Gatemaker of Coils IV The Anvil Nine of Blades Apprentice of Blades
FIRE: Inspiration, creativity, intuition, timing.
Gatemaker of Coils: Air of Water.
She peers from the misty cypress swamp into a lake or river, and calls the paddlefish water spirits. Compassionate and trusting, she inspires songs and poetry that express the strangest or most frightening feelings and visions so they can be shared in beauty.
WATER: Feelings, emotions, attachments, subconscious.
IV - The Anvil (The Emperor):
The blacksmith's tool, world axis, sacred symbol, workbench, altar, source of authority, and deity. It holds the solidity of the earth's core and the tension of growing tree roots, and imposes sacred order, stability, and focus.
AIR: Thought, intellect, conflict, communication.
Nine of Blades:
A raven mask glares at staring-eyed tri-blade arrowheads - is she their sender or their target? In such a complex situation, only the movement has meaning, since it makes the eyes on the arrows sing with whistling noises - a fearful or exultant sound.
EARTH: Material world, physical body, work, skill or craft.
Apprentice of Blades: Earth of Air.
She holds a winter orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) and an ancient Greenland eskimo knife, cold-hammered from a flake of meteorite iron. Orchid flowers decorate her hair, and seeds blow when she plays the xun, a Chinese ocarina. Seeking intellectual challenge, she studies form and pattern in nature and applies it to practical design.

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