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    The Wheel of Fortune (10) “Round and round and round she goes, and where she stops, nobody knows.”  ~Anonymous Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a large wheel moving in a clockwise direction with creatures hovering about on a blanket of billowing clouds. Each creature holds an open book. Along the rim of the wheel are the Hebrew letters ’T’, ’A’, ’R’, and ’O’, and within the center of the wheel are alchemical symbols. A sphinx is perched on top of the wheel, cradling a sword. Symbols: Wheel: Change and cycles of life, birth-death-rebirth, cycle of the Zodiac, workings of Fate T,A,R,O: The nature of the Tarot –‘Tora’ (teaching), ‘Rota’…

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    The Hermit (9) “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ~ Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays an old, bearded man dressed in dreary robes, standing on a desolate peak high in the mountains. His head is bowed and his expression speaks of wisdom and serenity. In his right hand he holds a raised lantern high in the air, casting its illuminating light into the darkness below him. Within the lantern is a brilliant six-pointed star. Symbols: Long, White Beard: Age, wisdom Lantern: To guide those below; “inner light” shared openly with…

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    The Hermit (9) “Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”  ~ Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays an old, bearded man dressed in dreary robes, standing on a desolate peak high in the mountains. His head is bowed and his expression speaks of wisdom and serenity. In his right hand he holds a raised lantern high in the air, casting its illuminating light into the darkness below him. Within the lantern is a brilliant six-pointed star. Symbols: Long, White Beard: Age, wisdom Lantern: To guide those below; “inner light” shared openly with…

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    Strength (8) “To bend like a reed in the wind — that is real strength.”  ~Lao-tzu Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a serene woman gently closing/opening a lion’s mouth. Her robes are accessorized with flowers, and a blossoming wreath adorns her head. Like the Magician, the infinity symbol is shown hovering above her.  The lion appears calm and subdued. With his tail tucked behind him, he patiently accepts her tender care. Symbols: Lion: Animal instinct within us all, forces or influences that could be potentially harmful Lemniscate (infinity symbol): Infinity, endless possibility Woman: Femininity Flowers: Beauty, grace, and kindness White Dress: Purity Key Words: Strength, Patience, Compassion, Soft Control,…

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    The Chariot (7) “Self-discipline is crucial to a simpler, more contented life.”  ~Tenzin Gyatso Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a man in a decorated chariot being drawn by majestic black and white sphinxes. In his right hand he holds a wand. His body is covered in protective armor, and his chariot is graced with a prominent winged shield of symbolic design. Behind him the motifs of a medieval city rise in the distance. Symbols: Armor: Readiness and preparation Chariot: Movement Sphinxes: Triumph of the mind Wand: Inspiration and action Black & White: Positive and negative energies Wheels: Cycles, motion Key Words: Triumph, Ambition, Assertiveness, Firm Control, Motivation Fool’s Journey:…

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    The Lovers (6) “This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is sort of a Divine accident.” ~ Horace Walpole Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a man and woman standing nude beneath a great winged figure hovering above them. Behind the man is the Tree of Life bearing twelve leaves. Behind the woman is the Tree of Knowledge, which enables one to distinguish between Good and Evil; the serpent is entwined around the tree’s trunk. Symbols: Man and Woman: Masculine and feminine, metaphor for opposites Nudity: Honesty, openness…

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    The Hierophant (5) “To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.”  ~Brian Tracy Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a spiritual leader, seated on a throne residing between two stone pillars, imparting his blessing upon two acolytes. At his feet are two crossed keys. A three-layered gold crown rests upon his head, and the decorative trim of his robes bears the markings of three vertical crosses. In one hand he holds a scepter crowned with a triple cross. Symbols: Keys: Knowledge, wisdom, spiritual realm, inner sanctum of the world’s…

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    The Emperor (4) “No one can give you authority. But if you act like you have it, others will believe you do.”  ~Karin Ireland Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a crowned ruler seated on a raised throne decorated with ram heads; his robes also bear the same ram insignia. Beneath the flowing fabric hints of protective armor can be seen. In his right hand he holds a globe and in his left hand a scepter.  Behind his throne barren mountains stretch forth in the distance. Symbols: Scepter: Sovereignty Ram’s Heads (Zodiac sign for Aries): Ambition and career prospects Globe: Rulership Solid Platform: Foundation, solidity Armor: Readiness, preparation Beard: Masculinity,…

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    The Empress (3) “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” ~ William Wordsworth Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a woman seated on luxurious cushions. Her gown is decorated with pomegranates. A crown of stars rests upon her head, and she holds a scepter in her hand. The landscape around her is lush and fertile; a river flows nearby, while growing wheat ripens at her feet. A heart-shaped seal bearing a female symbol resides next to her seat. Symbols: Scepter: Sovereignty Pomegranates: Fertility Cushions: Appreciation of luxury Female Symbol: Femininity, female sexuality Heart-Shaped Shield: Universal love River: Flow of life Key Words: Mothering, Fruitfulness, Abundance, Senses, Nature Fool’s…

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    The High Priestess (2) “To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is the real wisdom.” ~Confucius Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a High Priestess seated on a throne between two pillars, which displays the letters ‘B’ and ‘J’. The crown of Isis rests upon her head, and the waxing crescent moon lies beneath her feet. The symbol of an equal sided cross is displayed on her robes.  In her arms is a scroll containing the word ‘Tora’. Symbols: Crown of Isis: Knowledge, understanding Pillars: Balance Letters B and J: (Hebrew symbols for the entrance to the temple of Solomon) Holy place Waxing…