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I am still alive.

Just wow… got hit with a ton of stuff at once and had to put this blog on the back burner for a little bit.  Classes started and have been hellish already and I’ve been fighting the nastiest cold for over a week on top of it.  Thanks for sticking with me followers.  I am going to try really hard to get the posts started back up this week and schedule in a little time every evening for me to get them written up. 

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Ace of Cups

I always begin with a careful viewing of the card I am learning. I think to read tarot, one must really know the cards… not just their meaning, but the feeling behind them as well… what emotions the card brings.

I encourage you to view the card and really think about it on your own before reading my views as well as the meanings of the cards. First impressions are so important and it is important that they not be polluted by others’ thoughts on the cards.

ace of cups

My initial impressions:

I feel a sense of one’s cup run-eth over type of feelingThis card feels very divine based on the hand coming from the clouds holding the cup, the white dove, and the cross symbol.  This card seems to be saying that whatever it represents has been divinely sent.


What the Ace of Cups stands for in tarot:

  • Emotional awareness
  • Asking you to understand how loving emotional energy could work in the situation
  • A sign to trust what your feelings are telling you
  • Getting in touch with your inner self..feelings/spirituality
  • Using your intuition
  • Experiencing intimacy or getting closer with someone/something
  • Letting love guide your way
  • Receiving or feeling a period of blessing in our lives
  • A sign of a joyful time to come

Symbolism:

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Dove holding a symbol of the host

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Five streams coming from the cup that is literally overflowing.  The five streams represents the five senses.  The water has come from one source and is spreading joy through out all our senses.

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The streams fall into a pond filled with lotus

A note about Ace cards:

Ace cards don’t necessarily come with defined sense of opposing/reinforcing cards.  What Ace cards do do is introduce us the the suit as they embody everything that suit is about.  What can be paid attention to is when more than one Ace shows up in a reading.  It can point to a strong energy entering the life of whom the cards are being read for.  The Ace is seen primarily as a positive card.  They are the best of the best of the suit so to speak.  When reversed, I personally would view this as this energy being blocked in some form or perhaps a lower level of the energy is present depending on the reading.

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Meet the Cups

  • The Suit of Cups are directly related with our emotions
  • The element of water is represented in Cups
  • Cups shows how we are affected by our emotions and what weight they have on a situation
  • Cups also represent the energy of our emotional situations/states… rather or not the energy is blocked or free flowing
  • Cups may show us how emotions are affecting our lives
  • Sheds light on the feelings beneath our thoughts, desires, intentions
  • This suit can give us insight into our deeper selves so that we may make decisions about where to go or what to do next within a given situation
  • Cups may also shed light on spiritual experiences

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The Fool’s Journey

The Major Arcana encompasses what is known as The Fool’s Journey.  The cards in the Major Arcana each represent an aspect of The Fool’s Journey.  We are all the Fools and this journey is one that we all go on.

The Fool starts off his/her journey with faith and innocence.  This is not a planned out journey and it may even look like something foolish is being undertaken. 

The Fool immediately encounters the two forces of the universe, those of the Magician and the High Priestess.  These two forces balance each other and can be perceived as the “yin” and the “yang” so to speak of the universe.  The Magician is a strong physical masculine power which represents strong conscious active power of creation.  The High Priestess represents the mysterious, the unconscious, the feminine and the power held within.

The Fool then encounters the Empress and the Emperor, energies which mimic the mother and father.  The Empress embraces us and nourishes us with her abundance.  The Emperor presents to us rules, structure, and authority.

As the Fool continues one the Fool encounters the Hierophant who provides formal education and belief systems and exposes the Fool to social constructs and groups.

Eventually the Fool transitions into the Lovers stage, where the Fool needs to decide his/her own belief system.  The Fool also longs for a sexual union with another or a relationship.

Over time the Fool encounters the Chariot phase, in which the ego is in total control and the Fool has complete mastery over him/herself.  Eventually, through experience, the Fool begins to understand the mastery of Strength, a quiet, gentler form of the Chariot’s hard control. 

Slowly but surely the Fool begins to question the workings of his/her inner world and the world around him/her.  The Fool seeks solitude within, perhaps becoming a bit Hermit like.  The Fool may seek someone to help provide answers or discover other ways to search for the answers he/she desires.

Eventually the Fool begins to see that the world is much more complex than just the physical and just the ego.  The Wheel of Fortune begins to turn and things begin to change rapidly for the Fool.  Destiny leads the Fool into a different direction. 

Justice now appears in the Fool’s life.  The Fool must understand the consequences of his/her actions and accept responsibility.  The Fool must make any decisions that need to be made at this point.

Recent events have left the Fool feeling overwhelmed.  Eventually s/he becomes the Hanged Man.  S/he learns that in order to conquer this phase one must let go.  The Fool may feel like a sacrificial lamb at this time.  As the Fool learns to further let go, the Fool finds tremendous peace with this decision. 

It is not curious that after this event, Death occurs.  These deaths are endings to things in life, times of tremendous change or perhaps softer less traumatic endings and changes. 

The Fool as now faced the conscious and unconscious aspects of life.  In doing so the Fool discovers Temperance.  This helps the Fool to realize the balancing nature of the universe and within him/herself.  This allows for the Fool to care for him/herself in the best way possible.

Alas the Fool as not yet reached a sense of enlightenment so to speak.  The Fool encounters the Devil within, that aspect within that is still ignorant and hopeless and covets material things and binds us to the physical world.  Eventually, a humbling event occurs which sends the Tower within the Fool crashing down.  Sudden stark change which has the possibility to be a painful startling event creates a revelation in the life of the Fool.

The Fool now sees by the light of the Star… a calm peaceful nature surrounds the Fool which is filled with hope and inspiration.  However the Fool must be aware of the illusions found in the silvery light of the Moon.  Although this light can nurture the creativity and imagination of the Fool, the Fool may also be more willing to fall into be subjected to fears and anxieties caused by its mysterious haunting nature.  At last though, the Sun will rise and the Fool will find him/herself in a state of enlightenment and bliss. 

The Fool has been subjected to Judgement and has rose again, experiencing a sense of rebirth, a sense of purpose, and true calling.  The Fool understands the reasoning behind the workings of the universe.  The Fool then comes back into the World, but this time with a deeper knowledge of its inner workings.  The Fool has finally figured out how to integrate the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual within his/herself.  The Fool actively lives in the world, making an impact.  The Fool accomplishes many things with this new found energy.

Although it may seem that the Fool has completed his/her journey, the Fool will once again set out on yet another journey of even deeper understanding, representing the cyclic nature of the universe.

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We have reached the end of the Major Arcana, which took much longer than the 3 weeks I had hoped for but hey lol

From here I will obviously be moving onto the Minor Arcana, starting with Cups. I definitely plan to stick to my goal of a card per day as much as I can since each suit will take 2 weeks to complete.

I will be adding a post about the Fool’s Journey after this post as well as adding a page for it to the sidebar.  The Major Arcana link on the sidebar will also be updated with all cards listed and links taking you to their individual posts.

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The World

I always begin with a careful viewing of the card I am learning. I think to read tarot, one must really know the cards… not just their meaning, but the feeling behind them as well… what emotions the card brings.

I encourage you to view the card and really think about it on your own before reading my views as well as the meanings of the cards. First impressions are so important and it is important that they not be polluted by others’ thoughts on the cards.

The World

My initial impressions:

I feel like this card speaks of enlightenment, that the inquirer “gets it” so to speak.  I feel like this card holds a lot of symbolism that needs to be depicted a bit to be totally understood.  I experience a sense of freedom when looking at this card.  I am immediately drawn to the candles being held by the central figure, that they are lit on both ends depicting a divine nature… that the light has been discovered in both realms.

What the World stands for in tarot:

  • Experiencing a sense of wholeness
  • Having the “whole world in your hands/at your feet”
  • Feeling accomplished
  • Being engaged and giving back while receiving plenty
  • Being fulfilled
  • Enjoying life
  • Counting your blessings and really getting the important things in life
  • Experiencing harmony in our lives
  • A very positive sign to move towards fulfilling one’s ambitions
  • Representation of a pause, a moment in our lives to really enjoy and reflect before the next cycle begins
  • Relaxing the ego, understanding divine wisdom, coming closer and closer to realizing the true meanings behind our presence on earth

Symbolism:

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The central figure floats in the air suspended between heaven and earth representing completeness.

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The wreath represents represents water which plays into the next four symbols…

the world            the world    the world     the world

Calls to mind Revelations 4:7 in which images of the beast are conjured up… like a lion, like a calf, face of a man, like a eagle.  Combined with the symbolism of the wreath they represent the elements: water, fire, earth, spirit and air.  A representation of completeness and the artistry of the universe. The physical and the metaphysical have merged.

Opposing Cards:

  • Hermit
  • Four of Cups
  • Five of Wands

Reinforcing Cards:

  • Temperance
  • Sun
  • Nine of Cups
  • Ten of Cups
  • Ten of Pentacles

A Special Note about this Card:

The World is not a symbol of complete enlightenment.  The cycle will begin once again with the Fool, as we continue to search for enlightenment.  We may think of the Major Arcana on a very small scale, pertaining to one particular issue in our lives and the cycles we move through to work through it just as we may think of it on a grander scale to a whole life cycle.  The Fool started out on the journey for enlightenment and once discovered the World sets the Fool off on the path again, but this time a little wiser.  Each lesson, each rebirth is setting the direction for the death of the ego.

It is also a symbol of letting go of attachments, making our ultimate goal of wisdom a little easier each time.  The reason for our successes within this card come from learning where to let go and learning where to give back and to do it all unattached.  We have gotten these things that make us feel like the world is at our feet because we have done the right things to accomplish those things and we must not forget that.

When that ego, that sense of “I” kicks back in… we are sent once again on the Fool’s Journey.


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    Judgement

    I always begin with a careful viewing of the card I am learning. I think to read tarot, one must really know the cards… not just their meaning, but the feeling behind them as well… what emotions the card brings.

    I encourage you to view the card and really think about it on your own before reading my views as well as the meanings of the cards. First impressions are so important and it is important that they not be polluted by others’ thoughts on the cards.

    Judgement

    My initial impressions:

    I feel like my interpretations for this card are off upon just initial impressions because of my prior encounters with “judgement” and “final judgement”.  It is an interesting lesson of what our own histories can sometimes bring to interpreting the cards.  Trying to push those issues aside and look at this card objectively… what I see is a collection of bodies that are raising from the dead and ready to leave this earth.  However this clearly calls up resurrection.  Perhaps with all our lessons learned, before we attain a since of unity and enlightenment with ourselves during this journey, we must be willing to resurrect so to speak.  Our old selves have died away and yet still we rise.

    What Judgement stands for in tarot:

    • A reminder of the necessity of judgement in our lives
    • A sign that past mistakes are now behind you
    • A sign of of better things to come if in a low period
    • Making a judgement
    • Experiencing a rebirth…mental, emotional, spiritual…
    • Understanding your inner calling
    • Feeling cleansed, released of guilt and sadness, forgiving past mistakes of your own and others
    • Release from the past
    • A sign of renewal and restoration
    • This card points to a renewal on a higher plane of consciousness, not merely the one we came from
    • The return of something which was lost, only we will now view it in a new way thanks to the higher plane of consciousness that this card evokes
    • A call to examine our past and understand how we can use that to grow as spiritual beings

    Symbolism:

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    A man, woman, and child… representing the traditional family and the divinity held within this union of earthly bodies

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    Again pay attention to the colors used… red and terracotta shades again expressing divinity

    Opposing Cards:

    • Death
    • Five of Cups
    • Nine of Swords

    Reinforcing Cards:

    • Fool
    • Justice
    • Seven of Pentacles

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    The Sun

    Thanks followers for sticking around as I get back to updating this =)

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    I always begin with a careful viewing of the card I am learning. I think to read tarot, one must really know the cards… not just their meaning, but the feeling behind them as well… what emotions the card brings.

    I encourage you to view the card and really think about it on your own before reading my views as well as the meanings of the cards. First impressions are so important and it is important that they not be polluted by others’ thoughts on the cards.

    The Sun

    My initial impressions:

    I feel really positive when I see this card… it is a very powerful positivity.  Heck it oozes positivity.  The huge sun is shining in the background and is the focus of the card.  There is a naked child riding a white horse, both of what seems to point towards innocence and the freedom of youth.  I’ve seen the color of the fabric like aspect on the right side of the horse in other cards and it usually points to something divine.  This card seems to really radiate light and positivity.

    What the Sun stands for in tarot:

    • Experiencing enlightenment about something
    • Having your “moment in the sun” so to speak, achieving something great and being recognized for that
    • Experiencing joy and other positive emotions
    • Good health
    • Feeling assured in yourself
    • Illumination, we are no longer in the dark
    • Experiencing a great deal of confidence
    • Experiencing a period of energy/feeling very energized
    • A sign that an experience will be highly successful

    Symbolism:

    There is no specific symbolism I would like to draw attention to with this card.  The symbolism is pretty straight forward when viewing the card, with the sun permeating the entire scene, the child symbolizing innocence, and the reddish/terracotta color brings us back to some divine wisdom.

    Opposing Cards:

    • Moon
    • Eight of Cups
    • Six of Swords
    • Five of Pentacles

    Reinforcing Cards:

    • Tower
    • World
    • Two of Wands
    • Six of Wands

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    Hey guys, sorry for the lack of updates lately… finals grrrrrrrrr

    But I have a nice little break after this week so I’ll get to work on these.  I definitely wanted to do one card a day and it clearly has not worked out that way so far but I think during winter break I will work on a routine to make sure I get that one card a day in there as part of my entire I-need-to-change-the-way-I-manage-my-time life overhaul plan lol

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    The Moon

    I always begin with a careful viewing of the card I am learning.  I think to read tarot, one must really know the cards… not just their meaning, but the feeling behind them as well… what emotions the card brings.

    I encourage you to view the card and really think about it on your own before reading my views as well as the meanings of the cards.  First impressions are so important and it is important that they not be polluted by others’ thoughts on the cards.

    the moon

    My initial impressions:

    I am really drawn to this card, I think it is because I am a Cancer and the moon of course rules over Cancer.  I feel like this card really embodies all that the sign is.  It feels mysterious and introspective asking us to look within.  The two dogs, one looks very wild while one looks more domesticated… I think that they point to two identities which are contained within people.  The creature coming out of the water, I know in a lot of decks it is a crab or similar creature and sometimes it is portrayed as a monster… I think that it points to something within that is deeply protected which needs to be uncovered.

    What the Moon stands for in tarot:

    • This card deals with fears, but these are more subtle fears in our lives
    • A sign of evolution and change… the moon contains reflective light… we must understand what we are reflecting before we understand our journey
    • A sign to look within, to understand the parts of ourselves which are hidden
    • Bringing the shadowy aspects of ourselves into the light
    • Fears and anxieties
    • Being led astray by illusions
    • A sign of being lost and/or wandering aimlessly through life
    • Stimulation of the imagination

    Symbolism:

    the moon

    On the left is the domesticated dog.  On the right is the wolf.  In order for the domesticated dog to exist the wolf had to exist.  They are essentially one and the same.  The wild nature of the domesticated dog exists within and the dog is aware of this and yet is not controlled by it. 

    the moon

    In most decks a crab or crayfish is emerging from the water.  Both creatures are known for having a tough shell.  The creature represents the fears that lay in the unconscious.  We must break through this tough shell in order to move to the next phases of our lives.

    Opposing Cards:

    • Star
    • Sun

    Reinforcing Cards:

    • Devil
    • Seven of Cups
    • Two of Swords
    • Eight of Swords

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