Now let’s look at Capricorn in the court cards. But which one – or ones? Different traditions have different astrological correspondences when it comes to the Court Cards, depending on how cardinality, fixity and mutability have been assigned to the cards. As Capricorn is the cardinal Earth sign, I’m looking for the Pentacles court card that’s associated with cardinality.
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 Pentacles. Although the Druidcraft was not created with astrology in mind, I want to look at the King of Pentacles in this deck to see if I can see any Capricornian qualities at work.
|King of Pentacles (trimmed):|
Here we have the King on his throne, dressed in red and green. His left foot rests on a plinth in which is carved a goat. Ah-ha! ... my first link to Capricorn (and as the Queen's throne is decorated with bulls, I see her carrying more Taurean qualities).
This king is basking in the warmth of his home, his castle – the results of the steady, determined hard work that’s allowed him to realize his ambition. The goat under his foot reminds me of the sure-footedness of the mountain goat as he picks his way around obstacles in his way to the top, maintaining his integrity as he pursues his goal. Security and stability have been gained through effort and sheer determination, and the King is now in a position to share this wisely and generously.
Druidcraft Tarot created by Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, illustrated by Will Worthington, published by Connections 2004