Monday, 5 August 2013
Fairy Lights Pairs: Knight of Swords and 8 of Cups
Now this is an odd picture. Where to start? In the foreground, we have a body of water. Perhaps it's frozen. Let's hope it is, otherwise that Knight of Swords is doing a good Jesus impersonation. I have no idea why he's out there in the middle of the water, and neither does that faerie stag with the fiber optic antlers--he looks pretty startled. Behind this odd encounter, there's a very large, rangy house with Escher-like stairs and a ghostly tree. All in all, it's a weird scene and I don't know what to make of it! Tread softly as a deer, 'cause you're skatin' on thin ice???
Oh well, I'm flummoxed, so let's look at the individual cards. We've got the Knight of Swords, and in this image he seems less intent on battle than nurturing that small spark he's carrying. Maybe it's that which he's defending, because he does seem to be carrying it like one would behave in an egg-and-spoon race, eyes focused on it. The big house in the background makes me think of institutions, like social or educational institutions, and of course the Knight of Swords is all about thinking and doing the right thing as a result of those thoughts. He's not terribly nature-focused. The 8 of Cups usually stands for moving away from the familiar and striking off into unknown territory, and if that deer really does intend to step off the earth and out onto the ice (or possibly the surface of the water!), then he is certainly moving toward unfamiliar territory!
Okay, so if we look at them together, perhaps it is saying to let our thoughts and perhaps study lead us to strike out into new territory -- new experiences, new thoughts, new feelings. That's a nice message for a Monday. Something fresh would be nice, but it doesn't come to us. We have to discover it and move toward it, however tentatively and delicately.