I love beautiful tarot and oracle cards, so for each chapter of each novel I write, I draw a card from one of my decks and read it intuitively. See the bottom of the page for information about the novel.
Since this is the second consecutive chapter in Lilah’s point of view, and we’ve just seen what a blessing Raven is to her on their second meeting, let’s look at Charlie and the direction of his relationship with Lilah.
I’ve drawn the Knight of Shields from the beautiful Celtic Tarot deck since most of this story takes place in Ireland. In this deck, shields are the same as pentacles or coins in other decks, and this knight is often seen as a young man on a horse in mud.
On this card, the knight is not riding a horse but a large copper-red dragon, walking through snow. The knight is barefoot and seemingly ill-prepared for such cold weather. The dragon is massive, heavy, but doesn’t sink into the snow.
Instead, it feels to me as if it is taking slow and cautious steps, knowing how quickly it could go sliding and sprawling. He’s not stuck, which is often how I read the Knight of Pentacles, but seems to be walking carefully, heel to toe.
That’s the energy I see in this Knight of Shields – he’s moving forward, no matter what, but carefully and at any moment, he’ll lose his footing.
by Lorna Tedder
Tentative publication date: January 2023
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