Welcome to my contribution for the Spring Equinox Tarot Blog Hop. The theme for this Hop, or at least the one of the two options that I have chosen, is “Out of the whole deck, what card or cards would you say represent you either professionally or personally?” Before we continue, let me first present you with the navigation links to my neighbours and the master list.
The slight snag with this theme is that I don’t yet have a whole deck to draw upon, but on the plus side, it does give me a much-needed
kick up the backside incentive to create a new card. I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I have had far too long a hiatus and if the Tarot contained a “Procrastination” card, that would have to be the card I must choose. Though, to be fair, there has been a large element of the 10 of Wands at work too*
*Would that constitute a hiatus hernia?
So which card would I choose to represent me? Anyone who knows me will agree that it would have to be from the suit of Swords. Not because I like to carry sharp, pointing bits of steel, (though I rarely go anywhere without a Swiss Army knife to hand…albeit mostly for the scissors), rather that I tend towards logic and objective reason over emotion. This is not to say that I lack emotion, or indeed repress it, simply that I do not allow it to rule me and will step back into objectivity, where possible.
OK, so not entirely:
But most definitely not this!
Then there is my acerbic wit and, often inappropriate, sense of humour – poke life with a sharp, pointy thing we must, mmm! I have learned not to over-think things over the years, mostly with the aid of aforementioned humour, and also alcohol.
Of course, I appreciate that most of us are rather more multi-dimensional and complex than a single card can represent, so I’m focusing on dominant characteristics, which brings me to Staves (Wands) and Coins (Pentacles). Yep, I have some of those characteristics too. From the Staves I get some creativity and (a bit of) get-up-and-go, though mostly I prefer the plotting and scheming part of projects, which is the Swords creeping out again. As for Coins, my love of material things is sometimes enthusiastic, but tends to be fleeting. I do have a strong practical and hands-on streak, not to mention pragmatism and the tendency to cater (food and drink) in biblical proportions. though I think that may all be more Polish than Pentacle.
What of the Majors then? Much as I would like to think of myself as a Force Majeur, I don’t really identify with any of the Majors other than The Star, which is more an underlying philosophical position that things will work out alright, than a reflection of my personality.
To cut a growingly lengthy story short then, I very firmly see myself as predominantly in the Swords suit, but which one? Well, probably all of them to a greater or lesser degree at some time of another, though definitely some more than others. I’ve been to the 3, 9 and 10 of Swords, but it’s not where I hang my hat or linger. Prevarication (2) and excuses (8), when convenient – oh, I just can’t! – are far more familiar territory and don’t pick a fight with me (5), you will lose! My poky, pointy Ace is where I am more at home – I love edjumykashun* and starting new intellectual pursuits. Hence, I will probably be laid out on a slab before I get any mental downtime (4). Finally, I lack the patience for both modern travel and treading on eggshells (6), mostly because…people; but usually I’m not afraid to do what is necessary, even if it takes me (and other people) out of the comfort zone (7). But none of these are really where I see myself.
So let us focus on the courts, the traditional significators. I’m too
experienced wise long in the tooth to see myself as a Page. I still have some of the impulsiveness of the Knight and charge in to the rescue, but mostly I have learnt to take a deep breath first…and then I rush in, if the situation requires some rushing. As for the King, I can totally do the objective judgement, but he’s far too po-faced and sober, not to mention utterly humourless, to be me. that just leaves Queenie. Well, anyone who knows me could have skipped over most of this post as they’d know it was just a long-winded ramble to arrive at the card I identify with most! Yep, I do like the no nonsense, rapier-witted, (verbal) kick-arse Queen of Swords. Sure, she can be a bit on the icy side, but only until she decides whether you are not a waste of breath. Welcome to my, only slightly, ice queen…well, a couple of versions of her. (Neither is me, btw)
The one on the left is a bit more icy, but i quite like the one on the right and yellow(ish) is often associated with Swords. I’ve never felt the QoS is devoid of warmth, simply that she is a bit more discerning about sharing it. So, I’m going to go all 2 of Swords and sit on the fence, leaving it up to you to decide. Ha! How’s that for avoidance?
Which of these appeals to you as the Queen of Swords and which way should she be facing? RWS has her facing to the right, or forwards to the future, as I think of it. I don’t really think of her as looking to the past – she is not very prone to nostalgia or dwelling on the past, so she makes more sense to me that way. (I only had her the other way because that is the orientation in the original photo.) I can turn her around for either colour, so don’t let that influence your choice in that respect.
I look forward to seeing what you think in the polls and please do leave a comment before you Hop onward, using the links below