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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The Magician & The Chariot     I’m in a Major Arcana kind of mood again, so let’s compare two Major Arcana cards: The Magician and The Chariot. First, let’s review some terms. If you’ve read my column before, you can skip the next paragraph. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of a person, an object, or a…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The High Priestess and The Hierophant     This month, we will stay within the Major Arcana and discuss a pairing that I briefly mentioned last month: The High Priestess and The Hierophant. First, let’s review some terms. If you’ve read my column before, you can skip the next paragraph. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of a…

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    Tarot Talk 2nd Edition

    Comparing 2’s & The Hanging Man     Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One way to achieve a deeper understanding of a card is to compare it to another card. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 2 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, The Hanged Man. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing 3s and the Tower     Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One way to achieve a deeper understanding of a card is to compare it to another card. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 3 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, The Tower. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these two cards…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The Fool and The Wheel     I’m in a Major Arcana kind of mood, so let’s compare two Major Arcana cards: The Fool and The Wheel, also known as The Wheel of Fortune. First, let’s review some terms. If you’ve read my column before, you can skip the next paragraph. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of…

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    Tarot Review – The Shadowland Tarot

    Tarot Review The Shadowland Tarot 208 Pages     The Shadowland Tarot, published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit, of Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310, is created entirely by Monica Bodirsky, a talented and prolific artist, author, educator, rootworking witch, and professional Tarot reader. This is not Bodinsky’s first deck; she is the author of the Lucky Lenormand Oracle and the House of Shadows Lenormand Oracle. I am thrilled to be reviewing this beautiful and powerful deck.     The Shadowlands Tarot comes in a sturdy 9” by 6” box with a matt color finish. The front of the box has a card image and the…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing 6s & Judgement   (image: The Rider-Waite tarot deck)   Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. Beginning last month, we started using a new method to understand the cards: comparison. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 6 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, Judgement. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these two cards…

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    Learning Lenormand

    Where Is My Rug?   When I started learning the Tarot – wow, over thirty years ago! – I used to “throw” the cards nearly every day because my life was so filled with drama that I had to know what was going to happen – or could happen – and the context of all this melodrama and operatic emotion! But nowadays, my life is much more serene – you could call it boring. One day is much like the next and I’m quite content like that. I recently moved into a new apartment and had to order new rugs for the entire place, since it has hardwood floors. The…

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    Tarot Talk

    Eight of Swords   (The Eight of Swords card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   By my calculations, this is the 78th card that we are discussing, which means after this month we have made it all the way through the entire Tarot deck! Congratulations, all of you who have stayed with me through this journey. This month we are going to talk about our final card, the Eight of Swords. As always, here is a bit of basic foundational information about the Eights of the Tarot Minor Arcana, and in particular our Eight of Swords. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards,…

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    Tarot Talk

    Page of Wands   (The Page of Wands card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   We are almost to the end of the deck! Let’s continue our work with the Tarot “Royals” by examining the Page of Wands. As always, we will begin by reviewing some basic information. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards that are customarily grouped into four categories or suits that represent the four elements dealing…