Authority, analysis, intellect
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
THE CARD’S STORY BY: FRANK FRADELLA
Growing up, I was obsessed with Greek and Norse mythology, and when asked to contribute, that was my first instinct. But I knew that the pantheons were well-represented, and wanted to stretch myself. Last year I had seen a group of men at a wedding do the Haka dance of the Maori and I found it incredibly moving, so I dug into their mythos and found an amazingly rich culture that I was excited to represent. Ragni was the sky father, and swords being the suit of the air, it was a perfect fit.
THE CARD’S MESSAGE BY TRISH SULLIVAN
Ragni stands on a rocky outcrop. His son, Tāwhirimātea’s lightning fueling him, he is able to be on ground for now. He could use this power to harm the children who sent him to the sky, but he doesn’t. Instead, he relishes the time he can be with his wife. Let your head take charge over your heart. Don’t rush in, reacting to instinct or passion, but instead consider your options carefully. Take advice, do your research and weigh up the consequences. Then make a choice, confident that you have done all you need, and that you’re sure that you are making an informed decision, based on facts, and facts alone. King of Swords can represent an analytical, logical person in your life, or one arriving soon. They are honest and fair, constantly demanding (and giving) the best.
MYTHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: RANGINUI
In Maori mythology Ranginui & Papatūānuku are the primordial forces of creation, literally father-Sky & Mother Earth, separated by their children who force them apart so that they might dwell in the light, with their father above them whilst they live nurtured by their mother. Being forced to live separated from each other causes the Gods great anguish. Unable to live with what his siblings have done to their parents, Tāwhirimātea, the god of storms, makes war upon his brothers and destroys them until he battles his brother Tu, whom he cannot overcome. Eventually the two of them come together and Tu, who represents humanity eats the remaining children of Sky Father & Earth Mother finally bringing peace.
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