Incidental Tarot, by Holly DeFount (2012).
For this first draw, I pulled the Alchemist. This would be the Knight of Swords in traditional RWS terms, but I love the fact that, for all the Pages/Princesses and Princes/Knights, Holly has replaced their hierarchical titles with more action-based titles, such as the Muse (Princess of Cups), the Oracle (Princess of Swords), the Bard (Knight of Cups), and the Builder (Knight of Pentacles).
What we have here is a young man, keenly studying a beaker. It seems as though a white bird is inside a red liquid, flying upward as though seeking to release itself. He is also holding a quill (the suit of Swords is renamed Quills in this deck) and writing on a parchment. So, an early scientist, probing the nature of the universe, and perhaps of the human soul. There is also a sun in the corner above his head, suggesting his masculine energy and drive, as he clearly works through the night, as seen out the window behind him.
I get the sense of someone who is intellectually curious, rigorous, and determined - nothing will stop him in his search. In the negative, this kind of single-mindedness can be quite assertive, if not aggressive.
No time for studying or other intellectual pursuits for me today, as I've got Big Boy for a big chunk of the day. Perhaps, though, I could apply my mind to exploring new games with him, or working on his communication skills... In the evening a friend is coming over, and we always have fascinating talks, and might do some readings together :)
I am grateful for the stimulation of every day.