Meet the Cards: Elder of Air

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Elder-AirThis card is very different from most King of Swords cards. I get a sense of peace here, as though he’s offering up a prayer of thanksgiving. Whereas the more traditional image of this card is a stern man, more fit for a battlefield than a peaceful plain. This is the ELDER of Air and elder is the first thought that comes to my while looking at this card. Whether he’s a spiritual elder or a communal elder or simply someone’s grandfather. I imagine him using his flute to call the children to him for tales of ancestors. Or the lone piper on the hilltop playing a funeral dirge, sending a soul off to the next world. There’s a sense of healing in that image.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

You offer inspiration and clarity to others.

  • Keywords: Precision, Rationality, Articulation, Ethical, or Discerning.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of being cut off from others.

  • Keywords: Overly Critical, Dictatorial, Severity, Sadism, or Ruthlessness.

Plots:

A pied piper retelling? Someone learning to play an instrument? A piper at a funeral? Someone healing through music? Perhaps the piper is sending a message to the Otherworld?

This card traditionally speaks to lawyers, doctors, and politicians so perhaps your story revolves around one of those professions. Or how about exploring the adjustments of retirement?

Maybe your MC is powerful, the type who is a steadfast and loyal friend or a ruthless enemy. What knocks him off balance?

Or perhaps, this is the last man standing. The last of his people? The only survivor of a battle, disaster, illness?

  • Elder Themes: Competence, Authority, Respect, Decision Making, Mastery, Leadership, or Prowess.

Characters:

“I am a song of peace and healing for the world.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

MBTI: ESTJ (Extroverted Sensing Thinking Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

 Elders/Kings are an equal mix of E1: Perfectionist and/or Reformer

  • Self Image — I am right
  • Passion — Anger
  • Virtue — Serenity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Perfection
  • Avoids — Vexation
  • Speaking Style — Teaching or Moralizing

E1 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

and E8: Boss, Top Dog, Challenger, and/or Confronter

  • Self Image — I am strong
  • Passion — Lust
  • Virtue — Simplicity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Justice
  • Avoids — Weakness
  • Speaking Style — Challenging or Unmasking

E8 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

You will have to decide which fits your character best.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Judge, Technical Writer, Lawyer, Diplomat, Intelligence Services, Anthropology, Professor, Scientist, Research and Development, Surgeon, and Environmentalist/Humanitarian.
  • Recreation: Ice-Skating, Parachuting, Gliding, Deep Sea Diving, Svaroopa Yoga, and Anything that allows them to feel unrestricted and free.

For more information on the Elders in general, please refer back to the Elder of Fire.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Elder of Earth

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Elder-EarthWhat, er, who I see is Maria Zannini, though I’m not sure she spins wool…yet ;) Maria embodies this card. She’s homesteading, doing her share to minimize her footprint on Mother Earth. The colors on this card makes me think of autumn. The wheelbarrow is full of apples, speaking to this woman reaping what she sowed. I see gentleness and strength, represented by the deer in the background.

The book talks about the Three Fates: She Who Spins, She Who Weaves, and She Who Cuts the Thread of Life. “She will play each of those roles in turn, but as for today, she spins.”

General Earth element/Pentacles suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.

Light (upright) Reading:

You embrace simplicity and self-sufficiency.

  • Keywords: Self-Sufficient, Successful, Dependable, Realistic, or Sensual.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of trying to prove wort

  • Keywords: Stubborn, Lethargic, Philistine, Dogmatic, or Miserly.

Plots:

What about a pioneer, or homesteading, tale? Maybe a time-travel story. Or, perhaps a commune or native peoples whose life centers on Mother Earth, Gaia.

Maybe a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, or some other tale involving a spinning wheel. Perhaps explore the Three Fates. Or any of the Triple Goddess tales.

How about a self-made man story? A philanthropist? Perhaps your tale explores the flip side, the miser or someone “who is seeking to prove their worth by showing off their wealth.”

  • Elder Themes: Competence, Authority, Respect, Decision Making, Mastery, Leadership, or Prowess.

Characters:

“I spin a prosperous and abundant life for myself and those I love.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.

MBTI: ESFJ (Extroverted Sensing Feeling Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Elders/Kings are E2: Helper and/or Giver

  • Self Image — I help
  • Passion — Pride
  • Virtue — Freedom
  • Narcissistic Trap — Service
  • Avoids — Needs
  • Speaking Style — Flattering or Advising

E2 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Financier, Stockbroker, Investments, Real Estate, Wine, Insurance, Chef, Entertainers, Coaches/Trainers, and Craftsman.
  • Recreation: Weight-Lifting, Body Building, Football, Hiking, Camping, and Anything that tests endurance.

For more information on the Elders in general, please refer back to the Elder of Fire.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Elder of Water

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Elder-WaterWater is a passive element and I certainly get a feeling of patience looking at this card. The colors are soft, yet cool like predawn. I can hear the gentle lapping of the water against the boat. Feel the sway. He looks like a fisherman and “the early bird catches the worm” comes to mind. Something has caught his attention and I can’t help but wonder what. A bird? A glimpse of the Aurora Borealis? An incoming storm? And we have the seal, which according to the book is a reminder to pay attention to our dreams.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

You are a comforting presence to others.

  • Keywords: Consideration, Understanding, Dignity, Protectiveness, or Passion.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

You may be lost at sea, emotionally.

  • Keywords: Obsession, Paranoia, Nihilism, Duplicitous, or Sleaziness.

Plots:

How about a story around that breath of time between dream and wakefulness? An “early bird get the worm” tale? The changing seasons?

A fisherman’s tale, or anyone who makes their living off the water. Perhaps a devoted family man?

How about King Neptune? Seal = Selkie for me but any water related shifter story might work.

  • Elder Themes: Competence, Authority, Respect, Decision Making, Mastery, Leadership, or Prowess.

Or perhaps explore the flip side, in Tarot for Writers, Corrine Kenner says the King of Cups is “a man in a powerful position who could be shifty in his business dealings.” A crook? A hypocrite?

Characters:

“I seek out the wild and magical places that fill my heart with gratitude.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

MBTI: ENFJ (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Elders/Kings are E2: Helper and/or Giver

  • Self Image — I help
  • Passion — Pride
  • Virtue — Freedom
  • Narcissistic Trap — Service
  • Avoids — Needs
  • Speaking Style — Flattering or Advising

E2 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Health Care/Medicine, Ministry, Therapist/Counselor, Education, Fine Arts, Scientists, Research and Development, Customer Service, Navy, and Private Investigation.
  • Recreation: Weights, Iyengar Yoga, Kick-Boxing, Pilates, Swimming, and Anything that allows them to channel their intensity and devotion.

For more information on the Elders in general, please refer back to the Elder of Fire.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Elder of Fire

Generally, all Kings:

  • Wisdom, Giving Counsel.
  • Express the Air aspect of their suit, or element.
  • Correspond to the Sixes.
  • Symbolize the outer/public master, or decision maker.
  • Serve as administer or conserver.
  • For additional info on the Elders check out Tarot Elements’ post: Kings

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Elder-FireThere is so much going on in this image. We have the flowers that look like flames. There are sculls and bottles of mysterious things. We see pictures sitting on the table behind her, almost like an altar. And she appears to be holding burning incense or something. First thought? Witch. Voodoo priestess. But maybe she’s just celebrating the Day of the Dead. She could be a shaman or healer too. I definitely get a sense of wisdom. And challenge. It feels like she’s looking right into my soul.

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

Use your gifts to facilitate change.

  • Keywords: Warmth, Generosity, Nobility, Strength, or Leadership.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of being pushy or arrogant.

  • Keywords: Arrogance, Vanity, Tyranny, Haughtiness, or Egotism.

Plots:

Perhaps a Day of the Dead or All Saints celebration? How about a roadside tribute to a victim? Maybe holding a vigil?

A fire ceremony? Maybe a Voodoo or Wicca tale. Perhaps a tarot reader? Perhaps she is the gateway to another plane.

With Wands centering on spiritual and career matters, perhaps a charismatic leader? An entrepreneur? Or maybe hard work/study?

Or explore the flip side, what about a power hungry leader or CEO?

  • Elder Themes: Competence, Authority, Respect, Decision Making, Mastery, Leadership, or Prowess.

In Tarot for Writers, Corrine Kenner describes the King of Wands as “fair, noble, just, courageous, and romantic.” She goes on to say he has a good sense of humor and likes to play Devil’s Advocate. Perhaps a story about justice or defending honor or practical jokes or arguing for the sake of argument?

Characters:

“I am at home in all the worlds or power and transformation.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

MBTI: ENTJ (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Elders/Kings are E1: Perfectionist and/or Reformer

  • Self Image — I am right
  • Passion — Anger
  • Virtue — Serenity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Perfection
  • Avoids — Vexation
  • Speaking Style — Teaching or Moralizing

E1 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Actor, Entrepreneur, Cardiologist, Director, General Manager, Master of Ceremonies/Host. Publicist, Marketer, Spokesperson, Politician, and Professor.
  • Recreation: Cardio, Boxing, Martial Arts, Tennis, Basketball, and Anything rigorous that shows off what they do best.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Guardian of Earth

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Guardian-EarthI love how the court cards alternate between male and female. This is a very Earthy card, the farmer taking care of his crop. It speaks to the typically female aspect of this card. Having struggled with gardening here in the desert, this card says perseverance to me. This image reminds me of my grandfather, an unassuming man at home in his little garden, patient and generous yet practical having come from a poor prairie family. We have the horse in the background, which according to the book represents strength and movement. “Horse will help with the hard work of farming, yet also carry us on our journeys.”

General Earth element/Pentacles suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Earth.

Light (upright) Reading:

You are centered and secure.

  • Keywords: Generous, Perseverance, Prosperity, Fertility, or Sensibility.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of overindulgence, and reluctance.

  • Keywords: Materialistic, Narrow, Hardened, Rigid, or Conformity.

Plots:

Obvious stories surrounding farming or gardening come to mind. Perhaps a greenhouse or florist? Homesteading? Eking out an existence on an alien planet?

Perhaps, your tale is about another kind of fertility? Or lack thereof?

Pentacles is the money and material suit, perhaps jump on the billionaire train with a wealthy/struggling-to-stay-ahead-of-the-bills pairing. Or maybe a rags to riches tale. Maybe teach the spoiled, born with a silver spoon character humility.

  • Guardian Themes: Understanding, Persuasion, Communication, Teaching, Nurturing, Emotional Awareness, Creativity, Intuition, or Leadership.

In Tarot for Writers, Corrine Kenner says the Queen of Pentacles “is intensely physical, sensual, primal, lusty, and tactile.” Sounds like the ingredients for an erotic tale ;)

Characters:

“I value good health and financial security, and enjoy providing for myself and my family.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Merchants, Business, and Professional class.

MBTI: ISFJ (Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

 Guardians/Queens are E6: Devil’s Advocate, Loyalist, Troubleshooter, and/or Guardian.

  • Self Image — I do my duty
  • Passion — Fear
  • Virtue — Courage
  • Narcissistic Trap — Security
  • Avoids — Deviance
  • Speaking Style — Warning or Limiting

E6 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Banking and Finance, Bureaucracy, Administration, University Professors, Sculptors, Legal and Technical, Healers/Nursing/Care-taking, and Retail.
  • Recreation: Hatha Yoga, Walking, Golf, Swimming, Rock Climbing, and Anything requiring patience which strengthens self-discipline.

For more information on the Guardians in general, please refer back Guardian of Air.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Guardian of Water

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Guardian-WaterMy first thought…mermaid. She looks like she’s beckoning. I imagine she’s saying, “The water is fine. Don’t worry, I’m right here and won’t let anything bad happen.” I see a teacher or guide in that. But I also hear the siren’s call. According to the book, the sea turtle represents “peace, longevity, and the ability to find our way home.” Water is the emotional element but it’s hard not to think about the cleansing and nourishing aspects as well. Queens are the mature woman, the mothers and grandmothers.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

Trust in your intuition.

  • Keywords: Receptiveness, Caring, Nurturing, Empathy, or Musing.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of personal troubles spilling over onto others.

  • Keywords: Hypersensitivity, Fluctuating Moods, Irrational, Manipulation, or Self-Pity.

Plots:

A mermaid, or perhaps Selkie, tale? Perhaps being stranded on an island and living off the sea? Or any sea/ocean related story…pirates, Navy, alien planet. Living on the seashore? Or maybe a swim teacher? Lifeguard?

She looks like she’s squatting, almost like she’s going to give birth in the water, perhaps a first-time mother or midwife. Or perhaps the helicopter mum, smothering her children?

Queens are Water with Water, perhaps an oracle (in the traditional sense) or an empath?

Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner talks about the Queen of Cups representing the perfect wife and mother, and I can’t help but picture a Stepford Wives type story.

  • Guardian Themes: Understanding, Persuasion, Communication, Teaching, Nurturing, Emotional Awareness, Creativity, Intuition, or Leadership.

Characters:

“I trust the waters of love and compassion flowing from my heart.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

MBTI: INFJ (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Guardians/Queens are E4: Tragic Romantic, Individualist, and/or Connoisseur

  • Self Image — I am different
  • Passion — Envy
  • Virtue — Equanimity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Authenticity
  • Avoids — Ordinariness
  • Speaking Style — Lyrical or Lamenting

E4 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Psychic, Healer, Nurse/Medical Assistance, Arts and Crafts, Interior Decorator, Designer, Social Worker, Counselor/Therapist, Chef, and Acting.
  • Recreation: Swimming, Tantra Yoga, Pilates, Running, Rowing, and Anything to help one flow with life.

For more information on the Guardians in general, please refer back Guardian of Air.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Guardian of Fire

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Guardian-FireOne of the beautiful things about this deck is the alternating of male and female images. Here we have a man on a typically female card, and he’s far from a feminine figure. He’s tending the fire, the man behind the scenes of the Fire Festival or the beach party bonfire. According to the book, the Bobcat silently and powerfully channels the life force. The way the cat is watching him, I get the feeling it’s his familiar. I imagine there are dancers, or storytellers, just out of the frame waiting.

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

You knew your own worth.

  • Keywords: Ambition, Popularity, Passion, Vivacity, or Independence.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of being jealous of others’ success.

  • Keywords: Selfishness, Thoughtlessness, Self-Centered, Ruthlessness, or Jealousy.

Plots:

Perhaps a tale centering around a campfire, a bonfire, a fire festival, a reunion. Perhaps a group of friends celebrating summer break? Or maybe an elder telling stories?

How about a story from the cat’s point-of-view? A witch’s familiar. A spirit guide.

Maybe your focus is on the steamy combination of water and fire, an opposites attract story? Or maybe the flash of love at first sight?

  • Guardian Themes: Understanding, Persuasion, Communication, Teaching, Nurturing, Emotional Awareness, Creativity, Intuition, or Leadership.

This is one card where the Gaian book and Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner differ. The Gaian talks about a behind the scenes, quite strength, type of person, whereas Kenner talks about an outgoing, center of attention, person. Perhaps your MC struggles with a similar duality? Even the enneagram is split. Perhaps a shifter tale? What about living a lie or hidden life? Maybe torn between worlds?

Characters:

“I spark creativity in others while tending my own creative flame.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

MBTI: INTJ (Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Guardians/Queens are an equal mix of E4: Tragic Romantic, Individualist, and/or Connoisseur

  • Self Image — I am different
  • Passion — Envy
  • Virtue — Equanimity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Authenticity
  • Avoids — Ordinariness
  • Speaking Style — Lyrical or Lamenting

E4 people are relationship oriented. They are concerned with what others think of them, image and prestige. They see themselves as being for others and often believe they know what’s best. They dislike being alone and may feel sad or inadequate.

and E5: Observer, Investigator, and/or Sage

  • Self Image — I see through
  • Passion — Greed
  • Virtue — Detachment
  • Narcissistic Trap — Knowledge
  • Avoids — Emptiness
  • Speaking Style — Explaining or Systematizing

E5 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

You will have to decide which fits your character best.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Entrepreneur, Dentist, Entertainer, Hairstylist, Make-up Artist, Producer, Ophthalmologist, Neurologist, Performer, and Pro-Athlete.
  • Recreation: Running, Spinning, Strip-aerobics, Dancing, Aerobics, and Anything to burn them out and leave them hot after showering.

For more information on the Guardians in general, please refer back Guardian of Air.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Guardian of Air

Generally, all Queens:

  • Protecting and Nurturing
  • Express the Water aspect of their suit, or element.
  • Correspond to the Threes.
  • Symbolize the inner/interpersonal master, or maintainer.
  • Serve as a nurturer or caregiver.
  • For additional info on the Guardians check out Tarot Elements’ post: Queens.

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Guardian-AirEven though this is a woman, I get the sense of a Buddhist priest in a mountaintop temple. There is a peacefulness about her. A sense of oneness with the universe. I suspect she spends a lot of time mediating. Her gaze is direct and I have the feeling she can see into my soul.

We definitely get the feeling of the Air element here in the colors, the owl, the sense of movement in the clouds, and even sound in the singing bowl. And we have the Water element with the snow.

General Air element/Sword suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Air.

Light (upright) Reading:

You see the heart of the matter.

  • Keywords: Strong Willed, Frankness, Independence, Observant, or Self-Disciplined.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of being critical or judgmental.

  • Keywords: Bitchy, Hypercritical, Vindictive, Hurtful, or Dismissive.

Plots:

Perhaps a quest for inner understanding. Perhaps your MC is a spiritual role-model, an intellectual leader, a mentor? Or maybe a focus on strong female roles.

With this combination of Air and Water this is a fiercely loyal person, perhaps a tale of friendship? Or maybe explore the vaporous aspect of this combination with a foggy setting or a ghost story.

  • Guardian Themes: Understanding, Persuasion, Communication, Teaching, Nurturing, Emotional Awareness, Creativity, Intuition, or Leadership.

According to Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner the Queen of Swords historically represents a widow. Perhaps your tale centers around “a devastating emotional loss, including the loss of a lover or child.”

Characters:

“I declare my own truth with candor and clarity.” ~ Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.

MBTI: ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

Guardians/Queens are E1: Perfectionist and/or Reformer

  • Self Image — I am right
  • Passion — Anger
  • Virtue — Serenity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Perfection
  • Avoids — Vexation
  • Speaking Style — Teaching or Moralizing

E1 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Academician, Conceptualizer, Writer, Negotiator, Editor, Physicist, Aesthetician, Economist, Scientist, and Department Store Buyer.
  • Recreation: Tennis, Dancing, Kripalu Yoga, Aerobics, Pilates, and Anything done with a partner or in a group.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

Meet the Cards: Explorer of Water

What I See:

Gaian-Tarot-Explorer-Water“Everybody’s gone surfin’…” Sorry, having a Beach Boys moment there.

I imagine surfers have to be in the moment, something I don’t generally associate with Water. Yet there is definitely a sense of being one with the element. He even has a dolphin swimming at his side which, according to the book, represents balance and harmony.

On the other hand, Water is the emotional element so I imagine he’s very in tune with his feelings and spirituality and creativity. I’m also guessing he’s an adrenaline junky. He pushes his boundaries, or limits. A rather heady combo.

General Water element/Cups suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Water

Light (upright) Reading:

Others are drawn toward your inner joy.

  • Keywords: Creative, Chivalrous, Romantic, Gallant, or Charming.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of boundaries, respect others’ and establish yours.

  • Keywords: Flighty, Impractical, Escapism, Illusionary, or Addictions.

Plots:

Exploring a new sport. A surfing competition? The book says, “dances on Mama Gaia’s belly,” perhaps there is a story in that phrase.

How about a shape-shifter tale? Or a marine biologist? Perhaps an adventure upon the seas. A cruise? A shipboard murder mystery, or a romance. Maybe your setting is on islands. Or your MC ran away to, is stranded on, an island?

Or maybe your focus is the emotional aspect of Water, a rescue? A quest? Or the creative such as a poet? Perhaps a musician.

Perhaps getting lost in fantasy. Escapism? Or maybe, bring the fantasy to life. How about a dreamer?

  • Explorer Themes: Energy, Passion, Motion Towards Goal, Intention, Focus, Single-mindedness, Idealism, Vitality, or Lust for Life.

Tarot for Writers by Corrine Kenner talks about the Knight of Cups being a romantic hero. A love ‘em and leave ‘em type. Perhaps a story where your MC meets their match.

Characters:

“I am riding the deep waves of joy and peace in my life.” – Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Clergy and Priestly class.

MBTI: ENFP (Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

 Explorers/Knights/Princes are E7: Epicure, Enthusiast, Visionary, Dream, and/or Generalist

  • Self Image — I am happy
  • Passion — Gluttony, Over-indulgence, or Charlatanry
  • Virtue — Sobriety
  • Narcissistic Trap — Idealism
  • Avoids — Pain
  • Speaking Style — Garrulous or Story-telling

E7 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

Additionally, look up one of the Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) for personality traits.

  • Careers: The Arts, Higher Education, Organizational and Personal Development, Public Relations, Catering, Film and Television, Bartender, Hospitality, Musician, and Song-Writer/Poet.
  • Recreation: Dancing, Gymnastics, Surfing, Ananda Yoga, Tai Chi, and Anything playful which nourishes the body.

For more information on the Explorers in general, please refer back Explorer of Earth.

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Meet the Cards: Explorer of Fire

What I See:Gaian-Tarot-Explorer-Fire

Fire dance. I’m drawn to this card, though the mask is kinda creepy. The fire is moving so fast as to appear continuous, almost like a ribbon. She has to have practiced, a lot. I get a sense of daring. She’s focused and, somehow, making a very dangerous art form look graceful. And sensual. I imagine there is a feeling of being in the eye of a storm with the flames whooshing around her.

General Fire element/Wands suit:

Please refer back to the Ace of Fire

Light (upright) Reading:

You inspire boldness.

  • Keywords: Confidence, Vision, Spontaneous, Dynamic, or Enthusiastic.

Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:

Beware of a volatile situation.

  • Keywords: Unfocused, Unpredictable, Destructive, Seething, or Callous.

Plots:

Some sort of Fire ceremony. An erotic mating dance. A sacrifice to the gods. A test. A rite of passage. A quest of self-transformation. A gymnast at the Olympics?

Perhaps, a storm or being caught in the eye of a hurricane/tornado?

How about a pyromaniac? A forest fire? Maybe you see solar flares. Perhaps a tale of survival? Getting burned and starting over? Or maybe, she is the heart of a star.

  • Explorer Themes: Energy, Passion, Motion Towards Goal, Intention, Focus, Single-mindedness, Idealism, Vitality, or Lust for Life.

Characters:

“I dare to be transformed by the flames of passion and creativity.” ~Joanna Powell Colbert

  • Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Peasant or Servant Class.

MBTI: ENTP (Extroverted Intuitive Thinking Perceiving)

The nine-point personality enneagram can also be useful for character building.

 Explorers/Knights/Princes are an equal mix of E7: Epicure, Enthusiast, Visionary, Dream, and/or Generalist

  • Self Image — I am happy
  • Passion — Gluttony, Over-indulgence, or Charlatanry
  • Virtue — Sobriety
  • Narcissistic Trap — Idealism
  • Avoids — Pain
  • Speaking Style — Garrulous or Story-telling

E7 people are ruled by their head. They need to understand the pattern of events, where all the pieces fit in the puzzle of life, and are often detached from their emotions. Their objectivity may hide feelings of isolation or confusion.

and E8: Boss, Top Dog, Challenger, and/or Confronter

  • Self Image — I am strong
  • Passion — Lust
  • Virtue — Simplicity
  • Narcissistic Trap — Justice
  • Avoids — Weakness
  • Speaking Style — Challenging or Unmasking

E8 people are instinctive, spontaneous, and intuitive. Their “gut” feeling is the center of their awareness. They are often direct or territorial. They are concerned with power, ruled by aggression, and may be troubled by self-doubt or self-blame.

You will have to decide which fits your character best.

Additionally, look up one of the Fire signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) for personality traits.

  • Careers: Writer, Crusader, Lecturer, Salesman, Pro-Athlete, Race Car Driver, Paramedic, Cowboy, Union Leader, Journalist, and Explorer.
  • Recreation: Skydiving, Rock climbing, Hiking, Racing, Horse riding, and Any outdoor competitive/extreme sport.

For more information on the Explorers in general, please refer back Explorer of Earth.

Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide

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