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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. […]

Justice

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 […]

The Eights

The 8 of Wands is, in almost every deck, a very simple image and a fairly clear message: events have been set in motion and will resolve speedily. While I can spin this to create a more mystical or more “important” meaning, in truth, when it shows up in a reading, I read it simply […]

The Sevens

In this series, we’ve been looking at numerological meanings and how they play out with the various suits. It is fun to do, but in my opinion, it falls apart about now. I can never determine on a keyword that relates to the energy of the seven that also relates in some way to each […]

The Fives

I cannot believe that I forgot to add the Fives after The Hierophant. I suppose the draw of Valentine’s Day was so strong, I just skipped over the troublesome Fives and went right for the Lovers. Quite understandable, don’t you think? So, now we consider the fives, representing change and instability and generally thought of […]

VI, The Lovers

How very lucky that our peek at the Lovers comes on Valentine’s Day? Traditionally, this card was called The Lover and showed a young man who looked as if he were choosing between two women…young and pretty or not-so-pretty but more well-to-do. Although now we call it the Lovers and speak of relationships, with others […]