Tuesday 27 September 2016

Stirring the Air - Margarete Petersen’s Ace of Feathers

Well, we’ve finished our journey through the Flames suit.  And with the Autumn Equinox and our ingress to Libra just past, I thought I’d turn my attention to the suit of Swords – or Feathers, in the Margarete Petersen deck.

Ace of Feathers (trimmed): ©Margarete Petersen
What do we associate with this suit? We’re in the element of Air, so thoughts, ideas, … anything that involves the mind. Our ability to analyse, to reason, to apply logic. If we think of air-waves, we have communication as well.  The Swords/Feathers are also considered to be the most challenging suit, and are associated with feelings of grief and jealousy, and the isolation that such emotions can bring. 

Here’s the Ace of Feathers.  Like the Ace of Flames, I see a creative spark in this peacock-eye feather – the colours Petersen has used are reminiscent of a flame.  I like the idea of inspiration for the Ace of this suit – the inhaling or in-spiring of the creative process – a new idea?  An alternative way of communicating?

Feather's eye, mind's eye
Watching, fanning, inspiring 
Stimulating thought.

Margarete Petersen Tarot, AGM-URANIA, 2004

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