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e / The Major Arcana
The Fool: New developments, fresh starts, taking a risk. The Magician: Opportunities, working with your hands, communication skills. 2 The High Priestess (The Papess): Intuition, hidden motivations, inner wisdom. 3 The Empress: Creativity and abundance. 4 The Emperor: Authority and control. 5 The Hierophant (The Pope): Good advice and conforming to the rules. 6 The Lovers: Emotional choices, relationships. 7 The Chariot: Assertiveness, progress. 8 Justice: Decision, clarity of mind. 9 The Hermit: Going it alone, listening to your own counsel. 10 The Wheel of Fortune: Changes. 0 1 11 Strength: Quiet strength, good health, dealing with petty problems. 12 The Hanged Man: Sacrifice, waiting. 13 Death: The end of a situation. 14 Temperance: Balancing, moderation. 15 The Devil: Materialism, greed, lust, bondage, anger. 16 The Tower: Sudden catastrophic change. 17 The Star: Hope for the future, good omen, education. 18 The Moon: Confusion, loss of control. 19 The Sun: Success, fame. 20 Judgment: Rewards, karma, judgment. 21 The World: Completion, success, seeing the whole picture.
The Minor Arcana / CUPS
Ace: A message of love, the start of a romance. Doing something for love. Creativity. Two: A happy relationship or partnership. Three: Partying and celebrating. Four: Boredom and apathy. The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence. Five: Depression and regret. Six: Simple joys, something or someone from the past. Seven: Confusion, too many choices, dreams and illusions. Eight: Leaving something behind, change of lifestyle. Nine: The wish card. Dreams come true. Ten: Good luck and happiness, satisfaction. Page/Maiden: A new friendship. News of something or someone dear to your heart. Knight: A proposal or invitation. A good-natured, brown-haired youth with light eyes. Queen: An intuitive woman. A kindly brown-haired woman with light eyes. King: A gentle man. A healer. A good advisor. A good-natured, brown-haired man with light eyes.
/ WANDS or RODS
Ace: New starts. New business idea. Uprush of energy. Two: Planning for the future. Anxiety. Working partnership. Three: Business success, leading a group. Four: House move, success. Five: Trouble and strife, especially petty fighting. Six: Public success, recognition. Seven: Fighting for your vision, competing. Eight: Communications, quick movement. Nine: Last minute problems, self-protection. Ten: Success which brings (too) many burdens. Page/Maiden: News of work or business, new interests. Knight: Travel and action. A red or fair-haired youth. Queen: A business-like or active woman. A red or fair-haired woman. King: An active and influential man. A red or fair-haired man.
/ COINS or PENTACLES
Ace: Money and security, health. Two: Juggling time and money, cautiousness. Three: New job or work, success in work. Four: Success but unwillingness to move forward or change. Five: Ill health, financial losses, loss of self-esteem. Six: Receiving and giving help, financial and otherwise. Seven: Making adjustments in your plans and being prepared to do the hard work. Eight: New job, studies, working with a hobby. Nine: Success from your own efforts, security. Ten: Money and property, the countryside, inheritance. Page/Maiden: News about money or a job, study for a job. Knight: Cautious, patient working towards a goal. A dark-haired youth with dark eyes. Queen: An self-confident and practical woman. A dark-haired woman with dark eyes. King: An honest and practical man. A dark-haired man with dark eyes. Reversed Cards
Ace: Crisis point, success through difficulties. Two: Sitting on the fence, balance, waiting. Three: Anxiety, unhappiness, separation. Four: Rest, hospital, withdrawal. Five: Fighting for the wrong things, arguments, being forced to recognize your limitations. Six: Moving away from troubles. Seven: Deception, theft, non-confrontation. Eight: Feeling trapped, standstill, restrictions. Nine: Anxiety, worries, mental anguish. Ten: Misfortune and endings, failure. Page/Maiden: Spying, email or telephone call, brash new idea. Knight: Upsetting changes, arguments. A dark-haired youth with grey eyes. Queen: A widow. An unscrupulous woman. A dark-haired woman with grey eyes. King: An ambitious and authoritative man. A lawyer or doctor. A dark-haired man with grey eyes.
Some readers read reversed cards as well. The meanings can be read as the opposite of the meanings listed above, or the reversed cards can simply be interpreted as above but with delays, obstacles or a weakening in strength. See http://briandavidphillips.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=19337 for a special Tarot guided imagery process.
but this is the general idea: Optionally.forces working against the questioner. emotions. 8.   EVERWAY PYRAMID SPREAD       1. I like to call it the "diamond of divination" as it then turns into a diamond)      Here are the meanings.     Earth (I have): Family. ELEMENTAL SPREAD  1. Represents what the situation has to offer the querent. unless deliberately changed. the most traditional interpretation and layout looks like this:   [S] under &       S. Outcome: The resolution of these things. Usually. 9.. The querent's foreseable future state. 4. and wealth. Fire (I will): Will. Usually. 4. 6. 4. 2. The querent's past state.what will come (optional) ~ More details on "what will come". The affects of the querent's environment. What the querent must "master" or "overcome" to solve his question. 10. 1. or querent's choice). THREE-CARD SPREAD  1. / 6. 6. Swords = dark & stern. The querent's future state. the seventh card is placed in the middle. Woman = Queen..ALTERNATIVE TAROT SPREADS The following are alternative patterns for laying out the Tarot cards when using them either for divinatory purposes or for personal meditation. 3. this is something I have done to the original layout which I finds help me when the circle is otherwise vague (if using cards 8 and 9. Water (I feel): Dreams.     FOUR CARD SIMPLE QUESTION SPREAD Here is another spread good for "simple" questions. Past forces involved with the question. Future forces involved with the question. Virtues . posessions. / 9. Wands = medium coloring. 3.       1. love. Significator . Represents the final outcome of the situation. (optional) ~ Are more "fine" details about the final result or problems at hand. The querent's past state. 2.forces working for the questioner. Represents the past of the question. communications. Represents the 'recent past' (usually considered as 1-3 months) Represents the 'near future' (ditto) Represents what the querent has to bring to the situation. good intellect. and represents what holds the querent where they are. Faults . Opposing forces that are involved. 5. Usually.here is a crude ascii picture of it. The final "answer". Represents the querent's innermost hopes and/or fears. 5. intuitions. 7. society. . The querent's present state. . Present forces involved with the question. 2. in brief of the cards: 1. 5. 3. The querent's present state. How the problem affects the querent or the querent's loved ones. 3. how the querent's desires affect the problem. 8. There are literally hundreds of Tarot patterns or spreads .you will find alternative interpretations and layouts for many of these. but just for completeness. The outcome . You will use 7 cards for this reading. 4. as long as one takes it with a grain of salt. 5. Represents the present state. travel. 3. Coins = very dark & down to Earth. and position them in a circle like a clockface that is six cards around. 3. the Tarot can make a nice system for self-reflection upon troubling issues . Children = Knights or Maidens. Air (I think): Thoughts.the probable outcome. 6. 4. 2. 2. physical health. or a place where the querent must go in order to solve the question. secret knowledge about the problem. SEVEN CARD CIRCLE SPREAD This spread is primarily for "Yes" or "No" questions. Fate . . ambition. Lies across 1. 5. Represents where the querent is at the time of the reading. 7. Cups = fair & friendly. aggression. Represents how the querent has been thinking about the question. (Man = King. CELTIC CROSS SPREAD The most common 'spread' for Tarot readings is called the 'Celtic Cross'. you may place cards "8" and "9" in as shown. It's usually described in the booklet that comes with most Tarot decks. Use the one you are most comfortable with. a place where the problem begins. Whether you believe in cartomancy or not. Represents the 'base of the question' .card representing the querent. The querent's obstacles. Represents the probable future.why it is being asked. yours should look like a circle. 2.
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