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Prince of Swords (Robin Wood Tarot)

Prince of Swords (Robin Wood Tarot)

Today’s card is the Knight of Swords from the Robin Wood Tarot. Wood has taken the air symbolism of swords very seriously, showing us a knight on a pegasus, soaring above the clouds. His sword crackles with electricity. He seems totally focused on his mission.

The knight of swords is an archetype I have some close familiarity with, having often played the role of intellectual crusader myself. One of the dangers associated with our verbal faculty is that of becoming ungrounded, detached from the realities of a situation. The words and concepts can take on a life of their own, and we can get caught up in the internal logic of our arguments and lose sight of the practical, social, or emotional implications of our ideas.

We can almost imagine this particular knight setting off from a literal “ivory tower” on his crusade to save the world from the dangers of incorrect thinking.

It would be a mistake to paint this fellow in completely negative or cynical terms, however. Sometimes ideas do need champions, and intensity of focus can sometimes have a very clarifying effect. Wood has given her knight a face that is more intent than aggressive, more idealistic than dogmatic. On balance, he is a positive figure, a hero coming to the rescue.

Here are the questions to ask when this card appears:

What cause am I fighting for?
Do I need a reality check?
Why is it important to be right?
How do I bring my good ideas to the world?

Moon Goddess - Capricorn

Moon Goddess - Capricorn

Although your calendar may show the Full Moon on Friday, the best evening for ritual is July 17 (Thursday), as this is the night when the Moon is actually closest to full.

Tthe theme for this Moon is “The Call of Perfection”. You may have had some nasty run-ins with perfectionism lately, thanks to Mars and Saturn being conjunct in Virgo…perhaps a run-in with law enforcement, or a humorless petty bureaucrat making you life miserable. With positive intentions and a little luck, the Full Moon in Capricorn can help you process the uncomrfortable aspects of perfectionism into something productive and rewarding.

This Full Moon is heavily colored by the Mars-Saturn conjunction in Virgo, as well as Jupiter’s proximity to the Moon in Capricorn. These energies draw us of out of our domestic sanctuary and encourage us to make something of importance in the world outside. There is a sense that everything will open up and bear fruit, if only we can put the pieces together without lapsing into error or mishap. It’s a good time for magic directed toward your vocation or avocation, to bring an important project to birth. Get as much pragmatic groundwork as possible done before the Moon, and then use her energy to seal it and manifest it.

Affirmations for this Moon:
I create perfection.
Careful work earns lasting rewards.
I am ready for the test.
Today’s opportunity is tomorrow’s foundation.

For more on upcoming full moons and dark moons, see Moon Magic at Starweaver’s Gems from Earth and Sky.


Thanks for your patience during my posting hiatus. I took a trip to Florida that got me in “vacation mode”, and when I returned, I felt I needed to get my main website updated before spending more time on this blog. I think I’m kind of back in the groove again now, so I should be posting more again soon!

Blessings, Tom

The Litha issue of Starweaver’s Gems from Earth and Sky is now available on the web at Contents of this issue include


July 2008