Margarete Petersen’s Father of Flames sits astride a wall while a fire rages all
around.He looks inscrutable, rather
than charming or persuasive! I think of Nero, above it all while Rome burns... although clearly there's no fiddling going on here, and I suspect the motivation is somewhat different!
Petersen writes, in her accompanying boook,
“Originating from the flame, my mind is a firework...”, and about being “part
of the cycle of dissolution and renewal”. This strikes me as rather Ten-of-Wands-like, but as a King he
would be the final card in the suit, so there's an even more marked ending of a cycle here. As with other Fathers/Kings in this deck, she talks
about cleansing and giving structure.
I can see the ‘end of a cycle’ aspect in the roaring fire, but then most
of the Flames cards have a fire or flame in theme, so if it wasn’t for the
‘King’ sitting on the wall ‘above it all’, I’m not sure the fire helps much
with the interpretation.His pose does
suggest a belief that he can do whatever he wants, even if he’s not actually
doing anything at the moment!Independent and master of all, resolute. Not so sure about the
magnetism that is often associated with the King of Wands - what do you think?