Tarot Exercise – colour your own!


Once upon a time, somewhere on the www, I found uncoloured line-drawn copies of the RWS cards. I have found it very useful to colour my own as a tarot exercise, and am always pleasantly surprised by what is revealed to me in the process. Perhaps it’s because I look at the cards differently during the process of colouring them, seeing details I had not noticed before.

An example of this is the Three of Swords card. When I spent time colouring this card in I unexpectedly noticed  that the swords were sharp upon entering the heart but blunt upon exiting it! Something changed the blades in the process of piercing the heart! This was something I had really not noticed before colouring in my own Three of Swords card. I also noticed for the first time that it was raining (in the card)! In these unexpected discoveries lie exciting new layers of possible interpretations to further enhance our reading abilities.

I kept the line-drawings and am making them available here for download. Perhaps you’d like to give this exercise a try too? If you do, let me know what new revelations you uncover!

Apologies for the ‘order’ (disorder) that these are in, but it seems all 78 cards are here. I have listed the cards that appear on each page below, with links to download the pdf documents.

Colour-your-own-Page1: The Fool, The High Priestess, The Magician, The Empress

Colour-your-own-Page2: The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot

Colour-your-own-Page3: Strength, The hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice

Colour-your-own-Page4: The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil

Colour-your-own-Page5: The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun

Colour-your-own-Page6: Judgement, The World

Colour-your-own-Page7: King of Swords, Queen of Swords, Knight of Swords, Page of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page8: Ten of Swords, Nine of Swords, Eight of Swords, Seven of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page9: King of Cups, Queen of Cups, Knight of Cups, Page of Cups

Colour-your-own-Page10: King of Wands, Queen of Wands, Ace of Cups, Two of Cups

Colour-your-own-Page11: Seven of Cups, Eight of Cups, Nine of Cups, Ten of Cups

Colour-your-own-Page12: Knight of Wands, Page of Wands, Ten of Wands, Nine of Wands

Colour-your-own-Page13: Four of Wands, Six of Wands, Seven of Wands, Eight of Wands

Colour-your-own-Page14: Five of Pentacles, Seven of Pentacles, Nine of Pentacles, Ten of Pentacles

Colour-your-own-Page15: King of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles, Knight of Pentacles, Page of Pentacles

Colour-your-own-Page16: Ace of Pentacles, Four of Pentacles, Three of Swords, Six of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page17: Two of Pentacles, Three of Pentacles, Six of Pentacles, Eight of Pentacles

Colour-your-own-Page18: Ace of Swords, Two of Swords, Four of Swords, Five of Swords

Colour-your-own-Page19: Ace of Wands, Two of Wands, Three of Wands, Five of Wands

Colour-your-own-Page20: Three of Cups, Four of Cups, Five of Cups, Six of Cups


Tarot Symbolism: Knight of Swords – a surprising discovery


I made a revealing discovery on the Knight of Swords card yesterday, using the Universal Waite deck. A card that has ‘disturbed’ me for the longest time because something felt ‘off.’ In contrast to the other 3 knights he has always seemed less controlled somehow, as if he could easily fly off the handle. Thus the feeling that he sometimes rushes in where angels fear to tread.

The Knight of Swords has often come up in my readings when there is a volatile relationship under discussion. He has represented the abusive husband, the hot-tempered young man, and the person who leaps in before he thinks.

The discovery I made opened my eyes to the reason the Knight of Swords is often so angry and out of control of his emotions. On his horse’s bridle is a small, but clear, perfectly shaped red heart! Informing me that this Knight is led by his emotions rather than reason. It explains why he is so quick to anger and seemingly not in control of his reactions. He allows his emotions to lead him, instead of following reason. His emotional immaturity often causes him to overreact which is not really what I would have expected from a Knight in the realm of Reason (Swords.)

I feel that I understand this Knight a little better than I had before, I  feel less judgmental and  more compassionate towards him  since  making this discovery.