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
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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
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……………………………….
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Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
A Great Big Hello to all my Tarot Friends and Supporters Around The World,
Today I bring you some Great News, well Absolutely Fantastic really, but also I bring you some Disappointing News. Which shall I deliver first? The Good News First I think.
Yesterday afternoon, my Site Stats were moving rapidly towards the 2,000,000 hits marker and I felt confident that we would cross the line sometime during the day or night. Before I retired to bed last night I checked to see, and there it was, already past 2,000,000 and working towards the next by almost 2,000. I couldn’t believe it, over 2,000,000. I was so thrilled and delighted to have achieved so much in so little a time. I sat with my partner over dinner last night, and a bottle of wine, to celebrate, slightly in advance but we didn’t mind. We chatted about the very early days, only two years ago, when I first signed up to WordPress.com and began slowly but surely to find my way around all this Blogging business. I quickly discovered that I could build a complete site along with my Blog and from there on there was no stopping me. We cast our minds back to the initial amazing discovery that people were actually viewing and reading my work. It was admittedly like a building site at that stage, and is still an ongoing building and development project that indeed takes an enormous amount of daily work to maintain and move forward.
I remember chancing upon the Stats Section one day, another area I had to get to grips with. I was almost shocked to see that I actually had Stats and not a big fat 0 as I thought I was working away unobserved. I got very excited and rushed to tell my partner, Billy that people, real people, were reading my work. Someone had found me and there I was thinking I was flying below the radar. We sat and stared at the screen and discovered that we could see where the viewers were coming from. When I saw a list of several countries I became intrigued by the incredible power of the internet. There was little old me, pounding away on my computer every day, sitting in the back bedroom of my house in a small country area of Ireland, while in parts of the world, very far away from me, people were reading what I had just written. It was actually quite scary and I went into a bit of a panic trying to tidy my site. I wrote little notes of explanation regarding my progress and the fact that it was not a complete work, but building. I began to push myself too much, spending too many hours on the keyboard thinking I could complete all the work in a matter of weeks. How foolish was I?
I remember reaching my first 1,000 and feeling over the moon about it. I rarely let a day slip by without writing and I lay awake many nights, I still do, thinking of what I would write the next day, or stressing about something that I had forgotten to include in work already completed. There were, and still are, days where I almost forget to eat, so consumed am I about getting more of my work completed. I turn on the computer in the morning, still in my night wear, eye-mask shoved up onto my hair, and intend to do a little bit before I shower and dress. Then suddenly, before I know it, it is 1.30pm and I think, okay, I will take a break at 2pm for a bit of brunch (never got around to breakfast). 2pm comes and goes and I am oblivious to this fact. I have disappeared into a different timezone and the next thing it is heading towards 4pm and I haven’t eaten, showered or dressed. I may be very disciplined about my writing but I have no personal discipline when it comes to eating regularly and showering and dressing at a reasonable time of the day. Is this the plaque of the writer who works from home? My partner often has to drag me from the keyboard and to the kitchen table. I do try to get out for a walk or cycle as often as I can though for I have developed neck and weak arms from too much time at the computer.
By the time I reached 1,000,000 I had found my stride and now felt a growing sense of responsibility to my viewing audience and now hate to let a week go by without posting. I am under extra pressure at present due to my moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org as there is so much work to do to sort it all out. I really should have made the move before my site became so large. It has left me with a huge amount of work to do on top of writing regular posts, course content, and re-working the remaining cards on the course. I am nearly there however, and do hope to make the final transition in the next month, all going well. This will give back to me the time for actually working on the course content and cards. I have a long list of plans and development for my new site, and once my body holds out, I will be writing for several years to come yet. There is still a lot to be said and new areas to explore which I am very excited about.
What has made all this possible or rather who is it that has helped me along to this momentous stage of my journey? Who has walked with me from the very start and understood the rawness of my site? Who has patiently waited for new content to be added, or the re-working of cards? Why of course, it is you the viewers who are responsible for my being still here and doing what I am doing. I wouldn’t have kept going without you. In fact I couldn’t have got past the first 6 months without having you all behind me. It is a long hard slog at times, yes, a labour of love, but very hard work. Working from home alone and shut off from the rest of the world can be very isolating, but with so many of you stopping by to study the course or read up on a card or a new post, I never feel alone. And of course all your lovely comments and positive feedback have been overwhelming. They certainly keep me motivated when my neck or arms ache from lengthy computer sessions or my self-belief wavers. Because of your fantastic ongoing support I know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and that it’s all very worthwhile.
So, indeed, I look forward to heading towards the next million and welcome all the new visitors who have happened upon my site in recent times. It is great to have you all on board and we can look forward to plenty more tarot related coursework, exercises and articles in the coming months.
Again, thank you, not 1,000,000 times but 2,000,000 times!!!!
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
And Now For The Disappointing News……………
Unfortunately there will be no Tarotscope this month and I apologise to all those who were looking forward to September’s issue. I have been quite unwell the last couple of weeks and especially so in the last seven days or so. This is when I had planned to work on the Tarotscopes. Everything ground to a halt while I was forced to take to the bed regardless of how much I wanted to work. It takes a lot to knock me off form and away from my computer but I have been struggling with a chronic condition that now appears to need surgery in the next couple of months. Indeed, I am since last week on the waiting list for surgery as this recent flare up has been pretty awful. So there you are, that is my only excuse, and once more I apologise. I did however manage to complete the Courts Converse Review and Explanation yesterday, as that too had fallen behind schedule. I am back at my desk once more and am delighted to announce that the revised version of The Knight of Swords will soon be riding into town allowing us to get up close and personal with this dashing and daring young man.
So that is all for the moment and it is back to work now. Maybe I will have something to eat first, and maybe even shower and dress too before I proceed any further!! We shall see.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,
I do hope you all enjoyed The Court’s Converse Tarot Reading Exercises. I am sure you all managed to work out which conversation belonged to which Court Card Pair. The Clues were in their conversations; their words, attitudes, approaches and ideas. The description of their behaviour and how they conducted themselves in the individual snapshots of their lives should also have helped identify them.
Below you will see that I have matched them up and have pointed out some of the more obvious clues as to who was talking to who.
This type of Exercise helps to bring the Personalities of the Courts to life, so that we do not just view them as Cards but rather as real living people we encounter in our everyday life, both on a personal and impersonal level. Working in this manner and by applying our imagination, we should be able to almost hear their voices, pitches and tones from the dialogue.
Here is the correct order as sent in by Marianne. I have simply copied and pasted the order from her comment submitted. Well done Marianne and a rapid response too.
A Residential Nursing Home – Pair 4
Queen of Cups Rx and King of Cups
Media Company’s Head Office – Pair 5
Queen of Swords Rx and Queen of Cups
The location – An expensive restaurant at lunchtime – Pair 1
King of Cups and King of Pentacles
At the Breakfast Table – Pair 3
Queen of Pentacles and King of Wands
A Hospital – Patient waiting to see Consultant regarding MRI results. Pair 2
Queen of Wands and King of Swords
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
The Paired Court Cards
The location – An expensive restaurant at lunchtime.
Court 1 – (Calm and Relaxed) ‘I see you’re not eating locally today, any particular reason?(Implies a habit and routine – King of Pentacles) Have they run out of your favourite burgundy?’ (Implies that Court 2 Likes good quality wine – could be both King of Cups and King of Pentacles as both enjoy their wine.)
Court 2 – ‘Very amusing! You know exactly why I am here and not there. You also know why you are here’ Intense stare at Court 1. (Implies that Court 1 intuitively knows why he has been invited – King of Cups is Intuitive)
Court 1 – ‘Well, I presume it’s not because you were missing your old friend. I never hear from you unless you are up to something. What is it this time and in what way do you need my help?’
Court 2- Nonplussed. ‘Shall we order. I hear their beef is rather excellent. Melts in the mouth apparently.’ (Implies a steady manner and an appreciation of good meat -King of Pentacles)
Court 1 – Perusing the Menu. ‘I think I shall have the sea bass. Please, let me select the wine. You know I have never let you down in the past with my selection. (Implies a liking for Sea Food and a good knowledge of wine – King of Cups)
Court 2 – Raised eyebrows and a hint of a smile – ‘Well you would know wouldn’t you? You must have sampled them all at this stage’. (Implies a regular drinker and consumer of wine. Hints of a potential over-fondness of wine – King of Cups)
Court 1 – Decides to ignore the comment – ‘ I say we go for a light and crisp chardonnay. After all, it is lunchtime.
Court 2 – I am sure it will be perfect. The waiter takes their order and the wine is brought to the table to be tasted. The Nod of consent is given and the two Courts settle into a more relaxed atmosphere.
Court 2 – ‘Down to some business now that the matter of food and beverage has been nicely taken care of. There are shares I want to buy in a company that is flying below the radar at the moment but is due to explode in the next month.’ (Implies a business man who is interested in making more money – King of Pentacles) Read the rest of this entry
Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,
Well, here I am back with some new Tarot Reading Exercises for you. This time we will be focussing on The Court Cards and the Exercise today is to match the Paired Court Cards with their Correct Conversation. As before, I have jumbled the Conversations out of order from their Corresponding Cards.
I have attempted to bring through the Personality of each Court Card via their manner of conversation and their reaction to each other, the issue or situation. Don’t expect it to be crystal clear, but look for the subtleties that will help you identify which Conversation belongs to each Court Card Pair. You may come across some that cross-reference. It has not been my intention to do so, but we all interpret differently and see in a unique manner.
My aim is to bring the Personalities of The Court Cards to life so that you can see them as real life, talking, moving, thinking, feeling and acting people. They have jumped out of the Cards and up onto the Stage. They have assumed their roles for a given scene as dictated by their personality characteristics. The props are all in place along with backdrops. Their lines have been rehearsed and they are good to go. Now listen carefully to what each have to say to each other, and how they react to each others comments and responses. Remember each Court is playing him/herself at the end of the day. They may dip into each other’s territory occasionally, but essentially they stay true to what comes naturally.
I do hope you enjoy this exercise and I will post the Correct Matching Pairs later in the week.
Best of Luck!
The Paired Court Cards
A Residential Nursing Home
Court 1 – Bright and Breezy and carrying a multitude of bags. ‘Hello you’ and Kisses Court 2 gently on the top of the head. ‘How are you feeling today? You certainly look much brighter in yourself. Do you like the new room you are in? It is close to the garden and what a pretty garden, isn’t it?’ Goes about setting down the bags on the freshly made bed.
Court 2 – Looks at the bed and begins to get flustered. ‘My bed, what are you doing. Stop it now, stop’. Tries to get out of chair but Court 1 runs to restrain Court 2.
Court 1 – Settles Court 2 back into the chair and pats Court 2’s hand fondly. ”These are bits and pieces I brought into you. Don’t worry, I will tidy your bed. It’s lovely to see you out of the bed for a while. I told you this new room would make a huge difference. The other room was dark and the colour on the walls depressing. And the garden, just look at those roses, aren’t they the best you have ever seen, such a deep fuchsia mixed with yellow. I think they are a breed of Tea Rose, the gardener certainly has done a good job. Pulls back the net curtain on the window allowing more light to stream in. ‘Look, aren’t they wonderful?’
Court 2 – Looks briefly in the direction of the garden and then begins to get annoyed about the net curtains pulled back. Court 2 waves a walking stick at the curtain and scowls.
Court 1 – ‘Do you not like the light, is it hurting your eyes? ‘There I have put it back the way it was’ , stares out wistfully at the sun on the roses and then settles the net curtain neatly into place. ‘What would you like to do today, a stroll through the garden, I could read to you maybe, or would you like to spend some time visiting in the dining hall?’ Court 1 moves around the room, straightening and tidying. Dead flowers are taken out of a vase and tossed in the bin. The stagnant water is emptied down the sink and fresh water sloshed around, the vase is topped up again and placed back on the chest of drawers by the bed. Read the rest of this entry
Hi to all my Tarot Friends around the World,
After spending the last two days trying to get the Proofreading facility to work on this Post, or anything else, I had to give up. The Service says it is temporarily disabled and to check back in a minute, but those minutes of checking back have now turned into two days. So I have given up and have tried to proofread myself. I know they never pick up everything and sometimes are incorrect but on my own when there is a lot of content to review, it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I have done my best. Whereas I am not looking for anyone to point out my typos to me, I just wanted to apologise in advance. This Post was ready to go two days ago.
INDIVIDUAL HOROSCOPES BELOW
This Month I have taken yet another novel approach with your Tarot Horoscopes. As you know I compile these Tarot Horoscopes not just for entertainment purposes, but also as a means of helping you understand how Cards are linked so that a story, event, situation or personality is revealed. By reading these Tarot Horoscopes you can learn how to weave a story yourself from the associated meanings of the Cards you are presented with.
The Tarot Horoscopes are primarily meant as a Teaching Aid and are not Astrologically Designed. Therefore, there is no need to limit your Reading to just your own Sign.
This month your Tarotscopes have been compiled as follows:
- All Cards are used except for The Court Cards.
- The Cards are separated into Five separate piles. The Four Suits are split so that you end up with a pile of Wands, a pile Cups, a pile of Swords and a pile of Pentacles. The Fifth Pile belongs to the 22 Cards of The Major Arcana.
- The Cards are cleared and put in their Upright Position.
- For Each Reading, I start first with the Pile of Wands and shuffle, reversing a couple as I go. I Ask of the Wands, The Fire Element, what relevant information it has for a particular sign for the month of August. I take the Card from the top of the Pile once shuffling has been completed and place this Card on the table in front of me. I then do the same for the remaining Four Piles, remembering to ask of the corresponding Element/Suit what information it has for the Sign in question.
- When this is done I now have in front of me, one Wand, one Cup, one Sword, one Pentacle and one Major Arcana Card.
- I now take in the whole Reading, the Four Cards. I see a story begin to form. It may be right, it may be wrong, but I do not have any in particular I am Reading for, so I go with the story that comes to mind. However, even though I am looking at the story as a whole, I now want to break up the Reading into the individual Cards so that I can demonstrate where my story has come from.
- Starting with The Wands Card, I begin to interpret it as it is but try to also keep in mind the nature of The Sign I am Reading for. The story sits at the back of my mind and guides me through the individual interpretations so that I do not use every possible association for each Card as I do not want it to come across as a ‘catch all Reading’. The Reading has a very definite story, even if I know it will not resonate with everyone who Reads it. It would be impossible for me to do a reading that would reflect everyone of that particular Sign. So this is more about finding a story in the Cards and then putting it together bit by bit.
- I do the same with the Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
- With The Major Arcana I look to find the Key Message the Reading is trying to impart. I search the cards for connections and links that will give meaning to the Major one and vice versa. I find a way of interweaving them so that it all makes sense. I trust my intuition and the story that finally comes together under the guidance of The Major Arcana Card. This Cards pulls the other Four Cards together and gives the Reading some weight. It adds flesh to the bones of the individual Suit Cards.
- Finally I write up a summary of my observations and why I think such is such and so is so. I explain my connections and demonstrate where the final story has come from. The story is told from the aspects of The Four Elements and the Key Message of The Major Arcana. The summary literally sums the whole thing up and comes to conclusions.
****I must remind you once again that these Tarotscopes are not based on true Astrological Horoscopes where alignment of planets and their configuration is taken into account. Without a specific individual to Read for, I try to interpret the individual Readings going by my gut feelings.
Remember not to take these Tarotscopes too seriously or literally as they are meant for Fun and most importantly, as a Novel Teaching Aid. They also stretch me as a Reader to compile a Reading for each Sign based on the Cards drawn, rather than Reading for an individual who has a particular question or issue. As with any Generic Horoscope, some people reading them will find them very relevant, while for others they will mean absolutely nothing. I do hope you get some enjoyment or even amusement out of Reading your own Tarotscope.
Aries – (Mar 21-Apr 20)
Wands – Fire Element (Work, Motivation, Inspiration, Optimism, Activity, Travel)
Ace of Wands – The Fire Element brings you a brand new surge of energy and inspiration this month. The Ace of Wands gifts you the potential to get up and moving with any plans or ideas you have been toying with. August brings a new lease of life and a wonderful sense of adventure and fun. This may all come down to heading off on Summer Vacation or it may simply be a feeling of joie de vivre due to the bright evenings and warm weather (this side of the world obviously). For certain it is a time to shake off the blues and get out and about and active. Your energy will be high as well as enthusiasm and motivation so make it work for you and do not let this time and feeling go to waste.
Cups – Water Element (Emotions, Feelings, Happiness, Relationships, Family, Creativity and Spirituality)
Five of Cups Reversed- There seems to be a welcome relief as a depressing or upsetting period in your life is eventually coming to an end this month. You will feel a definite sense of healing setting in and a renewed interest in life once more. This card suggests that you have been through a difficult time of late and have not been feeling your normal self at all. This may indicate a time of forgiveness or self-forgiveness. Enough time has been spent in mourning or regretting a situation of the past. It is now time to move on and come back to the land of the living once more. Read the rest of this entry
Just thought I would pop this post off to you as I was quite amused and impressed by the Cards I pulled for my Daily Card Reading on Monday.
I am not going to tell you anything about them. Instead I am going to ask all of you if you can guess where I was and what I was doing on Monday for the Answer is contained within the Cards. Yes, the individual Meanings are valid but it is the combined Imagery and Associations that I found summed up my day perfectly. So what do you think? Take a look at the pictures and try to work it out. Don’t think black and white but go for the grey.
By the Way, I only meant to pull three cards but the Fourth, just jumped out so I decided to include it. I think you will be quite amazed when you realise how accurate they were.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)