Tuesday, July 17, 2007

THE KNIGHT OF SWORDS, with Comments on The Mother Peace Tarot deck

TODAY'S CARD is The Knight (Son) of Swords. The version below is from The Mother Peace Tarot, by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble, U.S. Games Systems, Inc., 1981, 1983:

For comparison, here's The Knight of Swords in The Rider/ Waite/ Smith deck:

THE KNIGHT (SON) OF SWORDS: I pulled a card today on a dream that was "being dense." The Knight of Swords came up and given the dream symbolism I immediately thought "I'm jumping to conclusions!" This thought was abetted by this Knight's penchant for mental speediness. It really brought home to me one level of the dream: how I have been living way too much in my mind. Rather, in the emotions my mind has been creating with its huge conclusive jumps. I wasn't using The Mother Peace Tarot, but decided to post this deck's Knight (Son) of Swords as I have not put up any round deck card here at all yet. More on my thoughts about this deck below.

DIFFERENT OR LESS COMMON, EVEN QUIRKY MEANINGS FOR THE KNIGHT (SON) OF SWORDS: (i.e. the below is not intended to be an exhaustive exploration of this card; a quick google will produce a wider variety of takes should you not be familiar with this card):

Knights in general: have to do with being in or getting in to motion. The Knight of Pentacles is the slowest; The Knight of Cups a bit faster; The Knight of Swords faster yet; and The Knight of Wands the fastest. This aspect may help when dealing with timing issues in a reading.

Jumping to conclusions that may lead to very unwise and precipitous actions.

Misguided defensiveness of one's self or another.

A tendency to project one's own negativity on to others.

Wanting someone else to make the decision, and/or do it for you. A desire for someone to "run interference" for you.

Someone who's distanced from their emotions. This is not always bad, sometimes it helps with dealing in difficult situations.

You are not as isolated as you think; it's the way you're thinking about things that's disconnecting you.

Time to stand up for yourself or someone else.

A person who's a "champion" for a cause or for a person, when informed by heart.

A person who's a "breath of fresh air," uplifting, and mentally inspiring.

COMMENTS ON THE MOTHER PEACE TAROT DECK: It was quite a "trip" to go through this deck for the first time in many years. It was love at first sight when I first got it at least 20 years ago. Those were my own stridently feminist years and I adored the fact that the deck was a round deck, too. Even though the cards took up a lot of space on my reading table, and added levels of complication to reading them as there is no plain upright or reverse but both plus all angles in between. The rather simple art work also appealed to me. The entire feel of the deck was rather "grassroots," or "up with people." (Those years were also at the beginning of my political activist period.) The figures from various myths and world cultures also deeply drew me. Though I have to admit my clients generally did not take to the deck, so I wound up using it only for myself. I eventually moved on to newer decks (I was so fickle and still am when it comes to Tarot decks...:-D). It was delightful to view its still vibrant images again tonight. I suspect I'll have some intriguing dreams tonight. As The Knight (Son) of Swords is one of the least interesting designs (IMHO) in this deck, here's two more that have more energy and impact; the wavy lines in the background were introduced by my scanner; you can also visit the link under "Resource" below for some more images:

[Ten of Wands at top and Ten of Swords at bottom; plate from the book "Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess through Myth, Art and Tarot" by Vicki Noble]

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Resource: Slide show of cards in The Mother Peace Tarot.

‘til next time, keep informing your thinking with heart, and enjoying The Tarot,


[aka: Patricia Kelly]

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