“Being king is silly; what matters is to make a kingdom.”
The name of this card is called “le royaume” in French. It can be translated as “the kingdom” in English. If you notice any translation errors in this article, please let us know for our entire community. You can leave your comment at the bottom of this page.
The kingdom translates into our relationship to the direct world around us. The mobile or fixed snail thrives in its environment. The shell must be solid and at our ease. Otherwise, the place will seem narrow, gloomy and unfriendly. Being well in one’s kingdom is essential for personal and relational fulfillment. If this vision is quite materialistic in its definition, it questions us on our vision of the world and our expectations, our position in the universe, on the “here and now”. Am I in an environment that suits me both internally and externally in my place of life? The snail being mobile, the nomad brings his own snail. From a simple sleeping bag to a luxurious palace, this question affects us all. Moreover, a kingdom is also an internal and external ecosystem. The internal kingdom corresponds to the inside of the snail and the external kingdom to the outside of the snail. The ecosystem is defined by a living interaction with the environment. So our kingdoms form an ecosystem.In this ecosystem, there are allies, but also predators.
The card of the kingdom contains an observer with a spyglass who watches from the skylight of his window, his gaze fixed on his telescope. Scrutinizing one’s environment also means comparing oneself with what surrounds us. Depending on his convictions, the observer may give rise to instincts of jealousy and covetousness, but also other human feelings like empathy, love. The observer analyzes the world, while remaining in his own. The opening of our vision to the world and to what surrounds us is in the spirit of the kingdom. Besides, the “king” “home” is to be king at home and to be well on your land. Conversely, a bad entourage will contribute to shutting yourself up in your shell, to cut off relations. We fall back.
The kingdom is alchemical, it is a laboratory, half “labor” and half “oratory”. The snail can also be called snail in slang with its spiral shell. Thus the snail would represent the mason, the cathedral builder in the Middle Ages. We regularly find on the pediments of cathedrals, snails, lodges where our builders delight. The snail is probably no coincidence, because we know that the secrets of the work are transmitted behind closed doors. The spiral shape of the shell calls us to spiritual elevation. A hidden and revealed meaning.
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