Monday, 6 June 2011

Page, Princess or Knave?

The third day drawing from the Lo Scarabeo Tarot by Mark McElroy and Anna Lazzarini gives us the Knave of Pentacles.  I guess calling the "youngest" of the Courts by this title avoided the Page/Princess debate, but a Knave, for me, not only is male (which these aren't), but also has negative connotations.  I'd have gone with Princess, but what do you think?

Her gold circlet, the yin-yang symbol she carries, her location amongst woods, her plaits, and of course her gender, all link this card to the Thoth deck.  Here we do have an element that links to the Marseilles - in that card, too, the Page has two round golden objects, though his are both identical pentacles.  And what of the RWS?  Her child-like appearance and her position on the card (not seen from below as in the Thoth) connect us with the RWS.  However, the colour and style of her clothing is original to this deck.

She seems grounded and balanced, a little serious, and very much nature-based.  I'm not quite sure what to make of the fact that her yin-yang symbol seems to be in motion - perhaps the dance of opposites?

I am grateful for the learning, both practical and spiritual, that can come from studying nature and the physical.


  1. Perhaps she is moving that yin and yang symbol to indicate that it is only when one recognises that opposites need to work together in perfect balance that one can move forward towards their goals. Just a thought.

  2. I like that, Helen! Somehow, though, I have the sense of her staying perfectly still, and the yin-yang symbol spinning of its own accord. So, maybe about staying calm in the midst of the natural flux of life? Lots of possibilities... :)

  3. the difference between page and princess is huge, I wish the idea of princess wouldn't even enter the realm of low person on the totem pole.
    At least they didn't make her a Barbie...

  4. I like having the Prince and Princess to give that sense of family to the Courts. I agree with you that there is a world of difference between a Page and a Princess, but it makes me think two things. Firstly, isn't it great that, by association, it is the Princess who is associated with studying, while the Prince just dashes madly into situations with little understanding? And secondly, there is the realistic element that, if there is a Prince, in Western countries that has long meant that he will inherit and become King, while the Princess can only become Queen by marrying, or if there is no Prince. Not fair then, but realistic to place the Princess at the bottom of the Court hierarchy.