23 The Rebel Archetype

Upright Meanings: go against the flow, champion, risk-taker, strong man, single-minded, impatient, assertive, intellectual, rebellious, focused, soldier, jump in, perfectionist, forward-thinking, honest, clever person, ambitious, hero, seize the moment, quick-wit, direct, big changes/ opportunities, brave, daring, impulsive, courageous, talkative, braver, arrival/departure

The Rebel is a change card, it tells you that a big change is coming, one you have been awaiting for quite some time and you better be ready to roll with it when it does. It’s time to jump in and seize the moment! This is a minor card of being assertive, direct, honest, quick witted and intellectual. It signifies being dashing, daring, brave, courageous or rebellious. It also represents being talkative, ambitious, forward thinking, focused and single-minded when it appears in your spread. When this card appears in your reading, it can indicate that you go against the flow and have great leadership qualities and that you are a perfectionist and a risk taker. If representing a person, The Rebel is an adult (20-35 years of age and usually male) who has a strong personality, is quick-witted, a fast talker, intelligent, daring and rebellious. He may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. The Rebel is assertive and rational but can be impatient and impulsive. He has a very direct manner and this can sometimes make him seems a little insensitive. However, he is also exciting and adventurous which draws people to him. Champions, heroes and warriors charging into battle are signified by this card and as such, it can represent a soldier or someone in the military.

Reversed Meanings: go with the flow, rude, criminal, aggressive, forceful, dangerous, left behind, heading for a fall, follower, coward, insincere, tyranny, know it all, vicious, hurtful, sarcastic, troublemaker, out of your depth, leading others to danger, missed opportunities, arrogant, out of control, a crafty, bully, self-obsessed, tactless, unfocused

The Rebel reversed can indicate that a big change or opportunity that you have been awaiting for quite some has come your way but you are failing recognise or seize it. It may be that you are not ready to jump on or that you are out of your depth. Whatever the case, this card tells you that if you miss this opportunity you will get left behind. This minor card can also represent being out of control, leading others to trouble or danger and heading for a fall. It can signify being insincere, self-obsessed, rude, tactless, hurtful, sarcastic or cynical so remember to be mindful of the words you use and their effects on others when this card appears in your reading. It can also signify going with the flow and being a sheep or a follower, mindlessly following the crowd. The Rebel reversed may also suggest that you or someone around you is acting superior, being a know it all or has inferiority complex when it appears. As a person, The Rebel reversed is an adult (20-35 years of age and usually male) who may be overly cocky and impulsive to the point of putting others in jeopardy. He may be an air sign such as Aquarius, Gemini or Libra. This card can indicate a person who is not the most intelligent or communicative. However it can also indicate someone who is a quick thinker and fast talker but uses those strengths in the wrong way. He might talk you into trouble. He rushes into things head first without thinking and can put himself and others in danger as a result. In the extreme negative, he can be arrogant, aggressive, illogical and intimidating. The Rebel reversed can also signify a bully, a criminal or someone who is vicious or dangerous.