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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.


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?


“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