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V, The Hierophant

The fives in tarot, including the Hierophant, are about changes or disruptions. Many don’t see this in the Hierophant and consequently, it is a very misunderstood card. We see a priest or pope teaching acolytes. We assume that he is controlling them, telling them what to do, in the same way that we assume the […]

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 […]

IV, The Emperor

After the abundance and creation of the Empress and the Threes, The Emperor and the Fours come into the picture to help organize and stabilize everything. Fours represent structure and stability. And, interestingly, out of all the Majors we’ve looked at so far, the Emperor is the first one whose modern interpretation really stays true […]

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 […]