|He's going to make you an offer|
you can't refuse......
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).
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:
- 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!