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Here we have the King of Swords, associated with the ruins of Glastonbury. A bearded old man stands at the base of a hill on which we see ruins, with a tower at the top, and a path leading up to it.
In fact, this seems to be a melange of the ruins at Glastonbury Tor with those of Glastonbury Abbey. While there are claims that Glastonbury is the site of the Apple Isle - Avalon, from the Arthurian myth - there is not much evidence of this. Still, it has become a centre of New Age shops, centres, therapists, spirituality, and of course music festivals. In a somewhat bizarre twist, it is also a pilgimage site for Christians.
I guess the card is suggesting, with this wise-looking old man, the Druids of yore on Avalon, with their great learning and wisdom. Or he could be a pilgrim or priest, drawn to the site where Joseph of Arimathea is said to have brought Jesus. In either case, someone of wisdom and devotion, book-learning and experience.
As for me, today is a Bank Holiday here in the UK. In terms of putting my mind to use, I'm hoping it'll give me a little time to write a couple of reviews I've promised for the TABI Ezine :) As for pilgrimages, we may make one to a modern phenomenon - the Bank Holiday weekend fairground ;D
I am grateful for blue skies.