It's evident that we live on the edge.
This was a big deal for us ~ this time last year we didn't think we would even make it this far, so we were ready to do something special for each other to reward the hard work and dedication our members displayed throughout the year just to keep the group going. And thus, the round robin one card readings were born! The premise is simple ~ we each drew one card from our own deck and went around the room discussing each card and what that card meant for the person we were reading for. The whole exercise took around 2 hours for a little more then a dozen people and was an incredibly interesting and validating experience. One thing I particularly love about our group is the variety of decks we all use ~ it is absolutely fascinating to see so many styles and mythologies represented in the cards.
One card readings are a lot more insightful then the name suggests. When you do a reading using only one card, you still get the insight that you would from a small spread ~ the challenge is for you to look deeper, immerse yourself in the symbols and colors and characters of the card in front of you. Quite often when we have a spread in front of us, we can skip over cards that we are not entirely comfortable with (and you know you have a few that make you say to yourself “Oh come on!) and focus on the cards that we “feel” more comfortable with, that speak to us more (we all have cards that we feel more at ease with) There is nowhere to hide with a one card reading!!
I like to have a good spread of cards myself ~ I particularly love the 10 card Celtic Cross or the 21 card Storyboard spread. I am one of those readers who loves to focus on the cards that speak to her rather then challenge her, definitely!!!
But in the last year, I have made an ongoing commitment to myself that I would challenge myself with my readings and the cards. So with this in mind I took on the challenge of the one card readings with relish!
In doing so, I have actually become a fan of the one card reading. One card really can bear incredible meaning and insight for someone, and when you look deeper into that card, so much more becomes available to you as the reader. You notice a lot more about that card then you would have had that card been part of a larger spread because you are forced to look at everything in that card ~ the colors, the characters and their actions, such as which way they are facing, how are they interacting with their environment, what that environment actually is from the general landscape to the little bird at the back or the tree in the distance. I will blog about this more extensively very soon as this is one of the most fascinating factors of the tarot world.
The card that I drew as my “What next?” card was the King of Cups.
Oh yes, a court card.
Court cards are among the most difficult for many tarot readers to interpret. Many of us make a face or scream internally when a court card appears in a reading. I plan on doing a blog on the tarot court in the near future as well, so watch this space!
I did groan to myself initially when the King appeared. How was I supposed to interpret a court card as my near future? But, in the spirit of embracing tarot challenges, I took this on with an open mind. And the results were quite surprising. It turns out the King of Cups had great deal to say about the immediate events that have been set in motion and are going to shape my new year.
The deck I primarily use is the Druidcraft Tarot. In my opinion, the court cards in the Druidcraft Tarot are so much more alive, active and articulate then the Rider-Waite/Smith deck. A king in the tarot court is supposed to represent the mastery of the element of his dominion, and for me, the King of Cups in Druidcraft is much more representative of this concept then the Rider-Waite/Smith deck. In the RWS deck, he seems to be floating aimlessly on top of a turbulent ocean and in some reproductions of the deck, almost looks slightly confused whereas in the Druidcraft the King is planted firmly on the rock in front of the ocean and not only is he steady, he is looking forward in the card (in fact, he is almost leaning out of his chair in anticipation), showing that he is looking forward to the future, which is definitely something that resonates with me at the moment.
|The King of Cups ~ Druidcraft Tarot|
|The King of Cups ~ Rider-Waite/Smith|