Inverted Knight of Rods

Interpretation

Inverted Knight of RodsThis is a young man between the ages of 21 and 35, with a lot of fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) in his chart. This could also be a young woman. He or she can be all fire and no follow-through, or completely devoid of passion.

If you resonate with the excessive fire element, you might find yourself fighting. Some of these arguments are the result of your own inaction. You might purposefully seek out other conflicts. It’s important for you to reign in your impulses and desires. You will benefit from taking time to create strategies to implement your brilliant ideas. That is the only way you will attain success.

If you resonate with the low fire element, find something to get you engaged with life. Try one new thing, something that makes you feel a little uncomfortable. It might help relight that fire in your belly.

Interactions

The Knights add energy and movement to the surrounding cards.

Major Arcana

Fool: If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the Fool, they indicate travel.
World: If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the World, they indicate long-distance travel.

Minor Arcana

Eight of Cups (Hearts): If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the Eight of Cups (Hearts in other decks), they recommend leaving a situation.
Six of Swords (Spades): If any of the Knights appear in a spread with the Six of Swords (Spades in other decks), they emphasize the need for quick action.

The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs

The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.

The Rank — Knight

Traditionally, knights represent men between the ages of 21 and 35. Energetically, the knights represent quick action, commitment, and energy.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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