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Waking to the Significance of Your Dreams

I am a dreamer. I love the bizarre nature of dreams, the symbolism, heightened and revealing emotion, and sudden realizations that can all come from drifting off to sleep. I can recall at the age of 4 waking in a panic from a dream where I was caught in the wind from holding an umbrella. […]

Tarot Tips #1

You know how each tarot card has so many different meanings? How do you choose which one to use? Wald and Ruth Ann Amberstone answer this question in their wonderful little book Tarot Tips (which happens to be on sale right now).   The Amberstones address the question “Surely the cards have either this meaning […]

Death Revisited

Apparently I did not do my job as communicator when I wrote about the Death card last month. The post is HERE. In reading through the comments, I thought that if one person who posted misunderstood me, then others who did not post might have misunderstood as well. So, I’ll try again. But first, a […]

Signs of Spring

Today most of the snow is gone, although there are still piles here and there. The small lake near my house is still frozen over. This image is from the forthcoming Gaian Tarot (available Fall 2011). Here in the Midwest, we eagerly look for robins at the end of winter. They are a harbinger of […]

The Hanged Man

This card has changed a lot throughout history. It originally meant a traitor; someone who had betrayed someone or something. Later, it meant sacrifice, and some still read it as that. But more commonly, now, people read it as being in a kind of comfortable limbo waiting for a revelation or realization of some sort. […]


The Justice card was, and sometimes still is, numbered as 8. Here, it is number 11. I prefer 11, probably because it is the way I originally learned it and because years ago I read 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack. She made an argument for Justice being 11, for it being the dead […]

The Tens

Here we have another instance where the we can look at the active suits together and the passive suits together. As the elements near the end of their cycles, as they do in the 10s, each element responds differently. The active elements become heavy and discontent. The Wands becomes unbearably burdensome. The Swords turn on […]

The Wheel

This is one of the “cards of change” in the tarot. Life is a cycle and within all our lives there are many cycles all happening simultaneously. When the Wheel comes up, it indicates natural change. Whatever is going on is about to give way to what would logically follow. Whether you think this is […]

The Nines

This version of the Nine of Wands is so poignant. There is one last battle to face. The man is likely exhausted, battered (at least he appears so in other images). He cannot count on his physical strength and so he turns to his deity, the one who feeds his passion, his soul. On this […]

The Hermit

The Hermit card should be fairly easy to interpret. Yet I am surprised by how many people say that the Hermit is, among other things, a teacher. He really isn’t. He may teach by example simply by living his life, but the role of teacher is that of the Hierophant. But these days people would rather […]