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Order is deemphasized by the deck creators' Lauren O'Leary and Jessica Godino anyway: their LWB says

"...the Seer, Seeker, Sibyl, and Sage... are not meant to be hierarchical; rather they speak to different stages of development.
"The Seers are students, curious about the world around them. They are young and delicate, and need nurturance and protection.
"The Seekers interact more dynamically with the world, questing for answers and challenges, taking risks, and trying to get things done. As young adults they lack experience and maturity, but not enthusiasm.
"The Sibyls are the mature embodiment of their suit. They use their energies wisely and know how to govern their realms with ease.
"The Sages are accomplished in the world. They bring a broad perspective garnered by age and responsibility, and they possess great authority.
"In readings, the people cards usually represent an aspect of yourself or possibly your role in a situation. At the same time they may stand for another person in your life. Either way, it may be just one characteristic of their personalities that is speaking to you."
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"Stages" still seems to encourage hierarchy to me; I myself think of "the people cards" (love that phrase) as much as possible as modes of being, none necessarily inconsistent for a person to be in or express, and none sufficient to define a person fully...

As a pagan and feminist, the WS modes of being and gender associations make sense to me, as all possible to coexist in one being in one instant from different perspectives. (Not that one has to be either pagan or feminist for this system to work; but it just seems congruent with my own background.)
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