I recently read “Divergent” by Veronica Roth (caution – there may be some subtle spoilers here). I want to shine my fangirl flashlight on it for a minute here.
Young Adult fiction or not, this book has set up shop in thoughts for a while – the best books do that, you know. I have a huge soft spot for the character Tris. Even at my age, I straight up associate with Tris, actually. I chose Dauntless over Abnigation when I left the rural and religious life that all my blood relatives hold so dear. Given the same choice that Tris had, I would have chosen Dauntless too. The Dauntless faction is about courage. The knights of the Tarot resonate with this idea too.
The character Four respects the virtues represented by all of the “factions” in this dystopian future. The division of the society into factions by the character virtue they see as being the cure-all for society’s ills in “Divergent” echoes the real life political partisanship that is so rampant today. How do you choose just one virtue to embrace? Humans, at least those with an ounce of humanity still in them, are too complex for that kind of fractured social structure…a caution to all of us not-so-young adults voting out here in the real world.
I love that Tris chose courage revering Dauntless. Courage and the other faction’s values are linked. You have to be brave to be fully honest, to care for others, to face gather knowledge, to be selfless.
Courage is an underpinning to so much that we as intuitives and light-workers value: It takes courage to be honest when a difficult message comes in a Tarot reading. It takes courage to face our own dark side. It takes courage to love.
That is the role of the Knight in the minor arcana suites. The knights show us the virtue of courage, and the virtues of the warrior (the divergents like Tris and Four) compared to the mind-deadened soldiers (simulation controlled Dauntless) or the batantly power hungry and bigoted (Eric, Jeanine). The Knight of Cups has the courage to love, to care, to engage. The Knight of Coins is the courage to face realities, be pragmatic, face reality. The Knight of Wands has the courage to face our inner darkness, to change, to grow, to risk all that spiritual growth entails. The Knight of Swords is the card of the warrior himself: vigilent but not striving, protective but not violent or cruel, disciplined but not obsessive or rigid, and all the other qualities we associate with a true warrior.
When a Knight comes to your reading, it is a call to be real-life dauntless.