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What are Spreads and why do we need to use them.

Card Spreads & Preparing to Read

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How to prepare & use your Tarot cards including Spreads


The Tarot is a valuable tool that enhances our creativity and problem-solving capabilities. Too often we are not able to see viable alternatives or solutions to problems because we are so enmeshed in the situation we are inquiring about. The simple act of laying a spread forces us to separate ourselves from distractions and concentrate solely on the object of our inquiry. The Tarot allows us to explore alternatives we may not have originally thought of and shows the circumstance in a way that can reveal aspects of the problem previously overlooked. The Tarot can show hidden agendas and solutions we may not have considered, particularly if we are deeply involved in the problem.

Preparing to Use the Tarot
Before using the Tarot you should prepare to give an insightful reading by first centering yourself, using meditation techniques that will help to intensify the mood of the reading and focus your mind. Find a quiet, serene place where you can perform the reading undisturbed. Some people have a special table set aside for such readings, but an accurate reading is possible anywhere.

After centering, hold the Tarot deck in your hands for a few moments to transfer the energy of the question into the deck, and envision yourself enveloped in a protective white light. This white light will protect you from any negative or mischievous energy forms that may try to interfere with the card layout or interpretation. While you are imagining yourself and the Tarot inside the cocoon of white light, say a short prayer to your God, spirit guide, or higher self to help gain insight into the circumstances that prompted the reading, thus helping you to fully interpret the spread.
Feel free to use any system of preparation you feel comfortable with, there are no hard and fast rules for conducting a reading. The main point to remember is that you, the reader, should he centered and removed from the activities of the outside world so that you can give an accurate reading.

If, after attempting to center yourself, you are still unsettled or preoccupied with outside events, you should put the Tarot away and try later when you feel more at ease. Additionally, if you are depressed or feel a lot of negativity around yourself the reading will likely reflect these ambivalent emotions. It is therefore best to try to maintain a positive attitude during the reading, as well as about life in general, to ensure a productive interpretation of the cards.
If you are emotionally involved in the situation that prompted the reading it may be a good idea to ask someone to perform it for you, when we desire a situation to be resolved in a certain way, we may read into the cards what we want them to say instead of what they are really trying to tell us.

When embarking upon any activities that help us to tap into our higher consciousness to gain enlightenment, it is essential that our bodies are as clean as our minds. It is all the more difficult to gain enlightenment when our bodies are polluted with chemicals in the form of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and even food. Alcohol is a depressant that dulls our senses and loosens our inhibitions. When we smoke cigarettes, our etheric vision is dulled, causing us to perceive situations and events incorrectly. Even food can be harmful when it is abused.

Laying Out the Tarot Spread
After you have prepared yourself for the reading you can begin laying the cards out into the spread that you and the querent have decided upon. Start by shuffling the deck to mingle the energy of the question into the cards. After shuffling, cut the deck into three even piles, using your left hand. The left side of the body is considered the subconscious or intuitive side, so your subconscious will be helping you as you cut the deck. After three equal piles have been formed, select the one that you (or the querent) feel has the answer to the question. Using the left hand, you can begin laying the cards.

An alternate method of laying the cards is to shuffle the deck in the manner described above and spread the entire deck face down across a table or flat surface in a fashion where each individual card can be seen and selected. With the left hand, intuitively pull each card that will he used in the reading.

When a Card Falls Out While Shuffling
When a card falls our while shuffling, it often carries information relevant to the question being asked. The card may either answer the question or provide relevance to the reading. It can add flavour to the question being asked or refer to a different situation entirely.
When a card falls our during the shuffling process you have two options. II you feel that the card is the answer lo your question, you can study and interpret it, and then discontinue1 the reading. If you feel the card simply adds extra insight into the situation you can lay the card to the .side and proceed with the reading. When you have finished with the reading you should interpret the card that fell out, as it will give clues to the overall theme of the reading or add extra information that was not included in the spread.

Upright or Reversed Card Laying Methods
Some readers place all of the cards upright while laying a spread while others lay the cards out in the format they were in as they were pulled from the deck. Some Taro Masters only give card interpretations for the upright position, while others interpret both upright and reversed placements.
In the reversed method each of the seventy-eight cards has two distinct meanings, depending on whether it is laid out in an upright or reversed position, giving you156 different meanings for the Tarot. The upright method of reading the cards incorporates both the positive and negative meanings and only provides seventy-eight meanings for the entire deck. The Tarot reader must therefore exercise extreme caution not to misinterpret the meaning of a card when performing a reading using this upright method, and should stress both the positive and negative issues surrounding each card.
Some people feel that when reading cards in the reversed position, the routine, day-to-day events of the here and now are being looked at. When reading the cards only in the upright position, however, a more spiritual level of awareness is sought, therefore uncovering elements of a more esoteric nature. When reading the cards, the important thing to remember is that the answer to the question will be revealed by looking at the graphical representation of the archetype portrayed in the card. With this in mind, some people may find attempting to interpret a card distracting when it is upside down.

When to Perform Another Reading
Sometimes it may be necessary to perform an additional reading, which will become evident to the reader during the session. When the card placed in the outcome or result position of the spread is a court card, this indicates that the answer to the question lies with a person associated with that card. After the querent has identified who the person indicated in the reading could be, the reader should perform a second reading, concentrating on how the person in question will influence the situation.

We may perform a Tarot reading where the card in the outcome or result position is ambiguous, and we cannot make out the meaning of the reading. This can be especially so when we are first learning to use the Tarot and have not yet developed the art of visualising or picture-thinking, which is necessary in order to accurately interpret the meanings of the cards. The most direct method of obtaining information for the card is to perform the four-card “What Does This Card Mean?” spread, which gives additional insight into the card’s meaning.

Some readers use the same tarot layout as the original reading to obtain information on the meaning of the card of which they are not sure. For example, if the card in the outcome position of a Celtic Cross reading was vague or inconclusive, the reader would then commence another Celtic Cross leading to gain further insight on the meaning of that particular card. To gain further illumination many readers place the final card in the previous reading in the first position of the second reading to focus energy into how that particular card will affect the outcome.

There are other times when the reader will find it necessary to perform an additional reading. If a spread of ten cards or less contains more than four cards from the Major Arcana, the reading should be discontinued and a new one begun, using only the cards from the Major Arcana. In drawing more than four cards from the Major Arcana, our higher consciousness is telling us that a higher level of understanding of the Tarot is needed for that particular reading. The Major Arcana alone provides information that is much more spiritual than would normally be gleaned from a spread using the full seventy-eight-card deck. The cards associated with the four suits pertain primarily to normal, day-to-day activities, while the cards from the Major Arcana refer to how our soul is evolving and growing in its present incarnation. A reading using only the twenty-two major arcana indicates that the querent is encountering major life issues, and his or her soul is ready for growth and transformation.

When to Use Only the Major Arcana in a Reading
There may be times when we will want to use only the Major Arcana when giving a reading. These are times when we are going through a period of spiritually significant growth, and a reading using only the Major Arcana will enable us to understand the esoteric influences surrounding us that had prompted us to seek guidance in resolving our problems. These readings will give much insight and clarity into the situation and show the influences that are surreptitiously around us, and which we have overlooked in our attempts to deal with reality.

There will also be times when our higher self is prompting a more meaningful reading that will be readily apparent after the cards have been laid out, such as when four or more major trumps appear. When this occurs, the cards should be picked up and relaid, using only the Major Arcana. A spread of four or more cards from the Major Arcana indicates the reading needs to take place on a more evolved level of understanding. The message derived from such a reading will tend to be much more profound and reveal significant information that is essential to our spiritual growth and evolvement.

Free Will Versus Destiny
Many believe the prediction of an oracle to be permanently engraved in stone, which is simply not the case. Any reading merely gives advice or indicates what is likely to happen if we continue on our current path, but we can change the reading any time we make a conscious decision to do so. The decisions we make daily alter and change our destiny; thus our life paths are fluid and constantly changing with our soul development. If we receive a reading we don’t like, we have the ability to use our free will to change its outcome. Conversely, if we receive a reading with a positive outcome, we may need to take certain steps to assure the result that we would like. We have free will over our own destiny and can create any environment or life circumstance that we so choose.

Many querents make the mistake of hanging on to every word a reader says instead of relying on the inherent knowledge each of us possesses. Any reputable reader will advise the client of their free will, and will mention trends he or she is likely to encounter based upon their stage of development during the time of the consultation.

A Word about Ethics
Any person using intuitive abilities in doing a reading must be careful not to predict dire events which could cause the querent serious concern. The Tarot is a very subtle tool and many negative events manifesting in the reading may not be quite so devastating when put into proper perspective. An example of this is the Death card in the Major Arcana, which represents transformations and major change. Although the card can in some cases represent an actual death, it often manifests itself as the death of an outmoded concept or idea, allowing for regeneration and rebirth. In such instances, Death may not necessarily predict dire events, but the refinement and attunement of the situation that prompted the reading in the first place. Another card that can be wrongly interpreted is The Tower, which usually means shedding old layers and removing debris to clear the way for positive change. Of course, for positive events to occur some unpleasantness may transpire in the process, but the ultimate result should affirm an improved state of being after the necessary actions have taken place. Additionally, The Lovers, often perceived to represent those soul mate unions we encounter in our lives, could actually indicate a marriage of necessity or a love triangle of some sort. Therefore, we must exercise discretion to properly interpret the cards ss they fall, in order to give the querent all possible alternatives.

Readers must be careful not to let their own prejudices interfere, such as when a well-meaning person tries to read for a friend who is going through difficulties and ends up spicing the situation up with his or her own opinions, which is actually a form of manipulation. Many people can be susceptible to suggestions; for this reason the Tarot reader has a great deal of power over the querent when giving a reading. This influence should be used responsibly, and with a great deal of discretion. Most forms of divination, no matter how expertly done, are never totally accurate because we all have free will and are constantly altering the future. Therefore, we should always try to be positive when giving readings, because a negative or pessimistic comment could end up becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.

It is important to note that a reading should never be performed without a person’s permission. When giving an unrequested reading, the reader is invading another’s privacy, as well as behaving in a grossly unprofessional manner. It is highly unlikely that an accurate reading could be obtained through such activities, because the energy of the person in question, a vital component for any divination, would be missing and therefore invalidate any interpretations.

Choosing a Significator
The significator is a card in the spread that represents the querent. One of the court cards within the Minor Arcana is normally selected as the significator, but the readings here have been intentionally modified to make this card unnecessary. The significators have been replaced with a theme card because more insight can be gained from the reading if the card is randomly dealt from the deck instead of intentionally selected. The theme card will generally reflect the tone of the situation, and further illuminates the reading as a whole.
If the reader would rather use a significator he/she only needs to replace the theme card, which is selected at random, with the significator, which is pulled from the deck before shuffling and dealing.
While the significator is normally one of the court cards some readers prefer using cards from the Major Arcana because they are considered to represent more highly evolved archetypal entities and therefore bring us to a more spiritual level of being.

Tarot Journal
To fully understand how the Tarot applies to our lives, it is useful to keep a Tarot Journal, recording the date, question asked, the spread, interpretation of the cards, and any notes for future reference. When we ask the Tarot a specific question and record it in our journal, we can later review the answer to see how the readings have unfolded and ultimately revealed the truth that we needed to know.
A Tarot journal helps us to remember the meanings of the cards, as the very act of recording the reading is an invaluable tool for memory improvement, and will help us learn the more intricate meanings of the cards. When we can remember the meanings of the cards without the aid of reference material then we are on our way to giving competent readings for others.

Your first Spread
When Tarot students are just beginning their journey, they may not understand the full meaning of a card that has been drawn. The “What Does This Card Mean?” spread is a very simple four-card spread that is useful for gaining insight into the card’s relevance.

What Does This Card Mean? Spread
Card 1: The card does not mean this. 
Card 2: The card means this. 
Card 3: The card is good for this. 
Card 4: The best course of action.

Card layout –
1……….2

3……….4

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Card for the Day – 29th June 2011

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Two of Pentacles/Coins
The Two of Pentacles/Coins

The Two of Pentacles/Coins

A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms; two pentacles are under his feet. He holds to that which he has.
Divinatory Meanings: The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gift, legacy, inheritance.
Reversed: Suspense, delay, opposition.
Additional Meanings: For a bachelor, pleasant news from a lady.
Reversed: Observation, hindrances.

Card for the Day – 28th June 2011

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Four of Cups
Four of Cups
Four of Cups
A young man is seated under a tree and contemplates three cups set on the grass before him; an arm issuing from a cloud offers him another cup. His expression notwithstanding is one of discontent with his environment.
Divinatory Meanings: Weariness, disgust, aversion, imaginary vexations, as if the wine of this world had caused satiety only; another wine, as if a fairy gift, is now offered the wastrel, but he sees no consolation therein. This is also a card of blended pleasure.
Reversed: Novelty, presage, new instruction, new relations.
Additional Meanings: Contrarieties.
Reversed: Presentiment.

Card for the Day – 27th June 2011

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Five of Cups
Five of Cups

Five of Cups

A dark, cloaked figure, looking sideways at three prone cups two others stand upright behind him; a bridge is in the background, leading to a small keep or holding.
Divinatory Meanings: It is a card of loss, but something remains over; three have been taken, but two are left; it is a card of inheritance, patrimony, transmission, but not corresponding to expectations; with some interpreters it is a card of marriage, but not without bitterness or frustration.
Reversed: News, alliances, affinity, consanguinity, ancestry, return, false projects.
Additional Meanings: Generally favourable; a happy marriage; also patrimony, legacies, gifts, success in enterprise.
Reversed: Return of some relative who has not been seen for long.

Card for the Day – 26th June 2011

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VII – The Chariot – (Cancer)

The Chariot - Cancer

The Chariot - Cancer

An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the first part. On the shoulders of the victorious hero are supposed to be the Urim and Thummim. He has led captivity captive; he is conquest on all planes–in the mind, in science, in progress, in certain trials of initiation. He has thus replied to the sphinx, and it is on this account that I have accepted the variation of Éliphas Lévi; two sphinxes thus draw his chariot. He is above all things triumph in the mind.

It is to be understood for this reason (a) that the question of the sphinx is concerned with a Mystery of Nature and not of the world of Grace, to which the charioteer could offer no answer; (b) that the planes of his conquest are manifest or external and not within himself; (c) that the liberation which he effects may leave himself in the bondage of the logical understanding; (d) that the tests of initiation through which he has passed in triumph are to be understood physically or rationally; and (e) that if he came to the pillars of that Temple between which the High Priestess is seated, he could not open the scroll called Tora, nor if she questioned him could he answer. He is not hereditary royalty and he is not priesthood.

Divinatory Meanings: Succour, providence also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble.

Reversed: Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.


Card for the Day – 24th June 2011

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Seven of Cups
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Seven of Cups

Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.

Divinatory Meanings: Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but nothing permanent or substantial is suggested.

Reversed: Desire, will, determination, project.

Additional Meanings: Fair child; idea, design, resolve, movement.

Reversed: Success, if accompanied by the Three of Cups.


Card for the Day – 23rd June 2011

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Ace of Swords
Ace of Swords

Ace of Swords

A hand starts to appear from a cloud, grasping a sword, the point of which is encircled by a crown. A very strong Mercurial force is streaming forth, giving light where it has been dark. A major change has to be made at this important period, otherwise if not used, it will just fade away in time and the same chance is repeated every 7 years of the Querent‘s life.
Divinatory Meanings: Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred. The crown may carry a much higher significance than comes usually within the sphere of fortune-telling.
Reversed: The same, but the results are disastrous; another account says–conception, childbirth, augmentation, multiplicity.
Additional Meanings: Great prosperity or great misery. Medical issues, more-so of the head area, as the Sword Family do represent thinking and thoughts.
Reversed: Marriage broken off, for a woman, through her own imprudence.


Card for the Day – 22nd June 2011

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IX – The Hermit – (Virgo)
The Hermit

The Hermit - (Virgo)

The variation from the conventional models in this card is only that the lamp is not enveloped partially in the mantle of its bearer, who blends the idea of the Ancient of Days with the Light of the World It is a star which shines in the lantern. I have said that this is a card of attainment, and to extend this conception the figure is seen holding up his beacon on an eminence. Therefore the Hermit is not, as Court de Gebelin explained, a wise man in search of truth and justice; nor is he, as a later explanation proposes, an especial example of experience. His beacon intimates that “where I am, you also may be.”
It is further a card which is understood quite incorrectly when it is connected with the idea of occult isolation, as the protection of personal magnetism against admixture. This is one of the frivolous renderings which we owe to Éliphas Lévi. It has been adopted by the French Order of Martinism and some of us have heard a great deal of the Silent and Unknown Philosophy enveloped by his mantle from the knowledge of the profane. In true Martinism, the significance of the term Philosophe inconnu was of another order. It did not refer to the intended concealment of the Instituted Mysteries, much less of their substitutes, but–like the card itself–to the truth that the Divine Mysteries secure their own protection from those who are unprepared.
Divinatory Meanings: Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption.
Reversed: Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution.


Card for the Day – 21st June 2011

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Eight of Pentacles/Coins
Eight of Pentacles/Coins

Eight of Pentacles/Coins

 An artist in stone at his work, which he exhibits in the form of trophies.

Divinatory Meanings: Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and business, perhaps in the preparatory stage.

Reversed: Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury. It may also signify the possession of skill, in the sense of the ingenious mind turned to cunning and intrigue.

Additional Meanings: A young man in business who has relations with the Querent; a dark girl.

Reversed: The Querent will be compromised in a matter of money-lending.

Card for the Day – 20th June 2011

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Knight of Cups
The Knight of Cups

Knight of Cups

Graceful, but not warlike; riding quietly, wearing a winged helmet, referring to those higher graces of the imagination which sometimes characterize this card. He too is a dreamer, but the images of the side of sense haunt him in his vision. 
Divinatory Meanings: Arrival, approach–sometimes that of a messenger; advances, proposition, demeanour, invitation, incitement.
Reversed: Trickery, artifice, subtlety, swindling, duplicity, fraud.
Additional Meanings: A visit from a friend, who will bring unexpected money to the Querent.
Reversed: Irregularity.


Card for the Day – 19th June 2011

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Nine of Swords
Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

One seated on her couch in lamentation, with the swords over her. She is as one who knows no sorrow which is like unto hers. It is a card of utter desolation.

 

Divinatory Meanings: Death, failure, miscarriage, delay, deception, disappointment, despair.
Reversed: Imprisonment, suspicion, doubt, reasonable fear, shame.
Additional Meanings: An ecclesiastic, a priest; generally, a card of bad omen.
Reversed: Good ground for suspicion against a doubtful person.


Card for the Day – 18th June 2011

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XIII – Death
XIII - Death

XIII - Death

The veil or mask of life is perpetuated in change, transformation and passage from lower to higher, and this is more fitly represented in the rectified Tarot by one of the apocalyptic visions than by the crude notion of the reaping skeleton. Behind it lies the whole world of ascent in the spirit. The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life. Between two pillars on the verge of the horizon there shines the sun of immortality. The horseman carries no visible weapon, but king and child and maiden fall before him, while a prelate with clasped hands awaits his end.
There should be no need to point out that the suggestion of death which I have made in connection with the previous card is, of course, to be understood mystically, but this is not the case in the present instance. The natural transit of man to the next stage of his being either is or may be one form of his progress, but the exotic and almost unknown entrance, while still in this life, into the state of mystical death is a change in the form of consciousness and the passage into a state to which ordinary death is neither the path nor gate. The existing occult explanations of the 13th card are, on the whole, better than usual, rebirth, creation, destination, renewal, and the rest.
Divinatory Meanings: End, mortality, destruction, corruption also, for a man, the loss of a benefactor for a woman, many contrarieties; for a maid, failure of marriage projects.
Reversed: Inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism; hope destroyed.


Card for the Day – 16th June 2011

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Nine of Cups

 

Nine of Cups

Nine of Cups

A goodly personage has feasted to his heart’s content, and abundant refreshment of wine is on the arched counter behind him, seeming to indicate that the future is also assured. The picture offers the material side only, but there are other aspects.

 

Meanings: Concord, contentment, physical comfort, also victory, success, advantage; satisfaction for the Querent or person for whom the consultation is made.

 

Reversed: Truth, loyalty, liberty; but the readings vary and include mistakes, imperfections, etc.

 

Additional Meanings: Of good augury for military men.
Reversed: Good business.


Card for the Day – 15th June 2011

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Three of Swords
Three of Swords

Three of Swords

Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.

Meanings: Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for specific enumeration.

Reversed: Mental alienation, error, loss, distraction, disorder, confusion.

Additional Meanings: For a woman, the flight of her lover.

Reversed: A meeting with one whom the Querent has compromised; also a nun.

Card for the Day – 14th June 2011

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Eight of Wands
Eight of Wands

Eight of Wands

The card represents motion through the immovable-a flight of wands through an open country; but they draw to the term of their course. That which they signify is at hand; it may be even on the threshold.

Meanings: Activity in undertakings, the path of such activity, swiftness, as that of an express messenger; great haste, great hope, speed towards an end which promises assured felicity; generally, that which is on the move; also the arrows of love.
Reversed: Arrows of jealousy, internal dispute, stingings of conscience, quarrels; and domestic disputes for persons who are married.
Additional Meanings: Domestic disputes for a married person.

Card for the Day – 13th June 2011

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Six of Cups
Six of Cups

Six of Cups

Children in an old garden, their cups filled with flowers.
Meanings: A card of the past and of memories, looking back, as–for example–on childhood; happiness, enjoyment, but coming rather from the past; things that have vanished. Another reading reverses this, giving new relations, new knowledge, new environment, and then the children are disporting in an unfamiliar precinct.
Reversed: The future, renewal, that which will come to pass presently.
Additional Meanings: Pleasant memories.
Reversed: Inheritance to fall in quickly.

Card for the Day – 12th June 2011

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XIII – Death – (Scorpio)
XIII - Death

XIII - Death

The veil or mask of life is perpetuated in change, transformation and passage from lower to higher, and this is more fitly represented in the rectified Tarot by one of the apocalyptic visions than by the crude notion of the reaping skeleton. Behind it lies the whole world of ascent in the spirit. The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life. Between two pillars on the verge of the horizon there shines the sun of immortality. The horseman carries no visible weapon, but king and child and maiden fall before him, while a prelate with clasped hands awaits his end.
There should be no need to point out that the suggestion of death which I have made in connection with the previous card is, of course, to be understood mystically, but this is not the case in the present instance. The natural transit of man to the next stage of his being either is or may be one form of his progress, but the exotic and almost unknown entrance, while still in this life, into the state of mystical death is a change in the form of consciousness and the passage into a state to which ordinary death is neither the path nor gate. The existing occult explanations of the 13th card are, on the whole, better than usual, rebirth, creation, destination, renewal, and the rest.
Meanings: End, mortality, destruction, corruption also, for a man, the loss of a benefactor for a woman, many contraries; for a maid, failure of marriage projects.
Reversed: Inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism; hope destroyed.

Example Tarot card spreads – 2

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Nine card General past-present-future

Nine card General past-present-future

Three by Four specific spread

Three by Four specific spread

Three Card Daily Spread

Three Card Daily Spread

Celtic Cross with Significator

Celtic Cross with Significator

Nine card general spread

Nine card general spread

Example - Drawing the cards

Example - Drawing the cards

Card for the Day – 11th June 2011

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VIII – Strength – (Leo)
VIII - Strength

VIII - Strength

A woman, over whose head there broods the same symbol of life which we have seen in the card of the Magician, is closing the jaws of a lion. The only point in which this design differs from the conventional presentations is that her beneficent fortitude has already subdued the lion, which is being led by a chain of flowers. For reasons which satisfy myself, this card has been interchanged with that of justice, which is usually numbered eight. As the variation carries nothing with it which will signify to the reader, there is no cause for explanation. Fortitude, in one of its most exalted aspects, is connected with the Divine Mystery of Union; the virtue, of course, operates in all planes, and hence draws on all in its symbolism. It connects also with innocent inviolate, and with the strength which resides in contemplation.

These higher meanings are, however, matters of inference, and I do not suggest that they are transparent on the surface of the card. They are intimated in a concealed manner by the chain of flowers, which signifies, among many other things, the sweet yoke and the light burden of Divine Law, when it has been taken into the heart of hearts. The card has nothing to do with self-confidence in the ordinary sense, though this has been suggested–but it concerns the confidence of those whose strength is God, who have found their refuge in Him. There is one aspect in which the lion signifies the passions, and she who is called Strength is the higher nature in its liberation. It has walked upon the asp and the basilisk and has trodden down the lion and the dragon.

Card for the Day – 10th June 2011

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Eight of Pentacles/Coins

Eight of Pentacles/Coins

Eight of Pentacles/Coins

An artist in stone at his work, which he exhibits in the form of trophies.

Meanings: Work, employment, commission, craftsmanship, skill in craft and business, perhaps in the preparatory stage.
Reversed: Voided ambition, vanity, cupidity, exaction, usury. It may also signify the possession of skill, in the sense of the ingenious mind turned to cunning and intrigue.
Additional Meanings: A young man in business who has relations with the Querent; a dark girl.
Reversed: The Querent will be compromised in a matter of money-lending.

Example Tarot card spreads

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Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

The 3 card spread
The 3 card spread
Haindl-Son of Wands in the East

Haindl-Son of Wands in the East

Haindl-Domination-2 of Wands

Haindl-Domination-2 of Wands

The Horoscope spread

The Horoscope spread

Card for the Day – 10th June 2011

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Page of Cups – (Pisces)

Page of CupsA fair, pleasing, somewhat effeminate page, of studious and intent aspect, contemplates a fish rising from a cup to look at him. It is the pictures of the mind taking form.
Meanings: Fair young man, one impelled to render service and with whom the Querent will be connected; a studious youth; news, message; application, reflection, meditation; also these things directed to business.
Reversed: Taste, inclination, attachment, seduction, deception, artifice.
Additional Meanings: Good augury; also a young man who is unfortunate in love.
Reversed: Obstacles of all kinds.

Card for the Day – 9th June 2011

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VIII – Strength – (Leo)

Strength
A woman, over whose head there broods the same symbol of life which we have seen in the card of the Magician, is closing the jaws of a lion. The only point in which this design differs from the conventional presentations is that her beneficent fortitude has already subdued the lion, which is being led by a chain of flowers. For reasons which satisfy myself, this card has been interchanged with that of justice, which is usually numbered eight. As the variation carries nothing with it which will signify to the reader, there is no cause for explanation. Fortitude, in one of its most exalted aspects, is connected with the Divine Mystery of Union; the virtue, of course, operates in all planes, and hence draws on all in its symbolism. It connects also with innocentia inviolata, and with the strength which resides in contemplation.
These higher meanings are, however, matters of inference, and I do not suggest that they are transparent on the surface of the card. They are intimated in a concealed manner by the chain of flowers, which signifies, among many other things, the sweet yoke and the light burden of Divine Law, when it has been taken into the heart of hearts. The card has nothing to do with self-confidence in the ordinary sense, though this has been suggested–but it concerns the confidence of those whose strength is God, who have found their refuge in Him. There is one aspect in which the lion signifies the passions, and she who is called Strength is the higher nature in its liberation. It has walked upon the asp and the basilisk and has trodden down the lion and the dragon.

Card for the Day – 8th June 2011

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III – The Empress

The Emperess
A stately figure, seated, having rich vestments and royal aspect, as of a daughter of heaven and earth. Her diadem is of twelve stars, gathered in a cluster. The symbol of Venus is on the shield which rests near her. A field of corn is ripening in front of her, and beyond there is a fall of water. The sceptre which she bears is surmounted by the globe of this world. She is the inferior Garden of Eden, the Earthly Paradise, all that is symbolized by the visible house of man. She is not Regina coeli, but she is still refugium peccatorum, the fruitful mother of thousands. There are also certain aspects in which she has been correctly described as desire and the wings thereof, as the woman clothed with the sun, as Gloria Mundi and the veil of the Sanctum Sanctorum; but she is not, I may add, the soul that has attained wings, unless all the symbolism is counted up another and unusual way. She is above all things universal fecundity and the outer sense of the Word. This is obvious, because there is no direct message which has been given to man like that which is borne by woman; but she does not herself carry its interpretation.
In another order of ideas, the card of the Empress signifies the door or gate by which an entrance is obtained into this life, as into the Garden of Venus; and then the way which leads out therefrom, into that which is beyond, is the secret known to the High Priestess: it is communicated by her to the elect. Most old attributions of this card are completely wrong on the symbolism–as, for example, its identification with the Word, Divine Nature, the Triad, and so forth.
Meanings: Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance.
Reversed: Light, truth, the unravelling of involved matters, public rejoicings; according to another reading, vacillation.

Card for the Day – 7th June 2011

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The Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands
A hand issuing from a cloud grasps a stout wand or club.
Meanings: Creation, invention, enterprise, the powers which result in these; principle, beginning, source; birth, family, origin, and in a sense the virility which is behind them; the starting point of enterprises; according to another account, money, fortune, inheritance.
Reversed: Fall, decadence, ruin, perdition, to perish also a certain clouded joy.
Additional Meanings: Calamities of all kinds.
Reversed: A sign of birth.