Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Hierophant

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5 The Hierophant

Keywords: conformity; church; theology; rules and regulations; “the box” (that one some people can’t get out of); rigidity

Archetypes: nuns; the Pope; your teacher; the principal; the city counsel

Correspondences:

Number/5

Planet/Earth

Element/Earth

Astrological Sun Sign/Taurus

Upright Interpretation:

It’s sort of strange that a card supposedly connected with conformity and morality, linking it to traditional spirituality, shares correspondences for both the planet and the element as Earth. It’s too grounded to be spiritual, really spiritual. It’s too grounded in rigidity, married to conformity, giving birth to stubbornness (Taurus). “They” (the establishment, or formal religious mainstream) just don’t “get it”. They’re so busy following the rules that they loose sight of the vision.

Reversed Interpretation:

Everyone is standing on their head; it’s topsy-turvey time, nothing is as it seems. And the really cool thing here is that events are going to come to a great big impressive culmination, maybe with a confrontation, or perhaps just a quiet but firm declaration. The most important thing is that the shackles are off and someone has discovered their voice, discovered their inner strength, found their back bone. This might have been a long time coming, working it’s way through lots of opposition and tradition. Rejoice, now that you’ve found your voice. Go stand on a mountain top and sing!

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I celebrate Spirit, and Spirit celebrates me.

2. I take the High Road.

3. When Spirit calls, I will listen.

4. I will touch at least one soul with inspiration.

5. I Am.

A Tarot Reading for The Hierophant:
The Hierophant ~ 5/swords; 6/swords; The Magician ®

In his fight to maintain conformity and to spread it to the rest of the world, this character has fought many battles.  The result of this is that he may have carried away from these battles the occasional chip that can be found on his shoulder.  The Hierophant may feel smug in his many little victories, but he is not looking at the big picture, he’s not seeing what was lost in the melee.  “Was it worth it?”, you ask The Hierophant, and in the rapture of his victory, steeped in the aroma of his conformity, he will say, “Yes.”

The Hierophant has quite possibly left behind many things in his life to place his causes and projects at the forefront of his life.  But what has been left in the wake?  Is he even aware of what he might have lost in the mad dash to be an exemplary Shining Knight of Light and Justice to the world?  How many relationships have fallen by the way side, relationships of all kinds?  How many lovers have been thrown from the mountaintop because they did not meet his strict ideas of what they should be?  How much of the simple life has he missed, those little things found most often right at our feet, because his head was raised in stubborn indignation at the rest of the world?

The rigidity of The Hierophant has cost him more than he probably will ever realize.  The one thing he has lost that would confound him the most, if you could get him to admit it, is power.  In adhering to such rigid conformity, not allowing for movement of free thinking, The Hierophant has lost the power he so idolizes.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Emporer

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4 The Emperor

Keywords: masculinity; strength; endurance; power; wisdom; ancestory

Archetypes: father; grandfather; Mr. Cleaver; Geronimo; General Eisenhower; President Kennedy

Correspondences:

Number/9

Planet/Mars

Element/Fire

Astrological Sun Sign/Aries

Upright Interpretation:

Wow, this card gives us a sense of relief…“Dad will take care of everything.” It’s that child-like kind of feeling. Someone who’s older, stronger, more experienced with life is going to take charge and everything is going to be okay, whether this authority figure is an actual person or Spirit stepping in to make sure things will work out, to lift you over that monumental stumbling block you’re about to hit. Breathe a sigh of relief, order will return, the path will be cleared, the cavalry is coming.

Reversed Interpretation:

The foot has come down, the line is drawn, the buck stops here. The Emperor jerks you by the collar and plans on whipping you back into shape, whether this is what you want or not. The energy is overbearing, extremely controlling, and somewhat suffocating. Sometimes maybe we’re not suppose to have our way paved smooth and clear before us; maybe sometimes we’re suppose to learn a few of life’s harsh lessons on our own. Help comes, but it could come with a price.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I will embrace my masculine side.

2. I will celebrate the men in my life.

3. I will retain control of my life.

4. I will find balance between me and The World.

5. I celebrate and rejoice in my personal power.

A Tarot Reading for The Emperor:
The Emperor ~ Queen/swords; The Devil; The High Priestess

The Emperor, so immersed in the masculine energy of myths and legends.  The old saying, “behind every successful man, is a woman” comes to mind.  It’s so true.  This Emperor most often has a very special woman in his life, one in which he feels he’s reached a mutual level of intellect and eloquence, a woman with whom he can stand shoulder to shoulder and share his ideas and beliefs, his wishes and fears, and his goals.  Within The Emperor, there is a balance of the feminine.  It’s true.  Men can find and embrace their feminine side, with an equality that brings miraculous energy.

The Emperor, as all powerful and mythically strong as he might appear to those around him, has his own demons.  He may be so afraid of tarnishing his image, of letting people down, of humiliating himself, that he will go to great lengths to keep these demons hidden from the world…and sometimes even from himself.  It’s called denial.  Help The Emperor in your life realize that it’s okay to be human; you’re not expecting some super hero of movie fame who can take a beating and come out completely unscathed.  This Emperor needs to reckon with that part of himself he struggles with.  Allow him to do this with the knowledge that this does not diminish him in your eyes.

The power and majesty of The Emperor will often be tempered with the magic and mystery of a greater power, a divinity that releases the ability in all of us to spread our positive energy in so many undefinable and unexpected ways.  This Emperor, so strong, so manly, so indomitable, has within himself a great heart, one that is touched with the feminine in so many positive ways.  It shows his true character, his strength and self-confidence.  The Emperor in this manner, is The Emperor at his best.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Empress

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3 The Empress

Keywords: fertility; Earth, the element and the planet; nature; birth; abundance; wealth; maturity; strength

Archetypes: mother; Mrs. Cleaver; Barbara Bush; Mother Nature; the Goddess; Margaret Thatcher

Correspondences:

Number/3

Planet/Venus

Element/Earth

Astrological Sun Sign/Taurus

Upright Interpretation:

This card carries the energy of every maternal authority figure that’s ever touched your life. She’s everyone from your own mother, to your fourth grade elementary teacher, to that crabby old woman who lives across the street– you know the one, that solitary woman who’s tiny but formidable, the one that everyone is afraid of. The Empress is the epitome of female fertility and abundance, in all aspects of life– physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally. She is it. This icon wreaks of flower seeds yet to sprout; babies yet to be born; creatures dropping their young in fresh green fields. She is the summer breeze on a hot day, and a howling winter gale around the roof of the house. I Am…She Is.

Reversed Interpretation:

Something has died; something has not sprouted; something is wilted and sick; something has not been born. This ominous icon holds her scepter aloft with defiant and blazing accusation. The energy of Taurus comes racing to the forefront, stubborn and willful, belligerent, plowing through life and circumstances and people, showing no mercy. The Empress reversed is wilted vines; decaying fruit; soured milk; depleted supplies; meager sustenance.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I will plant seeds of love.

2. I connect with the Feminine Mysteries that are part of me.

3. I embrace my maternal instinct, to mother all things.

4. I will protect the Earth.

5. I will learn to nurture myself.

A Tarot Reading for The Empress:
The Empress ~ The Devil ®; 7/pentacles; 10/swords

The Empress is Mother Earth and Mother Nature in a nutshell, all bound together in a glorious pattern of birth, life, death, and re-birth.  But is this pattern always flawless for The Empress in her life?  Certainly not.  The Empress has fought her own battles, often in secret and most likely in shame.  But she’s won, even if she won’t share her story with you, even if she keeps her past to herself.  You’ll find, when touched by her, that there is a feeling of regeneration in her energy.  She is a survivor.

The Empress is the perennial mother, the caretaker of every living thing under the sun.  And this is truly how she feels, how she sees herself, and this is what she aspires to be and to do.  She is The Nurturer.  She’s good at it.  Beneath her capable hands, all things will flourish, whether this be children, businesses, personal relationships; whatever she decides has possibilities for expansion and growth, whatever it is that she decides needs protection and a little extra care, it will flourish and blossom under her dominion.

As with most caretakers, the world takes them for granted, assuming that they are an endless well of nourishment for the world and all things in it.  The problem with this is that the vessel will become depleted if not given a rest, an opportunity to replenish itself.  The Empress should never be taken for granted.  If you appreciate her in your life, then make sure that you look out for her as well.  Whatever is needed to restore the energy; give time, give praise, give back to this Mother of the Earth, so she can continue to instill her magic into the world.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The High Priestess

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Keywords: mysticism; magic; occult; personal power; ritual; witchcraft; feminine mysteries; goddess

Archetypes: Lady of the Lake; Sally Owens (Practical Magic); Glenda, the Good Witch of the North; Mother Superior; Gloria Steinem; Z Budapest

Correspondences:

Number/6

Planet/Venus

Element/Earth

Astrological Sun Sign/Taurus

Upright Interpretation:

The Goddess lives in You…She does. This is the most magical card of the deck for me, because it encompasses everything near and dear to my heart. It is the universe’s ritual for all the Feminine Mysteries; it is the magic of all the women throughout all of history who have claimed their birthright as witches, or shamans, or priestesses of the Goddess. It’s every woman out there who discovers her own personal power, either through deliberate study and devotion, or by stumbling upon it in a totally random and miraculous way. “You are sacred”, says the High Priestess, “Revere the Goddess, who is You.

Reversed Interpretation:

You haven’t discovered the Sacred Truths yet. You don’t know what horizons can be reached, what power you can wield. You haven’t unlocked the door, you haven’t found the key– the key to the Goddess…and to yourself. Don’t be afraid, open your eyes and you’ll see Her. You’ll see the magical potential within yourself, all the wonderful infinite possibilities waiting to be realized. Open your eyes and find the magic…magic in nature and symbolism, in ancient stories and lore; magic in the mundane; magic in all the small moments of your life and the unexpected individuals you’ll meet on this journey.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I am the goddess.

2. I celebrate Divinity in nature.

3. I celebrate the Sacred Feminine in my sisters.

4. I aspire to rise above the mundane.

5. I see the best in me.

A Tarot Reading for The High Priestess:
The High Priestess ~ 9/swords ®; 10/cups ®; Page/cups

The Priestess may need to have more faith in herself.  She judges herself too harshly, she sets the bar at unrealistic heights and then falls into the depths of despair when she can’t meet the expectations.  High Priestess, so much of your angst, so much of your self-depredation is so unnecessary.  You have to learn to grow in your own power and to be comfortable with this power.  It’s yours, you deserve it, reach out and grab the golden ring.

Sometimes happiness seems to elude The High Priestess, when you’d think she’d have all this magic, all these solutions and formulas for success right at her fingertips.  But the one who stands in the shadow of greatness is often the very one who is oblivious to it.  Again, the idea of setting the bar too high, wanting perfection in everything, including daily family life…the perfect husband, the perfect children, the perfect home.  High Priestess, you must learn that it’s all those endearing imperfections in life that make it real and attainable.

She will find her happiness, in the form of a handsome Page who will bring the endless possibilities of a relationship into her life.  This Page will most likely be the very one to lay a hand on her shoulder and reassure her that it’s okay not to be perfect, that she is perfection in her imperfect state.  Love conquers all things, and it will conquer the low self-esteem for this High Priestess as well.  Another golden ending…or rather, a beginning.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Magician

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1 The Magician

Keywords: power; magic; self-control; influence; the occult; the elements– earth, air, fire, water; self-assurance

Archetypes: Merlin; The Wizard of Oz; Gandalf; Dumbledore; Snow White’s step-mother, the Queen; King Arthur’s sister, Morgane

Correspondences:

Number/1

Planet/Mercury

Element/Air

Astrological Sun Sign/Aries

Upright Interpretation:

You have the Power!”…says The Magician. He’s every great wizard or powerful witch who’s ever been portrayed in folklore or the media. He’s all the over-the-top special effects type magic you’ve ever wished you had. (And yes, we’ve all wished we could twitch our nose and get what we want.) He’s a reminder, just in case you’ve lost sight of the fact, that you are strong and capable and have it within yourself to be successful, to be a winner. Pick up this power, The Magician tells us, and run with it!

Reversed Interpretation:

Someone has found your weak spot and is draining you, or at least making you believe that you’ve lost “it”– the ability to win and succeed. Sometimes we actually do this to ourselves, through low self-esteem, through a lack of self-confidence. Sometimes this ugly little character called Doubt slips in, and convinces us that “we can’t”, when really “we can”. Don’t let your energy, your magic, and your strength drain away. Turn this card around, you can do it. Yes!– that’s the magic…You Can Do It!

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I am the power.

2. Earth is my body, may it be healthy and strong.

3. Air is my mind, may it soar with infinite possibilities.

4. Fire is my passion, may the flames of my will burn bright.

5. Water is my intuition, may my dreams and visions speak to me.

A Tarot Reading for The Magician:
The Magician ~ Queen/pentacles; 4/pentacles ®; Ace/swords ®

The Magician, the one with power and abilities above the realm of the rest of us human beings.  But is this a true scenario?  Sometimes the power of The Magician can be greatly exaggerated.  There are times when this individual is struggling just like the rest of us, but he may feel that there are higher expectations for him. (Like the Golden Child, so successful that he feels he will gravely disappoint if he is not repeatedly brilliant.)  This is so unreal, and unhealthy.   Behind (or beside, or in front of) this character stands a woman.  A powerful, strong, nurturing woman.  At her best, she may be his god-send; at her worst, she is what drives him to the brink of insanity.  Isn’t this the psychology example most familiar to us?…“How did you feel about your mother?”  But for The Magician, this can often be a very pointed, very defining, very eye-opening question with unexpected answers.

With all of the tools of power at his fingertips, along with the knowledge and gift that is the art of it all, The Magician still holds back.  What is it that this individual clings to so desperately?  It could be material things, but it more often than not goes much deeper than that.  He’s afraid to let go.  He’s afraid to let go because he might fall.  So he hangs on with a tenacious grip– to money, to relationships, to theologies, to ideas and opinions, not realizing that he might choke the life out of the very things he wishes to keep.

Communication will be the key to free The Magician.  With all of his glorious external paraphernalia representing power and magic, the one thing that has eluded this individual is the incredibly potent ability to communicate openly, clearly, honestly with the people around him, and sometimes even with himself.  This is where he needs to start to regain his balance, to clear his head, to pick up all the positive energy in the universe that is paused and waiting for him.  He needs to breathe the element of Air into his soul, he needs to clear the pathway for communication at all levels.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Fool

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0 The Fool

Keywords: Journey; adventure; new beginnings; a fresh slate; naiveté; inexperience; travel; progression; trust; determination; lack of tact; mental illumination; communication

Archetypes: The Beaver; Pollyanna (played by Haley Mills); the Tin Man; Lassie; Mr. Rogers

Correspondences:

Number/0

Planet/Uranus

Element/Air

Astrological Sun Sign/Aries

Upright Interpretation:

The Fool says, “We are off!”…on an adventure, that is. The world is your oyster, and hopefully you’re going to find a big fat white beautiful Pearl inside. Optimism is at its peak, bright lights and adventure are calling your name. You feel a need– no, an absolute compulsion– to explore the world, to start fresh, to begin at the beginning. It’s a new day, a new dawn, and you are vibrating with positive energy and infinite possibilities. This card is so full of in-your-face hyper energy it makes me feel like I’m running around in mad confusion with a gazillion things on my mind– everything that I’ve never done, everything that I’ve wanted to do, everything that I’m destined to do, and I’m trying to do it all at once. (No more caffeine for me!) And just as an after thought, don’t confuse “new beginnings” with youth. New Beginnings are Spirit’s salve for Life’s harshness and come at all age levels.

Reversed Interpretation:

The Fool howls, “Oh, No!”, as he slips on a banana peel and goes right over the edge of that cliff he’s perched on. Reversed, The Fool is a disaster waiting to happen. The harsher, more obnoxious side of Aries comes through, only making situations more difficult, tempers hotter, patience shorter, confrontations sharper and more destructive. The Fool reversed doesn’t have a clue. He could be going to hell in a hand-basket, for all he knows. The Fool is that poor guy who thinks he has a great idea, he’s sure of it, you can’t tell him otherwise; the only problem is he hasn’t thought it through. Almost everyone has at least one great big “Oops” experience in their life. Don’t feel bad.

Study Questions:

1. What is your first impression of this card?

2. What does this card mean to You?

3. Are there details on this card that especially stand out for you? If so, write them down and explain.

4. How does this card define relationships?

5. How does this card define financial circumstances?

6. How is this card relevant to health issues?

Affirmations for Meditation:

1. I will not be afraid to try something new.

2. I will accept and celebrate the adventures life sends my way.

3. I will relish and live everyday as though it were my last.

4. I will explore new ideas.

5. I will remember to plan ahead.

A Tarot Reading for The Fool:
The Fool ~ 4/pentacles; The Tower ®; The Star ®

The Fool, off on his perennial journey to find himself, or some facsimile, has neglected to back up his journey with a little planning and foresight.  But there’s more to it than that.  He’s hanging onto something, something that he may not even admit to himself.  He’s hanging onto something for fear of what will happen if he lets go.  So in the interim, he plays free spirit, when often much deeper and more serious thoughts loom just beneath the surface of his persona.

The Fool has a difficult time facing crisis when it comes along in life.  It’s not so much that he’s not aware of it, more acutely than anyone would guess, it’s just that he doesn’t want to fog up his rose colored glasses; and then there are those Fools who have become use to other people cleaning up the catastrophes of life for them.  He doesn’t realize that with his foggy glasses the way forward is not clear.  He won’t see that cavernous hole in the road ahead until it’s too late.  Beware Fool, you bring on your own demise in the mad ambition of eluding responsibility.

As The Fool stumbles blindly forward in life, he somehow maintains the happy unbridled outlook of the perennial optimist.  That’s one thing about this guy.  He’ll keep his chin up no matter what the world is piling on top of him.  It’s one of the perks of those rose colored glasses.  And his optimism will be contagious, except to the individual who is left with broom and dustpan in hand to sweep up the mess.  He’s always hopeful, The Fool, but be careful of catching his optimism, it more often than not has an ethereal quality about it that somehow eludes reality.

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