I’m Back !
Hi to all my Tarot Friends in the World,
Just want to let you all know that I am back at my Truly Teach Me Tarot Desk once more and gearing up to get stuck into some serious writing. I will be dealing with all my outstanding comments and correspondence first, so if you have sent a comment and heard nothing back from me, hang on in there as I wade through the pile. It is just me who runs this whole site and does all the writing, including building the new site, which still has to be launched!!! I have many roles to play and at times it can become quite a juggling act. Throwing college into the mix, certainly didn’t help. You have all been so patient with me during this time and I really want to thank you for your support. I have had to put everything to the side in the last few months as deadlines for assignments and college exams sucked every second of my time and energy. I have officially finished college after a grueling year of information overload in Digital Technology. I must say it has been one of the toughest times of my life, and certainly not helped by fatigue from major surgery less than a year ago, and the need for further surgery in May of this year. I am not as young as I once was, and by the end of college on the 29th of June was practically in a state of collapse from nervous exhaustion and horrendous insomnia.
Once it was all over, I was packed off to the Atlantic seaside town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Ireland, to rest and restore my troubled mind and body. My partner’s house is there right beside the beach of Inchydoney, and apart from one day of horrendous rain, we were blessed with glorious sunshine. I arrived looking pale, stressed and wan, but by the time I departed a week later, clad in flip-flops and shorts, I looked tanned and much healthier. I really didn’t want to come home so soon as I felt I needed more time. Many of you will know that I have suffered from a myriad of complicated and obscure health problems in recent years, and several of them flared up while in my final two months of college. A week was certainly not going to fully heal me.
However, return I did, but something very important happened before I left, and I hold the Atlantic Ocean responsible for it. For the last couple of years I have been in a dilemma as to whether I should pack up and leave where I live in Kildare and move down South to my partner in Clonakilty. I have dithered and dawdled, and worried about discommoding my three cats by taking them away from the home they have lived in for so long. Up until now I have been incapable of making a decision, and that in itself has caused considerable stress. It means my partner must travel to visit me and vice versa. It has been a ridiculous scenario to be living in for grown adults, but there you go, that is what we have done.
Anyhow, I think it was either the last or second last day of my stay, while I was standing in the ocean staring out to sea, that a moment of enlightenment came over me, and there and then I decided what must happen. The thoughts of leaving to go back to Kildare, left me with a terrible sense of homesickness for Clonakilty. I shouldn’t feel so awful about going home, but I did. I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid if someone rang me, let’s say a government official, and declared that I no longer had a house in Kildare, no longer had any possessions or rights there, and that returning wasn’t an option I could entertain. I probably would have asked what was to happen to the cats, but other than that, I would have said, “okay”, politely thanked him and hung up before jumping up and down on the spot with glee.
Hello to all my Tarot Friends,
Below you will find some Mini Tarot Horoscopes for the week ahead. As Tarot Students you will wonder how and why I chose certain interpretations out of the myriad of versions available for each Card. It would be impossible to detail absolutely every associated meaning, so as I drew the Cards I simply went with the first thoughts that came to my mind. Each Mini Horoscope below could be rewritten several times over to provide alternative interpretations, but we would be here all week. The Mini Horoscopes are a great way to test your skills and ability with Snap Shot Readings. This comes in particularly useful when doing Readings for Groups of people when there is no time to go into great depth. When a Card is drawn, look for the first thread that presents itself to your eye and mind. Then run with it and work a story around it.
Why not try this exercise yourself and compile Weekly or Monthly Mini Tarot Horoscopes for your friends and family.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
Pisces(Feb 20-Mar 20) – The Five of Wands
It’s just going to be one of those weeks. Nothing will seem to go to plan and the world may seem against you. Expect the unexpected and keep calm. Everyone seems to be tetchy right now so try not to take it personally. Emotionally you will feel all over the place and it will be difficult to settle or find peace anywhere.
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The Knight of Swords – Sample Reading Versions 1 & 2 – Relationships
Hail Fellow Tarot Friends Around the World,
I do hope you enjoyed reading about our lovely Knight of Swords below and are now ready to explore how his presence in a Reading can be interpreted. I have chosen to concentrate on Relationships at present, but will re-visit this chap at a later stage to take a look at him in Readings from other perspectives. The Readings below are but two I have worked on for study purposes. Neither Reading ultimately defines his character, but they do show certain aspects of his personality at play in the different storylines. The Knight of Swords can not ever be every aspect of himself at the same time. None of the Court Cards can, so we must play with their characteristics and traits when interpreting them in Spreads.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
The Readings attached to the Card Spread below have been invented for teaching purposes. There are two Readings based on Relationships using the One Horse Shoe Spread. The Readings have been compiled with The Knight of Swords in mind so that we can experience how his Character or Personality could influence a Reading, how we might interpret him, and the effect he has on surrounding Cards. I have supplied a Personality Profile of The Querant for both Readings, along with the background story the Question is based on. This helps set the tone for the Reading and assists in interpretation. Without it we could easily get lost with a sea of interpretations to choose from.
I have used the same Spread for both Readings to showcase how the Card meanings can be adjusted accordingly to suit the differing Background, Nature of Querant and The Question. This same Spread could be used to interpret a General, Business or Career Reading. The story, characters and plot may change, but the underlying energies remain the same. Each Card in the Tarot can be interpreted in so many ways that all we need do is change the Question and immediately a new interpretation appears or forms. This is why it is advisable to assimilate several interpretations per Card instead of learning just one.
Note in the Second Reading how I do not stick with the positional order of Cards when Reading. I make connections and links between Cards that I believe are relevant at the time, rather than waiting until the Card in its correct order of position is reached. I also note patterns observed in the overall Spread and highlight the lack of Grounding Pentacle Cards. I make observations, and contemplate motives and theories based on the Cards at my disposal. Yes, the Readings are rather full-on, but I would rather initially demonstrate Card Reading in a dramatic manner rather than offering something wishy-washy for study purposes. Learning the Tarot could get very boring otherwise.
We must also remember that each Card in the Spread may be sending conflicting messages for more than one person or point of view in the Reading. In the first Reading below, the Seven of Cups carries separate messages for both the Querant and the young man she enquires about. One must be flexible in such matters and view the Cards as multifaceted and three-dimensional rather than flat and one-sided. In the absence of a real life Querant, Background Story and Question, I have let my imagination run free. At times I forgot I was interpreting a Spread of Fictional Cards as the story began to take on a life of its own. I actually began to believe what was going on and I began to get visuals. Of course it was all my imagination, but a Tarot Reading becomes very uninteresting if one does not apply their creative imagination when interpreting. After all, the creative imagination acts as the gateway for any psychic impulses or messages from our Higher Self. Without our creative imagination, we cannot tell the Querent’s story, or indeed our own.
Please note that your interpretation of the Spread below may be similar to mine or altogether different. There are many, many stories that could be have attached to this Spread. These are just two that I chose as Examples. Please play around with the interpretations and see which story line begins to develop for you.
Background – I met someone last week at a party and we seemed to click. He took my number and asked if he could see me again. He told me he would ring, but my friend whose party it was, told me that I shouldn’t build myself up or get too carried away. She was quite offhand about him and took it all as a bit of a laugh. I was offended by her remarks and wonder if she is jealous. I have been on my own for some time and find it hard to meet someone nice. She, my friend on the other hand, is always in and out of relationships. I don’t understand why she would not be happy for me. I really like this guy but am afraid he will not call.
Question – What I want to know is what the future holds for me and this man if he does decide to ring me to ask me out on a date?
The Horse Shoe Spread
(Please Note – Position 4 should be centred below Position 3 & 5. Image Alignment not working on this Page)
Position 1 – Recent Past Position 7 – Probable Outcome
Position 2 – Present Position 6 – Hopes/Concerns
Position 3 – Near Future Position 5 – Surrounding Energy
Position 4 – Answer/Solution/Advice/Querant
Recent Past – The of Knight of Swords galloping in. No wonder she is drawn to this man for he is very handsome and extremely charismatic. No doubt she was attracted to his cool sophisticated manner and intrigued by all he had to say. He would have stood out from the crowd and was probably very well dressed too. He would have wooed her with his intense stare and captivating conversation. She would have been impressed by his intelligence and worldly knowledge. He was probably quite forward with her instead of beating around the bush. She would certainly have enjoyed his company and the night probably flew by. His eagerness to see her again has her feeling very special indeed. He quite likely swept her off her feet and she is loath to come back down to earth. Her friend however, does not seem to be as excited about this young man as she is, and in my belief, either knows something about him, or possibly believes they are not suited. It wasn’t exactly a warning but more of a gentle caution. Possibly he is prone to taking the phone number of every female he meets. He is the Knight of Swords, so he may be the catch of the century, or, on the other hand, hard to catch. Then again her friend might indeed be jealous, she may have her sights set on him too……………………………………...Continue Reading
Copyright © Vivien Ni Dhuinn 2006 – 2014
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.……….
Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
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
Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Greetings to all my Tarot Friends Around The World,
You will have noticed that I have not given many direct Health Interpretations for the individual Cards so far. Some have been generally given as we proceeded through the Lessons, with the remaining Health Interpretations to be supplied at the end of each Part of The Course. This has been to discourage you from rushing in and giving Health Readings to friends and family until you are more comfortable with the Cards. Health Readings are always a dodgy area to get into, and as a Tarot Reader you are quite within your rights to exclude Health Readings from your practice if you feel uncomfortable in this area.
If you do decide to do Health Readings, make sure that anyone enquiring about having a reading done is informed as to the type of Reader you are in advance. If you tell it as you see it, then inform the Querant and ask as to whether they will be comfortable with your directness. Some Querants want to ask after their parent’s health and even their children’s yet fail to understand the implications or consequences of hearing potentially bad news. I regularly have Querants who when asked if there is anything else they would like to look at before the Reading is over, want to know if their kids are healthy. I generally try to talk them out of it because what if something does come up in the Cards? Can I be sure it is correct? Can I trust my interpretation of it? So how do you deal with the Querant once Nasty Cards have come out? How do you backtrack?
Let me tell you that the Querant may never have laid eyes on a Deck of Tarot before, but going on the basis of the Collective Unconscious, Symbols and Archetypes, they will instantly identify ‘Bad Cards’ as soon as they see them without you having to point them out. They will look frightened and ask you to put their mind at rest, which of course you may not be able to do. You see, when they ask these questions casually, just as a Filler-in a Reading, and not the main reason they came to you, they are only expecting to be told that their kids are happy and healthy so they can go merrily on their way home. However, their life and peace of mind can be seriously affected by the stress and worry over a Tarot Reading that may or may not be right.
There are times however, when a parent comes for a Tarot Reading specifically to enquire about a son or daughter who they are concerned about. This is different but should be handled very cautiously too. No allegations or rash judgements should be made in the Reading and if you see trouble or Health Problems in the Cards then the ‘softly, softly’ approach is best. Hint at or allude to possible things you may see in the Cards but be 100% certain about nothing. Remember, unless you are suitably trained you could get into serious trouble giving medical advice or diagnosis to someone who is pressurising you into saying something, not to mention the distress you will also cause.
The Health Meanings for The Court Cards and The Major Arcana will be supplied at the end of their Modules. Any relevant Cards will be added to the Health Card Combination Page.
- DEFINE THE TYPE OF READER YOU ARE IN ADVANCE – IF YOU DON’T DO HEALTH READINGS, SAY SO
- NEVER BE AFRAID TO DECLINE A HEALTH READING OR BACK OUT OF A READING IF THE QUERANT BEGINS TO ASK HEALTH RELATED QUESTIONS. IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE, THEN SAY SO.
- REMEMBER, MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS IS NOT IN THE REALM OF TAROT READING, EVEN IF YOU ARE A DOCTOR
- THE TAROT IS ONLY EVER 70/80% ACCURATE EVEN ON THE BEST OF DAYS. YOU MIGHT BE WRONG
So with all that in mind, I am happy to inform you that the Content for Lesson Nine is complete and ready to be viewed. Lesson Nine Covers:
- General Information on both The Nines and Tens of The Minor Arcana
- Jumping Cards – Cards that appear to Jump or Fall from The Deck when Shuffling.
- Detailed Information about Health Readings
Supplement Pages Include:
Sample Health Readings will be Posted Next Week.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Hello to all,
While I am re-working The Knight of Wands I have decided to write a fictional drama around him and will probably do so for all The Knights as I get to them. I hope you enjoy these mini dramas and that they might help you get to know our lovely Knights a little better. It is all great fun playing with their characters and creating dramas, plots and romance around their lives.
The Drama of The Knight of Wands Part One – The Homecoming
As we enter the action of The Knight of Wands Card, The Knight is nowhere to be seen. Instead we find ourselves in the cold cobbled inner courtyard of a 16th century castle. The place is a hive of activity with men and women of all ages running to and fro, fetching and carrying all manner of items, even furniture. Tall ladders line the strong stone castle walls, while young boys scurry up and down them to hang garlands of dark green foliage and rich red berries. Everyone is extremely busy, even the Smith whose hammer rings out sharp and clear in the cold morning air, as it connects with hot metal somewhere in the distance. A rotund red-faced young girl runs shouting from a doorway and attempts to round-up a goose that has tried to escape its fate. As we take in the scene around us, we realise it is one of preparation and anticipation. The Castle is being lavishly decorated for a celebration of some kind, even the entrance gate just across the drawbridge and under the portcullis is draped with flowers and greenery.
A clatter and thud of loud hooves in the outer courtyard draws everyone to attention. The Castle Guards rush forward and hail the rider who carries The Royal Standard. He dismounts and breathlessly shouts out loud and clear ‘Hear ye, hear ye, The King is nigh, prepare for The King’s arrival’. A mad rush of sheer frenzy follows as all involved must cease their activity and line up to greet their King. Our eyes are drawn to the second floor window on the west wall of the castle. Three, maybe more young women’s heads bob back and forth. These are The Ladies of the castle and from what we can see, look beautifully dressed and groomed.
A trumpet sounds loud and clear and a voice calls out ‘The King is here, The King is here’. And with that, three horsemen thunder across the drawbridge, under the portcullis and appear through the gateway in a cloud of steam. Horses call out to each other as they circle excitedly among those who stand waiting for orders to be relayed to them. The three horsemen seem in high spirits and shout and laugh as they greet familiar faces.
For a moment silence descends upon the courtyard as all drop into a low bow, eyes to the ground, they hold their stance agonisingly long as The King takes in his surroundings before giving the signal for all to relax. Grooms then spring into action and move rapidly to take care of their charges. The three horsemen quickly dismount. They lead their steaming horses steadily away so that they can be fed, watered and brushed down.
The King and his two companions disappear at haste up steep stone steps and enter the castle hall through its thick oak doorway. We follow unobtrusively behind them, eager not to be seen. There is an air of excitement and anticipation in the way everyone seems to be hurrying and rushing here and there. The mood is light and jolly.
Inside the Great Hall, we encounter yet more servants and maids in a flurry of activity. Two scullery maids tending the large roaring fire in the Great Hall blush with mortification when the three men come upon them unexpectedly. They had been giggling and chatting instead of working and under normal circumstances would have been severely chastised, but The King, whose mood today cannot be broken, laughs with them before sending them on their way.
The King and his companions stand by the bright burning flames and warm their cold bodies. A manservant arrives with a tray of wine and some bread and ham for the exhilarated, yet weary travellers to break their fast with. They had been riding all night and were eager to fall upon their food.
The approaching Manservant once in the presence of The King drops his head and stares to the floor until he is given permission to rise. Taking a liberty, he speaks out, ‘my Liege, it is good to see you returned safely to us once more. And your son, The Knight of Wands, has he safely landed too?” The King turns to his trusty manservant and dispensing on this occasion with formalities he gives him a friendly pat on the back. ‘It is certainly good to be back home for a while, and yes, my son will be here before nightfall. I trust all is in place for the festivities tonight and for the Jousting Tournament tomorrow? My son, The Knight of Wands, will be bringing some people with him, new acquaintances. We want to make a very good impression on them and I am happy to see how well the castle is being prepared for their arrival. They come from some of the most noble and aristocratic families in Europe, and this visit, once successful, will strengthen the allegiance between us. Nothing must go wrong. I want their every wish, desire and need catered for. These are my orders and make sure everyone is informed and aware. Do you understand?” The King stared into his Manservant’s eyes and held his gaze just long enough for him to be totally clear of his instructions. The Manservant nodded silently and with bowed head backed slowly and quietly away from his King and Master.
The King returned his attention to his two companions, now nicely warmed by the blazing logs and the pungent heat of the strong wine. Feeling restored after their long ride, they settled into deep conversation about the imminent arrival of The King’s son, The Knight of Wands and the important Royals who would visit with him. We listen to them speculate about The Knight’s overseas adventures and conquests. They voice their concerns about the ongoing battles over territory and power, allies and foes, and discuss strategies for future battles. They also discuss in-depth the entourage who will later arrive with The Knight of Wands. Which ones can they trust? Which ones will join forces with them and who will ride out with The Knight of Wands to lead their armies to glorious success and triumph? They decide to closely observe the other Knight’s qualities, skills and strengths at the Jousting Tournament the next day. They will also watch closely to discover their weaknesses.
Up the stairs and at the far side of the inner courtyard, sits The Queen of Wands with her Ladies-in-waiting. The Queen’s rooms are known for their liveliness and good humour. Her Ladies-in- waiting are the envy of all, for this Queen is bright, sunny and generous. Her energy and spontaneity keeps them all on their toes, and boredom at bay. The Queen likes to sing, dance and laugh, and provides daily entertainment in her rooms for those closest to her.
The Queen of Wands hates to sew and becomes quickly impatient with all the needlework she is expected to be a part of. Today is no exception but there is an extra restlessness about her which makes her pace up and down her Royal Apartments and draws her frequently to the window, or to the chamber door, where she shouts out enquiring of The Guards ‘any news yet?’ Her Ladies-in-waiting do their best to engage her with snippets of gossip from Court life, a new style of hood that is very ‘French’ , and about the excellent form of her big hunter on his last outing. Nothing seems to impress or hold her attention as she paces anxiously, yet excitedly around the large inner chamber. Even the offer of the bright gold silk thread to embroider the sun cannot capture her imagination.
The Ladies-in-waiting all looked to each other and sighed. They all knew The King had arrived and his very presence in the castle had created strong energy vibrations all around. His presence today also meant that his son, The Knight of Wand’s arrival was imminent. The Queen of Wand’s limited patience had been severely put to the test these last six months. Both her strong, powerful husband, and vibrant, virile, son away overseas fighting battles and defeating the enemy, while she had to stay at home and keep busy.
Trusted implicitly by her husband, The King of Wands, thankfully she had not suffered the same fate as many other wives left to entertain themselves in their husband’s absence. The Queen of Wands had been left in a position of Governing Power. Not full power of course, but he knew he could rely on her to do what had to be done, and also to keep an eye on those who could cause trouble for The Kingdom in his absence. He knew she was no fool, and if the situation called for it would be able to confidently rule The Kingdom herself without any help from him. She was strong-headed and feisty, with an independent nature and natural curiosity. Nothing would slip by her attention, and all within the Castle were well aware of the power of their Queen. The Queen knew she was an excellent match for her husband’s mite but remained vigilant about not appearing to be in competition with him, or too forceful in her opinions. Being a clever woman, she had ways of getting what she wanted. However, being a Queen, she had to bow to the etiquette and protocol of a Queenly life which is why she now waited to be summoned by her King instead of just running to greet him as she wished to do.
One of the Queen’s Ladies-in-waiting picked up the gold thread declined by The Queen and began to embroider the sun. Her own hair, although mostly covered by her fashionable hood, was just as bright and dazzling as the silk thread. In fact, she believed her own hair would make a more suitable match for the sun than the expensive silk thread she drew between her delicate fingers. Outwardly she appeared calm and consistent, just as she did every day, but inside her heart pounded in her chest. Every time a horse and rider arrived in the outer courtyard she nearly dropped her needle, and it took all her concentration to steady her hands. Her eyes darted from the window to the door, waiting and willing for something to happen. She thought she would go mad with all this waiting. She understood how The Queen felt, but unlike The Queen, she was frustrated for a very different reason.
Suddenly voices came from outside and there was the familiar noise of The Guards standing to attention. The Queen stopped her pacing and faced the door as it flung open before her. She dropped into a low curtsey before The King, as did all her Ladies-in-waiting, eyes cast down, stomachs a flutter with nerves and anticipation. The King moved swiftly, and breaking all Kingly etiquette and protocol, swept his wife into a passionate embrace before holding her in his extended arms for a closer inspection. The Queen’s face was radiant and alive with happiness. Taking her arm in his he marched her out the door startling The Guards into attention once more. The Queen’s Ladies-in-waiting rose to follow their mistress but The King waved them back and announced that he wished to speak alone with The Queen. Embarrassed looks were exchanged all round as The Ladies-in-waiting dropped into sweeping, acknowledging curtsies.
Once the door closed behind The King and Queen, all pretence at focusing on needlework was gone. The Queen’s Ladies scattered about the room exchanging excited chatter as they danced around in circles. They ran to the window seats and climbed up high to view the activity down below in the Courtyard. They strained their eyes as far as they could see in search of the Royal Standard that would herald the arrival of The Knight of Wands. Still nothing on the horizon. They turned back to each other to breathlessly discuss the festivities and celebrations the coming night would bring; the dancing, the entertainment, the merry-making, the courting, flirting and possible lovemaking. It was all possible now that the men had arrived home. Court Life could begin in earnest once more, and tomorrow there was The Jousting Tournament to look forward to. Life had certainly picked up. Fun was in the air again and the promise of exciting days ahead. The Knight of Wands had been sorely missed.
A message arrived to The Queen’s Chambers dismissing her Ladies-in-waiting until later when they would be expected to return to prepare and dress their mistress for the night ahead. Their Queen knew how excited they were about the return of The Court and was happy to allow them some time and freedom to prepare. She had chosen her Ladies for their engaging dispositions, enthusiasm and liveliness. She despised the boring, dull, lifeless faces of some of the other Ladies in the Castle. Ladies who had nothing to say for themselves, no opinions and no interests, other than their husbands’. She felt in a wonderful mood and couldn’t wait to see her son again but in the meantime, she had matters of State to discuss with the newly returned King.
Giggling like children, The Queen’s Ladies ran skittishly down the corridors, while The Guards smiled and admired them from behind. The sound of a trumpet in the courtyard below sent them into a mad tizzy. Orders were called out from one Guard to another as the message was communicated rapidly around the castle confines. ‘The Knight of Wands had arrived, he was home at long last. After a six months’ absence travelling to far distant lands, facing the enemy, marching into battle, seizing territory and conquering all who stood in his way, The Knight of Wands had returned in a blaze of triumphant glory. News of his conquests had travelled ahead of him and whereas he had departed a Knight who showed promise and skill, he had returned as a Knight who had proven his mettle and had already become a living legend, a Warrior Knight of Knights.
In the kitchens they spoke of their Knight as invincible, immortal, fearless and lion-hearted. In the Queen’s chambers her Ladies spoke in hushed whispers of his virility, strong athletic body and handsome looks. They were all in love with him, all vied to catch his attention and all longed to be the chosen one. Tonight, all would dress to impress their young and dynamic Knight, hoping his gaze may fall upon them, yet at the same time fearful of swooning if their wishes did happen to come true.
One among them, she with the golden hair, secretly entertained more than just a look or gaze from her dashing, brilliant Knight. Indeed she intended to take up where she had left off six months ago when The Knight of Wands gallantly rode out and away in the early morning summer mists, to lands far away, and an enemy known for his brutality and menace. She had stood on the turret stairs then, sobbing and weeping quietly to her brave and courageous Knight, begging him to stay, yet equally proud of his willingness to lay down his life to protect his country and his family’s honour. As she secretly watched his departure that early morning, she could still feel the heat of his body on her skin, the tautness of his muscles as he had held her in his strong embrace, his passion intense and wild. She had abandoned herself to him, risked discovery and ruin, as she ran her fingers through his coarse dark auburn hair in the candlelit enclosure of his bedchamber. His Guards, sworn to secrecy had smuggled her into his room that eve anxious to gain the trust of their Master who may not return from the battle fields so far away.
On the turret stairs he had held her close and whispered promises of love and a lifetime of passion when he returned. She had let him go that morn and vowed she would love no other but him, and would count the days away until his return. She had pulled the silk scarf from around her delicate shoulders and shivering in the chilly air insisted he take it as a talisman that would protect and keep him safe. The Knight of Wands had accepted her gift and said he would tuck it away safely inside the cold heavy armour he would ride out to battle in.
And so she had waited, six long months for this very day. Her passion and love burned strong and deep and she congratulated herself on keeping their secret safe and sound. Not even The Queen had guessed of their secret romance. Her heart beat so hard, she thought it could be heard echoing around the stone hallways of the castle, but no one seemed to notice. After all this time, The Knight of Wands was close by, so close, she would soon hear his voice, see his rugged face and those striking emerald-green eyes. She knew she would have to contain herself, not show her real emotions. She would have to wait until he summoned her later. Then, and only then could she fall into his waiting arms. She would soon lie beside her man once more, her Knight of Wands, and release the passion for him that burned so strong inside.
Trumpets and horns sounded loud and sharp in the clear winter air of the courtyard as under the portcullis came the thunder of hooves and loud cheering voices. The Queen’s Ladies ran to the nearest windows and throwing formalities and ladylike behaviour aside, climbed up onto the narrow ledges to get the best view.
The Royal Standard billowed in the evening breeze, showing obvious signs of stainage from the long journey it had endured. It momentarily blocked the Ladies’ view forcing them to scramble along the window ledge to see around it. Suddenly, there he was, he, The Knight of Wands, returned from battles in far distant lands, home once again. A joy to behold. The Ladies standing on tip toe upon the window ledge all gasped as they took in the scene below.
To be continued………..
Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Hello to all my Tarot Friends around The World,
Wow, thank you for contributing so eagerly to the Practice Daily Card Readings and also for coming to the aid of a Tarot Student who is in a bit of a bind at present and having difficulty with certain Cards that keep popping up. Well done everyone.
This Reading is a current real-life scenario and not the normal free-style dramatic versions we have been working with in the Daily Two Card Readings. Yes, this is a real dilemma. The Tarot Student has been following all your interpretations and theories very closely. I was asked to post this message to all of you on their behalf. So there is a possibility that these Cards will be added to or as I suggested, a Reading done based on The Seven of Cups and The Eight of Swords to determine why they keep coming up and how to find a way out of all those Swords. The message is posted below.
“Hiya Vivien, would you please pass on my thanks to everyone for their thoughts.. i really appreciate their perspective. I still haven’t done a further reading.. I guess I’m too scared what I might see… but when I do I will let you know. Thanks for your support and insight. Love and light.”
When my site is completely ready to switch over to WordPress.org I will be installing a plugin that will allow for a Forum. You will then find it much easier to share your card readings, interpretations, discussions and network.
With Regards to Daily Card Reading Practice, here are two, Billy my partner pulled yesterday. Remember, he is still on the trail of property hunting following the disappointment of The Dream House in Dingle failing the Survey Engineer’s Report. I have asked him to share his own interpretation of these in the comments section of this Post today. I already have my own theories. You are also welcome to offer your opinions too if you wish. But before you do that, I want you to take into consideration one of his Daily Card Readings from last week, which you will find further down the Post.
Yesterday’s Cards – King of Pentacles and The Five of Wands
While he was waiting for me at my WordPress.org training last week, he decided to go for a drive to a coastal town that was nearby in Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland. It was his birthday that day and the sun was shining. He went for a walk on the beach, strolled around the seaside town and had a cappuccino outside a quaint little coffee shop. He had a lovely time and did a little bit of exploring.
When he picked me up a few hours later, he was gushing about how beautiful Greystones was and how he had looked in some of the windows of Estate Agents. He spoke of a couple of houses he had seen and how well they were priced. My goodness, I thought, from Dingle to Wicklow all of a sudden. On the drive home, he chatted about how convenient to Dublin, it was, with trains getting one there in a matter of minutes, yet still being in the County that is known as The Garden of Ireland in Wicklow, and beside the Sea too. We could pop into Dublin any time we wanted to go to concerts or the theatre. We would be ideally located.
I listened and oohed and ahhed in all the right places, but to be honest my mind was on all I had learned at the training and worrying about how I was going to manage it all on my own. I was also exhausted from information overload. We went home and further discussed it over dinner and our usual glass of wine.
The next morning Billy did his Daily Card Reading. He drew The Six of Cups and The Queen of Wands.
He read up on their meanings but was unsure of how they were connected to him. I was quite busy working on my computer so did not have much time to give it a lot of thought. However, later in the day I called out to see where he was as the house was very quiet. I had been so involved in working on my new site I was unsure as to whether he had left the house or not. I wanted a cup of coffee and a break from the keyboard.
I found him upstairs on his laptop looking at property websites. He was scouring through property for sale in Greystones and had already selected a few he intended to go and see. He certainly was spreading his wings a bit and being more adventurous with his property searching. I told him that the kettle was boiling so coffee would be ready, like now!
Back in the kitchen, I passed the two Cards he had drawn and The Queen of Wands caught my attention. What are you doing there I thought but it struck me quite fast what was going on. It was The Queen of Wands who was encouraging him to think outside the box and not restrict himself to the possible rose-tinted idyllic, romantic version he had of moving to Dingle. She was whispering to him about the benefits of being near to the cultural and historical city of Dublin. Reminding him of all the places he likes to go to and the things he loves to do. She was telling him that he might get a bit closed off in Dingle, lovely and all as it is, he might long for the buzz of the city. Could Dingle end up being too far away? I am not sure The Queen of Wands would like to be so restricted. She was getting him to use his imagination and open his mind to the possibility of other places to live. Places that would be fun and exciting, and still tick all the boxes.
I saw her sitting beside The Six of Cups and felt a pang of sadness for Billy. The Six of Cups highlighted how nostalgic he felt about Dingle. After all he had spent many, many, happy boyhood summers attending the Gaeltacht in Dunquin, Dingle where he learned to speak Irish fluently. He had fallen in love with it as a child, and since then has been trying to find his way back to it. He called it is his Spiritual Home and dreamed of retiring there.
I too have my own connections and nostalgia attached to Dingle. It was my son’s favourite place on earth, the place he chose to spend his last holiday before he died from cancer in 2007. For many years too, I have also dreamed about moving to that wild Atlantic coastline where next stop is America. However, The Six of Cups sitting beside the bright and bold Queen of Wands made the imagery look quaint and cute. Would our coloured memories and desire for the dream, in reality turn out to be very different. The Dingle of today, may be very different to The Dingle of Billy’s distant boyhood memories. The Queen of Wands was certainly making him sit up and take a good look around at his other options, even encouraging him to think of buying overseas. Yes, Dingle remains the top of the list, but maybe there is somewhere else he should be looking too. I felt grateful for her presence and the influence she was having over him. I want him to make the right decision and for all the right reasons.
We discussed the relevance of his Cards over coffee and he has decided to do as The Queen of Wands suggests. He will be a little more open and adventurous in the search for his dream home while keeping a tight eye on Dingle too. From now on, he, or should I say we, will be leaving our Rose-Tinted glasses at home when we go property hunting.
Come on Billy, share your thoughts!
Hello to all my Tarot Friends,
Just to let you all know that trulyteachmetarot.com is now under construction. It is open to view but has not been formatted. It will take me about a week and then I will do the full switch over. On WordPress.org, one has to select everything as opposed to the ready to go sites in WordPress.com. This means I have a lot of decisions to make which I wished I didn’t have to. Result, time-consuming and tedious.
However, in the meantime, I will continue to work and post on my current site, this one, teachmetarot.wordpress.com until everything is ready. So please keep using this one for the moment until further notice.
Yesterday, I spoke of the horrors of my site crashing and being unable to get back in. It is now sorted but to get it back they had to disable Jetpack and any of you who know what that plugin is and how important it is, will understand that my site cannot exist without it so I will be heading to the WordPress.org Forum to see if I can find answers there.
So to get back to the practice readings we have been working on and developing, This contribution came through on my other site. It is from thyworkingactor who has been very involved in these exercises. She wanted to share her interpretation on the following Reading. Because the new site is not yet ready, I feared some of the viewers would miss out on reading her excellent interpretation, so I have copied and pasted into the body of this post and beneath her interpretation you will see my comments.
This Reading was originally : The Eight of Cups and The Ace of Wands Reversed
We Then added: The Five of Swords and The Moon for further insight.
“So I’ll continue with relationship dealing with the 8 of cups and ace of wands. With the addition of the 5 of swords and going with my previous storyline I think this is why the querent wants to leave. Perhaps the partner is a bully. Since this is an air card the I would say mental abuse, or lots of arguing, blame pointing. Where the moon comes in I believe that they may be putting on a brave face for friends and family and all the drama is going on behind the scenes, but in reality the fire is gone. OR the person could have already started a romance with someone else with whom they are more in love with. The moon I think can tie in with the 8 of cups. Interestingly enough the moon appears in that card as well. There is a lot hidden, unknown. So I believe that there is a third person whom the querent is involved with. But the current problems presented by the 5 of swords just adds fuel to the flame of what this person will want to leave and be with someone else.”
“If you ever think of giving up acting then there is always the tarot for you. Only joking of course! I love the way you have linked these Cards. Your theory about the Moon and things going on beneath the surface is very Moonish indeed. Secrets, mystery, lies, deep undercurrents and hidden emotions, as well as emotional turbulence. Not everything is as it seems to the casual observer when the Moon is involved. One would need to dig beneath the surface to reveal all that is hidden. Yes, the Figure in The Eight of Cups may have met someone else but but will it work? Will he or she be able to leave their partner or will they be too riddled with underlying fear and worry to do anything about it. The Moon also suggests an unnerving and fearful road that one must travel if they wish to progress and enter the light of The Sun. The Figure in The Eight of Cups will need to be very brave to make that journey. If their partner is a bully, will they be able to stand up to him or her? With the Moon I would be worried about irrational fears and blowing things up out of all proportion. However, if there is a bully involved, this would have been a systematic and gradual breaking down of their partner. The bully would have conditioned their partner to become nervy and anxious about everything.
Then again, if there is a third person involved, and the figure involved in the Eight of Cups is engaging in clandestine meetings and secrecy, they are taking a big chance. What would happen if the bully found out?
I am going to copy and paste this into a post on my wordpress.com site as I am experiencing problems with this site while it is under construction. I don’t want anyone to miss out on your interpretation.
Keep up the good work,”
Vivien (your tarot teacher)
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See you soon,
Vivien (your tarot teacher)