My first impression, after turning this card, is of a joust gone wrong. Not a little wrong, but the sort of wrong that makes it an excellent comedy. Even on a carousel ride, this attitude cannot end in anything but tears. And this knight, despite all his flaming passion, (perhaps because of it?) has driven his lance into the ground, making him a real Stick-in-the-Mud. This makes his stave, for will or nill, the pivot-point of this journey. And yes, he is going somewhere… or was before it all got turned upside down.
Knights are the champions of their suit. They win battles and bring home the quest. Staves are about energy and growth that can not be stopped. Notice his stave, although cut from the tree, still buds and grows. It can not help but grow – there is so much life inside!
Court cards represent a person in your life. And, as with the characters in a dream, each character is also the dreamer. So, today perhaps you are like this knight. The spirited horse you rode seemed so well in hand despite his surging strength. Now it appears to be crashing down and you will be lucky to roll away safely. It is now the “uh-oh” moment, but much may be accomplished yet. You may have taken a wrong turn (don’t you dare blame it on the horse!) but go easy on yourself. You are, after all, just a champion in a tin can. With all that heavy armor, it will take all your strength, and probably that stick too, to pull yourself out of the mud once you’ve landed again.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.