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The Fours

In tarot, we often see the numbers as representing specific energy. As we mentioned in the Emperor, fours represent stability, or taken to a negative extreme, stagnation. Each of the suits in tarot also represents a specific energy. The Wands and Swords are active energy while the Cups and Pentacles are passive energy. It is […]

The Threes

Just as the Empress is a symbol of rich abundance, so the threes all have the feeling of culmination and saturation about them. In the 3 of Wands, you can often feel the strength of will drawing the desired event towards the character in the card. Whatever has been determined is just about to burst forth […]

III, The Empress

Although this card is called the Empress, we interpret it more as a Great Mother or Mother Nature rather than any sort of political ruler. There is little about this card that brings to mind human laws or social rules. Instead, this is a card of lush richness. Abundance. The glories of nature. These things […]

The Twos

The High Priestess is usually shown sitting between two pillars, in a portal between worlds. If you internalize her wisdom, you move from one world into another. On a more mundane level, so it is with the Twos. They show a time of balance or limbo, before a choice is made (or in the case […]

II, The High Priestess

Today we call her the High Priestess, and she is one of the most favored cards amongst tarot readers. The High Priestess represents what we often call “other ways of knowing.” That is, she employs methods that are not logical or rational. Instead, she is a practitioner of the intuitive and psychic arts. While the […]

The Aces

We have, in a sense, already met the four Aces in the Magician card. They are the tools that he uses to manifest his will in the world. Aces really are amazing. They are like seeds, and like all seeds they are more than just potential. They actually hold within them all that is possible […]

I, The Magician

In the beginning of tarot’s existence, the Magician’s role was primarily that of a stage magician or even juggler. This, by extension, was interpreted as a con man or someone who tries to trick you. Like the Fool, the Magician was not the noble or admirable character it is today. This card was a warning […]

0, The Fool

The beginning of a new year always makes me think about, well, new beginnings. And what says “beginning” more than the Fool? So, what we’re going to do is start this fresh, shiny new year by looking at the Fool. Then we’ll look at the other Majors in order, along with their corresponding Minors. That […]

The Legacy of the Divine Tarot

This month, November, is all about the art. And at this poignant and somewhat bittersweet time of year, we’ll look at some of the more poignant and bittersweet cards. Often when writing about decks, especially for marketing purposes or packaging, we focus on more positive cards, for obvious reasons. But here, among friends and tarot […]

Treasure Hunting

The Ace of Pentacles is one of my favorite cards. But this was not always the case. Pentacles in general have always been my suit of choice, but I never favored the Ace until I noticed that Arthur Waite tells us that this card is “the most favorable of all cards.” Usually I don’t pay […]