Thursday, 10 September 2015

Must be court week - Knight of Coins - Fountain Tarot

Fountain Tarot, 2014 
You gotta love a tarot card that incorporates lense flare. Well, you don't have to, but I do. (JJ Abrams would probably get excited by it, too. If you don't get that, don't worry about it, it's a movie geek reference.)

I'm accustomed to seeing the Knight of Pentacles with his big sturdy horse and heavy armour, and that helps promote the image of him as slow and plodding. But he's not just those things, and this card helps bring out other qualities. The Knight of Pentacles is Air of Earth. He contemplates the physical realm. We can get a strong feel for that aspect in this card from the Fountain Tarot (2014).

Stargate glyph
Here we see the Knight of Pentacles wearing green robes. It appears to me that he stands in the arched doorway of an atrium. Outside, there is more greenery, and a mountain or pyramid. If it is a pyramid, then the circle of the sun is directly above it. It is from this sun that the fantastic rays beam down upon our knight. This reminds me of the glyph from the movie 'Stargate'. In the movie, this glyph represents 'point of origin' and symbolises earth. That works for me. If it's a more ancient symbol, I don't know about it. As far as I know, this particular glyph is from a film. So we have the Knight of Pentacles, dressed in green, surrounded by green plants and trees, contemplating a symbol of the earth element, and basking in the light from the source of life, under the Stargate glyph symbolising the planet earth. That's pretty cool, and certainly moves us away from the plodding, rather 'thick' and slow image associated with the RWS card. This knight takes his time, but it's because he's thoughtful and meditative (Air).

I like him.

7 comments:

  1. I've always been fond of the Knight of Pentacles but now I could fall in love with him. :D

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  2. Ha, your post makes a lot more sense of this Knight of Pentacles than I could. Hilarious that such an "earthy" card made you think of two sci-fi references. Ok, JJ Abrams isn't just about space and the stars, but there is plenty of that, too, and Alias wasn't exactly grounded, either!

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    1. I'm a geek, I watch a lot of space movies. Space movies are very earth-centric. Think about it. What makes you value earth more than being off it?

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    2. That's kinda true. It's also true that many look to the stars for something greater, more knowledgeable, or just for a new planet once we've messed this one up... :)

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    3. Yep, but that's not what he's doing. The earth glyph from Stargate represents earth as point of origin, malkuth of malkuths or some such!

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