Category: Tarot

The Eight of Swords – Freeing the Hostage

Nicknames: Interference, The Test Astrological Association: Jupiter in Gemini Drive: Overbundance of air energy in such a way that is binding and blinding The Eight of Swords is a challenging card. It isn’t a sword through the heart like the three of swords or one in the back like common depictions of the Ten of Swords. It is a prison ….

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. ….

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, ….

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 ….

The Door Unlocked: The Eight of Wands

Position 3, Past An unexpected thing started to happen to me as I began this project of pulling cards and writing about them. It became apparent that I was doing  a reading for myself. I think that it’s important to understand the self-referential relationship between reader and cards if we are ever going to get good at this. We see ourselves ….

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