Rada La Place (Knight/Prince of Swords)
La place is the understudy of the houngan. He is a master of ceremonies who is learning to lead the congregation. Much of the time it is his job to oversee the details of rituals and to foresee problems before they occur. He is the element of air, his elemental tool is the machete. The machete also ties him to Ogoun the Blacksmith, and the great magic of the forge. In this Tarot, la place is associated with the crossroads. He is the connection between the visible and invisible worlds.
This particular la place is the airy part of air. This energy is unstable, wandering from subject to subject before anyone else can catch up. In the painting, he appears to be conjuring a small dust devil, but to what end? Like The Magician, he can manipulate perception. Is this real? Is he just trying to impress us with smoke and mirrors?
When this card shows up there is a need to focus one’s efforts to stay on task. Pay close attention to the finer points, analyze the data. Look for mistakes before they manifest. When that still, small voice in the back of my head says, “We can look at this again, it still won’t add up.” – heed it, and say something. It no longer serves me to keep things to myself. This knight, like the rest of the Sword family, calls people on their shit. The message I keep hearing over and over during contemplation is “Stop keeping everyone’s secrets.”
I’ve actually already stopped doing that and it’s quite liberating. 😁