Reading for Sleeping Beauty’s Prince
While on a hunting trip, I discovered an ancient, crumbling castle in a forest at the edge of my father’s kingdom. It was so overgrown with brambles I couldn’t get near it. Some villagers said the castle was haunted by ghosts. Others told me witches held coven meetings in the grand ballroom on the full moon. Then there were stories about ogres who dragged children into the castle to eat them. But, there’s another story I remember from my childhood about a baby princess who was cursed by a jealous fairy. Since her eighteenth birthday, she’s been sleeping in a deserted castle surrounded by brambles. I’m going hunting near the castle again this weekend. I really want to hack my way through the underbrush and explore it. Can you give me a clue what’s in the castle?
The Crown Prince
Dear CP: To answer your question, I pulled two cards from the Pierre Madenié deck while asking what you’ll find in that castle.
The Hanged Man indicates there is something in the castle that’s tied up, or suspended, or rendered helpless. The figure swinging in the air makes me think that whatever is in the castle is high up, perhaps in a tower. The image also suggests that it’s enclosed in something like a closet or a cabinet.
The Strength card shows a strong, focused and courageous person calmly prying open the lion’s clenched jaws. Whatever is in the castle is trapped in the jaws of the lion, or perhaps the belly of the beast, waiting to be rescued. Don’t be misled because the figure on this card is a woman. She’s an allegory of strength and courage that could describe anyone, including you. Going into the castle to free whatever is there will test your courage and strength, but you have the inner resources to easily pass the test.
I don’t see ogres and witches, or anything evil, in these cards. The cards describe someone trapped and helpless who needs rescuing, like the Princess you’ve heard about. The Hanged Man could also describe the kind of ghost that gets trapped in a tower or attic and spends centuries clanking its chains and making a nuisance of itself. But the Strength card indicates that whatever is in the castle needs physical power to release it. So it’s solid, not a ghost.
The Prince’s Follow-up Question
So there’s a princess in the castle, and it’s up to me to rescue her. Is there much danger in doing this? Should I have reinforcements with me?
To assess the danger if you enter the castle, I pulled one more card and got the Empress. As I said before, don’t be misled by seeing a woman on the card. She’s a symbol of status and rulership, and she resembles the woman grappling with the lion. The real danger is not from ogres or monsters, it’s from your own lack of confidence. You must remember that you are the future king of the realm and you must be prepared to face danger head-on. It’s also possible that you will discover a very strong, or high-status woman, inside the castle, and you will have to prove yourself worthy of her.
I shuffled all 78 cards in the deck, but you received only Trump cards for your reading. The situation in the castle represents an important test of character that will call on all your strength and courage.
I wish you the best of luck on your journey.