It was just a few months ago that we stood before the King of Swords. His appearance in the Legacy deck is very different than in the Dreaming Way. As I’ve said before, The Dreaming Way Tarot depicts people I expect to see in my daily life, even if they’re a bit exotically dressed or positioned at times.
So, let’s reach into daily life this week. When you look at the image on the King of Swords, who are you reminded of? How old is s/he? How does s/he interact with the world? What happens in emotional situations? What about when s/he’s required to make decisions? How does s/he deal with health issues? With children? Does s/he like to be in charge?
Go back and read the post that told you a little about the King of Swords. Now who do you think of? Is it the same person? If it’s someone different, how would you answer the questions in the last paragraph? Are there any overlaps between the answers? You can begin to find your personal affinity to various decks by comparing what you “know” about the cards with what you “see” in the cards.
Some tarot traditions attach specific appearances to the court cards. Of those, some say the King of Swords will be fair, with blonde or white hair, and in full maturity. Others say his eyes will be dark and so will his hair. The agreement is in the commanding presence. As you identify the Kings of Swords in your life, do you find any patterns of appearance? Age? Gender? Colouring? Dress? Carriage? Presence?
Finally, what’s your relationship with the King of Swords? How do you feel when you meet up with your Kings of Swords? How do you interact? Do you like him or her? What would you emulate? How do your interactions make you feel about yourself?