Category Archives: Tarot

Temperance

An androgynous winged figure dominates the card, dressed in an ankle-length robe with the sleeves partially pushed back. Ke holds two chalices before kir, and is in the process of pouring a fluid from kir left hand into the lower held chalice in kir right hand. A body of water is before the figure, and land behind. The figure stands so kir left foot is balanced upon ground and kir right foot is half submerged. A triangle bounded by a square is fixed on the figure’s chest. A circle with a dot within, symbol of the sun, is fixed on the figure’s forehead. There is the imitation of glory around the figure’s head. Large wings emerge from the figure’s back, obscuring the featureless sky. To the viewer’s right are tall grasses and flowers. To the viewer’s left is a path leading away from the water, up to a mountain ridge. Above where the path disappears into the horizon is the imitation of a flash of light, outlining the shape of a crown. Continue reading Temperance

The Wheel of Fortune

In the center of the card is a circle with various symbols inscribed within. Among these are Hebrew letters and English letters alternating. The English letters spell out “TARO” when reading from the top of the circle going clockwise. Mounted atop the circle is a sphinx with an Egyptian headdress and bearing a sword. On the viewer’s lower right is a male humanoid figure with an elongated face and horns or long erect ears. On the left side is a very long snake appearing in the process of side-winding down the card. This central scene is surrounded by clouds. In each corner of the card, appearing to be resting on the clouds, are four winged figures bearing books. On the viewer’s upper left is a humanoid figure. On the upper right is an eagle. On the lower left is an ox. And on the lower right is a lion. Continue reading The Wheel of Fortune

5 of Wands

Five youths stand on a hard trodden field. They each hold budding poles that are almost too thick to be held in one hand and are so long as to be unsuitable for close combat. Yet they are almost on top of each other in strife, play, or both. The cloudless sky frames them above and the featureless ground holds them below. There is a sense that this is a game that has gotten far out of hand, and there is no play left in the players. Continue reading 5 of Wands

30 Days of Tarot: Day Fifteen

30 Days of Tarot — Day 15: How much emphasis do you put on the text-book meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism/etc. (aka reading intuitively)? Do you do both, or one or the other?

When I first started taking tarot seriously, I thought the textbook meanings were immutable and without error. After all, tarot as cartomancy has been around a few hundred years. Surely what was frivolous, errant, and contrary has been beaten out of it by now. Right? Continue reading 30 Days of Tarot: Day Fifteen

What Does The Deck Say? May 29 2014

The Sweeney Tarot was designed to read with reversals. Having the expected 78 cards, one could use any system of meanings with it. However Lee Bradford has put deep thought into the the meanings of the Sweeney Tarot, making sure it is approachable by all and without occult or religious concerns that would restrict its audience or use.

Today’s cards: The Star rv, Wheel of Fortune, & Page of Swords rv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 29 2014