Everyone, today we have a very special guest. He's someone who I've known for a very long time, and well, I can't say enough about him. Before I gush all over the place, let's just bring him out.
Here he is, the King of Wands!
(applause, some ladies scream...)
Amanda: Wow, how long has it been?
King of Wands: Oh, it's probably been a few years! We did that trip together - where were we? Scuba diving in Fiji?
Amanda: That's the one! What a trip. You were an able guide, as always...
King of Wands: You were a willing student. It's easy to guide someone as open-minded and adventurous as you...
Amanda (turning red): Oh, gosh, am I blushing?
King of Wands: Those were good memories.
Amanda: Indeed... But how are you today? What's been going on with you?
King of Wands: Well, as you know I just hiked Everest with the King of Pentacles. That was great! That guy is as driven and focused as they come. He also had all the top-of-the-line gear, of course. But when you're doing something that big, that's not a bad thing.
Amanda: Is it easy leading a novice up the mountain? Have you done that before?
King of Wands: I wasn't actually leading, which helped. No, my expedition-leading days are behind me. Now I let my nephew, the Knight of Wands, do the leading. He's a fine climber with good instincts. I've taught him all I know and trust him with my life.
Amanda: It must've been hard at times, though, watching him make decisions that you had made a million times?
King of Wands: It's not hard as much as it's necessary. Sure, I could jump in at every moment and tell him what to do, but leading is about letting other's make their own decisions and sometimes their own mistakes. We have to let them learn.
Amanda: I understand this "removed responsibility" somewhat. When I do a Tarot reading, I need to let go once the message is delivered. It's not up to me anymore to take responsibility, the onus is now on the client. They're free to do what they want with the information I provided. I just hope they do what's best.
King of Wands: And it's the energy involved too, right? It's like you've given these people the gift of your energy. This energetic exchange is so important to how we relate and support each other. If it's kind and balanced, there's no better gift. If it's ill-tempered, then that's not going to work out well for anyone.
Amanda: And you know almost instantaneously, don't you? If your energy is going to blend with mine? We know it almost intuitively.
King of Wands: It's that fire in your belly. When I was a young Knight, I used to let that fire drive me in all different directions. I couldn't control it, and I didn't want to. The rush was too addictive.
Amanda: But you're different now.
King of Wands: I'd say. Now I'm wiser, more controlled. I let it rise but only to a point. For instance, I may want to make love to every Tarot reader I meet, the energy between us is so intense, but I control myself. My marriage to the Queen of Wands is too important to me, and I know to hold back, to keep the fire at a manageable level.
Amanda: How is she?
King of Wands: Oh, the Queen? She's fabulous. She just threw a big neighborhood bonfire for our subjects. It was fantastic, a truly magical evening. You should call her.
Amanda: I will, most definitely. But back to you. You talk a fine game, King, but you can't always be so mature, so level-headed...
King of Wands: Sure, sometimes I lose my cool and poof, I go reversed. Gosh, those times are not great. I resemble more the impetuous energy of my youth than what I am today. I get into situations that I don't belong in. I let my passions get away with me. It's hard remaining benevolently detached all the time. Sometimes, you just have to brawl.
Amanda: That must make life interesting at home? When you're in the mood to brawl?
King of Wands: It can be disruptive, really disruptive. That energy I love to maintain there gets upset, and suddenly folks are tense, afraid, on edge. I never want to do that to the Queen, but sometimes I lose myself.
Amanda: How do you find your way back?
King of Wands: I breathe. That's step one. Then sometimes I'll exercise to get some of the energy out of me. If I'm smart, I'll do yoga, but I'm not always in that mood. Shadow-boxing is more my thing when I'm getting out of a reversed position. Recognizing that I'm fighting myself, that's what it's all about.
Amanda: That's wise, dear King. Those years in Bali really did you good, didn't they?
King of Wands: You know they did.
Amanda: Haha, riiiiiiiight. Ok, well, I want to thank you King for coming to chat with us today. You're always welcome, here.
King of Wands: I'll never forget it, Amanda.