Cat's Eye Tarot, and all the Court cards are represented by different cats. Today we meet the King of Swords.
This Himalayan tom looks out at us with wise eyes. He's big and fluffy, but that doesn't diminish his experience and intelligence. Coming originally from the mountain range between India and China, home of the Dalai Lama, these cats have many strengths. What I see here is an ability to survive hardship, a deep spiritual connection, an open mind, and ultimately a willingness to make tough decisions. His eyes are blue, colour of communication. The way he stands in the cat flap, neither out nor in, speaks of being able to see different perspectives. It also suggests a willingness to defend a point of view, and that ultimately he can and will choose. He has a certain gravitas, too, I think.
Perhaps I can use his power of discernment and decisiveness to help with my Christmas shopping. I've got most of it done, all the no-brainers, which leaves the tough decisions: finding just the right thing for those hard-to-buy-for people. I guess that doesn't fit very well with the idea of Himalayan wisdom, though - Christmas shopping certainly goes against the idea of non-attachment. Yet taking time to express our love and keeping-in-mind of others are not bad things.
I am grateful for the internet, a great tool for researching gifts, on top of all its other benefits :)