Amanda: Hi there, Folks! It's so wonderful to be back! What a year 2015 has been for both the Talking Tarot Talkshow and Hidden Moon Tarot!
And I just couldn't wait for today's guest. I've been excited to have this lady on our show for a long time now. Please welcome none other than the Queen of Swords!
(applause, whoops, hollers)
Queen of Swords: Hello, Amanda, it is a pleasure to be here.
Amanda: Oh, the pleasure is all mine! I've been a fan of yours for a very long time. Please, tell us what you've been up to lately.
Queen of Swords: Well, I've just been devoting most of my energy to my advice column in the Earth News Gazette. My column runs every Wednesday and Friday, and it very much keeps me busy.
Amanda: I can imagine. I recently read that you had 3 million followers on Twitter! What's the secret behind your success?
Queen of Swords: It's a melange of things, really. First, you must communicate clearly to your audience. I do not mince words. If I must relay a tough message, I do so in the most direct way possible. You never want someone getting confused about something you say.
Amanda: Oh, I get that. As a Tarot reader, I know that clear and concise language is best. If your language gets too flowery, your message may get lost.
Queen of Swords: Precisely. Second, I always harken back to my past when answering someone's query. I've lived a long time now, experienced many things. I want my readers to benefit from this experience so that they do not have to make the same mistakes.
Amanda: Mmmhmm. Your wisdom is famous. I can only guess how much you've gone through in life.
Queen of Swords: My past was not easy. I was an orphan, got married too young, was a stowaway on a pirate ship for awhile, and had to beg for food and money. The only thing that kept my head above water was my books.
Amanda: your books?
Queen of Swords: Oh yes. Philosophy, literature, historical and religious texts. The past has always been been a rich repository of guidance for today's situations. We think today is so different from the past, but in reality, our struggles are the same, just the context varies.
Amanda: You must have such a large library.
Queen of Swords: Oh, definitely, the King and I have assembled one of the greatest libraries in the world. Second only perhaps to the library in Alexandria at its height.
Amanda: Since you mentioned the King...
Queen of Swords:..?
Amanda: I hope this isn't too personal, and stop me if I am crossing any lines or anything, but I was wondering just how you two make it work. I mean, you strike me as so similar, maybe TOO similar. Are you alike, you and he?
Queen of Swords: Sure, we have the same approach to life. We always think the pen is mightier than the sword, despite our names, of course. And we take great joy in logic and analysis. We believe in the powers of the mind to guide man forward to greater and greater futures.
Amanda: So, how would you say you differ?
Queen of Swords: Well, it's subtle really. The King is much more decisive, more set in his thinking than I am. I prefer to discuss issues with my interlocutors, to come to a mutual understanding based on trust and shared experience. The King is more someone to put forward a thesis and then win you over to his cause. Whereas, I am more of a consensual leader, he is a supreme leader much more comfortable in a hierarchy...
Amanda: ...where he's at the top, I'm sure. Ahem, well, you must quarrel at times, no...? Or is it all Bach and Trivia Pursuit at the Swords' household all the time?
Queen of Swords: (short laugh) I wish. Of course, we don't see eye-to-eye all the time. Sometimes I go...
Queen of Swords: Well, sometimes I go reversed, and then it's not a happy time at the Swords'.
Amanda: Oh my! What happens then??
Queen of Swords: Ahh, let's see. I lose my cool and instead of using my words for guidance and explanation, I use them for spite and hurt.
Queen of Swords: Oh, yes. Or sometimes I become attached to a false future, trying to manipulate a situation to meet my expectations even when I know deep down this won't work.
Amanda: Oh, DO tell! What else?!?
Queen of Swords: Sometimes it's my view of the past that is at fault, and it's affecting how I handle the present. That's a terrible situation!
Amanda: I can imagine!
Queen of Swords: Oh, you don't know the half of it, my Dear...But you know, no one in this life is perfect, even me, the Queen. Sometimes we lose sense of ourselves and act in strange ways. Life wouldn't be the adventure it is if we were acting in the best interest of ourselves and others all the time. Sometimes it's inevitable.
Amanda: Such wise words, dear Queen. I personally will try to keep this in mind. Do you have any other parting thoughts before you go?
Queen of Swords: My only advice is to really learn from your mistakes. Don't just shove them off or ignore them. Our mishaps in life are actually opportunities to learn so that we can live full and well-adjusted lives. It is always wise to reflect on these troubles, because they serve as a beacon for the future. That's a key concept I live by.
Amanda: Absolutely, that is perfect. So often we want to stuff away our past because it hurts. But so often there is a lesson there for us to learn.
Queen of Swords: It's true. Our lives are almost never by accident. Everything has meaning, even - in fact, particularly - our mistakes. They're gifts.
Amanda: Beautifully said. Let's thank our dear Queen of Swords for her visit with us today! May we all remember her sage advice as we go through life.