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    The Magician (1) “Action is the product of the qualities inherent in Nature.” ~Bhagavad Gita Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a magus dressed in flowing robes. Belted around his waist is a serpent swallowing its own tail; floating above his head is the symbol of infinity. On a table before him lie the tools of his trade — a chalice, pentacle, staff, and sword (the four suits of the Tarot). One arm is lifted to the heavens and the other is lowered, finger pointing toward the earth.  In his raised hand he holds a wand. Symbols: One Arm Raised & One Arm Lowered : Drawing energy into yourself and…

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    The Fool (0) “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” ~Chinese Proverb Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck portrays a young traveler dressed in colorful motley clothes. Tied to his staff is a nap-sack; in his free hand is a single rose. The sun, in all its glory, shines behind him, and a small, lively dog follows his heels. Walking toward the edge of an impending cliff, the Fool seems blissfully unaware of the fall awaiting him. Symbols: Young Person (Youth): Naivety, innocence Single White Rose: Purity, nonsexual love Sunrise: New beginnings Staff: Active creativity Cliff: ‘The Fall’ into worldly experience Hills/Mountains: Struggles, adversity Motley Dress: Foolishness,…

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    INTERPRETING THE CARDS The Tarot’s meanings can be personal and subjective to each of us in accordance with our unique experiences and views of the world. For this reason there are no immutable or absolute definitions that can be applied to the cards. The cards mean what our intuition and experience tell us they mean, and this can differ from person to person. As you study the cards do not be afraid to allow your inner voice to suggest nuances of meaning. When examining the Tarot, you’ll notice that the titles, illustrations, and symbols of certain cards seem to openly convey their meaning, while the informative clues for other cards…

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    The World (21) “Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.”  ~Dr. Viktor E(mil) Frankl Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a nude woman dancing in mid air between an oval wreath of laurels. A long, loose sash is flowing around her body, and she holds a double ended wand in each hand. The four corners outside the wreath are each adorned by a creature: bull, lion, eagle and angel/man. Symbols: Laurels: Victory, attainment of…

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    The Sun (19) “Enlightenment is not imagining figures of light but making the darkness conscious.” ~Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a nude child, both arms outstretched wide, riding a pony/horse beneath the rays of a glowing sun. In his left hand he carries a flowing banner. Behind him a row of sunflowers grow tall and bountiful along a stone wall. Symbols: Horse: Solar energy controlled without bridle or saddle Nude Child: Nothing hidden; open, honest, and realistic attitude Red Banner: Action and vibration Sun: Warmth and light Four Sunflowers: Sacred to the sun, the four elements, the growing soul Wall: Beyond limitations Key Words: Enlightenment, Glory,…

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    The Moon (18) “Do not fear to step into the unknown for where there is risk, there is also reward.” ~Lori Hard Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a great moon, showing its three phases as one, hovering in the sky flanked by two sturdy towers. Two bodies of clear water, a pool and the ocean, are separated by land. Leading from the water a path winds in the distance between the two towers.  In the foreground a dog and wolf howl at the moon, while a lobster in the pool behind them crawls toward the bank. Symbols: Crayfish: The unconscious, primordial and primitive Dog: Domesticated and tamed side of…

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    The Star (17) “Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.” ~ L. J. Suenens Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a nude woman kneeling near a pond with one foot submerged in the water. She is pouring crystal clear water from two jugs into the pond and onto the ground. In a cloudless sky a grouping of stars shine above her, bathing the countryside in light. Flowers grow on the bank, and an Ibis is perched in the branches of a nearby tree. Symbols: Star: Hope, wish fulfillment, guiding light Seven Stars: Seven main chakras, seven ancient planets Five Rivulets of Water: The five…

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    The Tower (16) “In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.” ~Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a tower high on a rocky outcropping being destroyed by a powerful bolt of lightening. The force of the impact hurls two occupants from the building to the jagged rocks below. Fire burns the tower from the inside, causing flames to spew forth from the roof and windows. The skies are dark and turbulent. Symbols: Lightening: Inspiration and great power, sudden realization, Divine fire that destroys evil and purifies good Crown: Mastery and attainment; the destruction of ego, false wisdom, and false power People Falling:…

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    The Devil (15) “Abstainer. A weak man who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.” ~Ambrose Gwinett Bierce Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a horned devil perched upon a black pedestal, holding an inverted torch. His face and head is goat-like in appearance. His has the wings of a bat and the feet/legs of a bird. An inverted pentagram appears near his forehead. A nude male and female figure, each displaying a tail, are chained beside him. The man’s tail ends in flames. The woman’s tail is tipped with grapes. Symbols: Bat Wings, Goat Legs, Horns, Bird Feet: Animalistic instinctive nature Chains: Self imposed servitude, bondage and…

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    Temperance (14) “One foot in sea and one on shore: to one thing constant never.” ~Shakespeare Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts an angel wearing a symbol of the sun upon his forehead and a boxed triangle on his chest. He stands beside a stream with one foot on the earth and the other foot in the water. Irises grow on the banks beside him, and a path leading behind him shows a brilliant source of light hovering between two mountains. Holding two chalices, the angel mixes their contents together. Symbols: Cups: Past, present, and future flowing together Upright Triangle: Spirit One Foot in Water, One Foot on Land: Polar…