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    Death (13) “Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death.” ~Ayn Rand Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts an apocalyptic skeleton wearing armor on horseback and carrying a banner emblazoned with a symbolic flower. Four figures appear before him: a Bishop, child, woman, and a fallen King.  In the distance, the sun can be seen setting between two pillars on a hill. Embedded in the side of the hill is the entrance to a dark and mysterious cave. In the background, a river lazily flows nearby. Symbols: Banner Showing a Flower with Five Petals: Life Force Skeleton Riding A Horse: The Apocalyptic version of Death Sunset: The end of…

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    Judgment (20) “Their errors have been weighed and found to have been dust in the balance; if their sins were as scarlet, they are now white as snow: they have been washed in the blood of the mediator and redeemer, Time.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a nude man, woman, child, and other individuals in the distance rising from coffins that are floating on the sea. Their arms are outstretched toward an angel hovering above them. The angel is blowing a trumpet that holds a banner bearing the symbol of an equal sided cross.  In the background snow covered mountains rise to the sky. Symbols: Coffins:…

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    The Hanged Man (12) “The art of letting things happen, action through non-action, letting go of oneself, as taught by Meister Eckhart, became for me the key opening the door to the way.”  ~Carl Gustav Jung Image Description: The Rider-Waite deck depicts a man hanging upside down from a tree. His free leg is bent to form a cross and his arms are folded behind him to form a triangle. He is wearing a simple tunic. A bright halo of light radiates around his head, and his expression is calm and serene. The tree, shaped in the form of a ‘T’, is alive with leaves. Symbols: Cross and Triangle (formed…

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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…

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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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    CARING FOR YOUR CARDS Cleansing New decks should be cleansed before use. Many Tarot readers cleanse their cards regularly with sunlight, moonlight, or crystals. Placing your deck in the light of the full moon or bright sunlight once a month is said to cleanse the cards of any negative energies. Placing one or more crystals with your deck can accomplish the same purpose. Just don’t forget to cleanse the crystals periodically. Another method for cleaning your cards is to meditate upon the deck and envision positive energy surrounding the cards in the form of a purifying white light. Imagine the light’s radiant luminosity cleansing your cards of any negative or…