Greetings, dear reader! This post is the sixth in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Gambit!
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, Beast is all of the Sevens, Bishop is all of the Tens, etcetera. Gambit is represented on the face of all of the Sixes. The number Six represents responsibility and objectivity. Gambit has been both responsible and irresponsible, objective and subjective. He’s been a hero and thief, lover and cad, mentor and traitor. He searches for the harmony of the number six, but it is a challenging quest, often elusive and when found, fleeting. As a Six in the X-Men deck, Gambit is a journeyman, benefactor, absolver, and vindicator. Let us examine the search for balance in the character of Remy LeBeau.
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.
Gambit as the Six of Spades/Swords
Nothing remains the same way forever and the Six of Swords speaks to the cyclical nature of life. We are changing, hopefully for the better, and new challenges await us. However, the struggle from despair to serenity can be difficult and some days it’s all you can do to keep your head above water. Gambit understands this better than most mutants. As an abandoned child rescued and trained by the Thieves Guild of New Orleans, Remy LeBeau is used to doing whatever it takes to survive. His charming rake persona hides a complex set of emotions consistently hitting high and low notes. When the Six of Swords is drawn it indicates that we may be just trying to get by, or that life has taken on a listless depression. We may be dealing with the effects of trauma, and that a new environment is timely to our situation. When Storm was regressed in age by the villain Nanny, she went back to her childhood thieving vocation and encountered Gambit while stealing paintings. While the Shadow King’s attempts at possessing Storm may have been a good reason for a team up with Gambit, it is interesting that Remy chose to follow Storm back to her life with the X-Men. Moving from one place to another was certainly Gambit’s modus operandi, but he decided to make a change. This decision was a shift in attitude for Gambit as he chose to embrace his heroic nature. The Six of Swords represents a journey, sometimes literally, but always a voyage in mind, body and spirit. It indicates a time to pick up the pieces and move on with our lives with hope.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Gambit as the Six of Diamonds/Pentacles/Disks/Coins/Worlds
Over the course of his narrative, Gambit has found himself in the employ of some shady individuals. Our man Remy has worked for Mr. Sinister, Apocalypse, and New Sun (which was an evil future version of himself). The reasons for his employment choices are varied, but they all revolve around the brokering of knowledge, power and resources. The Six of Pentacles represents the nature of giving and receiving. It makes us examine our attachments to abundance. Are we giving to others with expectation of return, or are we sharing with an open heart? When we are generous we experience a free flow of energy through our self and others. We find our needs met above our expectations. Somehow, in spite of his checkered past actions and associations, Gambit still has a place in the X-Men. This is because he has chosen to open himself up to the spirit of generosity in community.
Artwork by Andy Kubert.
Gambit as the Six of Hearts/Cups
When the Six of Cups appears in a reading, it reminds us of the goodwill we have encountered in our life. It asks us to reflect on our childhood and the innocence we once felt. It asks us to be kind, generous and forgiving. Gambit certainly is no stranger to the concept of forgiveness, as many of his past mistakes have come to light. He assembled the team of Marauders for Mr. Sinister who perpetrated the Morlock mutant massacre. He kept secrets from Rogue about his wife Belladonna. He’s a thief, a liar, and a scoundrel. This may explain why he is so quick to defend those who cannot defend themselves. He did not have to involve himself in Storm’s fight with the Shadow King. He did not have to take Jubilee under his wing. He did not have to give Rogue his heart. However, deep down, Remy LeBeau believes in the power of childlike feelings to create rapport and ease. He understands the need to share what you have with others, to surround yourself with positivity, and to indulge one’s life with a playful spirit. Let his enthusiasm inspire you to invoke happy memories with which to create gentler days.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Gambit as the Six of Clubs/Wands/Rods
Victory! The Six of Wands in a reading congratulates you on your triumph! You have been vindicated, your work is acknowledged, and you can hold your head up high! Sometimes this card shows up right before your work is nearing completion. Success is within your grasp. Gambit has charged his cards and tossed them all at his opponent. The kinetic energy will destroy the obstacle in his way and he can then use his agility and persuasive charm to achieve his goal. The vibrations of this card work best when honor and integrity are concerned. This is Gambit at his best, when he is feeling the love and support of his comrades, which in turn gives his self esteem a boost. This card is not just about overcoming outside obstacles and forces. This can represent a triumph over yourself or your environment as well. Remember, individual achievement starts with us, but is tempered through the Divine, and nurtured by our friends and loved ones. Cooperation wills out over competition, lest we succumb to our ego.
Artwork by Andy Kubert.
Depending on the layout and what other cards are present, oftentimes the energy of The Wheel of Fortune is also present when Gambit turns up in your reading. If you are struggling with a large problem, the Wheel may be able to give you more breadth regarding your personal vision. This is a turning point regarding luck and chance. The cycles of life, death and rebirth are also present. Be culpable for your fate and understand that your actions will return to you threefold. Be open to new or unexpected opportunities. Take a risk. Witness miracles. The Wheel turns in your favor.
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