Thursday, March 18, 2010
Crystal Bowersox: 'X' Marks the Spot
The letter 'X' in Crystal's name intrigues me. 'X' is an evocotive letter. When we see it in an ad or on the printed page, it grabs our attention. Historically, the letter 'X' has a negative connation e.g., ex-spouse, exed-out, crossed out. Traditionally, people are buried with their arms crossed. However, in this context, this ritual has more to do with early Christianity as the letter 'X' was a shorthand for 'Christ' which we still use today with 'Xmas'.On the other hand, the 'X' represents a kiss which, in all liklihood, also comes down to us from Christianity as to recieve a kiss is to receive a blessing. Contray wise, we 'kiss' someone off or give them the 'kiss off'. 'X' is also the symbol for the Roman Numeral X, or 10, which corresponds to the Major Arcana'a Wheel of Fortune of the tarot.
The Wheel of Fortune sits right in the middle of the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana and to many students of the tarot is its most profound card. The Wheel represents destiny, a turning point and a monumental shift in the course of one's life. I think that's the real message for Crystal. That is, with that 'X' in her name, she cannot avoid her Fate which is to make her mark on the world.