I Like The Different Perspectives That A Tarot Knight Gives Me
The Tarot court cards are my favorite cards because they provide multiple perspectives with a single situation. When we pick a Knight, it may be a manifestation of a younger person, or a person with youthful energies in a querant's life, or the attitude of the quearant, or it may be a manifestation of an event. These different perspectives often make an interpretation of a tarot spread for my querants even more interesting as it lends more depth and focusedness when I answer their questions.
In this blogpost, I will share my experiences with these Tarot Knights who are, to me, the universe's way of flashing you that green light to take the necessary action as you journey towards your goals. After all that planning, dreaming and contemplating undertaken by the Tarot Page in that journey, these Knights are symbols of action, effort and hard work, that will assure you trot along the right path towards success.
For this purpose, I am using the Rider Waite Tarot deck.
Knight of Pentacles
The image on the card depicts the Knight sitting on a horse in the middle of a field. In his hand he holds a coin, and he looks like he is deep in thought while about to plough that field. The Knight governs the element of Earth and is a symbol of practical hard work and routine.
When I meditated on the card and walked into the image to talk to the Knight, I expressed that the field seemed so huge and the ploughing will never end. I was worried about the ability to complete the job in time and I was even more worried that delays may arise due to bad weather, the turning of the season and the lack of resources perhaps.
The Knight of Pentacles responded to me very slowly and perhaps more sagely beyond his years. He encouraged me to take it slow and steady. Dogged determination and focused-ness on the task will ensure that I will attain my goals. He wanted me to be practical with my approach to any issues along the way, and then he said, "Don't be afraid of hard work. Just put in your best effort. I want to see every inch of that field ploughed."
The card resonates with me as I am in the throes of so many projects. While I am growing my practice, Sun Goddess Tarot, with client readings, events and mentoring sessions, I am also preparing to launch a jewelry line. To top it all off, I am in the midst of writing a book. These, on top of my day job, are a lot of work though thankfully I am very passionate about each one of them. My greatest fear always is that I am not doing enough for my clients or my team at work, so I end up taking on a lot more. At work, my team checks my sanity by pushing back on projects that fall outside of their scope and expertise. With my practice, there's only me having strategy discussions with myself about how best to structure an evening workshop for corporate executives on how best to manage interpersonal relationships with the help of basic Tarot and Numerology skills.
However, the Knight of Pentacles had advised me that if I looked up from the reins of the horse and see beyond this field, I will realize that my goals are not at the end of this journey. My goals are actually the sense of fulfillment I get, as I tread along this journey to help my clients, and my work colleagues.
Knight Of Swords
The image on the card depicts a Knight charging ahead on a white horse, whilst brandishing a sword. The clouds are turbulent and the terrain is barren, symbols of the knight readying for battle. Governed by the element of Air, the Knight of Swords is a symbol of enthusiastic actions, haste and open communication which may sometimes even be construed as opinionated in nature.
When I meditated on the card by walking into it and talking to the Knight, he pointed the sword at me and said "Out of the way!" I asked him where he was heading to, and was expecting him, like me, to rattle off a list of projects that he would be eager to complete but all he said was, " to conquer the world."
I was a bit puzzled because that was such a general phrase and definitely a well-uttered cliche. Was he goal-less? Then I remembered Joel who is very much like the Knight of Swords. He takes on every project in his life with sheer genuine enthusiasm, although a couple of these projects were not part of his plans but were just thruster upon his reluctant hands.
One of these is Nursing school. Joel did not set out to be a nurse. He wanted to be in advertising or marketing like me, but the reality of his examination results dictated that he had to be allocated a space in the nursing course, at the local Polytechnic . He overcame his initial disappointment quite quickly and approached the course head on with a lot of enthusiasm. He came home each evening uttering wierd medical terms and talking incessantly about good friends that he had made at school. He pinned David and me down in our bed to check our blood pressure with his new equipment and chased the dogs around the home with his stethoscope. The industrial attachment at the hospital recently fueled his excitement even more and culminated with his sharing with the family, that his aspiration was to establish a private nursing care facility in future.
After all the initial planning, deliberating and dreaming Joel, as a Page of Swords, had done earlier to shape what he wanted to achieve in the future, he had evolved into the Knight of Swords to turn these plans into real actions that will eventually shape his career.
The energy and enthusiasm of the Knight Of Swords is definitely within Joel. One day, I am sure he will conquer the world. I told Joel that the negative aspect of this Knight is his opinionated nature and tendency to make hasty decisions. This awareness will ensure that whatever risks he wishes to take in future, will be calculated ones.
Knight Of Wands
The image of the Knight of Wands in the card depicts a Knight riding on a fiery red horse brandishing a rod with leaves growing from it, symbolizing passion to win and grow. The plumes on his helmet and the tassels on his shirt are red, definitely dressed to win. Governed by the element of Fire, this Knight is a symbol of passion, thirst for adventure and unwavering energy.
When I meditated on the card and walked into it to talk to the Knight, he said to me, "I am going all out to get what I want, the way I want it.". He reminded me of a very young Napolean Bonaparte then who said "Great ambition is the passion of great character." At that time, a documentary on Mark Zuckerberg had just come on TV, and just as I looked up, Zuckerberg was responding to the interviewer with these words "my goal was never to create a company.. But not being just a company..means that.. we are building something that actually makes a really big change in the world."
Well, he certainly did change the world. After spending 6 years as that Page of Wands, sitting in front of the computer just boringly coding away at Harvard, he had turned this spark of idea to bring geographical and communication barriers down by creating Facebook. As a Knight of Wands, Zuckerberg had woven the tapestry of social media, changing the way we communicate and turning it into a wonderful space for sharing ideas, reuniting old friends, finding new friends and expanding a wealth of knowledge and information.
There are also negative aspects of the Knight of Wands that we'd need to be aware of. Sometimes, he can make reckless decisions as an "act first and think later" type of character. I don't want to allow the movie, The Social Network, to influence my thoughts about the friendship between the 2 best friends Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin. However, I see the manifestation of the reversed Knight of Wands in the acrimonious split between them, driven by different business visions and ideals.
Hmmm, as an aside ( and I don't mean to go off tangent from the topic), and while we are on the topic of Facebook, I start to worry that small business owners like myself won't have a chance up against the big boys. I had just come across a post from a tarot reading friend on Facebook that said "ATTENTION Fans: Facebook now requires page administrators to pay to promote their updates if we want our content to be seen by our fans. If we do not pay to promote our posts, only about 10% of the fans receive the updates on the Facebook home page feed. To keep RECEIVING ALL POSTS FROM me, you have to hover the mouse on the "Like" button near our name. In the drop-down menu select "ADD TO INTEREST LISTS". Then create an interest list (and make a name for your favorite sites). When you select that interest list you will see ALL of my posts and you won't miss anything important!"
I hope that you follow the above instructions for ANY Facebook page you care about, and I do hope that one of these pages that you care about is mine at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot.
Knight of Cups
The image on the card depicts a quintessential knight in shining armor trotting upon a horse and brandishing a cup, whilst wearing a winged helmet and shoes, a symbol of creative loftiness. His cloak is emblazoned by fish motifs, a symbol of his being in tune with his higher consciousness.
Governed by the element of Water, the Knight of Cups may be a reflection of a romantic opportunity sweeping you off your feet or a manifestation of one in the throes of a creative project. When I meditated on the card, and started talking to the Knight, I had a chance to feel the wings on his helmet and had a vision of him flying high and taking me with him. I had the chance to stroke the white horse and feel the power within the beast. I had the chance to drink from his cup and feel the surge of creativity flowing from it.
The vision of romance, ideals and creativity directed me to a picture of Justin Timberlake in the local news. Don't get me wrong, I don't even listen to his music but his story emblazoned across the news article has typified him as the Knight of Cups.
Timberlake had come a long way from his Mickey Mouse Club days to be the youngest member of the band, N'Sync, to then go on to a multi-million dollar solo singing career, acting career and on to opening his own record label and clothing label. His boundless energy, multi-talented creativity, visionary ideals all typified the Knight of Cups. It is obvious that his heart rules his career decisions and thankfully undramatic love life. To top it all off, just recently, he swept Jennifer Biels off her feet and married her at a romantic ceremony in Italy. Blessed.
Your Actions Must Inspire You To Success
The Tarot Knights, having come through the Tarot Pages' phase of planning and dreaming are a message to you, to turn these plans and dreams into action. The people you meet and the opportunities you get are all an inspiration for you to leverage the energies of these Knights to ensure your goals meet with nothing but success.
About the writer:
The writer of this blog post is a marketeer by trade, and a tarot card reader by accident. She was awarded a Certified Professional Tarot Reader qualification from the Tarot Certification Board of America (TCBA) and was recently certified as a numerologist in Singapore. A member of the American Tarot Association (ATA) and the Tarot Association of the British Isles (TABI), she is also a reader for the Free Tarot Network and is a mentor for the ATA.
She can be contacted at www.facebook.com/SunGoddessTarot or www.sungoddesstarot.com