Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Courts in Court | Crime Families | Corleones & Krays

He's going to make you an offer
you can't refuse......
My good friend Viv had another stroke of genius the other day (to see previous strokes, and stitches, visit her blog!) and suggested that m'blog would be a great place to discuss the Courts and chat about their various criminal inclinations.

And it's an INSPIRED idea!

So who do you think are our Corleones? our Sopranos? our Luccheses? our Krays?

And let's not forget those dastardly Partridges (for crimes against music, of course).

Let's set the mood.....





Historically, of course, our cards HAVE been associated with various Italian families - none of whom were squeaky clean - the Sforzas, the Viscontis, the Estes to name but three.

And let's not forget that Mafia gangs are referred to as families!  In later posts (if you like the idea!) we will look at the individual capofamiglia (family head), the soto capo (underboss) the consigliere and the foot soldiers!

From a contemporary point of view, being aware of our Court Families' darker sides can only help us flesh out these characters - either to help us choose significators or to help deconstruct a personality type that arises in a reading.


In this first post, I thought we could look at what sort of crimes would apply to the families generally:

Wands are assertive, active and passionate 

For me, this means that any crime involving violence would fall within the remit of a Wands crime - murder, attempted murder, assault, rape, mugging, physical abuse, torture, kidnapping......

Swords are logical, communicative and largely brain-powered

This makes them eminently suitable for fraud, deception, scams, cyber-crime, trolling, identity theft, counterfeiting, extortion, blackmail, revenge porn.  Although breaches of contract etc are not crimes, but civil matters, I'd have the Swords represent this sort of nastiness too.

Cups are to do with love and relationship 

The darker side of the Cups would mean that any crime against a family member or someone that you have a relationship with would bring in Cups energies.

So crimes such as fratricide, matricide, patricide,  stalking (even if it's a relationship in your head lol!) would count as Cups crimes.   I would count the 'assisting' part of assisted suicide as a Cups crime, although suicide isn't treated as a crime any more (although up until 50 years ago in the UK it was)

Pentacles is associated with home, wealth and health

Any property crimes - vandalism, burglary, bank heists, fly tipping, etc would be Pentacles crimes. Also anything to do with getting cash - bank robberies, shop-lifting etc

Of course, they will overlap and blend, but even if you can pin down a type of behaviour to two suits, it will help you talk about their darker sides:

For example:

- The violent burglary of a family member would tick the Wands, Pentacles and Cups boxes.

When crimes are blended, which aspect would you prefer to focus on - the violence involved? the fact that it was from family? or the theft itself?

Obviously, I lead a very sheltered life and the lists of crimes here don't cover everything.  And your associations for the suits might be quite different - if you regard Wands as blustery and airy, then the attributes of the Swords families crimes would better suit your Wands famiglia :)

Which crimes do I need to which family? Make your suggestions in the comments and I'll add them in!

13 comments:

  1. How funny...I've been watching Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos! Probably Pentacles??

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    1. I am needing to procure myself some Boardwalk Empire as a boxed set, I think!

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  2. The Kray's I would go for all four, they were violent thugs, thinking nothing of beatings, kneecappings, and shootings (Wands) Blackmail, extortion, intimidation (Swords) If you hurt one you hurt all as they were Brothers (Cups) destruction of property for not paying protection money (Pentacles)

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    1. Which crimes have I not mentioned that you would like me to add to the four family lists of inclinations?

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  3. I think revenge porn is a Cups thing not swords.It fits much better with the other "emotional" crimes. After all, if you don't care, why would you bother?

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    1. I think that with all crimes, you must care (about something) or you wouldn't commit them. I chose the Swords because it was a tech crime and breach of confidence - but I see where you're going re the Cups thing....I might change it :-)

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  4. Hmm, Your genuwine serial killer/psychopath ...might actually be a Major and not a Court ?

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    1. Hmmm - that's a fair point. The crimes of the suits would indicate an element of human choice in committing them, whereas yer jen-you-ine psycho is compelled to act. BUT - if you make the serial killer/psychopath a Major, are you committing them to an unfixable/untreatable status?

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  5. Swords for the Borgias - lots of court (no pun intended) intrigue and nastiness in Renaissance Italy. Could be wands as well, as murder was one of the many crimes they were involved in, but all that political scheming and machination pulls me towards the Swords.

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    1. oh well done, Alison - the Borgias!!! BRILLIANT!!!! How could I have overlooked them?!

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  6. I love this post! So interesting! I just read "A Mind for Murder" last week about psychic Noreen Renier who worked/works with police and FBI on cases. She doesn't use tarot but I started thinking about how certain crimes would show up in the cards, about how you would phrase questions regarding suspect, motive, weapon, victim, etc. Court cards would be super important in those types of inquiries, no doubt!! There's always a stage full of people involved in those things, a myriad of connections to explore.

    By the way - I just received my copy of the Daniloff tarot in the mail on Tuesday. I'm already so in love with it! Your site was the first place I saw it.

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  7. Shannon - I am SO pleased that you like the Daniloff Tarot - I promise you that you will not be disappointed with it!!! <3

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