Friday, 17 April 2015
Wings of Change Courts
Still, in the decks I've created I always include the playing card associations on the cards in some way. And with the Wings of Change Lenormand (self-published, 2015), I planned in another level of symbolism for the Court cards.
One of the design concepts for these cards, because of the faery theme, was that each card included a faery creature on it, while still making the 'subject' of the card clear. So, for the Court cards there is always a person on the card who can be taken as the playing card Court. Seeing which way they are facing can add extra depth to a reading. For instance, if the Queen of Hearts is facing away from the rest of the spread, perhaps there is a level of disinterest or emotional blindness there...
In this example, with three Courts, we might say that progress away from a negative situation , addiction or an argumentative relationship, comes through moving towards greater harmony. The advice from the directionality of the Courts links closely with the interpretation - the Queen of Hearts (Stork) faces the King of Spades (Lily) and away from the Jack of Clubs (Birch Rods). You could also note that the King of Spades on the Lily card does not look to either side, he focuses inward, on the present moment. That is good advice if you are trying to find a more harmonious way of responding to something!
Another example, with just one Court card, shows Book, Fish and Anchor. Getting into the flow of research might be feeling like hard work. Perhaps we could look to the playing card association for some suggestions. The King of Diamonds (Fish) is facing towards the Book and away from the Anchor. A need to focus on the joy of what can be learned, or perhaps its financial benefits, rather than on how much time and effort it will take :)
Another aspect of the fae on the Court cards is that I therefore made the Kings and Jacks male fae. In a spread, they can be spotted quickly, acting as a reminder of the 'person' interpretations, as well as giving the additional playing card and directional symbolism. For instance, the House is associated with the King of Hearts, and can represent a father-figure, a househusband, or a man who's handy to have around the house :)