Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Black Swans and New Ideas

Drawing still from the beautiful Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, with companion book co-authored by Barbara Moore, and published by Llewellyn, today's card is the Page of Swords.

In this deck the Page of Swords is a rather lovely, dreamy figure.  Very different to the associations with sneakiness and hackers that are found in other decks, here we have a young, winged female figure floating in a star-filled sky, accompanied by five black, a grey and three white swans, and holding a white cignet in her lap.  There's a distinctly dreamy feel to this image, suggesting spiritual purification, being entranced by ideas, and following your guiding star. 

The cignet makes me think of the story of the Ugly Duckling, suggesting that this Page may not fully trust in her abilities, that she is yet to grow into the fullness of her strengths.  As for the black swans, they reminds me of the logical argument that you can only disprove a theory, not prove one.  For example, you cannot prove that all swans are white - as witnessed by the voyagers from Europe who suddenly came across black swans in Australia (if memory serves).  So, the implication here is about the importance of thought and theories, but also a willingness to be open to new ideas.

I am grateful for opportunities to learn new things.

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