they will once again be presented with their Elemental Gift of Wand, Cup, Sword and Pentacle. However, this time they will not be as innocent and naive as they were the first time they received their Gifts. They have now been around the block once and will be expected to be a little more street-wise and aware. Direct and first-hand experience from their most recent cycle from Ace to Ten will have taught them a thing or two, and they must now apply any acquired wisdom, methods and approaches to ensure they use their Elemental Gift to its maximum positive potential.
All will be eager to add to their previous successes while avoiding any repeats of past failures. They will have the upper hand on those who are only starting out on their first cycle, and like the elderly man depicted in The Ten of Pentacles, will acknowledge that they have yet a lot to learn. The elderly man also knows that this kind of knowledge cannot be found in books. It is mostly learned the hard way, and through direct experience of life. The Suits will continue this cyclical style of living, and when they live no more, and their final cycle has been complete, they will return to the Source. Some may choose to stay with the source while others will return. Regardless, more like them will follow and take up where they left off, maintaining the laws of the Universe and entering upon their own cycles, but carrying in their souls and Universal Memory, the knowledge of all who have gone before.
The Four Tens of The Minor Arcana, The Ten (X) of Wands, The Ten (X) of Cups, The Ten (X) of Swords and The Ten (X) of Pentacles are now ready for viewing. For continuity purposes, I have continued the fictional storyline for some of the Cards in The Card Imagery Section, but do also include their basic description. Just Click on the Individual Images below to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Tens Introduction first.
These Cards will also be found in Lesson 9 of Part I of Course. They are also listed in the Section The 78 Cards – Detailed. Don’t forget to read The Tens Introduction Page first before moving on to the individual Cards.
As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with the Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions. Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 78 Cards -Brief which is being created as I finish re-working each Card. There is still a great wealth of information available in this section and is probably most suited to those who just want to find out what their Cards mean rather than an in-depth study.
The Cyclical aspect of the Suits Journey in the Minor Arcana from Ace to Ten and back to Ace, can be applied to anything in life. It can relate to our own personal journey from birth to death and then rebirth, the different stages of our life, relationships or the cycle of an issue or situation. Everything that happens or occurs in life, and to us, has a beginning, a middle and end. We are surrounded by cycles in our life and never finished with them. Just think of the seasons of the year, the cycle of day and night as the most basic of examples. Just when we have one cycle completed and sorted out, a brand new one will present itself to us and we must go through the process once more.
And so that brings us to the final Cards in The Minor Arcana, The Four Tens, and I do hope you have enjoyed accompanying them on their Journey, for they were an interesting bunch. The Ace to Ten in each Suit depicted the stories and dramas that each went through; the ups and downs of daily life, their successes and failures along with their happiness and heartbreak. However, we must now turn our attention to the individual personalities behind all the stories to gain further insight into the nature of each Suit. It is through The Court Cards we shall get to know the people who have brought the story of their Suit to life.
The Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings look forward to meeting and getting to know you, just as much as you do them. They want you to understand the reasoning behind their actions, behaviour, feelings and thoughts, and how they interpreted the role they played in their Suit’s Journey.
I will be working next on re-formating The Court Cards and giving them a little tidying-up here and there. I have some interesting stuff to post in the coming weeks such as Tarot Card Reading Analysis Charts which will help you break down a Reading in a methodical and thorough manner, as many students have difficulty relating surrounding Cards when interpreting a Reading. There are many well-known Card Combinations in Tarot which give immediate information, and I will be covering those too, but the Analysis Chart will help you to make connections you would not normally see.
So, until then, happy Reading and good luck with your continued studies.
Vivien Ni Dhuinn (Your Tarot Teacher)