Author: Veronika

The Empress and the Queen of Cups: Femme-powerment in Action!

I thought this duo had a nice symmetry to it. The Empress is the card of Mother Nature, she is a super-sized nester, cuddling into the security of mountains and forests. She is the universal force of thriving and growth, sometimes a signal that a querant might expect to expect. She has a lot of power and all of that ….

Superhero/Sidekick

Superhero/Sidekick is a card blending exercise that helps develop the skill of relating two cards in a hierarchical way. It has helped me gain confidence in my intuitive leaps and make meaning from cards with no positions. This exercise is detailed in Advanced Tarot Secrets by Dusty White. I used the Wild Unknown Tarot for this experiment and it was rewarding. ….

Celebrating Abundance When All Is Strife

Today was the Equinox, celebrated around the world by many cultures, ancient and modern, as a thanks for the harvest. It marks a period of fatness before the hibernation of the winter. People offer prayer in exchange for abundance, the joy of comraderie with friends, delicious meals that involve mead and squash–all things which are delightful. But the Earth and ….

Splitting the Atom: Two of Wands

The words that Oppenheimer borrowed from the Baghavad Gita to reflect upon his role in the creation of the world’s worst weapon ever developed, “I am become Death, destroyer of life” come to mind when I view the Thoth version of the two of wands. The central wands on the card are crossed. They are phallic, they are red and ….

The Lord-Lady of Love, Two of Cups

In talking about Tarot within the massive scope of the Kabbalah, the twos represent Chokma who sits atop the tree of life, under the dark sun of Kether and across from his bride, Binah. It’s hard for many of us who have a modern and more fluid understanding of gender to deal with the archaic-sounding nature of that statement. In the ….

The Hidden Web – The Magus/Magician

I was not surprised to draw The Magus card today. I have been working the realm of the Hierophant, studying astrology so that I have a deeper understanding of the cards and my own “soul map.” In fact, the mental energy of doing that and making those connections for myself about my own life has caused some restlessness and whirring thoughts (unsurprising ….

Entering the Spiral: The Fool

7. Outside Influences Somewhere between the alpha and omega exists the zero, in the Tarot, the Fool. This zero doesn’t equal nothing but it isn’t exactly something either. Because nothing has structured him; he doesn’t have the individuation of a number, he is infinity. He hovers in the time and space before the time and space of the Tarot’s journey. The zero, drawn in Arabic, is the shape ….

Go Get It: Passion/Strength/Lust

The Book of Thoth Deck, US Games Systems, Inc. Crowley did a lot for tarot. The Thoth deck is a work of unsurpassed beauty in my opinion.  No other deck combines the symbolic nuance with the artistic mastery in the same way. It is also controversial and causes problems at times. Crowley had very definite ideas that he projected onto the cards, ….

The Right Path: The Eight of Disks

Tarot of the Trees, Eight of Pentacles The Eight of Disks is a nice card to flow from the Knight/Prince of Disks (in my reading, not sequentially). There is a fulfillment to it, although it’s not the opulent ten. It’s a humbler version, like the mutable Virgo who influences the card. Don’t, however, mistake its humility for a lack of ambition, though and ….

Nose to the Grindstone, Eye on the Prize: Knight of Coins (Pentacles, Disks)

While talking with Lisa Mooncat about court cards the other day, she suggested that there might be real life correlatives in our own lives to the characters portrayed on the cards. There are a few court cards for which I find this to be true. The Prince of Disks is one of them. When I see him, I think of my ….

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