This week Gareth comes to us from the depths of the Camelot Legends. He’s here to say that honour should be earned, not rewarded because of whose child we are.
Gareth was the child of Lot and Morgause of Orkney. As such, he was a prince amongst men and unbeknownst to Kay and the other Knights, they called him “Beaumains” (Fair Hands). This obviously riled the young man, for he undertook quests (once he was a Knight) that allowed others to judge him by his deeds and actions, his chivalrous nature alone, not for his lineage.
He keeps this such a closely guarded secret, he keeps this knowledge from his wife, Linet, who berets him for “being a mere kitchen knave” but she gives him her respect by the time he’s rescued her mistress, The Lady Lionors.
Gareth is judged to be one of the most fair-minded and strongest Knights of the Round Table, he was loyal and his sense of honour make him a very worthy muse for us this week.
So, what can Gareth offer to us this week? He can and does offer us a healthy dose of fairness but if you’ve done wrong, he’ll stand firm and call you on it. He must have been a good arbitrator during his time as a Knight, to be considered so fair-minded.
His travels, like the other Knights, would have seen him away a lot rather than being stuck at home. He was sure where his path lay: it was not at home as the son of a rich set of parents, it was out in the field, proven in battle and adventure. His youthfulness in the card image though, belies a wisdom for one so young.Deck used is the Camelot Oracle by John Matthews, illustrated by Will Worthington.