I discovered the talkative side of the court characters when I was creating the artwork for Nine Lives Tarot. Where other Tarot characters fell into my imagination quietly, the Royal family members invariably arrived with a long string of words… My drawing board became a busy gathering of Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages; each happy to strike up a conversation, while throwing themselves into the offering of advice, the telling of stories, and even what some would refer to as the Royal art of Persuasion …
Court card meanings
So, when they appear in a Tarot reading… Do court cards represent a specific person, an aspect of self, an aspect of a specific personality, or something entirely different?
I believe the individual voice of each court card, along with the place they occupy in a reading (taking into account the surrounding cards), will help determine what they are referring to. As they are naturally talkative, they will help you work it out, if you are prepared to listen :)
Obviously, this can still present a challenge, as they speak of this, then of that, while alluding to something else and remaining in a most frustrating way unaffected and possibly even on the proverbial fence, or even worse, in cohorts with someone predictably about to achieve no good on your part: “Hmm, would that be raspberry jam in the corner of your mouth?” I fell for a Knight in shining armour, got swept off my feet to a bumpy ride, where I completely missed the gist of our conversation; only to later discover that the message delivered by the Page was all in code! You cannot coax a King, though he means ever so well with his worldly wisdom; and I know now, that you cannot press the point of a Queen (not literally anyway).
… And then the Queen of Rods finally approached me with all her flamboyance and flair, convincing me that there is a lot more to discover about these charming people of the courts…
The Royal Card Journey:
Queens, Kings and Knights from Nine Lives Tarot are lining up to pose for a deck of playing cards, inspired by Nine Lives Tarot – The Queen of Rods (in particular) believes they will all look fabulous, and has even offered to pose upside-down if it helps…
Creating a playing card deck is to me, an inspiring way to further explore the court card characters, while at the same time creating something new :)
Draft Queen of Clubs and Rods – Annette Abolins
Playing Cards and a Graphic Novel
I went to work on the Queen of Clubs (Rods) and made the first draft (see above). The queen posed in a cloak with clubs for the occasion, while chatting happily and watching what I was doing… I didn’t make her pose on her head though :)
I discovered a sketchbook just perfect for a Graphic novel about the royal Tarot realms. My ink pens are running again and there is joy in my hands and imagination… This project speaks of freedom and excitement, as I don’t fully know where, or how far it will carry me. I do believe there will be plenty to discover along the way, and I do hope you will join me for the journey :)