This week in Tarot 4 Tyson…
- The Past – Four of Swords
- The Present – Page of Wands
- The Future – Knight of Cups (reversed)
- The Outcome – Queen of Pentacles (reversed)
For this week’s spread I decided to use my new Original Rider Waite Smith Deck instead of my regular Rider Waite Smith that I had been using previously. I find the printing for this deck and the colors to be more appealing most of the time. However, I feel some cards have indeed lost some of their beauty and presence while others have really come to life in this version of the deck done by Pamela Colman Smith over a hundred years ago. But I don’t think you came for the tarot review or a history lesson did you Doctor? Doctor sounds so formal, and I’m not requesting a physical examination from you so could I just refer to you as Mr. PhD. instead? Cool. Thanks.
In this layout we have a card from each suit and three out of the four cards are court cards which to me denotes a slight disharmony in the energies, while at the same time the variety of card types may allow for some fruitful mixing.
The Four of Swords is unfortunately a somber card as we see a person laying at rest or possibly deceased laying in a tomb like space. It’s tough to determine which the case may be because we are not given any indication of his or her condition like with the presence of a skull or perhaps a death certificate. What we do have, is an image of stillness, reservation, and possibly defeat.
The Page of Wands stands facing the other two cards while acting as a steward or separator for the Four of Swords. When we consult the texts, the Page is said to be a young man, possibly a lover or suitor looking for a young lady. This could be a boyfriend of this woman or someone who wishes her hand in marriage. If this were the case then perhaps the individual depicted in the Four of Swords is approving of this union. The Page could then be pleading with the Knight of Cups and the Queen of Pentacles one of whom is listening while the other looks away.
According to the text, the Knight of Cups is bringing something to the situation. Some texts speak of money while others speak of a message. Since he is of the suit of Cups I think what he is bringing is emotionally based, but his reversed nature could imply an imperfect emotion or he is reversed so that he can face the cards on the left.
The Queen of Pentacles looks away from the others. The text tells of gifts, riches, and perhaps a marriage for a young man. If she is reversed the text says that she denotes illness, but I do not think this is the case.
If we look at this spread as a one moment, then we see a funeral viewing where the Page is welcoming two visitors to see the deceased. The Knight walks forward while the Queen is reluctantly looking away.
Regardless we have three individuals depicted who are coming from opposite sides of a situation and who do not see eye to eye. There is conflict here, but conflict which I think can work itself out rather easily if given the opportunity. Cheers!
Mr. PhD. Neil DeGrasse Tyson, is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. – (Wikipedia)
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