Greetings, dear reader! This post is the eleventh in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Wolverine!
The X-Men playing card deck is adorned with images of Marvel’s Merry Mutants. I have created a system combining traditional Minor Arcana meaning with my vast knowledge of X-Men comic book stories. The archetypal roles the X-Men represent bring the energy of the missing Major Arcana to the overall calculation. I reveal the superheroic tales relevant to your path. This dual reading is amplified by the elemental nature of whatever suit is pulled in addition to the numeralogical/feudal court energy contained therein.
One of the interesting aspects of the X-Men cards that I use is that every character gets to be represented four times. For example, Jubilee is all of the Twos, Iceman is all of the Threes, Rogue is all of the Fours, etcetera. Wolverine is represented on the face of all of the Jacks. Since Jacks (or Knights as they are traditionally called) represent protection, strength and determination, it is easy to draw correlations to Wolverine who also possesses these traits. Knights are explorers and adventurers, and while it could be argued that any of the X-Men could be regarded as such, it is Wolverine (who stars in his own title, is a member of the X-Men, the Avengers and Uncanny X-Force) who embodies these roles the most.
Note: I will be referring to each card by their traditional tarot names, although I will provide the equivalent playing card terms under each image.
Above artwork by Jim Lee.
Wolverine as the Jack of Clubs/Wands/Rods
The Knight of Wands is an adventurous soul. Known for his charming personality and his confident nature, this Knight goes after his goals with the intensity of a warrior. On the other hand, this Knight can come across as reckless and cocksure. This is the fiery side of Wolverine whose hot temper dares to hit on Jean Grey, disobey orders from Cyclops or call Professor Xavier “Chuck” instead of Charles. However, this is also Wolverine as a loyal and passionate champion of his friends and loved ones. Let this Knight inspire you with enthusiasm and ambition as you pursue your goals and strive for self-actualization. A true arbiter of change, the Knight of Wands often influences us to change our work or living situation. In the image above, Wolverine has his hands crossed in front of him, brandishing his weapons. This “X” is a gift, warning others of the fiery energy that awaits if Wolverine is crossed. He is sending a message of his spiritual determination, unafraid of proving his might in a show of arms.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Wolverine as the Jack of Spades/Swords
Wolverine is the kind of person who speaks his mind. He’s never one to keep his opinions to himself. This aspect of his personality, the truthsayer, is aligned with the airy Knight of Swords. Direct in his communication, some would say blunt, this Knight can come across as thoughtless and rash. Those who know him well, however, are inspired by his bravery and inexhaustible hunt for justice. This authoritative and knowledgeable side of Wolverine will assist you in sharpening your communication skills. New ideas, collaborations and events are likely when this Knight comes into your life. There is a message in this card about Temperance. Wolverine is standing on one leg, only one pair of claws are out and he is not wearing his mask. This speaks to the idea of speaking your truth while also respecting another’s.
Artwork by Tom Raney.
Wolverine as the Jack of Hearts/Cups
Think of all of the women that have been in Wolverine’s life and recall how they’ve ended. Jean Grey, Mariko Yashida, Silver Fox, Domino, and Melita Garner are some of the notable loves he’s had and three of these women are dead. However, in each of these relationships Wolverine has been open with his heart, daring time and time again to share his feelings even though many of his relationships end tragically. It is a testament to his spirit that he can allow himself to believe in love over and over again. This aspect of Wolverine is akin to the Knight of Cups. This Knight is a romantic, sensitive and introspective. Sometimes he is too emotional or temperamental. His emotional reservoir leaks sometimes and sends rivulets of feelings into the world around him. If he can build healthy emotional barriers, he will learn valuable lessons about how he partners with himself and others. This sensitive Knight often proves to be the best friend one could ever have.
Artwork by John Romita, Jr.
Wolverine as the Jack of Diamonds/Pentacles/Disks/Coins/Worlds
In some instances, Wolverine has become synonymous with the X-Men. The most recent cartoon was even entitled “Wolverine and the X-Men”! He is featured on multiple X-Men teams and he’s even an Avenger. What is the secret behind his multiple appearances? Why is he the poster boy for the mutant set? I believe that it has to do with his focused determination, patient persistence, and stubborn approach to life. Wolverine is grim and gritty because he’s a man of the earth. He is unwavering, dedicated, thorough and hardworking. He’s the Knight of Pentacles. He teaches us to approach life’s mundane aspects with humor and a lusty spirit. He will inspire you to be a guardian for your community.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Depending on the layout and what other cards are present, oftentimes the energy of The Chariot is symbolized by Wolverine in a reading. The Chariot represents movement, triumph and travel. It speaks to achieving victory through application of one’s will and maintaining discipline. The Chariot is ego-focused and Wolverine has had decades to hone his willpower. Wolverine is known for his travels all over the world (and beyond) and rarely loses a fight because he meets opposition with courage. This is mastery of external forces aligned with the change such power brings.
Thank you for reading about my X-Men Tarot process! If you would like an X-Men Tarot reading (or a traditional Tarot reading), please contact me to make an appointment!