Greetings, dear reader! This post is the second in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot. This post spotlights Jubilee!
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, Iceman is all of the Threes, Rogue is all of the Fours, Archangel is all of the Fives, etcetera. Jubilee is represented on the face of all of the Twos. The number two brings the gift of balance through partnership, with another or ourselves. As the quintessential sidekick, Jubilee represents the energy required for cooperation through patience. Even with her flippant attitude and bubblegum popping habit, Jubilee cares far more than she truly lets on. She can be counted on to do the right thing even when the stakes seem insurmountable.
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.
Jubilee as the Two of Hearts/Cups
Jubilee is running towards us with a message regarding attraction. She is excited to remind us about the unions we could be making and the partnerships we already have in our lives. There is romance on the way, she says. There is potential for bonding. There is work to be done within and outside of our selves. Now is not the time for going it alone. Jubilee would have us remember that we have the power to experience a merging with another at every level of our heart, mind, body and soul. This is the girl who became a thief and lived off the mall when her parents died. This is the wide-eyed child that rescued Wolverine from the Reavers on her own. This is the bubblegum smacking sidekick whose taunting unsettles Sabretooth so Wolverine can attack him off guard. This watery aspect of Jubilee as the Two of Cups reminds us that soulmates are everywhere, if we just learn to share our heart with balance and equality.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Jubilee as the Two of Spades/Swords
Jubilee is serving a high kick she learned from Psylocke. Relying on her physical prowess instead of her mutant powers, Jubilee is keeping her emotional self under wraps. She is not allowing her emotions to carry her away. Her mental powers are focused and she possesses a positive state of mind. She has established a sanctuary in her mind where she can see things clearly and she understands that this particular challenge does not require all of her energy. A swift kick is all she needs. The Two of Swords is sometimes understood as having a closed heart or not seeing things clearly. This is because the traditional image shows a blindfolded woman holding two swords across her chest. I prefer to see this card as an example of higher consciousness in which the blindfolded woman understands that she has two choices and knows that she will get there. She will realize her goal. Her choice really consists of how she wants to get there. There is serenity in this knowledge, wisdom in this inner peace.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Jubilee as the Two of Diamonds/Pentacles/Disks/Coins/Worlds
Jubilee has learned to how be flexible. As an orphan living off of a mall in SoCal, she knows how to roll with the punches. She is no stranger to change and juggles her needs for clothes, shelter and food with a flair that would make Robin Hood blush. Like the Two of Pentacles, Jubilee understands the cycles of the physical world and prioritizes properly to maintain her survival. She sees change as an opportunity to grow and she learns from what she’s already endured. This juggling of needs and experiences of the earthy Two of Pentacles does not get Jubilee down. She chooses to find fun in everything she does and in doing so, moves freely and lightly through her challenges. Jubilee reminds us that we will always have work to do, but it is important to tackle it with excitement and a mirthful heart.
Artwork by Tom Raney.
Jubilee as the Two of Clubs/Wands/Rods
Jubilee jumps towards us, her arms outstretched after casting explosive energy plasmoids. The Two of Wands celebrates personal power. It is fire, passion, quickness and independence. This the courageous aspect of Jubilee, who talks smack to bad guys despite her seemingly diminutive firework powers. Jubilee does not back down from a fight and this daring aspect comes from the Two of Wands. Being bold and celebrating your originality are encouraged by this energetic card.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Depending on the layout and what other cards are present, oftentimes the energy of The Sun is symbolized by Jubilee in a reading. The Sun represents vitality, brilliance and greatness. It speaks to the energy of our inner child. Jubilee is definitely in touch with this aspect of herself. Her attitude and smart alec mouth are part of this, but it is her innocence and enthusiasm that cement it. Jubilee has confidence in herself and she inspires us to do the same! Let yourself shine!
Thanks 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!