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The Queen, The Tower, and Me

This post was written by Barbara Moore
on August 25, 2009 | Comments (6)

I think I’m really going to enjoy this whole blogging experience (I hope you are, too!).

So many times an idea floats through my mind and then, whoosh, there it goes. It is never anything more than an idea. But this blog forces me to capture these ideas. Once captured and shared, they can start manifesting and affecting (positively, I hope) the world.

One idea that’s been dancing around my brain lately is this: How would the court cards interpret other cards? The beauty of this idea is that it has many layers of goodness. You get to see a card through your eyes (as usual) and from the point of view of someone else (the court card), thereby expanding your understanding of the card. You get to know the court card in question better…and who doesn’t need that? By noticing how your interpretation and the court card’s interpretation are similar and different, you learn about yourself, your biases, your blind spots, and your strengths.

My first experience with this was pretty interesting. I thought it would be “fun” to use two cards I am not very fond of. Not sure why I thought that. As you may know, the Queen of Wands and I are not the best of friends (see Identity Crisis). And, since I have a fondness for creating stable, lasting situations, The Tower is not my favorite Major Arcana.

Here’s how my experience played out (images of the Queen of Wands and The Tower are from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot):

My reaction to The Tower: Oh crap. I don’t believe this. Do you know how much time and money I spent on that? It was the best tower ever. I imagined every possible scenario in order to make it as safe and secure as possible. I thought I’d thought of everything. But I didn’t see this coming. Now what am I gonna do? What a complete waste of time and resources!

The Queen of Wands’ reaction to The Tower: I did that. Now, what are you going to do?

She, this paragon of unpredictability, this Kali of the cards, revealed a part of herself that is lacking in my own personality. She is confident, dynamic, and brilliant. She is a woman of action and new ideas. I’ve always wanted to be that way and didn’t quite know how. But now I think I understand part of her secret. A little destruction now and then is good for the soul and provides the opportunity to imagine things differently than how they are. Stability may have a place, but it’s not exciting or brilliant. Exciting or brilliant often requires a bolt from the blue and if that bolt doesn’t just obligingly happen, you can always play that role yourself.

Okay, your turn. Don’t forget to share your experience in the comments!

Reader Comments

Written By Joanne
on September 12th, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

I absolutely love this idea. I have not tried it yet since I just this minute read this blog post, but I definitely will. I can see how it would help my understanding not only of the court cards, but also the cards they are interpreting.

Written By Barbara Moore
on September 14th, 2009 @ 11:07 am

Thanks! So glad you found it interesting, Joanne. I’ll be posting another similar experience soon.

Written By Angella
on September 26th, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

this idea is wonderful… i have just tried it and applied it to a simple 3 card reading and it has given me such a different perspective :)its such a simple concept, but very effective once you get the grasp of it!


  1. Sitting Next to Mary Greer  on September 24th, 2009 @ 7:38 am

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