Greetings, dear reader! This post is the fourth in a series about my process regarding my X-Men Tarot. Today we take a look at all of the cards featuring Rogue!
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, Archangel is all of the Fives, Gambit is all of the Sixes, Beast is all of the Sevens, etcetera. Rogue is represented on the face of all of the Fours. The number Four represents the four seasons, the four directions and the four elements. Four is the idea of home, not simply in one’s residence, but also in one’s body and one’s community, and in a larger sense, the world. Four grounds us in the present, funding our persistence, stability and endurance. It makes us examine the structures in our lives and what makes us feel secure. As a mutant whose power to simultaneously absorb powers, memory and psyche with a touch, Rogue is familiar with these concepts. After all, she has to live with the repercussions of each intimate connection for the rest of her life. In recent stories, Mike Carey has written Rogue finally finding a way to control her powers. However, for most of her published history, and especially during the era when these cards were sold, one of Rogue’s defining characteristics was that she was unable to touch another person without compromising her mental integrity. After all, it was under Mystique’s guidance as a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that Rogue fought Ms. Marvel and absorbed that heroine’s flight, invulnerability and strength, along with all of the heroine’s memories and personality.
During her tenure with the X-Men, Rogue has absorbed abilities and memories from countless villains and heroes and has had to live with the psychic residue of each one, long after the powers and thoughts wore off. For a time she shared her mind with the psychic persona of Carol Danvers (the former Ms. Marvel), and when Rogue was knocked unconscious, the Carol entity would take over. When the X-Men went through the reality-altering Siege Perilous, Rogue was separated from her alter ego. In recent times, her mental slate was cleared. The status of Rogue’s mental stability is always in flux, but somehow she always finds a way back to her center. Whether she is taking a road trip with Iceman, or leaving Gambit stranded in Antarctica, Rogue does whatever she needs to do to feel secure. And through all of her trials and tribulations, she endures. She’s a Southern Belle, a Mississippi swamp rat, and everyone’s “sugah.”