Sunday, 12 January 2014

Dark King

Ah, another deck behaving itself nicely, showing us an Ace yesterday and today we get the King of Swords from the Tarot Draconis (Lo Scarabeo, 2013).

A quite young and handsome version of this King sits on a throne floating amongst the clouds.  He is dressed all in black, with ornate black-and-gold armour.  And while there is no actual dragon on this card, his sword hilt is decorated with a dragon's head and outspread wings.

The King gazes off into the distance, facing slightly leftward.  And it is his left hand that holds the pommel of his intricately etched sword.  The sky behind him is grey and cloud-filled.  Altogether, this image speaks of fortitude and determination: an ability to make tough decisions, coupled with a willingness to take the past into account.

Look how large his sword looms in the foreground.  It makes me think of putting all your faith in an idea.  And yet, there is so much more to both life and knowledge than ideology or thought.  Today, I see in this King the tendency to overthink things, and hence the reminder to be in my body, and in the present moment.

I am grateful for the reminder to live, not just think about it.


  1. If you look at it that way you almost want to say to him: "Get out of that chair,
    hang your sword on the coat rack and do something!

    1. Yes, it's all well and good getting an overview, but if you don't do anything with that knowledge, it's not much use :)
      Hope you had a productive day, Ellen!