This week I'm just going to jump straight into the answers. Love this week's questions by Alaina!
1. What is your favorite tarot card and why?
Depends. The first card that came to my mind was Strength - I have a weird relationship with this card. It's always very important to me to check what Strength card looks like in a deck - if I don't like it I might dislike the whole thing. Oh, and of course it has to be number VIII! Eight has always been my favorite number and that's probably why Strength quickly became my fave when I started working with tarot. My first tarot decks all had Strength as number VIII and Justice as XI, and that resonates with me the most. I make very synesthetic connotations - correspondences need to "feel right" on many levels. And if Justice is not XI it feels like the card is an impostor, trying to fit into a role. I've no idea about numerology (and not interested!) but number 11 or XI visually represents order and justice to me. While number 8 feels like a free-flowing, perfectly balanced strong will and lifeforce. I know, it's impossible to explain what exactly happens in my head when it comes to these things, so I'm just going to leave it at that. Oh, and you know how Major Arcana are associated with zodiac signs, right? So the Major for Sagittarians is Temperance. I don't dislike it but I'm not a fan of this card, it feels a bit boring and rarely relatable. I prefer Strength which is associated with Leo - my Rising Sign (which at times feels very dominant).
Strength from Bohemian Gothic Tarot
But! Other than Strength, I consider a number of other cards to be my faves.
For example, The Magician! It's such a beautiful, meaningful and important card for me. I remember when I first got into tarot I couldn't understand why "everyone" (as in - a lot of people on mainstream tarot groups/pages) associates The Magician with a guy who's gonna trick you, cheat on you, has bad intentions etc. Back then I already had a background of around eight years as an on-and-off Chaote (Chaos Magick practitioner) so me and Magician naturally vibed very well. I quickly realized that he has bad reputation simply because "regular people" are often scared of those social outcasts who know more or can do more and because they are not easy to understand they become easy to judge. The Magician feels to me like the Ace of Major Arcana (it is number 1 after all). Just as Aces are these concentrated forms of their respective elements, so The Magician is pure will, concentrated intention, Condensed Chaos (pun intended). I just love the guy.
The Magician from Bohemian Gothic Tarot
2. What is your least favorite tarot card and why?
I'm not sure if I have any least favorite tarot cards at the moment - haven't thought about it for a while. Looking back at what cards used to be in my "I don't like you" pile over time, I came to a conclusion that it's all seasonal, temporary for me. If I happen to dislike a card it's always for a reason that usually has to do with what I'm trying to resist, what I need to pay attention to, what I might be having troubles with on a shadow level etc. I might not always know the reason at that time but looking back it always emerges and makes itself clear.
I look at each card as a separate archetype and in that sense it's not beneficial in any way to prejudice ourselves to any of them. Each and every archetype is a part of us and our human experience in one way or another. Some of them hold difficult lessons for us, other strengthen us. But all of them are equally necessary and important for our growth and individuation.
3. If you could be a tarot card (live in/personify/experience), which would it be and why?
Queen of Wands, duh! She's my significator card and she's basically me - or I'm her. What does this say about me? I choose myself, no regrets! Guess I like being me.
Queen of Fire from Japaridze Tarot