LOL: Tarot

            There are seventy – eight cards in the traditional Tarot Deck, and all have their own particular individual symbolism and associated meanings. The full Deck is subdivided into two sub decks, the Major Arcana, which contains twenty – two primary cards, and the Minor Arcana which is subdivided into four separate Suits, each Suit containing numbers 2 thru 10 and also Court cards called Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings. There are Elements associated with each Suit. They are symbolized as Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles. Wands are associated with the Element of Fire, Swords with Air, Cups with Water and Pentacles with Earth. Also, each Suit is represented by the quintessential energies which are contained and symbolized within each of the four Aces. The Aces symbolize the potent, pure, raw unfettered energy of each particular Suit. They represent the qualities of each Element/Suit in its strongest and yet simplest manifestation.

The symbolism of the Elements is basically of the same quality found within the Zodiac, Fire symbolizes Spirit, Air symbolizes Mind, Water symbolizes Soul and Earth symbolizes the Physical Realm. This is only one of many overlapping similarities which bind the metaphysical sciences together. The same underlying truths and symbolism and interacting energies which lie at the core of Life are present within and revealed by all of the five major metaphysical arts/sciences: Astrology, Numerology, the Tarot, Palmistry and Handwriting Analysis.

 

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*The Major Arcana and an abbreviated description of the meaning behind the symbolism are as follows:

0:  The Fool – The Unknown, Potential, the New/Beginnings. (Uranus)

1:  The Magician – The Conscious Mind. (Mercury)

2:  The High Priestess – The Subconscious. (Moon)

3:  The Empress – Fertility, Creativity, Prosperity. (Venus)

4:  The Emperor – The Material Realm, Logic, Reason. (Saturn)

5:  The Hierophant – Divine Guidance, Protection, Intuition. (Jupiter)

6:  The Lovers – Sacrifice, Relationships w/ Opposite Sex, Choices. (Venus)

7:  The Chariot – Willpower, Insight, Discipline. (Mars)

8:  Strength – Patience, Harmony, Discipline. (Sun)

9:  The Hermit – Isolation, Insight, Wisdom, Illumination. (Neptune)

10:  Wheel of Fortune – Turning Points, New Beginnings. (Mars & Jupiter)

11:  Justice – Balance, Wisdom, Karma, Authority. (Jupiter & Saturn)

12:  The Hanged Man – Reversal, Truth, Insight, Wisdom. (Mercury & Neptune)

13:  Death – Change, Transformation. (Pluto)

14:  Temperance – Patience, Balance, Refinement, Moderation. (Mercury & Saturn)

15:  The Devil – Ignorance, Negativity, Inverted Energy, Vices. (Mars & Saturn)

16:  The Tower – Upheaval, Shock, Disruption, Illumination, Change. (Uranus)

17:  The Star – Intuition, Balance, Hope, Spirituality. (Venus & Jupiter)

18:  The Moon – The “Shadow”, Subconscious, Karma. (Moon & Saturn)

19:  The Sun – The Higher Will, The Self, Superconscious. (Sun)

20:  Judgment – Karma, Fate, Transcendence. (Saturn)

21:  The World – Fruition, Achievement, Celebration, Destiny. (Gaia)

22:  (The Fool) – see above*. (Uranus)

 

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As stated above, each of the four Suits of the Tarot contains a set of four Court cards: King, Queen, Knight and Page. Each of these four Court cards expresses itself in a differing particular way according to its own particular symbolism, attributes and energies. Also, the meaning or significance of a Court card is highly influenced by which Suit and therefore Element it represents: Wands(Fire), Swords(Air), Cups(Water) or Pentacles(Earth). The Suits of Wands and Swords embody and express the Active Masculine (Yang) Principle/Energy and the Suits of Cups and Pentacles embody and express the Passive Feminine (Yin) Principle/Energy. The Suit of Wands is of a fiery nature, the Suit of Swords is of a steely nature. Both are active and action orientated. The Suit of Cups is of an emotional nature, the Suit of Pentacles is of a material nature. Both are of a less active yet steadier nature. Obviously, the Kings and Knights of the Minor Arcana represent active/masculine energy whereas the Queens represent more of a reactive/feminine type of energy. The Pages however, in most respects, symbolize a type of gender – neutral influence.

In a Tarot Spread (“Spread “ is the name for the layout of Cards which is used to give a Tarot Reading), Pages may symbolize a young child, literally, or youth in all of its aspects such as a new experience, untried ground, undeveloped ideas or aspects of the personality. Knights stand for developed youth: breaking new ground, seeking new avenues of expression and action and change in general. Queens may be seen literally as people, or they may stand for aspects of the person’s psyche/personality which have or shall come to the foreground. Reading Kings is much the same as reading Queens, with the exception of the gender – attributed characteristics of Male versus Female, whether or not the card represents a person rather than a personal vibration emanating from the questioning person’s center of being as depicted by the card. Indeed, in the reading of Kings and Queens the energy or meaning of the card is applicable to both male and female persons for both men and women are a combination of both male and female energies and attributes, although to some this may not seem so. This gender assignment/alignment is the same for Pages and Knights as well, they apply equally to men and women, the main difference being that many times Pages and Knights symbolize situations or action, outer forces and influences and not people. The attributes are consistent within the cards, and the gender of the subject or the gender of an actual person which a card or layout may be referring to is not the determining factor in embracing the energy and possible meaning of these cards. For example, the Queen of Cups, a very “feminine” card, may be prominently placed in a layout, and it may be referring not to a woman, per se, but to the feminine, intuitive, receptive nature being shown in the layout of a very “masculine” man. Here, this card may be indicative of a predominance of that particular “feminine” energy being exhibited within this man’s layout, a particular aspect of his underlying psyche and not representing the actual “presence” of an actual woman. The reverse is also true, a King card in the layout of an otherwise very “feminine” woman could be taken as being a “masculine” energy emanating from her inner psyche and not actually being the literal “presence” of a man.

Each card has its own “world” rich in symbolism. Each card is a unique reflection of Life’s inherent energies and possibilities. Each position/placement in a spread tends to shape and channel energy patterns and lines of energy in a unique and specific way. This fact shows how infinitely diverse the number of “readings” may actually be, actually it is open – ended. Even using the same spread time over time, even with the simplest of spreads, the cards and positions can combine in a myriad of different ways. This produces a multitude of possible shades of meaning/symbolism to be interpreted and each “Reader” sees his own “picture”, colored, even by the most objective mind, by their own interpretation. Something is always lost (and often gained) in the shuffle. The best and most deeply and detailed readings are done through a practice/talent called Direct Channeling, a form of combining material and spiritual elements, and somehow through bringing into play higher intuition, empathy, reflection and insight as well as a good deal of psychic open – mindedness producing a penetrating and enlightening reading of the truest quality. This talent is present in one degree or another in all practiced “Readers”, just how deeply they “see” and to what extent their ability to relate this clearly to the subject is all a matter of innate talent and serious open – minded discipline.


 

Table of numbered cards in Minor Arcana

(Fire)

Wands

Spirit/Spiritual

 

(Air)

Swords

Mind Intellectual

(Water)

Cups

Soul/Karmic

(Earth)

Pentacles

Body/Material

 

Ace

Creativity

Strength   of Mind

Emotional   Strength

Material   Strength

 

2

Potential   Spirit

Mental   balance

Potential   of relationship

Material   fluctuation

 

3

Assessment   of potential

Balanced   perspective

Emotional   growth

Materially   fixated

 

4

Celebration   of success

Rest   after struggle

Emotional   reassessment

Materially   fixated

 

5

Life/Love

Struggle

Intellectual   modification

Self-pity   and oversight

Material   impasse

 

6

Achievement   and recognition

Self-guidance   /

Conscious-balance

Purified   desired

Modest   gains / Giving charity

 

7

Astral   Projection

Avoidance   of consequence

Hidden   True Self

Material   adversity

 

8

Change

Intuition   in adversity

Question   for fulfillment

Hard   work /

Productivity

 

9

Protecting   of past accomplishment

Trials   and sorrows

Sensuality

Material   success /

Leisure

 

10

Burdens   & responsibilities

Death   of existing situation

Emotional   Bliss

Material   perfection

 

 

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