The divine Tower.

October 12, 2009 at 12:36 pm (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , )

the towerOn a divinatory level, the card of the Tower appearing in a spread augurs the breaking down of existing forms. This card, like the cards of Death and the Devil, depends a great deal upon the attitude of the individual in terms of how difficult or painful it is to deal with. Obviously it is more creative to ask oneself where one is constricted or bound by a false persona or image, because a willing effort to break through this pretense can spare a great deal of anguish. But it seems that the Tower will fall anyway, whether we are willing or unwilling, not because some malicious eternal fate decrees it, but because something within the individual has reached boiling point and can no longer live within such confines.

Meaning:

Breaking down of an outworn sense of values. A sudden shock that is never the less a blessing in disguise. Freedom from possibly self-imposed restriction. Sudden disruptive changes are inevitable but there is nothing to be feared, since you will come through this a better person. Change without warning is about to turn your life up-side-down. This may wreak havoc on you as the Tower’s change is disruptive and even revolutionary. After the waves have calmed, this may be a positive experience, – freedom quickly follows change. Results of the tower may be radical new ways of thinking, feeling or acting; they may take you off guard, unprepared for their appearance in your life right now. It can also refer to a period of frustration where intense anger will burn to the surface and explode, then vanish again. In terms of changes to the rest of your life, your home, career or relationship may be altered with similar speed. These changes may seem out-of-the-blue, but really they have been coming for some time. When the Tower appears, it affects pars of your life that were struck. The complete changes of the Tower are giving you a chance to transform your life. Relationships that the Tower touches may not end but will change for the better.

Reversed Meaning:

Reversed, the Tower’s effects are more revolutionary and chaotic. While it may seem like a punishment, when it is reversed, it seems less fair. The company you work for could go out of business without warning, and all its employees laid off; this may be the time you needed to discover a much-loved career. When experiencing these changes, you may feel like you need to know why. The answers will come to you eventually but for now remain beyond you. You feel you are stuck in a situation. While you may not be able to free yourself right now, the freedom you seek will come but it has a price.

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The divine Devil.

October 11, 2009 at 9:35 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , )

341896_1223393164_largeOn a divinatory level, the card of Pan, the devil, implies the necessity of a confrontation with all that is shadowy, shameful and base in the personality. The Fool must free himself by gaining knowledge and power which held in chains by his own panic and self-disgust. Thus he comes to the heart of the labyrinth and faces his own darkness in the essential darkness of his body, in order to become what he always was merely natural.

Meaning:

Unyielding power and tyranny, lust and greed. An immovable obstacle that cannot be overcome yet may yet be worked around. Discontent and depression caused by an overwhelming force. I t also means unbreakable bonds. A good omen for marriage. It appears at a time in your life when the material world is most important to you. There is nothing wrong with money and the security it provides. You may be entering a time in your life where you are all spending money on beautiful clothes, fine dinners, luxurious furnishings – and enjoying every minute of it! As long as it is all kept in perspective, there is no harm. The card can also be a warning against using money and power in relationships. You may be substituting material pleasures to make up for what is missing emotionally in your life. If you are involved in a new relationship, there may be more lust than love involved. It can be intoxicating but be certain you are aware what you are getting into. You may learn new things about yourself, but could be disappointed if you think this will be a permanent thing.

Reversed Meaning:

When reversed, the Devil is suggesting you attitudes towards money, power or sex are unbalanced. Absorbed with the material world, and you may be stuck in a greedy and self-absorbed mindset. However, it is also difficult to let go, feeling trapped and depressed. Relationships at this time can be equally unbalanced, usually with one partner calling all the shots. There may be an element of bondage in this relationship that makes it hard to leave. The card can refer to exploring uncharted sexual waters, some erotic fantasies may become a reality.

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The divine Death.

October 1, 2009 at 9:32 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , , )

witchytarotxs2On a divinatory level, the card of Death implies that something must come to an end. Whether or not this experience is painful depends upon the person’s capacity to accept and recognize the necessity of endings. The card of Death can augur an opportunity for a new life, if one can let go of the old one. Thus the Fool enters the underworld, leaving behind him his previous life, to prepare for an unknown future.

Meaning:

Transformation and change is a blessing in disguise. A cleaning out which will make for something better. Harsh fate that does not consider personal feelings. Occasionally this card can signify an actual death, though more often than not means a major change in life. Sometimes these changes can be delayed but not forever. An old worn part of yourself needs to be cast away and your life will still reflect this. The changes are usually large, or will affect a number of areas in your life. Allow yourself time to mourn what life you have lost to make way for what will come. Your new life will be starting sooner rather than later – enjoy these changes. If your loss is a relationship or friendship, remember that its ending because it has filled its purpose in your life. While it is sad that this chapter has ended, remember that a page is about to be turned and something new will arrive.

Reversed Meaning:

Reveals a time which you are resisting change. Your stubbornness is creating a stale environment around you, which drains your energy and slows you down. Life may feel life its lost its “sparkle”; you feel like your living in perpetual deja vu. Variety is the spine of life; trying to prevent it is just establishing a boring status quo. If there are other positive, energetic cards around it, Death reversed can mean that it is time to wait and see. Watch what’s going on and bide your time. Once you allow yourself to acknowledgement, that you are ready to move on, a new cycle will begin.

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The divine Hanged Man.

September 25, 2009 at 1:12 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , , , )

XII THE HANGED MANOn a divinatory level, Prometheus, the Hanged Man, augurs the need for a voluntary sacrifice for the purpose of acquiring something of greater value. This might be the sacrifice of an external thing which has previously provided security, in the hope that some potential can be given room to develop. Or it can be the sacrifice of a cherished attitude, such as intellectual superiority, or unforgiving hatred, or a stubborn pursuit of some unobtainable fantasy. Thus the Fool responds to the challenge of the turning of the Wheel with a willingness to put his trust in the unseen workings of the unconscious, and waits – often with fear and anxiety – in the hope of a new and better life.

Meaning:

A temporary pause in life. Go with the flow and accept changes as they occur. Cultivate patience. Perhaps you have to sacrifice something for something greater to be gained. Rarely, the Hanged Man can mean. Rarely, the Hanged Man can mean illness. You may feel you are walking a tight-rope for a while because events around you will make you feel very uncertain. This time can be frustrating or it can be used to gain greater contentment – the Hanged Man reminds us that our attitude influences every outcome. Logic and sense have flown out the window and you need more news and opinions before making any decisions. If you want to move forward in any area of your life, use this time to examine what you may need to sacrifice in order to go ahead. It is a time to shake u your beliefs, abandon your conventions and throw caution to the wind. What will happen next may surprise you. Appears during times when you have been forced to “sacrifice” as a result, lost something of value. Often, when we are mourning, we need time to grieve before we go on. This is not a time to make decisions – the best course of action is to welcome this rest and accept that waiting is necessary.

Reversed Meaning:

When reversed, it can indicate that you are caught up in material issues and can be too self-absorbed. It is always important to take care of yourself but you also need to see the world around you. Bad investments and financial losses can also affect you now. You are being reminded that you need to be conscious of your actions and the price that results from them.


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The divine Wheel of Fortune.

September 11, 2009 at 11:13 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , , )

wheel of fortuneOn a divinatory level, the Wheel of Fortune augurs a sudden change of fortune. This may be ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but whichever way the Wheel turns it brings growth and a new phase of life. We cannot predict what will come to meet us – or rather, what we will turn to meet. But behind these changes stand the Moirai, an image of the centre within. Thus the Fool is thrown from his complacency, and begins the decent to his own source.

Meaning:

A turn for the better, the end result of past actions and the workings of destiny, which no one can completely understand. An end to current problems and some marked strokes of luck. This tarot focuses on the question of destiny versus free will. It is belief that there is usually some element of choice in our lives but when the Wheel appears, it is a time where destiny appears, it is a time were destiny appears to play a role. Strange meetings, lucky breaks, chance meetings are all part of the Wheels influence. Using your natural abilities and skills to their fullest and the benefit of the Wheel can make anything happen. In this period of change, the only thing that is certain is that the winds of change are blowing. When the Wheel begins to turn again, you may find yourself living in a new city or country, with a different career or new lover! Run with it!

Reversed Meaning:

Reversed, this card seems to bring bad luck that you can’t quite shake yet! Don’t fear that this phase will last forever. Just like in every other area of life, there is a time and season for everything. Now is not the time to forge a head with new plans but to bide your time. We can accomplish more by working with the energies of the universe rather than against them. This is a time of unexpected problems, delays, and issues galore. Patience and timing will resolve most issues. You may find much of what seems like a disaster now, will be positive in the long term. Get prepared and when the Wheel turns, get moving! Bad luck and pleasant surprises. Remember that the Wheel will turn in your favor eventually.

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The divine Hermit.

September 7, 2009 at 12:13 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , )

Mystic_Tarot__IX_the_Hermit_by_KKLOn a divinatory level, the card of you, the Hermit, augurs a time of aloneness or withdrawal from the extroverted activities of life, so that the wisdom of patience may be acquired. There is opportunity to build solid foundations if one is wiling to wait. Thus the Fool at last arrives at maturity, having developed a mind and a heart, a firm sense of passage of the round of time.

Meaning:

This card may stand for condition, patience, old age and experience. A prudent attitude is advised, so sudden courses of action are considered unwise. Realization that there is always something new to learn. This is a warning against thoughtless actions. May be a time to withdraw from society, get rid of distractions and think. Time for decisions and a life review. peace and quiet, thought, will help you to understand what is most important to you right now. Sometimes the Hermit represents a wise teacher, able to help you find the direction you need. However, the card does not state ultimately you will find the answer alone, this teacher can assist you find it. Take your time at arriving at your decision.

Reversed Meaning:

In reverse this card portrays solitary confinement. You want and need people around you, but you are still very much alone. Often this need for company is to distract from internal issues. Part of growth and maturity is seeing yourself as you are now. If you receive some advice at this time, it will be foolish to ignore it. Examine your objections. It could be that your desire to ignore this suggestion comes more from stubbornness than anything else. It calls your attentions to distractions of every kind. There is nothing wrong with relaxing as long as your obligations are also being met.

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The Inner Hermit.

September 2, 2009 at 11:10 pm (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

BG_HermitOn an inner level Cronus, the Hermit, is an image of the last of the four Moral Lessons which the Fool must learn: the lesson of time and limitations of mortal life. Nothing is allowed to live beyond its span, and nothing remains unchanged; and this is a simple and obvious facet of life which despite its simplicity and obviousness is painful for us to learn and often only comes with age and hard experience. Cronus is a god who both embodies the meaning of time and also rebels against it. So he is humbled and overthrown, and learns wisdom in solitude and the discovery that one is ultimately alone and mortal are dilemmas which all human beings must face. Acceptance of this condition is also, in a mysterious way, a true inner separation from the parents and from childhood, because it means the sacrifice of the fantasy that someday, somewhere, someone will come and magically make it all better. ‘And then they lived happily ever after’ is a sentiment that cannot survive in Cronus’ world. Youth passes into maturity, and can never be regained in any concrete way; but memory and wisdom are distilled from the passage of time, and also the gift of patience.

The lesson of the Hermit is one which cannot be learned through struggle and conquest. Thus Cronus stands in counterpoint to Heracles, for struggle will not stop. Only acceptance of time yields the rewards of Cronus’ Golden Age. Through enforced limitation and through circumstances which only time, not battle, can release, the Fool develops the reflective, introverted, solitary stance of Cronus the Hermit. Thus Cronus is in some ways an image of humility, which often begins with humiliation in the face of that which we cannot change, but which can result in a quality of stillness and serenity without which we cannot endure the obstacles and disappointments which life sometimes brings. However clever the intellect, however warm the heart, however strong the sense of identity, the vicissitudes of life would shatter us if we were unable to find somewhere within the patience and prudence of the Hermit, who teaches us how to endure and wait in silence. The negative face of Cronus is calcification, a stubborn resistance to chance and the passage of time. But the creative face of this ambivalent god is the shrewdness to change what we can, to accept what we cannot, and to wait in silence until we can tell the difference.

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Cronos the Hermit.

August 30, 2009 at 12:19 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , , )

the hermitHere we meet the ancient god Cronus, whose name means Time. In myth, Uranus (Heaven) and Gaea (Earth) mated and produced the first race, the Titans or earth-gods, of whom Cronus was the youngest. But Uranus regarded his progeny with horror, for they were ugly and imperfect and made of flesh. Thus he shut the Titans up in the depths of the underworld so that they might not offend his eyes. But Gaea grew angry and meditated a terrible vengeance upon her husband. From her her bosom she brought forth flint, fashioned a sharp scythe, and gave it to the astute Cronus, her last-born. When evening fell Uranus came as usual to rejoin his wife. While he unsuspectingly slept, Cronus, who with his mother’s aid lay hiding, armed himself with the scythe, castrated his father, and cast the bleeding genitals into the sea.

Cronus then liberated his brothers and became sovereign of the earth. Under his long, patient reign the work of creation was completed. This time on earth became known as the Golden Age, because of the abundance over which Cronus presided. As god of time he ruled over the orderly passage of the seasons, birth and growth followed by death and gestation and rebirth, and was worshiped both as a grim reaper who set the boundaries past which man and nature could not go, and as a god of fertility. But Cronus could not himself accept the cyclical laws which he had inaugurated, for when it was prophesied that one day his own son would overthrow him as he had his father, he swallowed his children as they were born so that he could preserve his rule unchanged. Thus follows the story of Zeus, the youngest of Cronus’ children, whom we met in the card of the Emperor and who in myth overthrew Cronus and ushered the reign of the Olympian gods. Cronus was banished, some say to the depths of the underworld, but others say to the Blessed Isles where he sleeps awaiting the beginning of a new Golden Age.

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The divine Strength.

August 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm (Tarot) (, , , , , , , , , )

tarot_strengthOn a divinatory level, the card of Strength, when it appears in a spread, implies a situation where a collision with the lion within is inevitable, and where a creative handling of one’s own rage and inevitable, and where a creative handling of one’s own rage and senseless pride is desirable. Courage, strength and self-discipline are necessary to battle with the situation. Through such an experience we can come in contact with the beast, but also with that part of us which his Heracles, the hero who can subdue it. Thus the Fool, having developed the faculties of mind and feeling, now learns to deal with his own ferocious egotism, emerging from this contest with trust in himself and integrity toward others.

Meaning:

When Strength appears as a person it represents someone who can gain trust and respect through their generous and open heart. Their love and kindness has overcome many obstacles and made friends from opponents. Love and faith are grounding influences and provide strength to triumph in all situations. Stand up for the underdog and fight a noble fight. Injustice and meanness can be overcome and a new path of positivity created with strength appears. Strength uses love and trust to overpower negativity and remove obstacles. With Strength, you are reminded to assess your relationships and learn to forgive past problems. It is possible to continue moving forward but only if both sides are willing to turn over a new leaf. With Strength, relationships with animals are important and play a healing role in your life. You may have to build a relationship with a troubled animal or spend time training that leads to a deeper bond. Just like the picture in the card portrays co-operation between man and beast can lead too loving relationship.

Reversed Meaning:

The faith and love that made you believe anything was possible has vanished, you are left with fear and doubts. Without rediscovering your courage, you have a hard time moving forward and reaching for success. In some cases, this card can represent someone who has given up, on themselves and life’s opportunities. It is important to realize that the only thing standing in the way of change and transformation is fear and the doubt it creates. Sometimes it is possible to fake it – go along like everyone else and act as though everything will be OK, even when you fear it won’t work. Attempting to change in spite of your fears may release some of your doubts. Remember that the fears, like shadows can evaporate with the light of day.

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The divine Temperance.

August 20, 2009 at 3:28 am (Tarot) (, , , , , , , )

Iris_GoddessOn a divinatory level, the appearance of Temperance in a spread implies the need for a flow of feeling in relationship. Iris, guardian of the rainbow, suggests the potential for harmony and cooperation resulting in a good relationship or a happy marriage. We are challenged with the issue of learning to develop a balanced heart, while also being gently reminded that the Fool cannot remain forever even with the beautiful Iris, and must pass on the next Moral Lesson.

Meaning:

Careful control of volatile factors resulting in a successful conclusion. A harmonious partnership, peace restored after a troubled time. Self-control and adaptability. The power of imagination, being such that wishes can be fulfilled. The meaning of the Temperance is strongly connected to balance and harmony. When it appears, it is a time where you are able to see both sides of an issue, reach agreements, and use your control to master whatever comes your way. Disputes will be resolved, relationships renewed and problems sorted to everyone’s benefit. When the Temperance appears, relationships are healed and new ideas spring forward. A period of calm and peace peace, Temperance gives you a break to fix any lingering problems and enjoy their resolution.

Reversed Meaning:

Arguments and misunderstandings. It doesn’t seem to matter what you try, life is out of balance and harmony is absent. With Temperance reversed, it may seem like there is not enough time to get things done. Sometimes it can show you that spreading yourself too thin is dividing your energy and stopping you from accomplishing things. Emotions run high and at work or home, you feel unnecessary competition spurring you on.

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