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intellect, logic, reason, communication
energy, enthusiasm, vitality, action, inspiration, creativity, the masculine
feelings, emotions, relationships, the heart, the feminine, the unconscious
practical matters, grounding, the physical, the material, routines, habits
The Fool stands on the precipice of a cliff, his head tilted to the sky and arms outstretched as if to embrace the dawn of his new existence. His over garment is bright and cheerful; the red and yellow flowers suggesting his passion and enthusiasm for the journey and quest ahead while his undergarment reminds us of his total innocence, purity and sweet naivety. He wears a cap trimmed in laurel leaves symbolising that The Fool does not question his potential or ability to achieve success even at this early stage as he is full to the brim with optimism and positivity. The red ‘feather in his cap’ symbolises The Fool’s first success. The success of being so close to manifestation.
By holding his staff and knapsack in his right hand(conscious/extrovert/masculine) and the fact that he also looks to the right suggests he is eager for action. In his left hand (subconscious, introvert, feminine) he delicately holds a white rose. The white rose symbolises his innocence and the beauty he sees in all. However, he subconsciously holds it by the tip to avoid the prick of the thorns. Again he appears to be oblivious to his actions. Roses symbolise beauty but with also carry a painful reminder in their thorns that sometimes one must dig deep to find the beauty in a person or situation. The thorns also symbolise for The Fool, that life will not always be a bed of roses.
The sky is brilliant yellow and the glorious sun with its dazzling rays shine down on him. Clear skies and sunshine suggest his sunny disposition and outlook on life. The abundance of yellow also hints at his yet uncluttered mentality (nothing negative or nasty has yet touched his young life). However, take note of the snow topped mountains to his right. The Fool‘s head is turned upwards and outwards. He would have to look down and over his shoulder to be aware of them but has no time as he is off to experience all the joys that life can bring. The sun warms his back at present but we wonder what will keep him warm as he encounters the chill of the snow on the far mountains. He has yet to experience coldness in his life. He appears to be dressed for warm weather only and not prepared for the harshness that lies ahead. At this stage of The Fool’s journey he has a lot to learn. As far as he is concerned right now, every day will be just as this, clear skies, sunshine and a bubbling sense of the joie de vivre.
He is free to be who he wants to be and is eager to explore his potential. Freedom is always strongly linked to The Fool and especially the kind of freedom that only innocence, youth and naivety can bring. However, The Fool also represents Freedom on all levels. Freedom from our own limiting beliefs, freedom from the binds that tie us, freedom from other’s attitudes and opinions, freedom from those who wish to control us and freedom from work and the demands of society, tradition and predictability.
In his positive or upright state we get the feeling that The Fool knows exactly what he is doing. That does not mean that he is assured of the outcome. On the contrary, the future has yet to be revealed to him but he is prepared to take a chance on it anyway. Going back is not an option for him. He is ready to face all that might come his way or risk not being allowed to experience the adventure of being alive and the potential of all that might bring. The Source has delivered him here for a reason and everything is in Divine Order. This is his journey; his destiny, his life purpose. The Fool knows that if he were to look down even once then fear of the dizzying height that stares back at him may force him to retreat or change his mind. “Don’t look down” he says as he prepares to leap. “It’s now or never” . If he doesn’t leap now, he may never get the chance to again.
The Fool is living in the moment; living in the present. The past cannot be changed and the future cannot be counted on so why worry about it? There is a very good reason why The Fool is happy to face such peril. The Fool is not a Fool at all for he possesses a spirit that is often missing or stifled in most. The key to The Fool is his absolute trust in life and total conviction that he will be supported by the Universe once he takes flight. He is confident in his judgement and unwavering determination to succeed in his quest. The Fool understands that nothing great is ever achieved without risk, and he is not afraid to take that risk. He stands outside the order of rules and regulations as they are for those who blindly follow the beliefs of others. The Fool sets his own rules and will change them as often as he feels is necessary. He takes the leap of faith confident in the knowledge that should he fall to his death or fail to learn the lesson, he knows that life will offer him other opportunities, maybe not the same or maybe not even in this lifetime, but they will for certain come around again. The Foolperceives those who sit around fearful and nervous as Fools. They have no idea what it is to be or feel alive. They constantly worry about danger and death while forgetting to live. He would be a Fool to join them. They do not understand him and often refer to him as ‘eccentric’ or ‘odd’. The Fool is happy to be different and revels in his uniqueness. Like his number 0 he stands out from the crowd and walks his own path in life.
The Fool suggests that you are or should be, acting spontaneously in a situation. The Fool brings strong positive messages. He urges you to “Feel the fear and do it anyway” “Take a risk” “He who dares wins” Sometimes you need to break the rules in your life in order to succeed. Now is not the time for hesitation or slow thinking processes, for when The Fool appears, it is a time to take quick action, a time to get going and a time to jump on in. You are free to move ahead.
When this card appears, you should step into life fearlessly. You should follow your dreams and trust in your intuitive impulses and instincts no matter how unconventional they may seem. In fact The Fool is a champion for the unconventional approach in all aspects of life. He asks you too to be original and to detach yourself from any old, out-dated and stagnant aspects of your life. He suggests that you seek the magic in life once more and to be open to receiving it.
These Aces can symbolically represent the raw potential each and every one of us are born with. It is what we do with them after, on our journey through life, that we see how successful such potential can be realised or destroyed. In the Upright Aspect of The Four Aces, we step forth on our journey from higher ground, untainted. We get off to a good start. In the Reverse, we traverse the lower planes and will need to climb out of them. As in The Four Aces suggest our raw beginning in life, so do they represent the launch of every new cycle or stage of life we experience, from minor to major. The Wheel of life constantly turns, and everything has its natural cycle or lifespan. There will always be beginnings and endings to deal with along our personal journeys, but we are expected to learn much as the Wheel turns. We must bring wisdom and knowledge forward into the start of each cycle, so that we progress and not regress. New cycles should not see us going over old ground indefinitely.
The Magician wears a white gown symbolising his purity of motive. The red over-garment represents his passion and power. His gown is belted by an uroboros which is a serpent that appears to swallow or eat his own tail. The uroboros symbolises the endless cycle of energy, death and rebirth. The infinity symbol above his head also represents the constant cycle and recycling of energy. Together they give us an understanding of The Magicianand the key to the power he possesses. The Magician understands the nature of energy and knows that there is a limitless supply available to him. However his secret power lies in his ability to manipulate this energy to serve his own needs. The infinity symbol also reminds The Magician that what goes around comes around as no energy can ever be destroyed. Therefore careful thought must be put into every word he speaks or actions he takes as for each there will be consequences. He must be prepared for every eventuality if he is to be successful in his magickal workings. The energy that comes from the source and through him is indeed very powerful and must be handled in a responsible and respectful manner. Power in the wrong hands can create extremely dangerous situations.
Red roses and white lilies grow in abundance around The Magician. In this card the white lilies symbolise the creative thought behind every great work while the red roses symbolise manifestation thus linking The Magician once more to realising potential and making things happen.
By using his Divine Gifts, The Magician takes the steps to develop his full potential. Through focused concentration and attention, he exerts strong discipline and will power over each element manipulating them to suit his purpose. The possibilities the universe thus supplies are endless. He is clever and magical. He is also the Master of Illusion and can make us believe anything he wants us to. He can pull rabbits out of hats and even turn base metal to gold. Miracles often appear in his wake. He uses his powerful presence and strong style of communication to fascinate, enthrall and captivate his audience. However, the Planet Mercury governs The Magician along with the Sun Sign Gemini. Gemini brings with it duality, two sides and two faces. Therefore The Magician can display two personalities depending upon how he uses the Divine Energy channelled.
In his negative sense he becomes theTrickster or Charlatan. He is a Master of deception who will con money or services out of the naïve and gullible. In this guise he has roamed the world for many centuries preying on the weak. One example of him is the smooth talking salesman in the travelling shows of yesteryear; selling bottles of Dr. Feelgood to an audience who listen eagerly to the amazing stories he spins of his medicine’s incredible healing power. The Magician is fleet of foot so will have put many miles behind him before the people realise they have been duped. Elusive and evasive, he can magically appear in a flash and then vanish in another.
In his upright or positive state, The Magician sometimes appears in our lives as the sudden flash of inspiration. He can appear suddenly as you lie awake in bed, unable to sleep, dwelling on your problems or situations. A shutter suddenly opens in your mind and there he is revealing an incredible solution, a workable plan, a brilliant way forward. Like a light bulb switching on, he illuminates your inner world so that you can see and think clearly. Sleep then is impossible as the thought process has begun. The Magician accesses his high intelligence from the Source and will assist you do the same. Because of his high intellect, he has no time for impractical or hair-brained ideas. He initiates the thought process that proceeds action and reminds you once more that you have everything you need to sort your situation out successfully but there must be a clearly thought out, intelligent and workable plan. You must know what you are doing and how you are going to go about it.
The Magician is all-powerful and so can strike out alone and stand out from the crowd. You may feel confident and self-assured to go it alone. You may be ready to make an impact in the world. Like The Magician it is time to showcase your extraordinary talents and focus on your goals. It is a time to come into your own power.
the ace of swords
The Sword focuses its attention only on what is important. As it pierces the Crown its message can be strong and forceful. It drives its point home and leaves no room for misunderstanding. Like a scythe that is used to clear a pathway through undergrowth and weeds, the Swordin this Ace can cut down and destroy old attitudes and mental processes which may be very painful to experience at the time but are necessary for our continued growth and mental health. Its blade clears the space for a new way of thinking and fresh approach. It provides the breeding ground for hatching plans, ideas and concepts.
The Ace of Swords forces us to ask questions of our self and our life. It demands total honesty of us. This Ace helps you to focus on your own needs and what is right for you. It pierces through the darkness of your mind so that light can enter. Then you can see things for what they really are and not what you imagined they may be. No one can fool you or pull the wool over your eyes when you brandish this Sword. The sharpness of The Ace of Swords assists in severing any area of your life that is not worthy of you. This may be a relationship that is dragging you down, a job that smothers your intellect or a friend that fills you with negativity and depression.
The Ace of Swords upholds the arm of the law and demands Justice of all who come in contact with it. If you have been wronged or those around you its energy will support you in standing up for yourself and what you think is right.
The Sword in the right hand is very powerful but can quickly become dangerous if it falls into the wrong hands. When we take the Sword into our possession or when it is gifted us by spirit, we are asked to use it responsibly and wisely. A sharp mind and intelligence is a wonderful asset. The ability to effectively communicate our needs and feelings to others is essential. However, the sharpness of the Sword (tongue/hand) can hurt or cause deep wounds when we are careless and thoughtless. Therefore, the Sword should only be used to help and not hurt.
Because the Suit of Swords is invariably linked with challenges, conflict and pain, this Ace can be a warning of a difficult time to come. It may be a time when you will have to keep your head and think on your feet. Much stress may be involved. The Ace will remind you that you must stand firm in your belief and attitude
Just like the Ace of Wands, The Ace of Swords has phallic representations. Along with the Crown symbolically representing the Womb as the Chalice did in the Ace of Cups, conception can be suggested.
The Ace of Swords announces the birth of intellectual energy, ideas, plans, vision, communication. Its presence suggests clarity of thought and mental prowess. You may be planning a new project or venture which is occupying your mind at present. Focused attention is necessary if you are to succeed. You must be clear of you intentions from the start and form a clear workable plan. The upright Sword is similar to that of the upright Wandsignalling a green light, a go ahead sign. Whatever it is you are attempting, it is a good idea but it must be logical.
The Ace of Swords often represents a new attitude replacing an old one. A fresh way of looking at things can bring clarity to the situation. With this clarity you can now see both sides of the situation. You are now in a position to judge wisely. Whatever the situation is it will call on you to use your reason and approach it in a logical manner. You must think with your head now and not your heart. You may find this very easy or very difficult to do. Mental sharpness and focussed concentration is necessary. Listen to both sides of the argument before making any decision. Find out the facts first and then use your head to sort any problems out.
If you have been involved in ongoing negotiation or conflict, This Ace can signal a breakthrough as the Sword cuts through trivial issues to reach a balanced solution for both sides. The Swords Suit deals with matters of the law and legalities so the Ace may suggest the beginning of some legal issues for you. The pen is mightier than the Sword so to avoid misunderstandings, arguments or even legal action in the future make sure to get everything in writing before agreeing to anything.
In a relationship reading the Ace of Swords can suggest a new relationship offering a meeting of minds with similar attitudes and outlook. It can indicate a clear understanding of what it is one wants from a relationship. The Ace of Swords brings great communication within a relationship and a couple who love to talk. Conception may also be indicated but look to surrounding cards to verify this.
the ace of wands
You have been given this Brand New Wandof light, passion, energy and enthusiasm. Let it ignite your inner spirit and creatively inspire you to change your life and your future. Everything is up for grabs now and you should not let anything hold you back. Enjoy the thrill and adventure on the journey you are about to embark on. Keep the faith and your face turned towards the Sun and your destiny.
When The Ace of Wands appears in your Reading it suggests a surge in the Fire Element in some aspect of your life. Depending on where this card is positioned in a Spread will highlight if it is something that has occurred in the past, happening right now or lying in wait for you in the future. It may also represent a desire or wish on your part. The Ace of Wands represents the physical start of something, and once this stick of dynamite has been lit, it will explode into your life demanding all sorts of action to be taken by you. Believe it or not, this may cause you some initial stress. Regardless, stop putting things off or waiting until the time is just right, you have to go for it now, not tomorrow, next week, month or year. You will have to figure things out as you go. It may involve a certain amount of flying by the seat of your pants for a while, but this chance or golden opportunity won’t hang around forever. The Ace of Wandsignites the Fire in your Belly that makes you reach for the stars, follow your dream, make your move or strike out on your own path.
When this card appears for you it is a sign that you have been looking for change for some time now and at long last it is here. Nothing is going to get in the way of this change. It is the “Thumbs Up‟ card for getting stuck into a new project or moving forth with plans or ideas. It gives you the ‘Green Light’, the ‘Go Ahead’ sign for whatever it is that you are doing or want to do. Great energy and enthusiasm is suggested. With this cards comes a strong sense of self-belief, self-esteem and dazzling confidence. There comes a moment in everyone’s life when you just know you have a chance to pursue your dream. It is the Ace of Wands that delivers this chance and it will be very hard to ignore. The Ace of Wands in a present or future position gives you the ‘heads up’ that your ‘moment’ has arrived, is here right now, or coming very soon.
The Ace of Wands does not sit around thinking about what to do or considering how it feels about doing something. On the contrary, this Ace is a card for doing. It forces you to take whatever action is needed to launch you forth on a new path, venture, or way of living. Action could be connected to anything; a new job, setting up your own business, a new relationship, moving house or travelling. You may be embarking on getting fit and losing weight by adopting a new lifestyle of exercise, diet and activity. Whatever this Ace represents for you, you are guaranteed definite action combined with a determination to succeed. Great optimism arrives with this card. You now have a magic wand in your hand, and used effectively, will have the power to conjure up whatever you will or transform your life. You are being given a new lease of life and your energy levels will soar under the influence of this lovely Ace.
the ace of cups
There are pink and white waterlilies or lotus flowers resting in the calm blue sea. Some of these lilies are open while some are still in bud. This suggests that even though this period of happiness appears abundant, there is still room for more growth and development... The Ace of Cups brings the potential for a deep contentedness within and without. It heralds a period of calm and balance in your life.
Because the Cups element is Water, this Ace brings a sense of pure love governing a situation. Love is the greatest power on earth and once we operate from a position of pure intent and compassion then all our endeavours and actions will be blessed. The Ace of Cups reminds us that using love instead of control can turn around any negative or doomed situation. With The Ace of Cups in our life we have the capacity to forgive and be the peacemakers. The Ace of Cups helps us show mercy and compassion and shower our loved ones with affection and care...
The Ace of Cups joyfully announces the birth or stirrings of emotional, intuitive or spiritual energy. As Cups deal with the emotions, this card can represent the beginning of a new relationship or a new stage within an existing relationship. The Ace of Cups does not just deal with relationships and love even though it is a wonderful card to turn up in a reading when you are hoping to meet someone nice. Often The Ace of Cups simply means feeling happy, content and connected with life and your emotions. If you have gone through a period of difficulty or trying times the appearance of The Ace of Cups in a future position would reassure you that the period of conflict will end and that happier times are indeed on the horizon. If health issues have been a problem and worry, The Ace of Cups appearance would be a very positive sign of a happy return to good health...
The Ace of Cups can suggest that you are going through a period of social activity; possibly attending weddings, parties and outings. There is sense of friendship and family. This is a time of good cheer with plenty of eating and drinking involved, so try to pace yourself ["It's a marathon, not a sprint"].
the ace of pentacles
The Ace of Pentacles heralds the birth of energy in the material world and suggests abundance, health and stability. This Ace would suggest that whatever it is you are planning there are sufficient funds available. It is a time of financial abundance and material growth. Even though you may have to spend money, you are still able to hold onto some and have enough to go around. As Pentacles demand results for all their efforts, the Ace suggests that investment in new projects or ventures at this stage will be especially financially rewarding and yield a good return. Whatever it is you desire to do, rest assured that you are able to afford it when this Ace appears. Inheritance, gifts and financial windfalls can also be suggested.
The Four Twos in The Minor Arcana, generally refer to decisions being made, need to be made, or have already been made. Decisions do not always apply to two people deciding on a situation. On the contrary, most decision-making processes are done individually, but decisions are all about weighing up the pros and cons of a situation. This can involve deciding between the Head and the Heart (2), your Feminine or Masculine side (2) or what is Right or Wrong (2). The decision process may involve deciding on two different directions to take, or whether to stay or go (2).
Neither the Feminine nor Masculine aspect is of any use solely on its own. It is through blending, integrating and uniting these two powerful forces that real power and knowledge can be released. The white pillar represents her masculine counterpart, The Magician. Whereas he is the Master of Conscious Power and Self-Awareness or Worldly Knowledge, The High Priestess is the Mistress of Unconscious Power, Inner Awareness and Esoteric Knowledge. The Magician works with the Ego, while The High Priestess works with the Higher Self bringing about a stabilising element to The Magician’s masculine force. The High Priestess introduces The Magician to his conscience, assisting him to reflect before taking action. She maintains his connection to the Divine source. When The Magicianand High Priestess unite, real creation can begin. Together they are a powerful force to behold.
The High Priestess sits motionless and composed. She can sit for hours in this manner as she needs to be still both without and within. She can sometimes appear to be in a constant state of meditation which reminds us that to hear our inner voice or access our intuition we must be still and go within. She encourages us to learn the art of meditation so that we may hear her voice clearly. She reminds us too of the patience that is much-needed when we first attempt to hear or listen to her internal whisperings. The High Priestess needs little action or movement, preferring just to be. She also likes her solitude and privacy, for clamour and noise distract her from her true purpose. Her appearance in a reading will highlight that now is not the time for action. Better to retreat, reflect and meditate on your situation before making your next move.
the two of swords
The Two of Swords turning up in a reading generally indicates that a difficult decision has to be made. This is bound to be causing you a lot of stress as the decision is usually not straight forward. You may find yourself torn apart with the whole situation. You may be required to take sides in an argument but find that your loyalties are divided.
What you have to decide on is at cross purposes making it very difficult to arrive at any decision. You will have to pull that blindfold off one way or another and face your fears. A decision must be made. Pretending that nothing is wrong or that it is nothing to do with you won’t make the problem go away. You have been too passive in the situation so far. You need to form your own opinions and make up your own mind. It is time to get off the fence and speak up. You don’t have to sit out in the cold as people will want to hear what you have to say. As long as you speak your truth then everyone will understand and respect your opinion even if they don’t like what you have to say. One way or another, a lot of mental and emotional stress accompanies this card.
If you are finding it difficult to make a decision it might be time to go within to access your intuition and listen to what your inner voice is trying to tell you. You will need peace and quiet for this so it might be best to distance yourself from all external influences.
The Two of Swords would suggest that you have been hurt, maybe not by your present relationship, but possibly by one in the past, leaving deep wounds. The crossed Swordsprotect the heart from further hurt. This can block you emotionally and you may use theSwords to strike out should anyone attempt to get close to you. Time is needed to learn to trust again.
the two of wands
the two of cups
the two of pentacles
The man’s brown over-garments and green shoes symbolise his connection with the Element of Earth. His red under-garments stand for the passion and energy he is putting into controlling his finances.
In the background we see ships with their cargo ride out the high tides suggesting trade and commerce. He needs those ships to dock safely or to reach their intended destination on time and in one piece for they may contain goods he has ordered or stock for his customers. His cash-flow may be stretched to the limit at the moment and he may be walking a bit of a tightrope financially. He is worried that there may not be enough money or indeed enough of him (Pentacles also represent the physical body) to go around. He needs to keep those Pentacles in the air and moving. It is all a bit of a gamble really and as Pentacles do not like to take risks, this will be a very difficult time for him.
He may indeed have cash-flow problems but with a bit of hard work and effort he can keep afloat. The clear blue skies in the background suggest that the situation is not very serious. If he was to look out to sea he could see for himself that although his ships sail upon rough seas they are quite able to manage the Ups and Downs of the huge waves.
This is only a temporary stage but the man doesn’t seem to have the time to properly evaluate the situation for what it is. He is being kept on his toes and with the many demands in his life. In the Two of Pentacles this man learns how to multi task and how to adapt to anything that is thrown at him. It is giving him valuable tools for the future. Like the ups and downs he will experience in life he realises that money is no different. There will be times when it flows smoothly and times when it appears to dry up altogether. If things are tight at the moment he must make the necessary cut-backs here and there to balance things out and keep it moving. However, not everyone is good at achieving this.
The man in the Two of Pentacles needs to find balance and moderation in his life too. All work and no play made Jack a dull boy. If he allows no time for relaxation or fun, he is liable to become tired and tense and he may find his mood fluctuates like the waves behind him, up one day and down the next.
Money is also an energy and as we all know, what comes into one hand has a habit of going out in the other rather quickly. It is the same money going around and around, being passed from one person to another in exchange for goods or services. Unless this cycle is maintained then commerce and trade will collapse. In order to make money we often have to spend it first. Energy begets Energy and Money begets more Money. It is a well-known fact that those who have a lot of money can easily make more. However, sometimes it is a small investment that gets the ball rolling and creates momentum in the cycle. This man may have started with just One Pentaclebut he knows that if he invests or uses it wisely he can make it double if not more.
The Two of Pentacles is mainly a card about finances and generally relates to decisions to be made in that area. There will be tension and stress in relation to decisions around finances as it is bound to involve a large sum of money. You may be deciding on whether you can afford to buy that house, car or whether you should save some more. You may be examining the costs of getting married. If you do decide to spend, will it leave you too financially vulnerable? You will have to weigh up the pros and cons and see if you will have enough to go around. Whatever you are purchasing may have extra costs attached so get your figures straight.
The Two of Pentacles also relates to your physical life and it can suggest that you are finding it all a bit of a struggle at present. You may be juggling several things at the moment and feel your life is bogged down with demands and commitments such as work, relationships, family, study. You may feel that you have too many balls in the air which you fear will come crashing down at any moment.
The Two of Pentacles can also suggest the sideways movement of money, as in transferring money from one account to another. There is also the possibility of doubling your money as the Pentacles in the infinity symbol reminds us of the embryo splitting in two to produce twins.
You may have to choose between two jobs or careers. The decision made will more than likely be based on the financial outcome. You must ask yourself if money is more important to you than job or personal satisfaction?
The Threes in the Tarot represent creativity, growth and development. The number Three in numerology represents the upright triangle. By adding an extra number, Two has been forced out of its inertia and moved forward. Therefore, all the Suits will be experiencing a development or growth in their individual situations which will accelerate their journey through the Minor Arcana.
Therefore, we see them individually act on the decisions that were taken in the Two. After deliberating over whether to stay or go in the Two of Wands, a decision has been arrived at and definite action is taken in the Three. The loving couple so drawn to each other in the Two of Cups are celebrated and congratulated by all in the Three, as their relationship strengthens and grows. The stressful decisions or dilemma in the Two of Swords leads to deep pain and despair as the hurt intensifies in the Three. The financial balancing act in the Two of Pentacles begins to stabilise as the correct action is taken in the Three to develop and maintain financial growth.
As the Maiden, The Empress is young, healthy and most importantly, fertile – she is in the Spring-time of her life. As the Mother, she is the nurturer and carer of both the new life which incubates within her and also when birthed – she is thus in the Summer-time of her life. As the Crone, she is the wise woman with much experience who both the Maiden and Mother turn to for advice. The Crone also brings us death and the end of the cycle – she is now in the Winter-time of her life. Therefore The Empress reminds us that just like the leaves on the trees behind her and the wheat at her feet are now ripe and in full bloom, they were once just buds or seedlings, and in time they, like all her creations will also wither and die, for this is nature’s way of things. It is the natural progression of all life and creation and therefore should be accepted. She reminds us that there is a time to be born, to be young and carefree. There is a time to grow up, mature and accept responsibility. Alas, there is also a time to grow old, let go and eventually die. The Empress’s appearance heralds the summer time in life; a time of growth, creativity, abundance and prosperity.
The Empress in her role as Mother Nature gives birth to all creation and lovingly nurtures and cares for it. However, she is also responsible for its death. Both her crown and card number reflect this aspect. She encourages you to accept all your feelings and deny none of them. She enjoys each stage of her life and is aware of her connection to the cycle of all creation. What is born will eventually die and therefore we must enjoy and make the most of every day that we have. The Empress also understands the order of the Universe and when her time comes to be the Crone it will not be long before she will be reborn once more and become the Maiden again. She reminds us that it is by embracing all aspects and stages of our life that we will find true happiness and self-knowledge.
In this card we meet Mother Nature, the Earth Goddess, in her Summer-time as the Mother aspect of the Triple Goddess when she is ripe, mature and bursting with life and growth. Her senses are practically singing as The Empress perfectly reflects this aspect and revels in the joys of life with all her senses vibrating in response to her environment. She likes to experience life in a very real and profound manner. She is in-touch with herself, knows who she is and what she wants.
The Empress‘s garden is rich and beautiful as she sits as the ruler or Goddess of this natural environment. The sky is clear, bright and sunny suggesting summer and happy harmonious times. The Empress certainly brings a warm loving energy into a reading. She is the very embodiment of Mother Earth, Mother Nature. Everything she touches grows and she is responsible for the continued growth and flourishing of every tree, flower, crop, blade of grass, stream, river and creature that exist within her environment.
the three of swords
The torrential rain in the background symbolises the flow of tears we find impossible to stem when our heart is broken. Rain, however, is a powerful cleanser. The downpour during a thunderstorm clears the air and washes away all unnecessary debris so that we can breathe once more. The earth looks renewed and refreshed after a thunderstorm. Tears, like rain have incredible cleansing abilities and can greatly assist in washing away our sorrows. As the rain bursts forth from the clouds it triggers a huge emotional release.
Each of the Three Swords represents a painful truth or hard lesson that has to be learned and endured. The longer the Swords stay embedded in the Heart, the more entrenched they become and the more bitter and hardened it becomes. The Swords must be pulled out one after another to allow the blood/emotions flow so that healing can begin. This may not be an easy thing to do because the very act of pulling those Swords out may involve having to forgive someone, ask for forgiveness of another or even forgive yourself.
When the Three of Swords appears in a reading heartbreak, grief, sadness and pain are suggested. The pain may be so intense you might feel as though someone has stuck a dagger through your heart. The suffering represented by this card is not confined to one area of your life so its presence can suggest anything and everything that cuts you to the core. It could be the loss of a loved one, illness, a separation or divorce, a broken friendship, family disloyalty, betrayal, a job loss, exam failure or even the loss of a legal case. In order to come out of this a better person it is important not to deny the pain or suffering represented by this card. Instead, you must live through it, experience the sharpness of it, let it wash over you and be patient with it. By living through the pain, only then will you know when you are beginning to heal. Time heals and this time of suffering will surely pass.
Release is key with The Three of Swords. A great sorrow, usually rooted in the past, is often indicated with this card. Painful memories can be heavily repressed. The Three of Swords highlights the need to let go of old pains and hurts as they are bound to be affecting the present. It is a time to talk about them. Let all the associated sorrow flow through the tears that you have been holding onto for such a long time. It is important to experience the pain and grief of your loss or sadness. Express it, not repress it. You must open up and let it out before it poisons you from within. Allow yourself to forgive and be forgiven.
the three of wands
The man is dressed in a travelling cloak of high quality. He is preparing for action and travel. The red colouring of the cloak reflects the passion he has for life, his ambition and determination to succeed. A green mantle is draped around his shoulder suggesting his desire for success in the material world. Green also introduces earthly stability to Fire. He now shoulders responsibility, or may be committing to something. The blue of his right sleeve aims to remind him of his spiritual duty when taking action. A checkered sash of black and yellow hangs diagonally on his cloak. This I suggest symbolises the possible differing viewpoints of others he is involved with. He must incorporate these views or opinions into the overall plan if venturing forth with others. This sash may be coloured black and white in other decks. It might suggest the influence of both the Magician and High Priestess in bringing him to this point of expansive release.
The Wand he leans on carries many representations. It may suggest he still relies on the support of others, or perhaps needs another’s help to implement plans. The Wand can suggest he is not on his own. He has someone to turn to, someone on his side, someone who wants what he wants, sees what he sees. Of all the Wands depicted, this one is closest to him. This could be a special person, but could also reflect his need to retain independence and personal identity regardless of company present. He may have joined with another, or others, but he is still his own person, and at times will want to assert it. He is used to doing his own thing and going his own way without check or caution. He may revert to this behaviour when confronted with resistance or disagreement.
The man stands with his back to us. We cannot see his expression, but his shoulders are not slumped. He stands confidently and assuredly. His physique appears strong and healthy. He is possibly young, a pioneer, a maverick. He has moved away from his past in favour of a dazzling future ahead. The Wand depicted at his back could symbolise that which he leaves behind. It could be the life in The Ace he has outgrown, or his single status. It could be a bad experience, a failed relationship, or an unfulfilling career. What he leaves behind may also be his home, country, family and friends. Leaving it all behind may not be as simple as he thinks, for this Wand could find it trailing like a shadow wherever he goes. He may not be able to escape his past. He might even want to return to it. The Wand can be significant on many levels. It could suggest a third party not exactly in line with the other two Wands, which although positioned quite far apart, seem to share equality. This Wand might be a secret third person in the background, someone flying below the radar, or someone who must be reluctantly accommodated. With Three being a number of creation and birth, the third Wand can also symbolise the product of union between the two main Wands, their offspring.
The sky dazzles with brilliant sunlight. The man can see for miles and miles. Not a cloud hampers his view. There is an impression of heat. Mountains and hills line the far shore line. These suggest challenges ahead, but none that should be worried over at this point in time. The bigger picture is favoured and the man is captivated by the vision before him. He does not want to ruin this moment by worrying over the detail of his future, even though he might be advised to do so. If he did, it may stop or slow his progress, but it could also prevent him from making mistakes he may later regret. He is optimistic and positive about his success.
The decision process of the Two is now behind him and he has put his plans into action. He has moved forward in great leaps and bounds. He has climbed to the top of a hill or mountain not only to get a better view of this bright new world in front of him but also to oversee that which he has created or given birth to. Although he quietly watches the ships below him come and go, the fire within burns like a furnace. These are ships that he has set sail to carry both goods and information back and forth to the new world. He has a big plan, a vision of what is to come and all he might be. The ships symbolise the amazing voyage of discovery he is about to embark upon. This voyage will take him to exciting places where he will discover many new cultures and lifestyles. He will gain direct experience of how others conduct business and products that he could only every have dreamed of. He will meet interesting people who will inspire and encourage him. He will bask in the heat of his glory and come into his own power.
The Three of Wands is often associated with emigration. We saw the terrible dilemma in the Two of whether to stay with what was familiar and safe or take a chance of moving onto something new and challenging. It is the decision part that often paralyses us and brings pain. However, once a decision has eventually been reached, it often brings relief to all those involved. Instead of wondering and worrying about things, everyone now knows where they stand. Real plans can then be made and action taken. In the Three we see excitement and a sense of adventure take over from worry and doubt. You are happy with the decisions you have made and are prepared to take a chance on a new life. You feel positive about the future and enthusiastic about your new home and life.
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notice how the Three Cups form an upright triangle. Something has grown and developed well. They may have joined forces to work on a project which has been immensely successful or perhaps they have won an award for something they have created.
One woman is dressed completely in red suggesting that she may indeed be the driving force behind their success or celebration. Even her undergarments are red. This indicates a very ambitious person, who could get ruthless should things go wrong. The woman dressed in white with the over-gown of orange or yellow suggests that she too is fired with enthusiasm and eagerness. However, she is genuinely warm and joyous. Her undergarment of white suggests that at the end of the day her heart is always in the right place and she operates on pure motives and with good intent. The woman dressed in white is totally innocent and possible quite naive. She is part of and included in this group because it suits the situation at present and she may be of some use. However, that could easily change at any time.
the three of pentacles
The Three of Pentacles turning up in a reading can suggest that at last your skills have been recognised by others and you are beginning to get a reputation for the quality of your work. It is a time for being rewarded at long last for all the effort you have been putting in for so many years. Others are prepared to back you now and offer support where in the past you struggled alone with your ideas and plans for the future. You are now seen as a good long-term investment and others admire your professionalism and attention to detail.
The Three of Pentacles highlights the Group aspect in your life. It can represent the coming together of a team who work together in a cooperative and collaborative manner to ensure the success of a project or venture. Each member of the team has something to offer which compliments the skills and qualities of the other team members. This card demonstates the power of collective energy in numbers. We may all want to take the sole credit for our wonderful ideas and plans but going it alone may make the journey much, much slower and much, much lonlier. Progress is possible when we join forces with other like-minded people so don’t be afraid or reluctant to call on the help of others.
As a conscientious and caring father The Emperor first prepares The Fool for the harshness of the outside world by setting examples and laying down easy to follow guide lines within the family structure and home. In The Emperor, The Fool experiences the second love in his life ‚Äì the love of a child for his father. In his positive sense The Emperor can become the perfect Role Model for his son and the Hero to his daughter. The son‚Äôs future relationship with women and how he treats them will be influenced by his father‚Äôs attitude and behaviour towards his mother. The daughter‚Äôs future self-esteem and relationship with men will also be strongly influenced by this.
As the archetypal father, The Emperor will be strong, firm and assume leadership and authority within his household. A man of honour and respect, he is a commanding figure. He will provide his family with stability, security and protection. Not afraid to go into battle, he will rush to defend their honour and do what has to be done during times of crisis or trauma. He will be responsible for setting rules and boundaries that The Fool must obey. He is also the disciplinarian who will enforce and administer the necessary punishment should The Fool fail to comply.
The Fool must now learn that for every action he takes there will be a consequence. The Emperor helps him to understand that even though he may not appreciate these often harsh lessons at the time, he will one day be grateful to his father for curbing his impulsive behaviour and unruly thoughts. The Fool still turns to his mother, The Empress, for comfort and nurturing but he has now learned that it is to The Emperor, his father, he will turn to when in need of sound advice or guidance in practical matters. He respects not only his authority but also his seniority and vast experience. The Fool in turn will one day pass on these values to his own children.
the four of swords
As we silently watch over this worn out Knight, we notice that he has his hands joined in prayer. We also notice the stained glass window above him. The colourful stained glass depicts the image of a saint with a halo giving spiritual support and counsel to a disciple who kneels before him. Regardless of what the Knight has been through he has not lost his faith. He prays to his Gods for help and support during this difficult time and in the stained glass we see that his prayers have been heard and are being answered. The Knight may lie on a grey cold tomb but his body is bathed in the glow of yellowy-golden light that streams down from the stained glass bringing the comforting message from above that all will be well.
When this card appears it may advise that receiving counselling for your issues would be of benefit. Sometimes, when we are in the middle of turmoil and upset, we cannot see the wood for the trees and turning to a calm and non-judgemental third-party can bring clarity and a new perspective. The third-party could be a friend, family member, doctor, counsellor, spiritual or religious guide. It is important not to lose your faith at this time for it is possible to make a full recovery even though you may feel very low right now.
the four of wands
When the Four of Wands appears in your reading it brings with it a great sense of joy, excitement and contentment. It indicates strongly that you are entering a very stable and prosperous period in your life. It is a time for feeling supported by all those around you.
A move to a new home, country, environment or workplace is often highlighted by the presence of this card and if so then it would suggest that a warm welcome awaits you there. Wherever it is you are going, be it temporary or permanent, you will find a strong supportive network of people around you. Once through the entrance gate or door you will experience a strong sense of community spirit where you will automatically be accepted. They are as excited about your arrival every bit as you are and will want to help smooth the transition for you and be eager to help. It is in the Four of Wandsthat you will find the kindly neighbours or welcoming committee who arrive with home-cooked apple pies and casseroles while you un-pack your possessions into your new home.
the four of cups
As this card is also known as the Daydream Card, the figure may be away with the faeries or on another planet, dreaming of the ideal life, romance and wishing he was somewhere else. Lacking the energy to motivate himself into action, he may prefer to live in a fantasy world rather than face the harshness of reality.
The Four of Cups card can sometimes be referred to as “the morning after the night before”. After all the merriment, socialising and indulgence of the Three, exhaustion and apathy may have set in. Hung-over and wrecked the figure in this card may have no energy left to be interested in what is been offered to him. The partying and celebrating of the night before has seriously caught up with him.
The Four of Cups often represents hurts, upsets and being totally disillusioned by those around you but especially by a relationship you thought meant something very special. The figure looks upset and almost in a state of disbelief. What could have happened to upset him so or is it just that his palate has become jaded with the life he leads and people he associates with? He may have been overly eager to get tied up with someone in the Three and got carried away with the excitement of it all. For sure, since he set off in the Ace, he has been looking for love. He appeared to have found his soul-mate in the Two and was quick to want to make a commitment in the Three, but as with all Cups, he may have let his heart run away with him too soon and became blind to any unsettling undercurrents at play. He can now regret or repent at leisure.
the four of pentacles
You may be stubbornly holding onto a situation or position that no longer serves your best interests. Maybe it is time to let go. It may all come down to just being a habit, but fear of change keeps you clinging on relentlessly.
Another strong feature of this card is obsessiveness and meanness. It can be a sign that you have been neglecting friends or family by being mean with your time, resources or money. Your busy life might be getting in the way rather than any nasty intentions, so no need to feel guilty if this is the case. However, you may have a need to “have and get” all the time and the need to claim ownership. You may look upon your friends or family as possessions also, and expect them to be at your beck and call. It can be a sign of being self-centred when all you can think about is yourself and your needs.
Before him kneel two disciples or monks. One has a robe depicting red roses symbolising his desire to learn and understand and the other’s gown depicts white lilies symbolising his purity and innocence of mind.
At the feet of The Hierophant lie two keys which are crossed. One is silver and the other, gold.
The Hierophant, like The Magician, sits with one hand pointing up to the heavens. In his other hand he holds a staff with a triple cross which he points at his disciples. The Hierophant channels energy from the heavens through him, down through the staff and then into the disciples. The disciples rely on The Hierophant to access God or spiritual knowledge. The disciples believe that it is necessary to contact God through The Hierophant as yet they do not understand they can do this directly and without the help of another. They believe that it is only he, The Hierophant, who has the power to connect with such a force.
The Hierophant is quite happy with this belief as he would not want any of his disciples getting ideas of their own and other than what is traditionally expected or acceptable. As a result, he is in a position to control and influence others according to his ideals, beliefs and judgements. The Hierophant appears to sit in an elevated position above the two disciples which suggests that he considers himself to be superior to them. They in turn look up to him and seek direction and guidance from their self-appointed role model.
The two crossed keys, symbolise that they way to true enlightenment or spiritual understanding lies within both the inner world (subconscious) represented by the silver key and the outer world (conscious) represented by the gold key. It would suggest that the disciples are not yet ready to understand this as they allow only the outer world, as in The Hierophant and his instruction, to influence their understanding of God. They need to use the silver key to access their inner world where great wisdom is available in order to form their own opinions as to who or what God is and how best to connect with him.
It is often a card that suggests you may be giving your power away to someone else or even a group of people. It is a card for blindly following what everyone else is doing. It can suggest that you are not taking responsibility for your own life or your spiritual beliefs, but rather surrendering your free will to another. The Hierophant strong selling point is that he appears to offer respectability to those who follow him.
The Hierophant represents the role model, who you look up to, follow and try to imitate. This is all well and good for a while but you must at some stage strike out on your own, live by your own beliefs and have your own attitudes and opinions. You need to explore life for yourself and in doing so, may discover that what the role model represents or would have you believe is not after all that which you now want or need. It is time to think outside the box and form your own views. You may be going about things the wrong way. A fresh approach to the situation may be needed. It might be time to break the rules and try something completely new and a far cry from what you normally would do under the current circumstances.
the five of swords
The Swords Suit deals with the ability to communicate through the written and spoken word. The fact that the mainFigure is in charge of all the Swords at this moment in time suggests that he has full say in what happens from here on in. He has taken away or closed off any avenue of communication when he took their Swords. The Two Swords that lie on the ground suggest that their owners have no say or have chosen to shut down, no longer interested in engaging in this issue. Communication is lacking here as one forces his opinions and ways on the others without mutual consent or debate.
The Main Figure has emerged victorious from the battle. He stands powerful and superior, exhilarated by the Outcome. He is in charge now, he is the Leader and all must obey. However, if he has won, then where are his supporters, where are his followers, where are his allies? Why aren’t his opponents acting honorable in defeat? During times of war there are certain rules and etiquette that govern the battle field and soldier to soldier combat. The Victor of this battle may not have played fair or fought by the rules. There is a possibility he has broken all rules of engagement and people may now view him as dishonorable and Mercenary. His attitude to them may be that “all is fair in love and war” and that “the best man win by whatever means he can”. The end justifies the means for this Man and has probably used every trick in the book, cut below the belt at every opportunity or stabbed them in the back rather than confront them face to face. He may stand there and consider himself the Superior Victor and Champion but he stands alone as he no longer has any friends or allies. He has won the battle but at what cost? He must also remember those mountains in the distance for there will be more battles to come and he may not always be so lucky. He may have won this particular battle but not the war, and, if defeated the next time, he cannot expect to be shown mercy after the scant regard he has shown for others.
In another Reading, we may see the overall Champion or Victor of a stupendous challenge which may have been internal or external. He has overcome not only his own limited self-belief, but also the constant doubt and put-downs of others. No one believed he had it in him or would last the course but he did and now can show everyone his personal strength and superiority in this situation. The glory is all his and his opponents can skulk away, enraged, jealous and envious of his position. They have had the power for too long. They also had exerted power over him too, but now he is in the driving seat and in control. This may be either a very Positive or very Negative Outcomedepending on the Reading and which perspective we are interpreting from. All the Swords he holds may have originally being his and is only taking back, what by rights, he is entitled to or has, as a result of his situation, flipped from Passive to Aggressive. There we have two very different stories
the five of wands
So, we have determined they are not engaged in mortal combat, but what else might they be up to? If we closely observe their faces, they do not appear to make eye contact with each other. Perhaps their Wands clash because they are not looking where they are going, or are too caught up with their own agendas to notice or care about others. They move around like busy bees. There is also a sense of urgency and haste in their mad running around. Could this be a challenge that must be completed in a set time? Do the five figures work independently or are they part of a team? With the Wands flying in all directions, we wonder if there is a common cause at all. There is also a distinct absence of leadership.
When the Five of Wands appears, a situation you are experiencing may require you to think on your feet and outside the box. There might be little time to plan or work out a strategy. You must make it up as you go along. This will test your mettle to see what you are made of. You may be handed a mess or disaster to sort out with little knowledge of where to start or how to go about sorting it out. Chaos surrounds with everyone in a flap. Others may look to you for guidance and direction but it may feel like the blind leading the blind right now, an impossible task. Take comfort in the fact its probably not as bad as first anticipated. It just looks that way. Take a very deep breath as you will be diving in at the deep end. Disagreeable individuals who feel aggrieved may make like difficult and take out their frustration on you. You could get blamed for the mistakes or disaster of others. Prepare to take some flak.
the five of cups
One thing is for sure and that is the Figure in this Five has certainly lost his emotional stability. As he pulls his black cloak tightly around him he becomes one with his sadness, grief and suffering. Behind him and facing East stand Two Cups suggesting that all is not lost. Although he has experienced loss and terrible change in his life, something of value still remains. These Cups bridge the gap between the past and the future but he is either unaware of their presence or is not interested in what they have to offer. He is bereft and just wants his Three Cups back. These Two Standing Cups may be opportunities or friends and family offering support and help. These Cups may also offer a chance to heal but they are cold comfort to him right now and of no consolation. At this moment in time, the Figure, is clothed in the black darkness of his situation, his depression and negativity. He is not interested in being drawn out or coaxed away from his sorrow and indeed may get angry with those who try to, even if their heart is in the right place. How could they understand pain like his as he closes his world in around him, aware of precious little else as his grief grows enormously around him. He just wants to be left alone to focus on his loss.
The Two remaining Cups will stay and stand by him regardless of whether he wants them or not and be ready to catch him should he stumble or fall. Eager to take him forward into the future they will patiently sit it out with him in his dysfunctional present until he is ready. These Two Cups are wise and know that no matter how bad he feels now, that this time too will pass and the pain will become easier to bear. Indeed it may go away altogether. The Figure in the Five of Cups has some way to go yet before he will be open to such understanding or acceptance.
When he is ready, the Bridge in the background will be his safe passage back to life and stability as it bridges the gap between the past and the future. At present, the Bridge appears to be far away in the background indicating how far away this Figure is from emotional and physical stability. Like the Two Cups that stand firm behind him, he is not yet aware of the existence of the Bridge but when he is ready, will lift his head and make his way slowly to it. The River that flows beside him and under the Bridge symbolises the current stream of events and his emotions. The current appears to be strong and this is reflected in the overwhelming strength of emotion he is feeling at present. However, Water in itself is cleansing by nature so if he allows his painful emotions to flow and outwardly express them rather than repress them he will feel much lighter within. He must let his tears and words flow forth. Even if his tears are of anger, regret or shame they must be released if he is ever to stand a chance of finding stable ground once more. This may involve letting the past go, forgiving someone, asking forgiveness of another or indeed forgiving himself. By the time he is ready to take the journey back to normal life again, it may all be water under the Bridge.
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The church and stained glass window suggests that there is a spiritual aspect to their want yet the focus of their suffering and loss is on the two distant castles, the material world. They may have owned these two castles and lived in them, but now they are gone and probably a lot more too besides. Left with nothing but the shirt or cloak on their backs they are shocked and ashamed by their situation for this is not what they had planned or had prepared for. If things had gone well for them then they would be sitting up in those castles right now, entertaining guests or making business deals. They now believe they have lost everything and have little left to live for as they trudge through the deep drifts. The two wretched-looking Figures forget that besides the effort that must be made to look after and provide for the physical, they also have a spiritual duty. However, they ignore this aspect and cannot understand its relevance to their situation or plight. Over the course of time they have become disconnected from their spiritual side which would have sustained them during this hard time of loss and want. They can only think of their material needs which, might easily be sorted if they stopped letting their personal pride get in the way of asking for help. The two Figures want on a spiritual level, and this, when closely analysed closely, is at the root of their misery. It is no wonder then that they walk by the church instead of into it.
Only thinking of their own piteous circumstances, they seem to be unaware of each other, for this is a lonely road they travel. If they reached out to each other, they may realise they are not the only ones in such dire circumstances and that there are others even worse off. They would be stronger together and may even form a plan to better their chances of survival. The cripple may have, or know, something of use that the woman does not and vice versa.
There may be people or organisations behind the stained glass windows, or even friends and family still living in the castle who would be willing to help, but pride may have prevented them from disclosing the full extent of their plight. They may feel too important or too ashamed to ask for help. They may find their circumstances humiliating and degrading. They might prefer to go without rather than to be seen claiming welfare benefit or assistance. Feeling like low-lifers, they find it hard to think in any way positively. As a result, the naturally healthy and well nourished Pentacle constitution may begin to fail as they fall into negative mindsets and self-neglect.
They have forgotten their way or who they are, for they have let their possessions and wealth define them. The misery outside is a reflection of the misery inside. Their very negativity stands between them and abundance. The Universe will supply for them but they have lost faith and believe they are doomed.
Because we are dealing with the Pentacleswe must also consider that these wretched Figures are not as badly off as they think. The scene depicted in this card may only be in their mind and not a reality. If they have come from a background of want and deprivation they may have psychological issues to overcome about money and financial security. They may live in constant fear of having to go back to that type of existence and so, worry incessantly about money, what they are getting, how much they are spending and the cost of everything. There may be a tendency to go without, rather than spend a cent.
When The Five of Pentacles appears in a reading it can suggest that you are experiencing hard times and feeling insecure. Poverty, loss, illness and deep loneliness are suggested by this Five, so it is not particularly welcome in a Reading. Your circumstances appear to have taken a turn for the worse. There is a possibility that you have lost substantially or taken a hard hit. The loss suggested does not always indicate financial loss, but because this is a Pentacles Card, it is quite likely that money matters are causing deep concern regardless of other issues. The deterioration may have been ongoing or very sudden.
If you have been declining offers of help from family or friends, then the appearance of this card in your Reading suggests that the time has come to let others in. They do have your best interests at heart and know that you would do the same for them should the circumstances be reversed. That is what family and friends are for. They stand by you through the good and bad times. The above interpretation works both ways, so if you know of someone who is struggling and down on their luck, then you might be in a position to help them. They may be too proud to ask so you need to be the one to make a gesture and not make it look like you are offering them charity.
The Five of Pentacles can be an indication that deep spiritual change is needed and an understanding that money is not everything and, most certainly, not a guarantee of happiness. Instead of being physically hungry, the hunger may be more on an emotional or spiritual level. You need to evaluate your life to see where the true feeling of deprivation is coming from. You may need to take a look around you, and certainly further than your front door, to understand what true poverty means.
The Four Sixes in the Tarot represent stability and security or the potential or opportunity to find it. A halt or ceasefire has been called on their individual battles or difficulties. Now that the storm has passed each Suit will seek comfort, harmony, peace and equilibrium in the only way they know which is governed by their influencing Element. Most of the Suits will be showing signs of exhaustion and weariness after the Five and some may just want to crawl into the nearest hole and stay there until their breathing and heart beat returns to normal. They may all need help and support from those around them and so fittingly, the Sixes in the Tarot are also connected with Charity, Patronage and Support. Some, more than others, may have found that the demands of the Five have left them drained and low. They must now look to those around them, family, friends or the wider community to assist them on their continued journey. All have a role and duty to play at this stage and the act of Giving and Receving comes into strong focus in the Six.
The man seems to be unaware of the Angel as he stares at the woman while the woman looks up to the Angel. This again represents the masculine and feminine, opposites, duality and conscious/subconscious aspects at play once again. The man looks outwardly for inspiration in the physical sense while the woman goes within to connect with spirit for fulfillment in her life. For perfect balance both of these qualities or approaches are necessary. The two combined are more powerful than when alone. The man instructs woman on the ways of the world through physical and direct experience while the woman helps man understand that he has a spiritual purpose to fulfill, that he is first and foremost spirit learning to live in the physical.
The Nudity of the man and woman symbolises their desire to be open and honest with each other. They feel safe enough with each other enabling them to show their true self and be accepted for who they are, warts and all.
The Lovers Card asks questions of you regarding the nature of what it is that draws or attracts you to another. Do you fully understand why you select the partners you do? You may gain important information about yourself and the nature of all relationships in your life if you take time to analyse or meditate on this. If your relationships are generally successful then you have little to ponder over but if you have a pattern of getting hurt or taken advantage of then it may be you that is at fault and not the partners you choose.
the six of swords
When the Six of Swords appears in a Reading it often suggests that you are making an attempt to distance yourself from a situation of stress and turmoil in order to heal and rebalance. It is a positive indication that you are slowly moving from turbulent seas into calmer waters. It is a time for leaving a troubled past behind to move positively into the future. You can now see light at the end of the tunnel. The Six of Swords asks you to trust that life will support you and bring new rewarding experiences. You must find belief in yourself and a new sense of purpose. The Six of Swords marks a transition period in your life as you move from one state of mind to another.
You may be trying to run away from your problems on the basis of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Remember that even though some of the conflict and stress in your life may be caused by others, there is a very good chance that you are one of your own worst enemies. No matter where you go, you will probably find similar issues and situations develop over a period of time. You must reflect on this and question the role you play in the ongoing drama of your life. You may be bringing problems from your past into your present and future. You may have thought that you had dealt with certain issues, but in fact they are still there and are influencing everything you do, think and feel. They might be slowing down your progress.
Unfortunately, The Six of Swords may highlight that you have a tendency to run from relationships at the first sign of trouble or conflict. Instead of confronting the situation through communication and compromise you pack your bags and flee. Because you pay no attention to your role in relationship disasters, you are likely to come up against the same or similar problems in future relationships. You may be entering a relationship with heavy baggage in tow or getting involved with someone who has had a troublesome past.
In the Six of Swords the imagery also stirs up an atmosphere of underhand, illegal or covert operations. The group on this boat may be wary about being caught. They might be doing something they shouldn’t. Any cargo in the boat may be hidden or concealed. They may be travelling with false papers or even pretending to be the parents of the child. They may be sneaking away without telling anyone. Something may not be quite right.
the six of wands
The man’s appearance and posture suggest strength, pride and self-confidence. Both he and the horse are dressed for show. Even though the horse looks as if he is about to burst out of his skin at any moment, the man feels no need to hold the reins with both hands as he knows his power and influence, and in turn, the horse accepts the man as his master. He is in full control at present but must remember that it is only because the horse is willing. Should he choose to do so, or if he became annoyed or tired of the man at any stage, he could take off or dump him in a ditch. At present, the horse will allow him to have his way.
Let us all acknowledge that the day belongs to the Man on horseback and it is he who everyone has come to see. After the gritty and determined battle for supremacy in the Five, a victor has emerged and he carries out his triumphant lap of honor in style. He is savouring every moment of his success and is riding high on a sea of support from his screaming fans. After all his hard work, physical effort and unbreakable stamina he has emerged as the winner of the games and is soaking up the sweet taste of success and victory. Could anything be or feel better than this? As he makes his way around the arena, he stops every now and then to salute the crowd who go insane at this acknowledgment of their presence. He has earned their full respect and admiration by rewarding them for staying with him and believing in him. There will be many parties around the town tonight for everyone wants to celebrate his win.
He must guard against being famous just for being famous. He must not lose sight of his original goal. He must show the world that he is not just a ‘one hit wonder’ but will build on and add to his success by achieving more and more. He must deliver on any promises made. The ground is a very far way down from where he sits right now but as the saying goes “pride cometh before a fall”. He could have a very nasty fall off his horse should he chose to ignore this gem of wisdom.
Success is yours. You have won. When theSix of Wands appears in a spread it suggests Victory in whatever it is you are pursuing or fighting for. However, it will only be as a result of hard work, stamina, tenacity and strong determination on your part. If you are prepared to put in the effort then you shall be rewarded well. There is no need to battle anymore and it is time to start building for the future.
The Six of Wands appearing can suggest a time in life when you eventually receive the praise and acknowledgement you have rightly earned. You have beaten the rest and are declared The Best. Top of your Game and Top of the Class, you have walked away with first prize. The Cup is yours and Awards may be forthcoming. There may even be a bit of fame on the way for you. You could get your name in the papers (for all the right reasons), appear on television or radio and even have people asking for your autograph. Accept the applause and all the compliments that go with it but don’t become a one-hit wonder and don’t get too cocky or arrogant under this influence. Those who put you up there will also delight in bringing you down. Come down to earth as soon as possible. There is still much for you to achieve and a lot more work to do. Staying at the top can be quite tough. However, now is a time to hold your head up high and feel extremely proud of all you have achieved.
If you are one of the crowd following behind, the Upright Six of Wands, suggests you are happy to do this. Maybe, you would feel uncomfortable in a leadership role and prefer others to make those important decisions that would terribly stress you. You rely on them to pave the way and will help them in their success because you get nicely rewarded too. It is a balanced situation all round and one that all are happy to be involved in.
the six of cups
When the Six of Cups appears in a Spread, it often suggests that the past is being focussed upon or that the issues surrounding the Reading are being influenced by something in your past. By looking into your past, you may find the answer, solution or at least an explanation. Memories of the past flood in. For some reason or other, the past is significant in your life right now and you must ask why? It may be due to your current situation not bringing you the happiness you seek. If you were happy in the past, and it does not necessarily mean childhood, then you could be yearning for the old days or how things used to be.
The Six of Cups is an extremely nostalgic card. It speaks about childhood and reminiscing about days of yore. Generally, The Upright Six brings happy memories and fond recollections of times gone by.
If you have been through a tough time, then the Six of Cups can suggest that you are, or need to, seek support or solace from friends and family at this time. You may feel safer and more comfortable with familiar faces and places so it is not a good time for starting new things or heading off on your own. If you need to talk to someone about a problem then it should be someone who knows you well as he or she will better understand your situation and how it is affecting you. There are many you know who would gladly help. They may be standing by waiting for you to make the first move. Perhaps, an older member of the family who you look up to and respect? They may be only too willing to share some wise experience with you.
the six of pentacles
Are you the giver or the receiver? Are you the one apparently well off or the one who is poor? How do you feel about giving and why do you give? Do you find it easy to receive or do you prefer to give? Do you feel you are giving all the time and not receiving or is it the other way around?
The Scales being balanced in the Six of Pentacles suggest that the two Figures are getting exactly what they deserve at this moment in time. What they deserve is really based on the what they consider they are worth. If the two Figures in this Card do not get up from their kneeling position soon, they will remain subservient for the rest of their lives and will be treated accordingly. However, they may have to swallow their pride at present and be grateful for whatever they receive. They have to start somewhere if they want to work their way back up the ladder again. They may see the well dressed, wealthy man as having it all, but the Pentacles need to be reminded that money does not buy happiness and it certainly is not all that is needed in this life. The Figures need to stand up and face the Man on equal footing for they may have much to teach him which might be of even greater value than his wealth.
The Six of Pentacles carries a strong message. It reminds us that our circumstances in life can change very rapidly. We can become rich or bankrupt overnight. Be aware of how tenuous your position is at any time. The next time you see a person less well-off than you, down and out and in need of help, don’t look the other way. One day you may well find yourself in the same position (‘There but for the grace of God go I’) .
The Four Sevens in the Tarot represent challenges and obstacles that must be overcome in order to achieve aims or goals. After the stabilising time spent in the Six the Universe has decided that more is now required of the individual Suits before they grow lazy or lack lustre about finishing their journey.
By now, the Four Suits should have a growing understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses in relation to any apparent successes or failures experienced to date. The Universe will not tolerate them making the same mistakes over and over so the time has come for them to ‚Äòknow thyself and thy abilities‚Äô. Therefore, the Sevens also deal with introspection and the reassessment of goals and aims. Some adjustments may need to be made in the way the Suits go about achieving them. Some challenges or obstacles faced, may seem familiar at this stage and they may ask, ‚ÄúHey, what am I doing here again?‚Äù but if they stop to think long and hard enough they will realise that if they are getting the same unwanted results for the same actions then change or a new strategy is needed.
Two sphinxes pull the chariot forward. One is black and one is white which is a reminder of the pillars in The High Priestess . These sphinxes once again represent duality or opposing forces. The Chariot appears to rest partially in water and on land again representing duality. In order for him to keep his chariot moving forward the man will have to gain control of these opposing forces. This is no easy job. One sphinx represents the heart and the other, the head so we have a mix of emotions and practicality, masculine and feminine. The man is mature enough to understand that he will get no where in life unless he learns how to control both his animal instincts and his emotions. His battle dress suggests that he is prepared to put in the necessary hard work to do just this.
The Chariot card in a number VII and with all the sevens in the Tarot the message is to not give up, to hang on in there and be determined. Keep going and through sheer hard work and commitment he will succeed or be victorious. He must maintain a forward momentum. He must not doubt himself or his abilities, he must not let the sphinxes know of his fears. He must keep the wheels of The Chariot turning.
The man in The Chariot has control of great power at this point and whatever this card is connected to in life it demands completion.
The Chariot struggles to keep his feelings and fears under control. The sphinxes just see life in black and white and given the chance would dash off in opposite directions. The man in The Chariot positions himself between the two which allows him a better chance to listen to their individual needs, thus allowing him to balance the energies and drive them forward to a common goal.
If you look closely you will notice that there appears to be no reins connecting the sphinxes to The Chariot. How does he control his chariot we may well ask? He controls it through the mastery of self-discipline and self-control.
The reins are in your hands now and great power has been given to you. Others are waiting to see what you will do with it.
The Chariot is a masculine card and a strong, powerful, successful man is suggested by his presence. This man is tenacious and doesn’t give up. Success can yours through self-discipline and control. You may be moving ahead in your career. You may have mastered a new skill and are applying it to your life or career. You are overcoming difficulties and obstacles in your life and feel in control. Look around you and see what needs to be completed. There may be left projects unfinished or arguments unresolved. Finish what you start. Don’t commit to something that you cannot finish. When involved in teamwork, make sure you are all singing from the same hymn sheet. Maintain balance and harmony within a group or team by listening to people’s needs and feelings while staying in charge and in control. Be strong but not forceful
the seven of swords
You are in a situation at present that requires you to be super alert and smart. Those around you and involved in your situation are very clever and intelligent. You need to be too in this instance. You must start analysing the facts using logic and reason before coming up with some sort of plan that will put you out on top. It needs to be something that they haven’t thought of or better still, something they never thought you would come up with. You may not think that this is possible but you need to start believing in yourself. You may see the other side as being way ahead of you and that they have held all the power in your situation. You more than likely have suffered defeat to them in the past which has dis-empowered you. The thing is, they think you are dis-empowered too for they hold all your Swords. This could be their downfall for they underestimate you. Their guard may be down as a result. You making a comeback or threat is the furthest thing from their mind right now. You have the upper hand now and need to make your strike before they wake up to what you are doing. You need to come up with a brand new strategy and game plan, then come at them from their blind side. They won’t see it coming and they won’t believe you have it in you but with careful effort on your part you can prevail. Time to use your head and think on your feet.
The Seven of Swords often appears when you need to do something that requires you to be brave and courageous. It brings with it the message of don’t give up. If your attitudes, plans and approach have not been getting you the desired result then change them. Use your initiative. Find another way to get what you want but it might involve taking risks or being daring in your approach to a situation or person. You may be unsure as to whether you have what it takes but you must do what is necessary. Now is not a time to be in two minds. You must be focussed, adaptable, resourceful, flexible and prepared to make your move when the Seven of Swords appears.
the seven of wands
After the success of the Six now comes the challenge and effort to maintain his position. It takes a lot of focused concentration and he may feel pulled this way and that. In the Upright he maintains control and is well able for all the opposition. His followers however, demand more and more of him or may have risen against him, led by the enemy. The Wandsmay also symbolise rivalry and competition for his position.
The bright blue clear sky in the background suggests that if he can just hold his ground for long enough then he stands a very good chance of freeing himself from this trying situation. He needs to take on one Wand at a time for if he attempts to rush the mob there is little chance of success. He needs to revise his game plan so that he has the upper hand. This is not a time for giving up or giving in.
The Seven of Wands is a Card of tenacity and standing your ground. There may be many who seek to take your position from you which can highlight strong rivalry or competition in your life. Fighting off stiff competition will either strengthen your resolve or leave you weakened and exhausted. You may be fighting to hold onto possession of something you consider rightfully yours. Others seek to take it from you or are hell-bent on destroying it. You cannot stand by and let this happen. You must come out fighting and with a game plan otherwise you may lose everything you have worked so hard for. You may have to act assertive and defiantly. Don’t yield to the pressure. Oppose all challenges and prepare to defend your territory. You may have to fire a warning shot to show those around you that you mean business.
The Seven of Wands can highlight the need to be on your guard at all times and having to watch your back. You may feel alone in a situation and that you are surrounded by enemies and can trust no one. Everyone seems to be out to get you or is set against you. Step back from this situation and have a good think about it. You may be getting worked up over nothing or have let your imagination get the better of you. Generally, in the Upright Seven, what you are fighting for is of worth and is valid. You can prepare to be seriously challenged when this Cardappears but stand your ground and don’t give in. Your views or opinions may be questioned or you may feel that your actions or feelings are being disputed. You may have to defend your principles and beliefs or you may be taking the higher ground in a situation. This demands courage and stamina of you. Don’t give up without a good fight.
The Seven of Wands appearing for you acknowledges that you have a very busy and demanding life. No doubt it can get hectic at times and your commitment load seems to be increasing. Even though you feel overwhelmed by this, you have the stamina to deal with it all as long as you know when to say enough is enough.
It’s tough at the top isn’t it, but that’s the price you pay for success these days. The Seven of Wands can appear in your Reading after you have obtained a long sought after goal or achievement. What you have striven for or fought for is now yours but it does not appear to be bringing you the happiness you had hoped for. What it has brought you is a lot of extra work and a massive headache.
This Card may be letting you know that you have bitten off more than you can chew. Your commitments are demanding more and more from you. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t give your achievements back so therefore you must hold tight and hang on in there until things improve or until you at least get used to the situation. With theSeven comes introspection and the need to review your plan, as a different approach may be necessary. It is important not to get into a panic with the sheer volume of work that is required but rather break it down into smaller more manageable tasks and then prioritise them.
When the Seven of Wands appears you may ask yourself what you have done to deserve all this stress? You may feel impatient and frustrated with tedium and detail. Something is blocking or standing in the way of you making the progress you desire. There is no way around this and it will not go away of its own accord. Deal with it efficiently and effectively. Compromise and communication is essential but work from a basis of good sound morals and principles. Maintain your integrity at all times and deal with the problems bit by bit. Don’t be drawn into open warfare or react in an aggressive manner. Before you know it you will have broken through and out to the other side.
The Seven of Wands often highlights bright burning ambition. It suggests that you are going after what you want and are prepared to fight your way to the top. Your personality is strong and forthright and you are very confident in your approach. Your convictions are strong too and you believe passionately in what you are doing. Make sure to pace yourself. You do not want to burn out before you reach the finish line.
the seven of cups
In the First Cup rests a Mask or Face which represents his public persona and is the mask he wears in the outside world. This is the part of him that conforms to what society demands, and behaves in a controlled and pleasing manner which people around him are used to. The Figureneeds to ask himself whether the Mask is a true representation of himself or a front to please others. Does this Mask make him happy? Is this really who he is?
In the Second Cup he watches a Snakeslither out and down the side. He knows that this Snake represents his sexuality. He needs to determine what his needs are in this area. Is he happy and comfortable with who he is or is it tied up with the Mask in the first Cup? Does he consider sex as a healthy part of being human or is it something that is hidden or shameful? The Snake also represents rebirth and renewal. Snakes have the ability to shed their skin during various stages of their growth. This makes them open to change and adaptability. The Figure must ask how prepared he is to shed the skin of his old life if he is to grow and develop.
In the Third Cup stands a tall Castle or Fortress. This symbolically represents the Figure’s home life and personal security. He needs to ask if he is happy where he is and how secure it makes him feel. Is his home and home life a place of sanctuary or a place of dread and depression? Of what importance to him are bricks and mortar and does it matter where he lives. The Castle also represents his goals and aspirations. His Castle appears very tall. Are his goals realistic and achievable or is he just building castles in the sky?
In the Fourth Cup, jewels and treasure are heaped high with some falling out the side. These represent the Figure’s ability to draw wealth to himself . Again, the Figure must ask some tough questions of himself and it is with money and possessions the answers can be difficult to voice. How important are money and possessions to him? Does he feel that he has enough or is there a craving for more? There certainly seems to be a lot in his Cup. Can he expect money to buy him happiness?
In the Fifth Cup sits a Laurel Wreath. This symbolically represents his successes, personal achievements and personal power. He must now define what success means to him. How successful does he feel? What has he achieved in life that he is proud of? What are his personal strengths? Where does he excel in life? Does he consider himself a success or failure? Does he require, trophies, certificates and awards to feel successful or does it come from within?
In the Sixth Cup a Dragon or Lizardprepares to pounce. This symbolically represents his inner demons, his shadow-self. This is his dark side, the side that the Mask in the first Cup would never reveal under any circumstances. It also represents his animalistic and instinctual nature. Does he shun this side of him in an attempt to repress it or does he let it run wild and free when no one is looking? Does it fill him with shame or would he feel relieved to bring it out in the open? Is he prepared to embrace and own his shadow-self so that he may understand himself better? Could integration of the self bring the ultimate true inner-happiness he desires?
Finally, we see the Seventh Cup resting in the centre of the large Cloud. Standing in the Cup with arms outstretched is a Shrouded Figure. The shroud conceals the face and upper body. This Figure represents his true self, the identity which at present is hidden to him, yet is very much alive and well waiting to be discovered. A strong bright aura surrounds the Shrouded Figure which vibrates with strong and powerful energy. The Shrouded Figure also symbolises his Spiritual Selfand he must ask how much attention he gives to it. He must remember he has a spiritual duty aswell as a physical one. The Seventh Cup acts as his Holy Grail and now understands the purpose of his journey. The identity of the Seventh Cup will only be revealed when the Cups Figure has put in the necessary inner work and has answered all the questions with courage and honesty.
When the Seven of Cups appears in yourReading, it is a good indication that the time has come to take stock of your life and that questions need to be answered. It is a sign that you have changed and all you have to do is scratch beneath the surface to realise that all is not as it should be. It is very probable that something has happened in your life or possibly a major incident that has caused you to stop in your tracks and analyse everything you have done to date. You may be painfully aware that you are seriously wanting in certain areas of your life. You could have a feeling of not knowing who you are anymore or not knowing what you want or what it is that will make you happy. It is quite likely you no longer want what you have or that it does not bring you the same joy. You have probably been drifting along for a long time doing the same old things and presuming you were happy. The Seven of Cups suggests that regardless of how you have felt up until now, you have reached a state of Grand Discontent. There may be a sense of lack of personal fulfilment or real happiness in your life. It sometimes takes the rug to be pulled out from under our feet in order for us to wake up and take stock of our lives before it is too late.
Regardless of the originating cause of your issue, the Seven of Cups strongly suggests that your needs are not being fulfilled whether it be in a relationship, work or personal life. You must prepare to do some deep soul-searching in order to find fulfilment and identify the cause of your discontent or apathy. To facilitate this process you may be throwing the spotlight on each area of your life to see where the real issues lie.
the seven of pentacles
Success is only a short distance away and you have probably being seeing signs of it for some time now. It looks to be very promising indeed. It has been a long time coming and has certainly taken much out of you. However, you are not exactly there yet as there are still some things to attend to before you can reap the rewards of all your toil. Regardless, the worst of the work is over now and you should be able to ease up a bit. You should feel very confident now of positive results for you are not here by chance. The Seven of Pentacles does not bring success lightly. You have worked extremely hard to get to this stage. Determination, conviction and commitment have dragged you through some pretty grim stages for the task you have taken on, is by no means small. There is a chance that you had not envisaged it to be so relentless in its demands upon you and your resources but when the going got tough, you never gave up. You are now at a stage where you can see the finish line in the distance which is wonderful and certainly encouraging but there is also the tendency to feel impatient and frustrated. This part cannot be rushed as failure to adequately attend to the finishing stages may result in a poorer return or result than expected. What is left to do is more than likely mind-numbingly boring and there may be days now where you wish you had never started. You might feel that it has sapped everything from you and still wants more, but perseverance and tenacity will save the day. You are nearly home and dry so don’t give up.
In the imagery we see the Man in the field struggle with the dilemma of harvesting his crop early for fear it may be destroyed should he leave it too long. He is worried that he may lose all he has invested on a physical and material level. What this means to you in a Reading is that you may be in a situation where you are impatient to get your return, share or cut. Fear of failure or loss may catapult you forward into making impulsive decisions.
The Seven of Pentacles asks you to step back from what you have achieved and take stock of what to do with it and your life. You have been working so hard for such a long time that you probably haven’t had much time to think about such things. If you don’t, then you run the risk of being a slave to your goals for ever or just working for the sake of working. You do not need to make any drastic moves or any changes that will destroy all you have worked so hard for. However, you now have the time to raise your head from all the heavy work and take stock of how you proceed from here. There comes a time when we must all put down our tools and take a break. Whatever it is can manage without you for the moment for you have everything in place and well organised.
Your efforts and hard work may very well have brought you the happiness and success you desired but on the other hand, you may possibly feel that it has taken too much out of you. The world won’t end if you put everything on hold for a moment. You really need to assess your goals and see if you are on track or lost in all the toil and sweat. You may have strayed or deviated from the path and now must ask yourself why? Is it because you just kept going without doing spot checks every now and then on your whereabouts or is it because you prefer the off-track route rather than the planned one. Ask yourself, Was the effort worth all the hard work? Will you get the harvest you expected? You may look back to where you came from, where you are now and what you plan to do in the future.
Like the Man in the imagery, who cuts away any dead or weak offshoots from his Pentacle plant, the Seven of Pentacles may be highlighting the need for you to do the same in your life. You might need to take stock of what is useful or not and what is necessary or not. You may need to simplify your life now and work only on those areas, that from experience, yield positive results. It is not possible to give everything the same level of focussed concentration so single out the areas that mean the most to you and cut back on or clear out the rest.
The Seven of Pentacles asks you to be patient in your search for love and suggests that you may have to wait some time before you meet the right person. It will be worth it in the end so do not try to rush into anything.
If in Business, you may be working on a financial plan. If working on a project or your own business you are beginning to see the return from all your hard work. Patience is required now before you get your full rewards. Careful maintenance of your business is essential now, as it is not quite there yet. You may feel that you never thought you would see this day, the day when your business begins to pay off, begins to hold its own, when you are finally beginning to see some positive results. It is a moment to savour. You have done well, but it is not by chance. Careful planning and hard work got you to this point.
The Seven of Pentacles generally augurs well for business and is a good indication that it is healthy and thriving. You may not have to work as hard as you did in recent years as it is well now established. However, it can also highlight, depending on surrounding Cards, the need to seriously examine your business to determine areas that need to be weeded or cleared out. Some aspects of your business may have a draining effect on your resources with little profit materialising from them. You may need to be quite ruthless and get rid of anything that is not working. You may have gone too big too soon or have over-estimated the demands for your produce. Attend to market research to see what is hot and what is not and specialise only in your areas of expertise.
In psychology, it is through acceptance of our shadow self, by acknowledging and embracing it that we keep it under control. By denying our shadow self we create in effect, the caged animal whose fury, aggressions and passions seeth and grow out of control. When this shadow or lion manages to escape the consequences can be very disturbing.
The woman in this card soothes the lion with her loving touch. She does not fear him for if she shows any sign of fear, he may get the upper hand and devour her. The Lion in turn, is calmed by the woman’s gentle touch. He shows his trust by allowing her get so close. He knows she means him no harm and she in fact is his friend. They appear to live quite peacefully side by side. The woman controls the beast through the power of reason and through love via the heart. She may be secretly terrified of what she is doing but she is prepared to face her fears, to take the risk, to feel the fear and do it anyway.
When the Strength Card comes up in a reading it would suggest that your own inner strength is being put to the test. It asks you to calm down and not just react to a situation. It reassures you that no matter what is going on, no matter how dreadful the situation may be, you do have the inner-strength at your disposal to handle the situation and to survive through it. Strength asks you to feel the fear and do it anyway. To put your doubts aside and show fortitude and courage. Others may be relying on you to bring them through a difficult time.
the eight of swords
When the Eight of Swords appears in a Reading, there will be a sense of panic about an issue or situation. Negativity, pessimism and doom and gloom will govern. There is a belief that you have no options and are stuck in a situation you can’t get out of. Depression and fear controls your every thought. You may feel like the victim or martyr and that no one understands you. Close friends and family will already have given you good advice and possible solutions to your dilemma but it is doubtful you have listened. You will have an excuse as to why nothing will work and how pointless it is in trying. When people try to help and see no response or effort coming from your side, they eventually back off or give up. This leaves you, the victim, with a sense of isolation and deepening loneliness. Your mind is then free to turn even more negative, and convince you further, of how futile and hopeless your situation is. A vicious cycle becomes entrenched and the longer it goes on the more paralysed you become. You may believe you are doomed and that your fate is sealed.
What we are dealing with here is psychological imbalance or dysfunction. Narrowed, negative beliefs and attitudes convince you that there is no way out. You are trapped by your circumstances and may feel your problems or the walls closing in around you. There is a way out for you but at present you are blind to that route to freedom. You self-sabotage every attempt at making a break for it. Fear is what grounds you; fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of taking a risk, fear of the consequences, fear of taking responsibility for your situation, fear of not being able to, fear of not having the skills, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not being liked, fear of being judged or criticised, fear of being blamed. The list could go on and on and on but what keeps you imprisoned is fear and the small chaotic world that is your mind. Whereas those around you possibly see the solution to your situation as ‘quite simple really’, you will be in a tizzy and unable to focus on processing any logical thoughts or plan. You may not be able to understand or follow what is going on around you. Your self-imposed beliefs might see everything as a calamity and major drama, while others would call it a ‘mere troublesome situation’. You need to calm down, lose the hysteria and drama so that you can look at your situation in a more objective manner.
You are likely overwhelmed by the extent of your problems. You cannot possibly deal with all Eight Swords at the one time for that would be too much for any of us. You need to take one Sword (stress) at a time and attempt to sort it before moving on to the next one. This will help you feel more in control and that you are taking action instead of sitting on the floor crying. As you tackle your issues one by one, others may fall by the wayside as you go or automatically fall into line because of your actions. As the Swords dissipate, so too will the tightness of the binds that hold you. The path to freedom will become clearer and you may even see a light at the end of the tunnel. Action is required of you now and not passivity, submission and resignation. Stop being a slave to your problems.
In relation to career, the Eight of Swordswould suggest entrapment in your chosen career or job. There may be so many demands on you at present that you just can’t think straight. The pressures of work could become overwhelming and physical or nervous breakdowns may result. You could feel trapped in a profession that was forced upon you or expected of you because of family tradition. You will have to find the strength to sort this situation out before it breaks you. If you have been involved in any shady or dubious business you may now be facing the consequences of your actions.
the eight of wands
The Wands travel in unison, not clashing or crossing in their journey. In fact they gather momentum with each second they travel. At this stage there is no point trying to make any changes or attempts to re-route them as they have taken on a life and powerful force of their own.
For the Wands, a period of trouble-free progress is suggested and they may proceed towards their goals without any major obstacles. As the Wands come into to land, they use the Earth Energies to successfully ground their goals.
This Fiery Eight rushes in such a belt of red-hot energy it will blow you right off your too comfy seat and set your world a spin. Your life is about to take off. The Eight of Wands brings Speed, it brings Action, it bring Movement. Let us hope you got some good sleep and are eating well for you are going to be very busy indeed. There won’t be a spare or dull moment as your life is going to be full of places to go, people to see and things to do. Quick action and quick decisions may be asked of you too so you will need to think on your feet and on the run. You may feel charged up with energy and find yourself rushing around here and there organising and arranging things, meeting yourself coming back. Normally this would stress you out but when the energy of this Eight is around, you manage to remain on top of things with little stress.
the eight of cups
The sky darkens, as the moon appears to eclipse the sun suggesting that he will have to journey both outwards and inwards in search of his Cup. The Figure’s journey will be a holistic one, as he seeks integration of body, mind and soul. Without all three in harmony, total happiness will never be achieved. The eclipse symbolically highlights that something, someone or a place which once meant so much too him no longer does. His feelings have changed and what once held such attraction now leaves him disinterested and weary. The Moon moving across the sun can suggest that feelings the Figure once had for one have been eclipsed by another. What dazzled and amazed before in the Sun is now dulled and diluted by the mystery and allure of the Moon.
The Water behind him is also shallow in comparison to the Water he moves towards. This symbolically suggests that he is moving away from all that is superficial in his life in search of greater depth and meaning.
The Eight of Cups often turns up in a Reading when you have lost interest in something in your life that once held importance for you. Nothing terrible needs to have happened but you just don’t feel the same anymore. You might have changed, grown up, matured or possibly what once captivated you has changed and lost its appeal or fascination. This Card teaches us the lesson of Impermanence and it is often a tough one to accept. We think we know what we want and what will make us happy. We then go out and try to get it. Then we try to hold onto it. We expect things, people, life and situations always to stay the same but it is like trying to hold water in your hands. If nothing changed, the world would be a very boring place and nothing new would happen.
If you have lost interest, then let go, say goodbye and move on. It may feel strange at first letting go of something or someone who has been so familiar and it may even feel lonely at times but really it has all become just a habit. Once you kick the habit and wean yourself off the situation then you will begin to come back to life again and doors will open all around you.
It can suggest that the one you were first attracted to or loved has now been overshadowed by someone else, as symbolised by the Moon eclipsing the Sun.
the eight of pentacles
The Four Nines of The Minor Arcana represent the final stage of action, reflection, thoughts and deeds of the Four Suits. It heralds the end of a cycle and the natural winding down or closing stages of a period of your life, incident, situation, relationship or stage of a relationship . This does not mean that the situation is over and done with or gone forever. What is does mean is that it has run its natural course and is the total culmination of all you have done, all the effort put in and all your hopes, wishes and dreams. The Goals that each have struggled long and hard for are now in sight and ready to be claimed. Wishes are just about to come true and dreams realised.
For all the Suits involved, it is now time to review and reflect on the consequences of their actions.
His journey through the Tarot so far has been both interesting and challenging. He may be a little confused as to how he managed to arrive at this stage and is aware that he may have made mistakes along the way. He may have chosen the wrong path here and there, got involved with the wrong people and said the wrong things. He also acknowledges that at times he got things right and when that happened life flowed pleasantly and easily. The Hermit is aware that he must now apply the knowledge and experiences to what he plans to do, his next move, and where he wants to go in life now. He knows that he cannot change the past, but he can learn from the past. To do this he must first still his mind and cut off from the everyday distractions and the superficiality of daily life.
By stilling his mind The Hermit can access his higher-self and can hear the voice within. It is here that all knowledge is stored and the truth of ourself is known. He knows that this is a journey that is best taken alone. This also suggests that it is a time for going out on your own. The lamp only lights up a short distance ahead so he must use the courage he discovered he had in the Strength Card to find the right path for him, the path to personal fulfillment. He will need to take this risk alone. He may feel isolated and that no one really understands him. It can be a lonely cold place at the top of that dark snowy mountain, but by the time he descends much will have been discovered about himself and many lessons learned.
the nine of swords
The woman is in complete despair. She is a mess. She sits there holding her head in her hands and is probably crying her eyes out. Something really awful or unimaginable is going on in her life or in her mind. This is not the result of miscellaneous problems of the day or the worry of attending a job interview the next. The woman’s stress and anguish is acute and heavy. The black background symbolises the bleak, dark depression that threatens to engulf her. She is all alone in her nightmare and quite possibly unreachable.
If she uses her mind, her natural intelligent gift, the way it was always meant to be used, then it will work with her and help her find solutions.
There is a real possibility that this woman has told no one of her depths of despair and that is worrying. She has kept her problems to herself and as a result they have multiplied and multiplied, three times over. Three of the Swords in the Imagery appear to pierce her heart and head, symbolising that she is tormented on an emotional and psychological level. Once the heart and mind get entangled so, all reason and logic goes out the window and wild imaginings can take over. What persecutes this woman may be too awful to tell or impossible to put into words. Instead she alienates herself from life and those who might be in a position to help her. She remains in isolation, solitary confinement and with no one to keep her perspective in check, her mind goes further into meltdown. Looking at the Nine of Swords again, they now resemble nine steps leading up from the depths of a dark basement. This suggests that there is a way out of her predicament should she choose to take it. She has the power within her to break free from her limiting and repressive state.
What is it that she is afraid to see or face? Can she not accept the truth and face the facts? She may prefer to stay in the dark for that is where she is most familiar with. She shields her eyes from the light that would require effort from her. The duvet is embroidered with signs of the zodiac and this symbolises that her dilemma is not going to be an easy fix but given time she can heal.
What we must now look at is the strong possibility in the Nine of Swords that this woman indeed has very real traumatic issues to face or worry about. The Nine of Swords is known as the ‘Dark Night of The Soul’ Card and those who have had to deal with tragedy, trauma and calamity in life will recognise it only too well.
As discussed earlier, the woman’s problems are not everyday ones. They haunt her soul and totally consume her. To try to get inside her head and understand the extent of her suffering we may have to think about what it feels like to be waiting on the results of your scan, the scan that will tell you whether you have successfully beaten cancer or not. To know what it feels like to wake in the night and remember that you have just lost your young child to illness, accident or murder. To feel the heartbreak when you partner or spouse leaves you for another. To wonder where you will get food to feed your children tomorrow or pay the bills.
Another possible reason this woman chooses to be on her own in the dark is that she has a terrible secret held deep within. There may be nightly abuse which fills her with shame and disgust. She keeps this to herself perhaps because of her shame and the stigma attached to it or out of fear of punishment should she reveal it to anyone. She may be in a very serious situation and close to break down.
Then again, the woman may have done something terrible and now has to live with the nightmare of it all. Wracked with guilt and regret, she may have hurt or killed someone in a car accident, stolen money in work and got caught or she may be facing sentencing in her cell for a crime committed. She may be hated by all and feel terrible alone. She may also be the victim of injustice and has been sentenced to jail, her white gown symbolising her innocence. She might be the victim of bullying or a hate campaign. On another level, she may be in torment over the fact that she has to tell her partner she is leaving him.
The Person being represented by this Card is bound to be feeling overwhelmed by their problems or situation. They feel they can no longer cope and are at their wit’s end. They may not be able to face their situation, what has to be done or what is expected of them. They do not feel strong enough to carry their burden. The worries depicted in this card can be about anything but they are bad enough to come between you and your sleep. You may also be gripped by fear and just want to curl up in a ball with clenched stomach and thudding heart. Life may have reached an all time low for you and you do not know where to turn. All is doom and gloom. Expecting the worst you continually wait for the axe to fall. You may be keeping up a front during the day or managing to get through, but Night Time is the worst for you because everything always seem worse at night. With no one to distract you or talk to, your mind is free to race anywhere it desires, doing backflips and cartwheels along the way. Bed becomes a place of torment and you either dread it or run to in order to escape from the pretence you may be living.
You are indeed heavily burdened when the Nine of Swords appears or at the very least, think you are. This level of worry or stress can be experienced with an unplanned pregnancy, a termination, the diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness, awaiting the results of a cancer test, the death of a loved one or the emotional pain associated with separation. It might be the despair and fear when you don’t have enough money to make ends meet or put food on the table. Your house may be under threat of repossession. You just don’t know what to do because you can’t think straight. You mind is all over the place and in a terrible mess. You are literally sick with worry. Filled with anguish and despair, you feel you have reached the end of the road and the limit of what you can cope with. This may be the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ . It is impossible to find solutions or any peace.
If you could find someone to talk to, someone who is understanding and can listen, really listen, then you may discover that things are not as bad you think they are. Of course, talking is not going to suddenly take away the pain of grief and tragic loss, but it does provide release for pent-up emotions and an exit point for all those wild thoughts that have been racing around inside your mind. Once vocalised they may not attack you as much. Knowing you have someone to support you can be extremely comforting during tough times.
Again, I reiterate that problems may not be as bad or as un-fixable as you think they are. This is the Swords Suit after all and they are known to get tied up in all sorts of psychological knots when things go wrong. The mind unchecked, will turn mole hills into mountains and simple problems into disasters. Your mind is going round in circles, endlessly going over and over and over all your problems. You really need to step back from your situation and take a steady, long and calm look at the reality of it before you go screaming down the road. What precisely is it that you are worrying about? Are you worrying about something that may never happen or has it already happened? Is the worry for yourself or what others might say, or think, if they knew? You will need to get your priorities in order and pull out as many of those Nine Swords as you can. Break your problems down one by one instead of attempting to deal with them all at the one time, otherwise you will quickly become overwhelmed.
The Nine of Swords brings in general brings no joy or happiness. The vital thing to remember is that something can be done about your situation and time will always heal no matter how bad things are now.
the nine of wands
The Nine of Wands, depending on surrounding Cards can refer to a situation that is not working out as expected. A lot of hard work and effort may have gone into it. Indeed, you may have given it everything you have but it still refuses to comply. Tired and fed up, you are probably sick to your teeth with the whole situation. You may feel like giving up and throwing the towel in but that is the last thing you must do. Patience and Perseverance will save the day. You must absolutely refuse to take no for an answer. Strengthen your resolve and keep at it, over and over again if necessary until you get it right. The Nine of Wands suggests that it can still happen for you but you really have to throw everything at it now and give it your best shot. Every time you get knocked down, just dust yourself down and stand back up. You have the stamina it requires, so you can do it. You are tough and can survive this. Don’t give up at this stage. Make one Last Stand, your best one yet, and finish what you started. This is real character building stuff for sure. Think success now for you are nearly there. Ignite the Fire within.
A key message with the Nine of Wands, is to resist the Wands natural inclination to knee-jerk reactions and aggressive retaliation. Patience and Perseverance is asked of you now and because this is a Stage Card it is best to wait and see what is really going on before you take any action or make accusations. It is important that you seek the higher ground and not give in to coming down to their level.
the nine of cups
These Cups may symbolically represent his wonderful creations; works of art, pottery, sculpture or books. They are laid out in a way so that all can be admired and appreciated. Then again, these Nine Cupsmay be filled with wine later on and shared out with guests who have come to view his work. In another light, they appear to be placed at a height above the Cup’s Man and this may be deliberate. In the past, he was careless with his Cups. Some got knocked over, others broken and some misused. In his journey through Seven and Eight he has learned a lot. The Cup’s Man now knows the value of his Cup’s contents and is not willing to let people treat them as they wish. He has placed them deliberately out of easy reach. Only those most trusted and those who can appreciate them will be given access. He had fought hard to find this new peace and happiness and he will be very careful to keep it away from anything or anyone who may wish to taint it.
The Cups’ Man sits on his own, with arms folded, and lets out a deep contented sigh. Before the doors open, he just wants to sit here and savour the moment, to wallow in his success. This is not just the success of his exhibition, his banquet or whatever else he may be doing but it is his personal triumph in finding his True Self, His Inner-Happiness, his Self-Respect, Self-Worth and Self-Love. He did it. He succeeded in his mission. He had gone on a quest for theHoly Grail and found it. He went in search of his Ninth Cup and now it stands proudly behind him after joining the previous Eight.
He had wished and dreamed for this moment for so long and as he sits proud as punch in front of his achievements we will have to forgive him for looking a little smug with himself. He looks like the ‘cat that got the cream’ . On his head he wears a red hat with a large red feather. The colour red speaks of the passion he has put into his search and the feather symbolically represents his success. He now can claim another ‘feather in his cap’. He has reached for the stars and has managed to catch them. He has found what he was looking for. His Dream has come True and he is on Cloud Nine. It feels good to be him, very good and he can’t wait for the party to begin. It will be a night to remember and he wants to share it with those people who mean something to him. He has eventually become a success after all the hard work and has gained the recognition of many. Things couldn’t get much better right now.
Another thing he has realised about himself, is that he enjoys all the pomp and ceremony that go with these occasions. He loves being the Master of Ceremonies, Chief Host or Entertainer. He will oversee the whole evening and make sure that everyone has a good time and has laid on many surprises and treats for his guests. Let us hope that he takes it easy with the food and drink tonight for if he is to attend many more of these functions, it won’t be long before his girth gets even wider.
As we wait for the doors to open, we look back at the Cup’s Man sitting on his bench and wonder if he has anyone special in his life. He sits alone but why? Maybe it is the final piece of the jigsaw that needs to be put in place. He has found himself, found that which makes him happy, is happy in his own skin and with who he is. He had developed his talents and skills and has achieved much success. The final piece of the jigsaw will find him opening his heart to another. All this new-found happiness will lead to nothing if he keeps it to himself. Will he find that special someone who he will want to share his precious Cup with? He now has something of real worth to offer. He has learned the tough lesson in that before one can love another, one must first come to love and be happy with the self. He will also be able to recognise that in another so will be drawn to the right kind of relationship for him. A relationship built on trust, substance, strong foundations, love and respect. He has put in the hard work and travelled far in search of it so it would be nice to see this story have a happy ending. Maybe, he will meet someone at the Banquet tonight?
When the Nine of Cups appears in your Reading, life is certainly looking good for you. This is a great Card to turn up in any Reading and is much welcomed by all. You will be going through a period of great happiness and contentment with little or nothing in the way of unpleasantness to take the smile off your face. Yes, smiling and laughing are very strongly suggested here. You are in an emotionally strong place and in fantastic mood. Life is really looking good at present and everything is working out as hoped for. It is a time for being aware of and appreciating all your blessings and the magic of life. Great happiness and joy accompany this Card, and in the Upright, it comes from a great depth and is heartily meant.
The Nine of Cups is traditionally known as the ‘Wish Card’ in so much as what you have wished for you will get. Those things that were dreamed of in the Seven of Cupsare now coming true, and so too might your dreams. However, be it the fulfilment of your wish or the realisation of your dream, it will have been worked hard for. Much effort will have gone into arriving at this day which will only make your feel more satisfied with yourself and the outcome. It really seems that everything is at last working out in your favour. You look like the ‘cat that got the cream’ and are delighted with yourself. At long last you have made it to where you want to be. It is your time to shine now, so get up on that stage, stand in the spotlight and take your applause. Your happiness has come down to you and your attitude. Well done.
Wonderful joy and abundance come with this Card. Abundance may be on the material level but with this being a Cup’sCard, material abundance is not worth much if it just travels on its own. Great inner happiness, self-confidence and self-esteem are expressions of abundance too and all are suggested with this Card. It heralds a time when you understand the importance of finding inner-happiness. You may have thought you were happy at other times but the Nine of Cups takes you to another level altogether. You are riding high at the moment; on the crest of a wave, your Cuprunneth over with pure positivity and optimism. Such is the euphoria suggested by this Card you may find it difficult to refrain from pinching yourself every now and then just to check it is not a dream but reality.
The Nine of Cups can symbolically represent being rewarded after a period of hard work and effort. Whatever you have been working on has come to successful fruition and you can sit back now and take all the praise and applause you have rightfully earned. People now see you in a different light and many will be envious of not only your abilities and skills, but also because of the wonderful inner-light that glows in and around you. It positively oozes from your pores. Your happiness and warmth are infectious too and many will seek you out for the positive effect you have on them. Others will see you as inspirational; someone who has relentlessly pursued their dream regardless of set backs or the opinion of others. You must realise that you have achieved something that many, many others crave in their lives but do not have the courage or determination to go after.
This is now your time to shine and you have every right to feel rather pleased with yourself. You can’t help but smile and feel a little smug, now can you? However, there may also be a tendency to gloat, especially if there have been those who dissed you along the way, failed to offer support or laughed at your dream. While you have every right to feel superior and rub their noses in it, you will only taint the success you have achieved. We are all on our own paths and each of us in turn must find our way. This is your path and what is right for you. It must be wonderful to feel so sure of yourself and where you are going. Oh, wouldn’t we all just love to be where you are now, sitting pretty and the centre of much attention?
The Nine of Cups can suggest emotional maturity and the understanding of what is important and what is not. There is a feeling that you have Found Your Self at long last. It is a time for seeing the bigger picture in life and for truly knowing what it is you have been looking for, where you want to be and what you want to do. It can suggest a time for moving away from an old style of living that was based more on other’s wants, needs and expectations. The Nine of Cupssuggests that it is all about you at the moment. You have taken centre stage for the moment and consider yourself the key player in your life. This does not mean to say that you are insensitive to others feelings or needs. Rather it means you are in control of your life and are in a Self-Care mode. This is a time for concentrating on your needs and what makes you happy. Let others think what they wish for you cannot keep everyone happy.
We must also look at the possibility with theNine of Cups in a Relationship Readingthat the Figure in this Card sits alone because he is happy to be alone. He may be very content with the way things are and is not in a rush at present to get involved in any relationship. He may be working on his career or choosing to stay single after leaving an earlier relationship. As mentioned earlier, the Nine of Cups is very much a card about the ‘Self’ and doing what feels right for you. You may feel just fine as you are without the need of a partner. You may prefer to go to weddings and social occasions alone and not feel the need to catch the bouquet or become envious of the bride. Indeed you may have had a lucky escape in the past (check surrounding cards for verification of this), and are enjoying your new-found freedom. It can indicate a time for Loving Yourself instead of another.
the nine of pentacles
The hard work is now done and she may retire or better still, develop that hobby that she has never had the time for. She has the freedom of choice now, and there is no urgency or stress in her life. She calls the shots and suits herself for this time is now about her. She has given her all for a long time and is now ready to take her just rewards. she will think nothing of splashing out on expensive items and pampering herself for she has earned it. No one can deny her this success even if we do envy her position. It is there for the taking for all of us should we want it bad enough.
A Snail moves slowly across the well manicured lawn. The Snail is symbolic of the time it takes to reach a target or goal. Some things just can’t be hurried and it teaches us the Lesson of Tenacity and Patience. When we are working hard towards a goal it sometimes seems that life has stood still and we are getting nowhere. We look around and everyone seems to be moving faster than we are. This is when people give up or give in because they don’t see the results quickly enough. However, the Snail knows better. If we stare at the Snailit may appear that he is not moving at all, but it is for certain he is making quiet progress, even if it is not obvious. If we look away and distract ourselves for a short while before looking back, we will see that the snail has indeed moved if not gone altogether. As he sets off across the garden, he knows it will take him much time to get to the other side but this does not stop him making the journey. The snail is making his way to where he will feast on all the rich vegetation, so is quite certain it will be worth the effort.
A snail can wreak havoc in a garden and we must wonder why she has not taken steps to address this obvious threat. The Snail may be telling us that she does not have control over everything, regardless of her financial status and position. Money can’t buy you everything. Mother Nature is a law onto herself and will not be contained. On the other hand, the Figure, being a Pentacle, has a deep understanding and tolerance of nature and animals. Therefore she may have learned to live in balance and harmony with her surroundings instead of trying to suppress it.
The Four Tens in the Tarot represent the completion of the Lessons of the Suits and the beginning of a New Cycle with a set of circumstances born out of the previous cycle.
wheel of fortune
at this point of the journey they would not yet be qualified or versed enough on each Element to have full understanding or appreciation their power. However, they do now understand that to be complete, to be whole and fulfilled within and without they must find the correct balance and understanding of not just their own Element but also of each others. Only then will true enlightenment come.
A Sphinx sits on top of The Wheel holding a sword which is tilted. As before in preceding cards, the tilted sword represents confusion in thought, lack of clarity and things not being straight forward or that there is a slant to what is being seen, experienced or perceived. The Sphinx is guardian to the wisdom of the Wheel and that which it stands for. On one side of the wheel a snake slithers downwards. This snake represents Set, the God of darkness, death and decay. When Set‚Äôs energies abound we feel chaos and lack of control in our lives, nothing feels right or works out for us.
On the other side a red-figure depicting Anubis, follows the upward rotation of the Wheel. Anubis is responsible for guiding the souls after death to the spirit world where they eventually will be reborn again into the physical. The lesson to be understood here is that out of decay and death life once again is reborn. Eventually too that new life will decay and die once more before the re-birthing process begins once again. The cycle is continuous. The Wheel represents not just physical life but every aspect of life. The Wheel teaches us the Lesson of impermanence ‚Äì nothing lasts for ever. Life is in constant motion and what we experience at any given moment in time, is, in the grand scale of things, only fleeting. We can not stop the Wheel of Life from rotating no matter how much we want a particular situation to remain intact or to remain as it is. The Universe will not permit permanence for that only leads to stagnation and lack of spiritual growth. To truly understand the lessons of The Wheel we must experience not just the upward turn of its cycle but also its down turn too. That is after all what we incarnate for.
There is great depth to The Wheel of Fortune for it teaches us some hard lessons. As far as the Sphinx is concerned there is no fortune or ‚ÄòLady Luck‚Äô involved in which part of The Wheel you ride on, for be it on the downward or upward turn you are fully responsible for your position. No finger can be pointed at another in blame or that fate or the Gods are shining down on or cursing you. You got here all by yourself and the Sphinx advises that if you are clever and wise you should stop and be observant as to how you got where you are on The Wheel, for it is not by chance. Be it on the upward or downward turn it is the right place for you at this point of time. However, The Wheel is in constant motion so wherever you are on it, remember that this time too will pass, the Wheel will turn once more and what is in the now will soon become the past.
the ten of swords
Or... For each betrayal Sword he pulls from his back, he will use it to sever the ties with their owners. He will have to say goodbye to some people and let go certain aspects of his life. He will be more careful next time round if not a little paranoid and suspicious.
Or... You had got so used to bad things happening and so negative in yourself, you began to draw those things to yourself. You became a victim and adopted the role quite easily. You will find now that I have flung those dull Swords away, your mind will have room for some new light energy.
There is a new dawn on the horizon and a new life and way of being beckons. The worst is behind them. Surrendering does not mean failure, but is understanding what is best for you in the long run and embracing it. Know that all will be well and the sun will come out once more.
when The Ten of Swords appears it brings hope and light out of the darkness and misery. It speaks of now having an oppportunity to sort yourself out. It may not have been obvious to others before, because you were coping, but the recent turn of events has left no one in doubt as to how bad things have got for you. You can collapse now in peace as the struggle is over. Just let it happen now for this is something that has been coming for a long time.
The contrast between the dawn breaking on the horizon in this Card and the dark black sky is symbolically letting you know that no matter how bad things have got for you, there is now hope and the possibility of solutions to your problems, help and healing. Peace is on the way and an end to suffering. However, you cannot just lie there and expect it all to be done for you and to you. Recovery depends on your letting go of and saying good-bye to the way you have been living and coping with things. Change is needed on every level for you, as what you have been doing up until now has not been working. Old mindsets, attitudes and perceived notions about things or people will have to go, allowing fresh positive and optimistic energy to fill the vacuum. You may have to finally let go of stale or unhealthy relationships, so-called friends, a job that has been running you into the ground or a business that is beyond saving. You have been struggling to hold onto a way of life that has been systematically killing you. You must also let others in to help, you need to be open about your problems or issues and communicate your feelings. People cannot help if you keep them in the dark and try to cope alone. Professional help may be needed such as doctors, counsellors or psychotherapists. Offers of support from family and friends should be gratefully accepted, for everyone wants to help you recover and see you back to your normal self, happy and full of life. You will have to take it easy, get plenty of rest and find a way to learn how to relax. Taking up yoga or meditation might have long-term beneficial effects on your health. Gentle exercise will be needed to restore strength to your overwhelmed mind and body.
the ten of wands
The Ten of Wands often appears when you are entering the final stages of a project, task or job. The end is in sight but you are now entering the agonising home stretch when energy levels are down and enthusiasm for the project has been beaten out of you. Instead of the workload lightening, it has become heavier. There are so many things that need to be sorted and arranged, especially those boring parts you would rather suck razor blades than do. These tasks are usually ones you just have to do yourself, because involving others at this stage would create further delays as you would have to spend time instructing them on what you need done, how, where and when. You might as well do it yourself. Thing is, you are not very good at delegation anyway, and if you had learned how to delegate some of the less important tasks back in the beginning, you wouldn’t be under such pressure now. You are tired, fatigued and fed up but the show must go on.
the ten of cups
Beside the couple to the right play two young children which we presume to be the offspring of the loving couple. The children seem carefree and totally caught up in the enjoyment of each other’s company. They are doing what children are supposed to do, having fun and playing, safe in the knowledge of being loved and cherished in a stable, caring family. While the children play happily, the couple take in the view in front of and above them. In the near distance we see a sweet little cottage with a red roof and chimney breast.
It is the contents of these Ten Cups which sustains the family and provides for their emotional and spiritual needs. This couple know that once they are provided for on emotional and spiritual level, everything else falls into place and takes care of itself. The contents of their Cups also carries them through tough times as they are never depleted. Once they care for and protect those Cups they can never go wrong for love is all.
Abundance, joy and emotional fulfillment are yours to enjoy and give thanks for when the Ten of Cups appears. Everything has worked out wonderfully for you and you will be experiencing a level of happiness you hadn’t thought possible. It is as if all your dreams have come true and wishes granted.
Peace, harmony and prosperity in life or your endeavours leaves you sighing with deep contentment and gratitude. It is a time for being aware of, and thankful for all the wonderful blessings that have been bestowed on you. Some of this may be down to good luck but on the whole you have strived constantly to achieve this enviable state of being. You have managed to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. This Card can be a sign that you are being, or will be, rewarded for all your good deeds and that big open heart of yours. You are now in a position where you can really appreciate where life has delivered you and might become quite emotional about the whole thing.
the ten of pentacles
The Pentacles will seek continuity of their existence and lifetime work through those of their own kind, people who have grown up to understand and respect the same high standards, principles and responsibility of such an honor bestowed on them.
The Pages in the Tarot represent children, a young unmarried woman, or young people (both genders) up to the age of 22. They can also represent the Querant, or someone they know who is older, but has something happening in their life which is making them feel young again. Pages can also represent older people who are starting over in life again, re-training, or going back to college. People of any age but displaying and expressing the energies of the Pages. The Pages may also carry advice or messages that the Querant needs to take on board.
Inner child, childhood issues and problems with children are also dealt with in the Pages. Immaturity can also be suggested if the person represented by the Page is older than 22. The Pages can sometimes appear to represent feeling young at heart or going back to college or studies as a mature student.
The Pages are traditionally associated with News. The type of news these Pages deliver, depends on the Suit they belong to, and whether they are drawn Upright or Reversed. When Upright the news is welcoming, when Reversed, news can bring disappointment, delays, set-backs or distress.
The Pages being the youngest in the Court Card Family, can highlight the early stages of something; the birth of a new way of acting, thinking, feeling or doing. Remember that the Pages in their young and innocent state are only getting to grips with the potential of their Element, and so, bring the understanding that even though they are excited and enthusiastic about life, there is still a lot for them to learn.
The Four Pages of The Tarot must always be looked upon as Students who are at the early stages of learing everything there is to know about their Governing Elements. Like all students, it will take quite some time for them to study and understand every aspect of their Element. However, just like a group of students turning up for their first day at school or college, they are all full of excitement and enthusiasm for their given subject. It is all very new, novel and interesting at the moment, but all students know that the road to mastery can be long, challenging, and at times downright tedious. It is the disciplined student who will stay the course and put in the necessary work to qualify with the best results possible. Each of these Pages must do the very best they can, for they have entered the hardest and most toughest school of all, the school of life.
For the Page of Wands, he will have to learn the discipline of patience, the Page of Cups will be na√Øve in the ways of the heart and will certainly learn hard lessons along the way, the Page of Swords will need to learn the art of mental discipline before it destroys him and the Page of Pentacles will have to learn the lesson of tenacity. In their present state they are only embarking on this learning process, and are Apprentices or Students of their Element.
The Pages represent the Airy part of their Suit. Air governs the intellect and thinking processes. In their immature state, their minds are still forming and are easily influenced by their environment, and that which they observe. Any mistakes or bad experiences at The Page Stage of development, can result in the Page Reversing and the onset of long-term problems.
When the Justice card appears it can mean that whatever situation you are in at present is turning out just as it should. Generally, when Justice is Upright it means that things are turning out in your favour. If you have been working very hard towards a goal then the Justice card will indicate that your hard work is about to pay off. You are exactly where you are meant to be at the moment and everything is in Divine Order.
the page of swords
In front of us we see an agile young man who is brandishing a Sword over his left shoulder while looking over his right shoulder (off into the future) and far into the distance.
When we see a lot of yellow in the Tarot, other than representing the sun, it very often suggests intense mental stimulation.
The birds in the sky are a reminder to The Page, that with the gift he has been given, his mind has the ability to soar above any situation, choas, drama or mystery in order to find the facts, the truth and a solution. He has been given the ‘birds-eye view’ but must keep his mind disciplined in order to realise its potential. He must learn to detach or disconnect from a situation in order to evaluate, analyse and sum up. He needs a calm and steady mind to do that. The Page’s bright new mind is like a young thoroughbred colt, let loose for the first time. It needs to run, run, run and keep on running, kicking up its heels and jumping over anything that might come in its path. If the colt cannot learn to calm this natural inclination he could end up causing damage to himself or to someone else.
The Page of Swords was born talking. His head is full of thoughts, ideas, plans, beliefs, theories and imaginings. By the power of the spoken word he can vocalise or communicate to others all that his mind creates. He can drip feed us his information, transfer it in segments or he can let it all rush out in a torrent. It really depends on what the issue is, what he wants to convey, the urgency of the matter and how he feels at the time. His mind is flexible and elastic and he can stretch it to any lengths, or bend and shape it to suit whatever is needed at the time. Therefore this Page will be able to sit with a problem and spend time analysing all the data and information, before formulating a strategic workable plan of approach. In a panic, drama or crisis, or when faced with an urgent deadline, The Page of Swords can think on his feet and at a run or gallop. His mind will match whatever speed is thrown his way.
The Page of Swords represents the immature aspect of The Swords Court Family. He will need to master the difficult art of mental discipline, and be adaptable in his method of communication before he can mature into The Queen or King of Swords. He will have to learn when to speak, and when to hold his tongue. In the meantime, let us be dazzled by this bright, intelligent, alert and chatty young person. Let him put our heads into a spin with all his plans, concepts, theories and beliefs. He will certainly keep us on our toes.
If you are experiencing problems in your life at present, The Page of Swords can appear to ask you to use you mind, and your powers of reasoning and logic to find solutions. Have courage and fortitude and think positively. Know that you can work everything out, and when you do, you will have learned a lot from the experience. Think everything through before you make a move or say anything. This is especially true when it comes to opening your mouth about something too soon. Remember, ‘the least said, the easier mended’.
Your Page of Swords likes honesty and trust in his relationships. He won’t beat about the bush if he feels it is not working out. He will think it is only fair to tell you. He or she can end a relationship quite abruptly, and may appear quite clinical and emotionally cold about the whole affair. They just do not see any point in dragging on with something that is not working. They call it being sensible and logical, but you might feel it cold and uncaring. However, The Page of Swords makes an excellent friend, and if you can manage to get over your break-up in a sensible manner, then you will have a strong ally for years to come.
the page of wands
He is all set to get going as he stands proud and determined-looking in his flamboyant travelling cloak and tunic. His golden-auburn hair shines like the sun over head. His bright yellow tunic is covered in black Salamanders which in Tarot are symbols for the Fire Element. His deep gold cloak is thrown stylishly around his shoulders, and is lined in bright red and trimmed with gold braid. All these colours represent the FireElement and we are left in no doubt as to who this young man is. He has chosen sturdy yet handsome sand coloured boots that work remarkably well with his overall attire. He may plan to travel across all terrain, and explore places he has only ever dreamt of, but there is no reason why he cannot look dashing as he does it. He intends to leave an impression wherever he goes, and wants to ensure people remember him as the one who stood out from the crowd, the one who was different. The Page of Wands wants to look the part, but he also wants people to look beyond the exterior dressings, and see the burning potential within. He need not worry about this, for he is a sun child, and will naturally dazzle all who have the pleasure and privilege of encountering him on his travels. He will leave a lasting impression on all, and in years to come will be instantly recognisable as that young man or woman who had shown so much potential and ambition.
The Page of Wands is very confident of his success. We can see this strong self-assurance in the feather he weathers in his hat. The feather is a symbol of success, achievement and accomplishments. It takes courage and guts to feel such self-belief, and as he plans to travel a path of his own, and not one well trodden by others, he will need to be brave and fearless. Such energy, enthusiasm and determination in one so young is to be applauded, for not all of us can do what he plans to do. He will be the one who makes and leaves his mark on the world while we stay home and do what so many others have done before us, live the predictable, traditional and conventional life.
The Page of Wands would shrivel up and die if stopped, restricted, or blocked from setting out on his journey of exploration and discovery. He is a young visionary with a brilliant creative imagination that conjures up an incredible future in his mind’s eye. He is passionate about his visions and believes in them wholeheartedly. He sees a future that would blow our minds away should he share his vision with us. We would throw our hands up and cry ‘but that is not possible’, ‘it cannot be done’, ‘no one has succeeded at that before’, ‘it will not work’. He believes otherwise and is determined to show the world exactly what he is capable of. Whatever he is missing or lacking, can always be invented and created along the way. In fact the more people say ‘no’, the more he shouts ‘I can and I will’. He will tackle any challenges that come his way and will push the boundaries at every opportunity. Positive and optimistic, he focuses on success and not failure.
The Page of Wands is bright and intelligent. He has high ideals and plans to go very far. He will aim high and set his sights on being the best of the best, better than all the rest. The Page of Wands is willing to try anything at least once, and will always be up for an adventure. However, he needs to be cautious, as his immaturity and impatient nature could cause him to leap before he looks. He is driven to know and get everything now. He is mostly interested in the big picture, and it is here he most excels. He can get impatient with boring detail, tedium and obstacles, and prefers a clear run at things rather than stopping and starting to check this and that. He can get carried away on the crest of a wave of enthusiasm and excitement. His energy and passion are extreme. Others cannot help but be inspired by him. Many will want to follow this Page on his quest and be a part of the experience or drama. Life will certainly not be dull or boring with The Page of Wands around. His magnetism and charisma will win him endless friends and supporters. However, at times he will need people to bring him back down to earth, to address practical and mundane issues that need his attention. He is not great with the financial end of things and can often behave flamboyantly and extravagantly.
The Page of Wands is the initiator of brilliant ideas and possesses strong entrepreneurial skills. He likes to be involved at the beginning and active stage of projects, when all is new and interesting. His energy explodes in short-lived bursts of intense activity and momentum that cannot be sustained indefinitely. Therefore he likes to see instant exciting and dramatic results, but once the frenzied activity settles down into the more mundane aspect of things, his attention will wane. He knows what he is good and excels at, so has no qualms about moving onto a new project before the previous one is completed. He prefers to hand it over into the more capable hands of those who can tie up the loose ends and look after the maintenance of it thereafter. He must keep moving and will get restless if he has to keep at something for too long. The Page of Wands will never let the grass grow under his feet, for he is in a hurry to be here, there and everywhere. He likes to go with the flow and see what happens next, rather than make any firm commitments to plans or arrangements. He does not like to cut himself off from the potential of exciting opportunity, so can be a little unreliable if something more interesting pops up rather than the plans he has made with you. He hates to miss out on anything fun or exciting that is going on, so will be seen constantly out and about at all the IT places to be and any major events.
Naturally athletic and sporty, the Page of Wands, like all the Wands Family is fiercely competitive. They hate being second best at anything and view most activities as a chance to compete against others, and even themselves. Not afraid of rough play or the odd physical interaction, The Page of Wands is tough and gutsy. His intense energy can build up to a head of steam and explode into a fiery temper. This can lead him into brawls and skirmishes whether invited or not. However, this young Page will defend your honor if necessary, as he cannot abide injustice or corruption. He is not afraid to stand up for himself, or for the rights of others. He will be the first to volunteer for a difficult or dangerous task and will be a strong and fearsome ally or protector. He will run into battle without fear for personal safety or consequences if believes firmly enough in the cause.
In the background we see the deep orange and gold earth and three pyramids or hills. The sky is completely clear and almost dazzling white. This suggests foreign exotic lands and destinations are part of The Page of Wand’s plan, for he, like all The Wands Family, love to travel. His natural curiosity draws him to explore other cultures and ways of living. Many of his most brilliant ideas are born out of his experiences and observations while travelling.
Young leaves burst forth from his Wand and The Page looks up to them with awe and fascination. He is mesmerised by their beauty and can feel the strong vibration of his Wand course through his veins. At this stage The Page of Wands does not fully realise the incredible power and force of theFire he holds within his hands. Like the rest of the Pages with their own Elemental Gifts, he will have to learn that Fire needsto be managed carefully for it can be dangerous. If care and attention is not taken, then he or others may get burned. He will also learn that he has to keep his Fire alive and not just take it for granted. If he forgets to access it or uses too much of it, it can easily burn out. Balance and discipline will be necessary, but for now, let him enjoy the moment and joy of being young and in the presence of the Sun.
When The Page of Wands appears in your Reading it often indicates that you are planning on starting something new, or entering a new phase in your life. Whatever it is you are planning, has you caught up with the enthusiasm and excitement surrounding it. You just can’t wait to get started on your new project, venture or course of study. His presence suggests an exciting opportunity, that will fully allow you to express your wonderful creative talents may come your way, so be on the look out.
The Page of Wands brings fun and adventure into your life, especially after a dull drab period, and when you have just come to the end of a difficult and stressful life cycle. He speaks of new hope, revitalisation and an optimistic outlook on life. Your interest in life has been renewed and this may be for several reasons. You may be embarking on exciting travels, entering a new relationship, learning a new skill or entering a course of study. What ever it is you are doing, it is all about you right now. It has put a pep in your step and a glide in your stride. Others are noticing it too and can’t help but be curious about what it going on with you. Suddenly there are possibilities in your life and you are free to seize any opportunity that comes your way.
The Page of Wands appearance in your Reading suggests that you may become very passionate about something, and that your mind has opened up to a whole new way of thinking and acting. It is time to have a good think about what you need to do in your life to bring it back to life again. Don’t let age or fear of failure hold you back. Think success and act positively even if you don’t feel like it at the moment. Find something that catches your interest and throw yourself wholeheartedly into it.
The Page of Wands asks you to stretch the boundaries in your life. Go a few steps further than your would normally do. Feel the fear but do it anyway. Step outside your world or territory, and see what others are doing. Get a life, a new one that uplifts your spirits and makes you laugh and feel light-hearted. Accept a challenge or challenge yourself. Believe you can achieve it and then go and accomplish it. It is time to take a chance on life and be prepared to try anything, at least once. Who knows where it might lead? Don’t let self-doubt or other people’s negative comments stand in your way.
The Page of Wands can sometimes appear when you are thinking about doing something daring or risky. You may be thinking about travelling around the world, travelling on your own, re-locating to some far-flung destination or offering yourself as a volunteer in third world countries. This is a big step to take and may involve you being riddled with all kinds of fears and doubts. However, somewhere a spark has been ignited in you, and once you make proper plans, I mean proper plans, you may be on the brink of the biggest adventure of your life. You have the courage, determination and guts in you to do it, and it might very well change your whole life for the better.
New friends might appear in your life and draw you into their fun-filled activities. Try not to resist letting your hair down with them as you may be surprised at how much you enjoy it. The Page of Wands asks you to let your inner-child out to play and have a blast. He worries about you getting old before your time, so try to connect with that playful side of your personality that existed before life got in the way. Jump on the kids bouncy castle next time you are at a child’s party, run through the fields in your bare feet, don your wellies and head for the nearest rock festival or go go-karting with a group of friends. Don’t forget to dance, sing and laugh but make sure to get some rest and not overdo it. Maybe it is time to also overhaul your wardrobe and look. Re-invent your look to express the real you. Throw away anything that is staid or fuddy-duddy. Liven up your colours and stop wearing so much black and grey.
Page as Messenger: The Page of Wands can suggest that exciting news in on the way for you. News may be of travel, work, or a course of action you are planning on taking. News will bring about a positive change in your life. The news when it arrives may send you into a frenzy of activity, as you may find there is little time to organise yourself. The news may require you to act spontaneously, so you should be prepared to pull out all the stops and go with the flow. If you get a call from a friend offering you a last-minute holiday in the sun, then don’t think it’s too late notice, or that you have nothing to wear. Just throw a few things in a bag and you can sort the rest out when you get there. Live dangerously once in a while. No one will notice you haven’t had your roots done or your bikini is three years old. Everyone will be having too much fun.
The Page of Wands will sweep you off your feet and turn your world upside down. He will be a whirlwind force in your life and set your heart all a flutter. He or she will be good-looking, fit and full of life and fun. The Page of Wands throws him or herself madly and passionately into the beginning of a relationship. The Page of Wand’s, fire burns deeps and hot. He will worship the ground you walk upon and have you all up in a heap of excitement. Arguments and rows may be quiet common in your relationship with The Page of Wands but do not necessarily have to be serious. They can become quite fiery and explosive. Sparks will fly many a time but the making up will be equally as intense. The Page of Wandsenjoys sex and plenty of it.
However, this level of intensity in a relationship can rarely be sustained and you may feel a little flat when your Page of Wand’s level of interest begins to wane. This does not mean that they no longer love you, but might simply signal the relationship is beginning to calm down to a more manageable level. Problem arises if you perceive this as lack of personal interest in you as this causes insecurity, which always triggers neediness and clinging behaviour. Try not to fall into this trap with The Page of Wands for he abhors that kind of behaviour. If your Page feels that he or she is being restricted or has to put up with possessive behaviour, they will be out the door and gone before you know it. Understand that The Page of Wands need to feel free to come and go without questioning or heavy obligations and commitments. The Page of Wands will also attract considerable attention from the opposite sex, which they lap up. They can be openly flirtatious, so if you are the jealous type then you are in for some serious tantrums.
The Page of Wands is often connected with the beginnings of entrepreneurship. You may be thinking about starting your own business and becoming your own boss. You may have come up with a brilliant idea for a business or are looking around for some inspiration. You want to do something very different, something no one else may have tried, but you have a gut feeling it could really work. Make sure to do proper research before jumping straight in. Where there is a will there is a way so don’t worry about the naysayers if you are sure you can do it. Sometimes you have to take a massive leap of faith and just go for it. That is once you have done the necessary groundwork. If there are areas of the proposed business that bore you then get others involved who will be happy to fill them. You are a creative genius and do have the energy, enthusiasm and determination to make a success of it, but you do have your limitations and your shortcomings when it comes to the minor detail of things. It is important to acknowledge this before you find yourself in the deep end and overwhelmed with stuff to do. Learn to delegate at this stage instead of thinking you can manage it all yourself. Know what you are good at and excel at it. Leave the rest to others.
the page of cups
‘I am your Inner Voice, your Higher-Self, your Spiritual Awareness, your Intuition and Psychic Awareness. Along with your Elemental Gift of feeling and emotions, the capacity to give and receive love, and the compassion to care about the plight of others, you have also being given an extra Gift. You have been given the Gift of a Sixth Sense. What this means is that you will be able to see, hear, sense, feel and know things that most others cannot. You will be able to tap into other dimensions to access information and to gain inspiration and insight. This is a very powerful Gift, but one you must learn to discipline and use wisely. You can develop the ability to move between different worlds, access the spirit world, and journey to far off galaxies, but you must remember that even though you are very strongly a Child of Spirit, Otherworldly and Special, for the time being, you must live in the Physical World. This Earthly Plane is your home now, and even though you may psychically travel back and forth, it is important to keep a strong connection with the physical by keeping your feet firmly on the ground. Otherwise, you will become ungrounded, unfocused, live in a dream-like world. You will find it hard to live in the real world or deal with human issues. You will be unproductive and unreliable. You will become overly sensitive to your physical surroundings and find the world a harsh place. When this happens, you will immediately try to drift away to one of your fantasy worlds. Those who love you will find it hard to communicate with you. The result of all this is a wasted Elemental Gift and unrealised potential.
The Page of Cups represents the immature part of The Cups Court Family. At present his emotions are sensitive and vulnerable. In time, his life experiences will expose him to the not so sensitive side of life. His feelings will be pulled this way and that, and at times torn apart. He has a long way to go before he can handle the emotionally challenged, and grown up world of The Queen and King of Cups. In the meantime, let us enjoy his innocent and pleasing nature as he lives in his world of heightened imagination and dreams.
When The Page of Cups, turns up in your Reading, like all the other Court Cards, you will have to determine what his relevance and meaning are. One thing we do know about the Pages is that they are the News Bringers in the Tarot, The Post Person, The Delivery Person. So this Page may be popping in to let you know that good news is on the way, news that will lift you emotionally. The news is bound to be happy, positive and exciting. You may get an invitation to a party, celebration or wedding. You may be overjoyed when you receive news of a pregnancy or engagement. Then again, it may be a friend inviting you to a day at the races, or just a social outing or gathering with friends or family. If you have been awaiting special news about an issue that is close to your heart, then The Page of Cups can be a very positive indication that the news you hoped for is on the way.
Another aspect of the News The Page of Cups brings can be in the form of gossip. This Page has a great imagination and can be quite dramatic, so his news may be embellished or touched up here and there for greater effect. Generally, the gossip with the Upright Page is harmless, even if it is grossly exaggerated at times.
Because this Page is one of the most psychic Cards in The Tarot, The Page of Cups can turn up in your Reading to confirm that the gut feeling you have about something or someone is quite probably right. His advice is for you to listen to what your heart is saying and to trust your intuition, for it will serve you well. He reminds you that this is not the first time you have heard your inner-voice and heeded its advice. You must follow your heart and natural instincts, and not other’s expectations or influences in this matter. You will know the right thing to do or say. It is also a good time to become aware of your dreams as they hold much meaning for you right now.
Because, all the Pages are seen as Students of Their Element, this Page also has been gifted with a sixth-sense. His presence suggests that you may have it too. You might be thinking of learning how to develop it further. You may be considering taking a course in psychic development or mediumship. The Page of Cups often heralds the dawn of a new understanding and the beginning of a spiritual awareness. You do have the capabilities of becoming a strong psychic, mystic, medium or reader. You are also an empath and can tune into the feelings and emotions of others which will make you an excellent healer. This enables you to help so many, with your strong sensitivity and compassion for their situations.
When The Page of Cups appears in your Reading, depending on the question and surrounding Cards he may be bringing to your attention that you have a friend who needs your support or shoulder to cry on, regardless of how they appear to be coping with an issue. You may already have sensed that something is not right, but you might have to be the one to reach out and ask what is wrong. Listen to them with a kind, compassionate and non-judgemental ear. Let them know they are not alone and that you are there for them. Likewise there may be a newcomer to your circle or workplace who is finding it hard to fit it. The Page of Cups asks you to be the first to offer them friendship. Be a friend to someone. Include them in your social activities or outings for they might be quite lonely.
Likewise, should you be in a situation where there is conflict, arguments and tension, the appearance of The Page of Cups in your Reading can ask you to act as The Peace-Maker or Mediator. Try to handle the situation in a calm and controlled manner even if you feel angry with those involved. Listen to all sides and try your best to find a way towards reconciliation. This is especially relevant where family and friends are concerned, as these are the most important people in your life. When your family and friends are happy, then you are happy too. Make love, not war.
Learn to say no once in a while so that others will not see you as a constant or easy push-over.
Your creative abilities are endless when The Page of Cups appears in your Career Reading. You may be very artistic and creative and will need to be allowed fulfill this side of you in your work if you are ever to be truly happy. You have natural talents that need to be expressed and realised. The Page of Cups represents the young artist, actor, budding musician or young fashion designer, so he may be acknowledging these talents and skills in you. His wonderful vivid imagination allows him to create amazing original works of art which are often spiritually inspired.
The Page of Cups is the most psychic of all and could indicate that you are embarking on such studies or spiritual development. He is quite likely to have experienced the supernatural and is intrigued by it. Strongly in touch with his inner self he uses his intuition when making decisions. However he is not very down to earth as he finds earth a little too unsavoury for his delicate tastes. He needs to guard against this as regardless of his feelings he does have to live and survive in the real world.
The Page of Cups may not be terribly sporty but probably swims like a fish, and loves water sports and being by the lakeside or ocean. Sometimes appearing otherworldly, he may casually speak of imaginary friends and sees faeries, angels or spirits. It is important not to block this side of your Pageor ridicule what they are saying. They are very wise souls who are deeply in touch with their spiritual side. Properly nurtured, their psychic side is a joy to behold.
the page of pentacles
Taking action, movement, mobility, courage, strength, vision, passion and daring risk is the realm The Four Knights dwell in.
If we look closely, The man hanging from the tree doesn’t look terribly concerned or distressed about his dilemma. In fact he looks quite serene and contemplative. He hangs casually and his body appears relaxed. He is resigned to his fate. He knows that the ropes that bind his foot and hands are tight and well-knotted. He knows that no matter how much he pulls, twists and writhes they are unlikely to become undone. He may very well inflict more pain on himself in the process. Justice has tied him up to learn a valuable lesson, and will only be let down when he has achieved this. This does not essentially mean that he has committed a terrible crime and now has to be punished.
The Hanged Man knows that if he was allowed to continue on his present course of action, rushing around, never stopping to think, then he would never learn the lesson and gain true understanding. So here he is with nowhere to go except hang out on his own, alone with just his thoughts for company. This gives him plenty of time and the space to go within to meditate on his situation. He can reflect on how he got where he is. Without his material connection to the world he can now focus on his spiritual one. The Hanged Man takes this time to go within and re-connect with his spiritual purpose in life.
By hanging upside down The Hanged Manhas a wonderful opportunity to view the world, or his situation from a different perspective. He had been so engrossed and absorbed with all the things he was doing, getting and wanting, that he lost sight of the bigger picture. Upside down he is able to see things in a different light.
The Hanged Man can have tendencies towards feeling victimised or punished, but with his new vantage point, he may begin to see his own part in the drama, may start to accept responsibility for his situation instead of blaming others. If he remembers what Justice had to teach him then he will understand that where he is in life at this moment in time is his own doing, and by his own hand. His reality is a result of his past actions. If he uses this time wisely, The Hanged Man when released will have learned a valuable lesson and will be in the best possible position to move forward in his life.
The yellow halo around the man’s head indicates that although he appears to be outwardly tied up and restricted, much work and movement is going on within. He is giving much thought to his situation. By using this time of suspension to go within, he leaves the conscious outside world to delve into the subconscious realms in order to gain insight from his higher-self. It is a time for concentration on his spiritual concerns as opposed to worldly concerns. The leaves growing on the tree or post also suggest that during this time much personal growth can be achieved. In truth, this is often a welcome time when he is free to just be, with nothing to do, nowhere to go except reflect on his life and what is truly important to him.
The Hanged Man is also associated with sacrifice. Sometimes, for the greater good of all, we may have to sacrifice our own desires and plans for the needs of someone or something else. On the other hand The Hanged Man may feel that he has been sacrificed by those around him, or used as a scapegoat, and been punished unfairly. He may also have offered himself to be sacrificed so that others go free. Therefore, depending on the question and surrounding cards, The Hanged Man can be connected with doing a good deed, helping someone out when they are in difficulty, and doing the right thing without asking questions or making judgement. The Hanged Man is the volunteer, who renounces his worldly goods, personal security and stability as he heads off with just a rucksack on his back to work with tsunami victims, the starving or the oppressed.
the knight of swords
if this Knight has passed through your life for one reason or another, it is not something you will have been unaware of. His energy is quite disruptive even if you are experiencing his presence as exciting and action packed, instead of stressful and full of conflict. Having his energy around you for any prolonged period of time is bound to leave you feeling drained and exhausted. Your nerves could feel shattered and you are probably in need of a good night’s sleep. This could be the result of having visitors to stay, a situation or event you have managed to get entangled in, a dispute or argument, or perhaps a legal or medical issue that is leaving you feeling anxious and worried. There really is not much rest and relaxation to be had during the time.
You may not fully realise how harried your life is for it may have been building for some time and your pace now seems normal. You could be in danger of crashing and burning. You will need to check to see if your life is out of balance. Check now to see if you can sit still for more than a few minutes.
The Knight of Swords appearing in a Reading can suggest that now is a good time to communicate your ideas and plans to a wider audience. Don’t wait for others to hear about you, or for the word to eventually spread. Instead you must ride out to meet the people, knock on doors and express yourself in a voice that is loud enough for everyone to hear. You must break onto the scene in a wild flurry of activity, making heads turn and people sit up and pay attention to you. This is not the time to be shy and retiring, embarrassed or worried about what others might think of you. Draw yourself up and feel confident about your abilities. Act assertively and demonstrate how much you are in control and in charge. However, be sure to fully know what you are talking about. No dithering or vagueness. You must have done your research thoroughly and be able to effectively answer any questions that are thrown your way.
The Knight of Swords brings a rush of fast-moving energy into a Reading which often requires quick action on your behalf. He could be telling you the time for thinking is over and that you must now move. You have wasted enough time and have probably talked yourself dry in the process. Everything that needs to be said has been said and there is nothing left now but to go for it. You must face head on, any fears you may have for swift action is required. However, there is a difference between making a decided informed move and making a hasty impulsive one. You must know when to act and when to wait. If you feel justified and righteous in this situation, and you must examine your heart and your intentions to determine this, then you should feel free to proceed with much haste. If you have done your homework and put in the necessary effort, this Card can be an indication that your ideas and plans are beginning to take shape, and that now would be a very good time to get moving on them for much can be achieved. Your goal could very easily be in sight and you are free to progress towards it now. However, this is really not a good time for tedious detail as a restless energy accompanies this card. Yes, you must be razor-sharp in your observations but the idea is movement now and not standing around examining and fussing over every little thing. You have moved past that stage when this Card appears. You will now have to think and act at the same time which is something you will be eager to put to the test.
the knight of wands
He has dazzling visions of the bright and brilliant future he is actively working towards. He is bold, daring and forward thinking. At times, he may be too forward thinking for his own good. This happens when he suddenly has a brain wave or discovers something of immense interest to him, his incredible creative imagination takes flight and before he has time to work out the ins and outs of it all, the pros and cons, how it is all going to happen or what he might need to do or put in place, he is off and tearing down the road after it, flying by the seat of his pants, winging it as he goes. He is carried away on a sea of enthusiasm, excitement and motivation, making it up as he goes along and his positivity always has him believing it will all work out in the end. Because of his strong sense of self-belief, self-confidence and highly polished ego, The Knight of Wands can sometimes get away with it and pull off major victories, that really should have been a total flop or failure due to lack of planning, patience and pacing. In general though, this can be one of his major flaws or challenges. He is known for his impatience, frustration and restlessness. He doesn’t want to wait for anything. He despises queues and appointments. What he wants he wants now, who he wants to talk to can’t be put off, where he wants to be is already taking too long to get there. He wants everything yesterday.
the knight of cups
He may not ride out into battle with the other Three Knights, but he is the one who will make the difference when it comes to negotiating a truce between the warring parties. This makes his role every bit as equal as the combative Knights. He is the one who will singly ride out to meet with the enemy‚Äôs leader to promote the peace settlements that have been proposed by his leader. In this role he will not expect to be attacked or harmed and will be allowed to enter and leave the enemy camp in one piece for those are the rules of engagement, surrender and truce.
the knight of pentacles
Further across the fields, a small copse of mature trees stand majestically looking down upon the undulating land as the furrows roll out in continuous waves around them. They seem proud to be a part of this county idyll. The fields are ploughed on either side of these trees and we wonder if it would not have made more sense to clear them out of the way. Would they not prove an inconvenience to the one who must plough this land? Whoever owns these fields went to considerable trouble to preserve them. They are rather beautiful and do add some variety to the scenery. They must also be quite old and we acknowledge that it would be a terrible shame if they had to be cut down just to make ploughing the field more efficient. The person connected to this land is obviously a conservationist and is conscientious about the foot print they leave behind on the land.
The Knight’s Horse has many uses. Today, and for many weeks previously, he has been out on the land from dawn to dusk, pulling the heavy plough under the gentle guidance of his master, The Knight of Pentacles. Both he and his master have been at this work for much time and are never put off by a bit of unpleasant weather. The fields won’t plough themselves, and the Horse knows that many rely on the Knight’s commitment to them. The crops that eventually grow in these fields will feed the family and farm workers. The profits from excess produce will pay for a roof over their heads and put clothes on their back.
today, he has put a saddle on his Horse instead of the plough harness. He has ridden out to inspect his land. When he is not working the land but still at home, he likes to take stock of both the work he has already done, and that which still needs to be attended to. He checks for broken fences, rusting gates, poisonous plants or wild flowers that would endanger his livestock. He carries out any repairs as he goes. He dismounts at the edge of the ploughed fields and scoops up handfuls of the soft moist earth to examine its texture and scent before letting it fall back to earth through his calloused fingers.
The Knight himself looks as solidly built as his horse. He is strong boned and muscular. Although the Knight is very conscientious about what he puts into his body, his fine physique is more linked to hard physical work, and being outdoors, rather than any specific exercise or diet regime. He eats to fuel his body for the labours of the day ahead. He enjoys hard grafting work but with his innate understanding of nutrition, he seeks wholesome food that will sustain him. Toiling in the fields or being in the saddle all day makes for a hungry young man who has a ferocious appetite. In his upright state, you will not find any spare flesh on this young Knight.
This Knight will turn up when he says and will not let you down. He can be relied upon and his loyalty is without question. Should you need help or assistance, this Knight will be happy to oblige. His calm and practical approach makes him an invaluable stabilising influencing during a crisis. He works quietly and tirelessly in the background, getting things done without making a fuss or noise about it all. Observers often marvel at his effortless ability and energy.
This Knight is very assured of himself and knows what he is about. He is extremely ambitious where career and financial matters are concerned, but not in an aggressive manner. Guarded and cautious, he doesn’t take risks or gambles on his future. He believes that success must be earned and he is certainly on his way to achieving it. You will find he has a long-term plan and has been working steadily towards it for some time. He may already be working his way up the career ladder, in business for himself, or could possibly be still in college working towards higher qualifications that will ensure even greater success. It might seem he has no time for anything outside of work. He is committed, driven and focused on his goals. He is the up and coming business man with his sights set high. This Knight will be working towards strong financial security. Even though he may appear well off or very comfortable to those around him, he has bigger plans for his future. The Knight of Pentacles likes being his own boss and will prefer to work for himself. He will be happy to start from small and work his way steadily to the top. He is a natural business man who knows what is needed to succeed.
With a great love of the outdoors, nature, and exercise, he is drawn toward healthy living. He likes to keep fit and his body weight under control. He is mindful of what he eats and will generally opt for organic and natural foods rather than processed or fast options. When he is not working he is an excellent cook and well able to look after himself. This Knight will be an animal lover and probably has lots of pets, especially dogs and horses. If this Knight is around you, you might notice he is also a conservationist and environmentalist. If he has his own property, recycling will be evident along with compost bins and rainwater barrels. He has strong views on this subject.
He is never not working at any stage. If he is not in the office or on site, he will be active and productive at home or helping out someone else. He likes to be involved in creating his own environment, so this Knight is likely to be found digging out his own garden, laying foundations to build his own home, renovating an old property, or converting the attic room single-handed. He is a great craftsman, very skilled with his hands and a master at DIY projects. What he doesn’t know he reads up on and studies. He is a natural enthusiastic and diligent student. He has great reserves of energy and never seems to tire. Along with his love of being out on the land, he also likes to acquire it. He is a keen builder and developer so could have an impressive portfolio of properties from an early age. It is likely one of his dreams to build his own energy efficient home in a place of raw natural beauty.
The Hanged Man through reflection came to realise the material things, people, or aspects of himself that had to be surrendered and sacrificed in order for him to grow spiritually. It is in The Death Card they are taken away from him. If he is prepared and agreeable to surrender that which has to go, then his passage will be much smoother, and he will recover more easily. However, if he has not spent his time of suspension wisely, he may clutch and grab on to what needs to go, believing that he will be destroyed in the process, his life ruined or over if he lets go.
Look at the King in the Death Card. He refused to accept the changes, resisted the new, and perished as a result. The bishop uses his spiritual understanding of Deathand his faith to survive the dawn raid. The young woman has tried her best to accept the changes that Death brings, has even brought him flowers to show her understanding and respect, but at the last-minute panics believing she will be trampled by the hooves of the horse Death rides. In her fright and terror, she drops the flowers. Not strong enough to look Death in the face she turns away hoping he will not notice her and ride on by. It is only the little girl, innocent and trusting, that is fearless in the face of Death. She is ready to accept change for she believes in life and is positive in her outlook. She kneels before him and offers flowers. She is ready to accept whatever Death brings to her and is excited and curious about her future.
A chapter in your life is ending and it is important how you react to this. Acceptance and release are key here. The death of a situation which you have been seeking on a deep level. The end of an era. Let these changes in and take effect. It is proper and right at this point in time. Trust that what is being taken from you is for the best and will be replaced by something infinitely better. The changes may appear unwelcome initially, but in the long run things will work out and you will wonder why you waited so long. There is no point struggling against these changes for they are going to happen anyway. Don’t force the changes either or try to speed them up. Everything is in divine order at this stage so just let it happen naturally. Sit back, take a deep breath, don’t give in to knee-jerk reactions and watch what happens. If accepted in the right manner Death will bring relief after the end of a difficult period.
the queen of swords
Being the Watery part of Air this Queen blends her emotions with her mentality giving her the ability to use compassion and understanding in her judgement of others or situations. In this card we are presented with the Queen in profile. Wearing a white dress and a robe decorated with clouds symbolising her element of Air. She sits on her magnificent throne which is engraved with several butterflies, a winged cherub and two small birds. Butterflies also adorn her crown. As the butterfly symbolises transformation, these butterflies suggest the ability this Queen has to use her mind and logic to change the way she thinks about the world and about herself. The sky is clear except for a bank of grey clouds that hang on the horizon suggesting she is clear thinking and can manage to keep her head above the clouds or any confusion. The clouds however, also remind her of a possible cloudy past; of a time when her mind may not have been so clear or had experienced hurt or pain. The bird flying high overhead represents this Queen’s high ideals, standards and principles. The birds also symbolise her ability to rise above any conflict or trouble in order to view it from a more objective perspective. This ability helps the Queen to gain new understanding and insight but it especially helps her to get to the heart of every matter and see the truth in all situations.
The birds also symbolise her desire for personal freedom. The tassel on her left arm is all that remains of the ropes that bound her in the Eight of Swords as she journeyed through the Minor Arcana. Even though this Queen is now free in mind and thought she has deliberately left one tassel behind to remind her of how she got tied up or restricted. She will make sure never to let that happen again. The tassel reminds her of the painful times in her life. She carries her pain deep inside, far away from prying eyes.
The Queen holds her Sword in her right hand while her left hand is raised in the air. This Queen is only one of three cards in the Tarot where the sword is presented upright showing its double edge. This Queen has the ability to look at both sides of a situation when making her decisions. Using her inward focus of a Queen, the double-edged sword also symbolises how she will take her feelings or the feelings of others into account before making any decision. She consults both her heart and head in matters.
Sharp, Slick, Savvy and sophisticated, the Queen of Swords stands for honesty before anything else. She has no time for lies and cover-ups. She is forthright and direct preferring to be upfront about everything even if the truth is painful. She can sometimes be abrupt and blunt in her dealings with others. This may come across as sharp at times but this Queen means no harm. She just wants everyone to know where they stand with her. She believes in constructive criticism if she knows you can do better or are making a mistake. Her aim is to help and not just sound like a know-all. This Queen does know what she is talking about.
The Queen of Swords often suggests sadness or a deep pain that is denied or repressed. Although this woman enjoys communication she is extremely private and self-disciplined. She may listen to your troubles, offer sound logical advice and provide practical help but she will never pour her heart out to you. She deals with her own life in her own way. She is self-reliant and autonomous. She looks to herself when making decisions as she knows she is capable of making the right choice or taking the right action. She is a free-thinker and follows her own beliefs. If the Queen of Swords is a friend of yours you will have to understand and accept that she is not interested in constantly meeting up for coffees and having to spend time together every weekend. On the contrary, she will love you even more if you leave her alone and are not in her ear or face all the time; only arrive if you have been invited and never demand her presence anywhere. It will not matter if you do not see her for months at a time as she will pick up with you exactly where you left off and it will seem like you saw her only yesterday. If the penny hasn’t dropped with you regarding this strong aspect of her personality then she probably has dealt with you at this stage and are no longer friends.
The Queen of Swords is a quick minded, talkative and very intelligent woman. This woman is methodical and is a stickler for detail and the more detail the better. This trait can lead others to view her as a perfectionist which would not be far from the truth. Analytical and quizzical, her mind never stops working which can cause this Queen to suffer from bouts of insomnia. Like the bird that soars high above this Queen she can detach herself from an issue, even if she is personally involved herself, in order to discern exactly what is needed. She will apply her logical thought processes to work out a sensible and fair way for all. It may not suit everyone but if emotions are taken out-of-the-way, it will make perfect sense. She is a born problem-solver and enjoys developing strategies and processes to improve efficiency in her life and work. She sees to the heart of the matter and knows exactly what needs to be done. She can also anticipate problems long before they arise and take the necessary steps to provide solutions.
The Queen of Swords is not taken in too easily by anyone or anything. She has an amazing discriminating mind and can be very sceptical. Not getting too close to anyone, she can appear detached and reserved by those who sometimes feel intimidated by her severe and clinical approach to life. She wears no masks and is not out to please anyone. She is a keen observer and with her penetrating mind will see through the masks that others wear. Discerning and alert, it does not take her long to spot a phoney or a fake. If you are looking for straight talking or an honest opinion regarding your choice of partner or course of action then you need look no further than the Queen of Swords. She will tell you as she sees it; call a spade a spade and will not be behind in coming forward. She acts out of genuine interest and concern for you. If you ask her opinion, then that is exactly what you will get. She does not see the point in trying to paint the picture any other way than as it really is. Her belief is that it is best you know now even if the truth is painful. Then you can do something about it before it is all too late. She bases her advice on her own painful experiences of life and sometimes feels she has been there, worn the t-shirt, bought the DVD and done it all herself. She knows how the world works and has had her fair share of hard knocks.
On the surface one would be easily led to believe that this Queen is terribly serious and severe. In fact one of her traditional associations is that of the Ice Queen. This would be painting a very sour and dour portrait of her indeed as in the Queen of Swords we find a very charming and engaging mature woman who is friendly, chatty and helpful. Articulate and intelligent she makes an excellent dinner guest who will keep the conversation flowing effortlessly. Well educated, well-read and up to date on current affairs and politics she can hold her own in any topic of conversation. Other diners find her stories and anecdotes fascinating. She often has a quirky way of looking at things and can enthrall people with her open-minded concepts and ideas. Believe it or not, this woman has a wonderful wicked sense of humour that can catch some people off guard. Her retort or comeback in humours situations is rapid as her mind always finds the right comment at just the right time. Tending to see the quirky side of things, she often uses humour or black humour to disarm an awkward situation. She also has the ability to laugh at herself. The Queen of Swords does love to talk but you will never find her indulging in idle gossip or talk just for the sake of talk. She loves conversation but it has to be the kind that stimulates her brain as this breathes life into her very soul. Topics that can be discussed and debated suit her best.
This Queen represents clarity of thought and well-formed decisions or plans. However, because she is Queen and influenced by Water, decisions should not just be based on facts and logical processes alone but also on feelings. Therefore she would ask you to think carefully about your feelings when making any major decisions. The Queen of Swords is a woman who has made some mistakes in life. She has had to learn some tough lessons along the way and has worked hard to gain control of herself. She is in no hurry to make such errors of judgement again and would ask you to think about what you have done in the past and use this information to make sure you don’t repeat any negative patterns.
In relationships this Queen is a shrewd judge of human nature. Her partner may be lacking in the looks department but will definitely have a brilliant mind. He needs to be a match for her intellect. She normally takes her time and is not prone to jumping into bed with the first available man. She will use her mind to analyse the pros and cons of each man she meets and will make her decisions after she has spent time conversing and observing mannerisms and actions. When her partner does get to know her he will realise that underneath all her sterile exterior lies a wicked but sometimes quirky sense of humour. However, when it comes to romance she is not as emotional as the Queen of Cups. She does seek love but can sometimes prefer a meeting of the minds rather than a meeting of the bodies. She is affectionate in her own way, but not in a slushy manner and certainly not in public. She prefers a no-nonsense type of relationship based on mutual interests and intellectual equality.
The Queen of Swords would be generally quite cautious when it comes to relationships (remember the tassel on her left wrist reminding her of hurts in the past). She has learnt painful lessons in love and will not be too eager to repeat them again. She is wary and does not like to share her space unless she is really sure. She values her freedom and independence and will not be in too great a hurry to give them up. Her privacy is very important to her, so too is peace and quiet. She likes to be alone when she wants to be alone and not talk if she does not want to talk. Therefore she will be reluctant to move in with her partner. No matter how loving and wonderful her partner may be, if she feels he is not suitable or makes too many demands of her she can clinically and brutally sever the relationship even if it causes her pain. Compromise may not be an option for her. She prefers honesty and openness in relationships.. She prefers to deal with issues there and then is she feels the relationship is not working out rather than beat around the bush for weeks. This Queen would be well suited to a relationship that took her partner away on business for weeks if not months at a time. Her partner may never get as close as he would like to this Queen of Swords in his life for she will always maintain a certain cool and safe distance from total commitment. We must never forget that this Queen is quite happy to be alone and can easily replace friends and lovers with books. She does not need company to keep boredom at bay.
the queen of wands
Leaves burst forth in growth from both the Wand she holds and from her Crown suggesting that this Queen is full of life and energy. The sleek black cat sitting at her feet represents her independent and somewhat wild and untamed nature. The cat also symbolises her magical and intuitive abilities which she naturally uses to her advantage.
The Queen of Wands is strong, bold, courageous and passionate. She is an independent, enterprising woman who is ready to take on whatever life throws at her. She is energetic, vivacious and high-spirited. Although she can seem authoritative and overwhelming at times, she is a joy to have around and breathes life and enthusiasm into all those she interacts with. Capable and competent she sets high standards for herself and those around her. She possesses a strong belief in herself and is fiercely protective of her domain and position. She is the archetypal popular school cheerleader who everyone wants to be friends with. This lady is an extrovert and likes to be kept busy. She is cheerful, upbeat and a confirmed optimist. The Queen of Wands loves to be in the thick of things and never stands on the side-line. Full of drama, she enjoys the limelight and being centre stage.
This Queen of Wands is a whirlwind of efficiency. A brilliant manager and organiser, she is comparable to the modern-day Event Manager overseeing large functions and occasions with ease, style and panache. She is a wonderful help to have around when you need something done. However, being a natural-born leader, she likes to control and unfortunately has a habit of taking over anything she gets involved in. She is always on the look-out for where her natural talents may be required and in her enthusiasm and desire to help can sometimes be found forcing her help on those around her even when it hasn’t been asked for. All said and done in her upright state she has a very good heart and her intentions are always honest and wholesome.
The Queen acts upon her feelings and uses her inner strength to reach her goals. In fact she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. She has no time for those who mope around and procrastinate. The Queen of Wands views problems as challenges and is very resourceful. You will find her an active member of many clubs and organisations and is always rushing here and there getting things done.
She is radiant, has boundless energy, is physically fit and more than likely has a love of competitive sport. She has a fiery feisty nature and when aggravated will turn from the sleek feline of her card into the ferocious Lioness of her associated Fire sign Leo. Like a fearless and protective lioness she will defend her cubs with all her might if threatened. Assertive and righteous she will stand up for what she believes in and will defend those who cannot or will not defend themselves. She is to be found organising and leading marches against unjust government policies, demonstrating at student rallies and campaigning for human and animal rights. If this Queen appears in your life during times of trouble or strife when all around have retreated or stepped away, then rest assured you have a very powerful ally on your side. A noble ally, who will fight your corner even when you no longer have the will or energy to go on. Indeed this Queen is a force to behold when her fiery side appears. However being a natural Wand, she thrives on excitement and drama so she does love a good fight even if it has absolutely nothing to do with her.
In the Queen of Wands we can often find the Witch as she sits with her Familiar (the black cat). She can be very intuitive and blessed with psychic abilities, especially clairvoyance. She is very in-tune with her surroundings and enjoys contact with the natural kingdom.
In relationships, this Queen values her freedom and if married will certainly have an independent life and friends apart from her husband. The Queen of Wands is attractive, charming, magnetic and fabulously sexy. She walks tall and confident and strikes a powerful presence at social gatherings and parties. Heads turn when this woman walks into a room and she knows it. She likes to play the field and will not let herself get tied down by any man regardless of how good a catch he may be. She will never be short of ardent admirers or a date for a party should she need one, but will prove frustratingly elusive if any of them try to possess her or claim exclusive ownership.
the queen of cups
Her demeanour appears somewhat otherworldly and we must wonder if she is actually physically present in this scene or whether she has drifted off into other dimensions of existence. This Queen has the ability to detach herself from reality at will. This ability allows her imagination to expand without limit but it can equally have her ‘away with the faeries’.
The Queen of Cups’ element is Water which governs the emotions and feelings so this Queen is concerned with matters of the heart, love, relationships, family, happiness and personal fulfilment. Her own happiness and the happiness of those around her is especially important to her. She naturally has a kind and caring heart which loves unconditionally. She is a born empath and is highly sensitive to her surroundings. She is deeply touched by trauma and tragedy and feels personally affected by the sorrowful plight of others. Due to this natural trait she must guard against becoming overly worried or fretful as this can lead to depression and wild imaginings.
The Queen of Cups knows intuitively when something is not right or when someone needs her help or comfort. She is compassionate and non-judgemental regardless of the situation. She has a strong need to nurture and care for those around her.
Passive and quiet by nature she is an excellent listener and will find that people open up to her very easily. Her cup is a well of deep wisdom, intuition and psychic abilities which she lovingly shares with those who seek her advice on how to deal with life. When difficult decisions have to be made she goes within and meditates on the situation. She is guided by her feelings and speaks from her heart.
the queen of pentacles
This Queen sits upon her sumptuously decorated throne with multiple carvings of pears and apples. If we look closely we can also see a young child and elderly man’s face worked in to the elaborate engraving of the upper part of the throne. Her curved armrests proudly display a goat’s head. The side of her throne depicts the image of a wood nymph as she casually rests and observes. Her throne sits amidst a countryside environment surrounded by trees, flowers, mountains, lakes and wildlife. A rabbit happily hops into the picture. He is either unaware of the Queen or just comfortable with her presence. Her throne sits under an arch of blooming rambling pink roses. Here we get a real sense of this Queen even before we take a closer look at the woman herself. In essence this Queen is in her element, Earth. This imagery tells us of her connection to Mother Earth; the Natural Kingdom and also that of the Animal Kingdom. This Queen is also connected to the Elemental Kingdom – the world of Faeries. All in her garden looks healthy and happy. The sky is sunny, clear and bright with not a cloud to be seen suggesting that all is well.
Temperance encourages moderation and pacing oneself. She brings clarity of thought and thus allows for being aware of the bigger picture rather than constantly seeking instant gratification. Temperanceurges you to consider your next step, your next move, for these decisions will have a huge impact on the rest of your life. The halo around the Temperance’s head suggests that at this stage of your journey you have matured considerably and have learned many lessons. Some came hard, some easy, and as a result you have grown spiritually. By releasing all that was not worthy of you, and all that was blocking your spiritual vision in the Death card, you now have a clear picture of repetitive patterns of behaviour in your life so far. By examining your past you will have realised how you got where you are today, whether you took the right path or not, and how many times you have strayed.
Temperance is not a card of action, she is content to be still and savour her surroundings. Nothing is learned by rushing around and acting impulsively. You must carefully consider your next step, so take your time as you adapt and adjust to your new situation. Temperance appears to be measuring out a certain amount of water from one cup to the next. She knows just how much of each Element is needed in the mix to create the desired effect (the right combination for success). She stands for balance, equilibrium, harmony and moderation which in turn brings a sense of inner peace. She knows the exact blend needed for any situation which may arise. Not too much, and not too little. This is one of the lessons she brings to you. Everything in Moderation. Pace yourself, not too fast and not too slow.
the king of swords
Dark and sombre looking the King of Swords sits on a structure which appears more like a pillar or column than a regal throne. We cannot see the top of the throne so we are left to wonder as to whether it soars right up to the sky or even into outer space. This symbolises this Kings connection to the element of Air and his ability to rise above any situation or crisis so that he can view it in a detached and objective manner. The throne is adorned with carvings of butterflies and Air Sylphs which further connect this man to his governing element. The butterflies also stand for metamorphosis and transformation. The mind and intellect are a powerful force and when put to their most positive use can change the way we view our self and the world around us. What the mind dwells upon it tends to adopt. So if we dwell on the negative too often then our life will begin to mirror those negative thoughts. By thinking positively, we can attract positive experiences into our life. Our thoughts are energy and each thought-form whether positive or negative is exactly the same energy. It depends on how much energy we put into either our positive or negative attitudes that ultimately determines what manifests in and around us. Change or transform our thoughts and we can change our life. However, we need mental discipline to achieve this and it is easier said than done. The King of Swords is the master of Mental Discipline. He will teach you his ways should you have enough stamina to follow them through.
the king of wands
"Over the years he has become aware of the mighty and sometimes dangerous power of his governing element."
"He realises that life in itself is boring and monotonous unless risks are taken and fears overcome. He understands life as it should be; adventurous, spontaneous and exciting."
"One very important aspect to remember about the King of Wands, and this applies to all areas of his life is the fact that he cannot stand boredom and restriction. Any job or career that requires him to turn up at the same office day in day out doing the same old duties over and over again from 9 to 5 will either drive him insane or turn him into a flat, lifeless and disinterested spirit. He needs regular changes of scenery, challenging duties and a work day that brings constant surprises and interesting people. He doesn‚Äôt mind working weekends, late nights or during the holiday time if what he does holds his attention and interests him. "
the king of cups
This King has learned something that the majority of others have not. He has learnt to discipline his emotions. Emotions are an energy force and indeed are wonderful when their energy clean and allowed to flow freely. However, he understands that all energy can become potentially dangerous when allowed to get out of control or when it falls into the wrong hands. Even the energy of Love if not disciplined can become a smothering and overbearing force. He knows that it is very possible to have too much of a good thing.
This King of Cups adrift far out in the turbulent seas sits and waits for the waters (emotions) to calm down instead of panicking. When they do, the tide will bring him back to shore where he will make a safe landing. If you are lost at sea the King of Cups can be relied on to gently guide you back too. He is the perfect man for the job. He is master of his element and enjoys all that this knowledge brings.
One thing we must understand about this King is that although he can freely express his emotions, he does not always choose to do so. He can often appear secretive to others or even withdrawn. He has learned in the past that different situations require different levels of response. Sometimes it is appropriate to show compassion or upset and other times it is vital to adopt a poker face.
Emotionally mature and a peace lover he would rarely be seen to raise his voice in relationship disagreements. He tends to avoid conflict or difficult situations preferring to gently find a solution to any problems that may occur.
the king of pentacles
The King of Pentacles oversees all his businesses or empires but does not necessarily have to get involved in every aspect of them like in the old days. Back then, he had started with nothing but the small savings he had, a phone and old computer. He set-up his business from his garage taking on the role of; secretary, accountant, salesperson, driver and worker. There was no one else to do it and he certainly couldn’t afford to take on any staff. He had to work with what he had. He worked late into the night to complete orders and finish accounts or paperwork. If he didn’t do it himself then it didn’t get done. In time he learned every side of the business and being incredibly resourceful was able to take on any task he was confronted with. Things are different now. He has a large number of staff; Loyal trustworthy managers, Efficient and meticulous supervisors and Red Hot Salespeople who earn substantial commission and bonuses. A large accountancy department that takes care of all the bookkeeping and tax. He has a superb and indispensable PA who can second guess everything he needs, an outstanding PR team and reliable Legal Advisors.
The King of Pentacles sits in a garden that is mature and thriving. His turreted castle sits majestically in the background and the sky is brilliantly sunny and clear. The King of Pentacles symbolises material or financial wealth or success. He represents the Successful Businessman or wealthy land owner. Just about everything this King touches prospers or turns to gold.
Through practical application of ideas and being thoroughly committed to the long-term goal he has realised his success and his advice to you would be that through hard work, determination and a lot of patience you can reap the rewards just like he has done.
The King’s armour-clad foot rests on a bull’s skull while holding an orb in his right hand. His armour and golden orb remind us that this King is a proud and powerful ruler.
The King of Pentacles is generous with his time and energy. He is kind, benevolent and likes to help people where he can. He enjoys the success of others and likes to be associated with organisations that sponsor new enterprises. No longer the apprentice of his trade, he is now the master. He likes to nurture young talent. It does not take him long to determine whether they have the potential to last the journey or not. He is always happy to take on interns or apprentices who were just like him in his youth. He will mentor and oversee their development so that they may have the best possible chance of reaching their own goals.
When The Devil is around, you may be found guilty of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. What is it that you don’t want to have to give up or say goodbye to? Is it really worth hanging on to? What positive things has this situation brought into your life? If you find it hard to find any or have to think about it for too long, then you must be honest with yourself and prepare to cut it loose. Time to say goodbye and free yourself.
Reversed: The man and woman in The Devil Card have eventually realised that the noose around their neck is not so tight after all, they just thought it was. They have experienced some form of enlightenment as it slowly dawns on them that no one owns them and they have the power to change their lives if they so choose. Looking at the chains that bind them they admit that they had always been loose enough to remove and they cannot believe they have carried them around for so long. Casting them aside, they walk out of the dark and into the dawn of their new-found freedom. This personal emancipation can be on a physical, emotional or psychological level. As far they are concerned the situation had become intolerant.
The Tower represents a sudden wake up call in your life. The changes it brings will be harsh but in the long run will generally be understood and cleansing. Again remember that this time too will pass. After the path has been cleared for you, you will be much the wiser and better informed to continue on your journey. Those things that we seek to possess, can in turn possess us, as in The Devil. In order for us to progress to TheWorld card and success, we must first free ourselves from limiting and unhealthy circumstances and choices.
The Tower Card, however, takes control out of our hands and when it appears the fallout from it can be frightening. There are many times when The Tower appears as an acknowledgement of a terrible trauma that has happened or the warning of one coming down the track. You may be powerless to stop it.
It is a time to release and let go of what you have been clinging onto for so long. It really is not healthy for you.
The pool represents the Collective Unconscious or Universal Memory.
It is believed that whenever we think a thought, it has a ripple effect which spreads out throughout all of mankind and the planet. If those thoughts are negative or aggressive, the energies created and sent out will infiltrate and affect the energy field of every person in the world. If enough people create these negative thoughts, such as those caught up in war, terrorism, corruption etc. then the impact on humanity will be great, instilling fear, suspicion and hatred in mankind. Of course the opposite is also true and that is why wise Spiritual Teachers will always advise you to watch your thoughts for they belong not to you alone, but to everyone.
The Collective Unconscious also explains why, when someone invents something, or comes up with a wonderful idea, then you can be sure that there are others in the world, and sometimes not that far from them who will come up with the same invention or same idea at the same time. They have all accessed by one means or another this Universal Memory Bank.
The Star brings Liberation and Freedom after chains of The Devil and the shock of The Tower. The very fact that the woman is wearing no clothes symbolises that she no longer has anything to hide. After the mask she wore in The Devil was ripped off her in The Tower, she is now free to be herself and show the world who she really is. She now understands that most of her life has been a facade, behaving and doing things to please others and to keep up with everyone else. In The Star she becomes aware of her unique personality. There is a great sense of peace in just being allowed to do what she wants and be whoever she wants to be. She no longer has to prove anything to anyone. She is proud of herself and has a strong sense of self-worth.
The bright shining star above the woman’s head suggests that the time has also come for this woman to shine and take centre stage in her life. The light of the star shining brightly above her allows her to become aware of her wonderful natural qualities and gifts and not the false ones she thought she ought to have. The Star often highlights the presence of certain natural gifts in a person’s life. These gifts can often be creative in nature, such as art, singing, writing, acting, sculpture etc. Like the stars above her, The Star tells you it is time to let your star shine brightly so that others can see.
The Ibis sitting in the tree is the hieroglyphic for the God Thoth who was guardian of the Akashic Records. This is the ancient name for the Collective Unconscious or Universal Memory. The woman in The Star has learned some hard lesson along the way and after allowing the changes to take place in Death and the shock and emotional upheaval in The Tower, she is now ready to understand the wisdom of what the Ibis guards so well. Thoth is also the patron of Healers and The Star represents a time of great self-healing.
The Star brings calm after the storm. A release from the burdens of the past. Your faith has been restored in life and you are free to approach life with a strong sense of purpose. A time of great personal freedom. This freedom can be mental, emotional or physical. A great sense of hope for the future and a belief that tomorrow will be better.
With everything now stripped away, feeling naked, there comes a realization that we came into the world with nothing and we will leave with nothing. We cannot take our possessions with us. The Star represents a time to be open with everyone. A time to be true to yourself and those around you. No one owns you anymore as in The Devil. Confidence and self-esteem are on the rise. You are happy in your skin and have a good body image. You are who you are and don’t make any pretences. The Star advises you to just be yourself in the situation. People will have to accept you for who you are. Time for you to be the key player in your own life.
The sleeping face in The Moon symbolises the need to look within for support and guidance, for that is where the answers lie. Seek within for the strength and courage you need for this journey as others cannot help you with this. The Moon illuminates the sky while we are asleep but she will also illuminate your inner-world, deep within the subconscious, where true wisdom lies. This suggests that The Moon indicates a time when important messages and guidance are contained within your dreams and it would be wise to pay special attention to them.
The dog and wolf represent the outside world of everyday demands and people pulling us this way and that. They howl at the moon wanting her undivided attention and try to wake her from her reverie. She needs all her strength and willpower to shut them out so that she can be still.
When The Moon appears in a reading she suggests it is time to pay attention to your dreams for they may be trying to tell you something of importance. She asks you to reflect on what your inner voice is telling you. Try not to be sidetracked by others or be swayed by their emotions. Stick to your guns for you are the best judge of things at the moment.
You may feel very isolated at this time as you move away from one life to another. You must tread carefully. Keep your feet on the ground and a grip on your emotions and imagination. You may feel lost and scared with all that is expected of you or after what you have been through. Feel the fear and do it anyway. Face your fears now for they may not be as bad as you think.
The Sun shines brightly in Card XIX. Its rays reach out, touching every living thing. In the foreground a young child rides a white horse. The child is naked and carries a large banner or flag. Flowers adorn the child’s head as he beams with sheer delight. He appears to have stuck a large red feather among the flowers and it waves merrily as he rides out on his horse. In the background, a line of sunflowers grow from the top of a stone wall. The child, like the woman in The Star appears naked in this imagery to symbolise that he is free to express himself for who he truly is without facade or pretence.
The Returning Spirit had planted his own seeds and the Harvest is now his full responsibility too. Therefore, standing before this Council and after the Life Review, the only judgement that can be made is Self Judgement.
The Judgment Card with the Angel blowing the trumpet heralds the arrival of the time to atone for any misdeeds or upsets caused to others. This could be through the law and courts or the personal desire to right a wrong, to forgive or ask forgiveness of others.
The Red Cross on the flag represents the arriving at a cross roads in The Fool’s life and the need to exercise clear Judgementas to how he proceeds from here.
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The Fool has taken the knocks and accepted them for just what they were, knocks, sent to test his inner-strength and resourcefulness. He has taken the time to stand still and appreciate his many blessings in life and what is of true value to him. He has taken responsibility for his life and through self-examination has become aware of imbalances and his shadow-side. He has heeded the advice of wise ones and learned to detach himself from the negative influences of others. Instead of giving up and falling to pieces when times were hard, he picked himself up, dusted himself down and moved forward with the understanding that whatever didn’t break him would ultimately strengthen him.
In The World Card, a woman stands in the centre of a large Laurel Wreath. The woman is naked except for a flowing sash which swirls around her body. She holds two wands loosely in her hands. The woman appears to be in motion, as if in dance. The sky is clear blue in the background and in each corner we find the Four Symbolic Figures from The Wheel of Fortune. These Figures represent the Four Elements; Air,Water, Earth and Fire. In The Wheel of Fortune, these Figures were depicted in black and white. In The World card they are depicted in colour suggesting that The Woman (or Fool) has learned the Lessons of each Elemental approach to life and has managed to incorporate them into her life. She is now in perfect balance and harmony and is ruled not by any one in particular. The Woman understands that to find fulfillment, and to make each Elementwork for her in her life, they must learn to live together equally.
The Laurel Wreath symbolises her success and achievements. Notice the figure of eight ribbons at the top and bottom of the wreath. These infinity symbols suggest an awareness that there is no beginning or end, and that like The World itself, life is continuously moving and rotating. This leads to her understanding that although this particular journey may be over for her right now, more will come to follow.
She holds her Wands loosely which is very symbolic. In order for her to make Magicand access the energy from these Wands, it is not the ritual itself or the Power contained within the Wands that create results. The Magic lies in the Intention behind the Ritual. She is Mistress and High Priestess of her Own World and needs no Magical Tools to achieve her aims for the Power and Magic lie within her.
The World card brings long-term success and great inner-happiness. It offers a wonderful sense of personal fulfillment and achievement. It also brings a realisation that although success can come and go throughout life, true lasting, longterm success can only be found within.
The Woman in The World card looks relaxed and content with her body and her nakedness. She is comfortable in her own skin as she knows that beauty comes from within.
When The World appears it is time to take your place in the World or to create your own World. You have all the knowledge and experience you need to succeed. You may feel content in your World and are surrounded by good friends and family you can trust and rely on. This is not by chance but rather from you putting the effort in to facilitate such an environment.