This is the second part of my Star Wars Tarot post, the first part can be found here: Episode1
Episode 1 showed some of the Major Arcana and discussed a few of the specific cards and how they relate to the traditional Rider-Waite deck. This post will be similar, but will highlight the Minor Arcana.
So the main reason why I chose the deck I did for the creation of the Star Wars Minor Arcana is because of two things; the Pictures are great and every card image is unique, second each card along with an image has an individual quote from the films. Tarot is about symbolism and the images are very important, not just for the reader but also the querent – If there’s one thing that’s important to Tarot it’s the images and what they represent. Now, being that I’m creating a deck here from cards that have been massed produced without the intention of holding any symbolism other than for mundane play not all the cards excel at presenting the ideas found in the Tarot…but surprisingly most do, and hit the mark dead on.
When I use normal playing cards as a Tarot stand-in my system of correspondence is this: Wands=Clubs, Pentacles=Diamonds, Cups=Hearts, and Swords=Spades. This makes sense to me, but I have seen other correspondences around and in books, but this works well and with the Star Wars deck it works to near perfection. As long as you understand the correspondences you have assigned to the deck prior to readings you’ll be fine, I’m not one to get to caught up with how things “should be”, my main goal is that things work.
Here’s an example of some of the cards
7 of Cups/Hearts
9 of Swords/Spades
Ace of Swords/Spades
Ace of Wands/Clubs
10 of Pentacles/Diamonds
Queen of Pentacles/Diamonds
Highlights from the Minor Arcana:
The Six of Cups: Generally this is a card showing Hopes rejuvenated, recreated, or returning. Leia being saved here by Luke is representative of that hope. This is the first meeting of the two siblings and the card details well the turning point in the first film and in the Saga – A new beginning.
The Seven of Cups: This card has to do with wishful thinking and/or illusions that come from within and effect our lives. Obi-wan and Anakin are meeting for the first time in the card image and it’s fairly easy to embed the traditional meaning onto this card. Both Anakin and Obi-Wan can be seen here as harboring thoughts and feelings about the other that are illusory…both immediately as in the scene presented and down the road as their relationship evolves.
Nine of Wands: I won’t get into this card to much. Resolve – plain and simple
Ace of Wands: Vadar here with the super statement that had fans quaking. Motivation and actions of Determination are what this card is about. Both themes are readily seen here. Vadars motivation is apparent, and he is Determined to push his will onto the Galaxy and onto his son.
King of Swords: Force of Will. It’s important to know that Swords as a suit represents mental aspects of the self. Here Palpatine in full Sith transformation mode represents the complete ruler of his will, no longer hiding, no longer a shadow of the man he was…he is fully truthful to himself and others and therefore an honest being. Good or bad do not factor in here…the King of Swords is beyond such things.
Ace of Swords: Luke in Episode 1, about to work his magic. Swords, again is about mentality. The Ace of any suit holds the purified intention and meaning of the whole suit. This card is about the Clarity of Intent. To me the Ace also signifies intellectual clarity…and Luke, recognizing the power of the Force, here for the first time, is shown clearly understanding the Force as real and intellectually accepting the peace and calm that comes from that knowledge.
The Ten of Pentacles: This card is about wise investment, having the insight to look to the future and understand the need for prudent management of the present leading to beneficial consequences. Here Luke confronts Vadar in Episode 6 with all the wisdom he has been granted by his teachers…easy to see the meaning here.
Queen of Pentacles: For me the Queen of Pents is about earthly intuition. This intuition relates to money, physical life, and material based wisdom. Amidala is a ruler and knows the burden of understanding, body and soul, the needs of her kingdom and people. She must make intuitive choices that come from within based on her compassion for her planet – choices that are made quickly.
This deck is used and quite frequently. On thing with this deck is that it has no Knights being that playing card decks don’t have Knights. Not a big deal in my opinion, but others may have a problem with this. The power of decks like these that hold common social imagery readily recognizable by most in our modern culture is that the querent brings to the table her/his own ideas of the scenes and characters displayed. Not only are my interpretations in play, but also the person getting the reading. I enjoy this aspect of reading, it’s a two way street and a conversation instead of merely me as the reader interpreting cards.
If you would like a reading with these cards give me a buzz at risinginsight at gmail.com