|The Kings of Air: Stephen Fry and My Friend Sam|
We have a handsome King of Air in the Doreen Virtue Angel Tarot Deck, riding his unicorn confidently into the future. One of the things I like about this deck is that it is multicultural. Even though the detail is small, I can see the focus in this king's eyes as he encourages new experience, lighting his own way with his lit staff. It reminds me of yesterday's card a little. I'd say they are somehow connected by their readings.
Like his wife, the Queen of Air (or Swords), many concentrate on this guy's negative traits. However, he has many positive ones which can be utilised in a reading. This man is very intelligent and is a grand public speaker, so it would not be too difficult to see him as a professional offering advice. The element of Air is about truth and honesty at best, so he often falls into professions which require the ability to be impartial and help others find solutions to problems. He is often linked to the law, where he needs to offer balanced judgement. As a king, he has experience behind him. This may mean he is well read, educated and cultured. When I drew the card today, I immediately thought of Stephen Fry - a man who is known for his knowledge, charm and wit. My boyfriend loves Q.I. and we often end up watching it. I can see a King of Air presenting a show like that, as he does.
It is bleak and windy out today. My parents took the canopy off of the gazebo the other day as the winds promise to get high. As a little extra research for working with this deck, I read some more of Virtue's Archangels 101 in bed before sleep last night. I won't make this my only resource for learning about the archangels found on the majors, but it was interesting enough to absorb and relax me before sleep. In the section about Archangel Michael, Doreen suggests that we ask him to come into our dreams should we wish answers to questions about our careers. Not entirely sure why I was bothering to, I gave it a go, and was a little surprised when I woke up this morning and remembered my dream. I had 'asked' Michael to give me an idea of where my career lays. In my dream, I saw myself physically drawing cards. I was drawing right onto them as I have done with playing cards in biro previously. I witnessed myself working to some kind of deadline, committed to getting them done. In the later part of my dream, I took on the guise of a House Doctor, helping people to fix their homes for selling. I am obviously interested in both of these avenues, even though I am unaware how I could take either forward at the moment. Interesting all the same, since the second option is not something I'd ever have considered seriously.
Due to one thing or another, I have let a lot of my friendships slide in recent times. I changed my mobile number last year and couldn't locate a lot of my numbers after the change over. I've searched for written back ups but can't find many and a lot are probably now out of date. In some instances, this is not a bad thing. In an unemotive way, characteristic of the King of Air (who easily detaches from his feelings), I decided that some relationships had passed their sell-by; but there is one old friendship which I can't let slide: my relationship with Sam, my old soul mate. Even though we do not see each other so often now, he has probably been one of the closest males to me throughout my life this far. He and I shared so much of our time during our twenties and at one point, I'd spend more nights in a week at his than my own. We'd talk about anything and everything, take long walks and I would fall asleep as he played guitar or read his poetry. Like brothers, we were very in tune with one another. When he went to university about twenty years ago, we both pined for each others company. He gifted me the little acorn shown in the picture above to remember him by and keep in my pocket while he was away. There was probably some kind of significance to that specific object but I cannot remember what it is now. I keep it with decks of cards sometimes, because it represents the purity of our long friendship and care. Before mobile phones, he would wait in the phone box down the end of his street for me to call at a certain time and would write me long letters, which I still have. In them are leaves and pictures and things he'd found during his days at university up north. Isn't this what they now call a bromance?
I usually associate Sam with the dreamy Knight of Water (or Cups), but thinking about today's king, I realise that his cap fits Sam too. Besides, in terms of age, he is a king now; a husband and father of two. My friend has a strong idea of what is right and wrong. As an actor and therapist, he is also a good communicator, public speaker and offers fair and considered judgement. I have been thinking of him for a few days and I think this card is a nudge to try and get in touch again. I have just tried to contact him through a professional website and may have one last search for his number in old boxes of paper and notebooks.
Illustration from Doreen Virtue's Angel Tarot Cards by Steve A. Roberts