|Knights of Wands, Pentacles, Swords and Cups: Universal Waite Tarot (Lo Scarabeo)|
What came to mind this time was the question of whether and how I could link Virabhadrasana, or Warrior Pose, with the tarot knights. Given that I was practising a Dancing Warrior variation on the Sun Salute may explain why this particular question came up.
Using this focus to guide my practice, I thought about what energies I associate with each of the tarot knights, and then, feeling my way into each pose, decided which might be the appropriate warrior pose to link it with.
For me, Warrior 1 (sometimes called proud warrior) is about preparedness and forward focus, or even focus straight upward. It is about meeting things head on and reaching for what you want (even if that is calm stillness). So, I linked it with the Knight of Wands.
Finally, Warrior 4, sometimes called reverse warrior, othertimes wounded warrior. This is the warrior who doesn't really want to be one, the lover not the fighter. Here, we open and present our chest, our heart, lifting it up to the heavens. In this I see not just the open-hearted, romantic side of the Knight of Cups, but also the Grail Knight aspect, dedicated to a search for divine love.
Perhaps by flowing between these poses we can help balance these different aspects of ourselves. Or else, choosing the pose that represents the characteristics we want to enhance in ourselves, we can practice it, linking the physical and more character-based aspects and thus creating a bodily-anchored intention. To do this, we could add an affirmation for each. For example: Warrior 1 - I focus my mind and spirit on my goal; Warrior 2 - I am balanced and grounded; Warrior 3 - I plan clearly and move forward with determination; Warrior 4 - I open my heart to divine love. A magical, moving meditation :) What do you think?