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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The World

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21 The World

Keywords: finished; completion; self-satisfaction; the circle; sacred space

Archetypes: Oscar winners; gold medalists; New York Times Best Selling Authors; Einstein, the Pope; Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Correspondences:

Number/3

Planet/Saturn

Element/Air

Astrological Sun Sign/Scorpio

Upright Interpretation: The World is rife with positive possibilities; it’s letting us know that anything we’ve been working on, or working for, will be finished up soon with positive results. It’s saying, “Good job! You’ve come full circle.” But it’s also letting us know that just because one thing has reached a conclusion, not all things are done. Life must move on, we’ve got a lot yet to do. The circle, almost a universal symbol for this card no matter what deck, represents Sacred Space; it is a safe place where you can concentrate with confidence on all the Important Stuff. The world is your oyster, go forth to create, to build, to invent, and to enjoy.

Reversed Interpretation: Life, along with it’s projects and any important activities, has stalled. What do you need to jump-start Life again? Look at the people around you, look at the circumstances surrounding you, look within yourself. You’ll recognize it; the question will be…Can you fix it? Of course, there are those things in life we have no control over; and then, there are those things in life we only think we have no control over. Learn to discern between the two.

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 grab life by the brass ring.

2. I will finish what I start.

3. I will seek completion that heals.

4. I celebrate the sacred.

5. I willingly step into the Sacred Circle.

A Tarot Reading for The World:
The World ~ 7/wands ®; Page/swords ®; King/swords

World, you tell us when to drop our defenses.  “For god’s sake,” you say, “it’s time to start trusting, to start allowing people and experiences into your heart and life.  It’s time to flick that chip of your god-damn shoulder and realize that no life is a life worth living without trust.”  New relationships, new love, life experiences will be by-passed totally, completely, unwittingly, because you do not trust your own heart, you do not trust the heart of others, you do not trust the universe to bring positive energy and experiences your way.

You have finished something; you have come full circle; they cannot hurt you now.  Dear World, you let us know when we’ve gone through a stage, a rite of passage, when we’ve successfully reached a pinnacle in life and can either plan for another, or set back and take a deep breath and a break from all the pressures that we’ve put upon ourselves.

You give us our voice, help us find our strength.  You urge us across one of many finishing lines we’ll find on our journey in life, urging us forward, whispering in our ears as we run with the wind towards the yellow ribbon, pushing out our chests, throwing our arms open wide, pumping our legs as fast as our muscles will allow.

Taste victory, The World tells us.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/Judgment

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20 Judgment

Keywords: karma; “uh-oh”; conscience; tribulation; revelations; last chances

Archetypes: angels; guardian angels; General Patton; your mother; Dog the Bounty Hunter

Correspondences:

Number/2

Planet/Pluto

Element/Fire

Astrological Sun Sign/Aquarius

Upright Interpretation: Judgment lets you know that it’s time to pay the piper; it’s time to take accountability for anything in your life that has hurt someone, anything that disrupted the natural flow of nature. We’re all guilty. Even the little things count. If you believe in the theory that everything in the universe is connected by a fine strand of energy, then everything that we touch has rippled through the universe creating change, disruption, growth, improvement, or devastation. If the whole world believed in this theory, we’d all tread more gently on this Earth.

Reversed Interpretation: “Uh-Oh!”, warns Judgment on its head. You fucked up, it’s telling you, but this card is also warning you that it might not be too late. You still might be able to make amends, to fix whatever you broke, to make positive change where you might have created havoc, hurt someone or something, or generally crashed through an area of life like a bull in a china shop. “Fix it!”, Judgment is shouting at us.

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 tread on this Earth without leaving a mark.

2. I will right a wrong.

3. I will fight for justice.

4. I will promote honesty and integrity.

5. I will not pass judgment on others.

A Tarot Reading for Judgement:
Judgement ~ The Emperor; The Magician ®; Ace/wands

Justice and Judgement are sisters, fraternal twins locked in a wicked alliance.

Judgement, you wreak of power, sometimes misused, often misinterpreted, and most definitely feared.  You make the guilty cringe and the innocent question themselves.  You draw us up short, with a sharp jerk on the noose you’ve placed around our necks, startling us into a new dimension, or shoving us into past expectations, and human emotions that wreak of guilt, self-doubt, and sometimes even shame.

You are an internal power struggle against all things…good and evil; being strong and being weak; being a failure and being successful; being pious and being blatantly hedonistic; being faithful and being unfaithful– to a partner, to ourselves, to divinity, to the universe, to dead expectations.  Judgement, you stand before humankind and make us tremble with trepidation, conjuring the energies of old doctrines, outdated morals, and Dante’s Hell.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Sun

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19 The Sun

Keywords: happiness; contentment; illusion; peace

Archetypes: Snoopy; Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blond); Mr. Rogers; the smiley face

Correspondences:

Number/1

Planet/Sun

Element/Fire

Astrological Sun Sign/L

Upright Interpretation: This card has been described as that big slobbery spaniel dog that jumps all over you in joyous unbridled enthusiasm, which can be a wonderful thing in itself, but it can also be too intense and overwhelming for the more quiet gentle soul. Happiness in large big drafts in short intervals are probably better for our fragile skeptical human nature. No one is going to be yippity-skippity glowing in sunshine one hundred percent of the time, but they sure will be riding a wave when this card is shining upon them. It’s so bright as to be blinding.

Reversed Interpretation: Sad days ahead, maybe a bout of melancholia, a feeling of wistfulness, as though happiness is right at our fingertips, but just as we reach for it, it slips painfully away. We seem to have drawn a very definite line between utter happiness and total despair, leaving a large (and more normal) gray area to be forgotten by some, taken for granted by most, and tripped through without a lot of thought by those few lucky souls who traipse through life oblivious, unfettered by anything. Know that the darkness is not forever and the Sun will shine again.

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 smile in the face of despair.

2. I look for the silver lining.

3. I’m thankful for all the positive energy and people in my life.

4. I shine.

5. I spread light where there are shadows.

A Tarot Reading for The Sun:
The Sun ~ 2/cups; 4/pentacles; Ace/cups

Your brilliance is a thermostat for our happiness.  When your rays are blinding and our eyes water as we try to look directly into your shining face, we are happier than we believe we will ever be again.  When the golden touch of your light is dimmed in the least, fragile humans that we are, we feel doomed to coming disappointment, unhappiness, and despair.  Your energy is all or nothing, or so it seems.  We feel your intensity so keenly that any change in your mysterious persona, throws us into panic.  Oh, dear, humankind, you may be moving out of happiness into another state.

Sun, you are a magician, fodder for our whimsical hearts.  We are either happy in love, working on changes and improvements, or “it’s complicated”.  (Did a soft gray cloud just brush past your shining face?).  Human feelings have been relegated to “hot” and “cold” sensations, a system of grading that directly touches on your presence, or your absence, dear Sun.  And “heat”…oh, the heat of your searing surface.  You are the great master for indicating human feelings and levels of passion.

“Learn to be happy with what you have”, The Sun tells us.  “If you can’t learn ‘satisfaction’, you will never be totally happy at any point in life, because you will never experience the complete and awesome sensations of being satisfied.  Nothing will ever be enough.  You will spend your life on a futile endless search for more, always more.”

These are the lessons of The Sun.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Moon

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18 The Moon

Keywords: women’s mysteries; secrets; occult mysteries; lies; deception; goddess power; polar opposites

Archetypes: Mother Goddess; Dorian Gray; feminists; Katherine Hepburn; Hecate

Correspondences:

Number/7

Planet/Neptune

Element/Water

Astrological Sun Sign/Pisces

Upright Interpretation: The Moon is every beautiful exquisite torturous moment of deception and denial. It’s the mystery of truth. The Moon propels us forward, to venture deep within ourselves. It bathes us with the silver light of self-awareness. For some Pagans, this card exemplifies the Goddess and all her feminine mystery. For others it’s an unnameable energy that envelops them in personal awareness, revealing misconceptions, secrets that are whispered on the winds, a darkness so intense we cannot bear to look upon it, yet so beautiful, we cannot stand to look away.

Reversed Interpretation: The dark aspects of our psyche, and often of someone connected to us, is intensified. The mystery is deeper, the deception more twisted, the energy more unsettled. The Moon like this is a warning. Take heed, it says, the gray-black mists of the inevitable are slowly winding their way through the corners of your life, and if you don’t take action, they will catch up to you. And you’ll look at it, mesmerized by the beauty and mystery of it all, and you’ll have to pause to wonder…Do you want to change your course, or do you want to embrace 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 embrace the Feminine Divine in me.

2. I embrace the energy of the Moon.

3. I follow the Magick.

4. I have learned to discern a liar.

5. I grow stronger and more beautiful each day.

A Tarot Reading for The Moon:
The Moon ~ The World; Justice; Queen/wands

You send us through portals on a whim and a prayer, ignoring our pleas and screams of protest, unaware yourself of where this new passageway will take us.  You just know that we have to go.  You grab us by the shoulders and stand us before a mirror, forcing us to look at ourselves, our lives, and our direction with unabashed clarity and often cruel introspection.  Be gone self-deception, you command.  Finish what you start; wipe the slate clean; find the truth; avoid the dark places if possible…all these you whisper in our  ear.

Life isn’t always fair, you state firmly and calmly, almost nonchalantly.  Justice is subjective, just like art.  It all depends upon your perspective as to whom is getting the fair end of the stick.  Again, warnings of deception, whether coming from outside sources,  or from the dark corners of our own minds, filter through the symbolism on your face, the images you carry.  You are rife with warnings, really wanting us to avoid the pitfalls and potholes before us, but knowing that we must choose to do so, we must choose our path, we must learn by our mistakes…and we must learn by our victories.

You tell us to get a firm grasp on life; be vigilante; be forceful when the need arises; avoid the dark side of life, the dark side of our psyche, but don’t be afraid to go there when necessity rears its ugly head.  Be in control, be strong, get organized, don’t waver before duty, don’t cower before life.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Star

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17 The Star

Keywords: perseverance; concentration; one-track mind; diligence; endless possibilities; miracles; magick

Archetypes: The Nutty Professor; Dorothy (and her crew); Dr. Seuss (his manuscript was rejected 80 times before he hit pay-dirt)

Correspondences:

Number/4

Planet/Uranus

Element/Air

Astrological Sun Sign/Aquarius

Upright Interpretation: This card reminds me somewhat of Temperance, except the angelic figure on Temperance is robed and this woman is naked. What this card deals with is more “out there”, more viewable, more public; and whatever circumstances it surrounds, it’s going to open up the can, whether there’s any worms in there or not. This card is a defining moment, it is every defining moment you will ever have in life; and we all have more than one. It’s brilliant; it has Super-Star quality; it is unembarrassed, intent, directed. This card validates all your hard work; this card acknowledges that you gave it your best shot. This card isn’t afraid to bare all to the world, so don’t be shy.

Reversed Interpretation: It’s okay to fail. All you can do is try. If your best efforts got all fucked up, it might– or it might not– have been your fault. The main message here? Get up off your knees, wipe off the dust and dirt, the mud and the blood, and get your ass in gear to try again. Don’t give up…that’s the main message. If you give up, you will not succeed for sure. If you try, you might be victorious. I know, this sounds like a flip of the coin; but hey, that means you’ve got a 50/50 shot. Don’t waste your opportunity.

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. My light shines like a beacon for positive energy.

2. I’m an achiever, a mover, a shaker.

3. I will make a wish upon a star.

4. I revel in the brightness of my spirit.

5. I will, I am, I do.

A Tarot Reading for The Star:
The Star ~ 2/swords ®; 9/wands; The Sun ®

You ignore everything, screaming at us silently to succeed, ignoring all the major sign posts or indications there could possibly be any other outcome.  You squelch every question or doubt.  You force us to take our blinders off and jump into our dreams and goals, secret wishes and desires, with both feet, not knowing, or seeming to care, where or how we actually land.  “Just do it– do it NOW!”, you yell at us from your heavenly vantage point.

Beautiful Star, you warn us with brilliant light and a magical touch, to let our guard down, to expose our underbelly to the world and dare it to all be okay, knowing that what we needed all along is an incredible abundance of confidence and a total shedding of that wicked Killer-of-Dreams…fear.  “You’re strong!”, you shout at us through your brilliant glory.  “You can do it”, you call to us, on your knees at the pool of all life.  “You are SUCCESSFUL!”, you proclaim to us and the heavens.

“Happiness comes to all of us in different degrees,” you calmly state with a quiet voice, letting us know that life is life and we are human, and the level of happiness we achieve can only be understood from our earth-bound perspective.  But there’s more, you hint broadly with a wise smile, knowing that many of us must find the key to this happiness on our own and the New Existence it will open.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Tower

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16 The Tower

Keywords: free-falling; jumping ship; shit hits the fan; cataclysmic; inevitable; Warning

Archetypes: Wrong-Way-Corrigan; Gilligan; Larry, Moe, & Curly Joe

Correspondences:

Number/7

Planet/Mars

Element/Fire

Astrological Sun Sign/Sagittarius

Upright Interpretation: Oh, my– she says with a weary sigh. I can’t tell you how many catastrophes, or catastrophic changes, this card has heralded in all its shitty glory. Even when the changes are good, or at least necessary, this card and the events it warns of are never easy. It makes me tired, anxious, and spell-bound for my clients, usually all three at the same time. You’d think, with this card coming up as a warning, that it would make facing the future and what’s coming easier, but it doesn’t. It just laces life with an unusual amount of unwanted Anxiety. (Where’s my Valium, the three figures on this card ask, as they plummet to the earth.)

Reversed Interpretation: Now that wasn’t so bad, was it? (They always ask after a shot, after you’ve had a tooth pulled, after you’ve faced something– anything– that you’ve been dreading). And your answer?…Hell, yes! It was a stupid question, it always is. So the calamity might be behind you, or it might not have been as bad as you thought, but you’re still going to have to lick your wounds and pull yourself together for Life’s next round. Hopefully you’ve learned a few things from the experience, coming through the fire storm wiser and more profound. If not, believe me, as long as you’re living you can be sure of one thing– there will be a next time. It’s part of this insane process called LIFE.

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 can take it; I can handle it.

2. I will survive it.

3. I will not let adversity get me down.

4. I will land on my feet, like a cat.

5. I will be ready for the next upheaval Life throws at me.

A Tarot Reading for The Tower:
The Tower ~ 9/pentacles ®; Knight/swords ®; Judgement ®

Tower, you taunt us mercilessly, making sure that aside from everything we’ve come through, all we have endured, we shall never be satisfied; not with ourselves, not with the outcome, not with the present, not with the past.  You wreak, dear card, of sacrifice at no price, of an unhealthy self-ego, of dissatisfaction and restlessness that will haunt us through our dreams, through this life, and possibly through the next.

You wield a sword of profound cruelty, even when the truth is carried within its tempered steel, a truth that you choose not to soften, but to let lay bare everything within us that we are terrified of, everything we try to hide, everything we choose to keep somewhere within the darkness of our psyche, that cobwebbed nook in our brain where all the Old Things lay.  As this knight charges forward, completely oblivious to the destruction of his words and his actions, so you charge forward in our life, leaving a path of destruction behind…old wounds laid open once again.

And you dare to open the door to judgement…Or do you, in some profound and twisted way, force us to come to terms with life on a primeval level?  Perhaps paving the way clear for new growth, new starts, renewed motivation and determination.

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Tarot Study ~ Major Arcana/The Devil

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15 The Devil

Keywords: addiction; vice; weakness; self-inflicted adversity; gross materialism; unhealthy obsessions and compulsions

Archetypes: Satan; addicts– alcohol, drugs, sex; Michael Myers; the boogeyman;

Correspondences:

Number/8

Planet/Saturn

Element/Earth

Astrological Sun Sign/Capricorn

Upright Interpretation: This card is a bitch. It’s sly and sneaky; it has no conscience; and it lives to deceive. How many times has this card come up and I knew that the person sitting across from me was an alcoholic, or a drug addict? Lots! But I’ve never come right out and actually revealed this. How can you look someone in the eye and name their private demons out loud? That’s why this card is a bitch. At the other end of it all is the victim of someone else’s addictions sitting across from you, and you aren’t going to tell them anything they don’t already know. It sucks. You tend to pick up your skirts and try to gingerly dance around this card, when in truth, you should lay it all out on the table– the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Reversed Interpretation: It’s all in the past; whatever the demon was. They’ve beat it, or they’re trying to, maybe still clawing their way out of the pit, with the cold skeletal hand of their vice gripping their foot. Give it a kick! Come on, you can do it! Encourage, rejoice, celebrate, support, and monitor these people. They often win the battle, but discover that the war is a life-long endeavor. Anyone coming out of this will be stronger for it, tempered by the trials and tribulations. But never forget– he will still be there, The Devil, standing behind them, breathing down their neck.

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 recognize my demons.

2. I will fight my demons.

3. I will have victory over my demons.

4. I will forever watch my demons, always on guard for their return.

5. I will have dominion over the weakest part of myself.

A Tarot Reading for The Devil:
The Devil ~ 6/pentacles ®; The Magician ®; The Emperor ®

Tricky, tricky, you are, a Master of our addictions and faults.  You take away our material wealth, our earthly, physical strength.  You take away our personal power.  You steal all hope and break our spirit.  You hold false authority over us; and we don’t realize, sometimes for a very long time, sometimes not until it’s too late, that we have the ability to take it all back.

You rob us of the means to care properly for ourselves and others.  You rob us of the ability to think clearly and responsibly.  You are a thief that steals talent, ability, self-confidence, and motivation.  You play on our human faults and frailties.  You dig deep within the blackness of our soul, those edges and small nooks that should not be touched, and you resurrect our worst nightmares, our most destructive tendencies.  Then you feed them.

Eventually, Devil, black demon of our worst fears and most secret desires, some of us find strength and courage to stand up to you, to face you and look deep within your empty black eyes.  We stand close enough to smell your foul breath, and from some miraculous part of our soul comes the strength to break the chains that bind us to you.  The thing is, we have to be wise enough to realize that, although free of you for the moment, you have not left us.  You will always be hovering around the parameters of our world, waiting for one weak moment, waiting to snatch us up once more and bind us to the darkness of our souls.

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