STEPHEN Reid

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I plan to add an original interpretation for every card.

number major arcana swords swords intellect, logic, reason, communication wands wands energy, enthusiasm, vitality, action, inspiration, creativity, the masculine cups cups feelings, emotions, relationships, the heart, the feminine, the unconscious pentacles pentacles practical matters, grounding, the physical, the material, routines, habits
zero 0 fool
ace i ace i 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. magician the ace of swords the ace of wands the ace of wands The sky is clear and bright. Young trees come into leaf in the background while a castle sits atop of a steep hill or mountain. The castle symbolises security, goals, dreams, opportunities, ambitions, the ultimate destination. A river meanders through the landscape symbolising the emotional currents that flow through the situation. The River does not follow a straight path. This symbolises challenges ahead, but none so great that cannot be overcome. the ace of cups the ace of pentacles
two ii high priestess the two of swords the two of wands the two of cups the two of pentacles
three iii three iii The Threes in the Tarot represent creativity, growth and development. empress the three of swords the three of wands the three of wands creativity, growth, birth, abundance, movement and expansion... The figure has used the energy of this third Wand to drive his plan of action forward. the three of cups the three of pentacles
four iv emperor the four of swords the four of wands the four of cups the four of pentacles
five v high priest the five of swords the five of wands the five of cups the five of pentacles
six vi six vi 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. lovers the six of swords the six of wands the six of cups the six of cups Emotional Security, Being Cared for, Giving and Receiving, Openness, Sharing, Goodwill, Kindness, Charity, Gifts, Blessings, Simple Joys, Helping, Forgiveness, Peace, Harmony, Protected, Being Guarded by another, Calm, Contentment, Sanctuary, Fortress, Security, Restricted Freedom/Movement, Predictability, The Past, Past Influences, Nostalgia, Longing, Yearning, Homesick, Familiarity, Innocence, Trust, Childhood, Childhood Sweetheart/Friends, A Child/Baby, Young Person, Playful, Youthful, Courtship, Memories, Reminiscing, Trip down Memory Lane, The Homestead, Hometown, Old Haunts, Old Friends, The Good old Days, The Past, Childhood Issues/Abuse, Old Age, Senility, Nursing Homes, Nurseries

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
seven vii seven vii 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 ‘know thyself and thy abilities’. 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, “Hey, what am I doing here again?” 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.
chariot the seven of swords the seven of wands the seven of wands Determination, Tenacity, Stamina, Standing Your Ground the seven of cups the seven of pentacles
eight viii strength the eight of swords the eight of wands the eight of cups the eight of pentacles
nine ix hermit the nine of swords the nine of wands the nine of cups the nine of pentacles
ten x wheel of fortune wheel of fortune The Winged Angel represents Air, the Eagle represents Water, The Winged Bull represents Earth and the Winged Lion represents Fire.

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’s 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 – 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 ‘Lady Luck’ 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 the ten of wands the ten of cups the ten of pentacles
page/eleven xi justice the page of swords the page of wands the page of wands "the Airy Part of Fire"

"Therefore in the Page of Wands we have Air influencing Fire, thoughts influencing actions.

The Page of Wands does this by thinking about, or planning (Air) his next course of action (Fire) as he stares enthusiastically at the Wand in his hand. He has been entrusted with the Gift of his Element, Fire. He is the recipient of the Wand that was presented by Spirit in the Ace. He holds his Wand with confidence and pride. He gazes admiringly at it and begins to think of all the things he might be able to do with it. The Page of Wands is full of marvelous and novel ideas. With his brand new Wand, he plans action-packed adventures, where he will travel far and wide to experience the full thrill of life, and all that it has to offer. With the strong Wand in his hand, the world is his oyster and he will make it his own."

the page of cups the page of pentacles
knight/twelve xii hanged man the knight of swords the knight of wands the knight of cups the knight of pentacles
queen/thirteen xiii death the queen of swords the queen of wands the queen of cups the queen of pentacles
king/fourteen xiv temperance the king of swords the king of wands the king of wands "The green mantle and green shoes remind us that this King is the Earthy part of Fire."

"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’t mind working weekends, late nights or during the holiday time if what he does holds his attention and interests him. "

the king of cups the king of pentacles
fifteen xv devil
sixteen xvi tower
seventeen xvii star
eighteen xviii moon
nineteen xix sun
twenty xx judgement
twenty one xxi world

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