Poems for the Royal Clubs Playing Cards

King of Clubs

Hail the Forest King,
Many-tined Master of Beasts,
Most Ancient of Hobbs!

Vital and Wild One,
all of life knows its rhythms,
guided by your blood!

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Queen of Clubs

Behold the Spring Queen,
The Wild and Verdant Lady—
The Mistress of Deer!

Fairies and witches
run with you in the moonlight,
compelled by your horn!

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Jack of Clubs

O Hobb of the Green,
dweller of deserted glens,
so lusty and wild:

The flash of your eyes
beckons us to adventure
down a route unknown.

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Based on the folk witchcraft themes found in Robin Artisson’s The Hands of Fate, the second installment of my cartomancy poems for the royal court takes us deep into the woods, where we walk among the familiar figures of Herne, Diana, and Puck. I really connected with these figures depicted in the cards.

Poems for the Royal Spades

King of Spades

Hail to the King of Elf-Arrows,
Leader of the Wild Hunt!
Hail to the Great Stormer,
Magnificent and deadly,
Pitiless judge and executioner,
Source of all winds!
Only the bravest souls seek
Your sorceries among the snows!

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Queen of Spades

Hail to the Queen of Elf-Arrows,
Mistress of Shadows and Winter!
Scathing and frosty one,
Bringer of woe and anxiety,
Even the wisest among us
Flee the lash of your bitter tongue!

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Jack of Spades

Hail the Knave of Spades,
The Killer Frost and Ill Wind—
Misfortune’s Archer!
Sharp darts of elf-shot
flying unseen from your bow
strike us from behind!

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I picked up Robin Artisson’s Hands of Fate before Christmas and started delving into playing card-based cartomancy. The author’s folk witchcraft perspective gave my divination and imagination the jump-start they needed. I’m sure to review this book in the future, but for now I’ll simply say I recommend it highly.