I selected the court cards from the Haindl deck - the first proper deck that I bought myself, before I started learning the cards properly - and using a card from Pixie's Astounding Mlle Lenormand as an amplifier.
So what have we got? White Buffalo Woman representing the Daughter of Stones in the West . She does not look like a woman looking forward to the Festive Season, does she?!
OK - let's start at the beginning. The Courts in the Haindl don't follow the traditional Page, Knight, Queen, King format. Instead they are Son, Daughter, Father, Mother. The suit names differ from traditional associations in one suit only - Pentacles equates to Stones.
Each suit is accorded a culture and here with Stones we have the Native Americans.
Depicted as a shadowy portrait above buffalo, White Buffalo Woman. The legend of White Buffalo Woman can be found here. She is a goddess who gives a sacred pipe and its rituals to the Lakota tribe. As she leaves the Lakota, she turns into various buffalo - the lower image in the card.
The book that accompanies the Haindl (by Rachel Pollack) gives us options of regarding the Courts as Teachers and Helpers.
White Buffalo Woman teaches me not to look at the world literally, but symbolically - and if that isn't suitable for the coming season, I don't know what is! She's all about working intuitively, not from books and to respect the visions of others. She urges us to see sacredness in everyday life.
Hmmm - wonder if that means that I should be more understanding of my mother's idealistic 'visions' of happy family Christmas times?
And what of Birds? What do they add to my understanding?
Birds can indicate a meeting or an interview. Well, that's interesting because I'm in the process of setting up a meeting with some local people with regard to my Tarot work. They're to do with communication, chatter, siblings,....and that's entirely congruent with my family coming to visit before Christmas.
I haven't seen my brother in over a year! I'm very excited about him coming to visit - even if it's only for the day.
What might these cards mean if they came up for you? How would you interpret them?