Co-incidence is no accident (Knight of Cups)

If you look up “coincidence” on m-w.com, one of the definitions is that two things happen at the same time “by accident.” And in pursuing this notion, I came across a quote that said (and I’m paraphrasing because of course I didn’t take a screen shot), that there is indeed a reason for co-incidents, we just may not be able perceive the how or why … yet.

All that by way of saying that I have been thinking about sandhill cranes recently. This is the time of year when they would fly past our Hill Country house, kettling over the floodplain, taking a breather before continuing their migration north.

So it was a co-incidence, but no accident, that I drew the Knight of Cups, which I had planned to be a sandhilll crane. The problem was, there were way too many amazing photos of sandhill cranes in USA.gov … a great problem to have, I suppose.

But I’m getting a little ahead of myself. First off, here’s the Smith-Waite version of the Knight of Cups, complete with winged helm and footwear …

Followed by my usual Tarot researches …

  • 78 Degrees: dreams dominate this card … a figure committed to action … sex may pull him (and here I pause to note the prime motivation for Sandhill migration is to reach nesting grounds) … he follows a genuine vision … an exploration of his own inner world.
  • Kitchen Table Tarot: he is so romantic I can’t even stand it
  • The Creative Tarot: the romantic knight … here the fight is for the heart or for the soul … one guy who is more interested in wooing maidens than in fighting wars … willing to get lost … to let their intuition be their guide and stumble upon their sacred prize … persevering … dream of worlds that do not exist yet … build castles in the sky, then learn how to replicate them on solid ground.

Finding bookcovers was a snap, especially the one that looks like a globe with a northwest trending line. Of course, I cut them up before taking a picture, so here are some Amazon screen shots instead …

Then there was the challenge of which pictures to use. I wanted to include at least one from our days in the Hill Country, so I used one from here. The other three USA.gov pictures I chose to print in somewhat equal size, but in decreasing scale to give a sense of a sandhill moving up and away.

A bit of cutting a pasting later I had yet another card/collage to add to my rapidly warping notebook (and I’m okay with that, by the way … this whole exercise is more meditative than end-product driven) …

But wait … that’s not the end of the story. There was one more co-incidence. As Don and I headed out to walk around downtown Buda yesterday, I heard the unmistakable sound of sandhills overhead. They were kettling, as if waiting for me …

I had just enough time to put the phone onto video, just enough time to hear them fading into the distance …

6 thoughts on “Co-incidence is no accident (Knight of Cups)

  1. Wow, that is so cool! Seeing the horse on the card reminds me of my own odd dream last night. Your card, as always, is so fine to look at…and consider.

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