Heroic Tarot Tuesday: Bishop
Greetings, dear reader! This post is the tenth in a series revealing my Heroic Tarot process featuring my award-winning X-Men cards. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Bishop!
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.
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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, Bishop is all of the Tens. The number Ten represents mastery, completion and tradition. The cycle has come to an end and we can choose to relearn those lessons or evolve to the Court cards. Either way, the wheel has turned and we can no longer cling to the old ways.
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.
Ten of Spades/Swords
Bishop comes from an alternate timeline in which Professor Xavier’s dream of peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans has been shattered. Hailing eighty years in the future, Bishop has honed himself as the ultimate warrior by becoming a member of the Xavier’s Security Enforcers (X.S.E.), an elite paramilitary unit. His mutant ability is to absorb power from any energy source, channel it through his body and then redirect that energy as force blasts. He carries plasma rifles that can channel his energies as well. Following the criminal Trevor Fitzroy through a time portal in order to bring him to justice, Bishop was accompanied by his teammates, Malcolm and Randall, but they died shortly after encountering Fitzroy. Bishop was then saved from death by the X-Men whom he had read about as legends. Throughout his time with them, Bishop tried his best to change events in our time so his nightmare future would never come to pass.
The Ten of Swords speaks to the experience of intellectually and emotionally overwhelmed. Feelings of regret, loss or guilt can lead to a victim or martyr mentality. However, that is not the point of the Ten of Swords. This card puts us on notice that things are not as bad as we think they are and if we feel like we have hit rock bottom, then it is time for us to let go of this important struggle and and rise up from the ashes of our defeat with new strength. Self-deprecation will not lead us to healing, yet time and a renewed sense of spirit will.
Artwork by Jim Lee.
Ten of Pentacles/Disks/Coins/Worlds/Diamonds
Bishop trained hard to become his warrior self. He used the resources at his disposal (as well as his own innate mutant energies) to train hard for future security. He built himself a foundation on which to concentrate on long term goals. This kind of fortitude is what The Ten of Pentacles represents. Bishop’s quest to save our future relies on following conventional guidelines. As a police officer, he is the establishment. His success depends on creating and maintaining a status quo, a kind of permanence. This card reminds us of the tradition, wisdom and heritage inherent in our wealth and security. We can see our resources as a stronghold from which we can allow our dreams to become reality.
Artwork by Andy Kubert.
Ten of Cups/Hearts
The Ten of Cups speaks to the idea of success. There is a rich sense of satisfaction at creating a full life for one’s self and the idea that you have done it well. It is important to define success in broad terms. Bishop fights for creating a future that he does not want to come to pass. However, if he was to realize that by making the choice to time travel, he has already changed the future. His presence in this world has made his world an alternate timeline and many possibilities await our future. Another aspect of this card is joy, especially pertaining to our family and loved ones. Bishop has fond memories of his grandmother and his sister Shard (who also trained in the X.S.E.). Their love gives him peace in times of strife. Know that when The Ten of Cups appears, it is time to savor these familial connections as well give ourselves credit for the lasting achievements we have created. Remember you deserve it!
Artwork by Jan Duursema.
Ten of Wands/Rods/Clubs
Be kind to yourself when you draw the Ten of Wands as it is a card of responsibility. This card can be burdensome, especially if what you have taken on is not easy. The task of lightening the load is crucial so your health does not suffer. See if your ego is in the way of what you have to do, then decide if you have enough options to get the work done. Prioritize what is most important and work on that, calling in an expert if that is appropriate. Find balance with other aspects of your life and focus your energy (like Bishop is doing in this image, using his mutant powers to channel his power) for the greatest good.
Artwork by Jan Duursema.
Due to his ancillary storyline, I do not consider Bishop to have additional significance as a Major Arcana card. I feel that Bishop is unique in that he has to live with people he used to read about as a child. He fights for a dream of unity with his ancestors! Instead of having him go mad trying to protect a future that he may or not truly remember correctly (there have been many times when Bishop was certain he knew who was a traitor to the X-Men or mutantkind only to be proven wrong each time), Bishop could have been someone as important as The Hierophant, utilizing knowledge as wisdom and connecting the mundane with the Divine. However, that is a potential he has not achieved in current X-Men comics continuity. Bishop is now more villain than hero (see Messiah Complex) and his popularity has decreased as a result.
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!
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