Stephen Reid

stephen@stephenreid.net

I'm studying tarot by drawing cards from time to time and writing about them here.

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 The Fool carries the number 0 and stands alone and apart at the beginning of The Major Arcana . The number 0 represents his pure essence. 0 has not yet begun and is strangely void of any activity. It symbolises a certain emptiness that is waiting to be filled. As 0 it has the potential for great things that have not yet formed but desire to manifest.
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. the ace of swords 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 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 Here we see a hand reaching out from a cloud which is holding or offering a chalice or cup. Water springs forth from deep within the Cup and cascades like a waterfall into the calm blue sea below. The waterfall represents the overflowing or gushing forth of positive emotions. A dove flies down from above and enters the Cup or Chalice with the blessings from Spirit above. The clear sky suggests a trouble-free time of peace and harmony with nothing troubling on the horizon. The sky’s pale blue colouring symbolises the spiritual aspect and nature of this card and its governing element Water.

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"].
two ii two ii 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). high priestess The Fool developed Conscious awareness and the Masculine Force in The Magician as he traveled to Binah, but conscious awareness on its own is useless without a balancing Unconscious and Feminine Source, for that is how the Law of The Universe works.  The Fool was shown what he could do in The Magician, and told that he had all the tools available to him.  However, he must dwell on these matters now before making any hasty decisions.  He must think deeply about what it is he wants to do with his new-found knowledge.  To do this The Fool must now develop a new kind of knowledge.  He must develop his Unconscious Awareness, and in doing so will gain access to his intuition, inner vision and inner voice.  He must understand and utilise his inner knowledge and hidden depths if he is to succeed in his quest or indeed survive at all.  It is through his Unconscious Awareness and Higher-Self that he will maintain his connection to the source.

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 In this card we see a woman sitting with her back to a body of water.  The tide appears to be out. The woman sits on a stone seat and holds two Swords crossed at her heart.  The Swords held at this position give us the impression that she is protecting her heart from something.  With the Swords standing in the way, nothing can get in at it and likewise nothing will be allowed out from it.

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 Wands often brings the decision of whether to stay with what you are used to or to go in search of new experiences or a new life. It can suggest that you are bored with your current life and want more.   On the outside it may appear you have it all and are very successful but changes have been occurring on the inside for some time.  You may have a new plan of action or a burning desire to do something else.  You may feel that your fires have been burning low and that you are in dire need of a new lease of life, change of scenery or change of faces. the two of cups The Two of Cups is a very positive card and is always welcomed in a relationship spread. This card has many interpretations but its overriding one is to do with love, matters of the heart and relationships. When it appears in a spread it generally represents a deep loving relationship or the offer of a relationship. It is a very exciting and reassuring card and reminds us that we can love and be loved. Love is all and love makes the world go around. It can represent that heady stage at the onset of a relationship when we get so caught up in love and our other half that nothing else is important. Our world revolves around each other and we think of nothing else but each other. We also believe that it will always be this way.

The Two of Cups can also suggest that you may have reached that stage in a relationship where you must decide to commit long-term or get married
the two of pentacles Harmony in the midst of change, alternation of gain and loss, travel in quest of wealth
three iii three iii 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.
empress The Empress reclines upon a seat strewn with an assortment of cushions covered in rich red, orange and gold luxurious fabrics. Here we get a strong sense of the comfort, relaxation, opulence and sumptuousness that accompany this Earth Goddess. A three-tiered crown of 12 dazzling stars adorns her head. The triple crown is symbolic of the Triple Goddess – Maiden, Mother and Crone. The 12 stars represent the 12 Sun Signs of the Zodiac. In The Empress’s role as Mother Nature she understands the cycle of all life. She understands that to fully experience life we must experience it from all aspects. We must be open and ready to accept all; joy, love, happiness, pain, loss and sadness.

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 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 pentacles This card is an indication that you are getting stuck into your work whether it is building a house or business, learning the ropes in a new job or getting stuck into a project in the work place.  It is a sign that you know what you are doing and where you are going.  Planning ahead and having the right strategies in place are some of the qualities the Three of Pentacles can offer.

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.

four iv emperor The Fool encounters The Emperor, the Paternal Father who will take him firmly by the hand and instruct him in matters of responsibility, order, control and discipline. It is through the Emperor he will learn that society has established laws, rules and regulations put in place to create order and stability for the good of its people. Without it, chaos would reign along with a breakdown in morals, respect and lawful behaviour.

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 – 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’s future relationship with women and how he treats them will be influenced by his father’s attitude and behaviour towards his mother. The daughter’s 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 The Four of Swords generally suggests that you are mentally overwhelmed and stressed by a particular situation or multiple situations in your life.  Intense pressure surrounds you now and you may be finding it hard to think clearly as your mind is overloaded. 

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 People are gathering and you will be with them for a very important occasion.  A lot of effort will have gone in to ensure that this event is a major success.  This big day has involved people pulling together and each giving their best as they want everyone to enjoy themselves.  The appearance of The Four of Wands reassures you that you will manage to ‘pull it off’ spectacularly and it will be a splendid day for all.

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 A figure sits under a tree in a trance-like or meditative state. Three Cups line up in front of him and a hand appears from a cloud offering him a Fourth Cup.  The figure appears either totally unaware of the presence of this Cup or is completely disinterested in what its contents may be.  To be honest he probably feels that it is just more of the same and no different from the three in front.  He couldn’t care less really. As he sits there with legs and arms folded he has shut himself off from the world and has become totally self-absorbed. The cloud which is presenting the Fourth Cup symbolises Spirit. He would be wise to look up and acknowledge it for it may contain things that the figure needs such as the opportunity for a new relationship, a wonderful job, the offer of real friendship, an explanation for his upset , an apology or a release from his depressive mood.

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 A hoarder and collector, this man finds it difficult to let things go, even himself.  He views everything as possessions; those he already owns and those that he desires to own.  When he does find himself a partner no doubt he will view her as a possession too and possibly exert control over her every move.  He may not be too generous with either his gifts or time as he is known to be stingy in relationships. 

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.



five v hierophant The Hierophant who is also known as theHigh Priest or Pope sits on a grey stone throne matching the background and pillars on each side. He is dressed in what looks like religious robes of red and white with a mantle which has a sash with three crosses. His shoes also have a cross on each toe. This is obviously a man of the cloth, a religious man or spiritual leader. The triple crown he wears symbolise the trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit or Mind, Body and Spirit.

 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 Like all the Fives in the Minor Arcana, the Five of Swords deals with change, conflict, challenge and upheaval.  However, being theSwords Suit we may assume that they will experience the Five in a severe or extreme manner.  They will probably add to the situation by making it as hard as possible for them to overcome it. We must also remember that where the Swords are concerned, we are dealing with the Element of Air which deals with our psychological state of mind and the power of communication.  Therefore, any battles they are fighting, challenges to be overcome or blood to be let may be entirely within themselves if their mind is dysfunctional or tied up in knots. The Swords fight their way throughout their Suit, mentally and verbally, in an attempt to free their mind from the binds that tie them to self-doubt, low self-esteem, lack of self-belief, paranoia and suspicion.  Their battle must go on to the end if they are ever to achieve the Upright Status of Their Mature CourtCards, The Queen and King of Swords.   Their Swords are suitably double-edged for this purpose.  They work both ways by having the capacity to not only cut down their enemy, but also to cut out any personal negative mindsets that twist their way of thinking.  In both respects, they can be merciless.

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 A group of five young figures brandish Wands or sticks in their hands. It is unclear as to whether they use them as weapons for battle or sport. The scene presented to us is one of chaos, either organised or disorganised depending on the aim of the individuals involved. The figures appear to be fully engaged in this rowdy activity.  At first glance, it looks a bit dangerous, as if a situation has got out of control. However, when we examine the individual faces, we find neither anger nor malice, but rather passion and determination. Indeed, they appear to be heartily enjoying themselves. There is an impression of noise and boisterousness as the Wands make contact and clash off each other. No one is directly hit with the sticks even though it might first appear that way. Unlike the Five of Swords, we see no injuries, no blood, no bodies scattered on the ground. These skirmishes symbolically represent the battles of daily life – our inherited human condition. Life is constantly throwing curve balls or sticks (Wands) at us. We either run for cover, or come out fighting. The five figures have decided to stand and fight.

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 In The Five of Cups  we see a dark cloaked Figure with bowed head and shoulders hunched. He stands with his back to us, his body totally collapsed in on him.  His heavy black cloak immerses him in grief, sadness and despair.  Note the westerly direction the Figure is facing for this symbolises that he is focussed on the past. On the ground in front of him and also facing West are three overturned Cups with their contents spilled. The red pools beneath two of the Cups may simply be wine or symbolically represent blood.  The third pool of green, representing Earth, symbolises the loss of stability or possibly something of a tangible or physical nature.  Green is also is the primary colour of the Heart Chakra which keeps us balanced and at one with the world.  In the Ace of Cups we first got a glimpse of the potential of the Cup with its overflowing contents of love, peace, joy and happiness but now, the Cup (Chakra) has been broken or damaged (the overturned Cup) its contents left to seep away into the ground.  The Heart is now empty and grows cold. Loss and sadness may feel unbearable.

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.

the five of pentacles As they wander down their lonely, cold road we cannot help but notice the stained glass window in the background. Could this be a church or a place of worship? If it is, then surely they could seek sanctuary there and would be made feel welcome. Yet, the Figures seem to be totally unaware of its presence. The Five Pentacles depicted in the stained glass look like a strong healthy tree and suggest that there is financial stability within, and the resources to feed and nourish plentiful. If you look closely at the top of the window you will see two towers or castles just above the stained glass. The Castles represent stability, sanctuary and protection but they would need to climb up on the window to even notice them for they seem far away and out of reach to the wretched Figures walking by.

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.

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. 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 On bended knees and with hands out-held in the begging position, two lowly looking Figures look up gratefully and expectantly as they receive, money, alms, food or a job from a well-dressed man.   By the man’s attire and stance we can presume he is wealthy and in a position of power. At the very least he is in control of the distribution of alms.  In his left hand he holds a scale. The man uses the scale to weigh or balance the needs of the recipients at his feet. He must give, in a fair and equal manner, but that does not mean that each will get the same.  He will be the judge of that.  The Figure on crutches in the Fivemay need extra resources to overcome health problems while the other Figure may just need a good feed and shelter for thenight.  The man is in full control of any hand-outs that are made.

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’) .
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 Here we take The Fool takes the next stage of his journey through life as we meet The Chariot.  A man rides out-of-town in a chariot, standing tall, strong and determined. He is dressed in battle attire and holds a wand in one hand. One his shoulders rest crescent moons with blue faces. His belt and lower garments are decorated with symbols. A star covered veil acts as a canopy over the chariot. The front of the chariot is decorated with blue wings and below the wings is the symbol of Isis who is the ancient Egyptian goddess of magic and mothers.

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 The Seven of Swords appearing in your Reading generally highlights Mind Gamesbut it depends on surrounding Cards as to whether this is helping or hurting your situation.  Being resourceful, thinking on your feet and trying to outsmart your opponent or competitor is part and parcel of everyday life and there are times when we all have to try to get into someone’s head to find out what it is that makes them tick.  Sports people do it constantly. If they didn’t they would never get a chance to out-beat or overturn their reign of success.  They spend a long time getting to know their opponent by watching and analysing their tactics so that they can go out and play a psychological game along with the physical.

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 Determination, Tenacity, Stamina, Standing Your Ground the seven of pentacles The Seven of Pentacles appearing in a Reading acknowledges that you have indeed been working very hard and have put much effort into an area of your life.  My, my, haven’t you been a busy beaver. Hard working, ambitious and tenacious too.  Well, I come to give you some good news and that is, you will very shortly begin to see the results of all your hard labour.  You have toiled hard and long in the field and now your harvest is almost in.

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.
eight viii strength This card stands for inner strength. The Lion is symbolic of our own animal instincts, our desires, our passions, our jealousy, our rage, our lust. He traditionally represents our shadow-self, the side of us that we generally keep to ourselves, the shadow that society and respectability demand we keep under control. Each and every one of us has a shadow self and at times, when conditions are favourable, this animal, our lion, escapes or is glimpsed.

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 The Eight of Swords represents restrictions, entrapment and being backed into a corner.  For certain there is a crisis but because we are dealing with a Sword’s Card, it is unsure whether the situation is as serious as it is made out to be and where the real problem lies.

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 In this card we see 8 Wands hurtling through the sky as they cross water from one body of land to another so travel is obviously suggested here. The skies are bright and clear. The persistence and tenacity of the Seven has paid off and by not succumbing to the competition, the difficulties have passed allowing the full strength of the Wands energy to flow unhindered. This just how Fire likes to move and is probably why we do not see any characters in this Card. With only Wandsand the open space around them they are unhindered in their flight. The Wands are seen coming in to land suggesting that goals are now in sight and close to being realised. At last, They are free to be who they want to be and go where they want to go. Activities and energies are mobilized as everything begins to speed up.

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 In the foreground Five Cups stand with another Three stacked on top of them.  The Five below represent the past, from his beginnings in Ace, to the upheaval in Five.  They are a part of his life that is over, gone, changed forever, never to be retrieved.  The Three Cups on Top represent his journey or life since then, the stability and healing in the Six, the questioning of the Seven and Finally the Quest in the Eight.  A gap has been left on the top row between the second and third Cup which is very symbolic. It was as a result of this Cup, the Seven of Cups, that he realised there was something missing in his life.  It is with the Eight Cup he will go in search of what it is that is missing and when he does find his missing Cup, he will place it exactly where the gap is and in so doing, make himself whole.

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 When the Eight of Pentacle appears in a Reading it suggests that you are working very hard, not just at present, but over a long period of time.  This is something that you find quite easy to do as you are completely dedicated to the task at hand and like nothing better than to get stuck into your work. Like the Eight of Wands, life has taken off for the Pentacles too.  You are bound to be crazy busy at present,  mega productive and super industrious .  It seems like you can make a success out of anything you decide to turn your hand to.  Any obstacles that may have stood in the way in past are now history and you are free to pursue your course of action and any projects you may be working on.  You are now at liberty to indulge your own interests and special projects too. There is a wonderful sense of coming into your own and feeling extremely confident about what you do.  You work with a strong sense of purpose and life is feeling wholesome and worthwhile.  Everything is falling into place and your two feet are firmly planted on the ground. This is a time for making excellent progress.
nine ix nine ix 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.
hermit The Hermit is a card for taking time out to reflect on where you are going in life. It is a time to withdraw from others, from every day life and to contemplate your existence and purpose. The lack of colour in The Hermit cards suggests that he requires few distractions in his search. He needs this time to completely focus on within. It is a card for meditation and spending time alone.

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 wands This Card can suggest that you are committed to a cause and prepared to do anything for it. You are going to take this all the way and nothing or no one is going stop you.  You are determined to be the last man standing, the lone soldier, and know that you have the stamina it requires to resist and overcome all opposition.  Stoic and enduring, your strength and beliefs are admirable indeed. Others may be relying on you to save the day. You may act selflessly by putting yourself in the line of danger to save or defend another.   A true Hero and Patriot, you will not let your people or side down.

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 A 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 the Holy Grail and found it. the nine of pentacles the Figure in the Nine of Pentacles has kept her feet firmly on the ground and steadily and quietly arrived at her destination. Her crops (her hard work and effort) have yielded well and her harvest is bountiful. As she approaches the closing stages of her cycle, her Pentacles are flourishing beyond her wildest dreams.  Her original planting has sprouted and has very possibly grown in several directions creating even more bumper harvests and even greater success.

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.
ten x ten x 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 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 Lying in the sand, The Sword’s Man has reached his lowest point. He has hit rock bottom, and in a sense it is a relief to him. As he stares out to sea, he notices the water (his emotions) have calmed and he begins to feel the calmness flow throughout his body.  He wonders if he is dying and strangely feels no fear. Instead he feels at peace, and so do we, for it is over, the end has come and he is being released from his pain and suffering. He does not have to run anymore, for he has accepted his fate.  He has sunk so low, he cannot go any further.

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 Here we see the culmination and consequences of too much energy, enthusiasm and activity beginning to take its toll. We have all been guilty of this at one stage or another and have vowed ‘never again’. However, this Card suggests Harvest Time when back-breaking work is required of us all if we want to reap the rewards of all our previous effort. Sometimes there is no way to avoid it, so it can be a case of under, over or through to get to where you are going with no shortcuts or fast tracking involved.

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 pentacles As we finally arrive at the end of this particular cycle for The Pentacles in Card Ten, endings are the very last thing these people are thinking about.  They may have made it to Card Ten, but their journey is not over by a long shot.  On the Contrary, this Card is strongly linked to Continuity and not endings or final Outcomes.  The Pentacles have done way too much on their journey for it to suddenly come to a stop anywhere.  The Pentacles from the very beginning, had long-term plans and goals which they were determined to achieve, but these plans and goals were never intended to be the climax of their lives or the final realisation of their dreams.  Rather each long-term plan or goal was viewed only as a small part of a much larger and grander Major Plan.  As each long-term plan or goal was reached they merely acted as spring boards to the next one.

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.
page/eleven xi page/eleven xi 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 naïve 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.
justice She appears in a reading to remind you that you are at a point in your life where you exactly deserve to be.  The laws of Karma apply right now. You are reaping exactly that which you sewed.  The scales are balanced and the situation has turned out just as it should. You must take full responsibility for where you are now, for all your preceeding actions, thoughts, ideas and deeds have brought you to where you are now. If you're honest with yourself you will accept this and address the situation or make amends.

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 With so much Air around and influencing him, all this energy can go right up to the head.  The Page of Sword’s mind is a whirlwind and his ability to articulate and communicate is extremely powerful.  

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 "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 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. the page of pentacles The Page of Pentacles appearing in your Reading can suggest that you are studying, or about to embark on a course of studies that will bring great financial rewards for you in the future. You may be starting college, and are looking forward to getting down to learning and study. This Page augurs well for chosen careers and shows a determination to work hard and succeed. You may even be following in the career footsteps of previous family members as you continue a family tradition. In the Upright Page of Pentacles, this is something you are very happy to do and are proud and honoured to be continuing the line. A scholarly attitude is suggested, along with excellent exam performance. You are certainly aiming at achieving the highest of qualifications.
knight/twelve xii knight/twelve xii Taking action, movement, mobility, courage, strength, vision, passion and daring risk is the realm The Four Knights dwell in. hanged man The Hanged Man appears at this time to remind us that struggle at this time is futile and it is best to surrender to the situation and let it go, for as much as you fight to stay on top of whatever is involved, it will only succeed in depleting your energies, encouraging you to slide further into despair, negativity and pessimism. You are just not going to get anywhere at the moment or change much.

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 This Knight can arrive to give you the thumbs up or the go ahead to put your plans into action. He tells you to look to the future now and go for it. However, even though thinking ahead is to be commended in this instance, try not to get too far ahead of yourself. The impetus is to act now but stay aware of what is going on around you at the same time. You may have to adjust plans as new developments present.

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 The Knight of Wands is by far the bravest of all The Knights for he fears nothing, will have a go at anything, and is willing to risk all as he gallops through life at a hectic and heated pace. In his Upright Aspect his Fire warms, enthuses and excites us, but when Reversed his Fires can burn, scorch and overwhelm us.

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 The Knight of Cups must work hard to find a balance between these the Elements of Fire and Water which are capable of totally destroying and obliterating each other should either get the total upper hand. Working in harmony, Water and Fire can do very well together creating a warm, loving, enthusiastic, considerate and exciting personality. A person who cares and is sensitive to the feelings of others, is passive and calm yet when necessary can be assertive, brave, daring, fearless and bold. He is a true Chivalrous and Gallant Knight. When Water and Fire are nicely balanced we find a personality who factors in the interest of others while forging ahead with their own needs, instead of the natural Fiery instinct to blaze their own trail regardless of what others think or feel. A fine balance of Water and Fire will present us with a Knight of Cups who cherishes his friends, is loyal and supporting. This Knight will lay down his life for his friends should the need arise without hesitation or promise of reward.

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’s 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.
queen/thirteen xiii death Do we spend time grieving and mourning for what has just gone, until we finally accept the loss, and slowly and carefully move on? Or do we resist and struggle against the changes, determined to keep things the way they were, in denial of the situation? Do we fling ourselves around and believe that our life is over and take to the bed? Is all considered lost? Do we rant and rave and demand the life back? Do we lose faith in life and become bitter, negative and pessimistic?

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 The Queen of Swords combines the inward focus of a Queen with the razor-sharp mind and intellect of her Suit Element.

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 wands 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.

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.
the queen of pentacles The Queen of Pentacles is the Watery part of Earth.  She combines the inward focus of a Queen with the positive aspects of her element allowing her to feel successful and take pride in who she is.

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.

king/fourteen xiv temperance After the trauma and upset of the Death card, Temperance brings a wonderful and much-needed respite from suffering. Death has done his job and cleared away all the dead wood out of our lives, weeded the garden,  torn down the old curtains, ransacked the cupboards and drawers, before filling a huge skip with all our unnecessary baggage and things. We are now in a better position to see our lives without blinkers on.  With a de-cluttered mind we can now focus on who we are and what we really want for the future. It is Temperance who brings the calm after the storm and allows us to settle and re-balance. It is Temperance who after the clearing of Death allows us a glimpse of our true Spiritual Purpose.

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 The King of Swords combines the outward focus of a King with the positive intellectual, analytical and just qualities of Air.  He uses Earth to Ground his energy so that he may be of use in his world.

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 "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 Tossed about in the midst of the turbulent waters (emotions) the King of Cupsmaintains his balance with ease for he has learnt to discipline and control them.  He remains calm and not the slightest bit phased by all that is going on around him.  He has seen what happens to others when discipline is not applied.  He has seen some good people lose their balance and disappear into the watery depths were few could reach them.  Yes, he had watched many drown in their emotions, engulfed by the tidal wave of their situation, being sucked away by the sheer force of the current events in their life. He has gone to the rescue of many and helped them to find land again; helped them calm and regain control over their lives once more.  If life has turned upside down and chaos rules the day, this King will remain steady and composed.

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.
fifteen xv devil When The Devil appears in a reading he may be suggesting that there is a lack of control in your life or you may be seeking to control life and those around you. You may be overly concerned with the material side of life.  You may feel trapped and powerless to change your situation or free yourself. Have you given your power away to someone else? You have the power to change if you will only believe it. Stop finding excuses for not changing your situation.  This is just an illusion set up to trap the weak and willful.

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.
sixteen xvi tower The Tower is what happens when we cling on to things, people, attitudes or beliefs that are neither worthy of us nor healthy for us in mind, body and spirit. The Tower releases you, sometimes by force,  from the enslavement of The Devil. If you build your life, relationships, friends etc on rocky foundations,  eventually cracks can appear. When too much pressure is applied these cracks split wide open and the whole lot can come tumbling down around you.

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.
seventeen xvii star A naked woman kneels at a pool of water. The woman pours water from two jugs, one into the pool and the other onto the land. Eight, eight-pointed stars sparkle in the sky with the central star larger and more defined than the rest. In the background an Ibis sits on a tree.

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.
eighteen xviii moon The holiday period of The Star is over and the hard-work of re-building out of the ruins begins.  Before we can go racing down the road into our new life, we must first experience the powerful yet unnerving energy of The Moon and delve into the deepest darkest areas of our subconscious.

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.

nineteen xix sun The Sun is where we arrive at after finding our way through the dark with only The Moon to light the path. By facing our fears, calling on our inner-strength and having faith that life would deliver us to a better place we have eventually arrived at The Sun.  After the darkness of The Moon, The Sun has eventually risen (it always does).  With the dazzling glow and warmth of The Sun engulfing us, we now find that those things we feared so much in the pale vapoury light of The Moon are actually quite harmless or not as bad as we thought they were going to be.  Everything looks better in the clear light of day.  When The Sun shines it is quite easy to forget our woes and the world can suddenly look like a good place to be. The Sun generally has a wonderful effect on us.  People are friendlier to each other and come out of their normal seclusion to enjoy the beauty of a sunny day.  The Sunwarms the chill out of our bones and out of our minds. The Sun brings happiness. TheSun, also brings success, achievement and celebration.

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.

twenty xx judgement The figures depicted in the Judgement Card stand naked, again reminding us that when Judgement Day arrives we will no longer be able to hide behind a facade,  lies or pretence.  All our deeds, both good and bad will be exposed and laid bare before the Higher Powers and our Higher Self.  Nothing can be hidden on Judgement Day.

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. 
twenty one xxi world In the World Card we experience the culmination of The Fool’s Journey. The World is where The Fool has arrived at after experiencing all that life had either given or thrown at him. The Fool has survived the Journey and is sure to be feeling proud as punch with himself.

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.

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