I’m taking a break from the Minor Arcana today. Instead, I’m looking at Libra in the court cards. But which one – or ones? Different traditions have different astrological correspondences when it comes to the Court Cards. Generally (but not always!) these correspondences depend on how cardinality, fixity and mutability have been assigned. As Libra is the cardinal Air sign, I’m looking for the Swords court card that’s associated with cardinality.
|Druidcraft Tarot (trimmed)|
So what court card does this represent? If you work with a system that assigns cardinality to the Kings, you’re looking at the King of Swords. Although the Druidcraft was not created with astrology in mind, I want to look at the King of Swords in this deck to see if I can see any Libran qualities at work.
Here we have the King on his throne, wearing various shades of blue, a colour often linked to the intellect and to the element of Air. He wields a double-edged sword, which could be seen as a Libran symbol, a reminder of the Libran theme of having to cut a way through any tangles in order to make a decision. As an Air sign, Libra is more interested in maintaining balance and order through words, rather than by physical force. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but here I think the sword represents the pen! I could certainly see him as a mediator, able to rise above and see the issues clearly and without prejudice.
The King of Swords is sometimes associated with the legal profession, particularly in terms of truth and social justice. This King appears calm and in charge of things – everything’s in balance, in order.
Druidcraft Tarot created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections