Category Archives: Tarot

What Does The Deck Say? June 12 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: 5 of Swordsrv, 6 of Wands, & 7 of Wands. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 12 2014

Judgement

The top half of this card is overwhelmed by a winged angelic figure emerging from and through knots of clouds. The figure’s hair appears to be flame. The figure is seen from the chest up, and kir great wings are seen only to the wrist joint. The figure is looking down at the ground and holds a long straight horn to kir lips. The bell of the horn is pointed down, and a square flag is mounted upon it. The flag bears a white field with a cross touching all four sides. Lines indicate the horn is being sounded. Over the ground are what appears to be coffins. The tops have been removed from them, and their inhabitants are standing and looking up at the angelic figure with their arms outstreched in wonder. In the foreground, from left to right, stands a man, a child, and a woman. All naked, but having no concern for being so. In the enad background are more open coffins and their inhabitants also standing. In the far distance are scattered trees, and beyond them a tall impenetrable mountain range. Continue reading Judgement

What Does The Deck Say? June 11 2014

The Legacy of the Divine’s meanings read like a reconciliation between Waite and Crowley. While purists of either system will be howling at the mingling of meanings and symbolism, the deck stands for itself and Leisa ReFalo’s meanings have proven themselves over the years.

Today’s cards: 3 of Cups, 10 of Coinsrv, & Knight of Coinsrv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 11 2014

The Devil

Unlike most of the other cards in the Rider Waite Smith deck, the Devil has a black background and is completely devoid of any indications of a sky or distant horizon. Crouched on a short black simple pedestal is a great and dominating figure of Baphomet (not Satan) facing the viewer. The feet are sharp talons that grip the pedestal securely. The bent legs are covered in hair that is thicker and longer as they ascend. The figure wears no clothing, however the great mass of hair about the waist protects kir modesty. Unlike most depictions of Baphomet, this figure does not have pendulous breasts. Ke holds in kir left hand a lit torch, but is holding the torch down towards the ground. Kir right arm is bent up at the elbow, with the hand holding a gesture towards the viewer. Baphomet’s wings are outstretched and can only be partially seen in the image. Bearing goat horns and goat ears, kir face is more human than goat and stares frowning at the viewer. An inverted pentagram is mounted between the horns. At the ground beside the pedestal are two humanoid figures chained to a great ring on the pedestal. On the viewer’s left is a naked female figure, with horns and a tail that ends in the ivy and fruit of a grape vine. She stands matter of factly. On the viewer’s right is a naked male figure. Also with horns and a tail, but his ends in a lick of flame. He appears to be ending some discussion with the woman. It is important to note that the chains about their necks are not fastened or locked. The loops are large enough that the figures could release themselves from bondage at any time.
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Death

A black armored figure sits astride a white horse caught in midstep. The visor is lifted, revealing a skull where the wearer’s face should be. The figure has no gauntlets, and skeletal hands are seen gripping the reins and the pole of a standard. The reins of the horse are decorated with alternating skulls and crossbones. The standard is a stylized white rose on a black field. Underneath the horse, already trampled, is a king lying face up. His crown is off his head, mired upside down in the dirt. Next to be struck by the horse’s lifted hoof is a small kneeling child that faces the horse innocently. Holding the child’s hand is a young woman, crowned with flowers. She is in the process of fainting. Standing beside her is a bishop in full regalia, his hands clasped before him. It is unclear if he is accepting of Death’s approach or attempting to rebuke the mounted figure. In the near distance is dimly seen a river with a ship in full sail moving along it. Beyond the horse’s head, in the far background, can be seen the towers of the Moon card. The sun is between the towers on the horizon and through its shine can be seen something like mountains or a distant city. Continue reading Death

What Does The Deck Say? June 09 2014

The Fey Tarot is the work of Mara Aghem and Riccardo Minetti. While the card names mostly track conventional tarot naming, the scenes differ from Pamela Coleman Smith’s renditions. Not all minors display the full pip count of their number. Rather, the scenes are meant to evoke the intuition of the reader rather than depend on long lists of regurgitated meanings.

Today’s cards: Judgement, Knave of Wands, & The Wisest [V].
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