Sunday, 11 June 2017

Gemini in the court cards

Today let’s have a look at Gemini in the court cards.

Knight of Swords (trimmed):
© Universal Waite Tarot
If you work with a system that assigns the mutable mode to the Knights, as I do, you’re looking at the Knight of Swords.  Mutable Knight in a mutable sign – is it any wonder that this Knight always looks as though he’s moving so quickly?!  The Knight and his horse appear to be almost flying, in some depictions.  We’d expect this card to be about change and transformation, then, in the realm of thoughts, ideas, and beliefs. 

Knights are associated with quests, too, so this Gemini Knight is probably searching for knowledge and information, not necessarily deep wisdom but knowledge for its own sake.  As we can see, this team want to find this information quickly before dashing off again.  No wonder this Knight has the reputation for rushing into things, turning them on their heads, and then leaving in a rush!  I’m reminded of the butterfly (which we often see on the trappings of the horse), another symbol for airy Gemini, stopping briefly to gather nectar before moving onto the next flower.  

Easily bored? Another trait that’s sometimes associated with this Gemini Knight – but remember that Gemini is not about the shallow, the superficial; there’s real strength in its intellectualism. He’s likely to say what he thinks, and won’t have any problem in articulating his thoughts in a direct way. 

Prince of Swords (trimmed):
© DruidCraft Tarot
The Druid Craft Tarot has Princes, not Knights, but they express similar qualities. The Prince of Swords here looks as though he’s moving swiftly – the background’s all blurry!  

This can also indicate a radical change, a shaking-up of routines that have perhaps become too fixed, a change in studies or career – especially if it involves the collecting and absorbing of facts and ideas - or a change in the social network.  It doesn’t have to be bad - sometimes a good shake-up is needed! It’s all about stimulating and developing the mind – Gemini at work!

Knight of Swords (trimmed):
© Shadowscapes Tarot
I’m intrigued by the fact that this is the only one of the DruidCraft’s Princes whose horse wears a protective mask. The Prince carries a shield, although the Prince of Pentacles does too, so he’s not alone there.  I wonder if the spikes on the horse’s headgear and the sword and shield the Prince wields are for pushing the boundaries of his intellect (hence HEAD-gear) – a Gemini concept if ever there was! Or perhaps sword and shield represent the yang and yin and the marrying of opposites we saw in the Lovers.  This ‘union’ is also represented by the horse and rider appearing to be a single entity.  We need this balance, this union, in order to forge ahead and find what we seek on our quest.

The Shadowscapes gives us another knight, rushing headlong into conflict to defend what he believes in, slicing through the stormy sky with his sword, heading upwards towards the light. “Piercing the chaos”, as The Shadowscapes Companion (Stephanie Pui-Man Law and Barbara Moore, Llewellyn Publications) puts it.

Knight of Swords (trimmed):
© Thoth Tarot
The search for knowledge can also indicate a change in studies, or even career, if it involves the collecting and absorption of facts and ideas – developing the mind.  He’s a seeker – of knowledge.  It’s about ‘goal-oriented mental activity’, to quote Gerd Ziegler (Tarot: Mirror of the Soul,published by Weiser Books). 

Quick-thinking (Mercury, ‘quicksilver’, rules Gemini) and imaginative, this Knight combines strong intellect with emotional perceptiveness.  In the Thoth image, we see two swords of different lengths, symbolizing the yin and the yang, and the need to keep a balance (the ‘marrying’ of opposites we looked at in The Lovers). This ‘union’ is also represented by the horse and rider appearing to be a single entity.  We need this balance, this union, in order to forge ahead and find what we seek on our quest. 

DruidCraft Tarot created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections

Shadowscapes Tarot created by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law and Barbara Moore, published by Llewellyn

Thoth Tarot created by Aleister Crowley, illustrated by Lady Frieda Harris. Published by US Games Systems Inc.

Universal Waite Tarot created by Mary Hanson-Roberts & Pamela Colman-Smith, published by US Games Systems, Inc.

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