Thursday, 19 May 2011
In this deck, the Court Cards have been renamed as Youth (Page), Man (Knight), Guide (Queen - a tastefully naked, winged male figure seen from behind, with his suit symbol), and Sage (King). I think some of the Court Cards are really great - for example, the Sage of Swords shows a judge, while the Sage of Pentacles is an older man gardening, and the Youth of Swords looks like a computer hacker. So, this fireman is equivalent to the Knight of Cups. Dynamic, willing to charge in, yet associated with the element of water, this uniformed hunk could well be considered a romantic ideal. One suggestion I see here, which I wouldn't normally associate with the Knight of Cups, is that of putting out fires, metaphorically. This shows the diplomatic side of him, perhaps, able to understand other's emotions and act in a way to calm emotional upsets. I guess this fits with what I often see in the Knight of Cups about being able to say the right thing to keep people emotionally attached to him, without necessarily having the follow-through we might like. The fireman also indicates the possibility of an emotional "rescuer", someone who tries to be the hero and stop others feeling bad, or sad.
I am grateful I no longer feel the need to rescue others emotionally when they don't need it.