Tyldwick - King of Staves


Here is the King of Staves, elementally known as Air of Fire. The symbols of air can be seen in the window (the sky), the eagles and the French horn. Fire is represented by the red marble, red foliage, and sun design in the flooring. It is interesting to note the two staffs/spears that have been seen in the other three court cards of this suit have now increased to four, suggesting a stability in this fiery suit. The heating of air causes it to rise, as with a hot air balloon, allowing a wide overview (much like the height and perspective the eagle can attain). Such clarity of vision is needed when leading/ruling others. He has to make sure his windows are kept clean with Windex if he's going to be discerning. The French horn is an offshoot of the hunting horn. It was used to signal the hounds and other huntsmen to tell them what to do or what was happening. This king enjoys being the leader of the "hunt" because he can channel his adventuresome spirit into a practical purpose. The fires that burned uncontrollably with the knight now have hot embers with staying power and can cook something through without charring it. In others words, he's learned to rein in his impulsiveness. With his love of challenges, this king won't stick with tradition, especially if it is no longer useful. He likes to be on the cutting edge of whatever is new; for him it is exciting to try a new solution to an old problem. Like the rest of his court, the King of Wands has lots of charisma and charm, which makes it easy for others to follow him. But sometimes he gets stuck in the past, bragging about all his accomplishments and adventures, and then he can be labelled as an old windbag full of hot air. He needs to keep that window cracked so a fresh breeze can blow through.



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My eyes are drawn to the heraldry on display: the shield of St. William of York mounted above the king's portrait. http://www.wilfrid.com/images/CofE_Schools/shield update william.gif

Wikipedia provides a connection for this historical figure--the Archbishop of York and a relative of King Stephen of England--to the King of Staves: "a sweet smell came from his tomb when it was damaged during a fire. Nor was the body decayed or burnt in the fire."

This passionate leader is very comfortable with the active element of fire. In fact, challenges that would frighten or harm others will bring out the best in him. He can work miracles! (But he should still watch out for poison in his chalice during Mass) :angel: