Matching Tarot Cards to Characters by Katee Robert
One of the fun things that come with writing a character who reads Tarot is that there comes the occasion where you have to figure out which cards match up to which characters.
It’s not always necessary. Most of the cards in the deck are meant to represent certain situations or elements and not a specific person, but they CAN be specific people. So, knowing that, I decided to run with it.
Some of the people-card match ups were easy. The heroine of Queen of Swords, Ophelia, was the queen of swords. She’s intelligent and perceptive and usually puts her head before her heart (at least until she meets the hero). Similarly, Boone was the King of Wands. He’s intelligent and driven and has a fire inside him that draws people to him.
So, once I had these two, I began branching out. The heroine in Queen of Wands, Jenny, is once again matched up with her title. The wands suit are linked closely with fire, and you see that in every aspect of her personality. She lives life to the fullest and is deeply passionate. There’s never a dull moment when she’s around.
For the hero of Queen of Wands, I looked to the major arcana for inspiration. Mac embodies The Magician. He’s clever and is incredibly self-aware. Where most cards link to one particular element, his card contains all of them. He’s truly a master of himself and his surroundings.
I’ve already pinpointed the cards for the third book’s main characters. As with the others, the heroine will be the Queen of Pentacles. She’s a woman who likes her luxuries and elegant lifestyle. She’s also one who is methodical and logical and can put her money where her mouth is.
For the hero, I’m once again focusing on the major arcana. He’s Death. Contrary to appearances, Death isn’t always concerning literal death. More often, this card means something in your life or coming to an end. Death is equated with change, and this hero will DEFINITELY be bringing all the change. He’s one of my favorites.
Tarot is one of my favorite things, because there are as many ways to read and interpret it as there are people who read it. It was so much fun to use it to play out the various aspects of this series, as well as bring in the different cards for character inspiration.
About the Book
Title: Queen of Wands
Series: Sanctify #2
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Author: Katee Robert
Publisher: Entangled Select
When Jenny O’Keirna gets a chance to slip her older brother’s leash, she jumps at it, even if it means playing babysitter to a too-smart-for-his-own-good inventor. She’s not expecting the attraction that sparks between them—or that Sanctify is just as desperate to take him for their own.
Never in Mac Flannery’s wildest dreams did he imagine Jenny would be the one sent for him. He sees beyond the mad grin the sister of Hansarda’s new king presents to the world, and that combination of vulnerability and wicked humor is a siren call he can’t resist.
But Sanctify is always three steps ahead of them. On the run—and unable to keep their hands off each other—Jenny and Mac devise an insane plan: kidnap the leader of Sanctify, and stop this war once and for all. Unfortunately, they’ve just played right into his hands…
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Queen of Swords
Reminds me of KCole’s Arcana Chronicles but obviously an adult version. I hope it’s as good if not better
I’m oddly fascinated by Tarot cards, so I really enjoyed reading this post. What a unique approach to the typical character profiles. Thanks for the chance, and happy 4th of July!
Me too! I actually bought a set years ago but have never learned how to “read them” LOL Have a great weekend Carmel and thanks for stopping by!
Tarot Cards intrigue me, what a great guest post!
Tarot cards intrigue me too! Very interesting post. Even though I don’t know much about them, I’ve always been curious, and any time they pop up in a book I’m reading, I get all, “Ooohhh, shiney.” Like Ceri is the women getting dragged away on the Devil card in the Hollows (which is cool, b/c Ceri did get dragged away by a demon). Maybe not exactly the same as this, but still cool. Will definitely check this series out 😉
I agree with Braine, it does sounds a little like the Arcana Chronicles which I highly enjoyed. Actually that’s the only series I’ve read with that theme, and getting and adult twist should be pretty cool 🙂
Thanks for sharing!