Aeclectic Tarot
Tarot Cards & Reviews Live Tarot Readings Tarot Card Meanings Forum Archive

Fairytale Tarot (MRP) -- King of Wands

  > Aeclectic Tarot Forum > Tarot Special Interest > Tarot Study Groups > Individual Deck Studies > Fairytale Tarot

Master_Margarita's Avatar
Master_Margarita  Master_Margarita is offline
Join Date: 01 Oct 2007
Location: Samsara Central
Posts: 2,040

Master_Margarita's Avatar
Fairytale Tarot (MRP) -- King of Wands

The story chosen to illustrate this card is The Elfin Hill, a Hans Christian Andersen tale that can be found here.

As with so many of the tales chosen for the Fairytale Tarot, I had never read this story before beginning the study of my deck. Because this is a Hans Christian Andersen tale, although it may be based on an old story, it is a coherent narrative, and it is full of charming details, like the Goblin King of Norway's grand entrance into the tale
impressively crowned with sparkling icicles and polished fir cones, muffled in his bearskin coat, and wearing his sledge boots.
The basic story is that the Elfin King throws a big party to which he invites all manner of magical creatures, apparently with the notion of marrying one or more of his daughters off. His palace is inside the Elfin Hill (sort of like Aladdin's Cave as I picture it). I like to think of the Elfin Hill being the destination of the Fairy Hunt (see the Eight of Wands for this tale). The Goblin King of Norway brings his two sons, apparently to marry them off, but he steals the show and selects the youngest daughter because her main talent is that of telling stories (they can all dance, but the Goblin King is not impressed). Meanwhile, his sons have lost interest in the entire proceeding.

This card typically signifies someone who is energetic, showy, and charismatic. The old Goblin King is all that, but there's also a suggestion that it may all be a glamour (in the old sense--that of illusion).

Top   #1



Tarot Cards & Reviews Free Tarot Readings Tarot Books Tarot Card Meanings Forum Archive
Aeclectic Tarot Forum Links
· Tarot
· Tarot Special Interest
· Beyond Tarot
· Forum Library

Aeclectic Tarot Categories
· Angel Decks
· Dark & Gothic Decks
· Goddess Decks
· Fairy Decks
· Doreen Virtue Decks
· Beginner Decks
· Cat Decks
· Pagan & Wiccan Decks
· Ancient Egyptian Decks
· Celtic Decks
· Lenormand Decks
· Rider-Waite Decks
· Marseilles Decks
· Thoth Decks
· Oracle Decks
· List All Decks
· Popular Tarot Decks
· Available Decks
· Tarot Books
· What's New

The Aeclectic Tarot Forum closed permanently on July 14th, 2017. The public threads remain online as a read-only archive and resource. More information on our decision can be found here. Thank you for being a part of our active community over the past seventeen years.

Copyright © 1996 - 2017 Aeclectic Tarot. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy. Contact us.