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This month, I’m doing something a little bit different for the Tarot-Scopes. I wanted to shake things up a bit and make it interesting for you.
I have incorporated Lenormand + Tarot for the forecasts. Two Lenormand cards have been drawn for each sun sign, along with a Tarot card.
The Lenormand card pair will tell us the practical side of what is actually happening, while the tarot card will add in how you may feel about it as well as possibly bringing in a piece of advice. This gives us both a practical and psychological perspective to work with.
I am using the Piatnik Lenormand with the Radiant Rider Waite Tarot deck.
ARIES: Flowers + Birds and 6 of Pentacles
Happy conversations arise for you this month, Aries – from telephone conversations to get-togethers . . . it’s all good! You may have the gift of gab and enjoy conversing with others. You might also receive invitations this month – perhaps even a surprise invitation. You might give or receive a gift.
Don’t be afraid to use your voice, Aries. It can get you what you want and/or give someone else what they need.
The Six of Pentacles from Tarot indicates that you will feel good about this. Some of the conversations you have may relate to “give and take” with others. So you’ll feel especially pleased to be able to help someone who needs you. And if you are on the opposite side where you are the one who needs something, you will be pleased to know that the support you need is going to be there for you.
TAURUS: Whip + Letter and High Priestess
A letter or document may create conflict for you, Taurus – it might even make you angry, or the contents of the letter may express anger towards you. This message may come to you in written form, via email, or a text message. There may be a lot of communication with a lot of messages happening this month, and not all of it will necessarily relate to confusion or anger. You might also be signing a contract of some kind.
The High Priestess suggests patience even when you want to rush out there and act quickly. Wait for the information you need to arrive, and you will then have the facts in hand to take the appropriate actions.
Even the High Priestess holds a document in her hands, so letters, messages, and/or documents may be prominent for you during this month, Aries. Don’t be quick to make snap decisions, though. Your intuition will help you out a lot, so be sure to listen to that message, too!
GEMINI: Whip + Scythe and Page of Pentacles
Gemini, you may be facing some kind of troubles or strife this month that demands your attention. Ready or not, here it is – and this could be happening faster than you feel you can keep up with it. It is possible that something keeps coming back to you in repetitive form, possibly something that needs to be cut out of the equation in order to be settled and resolved once and for all.
The Page of Pentacles is a calm energy in the midst of the turmoil from the Whip and Scythe. It suggests that you may have something to study and learn about what’s coming at you this month. You may find yourself needing to step back and look at a situation from various angles. Doing this can help you cut away what you no longer need, allowing room for something better to come in.
Take extra care this month to avoid accidents, and don’t tangle with those who are violent or dangerous. Steer clear of the troublemakers. The Page of Pentacles indicates that you can be logical and perceptive, so use those skills to weed out the bad apples from the good ones in your life.
CANCER: Clover + House and Justice
Something lucky surrounds house, home, and family this month, Cancer. This can signify happiness within the family, or it may be a stroke of good luck regarding where you live. If you are looking for a different house or dwelling to live in, luck is with you. If you are looking to sell your home, you’ve got luck for that as well.
Clover’s luck doesn’t last long – perhaps for a couple of days or so – thus, be sure to seize opportunity when it comes knocking at your day. Don’t delay, as you could miss it.
Justice indicates you will feel vindicated or pleased at something that works out so fairly for you during this month. If you are feeling like it’s time for you to get a lucky break, it looks like that is coming to you. It will certainly help to balance out your feelings, especially if things have felt unfair or unjust to you lately.
LEO: Child + Key and Death
Leo, there are a couple of ways that your cards may apply, so let me mention them both as one thing might be more applicable for you, and another possibility might be more fitting for one of your fellow Leos – or maybe you’ll see both of these ideas in your own life.
If you are trying to have a child, it looks like the opportunity is going to be there – or a child in your life may be particularly important this month. A new door is opening, and you’ve got the key to access this. There might be some kind of opportunity that comes up for or with a child – or perhaps because of a child.
Conversely, if you aren’t planning to add to your family or you don’t have children, the Child + Key indicate a new beginning or opportunity coming into your life this month. A new beginning definitely seems to be on the way – something for you to nurture so that it will grow and develop into what you want.
Death from Tarot indicates that while there is a new beginning in some way for you, this will also bring some major changes. For example, having a baby means that your whole life shifts and changes in dramatic ways – even though it’s still a positive thing for you. So with the change coming into your life, Leo, it looks like there will be some adjustments to be made in order to accommodate that change. Things may feel a bit stressful, even in light of a favorable thing you wanted. You may also see how you have to let go of something in order to give the proper time and attention to the new experience coming into your life.
VIRGO: Gentleman + Ring and Reversed 7 of Wands
If you’re a Virgo man, a proposal of some kind may be presented – possibly by you, or at least for you. This could be a marriage proposal, or it could be the proposal of some kind of contract that you will consider.
If you’re a Virgo woman, a proposal of some kind is also presented to you! If you’ve been longing for your guy to propose . . . it could happen. Or you may be considering a contract of another type.
But whether you are male or female, please be careful with whatever proposals – or propositions, offers, promises, or contracts — come your way. The Reversed Seven of Wands indicates that you might be taking on more than you can handle or more than you are really ready for. Think things over carefully before you sign on the dotted line, or before you say “yes.”
LIBRA: Path + Heart and Knight of Cups
Choices for love may be prominent for you this month, dear Libra! How sweet it can be, especially when you find a lovely partner to share with. It is possible that some of you may even have more than one potential love interest to choose from.
But either way, you may have some decisions to make in matters of the heart this month. This is about following the path of your heart and deepest feelings. If love isn’t on the agenda for you, Libra, there are still options around you that bring contentment. Follow your feelings to choose the right thing for you.
The Knight of Cups is a lovely addition to this Lenormand pair, as it emphasizes the idea of love in your life. Love is coming to you, or you may be making a choice about a current love relationship possibility. If you are already in a happy relationship, your cards for this month emphasize that relationship and making positive choices to help it keep growing.
This Knight ushers in very happy, content, and satisfied feelings. It’s a calm energy, but also exciting at the same time! Follow your heart, Libra!
SCORPIO: Fox + Fish and Judgement
Scorpio, please beware of deception surrounding money matters this month! This can go either way – it can be some kind of impact on your money in a situation where you get duped, swindled, or somehow cheated or fooled . . . or it could be you who feels tempted to get something that you don’t really deserve or that doesn’t belong to you.
Make sure that you rise to your higher standards with a willingness to do a fair day’s work for a fair day’s compensation – and that you also insist upon fair value for whatever ways you are spending your money.
Judgement indicates making the right choices that you can feel good about, Scorpio. It represents the understanding of something you might not have fully comprehended before. It’s about achieving the understanding to make the right choices that will have an impact on your future. The feeling here is like a “Judgement Day” where you will either reap the rewards of good choices, or you’ll face the consequences for bad ones! Do what you know is right, dear Scorpio!
SAGITTARIUS: Bear + Birds and Queen of Swords
Negotiations may be on the table, Sagittarius. This might be a conversation that you have with a boss for a pay raise, or it might be some other kind of negotiations or conversations that you have with an authority figure. You may be talking to someone who is in a higher chain of command, or someone that holds the control over a matter. It’s someone who may, in some way, be “in charge.”
If you need to talk to such an authority, don’t hesitate to do so. The Birds is a vocal card, and it asks you to use your voice to help you get what you want or to resolve an issue. Keeping quiet and just hoping for the best isn’t likely to help.
The Queen of Swords indicates that you will feel empowered to have made yourself heard in whatever circumstances are around you. She can bring a good feeling to a no-nonsense situation where you want the truth and not the bull. She encourages you to insist upon truth and honesty from those you converse with – and be equally as honest yourself. You may find that you’re a better negotiator or communicator than you thought!
CAPRICORN: Lady + Letter and King of Cups
You may send or receive a letter of importance, Capricorn. If you have expected to hear something, it looks like the news or message is coming. The message may come from a woman, or if you are a lady, it may be a letter, message, or document that you are sending out.
This Lenormand card pair might also indicate that you will be doing some writing this month, or perhaps you are looking to get published or you are already a published writer engaged in correspondence about what you have written. In some way, letters, documents, writing, and communication will be significant.
The King of Cups gives you plenty of reasons to feel happy and satisfied with the communication, letter, or documents. Whatever news you receive will be pleasing. It will give you a good feeling – perhaps that boost of inner confidence that you’ve needed. And it looks like, with this King of Cups, that you’ll be able to get people to listen to you.
It’s also possible that a “love letter” might be involved with this King of Cups – or some kind of communication or correspondence with a gentle man. Whatever emotional support you might need is going to be there for you – enjoy!
AQUARIUS: Dog + Gentlemen and 8 of Cups
A loyal male friend seems prominent for you this month, Aquarius. If you’re a female, this is not likely a romantic companion we are talking about here – but a good friend that you can count on. This portrays someone that you already know in your life, versus a newcomer.
This person may be a good listener to you, especially if you have emotional issues you need to talk about – as suggested by the 8 of Cups from Tarot. This familiar person you know might help you through a time of letting go and moving on. This person may help you in your search for what is “missing” in your life.
On a more mundane level, you may have a friend who needs to find a new home for his pet. You might take on that pet yourself, or perhaps you will look for someone else you know who would want to care of that pet and allow it to transition into a new life and home.
In some way, this month will feel like you are letting go of something, but also searching for greater meaning in your life. A loyal friend or a loving pet may be the encouraging support you need during this time. Overall, it’s like a graduation of the soul as you grow and advance in your life and in your personal associations.
PISCES: Rider + Mouse and Ace of Swords
News of a loss may come to you this month, Scorpio. You may be informed of something that “eats at you” or troubles you. Something may cause you some serious concern. It’s also possible that what troubles you or creates stress is in regard to a lost letter or message that you expected but did not receive. If you were expecting to hear from a friend or loved one who is away, and you hear nothing at all . . . this can create worry for you.
On another note (and perhaps a less worrisome one), you might simply receive news that something has been canceled.
The Ace of Swords suggests a new beginning or new thoughts and ideas that may emerge from this loss, cancelation, or deterioration that you learn about. Whatever the matter may be for you personally, Scorpio, the Ace of Swords indicates that you will learn the truth of a matter. Strength in adversity is the hallmark of this Ace – “out of something bad, something good emerges.” Sow whatever you’re dealing with, Scorpio, there is victory in at least finding out the truth by cutting through the layers of confusion and illusion.
Even difficult situations are better when we are aware of them and understand, because that means we can work on changing, adjusting, or correcting where possible. You are not going to stay in the dark – you’ll learn what you need to know so that you can act accordingly.
Note: For this tarot-scope feature, I have used traditional Western Sun signs of the zodiac, but if you’re curious what your Vedic Astrology Sun sign is, check out the Vedic Astrology Sun Signs page and compare. If your Vedic Sun sign is different than your traditional Western sign, you might even see how information from both of the signs could apply to you – or perhaps one may be more prominent for you than the other.
Please keep in mind that the entries listed above could not possibly represent everything you will experience during the month, nor does it mean that two people of the same sun sign will encounter the same situations or energies.
What is presented for your enjoyment is a significant theme for the month you may see or relate to this month in one way or another. But it’s not the sum of the whole. It is, however, one important aspect or theme that the cards wish to bring to the attention of each Sun Sign.
Wishing you an abundant and happy November!!
If you liked this month’s Tarot-Scopes, let me know in the comments below – so that I will know to do this again in the future.
This week’s question is from Danielle: “I have been saying for the last couple of years that I should write a humorous book about my divorce. I pick it up every now and then, but right now I’m going through a bit of writer’s block. I am wondering if I put in the effort to finish it, will I actually make any money off it? If not, maybe I won’t push so hard to finish it.”
Strength – 5 of Cups – 5 of Pentacles
More than anything else for this situation, I can see in the Strength card that writing this book has probably been a therapeutic experience for you, Danielle. You’re getting something out of the writing, but it might not go in the direction you intended – at least in terms of making big profits from it. So this book has value to you in ways that go beyond the realms of the material. And if you are writing in a way that can help other divorced women get through that 5 of Cups pain and sense of loss . . . it’s something that actually can help some women find the goodness that still exists in their lives and move on to cross new bridges in their lives, as you have done.
However, when it comes to making money from your book, the 5 of Pentacles doesn’t indicate big profits coming your way for this effort, especially if you are a new writer. If writing is something you are seriously interested in, however, that first book always needs to get written.
As you write this book, a lot of painful memories may also surface again. The art of writing in itself can bring healing and closure. And I rather like the humorous twist you are putting on a depressing situation – something to help you and others find that hope still exists, despite the challenges of a real life marriage and divorce story.
Decide who you are writing this book for. Did you subconsciously start writing it as a project for yourself to find healing and closure? Or were your original intentions to write a book with the purpose to earn money? I don’t see much, if any, money coming from this particular project. But I do see the therapeutic value it has if you decide to finish it. Completing this book may be the kind of closure that you need to really get on with things in a way that you haven’t been able to do before. Even though it probably won’t hit the best seller list if you publish it, there can be other enriching rewards that go with the completion – and the closure – involved in this particular writing. If anything, do it for yourself more than anyone or anything else.
Best Wishes and Many Blessings!
On the first and third Tuesday of each month, I will do a Quick Insight Tarot Reading to address one question sent in by the readers of my blog. If you would like to see your question featured here on “Tarot Tuesday,” please send your question and date of birth to firstname.lastname@example.org with Tarot Tuesday in the subject line. You are free to use an alias name of your choice if you wish not to use your real name for this post. Date of birth is actually optional, but I use the numerical value of your birth date, if provided, to show me where to cut the cards after shuffling (even though I will not post your date of birth).
I do not address follow-up questions for free readings. Thank you for your understanding of my time limitations.
Please keep in mind that I cannot guarantee inclusion of your question, as I’ll be pulling just one for each Tarot Tuesday week, but if your submission is not pulled, you are welcome to send your question again (or send a new question) for another chance in a following week.
- Have a question you want to ask the Tarot, but can’t wait for your entry to get pulled for a Tarot Tuesday?
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Last Sunday, I had the honor of participating in a panel discussion with Beyond Worlds. We discussed boundaries in the tarot business. If you missed that show, you can listen to the archive here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/beyondworlds/2012/02/06/boundaries-for-readers–special-panel-discussion
Let me introduce you to the panelists who participated for this special show, along with links to where you can find this great group of fellow tarot professionals:
- Donnaleigh – our host of the Beyond Worlds Tarot Tribe
- Georgianna Boehnke from The Tarot Room
- Diane Wilkes from Tarot Passages
- Theresa Reed, also known as The Tarot Lady
- James Wells
- Marcy Currier
- And of course myself, Sharon Brown – who most of you know by my nickname, Velvet Angel, from Tarot Wisdom Readings
The show is packed with lots of ideas regarding boundaries, so if you are a tarot reader who finds yourself struggling with establishing – and enforcing – boundaries, this show is for you!
Currently, we are discussing the possibility of doing an addition to this show, as there was so much more we could have talked about, but simply didn’t have time. But so much was fantastically covered in the 90-minute presentation. Everyone had something of value to contribute.
Today’s article stems from an enlightening 2-card boundary spread, which you can find on Donnaleigh’s blog at: http://www.donnaleigh.com/apps/blog/show/12170332-boundaries-for-tarot-readers-2-card-boundary-spread
I wanted to share with you what I drew from this boundary spread, and if you are a reader, I encourage you to do this reading for yourself and find out what Tarot has to say to you about your boundaries and how you can establish them most effectively.
Draw 2 cards from your favorite tarot deck and ask:
1) Define boundary as it pertains to me.
2) How can I best establish my own personal boundaries?
I used the Crystal Visions Tarot deck for this reading.
Card 1: Define boundary as it pertains to me.
QUEEN OF CUPS
As boundaries pertains to me, the Queen of Cups shows me that because I have always been such a generous person with a soft heart, I very much need to have boundaries in place so that I am not manipulated and taken advantage of. I easily feel sorry for people, and I easily feel their pain – sometimes as if it is my own pain. In the past, that made it too easy to just drop the boundaries and give in to freely offer my help – even at my own detriment!
But this Queen shows me that boundaries are also about love – for others and for myself. And sometimes “tough love” must be a part of it, just like when it comes to dealing with children. Boundaries can specify love for the self, and also self-respect. Boundaries help me to detach emotionally – just enough to be objective and stand my ground, but not in the way of detaching so much that I have no compassion.
The Queen of Cups is indeed filled with great love and compassion. But to love and respect yourself, you must uphold boundaries. The maturity of the Queen suggests that I can help others with a compassionate and gentle touch, but it doesn’t mean that, in the process, I should avoid the responsibility of those boundaries for myself. For that would not be self-love.
I think it was very difficult for me to establish solid boundaries for the longest time. And it’s only within the past 2 to 3 years that I have done so more firmly. With the Queen of Cups, I can see the emotional side and the reason why it was harder for me to be tougher when needed. But fortunately, I now see that the Tarot shows me that boundaries can still be a loving expression to promote respect and goodness between myself and others. Boundaries are not mean or stingy . . . they are about promoting love for others and the self.
Card 2: How can I best establish my own personal boundaries?
7 OF WANDS
Interestingly, the 7 of Wands is a card of boundaries, and it clearly shows me that I must take a stand and be firm or assertive as needed. I will be called upon to continually defend those boundaries. In fact, I had to do so today yet again. But I found a way to lovingly suggest an alternative even though I would not honor an expired free gift certificate.
This is about handling myself in a responsible way – and not letting others walk on me as I did at one point in my career. I must defend these boundaries, because this is about standing up for what I value and not settling for less than I want and deserve. I must have the courage of my convictions and the integrity to follow through. I cannot be wishy-washy about it. I must be firm.
Thus, the 7 of Wands shows me that I must continually be “on my own side” and do what is best for me and my business. I can’t just take a backseat when it comes to boundaries. I have to get in front of the firing line and be firm and strong – even when the Queen of Cups emotion wants me to do something else. I am responsible for taking control through boundaries and defending those, and the 7 of Wands tells me that this will ensure I don’t let myself get pushed around.
Not only must I have boundaries, but I must enforce them. For it does little good to “have” a boundary if that is not enforced and followed through. With the Queen of Cups card and the 7 of Wands, the Tarot asks me, “Do you love yourself enough to take a stand when needed?” And my answer is, “Yes, I do!”
P.S. Many thanks to Donnaleigh for sharing this spread!
How do boundaries play a role in your general life and in your career or business life? Feel free to share or discuss your thoughts on boundaries.
Last year, I did a two-card pull for the Super Bowl game – all in fun – and it turned out right. I had posted that to Facebook on February 6th, 2011 – so I had to do a lot of clicking to go back and read what I had written before the game started on that evening.
I hesitate to do these things that tend to be somewhat like “gambling” with the odds, so please know right up front that this is ALL IN FUN. I am not even a football fan and know little about the game. I used to crack that silly joke about why they are all fighting over a silly quarter. LOL
Anyhow, on to the predictions . . . . Just like last year when the Steelers and Packers played, for the purpose of trying to determine who is going to win this Super Bowl for 2012, I asked the simple question:
“What will be the after-game atmosphere for each of the teams (Giants and Patriots) tonight?
Giants – 5 of Pentacles . . . Patriots – 7 of Pentacles
Neither team has drawn a card that announces big reasons for celebration, but it looks like the Patriots may take the win. Let’s take a look . . .
Giants – 5 of Pentacles: There is a clear sense of loss and defeat in the 5 of Pentacles. This is the energy of feeling out in the cold or left outside when you wanted to be “in” with the party where it’s warm and welcoming. I have a feeling the Giants are going to take some pretty big hits in tonight’s game. It doesn’t look like they are going to be one bit happy in that after-game atmosphere. This is a card that clearly specifies a loss.
Additionally, they may have some players that sustain some injuries that will either make it painfully challenging to stay in the game and play at their best, or it could literally take someone out of the game for the night.
Patriots – 7 of Pentacles: This card indicates that there’s more there than meets the eye, and in comparison to the 5 of Pentacles, it looks like the Patriots may win. Things tend to be a little bit better than what one sees, even though there is always room for growth and improvement under this energy.
Even so, their coach may be giving them a speech during the after-game celebration about all kinds of things they could have and should have done differently – even with a win. The coach may point out some good things of the game, but he may drive home the problems he saw as well – with the intent that they can do even better in future games.
Thus, if I was a betting person – which I’m not – I would be favoring the Patriots for tonight’s game. It could actually be a fairly close game, and the Patriots may definitely have their moments of worry at some point in the game. But the 7 of Pentacles definitely gives the Patriots an edge for more points . . . and ultimately the win and the glory!
We’ll see how this turns out. Remember, I drew these cards in fun. As this can be construed by the Tarot as a “gambling” question, it doesn’t always like to respond so easily. But Tarot knows that tonight, I will be not be watching the game, nor will I be placing any bets. But I’ll find out tomorrow who our actual victory team is.
Good luck to both teams. And may the best team win!!
This feature on the blog is designed to address questions that relate to specific challenges that a reader may be struggling with – whether it’s a new reader who is trying to put it all together and figure things out, one who has been reading the cards for awhile but still feels like he or she is meeting up with some bumps in their execution of interpreting a reading, or for those who are creating a tarot practice to do readings in the course of business.
This is even for non-readers who may have some issue they are struggling with in regard to getting a reading or even thinking about learning to read the cards. If you find yourself stuck on something with the Tarot, let’s work on this together and see if we can find some clarity for you.
What are your biggest challenges or “pain points” in reading the cards or with Tarot in general? What do you feel holds you back? Or what is it that you seem to struggle with or simply can’t reconcile in your tarot journey? This is for both readers and non-readers alike, but may be of special interest to those who read the cards or for those who are trying to learn this vast subject that is filled with so much wisdom and empowerment.
Keep in mind that none of us will ever “know it all.” We are all going to be perpetual students in the amazing subject of Tarot. But the more we learn and practice, the more enjoyable this experience continues to be.
Today’s topic starts with some Tarot basics!
The best place to start . . . is at the beginning. And no, I don’t mean we’ll grab the Fool card off the top of a new deck and begin studying. We’re going to talk today about some very basic knowledge that can help you with ALL the cards of the Tarot – some simple things, perhaps often overlooked or considered not to be very important.
Even if you are an experienced tarot reader, it’s helpful to take a step back from time to time and return to a “beginner’s mindset.” Plus – it’s fun to do! It also simplifies things when you find a tendency to make something more complex than it actually has to be.
There are many ways to look at a card to help you decide what it means:
Here are some of the ways to help you understand a card’s meaning . . .
- The imagery of the card itself (This is one of the most important ways to understand a card’s meaning!)
- Symbolism used in a card
- The number of the card
- The suit and element of a card
In terms of the imagery, think about how the card makes you feel. Do you sense happiness, sorrow, stagnation, movement, loss, gain, etc.? What is happening in the card? What kinds of symbols are contained in the card? (Symbolism in Tarot is a whole topic in itself, but it’s helpful to learn about it, as symbols can also provide important clues to a card’s meaning.)
So let’s take a look at what the numbers and court cards mean in general for all the Tarot Suits – Cups, Wands, Pentacles, and Swords. I’ll follow that up with some basic information about the suits themselves – and the elements to keep in mind. We’ll explore a few examples, and from there, you can explore the cards, too – even if you are already a seasoned reader! I’ve been reading the cards since early 1999, but I still find these exercises fun and refreshing to do.
I recommend that you create a list of your own, as you might not agree with all of my keywords and associations – or you may have some that you would add to your list that I’ve not mentioned here. A fun way to determine your keywords for the numbers is to lay out all the cards of that number – for example, lay out all of the Aces to get a general feeling for what the number one implies to your way of interpretation.
If you are unsure of what the numbers mean in Tarot, or you’re new to Tarot and don’t really know where to start with this . . . here is my list that you can use to get you going:
The Numbers of the Tarot
Aces: new beginnings; fresh start; gift; opportunity; potential; solo; focus; a seed that has potential to grow and prosper
Two’s: choice; duality; balance; bringing together opposites; polarity
Three’s: creativity; growth; teamwork; building; expansion; discussion; evaluation
Four’s: stability; structure; foundations; creation; order; routine; duties; organization; solidarity; stagnation
Five’s: conflict; struggle; hardship; loss; chaos; instability; challenges; rebelling; midpoint of a journey
Six’s: collaboration; cooperation; sharing; communication; problem solving; love; beauty; chance; reconciliation; reflection; inner work
Seven’s: reflection; assessment; imagination; inner thoughts; challenge; choice, strategy
Eight’s: movement; speed; power; strength; effort; physical work
Nine’s: nearing completion; solitude; fullness; wisdom gained from the journey; loss or fulfillment
Tens: end of a cycle; something is finished; ready to move on; staleness; exhaustion; need for revitalization
Pages: enthusiastic beginner; inexperienced but eager; students; newbies, rookies; least mature of the Tarot court cards; can represent a child or the young-at-heart
Knights: messages; movement; ambition; confidence but not yet knowing one’s limitations; courageous; bold; action that is usually taken to one extreme or another; can represent a teen or young adult
Queens: mothers or mother figures; reflection; introspection; collaboration; organization; nurturing; support
Kings: fathers or father figures; responsibility; power; control; authority; leadership
Another consideration is that numbers 1 through 4 can indicate something in the earlier stages of a situation, 5 through 7 can suggest the midpoint (with a 5 being noted especially for the midpoint of a journey), and numbers 8 through 10 show us that something may be closer to the ending. This additional consideration may not always apply for every card in every situation, but it’s something to keep in mind. The little things sometimes help you find more meanings in a card that are fitting for your situation being asked about in the Tarot.
Cups: reflection; emotion; feelings, intuition; creativity; love; nurturing; psychic ability
Wands: passion; enterprise; energy; desire; intention; fast moving energy
Swords: communication; thoughts; logic; intellect; worry; conflict
Pentacles: groundedness; practicality; money; finances; material resources; business, resources, health, slower moving energy
Water = Cups
Fire = Wands
Earth = Pentacles
So now that we’ve explored the above, how can this knowledge help?
Let’s use an example with the 7 of Pentacles. This is a card that varies somewhat in interpretation from one reader to another. If you were uncertain of what this card meant, or if this card came up in a reading that caused you to feel stumped, you could turn to the numbers and suit meanings to help sort it out.
First though, look at the card and consider what kind of feeling or sensation you get from the imagery. We see a man who is leaning on his spade and looking at his bush of Pentacles. But does he seem happy? Not especially so. We are shown 7 Pentacles on the bush with some greenery, but also with some brown decay, too.
Now let’s consider what the sevens in Tarot mean. From the list above, we might pick out reflection, assessment, and inner thoughts. It looks like this man is pausing and reflecting. He seems to be assessing his situation and the work that’s been done to determine if he is pleased with the results. Did he perhaps expect more from the harvest than what he’s actually gained so far?
The suit of Pentacles talks about practical issues, resources, and groundedness. And we know that this suit represents a slower-moving energy.
Now . . . how would you put the number 7 and the Pentacles together?
We might say that this man is assessing his situation, but something is taking more time and work than expected. And so he’s probably not thrilled about the results. He seems to be reflecting on his expectations versus what is actually there.
And there you have it – the basic meaning of the 7 of Pentacles! You can certainly go deeper in interpretation, especially with additional cards in a reading, but this gets you started to take a look at a card individually. Before you can put cards together to tell the story of the reading, you need to understand what each one means.
Let’s turn to another 7 in the Tarot, and see what we could glean by exploring the number and the suit meanings. Let’s consider the 7 of Swords.
Again, first consider what you gather just from the imagery itself, because that by itself can tell you a lot!
It looks like this man is tiptoeing away with his prize of swords. We can easily get a “sneaky” feeling from this card. Is he taking something that belongs to someone else? He certainly seems to be looking over his shoulder to make sure no one is watching him.
The number 7, as we saw above, can signify reflection, assessment, imagination, inner thoughts, and inner wisdom. It can also signify challenge, choice, or strategy. For this image, I would pick out assessment and strategy as the two main highlights for this 7. It appears that he’s looking around and assessing things to see what he can get away with. And he’s strategically being quiet as he makes his exit on tiptoes.
The Swords suit speaks of communication, thoughts, logic, intellect, worry, or conflict.
How could we put together the number 7 and the swords suit for this card?
We might say that this man is strategically sneaking away with something. The camp behind him seems quiet, so he’s assessed the situation with logic, and he’s determined at what time he can sneak away with those swords unnoticed. After assessing the situation, he decided on the best time to make his get-away – with the prize in hand. So this might be something that was thought about and planned rather than being a spontaneous act of thievery. And certainly, when the people in the camp awaken, there is bound to be conflict and upset when they discover what’s missing! So this is one of those cards that can make you uneasy, because of its sneaky and deceptive nature.
But what if we want to evaluate a card from the Major Arcana? How can we do that?
You can still apply the principles of the numbers to the Major cards, too! But here is where a little knowledge of the elements can be of help, too. I mentioned the four elements earlier: Water, Fire, Earth, and Air. These elements also relate to the corresponding Tarot suits of Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords respectively.
Each of the Major Arcana is assigned to a particular element which can be helpful to keep in mind. You don’t have to memorize these – simply use the cheat sheet I’ve created below when you want to check for the element of a particular major arcana card. Through time, you’ll start to remember them.
Even though we don’t have particular suits with the Major Arcana – since these 22 cards of the Tarot are like a suit of their own — each of these cards will still relate to one of the elements, just like each of the tarot suits do.
So let’s take a look at the mysterious Moon card! If you are a beginner – or if you are going back to a beginner’s mind — the first thing to do would be to consider what you feel about the card’s imagery. We see a wolf on one side of a path, and a dog on the other side. A crayfish is emerging from the water at the forefront of the card. The Moon almost looks like the sun, and there is a face in that yellow moon that looks contemplative, but not especially happy.
The Moon is numbered 18 of the Tarot, so how do we find a number to correspond to that? We reduce 18 to the number 9 with some simple math: 1 + 8 = 9. The number 9 speaks of solitude, loss or fulfillment, nearing completion, and wisdom gained from the journey.
Hmmm, that might not tell you a lot in itself. Let’s also turn to the element that is associated with the Moon card which is Water. Water relates to the emotional energy that is found in the suit of Cups. Water is about feelings, emotions, intuition, and even psychic ability – all very fitting associations with the Moon card.
So in the Moon card, we might put this together by saying that there is a solitary feeling in this card. Emotions seem to be important here, too. There does seem to be a journey of sorts with that long path in the imagery of the card as well.
Studying symbols can also be of help, but we won’t get into that right now. However, what we can ascertain from the card’s imagery is that there are two gray pillars featured in this card which can suggest duality. You’ll find similar pillars in the card of the High Priestess, the Hierophant, and Justice. So this tells us that there is some aspect of duality happening here, even though this card is not associated with the number two.
Because of this card being associated to the Water element and to the number 9, we can determine that this card may speak of emotional duality which would lead us to the idea of “moodiness” – very applicable for the Moon card. We may feel a push and pull on our emotions. There is a path in front of us, but we might not feel too certain about it. Additionally, this card features a night time scene, and we know that things are harder to really see in the dark in comparison to what is enhanced by the daylight.
One side of the path presents a domestic dog to represent the tamer or calmer side of our natures, while the wolf on the other side of the path can represent one’s wilder instincts or those “out of control” emotions. It can represent the shadow side that every person has.
Let’s look at one more example in a court card, and then I’ll let you explore on your own. Remember that, for today, we are merely looking at some basics that are often overlooked or forgotten in one’s tarot journey. If you put these ideas together, it can help you with the card meanings. It can help you enhance and create meanings of your own for the cards, or to just understand them better.
The court cards are often the hardest for new readers to grasp. We’ll talk more about them in a future blog post, but for now, let’s just focus on applying the numbers, suits, and elemental qualities. Let’s zero in on the Queen of Pentacles.
We know that Queens of the Tarot can be motherly, nurturing, organized, supportive, and reflective. They may bring things together. They can be introspective. The suit of Pentacles is a grounded energy that can relate to money, finances, material resources, or business matters.
The tricky part with court cards is that they can represent actual people in our lives, a part of ourselves, or the energy involved in a situation. They can represent events just as any other card in the tarot can do. You have to decide if you feel it relates to you or another person, or if instead you don’t feel it’s an actual person and may relate to an event or the energy involved with a specific situation.
In this example, the Queen of Pentacles could portray someone who is helping you be more practical and grounded. This person may be nurturing and supportive. It could be an aspect of you and how you are taking care of others. But if this card came up, and you didn’t feel that it was a person, you might see this card as relating to material matters and perhaps ways that you are supporting yourself. This is a grounded energy.
Court cards can feel complicated, and it can be a whole topic by itself, just as symbolism can. There have been books written on just the court cards!
The point of this post is to help you explore your cards from the mindset of a beginner. The numbers, the suits, and the elements all have importance for each card. After we’ve read the cards for awhile, the meanings will come naturally. But for those who are just starting or who may be struggling, remember that these basic points provided in this post can help you sort through confusion about a card and at least gain a basic understanding. When you at least touch base with the simpler side of things, it will then help you grow into deeper meanings and interpretation.
In the next post, I’ll talk about card reversals to answer the question I received about whether it’s important to use them, even though it’s a personal choice to allow for reversals in a reading or not. What is the value of reversed cards, or does it even matter? We’ll discuss that next time.
Happy Tarot Journeys!
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