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Card for the Day – 16th August 2011

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XX – Judgement

XX - Judgement

XX - Judgement

I have said that this symbol is essentially invariable in all Tarot sets, or at least the variations do not alter its character. The great angel is here encompassed by clouds, but he blows his bannered trumpet, and the cross as usual is displayed on the banner. The dead are rising from their tombs–a woman on the right, a man on the left hand, and between them their child, whose back is turned. But in this card there are more than three who are restored, and it has been thought worth while to make this variation as illustrating the insufficiency of current explanations. It should be noted that all the figures are as one in the wonder, adoration and ecstacy expressed by their attitudes. It is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation in answer to the summons of the Supernal–which summons is heard and answered from within.
Here is the intimation of a significance which cannot well be carried further in the present place. What is within us which does sound a trumpet and all that is lower in our nature rises in response–almost in a moment, almost in the twinkling of an eye? Let the card continue to depict, for those who can see no further, the Last judgment and the resurrection in the natural body; but let those who have inward eyes look and discover within. They will understand that it has been called truly in the past a card of eternal life, and for this reason it may be compared with that which passes under the name of Temperance.
Divinatory Meanings: Change of position, renewal, outcome. Another account specifies total loss through lawsuit.
Reversed: Weakness, pusillanimity, simplicity; also deliberation, decision, sentence.

Card for the Day – 15th August 2011

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XVIII – The Moon – Pisces

XVIII - The Moon

XVIII The Moon - Pisces

The distinction between this card and some of the conventional types is that the moon is increasing on what is called the side of mercy, to the right of the observer. It has sixteen chief and sixteen secondary rays. The card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit. The path between the towers is the issue into the unknown. The dog and wolf are the fears of the natural mind in the presence of that place of exit, when there is only reflected light to guide it.
The last reference is a key to another form of symbolism. The intellectual light is a reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot shew forth. It illuminates our animal nature, types of which are represented below–the dog, the wolf and that which comes up out of the deeps, the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower than the savage beast. It strives to attain manifestation, symbolized by crawling from the abyss of water to the land, but as a rule it sinks back whence it came. The face of the mind directs a calm gaze upon the unrest below; the dew of thought falls; the message is: Peace, be still; and it may be that there shall come a calm upon the animal nature, while the abyss beneath shall cease from giving up a form.
Divinatory Meanings: Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, occult forces, error.
Reversed: Instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error.

Card for the Day – 14th August 2011

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Seven of Pentacles/Coins

Seven of Pentacles/Coins

Seven of Pentacles/Coins

A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right; one would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there.
Divinatory Meanings: These are exceedingly contradictory; in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter; but one reading gives altercation, quarrels–and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation.
Reversed: Cause for anxiety regarding money which it may be proposed to lend.
Additional Meanings: Improved position for a lady’s future husband.
Reversed: Impatience, apprehension, suspicion.

Card for the Day – 12th August 2011

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Queen of Wands – Leo

The Queen of Wands - Leo

Queen of Wands - Leo

The Wands throughout this suit are always in leaf, as it is a suit of life and animation. Emotionally and otherwise, the Queen’s personality corresponds to that of the King, but is more magnetic.
Divinatory Meanings: A dark woman, countrywoman, friendly, chaste, loving, honourable. If the card beside her signifies a man, she is well disposed towards him; if a woman, she is interested in the Querent. Also, love of money, or a certain success in business.
Additional Meanings: A good harvest, which may be taken in several senses.
Reversed: Good, economical, obliging, serviceable. Signifies also–but in certain positions and in the neighbourhood of other cards tending in such directions–opposition, jealousy, even deceit and infidelity.
Additional Meanings Reversed: Goodwill towards the Querent, but without the opportunity to exercise it.

Card for the Day – 11th August 2011

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Three of Cups

Three of Cups
Three of Cups
Three maidens in a garden with cups held aloft, as if toasting one another.
Divinatory Meanings: The conclusion of any matter in plenty, perfection and merriment; happy issue, victory, fulfilment, solace, healing.
Reversed: Expedition, dispatch, achievement, end. It signifies also the side of excess in physical enjoyment, and the pleasures of the senses.
Additional Meanings: Unexpected advancement for a military man.
Reversed: Consolation, cure, end of the business.

Card for the Day – 10th August 2011

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Five of Wands

 

Five of Wands

Five of Wands

A posse of youths, who are brandishing staves, as if in sport or strife. It is mimic warfare, and hereto correspond the Divinatory Meanings.
Divinatory Meanings: Imitation, as, for example, sham fight, but also the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. In this sense it connects with the battle of life. Hence some attributions say that it is a card of gold, gain, opulence.
Reversed: Litigation, disputes, trickery, contradiction.
Additional Meanings: Success in financial speculation.
Reversed: Quarrels may be turned to advantage.

Card for the Day – 8th August 2011

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IV – The Emperor – Aries

IV - The Emperor - Aries

IV - The Emperor - Aries

He has a form of the Crux Ansata for his sceptre and a globe in his left hand. He is a crowned monarch–commanding, stately, seated on a throne, the arms of which axe fronted by rams’ heads. He is executive and realization, the power of this world, here clothed with the highest of its natural attributes. He is occasionally represented as seated on a cubic stone, which, however, confuses some of the issues. He is the virile power, to which the Empress responds, and in this sense is he who seeks to remove the Veil of Isis; yet she remains Virgo intacta.

It should be understood that this card and that of the Empress do not precisely represent the condition of married life, though this state is implied. On the surface, as I have indicated, they stand for mundane royalty, uplifted on the seats of the mighty; but above this there is the suggestion of another presence. They signify also–and the male figure especially–the higher kingship, occupying the intellectual throne. Hereof is the lordship of thought rather than of the animal world. Both personalities, after their own manner, are “full of strange experience,” but theirs is not consciously the wisdom which draws from a higher world. The Emperor has been described as (a) will in its embodied form, but this is only one of its applications, and (b) as an expression of virtualities contained in the Absolute Being–but this is fantasy.
Divinatory Meanings: Stability, power, protection, realization; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will.
Reversed: Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.

Card for the Day – 6th August 2011

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King of Swords – Libra

The King of Swords

King of Swords - Libra

He sits in judgement, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit. He recalls, of course, the conventional Symbol of justice in the Trumps Major, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death, in virtue of his office.
Divinatory Meanings: Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connections-power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth.
Reversed: Cruelty, perversity, barbarity, perfidy, evil intention.
Additional Meanings: A lawyer, senator, doctor.
Reversed: A bad man; also a caution to put an end to a ruinous lawsuit.

Card for the Day – 30th July 2011

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Four of Swords

Four of Swords

Four of Swords

The effigy of a knight in the appearance of prayer, lying full length upon his tomb.
Divinatory Meanings: Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design.
Reversed: Wise administration, circumspection, economy, avarice, precaution, testament.
Additional Meanings: A bad card, but if reversed a qualified success may be expected by wise administration of affairs.
Reversed: A certain success following wise administration.

Card for the Day – 28th July 2011

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Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

Nine of Swords

One seated on his couch in lamentation, with the swords on the wall behind him. He is t the end of his tether and about to give up everything. 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 – 16th July 20

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Three of Swords

Three of Swords

Three of Swords

Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.
Divinatory 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; someone who is chaste, a nun.

Card for the Day – 15th July 20

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Queen of  Cups – Scorpio

The Queen of Cups - Scorpio
The Queen of Cups – Scorpio
Beautiful, fair, dreamy–as one who sees visions in a cup. This is, however, only one of her aspects; she sees, but she also acts, and her activity feeds her dream.
Divinatory Meanings: Good, fair woman; honest, devoted woman, who will do service to the Querent; loving intelligence, and hence the gift of vision; success, happiness, pleasure; also wisdom, virtue; a perfect spouse and a good mother.
Reversed: The accounts vary; good woman; otherwise, distinguished woman but one not to be trusted; perverse woman; vice, dishonour, depravity.
Additional Meanings: Sometimes denotes a woman of equivocal character.
Reversed: A rich marriage for a man and a distinguished one for a woman.

Card for the Day – 14th July 20

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Page of Swords – Gemini 

Page of Swords

Page of Swords - Gemini

A lithe, active figure holds a sword upright in both hands, while in the act of swift walking. He is passing over rugged land, and all about him the clouds are collected wildly. He is alert and lithe, looking this way and that, as if an expected enemy might appear at any moment.
Divinatory Meanings: Authority, overseeing, secret service, vigilance, spying, examination, and the qualities belonging to the Swords suit.
Reversed: More evil side of these qualities; what is unforeseen, unprepared state; sickness is also intimated.
Additional Meanings: An indiscreet person will pry into the Querent’s secrets.
Reversed: Astonishing news.

Card for the Day – 3rd July 2011

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Eight of Swords
Eight of Swords

Eight of Swords

A woman, bound and hoodwinked, with the swords of the card about her. Yet it is rather a card of temporary endurance than of irretrievable bondage.
Divinatory Meanings: Bad news, violent chagrin, crisis, censure, power in trammels, conflict, calumny; also sickness.
Reversed: Disquiet, difficulty, opposition, accident, treachery; what is unforeseen; fatality.
Additional Meanings: For a woman, scandal spread publicly about her
Reversed: Departure of a relative.

Card for the Day – 2nd July 2011

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Ten of Swords
Ten of Swords

Ten of Swords

A prostrate figure, pierced by all the swords belonging to the card.
Divinatory Meanings: Whatsoever is intimated by the design; also pain, affliction, tears, sadness, desolation. It is not especially a card of violent death.
Reversed: Advantage, profit, success, favour, but none of these are permanent; also power and authority.
Additional Meanings: Followed by Ace and King, imprisonment; for girl or wife, treason on the part of friends.
Reversed: Victory and consequent fortune for a soldier in war.

Card for the Day – 1st July 2011

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II – The High Priestess

The High Priestess

The High Priestess

She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed with the word Tora, signifying the Greater Law, the Secret Law and the second sense of the Word. It is partly covered by her mantle, to shew that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars–J. and B.–of the mystic Temple, and the veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palms and pomegranates. The vestments are flowing and gauzy, and the mantle suggests light–a shimmering radiance. She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world; she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the borrowed light, but this is the light of all. She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the Supernal Mother.

In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself–that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah–the co-habiting glory. According to Kabalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is MaIkuth–that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.

Divinatory Meanings: Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science.

Reversed: Passion, moral or physical ardour, conceit, surface knowledge.


 

Card for the Day – 30th June 2011

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Two of Swords
Two of Swords
A hoodwinked female figure balances two swords upon her shoulders.
Divinatory Meanings: Conformity and the equipoise which it suggests, courage, friendship, concord in a state of arms; another reading gives tenderness, affection, intimacy. The suggestion of harmony and other favourable readings must be considered in a qualified manner, as Swords generally are not symbolical of beneficent forces in human affairs.
Reversed: Imposture, falsehood, duplicity, disloyalty.
Additional Meanings: Gifts for a lady, influential protection for a man in search of help.
Reversed: Dealings with rogues.


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
SEVEN of CUPS

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 – 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.