Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Once More Unto the Breach
In this Wheel of the Year Tarot (Lo Scarabeo, 2011) the Knight of Swords rides a black hose with a purple and gold harness and saddle decorated with the pagan rune for winter. He rides out with sword in hand, and his armour is seriously spikey! Dashing through slushy snow, nothing will stop him reaching his goal.
I see the horse's tack suggesting that the horse is the wiser part of this partnership. The Knight can get carried away by his thoughts and desire to move forward, whereas the horse trusts its instincts more. The Knight is exiting from a portculis, leaving the safety of the castle behind him, heading out into who knows what. But then, that's part of the charm of the Knight of Swords: he goes where his search for information and new ideas takes him, paying little heed to others, or to his own security.
I wonder where my essay will take me today? Will I come across some interesting new information in one of the books which I have just skimmed so far? Or will I realise I have let some idea run away with me, and need to back it up with a lot more evidence?
In the wider world, today there is a public sector strike as teachers and others try to dissuade the government from proposed pension cuts. I support the teachers - they're already not paid a huge amount. I'd far rather see a cut in arms purchases or the standing army. But then, unlike this Knight, I'm a pacifist at heart :)
I am grateful for my curiosity and desire to learn.