The Minor Arcana of the tarot is divided into four suits, much like a deck of playing cards.
The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. They are usually associated with elements, fire, water, air, and earth respectively, although some decks do reverse Wands and Air. Each suit contains the Ace - 10, Page, Knight, Queen, and King.
Each suit focuses on specific areas of life or human experience.
Wands are associated with fiery passion, will, determination, career, and projects. It is an active energy, fast-moving and hard to contain. If not handled properly, it can burn wildly out of control. At its best, it is inspiring and uplifting and fuels our efforts and
It seems like many times when I personally meet some people, get friendly, and spend some time with them, at least one of them gets into this conversation with me:
Let's do some magick!
"Great," I say! "I'd love to do magick with you. What shall we do the magick for?"
And a few times this brief conversation has resulted in that person not wanting to talk with me any more.
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Once, while I participating on a very active online forum, a young man—a self-professed practitioner of Chaos Magick—proudly explained, "The really great thing about chaos magick is that it doesn't matter if you get your goal. All that matters is that you do it."
"If it doesn't matter
About a month ago, I wrote about reading the numbers present in a spread to gain information about the situation or question before beginning to interpret individual cards. You can find that post HERE.
In addition to gathering information from the numbers, I also scan the elements present to help form my initial outline for the message in the cards.
There are different meanings and associations for the suits, depending on who you ask and what system they use. Below, I'll give mine. Because I associate very naturally and easily with the elements, I rely on those associations quite heavily.
Elemental Association: Spirit. Many readers assign each card in the Major
The recent Memorial Day weekend got me thinking about the pentagram. Why? Well, read on...
For as long as I can remember, my teachers (and innumerable books) have claimed that the "upright" pentagram is a positive and spiritual image. It's upright. What could be more positive than upright?
It's used as a symbol for Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. It's used for protection as in the famous Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram as well as in other rituals.
It is said that the five points of the pentagram represent the five elements: Fire at the lower right, Earth at the lower left, Water at the upper right, Air at the upper left, and Spirit at the top. What a great symbol this