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Tarot Circle – A Celebrity Divorce

By August 15, 2012Tarot Circle


This week I welcome back Louise to the Biddy Tarot blog to share her two-card Tarot reading on a recent celebrity divorce. You may remember Louise from her popular post “A Personality Approach to Interpreting the Court Cards.” Louise is also a regular commenter on the blog and often shares her in-depth and insightful interpretations of the Tarot Circle readings.

Below, you’ll see how Louise interprets this two-card spread with incredible depth and insight. It is an excellent example of how much value you can gain from just two Tarot cards.

OK, over to you Louise!

Brigit has kindly allowed me to host the Tarot Circle this month, and I thought we might try something a little bit different by doing what I will loosely call a celebrity spread.

There are always so many media rumours about celebrities and I often find myself curious about the truth. In this case, I decided to turn to the cards to see what they might tell me.

So, without naming names (which will add an air of mystery to our undertaking), I have pulled a two-card spread about a famous couple who have recently decided to divorce (no names remember).

The Question

The question I asked the Tarot was, “What has led this famous couple to divorce?”

The Tarot Reading

celebrity-divorce-tarot-readingI drew a Situation card crossed by a Challenge card: the King of Wands challenged by Strength.

The first card tells us the situation of the reading revolves around a person or personality specifically: a strong, fiery male. Given this is a reading about a divorce I’m going to interpret the King of Wands with a bit of a negative slant, as it seems these personality traits are central to explaining why this couple divorced.

Any King in the Tarot is going to indicate a powerful personality. The Kings of the Tarot Court are leaders, they like to be in charge and in command of proceedings; they don’t like taking a back seat. So straight up it’s likely he’s bossy. The King of Wands is the King of Fire, and if these personality traits are central to the divorce we need to consider what Fire looks like when it’s having a bad day: it’s too hot, too bright, totally over-powering. We might be looking at a man who has a big overpowering personality, he cannot stand in the shadows, cannot release control, cannot take a backseat. No doubt he is charismatic, motivational and inspirational, as all Fire types are, but in this marriage he was probably over-powering.

Notice how the King of Wands sits, how he is turned toward the horizon, how he looks like he is ready to jump up and move away any moment. He looks impatient; like he’s tapping his foot. He looks like he’d have trouble sitting still, like he’s always got his eyes fixed on the next thing up ahead. He is going to be a big “ideas” man, with grand plans and visions, and he certainly isn’t the kind to sit at home and take things easy. He might not know how to sit still at all. He might be always looking forward, always on the move, always searching for the next big challenge, the next big adventure. The King of Wands could easily be an adrenaline-junky; he could easily be an evangelist. He’s fiery, he’s passionate, and he can easily get carried away.

He likes to do things BIG, and because we’re looking through a negative filter, we will guess that this guy might do things TOO BIG; everything in this man’s life might be a bit over the top. He cannot lift his eyes from the future, from what’s up ahead, so he may not deal with the smaller details of life down at his feet. He might not even see them brewing until they trip him up. The ordinary and the everyday may escape his notice.

And the King of Wands type doesn’t look back. What’s behind him is behind him, and he’s not going to spend time dwelling on the past when the future looms so brightly. What’s over is over, and he is overwhelmingly focussed on moving forward. This can cause obvious problems if there are situations in the past that aren’t resolved satisfactorily.

Another negative face of the fire type is a big ego. They attract a lot of attention, do things in a big way, are usually charismatic, and people gravitate to them. They can end up with a lot of followers; a lot of “yes” men yapping at their heels. They love to take the lead and forge ahead so they won’t mind this at all; The King of Wands is happy to hold the grand vision and stride out of the room, expecting everyone else to see to the details behind him. Being charismatic he has no trouble getting what he wants from others, and he might not often have to compromise. He is used to being centre-stage, issuing commands, and being followed. You’ll know what he thinks because he’ll tell you outright; he is very forthright and upfront, but he won’t find it easy to admit past mistakes or reflect on what might have gone wrong. He might have a blind spot here. He doesn’t look back long enough to process anything. He’s way too busy looking ahead to what’s next.

The crossing card in this reading is Strength, and it probably represents both the wife in this broken marriage (as Strength depicts a female character), as well as the challenge or obstacle that the couple were unable to meet or surmount in their marriage. Usually I will read this position as a challenge that needs to be worked with in the situation, but in a reading about a divorce, we can safely assume this challenge was not successfully negotiated. In this case love did not overcome the roar of the beast.

So, what can we deduce about the woman in this marriage if Strength depicts her nature, which I suspect it does. She is patient, gentle, probably much more simple and down-to-earth in her tastes and lifestyle than the big, showy King of Wands. There is nothing flashy about the woman in the Strength card; and even though she doesn’t go in for grand displays or loud broadcasts, there is nothing weak about her either.

Outwardly our Lady tames her lion with soft and gentle gestures, but inwardly she displays the confidence of iron-hard resolve. How else is she able to walk behind a lion and close its mouth with her bare hands? She knows her own inner-strength, but doesn’t necessarily put it on display. It sits quietly within her; this firm resolve and iron-hard determination.

I would say she knows who she is and what she believes in, and she may have hoped to have influenced the King of Wands a little more than she was able to.

One of the obvious connections between the Strength card and the King of Wands, is the symbolism of the lion. The lion and the salamander are both present on the King of Wands throne, symbolic of the element of Fire which rules the suit of wants. The lion is a symbol of royalty, and is generally named King of the beasts. Lions are proud, haughty, and powerful creatures and they know it. The lion also points toward the astrological fire sign of Leo.

In Astrological lore, Leo has to learn to use the gifts that he has been given in a dynamic, powerful way in life, for he is an inspirational, radiant, and persuasive personality. He is a natural leader of men, charismatic and enthusiastic, but it often inflates the urge for personal influence over others. Leo can have trouble with his pride, and his ego. One of the keywords for Leo is dominion, but it is not dominion over others that is its highest expression, but dominion over his own unsubjugated forces.

And this brings up an interesting point when we see the Lady in the Strength card attempting to subdue the lion with her bare hands, just as Hercules and Samson had to in myth and legend. This wrestling with the bare hands is thought to symbolise a tussle with one’s own inner beast, or with the faults of one’s own character or ego. Bare hands indicate the closeness of the tussle: it is symbolic of being locked in inner strife with one’s own character; wrestling to overcome the petty, selfish demands of our ‘lower’ self.

What we might be seeing in this reading is the female in this marriage attempting to subdue the proud, haughty, ego-driven “big” side of her husband’s nature. Strength is quietening the lion’s roar, subduing the fiery egotistic passions with a higher power. What she does is ever so gentle; and the lion submits with no resistance, no fight, and no bloody or violent struggle. On a very literal level we could be seeing the wife attempting (and no doubt failing given this is a divorce reading) to close the man’s mouth, wanting to silence his speech. Perhaps he lashes out with feisty words, in the heat of the moment saying things that cannot be unsaid. Perhaps he talks big and lacks humility. Or perhaps he is just too commanding and bossy.

Certainly if Strength represents the wife in this situation, and the King represents the husband, then we can see that they have very different ways of doing things. He issues commands, takes the lead, pushes ahead, seeking the next big challenge, the next big adventure. She takes a much more subtle approach, expressing much more humility, knowing when to hold her tongue and subdue her passions; she does things gently, softly, but has an iron-firm resolve within. She is not about forcing things to happen, she chooses the power of gentle persuasion over brute force. But we must remember that in this reading this approach was unsuccessful. The beast was not tamed.

The lion that needs to be subdued in this marriage appears to the King of Wands personality; it might represent his pride and ego, that part of him that brags and boasts, that has to be the boss, perhaps an unsatisfied desire for fame, fortune, and the limelight, his craving for attention and applause, his desire to be in control, to be followed, his unsubjugated desire for power or influence over others, his need to be right, his ego-driven reactions and motivations, perhaps even his vanity. When the King of wands goes bad it could be any or all of these things, but mostly when the Strength card shows up as a challenge that has obviously been unsuccessful, we are looking at the fact that the higher, more selfless principles of Love, as represented by the Lady, were unable to subdue the lower, more selfish impulses and egoic cravings of the lower nature. In this marriage, it seems that love was in there valiantly trying, but it simply wasn’t enough.

What’s Your Read?

Now I would absolutely love to hear your take on this reading, to shed more light on why this couple may have divorced. Leave your comments and interpretations in the comments section below.

Find Out More About Louise

louise-richard-court-cardsLouise has been playing with the Tarot for over 20 years, but says it took a long time before she considered herself proficient. She has a BA and post-graduate qualification in Applied Psychology and a background in family mediation and counselling. In her quest for the answers to Life, the Universe and Everything she has also studied Astrology, LOA and is a voracious reader of metaphysical literature. Her approach to the Tarot is an attempt to balance intuitive insight with intellectual discrimination.

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