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Card 1: The Present And Current Situation: The Chariot Card – The Chariot card is connected to the zodiac sign of Cancer and the planet Moon. The Chariot card represents my zodiac sign, which is Cancer. If you look closer at the card you will see the Charioteer is wearing the Crescent Moons on his shoulders.
The Crescent Waxing and Waning Moon’s represent that I still carry my emotions around on my shoulders. The Cancer sign is secretly emotional and has a difficult time letting go of the past and stays stuck in nostalgia because of the connection to the Moon.
The Chariot’s purpose is to charge ahead and develop the courage within through inner discipline to control his or her emotions, and this is difficult job because the Moon rules the zodiac sign of Cancer.
Comment: Spirit is reminding me to stay in control of my emotions and the fluctuations I will go through because of the phases of the Moon.
Card 2: The Influence – The Helpful Or Challenging Energies: The Hanged Man – The Hanged Man is connected to the planet Neptune which is connected to the ocean tides and describes your creativity, sensitivity, boundaries, intuition, illusions and deceptions.
When the planet Neptune reaches out toward you, a watery influence of illusion draws you toward experience and change, a tide that will lead you to the unseen. This inexorable planet works with the strength of the ocean to force you to examine your boundaries and explore new ones. Neptune’s tides push and pull you into the flow of life, awakening you to experience the pleasures of life.
If you look closely at the card you will see the Hanged Man has one of his legs crossed which represents that he is at the cross roads in his life and going through self-sacrifice, a relinquishment because he is not ready to let go, so he stays in self-sacrifice and enters a period of stagnation where nothing is gained or lost.
The Hanged Man represents letting go and giving up. As painful as this may seem, it is necessary to overcome restrictions. The Hanged Man symbolizes such moments of suspension and requires some kind of sacrifice of a belief or perspective. We cannot gain by staying in the past. If we do not let go, we live in sacrifice.
For example, there is a passage, in the Bible about Lot’s wife: Lot’s wife was told not to look back, “Escape for thy life, look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain – escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.” Lot’s wife disobeyed God, turning back to watch Sodom burn, and for this she turned into a pillar of salt.
The main lesson of the Hanged Man is that we “control” by letting go, and we need to let go of the past without looking back. The planet Neptune wants you to examine your boundaries and explore new ones.
Comment: Spirit is reminding me not to hang on to the past because if I do I will become a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife.
Card 3: The Past – The Basis Of The Situation: The Empress – The Empress is connected to the zodiac sign of Taurus which represents a personality that can be stubborn and resists change. The challenges of the Taurus personality represent vanity, obsession with material possessions, one who is very dependent, insecure, or unreliable. Although the Empress is the provider of life, she is also the destroyer of life, because she may also engage in clandestine meetings that go undiscovered for years.
The Empress is also connected to the planet Venus which represents growth and the fertile mother of the earth. The planet Venus pertains to our possessions and our love for them, and also signifies pleasure shared with other people. Venus asks nothing more than to spread happiness and tenderness – all the while teaching us how to love and appreciate others and all that we possess.
The Empress stands for the giving of birth to life and embodies the bright, inner energies that allow its full cultivation. Some call her a garden in which our dearest wishes and desires are planted to be lovingly nourished by her. Either way, the Empress brings the good luck that accompanies growth.
The zodiac sign of Taurus and the planet of Venus further teach her love, attraction, giving, sharing, values, urges, beauty, merging and uniting. She represents growth, fertility, motherhood, and marriage.
Comment: Spirit is reminding me about the past, and that I chose the wrong person. Although the Empress is the provider of life, she or he is also the destroyer of life, because the Empress also engages in clandestine meetings that go undiscovered for years, and this happened to me in the past and ended my marriage.
Card 4: The Immediate Past – What Is Behind You: The Tower – The Tower is connected to the planet of Mars. Mars is about war, a war between the structures of lies and the lightning flash of truth.
The planet Mars represents important energy, since it determines how we pursue what we want to achieve in life. These flashpoints burn a path toward what is possible, if we follow them. Mars is like a volcano of vitality inside you that must be released and channeled, becoming illuminated when you fill up with desire and you are guided toward your destiny.
The Tower is connected to catastrophe, defeat, disgrace, deception, and accidents. If you look closely at the card, you will see the Tower was built on a rock formation so positioned as to make it higher than any other building, and this is because the Tower represents one’s ego.
Though rocky, the foundation of the Tower is not solid. The Tower has been struck by lightning, and the lightning is symbolic of a powerful force causing abrupt change beyond our control. The lightning lifts the gold crown from the top of the Tower, setting the Tower ablaze. When the lightning struck the Tower, it shattered all future hopes and dreams.
Lightning is a flash from Shiva, the “Supreme God of Hinduism” who is responsible for the death and destruction that leads to positive changes and the shedding of old habits. The Lightning is a powerful message of truth, demanding a reality check that comes from a higher source.
The Tower is not a welcome card because it calls for a destruction preceding a re-creation. An initial problem with the foundation never achieved correct resolution, and now a sudden catastrophe shatters one’s illusions and makes our Tower crumble.
The Tower is about sudden and unexpected shock – such as a severing of a friendship, a discovery that your partner is having an affair, the death of a loved one, divorce, bankruptcy, or another terrible catastrophe.
This card symbolizes troubled times, a complete and sudden change that makes you feel disconnected from your axis. The feeling of the Tower is the most uncomfortable and explosively transforming experience, a wake-up call that blind-sides you, shakes the living daylights out of you, and lets you know that you are alive.
The challenges with the Tower represent the planet of Mars which is the red planet of energy, passion, desire and determination. Mars is also the known as the “God of War” and represents the negative energy of ones ego, which will result in conflicts, destruction and sudden catastrophes.
Comment: Spirit is reminding me about the divorce that I went through in the past, and reminding me that the foundation was not right from the beginning. They warned me, but I did not listen.
Card 5: The Crowing Thoughts – Your Thoughts Regarding The Situation: The World – The World comes out in my thoughts and how interesting this card position ends up in my thoughts! Let me explain why! The World is connected to the planet Saturn and the zodiac sign of Capricorn. The planet Saturn is our teacher and represents restrictions, limitations, delays and authority figures.
Saturn’s purpose is to teach us mastery because we make lots of mistakes through trial and error. And yes, I have made a lot of mistakes! The guidance provided by Saturn is similar to a school that imposes rigid standards, systems and rules.
Saturn wants you to be your own boss (taskmaster) and not rely on others. While this may not guarantee success, you learn your hardest lessons and earn your biggest rewards when developing unshakable self-esteem through your own life experiences, and all the mistakes that you made! This planet teaches you that at your moment of surrender, a second wind will uplift you and enable you to be your own taskmaster.
The World reflects all the opportunities we needed to learn to find self-completion. The opportunities we went through are symbolized by the four elements of the zodiac, the four seasons of change, and the north, south, east and west winds. The Fixed Taurus bull taught us stability and substance, the fixed Leo lion taught us energy and passion, the fixed Scorpio eagle taught us love and emotions, and the fixed Aquarius angel taught us thought and intellect.
If you look closely at this card, you will see that there are four angels hovering in the gray clouds, which represented that we have weathered a few storms, learning about the four seasons of change, and the north, south, east and west winds, and the four elements of the zodiac.
Look closely at the World Tarot card and you will see a woman is at the crossroads of success in her life and the final stage of her Tarot journey. She gained inner knowledge and insight through her experiences and has finally reached her highest understanding with her conscious self. She now understands the true meanings of her unconscious desires and thoughts, and has escaped their control.
She lives in the present, refusing to allow her unconscious to rule her life. She had to learn a lot of lessons so that her inner and outer self would reach balance, and she is now at the new beginning stage of her life, a stage without bounds.
The World is connected to the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is a risk taker and feels it is necessary to take risks to get where they want to go, and this will lead to another error, if not carefully planned. The Capricorn zodiac sign is known as the mountain goat that will climb the highest mountain, in the extreme coldness to achieve their goals and dreams.
The World represents our encounters of the Archetypes of the Major Arcana, meeting the Magician soon after we started our journey. We observed his strength of mind, communication, and charm, noting him as one who puts his plans into action and realizes his dreams.
Arriving at the last card, the World, we learned the strongest lesson of all, the development of a strong mind. We gained inner knowledge and insight through our experiences, allowing our mind to reach the highest conscious understanding.
We came to understand the true meanings of our unconscious desires and thoughts and the effects they have had on all our experiences. We learned how to balance inner and outer control within ourselves, and during this last step, we finally started a new beginning stage in our life with boundless limits.
The biggest lesson that one will learn is to stop chasing after every thought that comes into your mind, forbid your thoughts from pushing and pulling you into inappropriate directions. One needs to be in control and concentrate with each moment, banishing distraction.
It is important to stay in the conscious and not the unconscious. The unconscious is what is unseen and unclear. Your unconscious has the ability to influence your daily habits and choices, swaying you from the right choices into error. The unconscious is the secret closet that hides and shelters deep unresolved issues from the past that can make you irresponsible if you allow past patterns to recur.
You need to be fully aware and conscious to make the proper choices, and when we are not living in the present, you are not in control of our thoughts and actions which represents a delayed completion because of your inability or unwillingness to bring something to an end.
Comment: Spirit is reminding to keep my thoughts in the future and stay focused on the goals that are in front of me and not what is behind me. I need to put a lock on the secret closet of the past and the unresolved issues that I was never able to fix. Spirit is saying poof to the past, look forward and keep your thoughts in the conscious!
Card 6: The immediate Future – What Is About To Happen: The Moon – The Moon is connected to the Pisces zodiac sign, the planet Neptune, and the planet Jupiter. The Pisces zodiac sign represents two fish swimming in opposite directions, an ending and yet a beginning. The Pisces is compassionate but secretly conflicted, and at war with personal demons, always changing direction to connect with their personal dreams.
The planet Neptune is connected to the subconscious and the eternally churning ocean tides, representing mystery, illusion, imagination, and artistic and psychic abilities. Neptune, at times, feels like a blind spot between reality and illusion, which may cause a difficult time figuring out which is real and which is not.
The planet Neptune makes one feel vulnerable and will sweep you away with the illusions of love and betrayal. Neptune is both the beauty of the ocean and the curse of a Tsunami, and feels like a personal demon that is hovering in an illusion.
The planet Jupiter has the power to punish as well as reward, wielding that power with well-placed thunderbolts. It is the planet of success and survival. The Hindu word for Jupiter is Guru, which means “guide”.
Jupiter guides us through our life path, providing us with a sense of direction and affecting how we approach life’s problems. It determines whether your life journey will be smooth or rocky. Known as the planet of “Greater Fortune”, Jupiter guides you to high ideals, a sense of purpose, and ultimately to happiness.
The Moon represents illusion, mystery, dreams, confusion, falsehoods and hidden enemies. The story of the Moon card tells of the lobster and its dream to follow the yellow brick road to a new lake and better home.
In the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy sees the Emerald City at a distance and thinks she can take a shortcut by crossing the poppy fields. Thus, the poppies lure Dorothy away from the yellow brick road and she meets the wicked witch who causes problems for Dorothy and her companions.
The Moon card represents the same kind of confusion, because the purple lobster is emerging from the depths of the lake to express itself – the lobster wants to take a short cut using the yellow brick road. The lobster is ready to scramble toward the yellow brick road of enlightenment that leads between the two gray towers, an ending and the new beginning for the purple lobster – a new lake in the land of OZ!
If you look closely at the card you will see that there is a large yellow sunburst which represents the Sun (our ego), the Crescent Moon (a time to be assertive) and the Full Moon (wishes fulfilled) all combined together. The timing is ripe for something to happen because the Sun, Crescent Moon, and Full Moon are in sync with each other, an illusion since the Sun, Crescent Moon and Full Moon are never in sync with each other.
An illusion makes the lobster mistakenly believe it is seeing something that is real. The lobster needs to trust its intuition that something is amiss and needs to listen to its higher self, that voice we all have inside us that keeps us safe (the High Priestess, the smarter self).
The Moon is symbolic of illusion and your imagination running wild, and it may induce you to commit an error in judgment. The Moon may bring out a new haunting awareness of attraction that will mislead you to take a chance that will end up as a nightmare. The energies of the Moon will also trick you to relive the past during a time of troubled clarity when your emotions are as changeful as the Moon itself.
Comment: Spirit is reminding me that there are no short cuts to happiness and that you have to do all the work.
Card 7: Your Fears – Your Emotional Concerns Regarding The Situation: The Hierophant – The Hierophant is connected to the zodiac sign of Taurus, and the planet Venus. The Taurus zodiac sign represents dependability and solidity. The Taurus, however, is extremely intractable when it comes to rules and vows, demanding extreme conformance and flaring up with obstinacy if denied.
The Taurus owes its immovability to being a fixed sign in the zodiac. In fact, they can often be maddeningly inflexible, incapable of entertaining any but their own cherished view. On the other hand, this stubbornness creates an astounding loyalty in the Taurus, who is willing to help with any tasks that overpower you. Just remember that with Taurus, the watchwords are “stable” and “reliable.” Be careful with your opinions, and try to avoid situations that may nettle or suggest defiance.
The planet Venus represents romance, love, desire, and beauty. Venus isn’t only about physical love, but is also symbolic of the ideals of love, the rules that we follow and the vows that we take when we find a connection with someone that we love. Venus is the sensual and simple attraction to something that we love and want, filling our life with beauty and the things that matter most to us.
The Hierophant represents a strong teacher and leader of religion, spirituality, and tradition. The Hierophant represents strength and rigid structure, because he follows the rules of his faith, believing in them utterly. This religious teacher of a higher spirituality can illustrate the way of adapting to a belief system that will lead you down the best path for you.
The Hierophant also represents a healer, the Shaman, helping you to find the healing that you need during the most trying and challenging times of your life. This healer may be a counselor or a person similarly possessed of the educational experience necessary to help others.
This card represents all the vows that we take throughout our life, as well as the connection to society, marriage, religion, work, and anything involving large groups. The Hierophant represents the rules of these organizations, and is a teacher who comes into your life to help you connect with your higher self – the smarter you.
The Hierophant also represents our inner calling from above to connect to your higher spiritual path to help others, and in return, your work will bring you abundance, growth and opportunity.
I went through hearing my inner calling from above when I heard a strong voice, the voice of my spiritual connection, resounded within me: “You are going to write a book in three years!” I feel that my Tarot book turned out to be a healing book because I was brave enough to share my personal intimidate experiences, with each card and always talking to you as the teacher and your friend.
My Tarot book is a study of each card in detail, and represents your personal Tarot encyclopedia that explains and solves your questions about the Tarot, and the connection to your life experiences, one step at a time.
Comment: Spirit is telling me that I have connected to my inner calling from above, the spiritual path that will help others, and in return, my work will bring abundance, growth and new opportunities.
Card 8: Environmental Factors – How Others See You: The Sun – The Sun is connected to our ego, and the core of our identity and individuality. The Sun also represents the fire of our furnace and our reason for living which is connected to our vitality, inner child, spirit, and the love and respect that we have for ourselves and others. The Sun also represents health, love and the light of God.
The Sun is the King of our planetary system, which is why the Leo sign is known as the King. The Sun is always at the center of Earth. Without the light of the Sun, there would be no life here on Earth, for its light and heat are the basis of all Earth’s energy.
The challenges of the Sun represent the connection to the zodiac sign of Leo which represents that one has not stripped away all their defenses and boundaries, and still faces the darkness of the confusing Moon. One is still afraid, and will not act. There is a delay with feeling secure and on top of everything. Ones’ unconscious self (the Moon) is controlling their conscious self (the Sun).
The Sun is one of the luckiest cards in the Tarot deck and represents success, achievement and positive news: births, health, financial success, marriage, stability and overall happiness. The Sun casts a renewed light that illuminates your future and, in spite of any past periods of darkness you have endured, brings a good omen of rejoicing and celebration.
The cycle of darkness has been completed. The Sun represents your conscious and unconscious selves, which have reached a level of harmony and balance, just as a child starting afresh. Your new identity as a child reborn is ascendant, and you will soon relish the full power of the Sun in the death of your old self. Confident with the spontaneity of purity, innocence and naiveté, your child self is free of the past and beholds the future with happiness and the hope of success.
The Sun symbolizes light and clarity after a period of darkness and confusion, projecting stability and reliability through its faithful daily rising, in the face of even the bleakest situations – there is nothing more powerful than the Sun. The Sun also symbolizes unconditional and unbreakable love, the kind of self-love that requires no response from another when one is in harmony with the highest self (the High Priestess).
Look closely at the card and you will see a cloudless sky that is dark blue, representing thought, with no storms on the horizon. The Sun depicts the energy and enlightenment of health and a return to good feelings with no surprises or twists lurking in the distance.
The white horse the child is riding represents a new direction and the brilliance of a new understanding. The horse has neither saddle nor bridle, mastered by the child without the use OF his hands. This is a symbol of perfect control between the conscious and subconscious.
Comments: Spirit is telling me that my environment sees me in perfect balance with my conscious and subconscious.
Card 9: Your Hopes – What You Really Wish For: The Emperor – The Emperor is connected to the zodiac sign of Aries. As an Aries personality, the Emperor creates excitement, while as a Cardinal fire sign, ruled by Mars, he tends to lead with power. He is both the first sign in the zodiac and the first day of spring.
A true child of the springtime, he is constantly dynamic in his motion, fearlessly forging ahead with a curious energy that leads him into novelties and discoveries. The Emperor represents security, authority, control, responsibility, and experience.
If you look closer at the Emperor card, you will see that power radiates from nearly every element of this image, from the gold staff in his right hand and the gold bracelet on his left hand, to the ram heads that frame his mighty throne, which also suggest determination and strong initiative.
He is connected to the planet of Mars and the sign of Aries, and he has a stubborn side as his arduous life experiences, symbolized by his long, white beard, have taught him unforgettable lessons which he is not likely to set aside or turn from lightly.
The Emperor’s character speaks of establishing a strong, stable foundation for life and of forging plans that will convert his thoughts and ideas into reality. A disciplined leader, he has always earned his way and never retired to the background or relied on the charity or assistance of others.
Power and ambition define the Emperor, who assumes command of his own life as well as his environment, body, temper, instincts, and affairs of love. As monarch, the Emperor can either be demanding or charismatic, possibly being just the person that you need to motivate you and impel you to realize your potential.
Comment: Spirit is telling me that I am already strong and in control of my life and that I represent a teacher that will help others realize their potential.
Card 10: The Outcome – The Answer To Your Question: The High Priestess – The High Priestess is connected to the Moon, that ephemeral ruler of the ocean’s tides and of our emotions that change and fluctuate just as the Moon itself.
During the changing phases of the Moon, we may receive mixed messages between our heart and our mind and this red flag is alerting you that something is wrong! Each of us has a gut instinct, though all too often we pay it no heed, only to later reflect ruefully, “I knew I shouldn’t have gone with my heart! I just knew my mind was telling me it wouldn’t work out.”
I feel that our first gut feeling or instinct is correct and when we stray from that first feeling, we fall into error. In so doing, we become the impulsive Fool, driven by immediate desire. Yet deep down, we all know that we should trust such instincts as emanating from our spirit, subconscious and higher-self.
The High Priestess reflects that intuitive guide within us, that ability which we must call upon, but when the heart and mind are sending you mixed signals, you need to have the courage to listen, and realize something is wrong!
The challenges of the High Priestess represent the connection to the phases of the Moon, and the fluctuations of one’s emotions, when solving mysteries, understanding your dreams, and listening to your intuitive guides that resides inside of you.
The High Priestess symbolizes intuition, wisdom and secret knowledge stored in her subconscious, waiting to be revealed. The High Priestess is poised delicately between the conscious and subconscious, and her voice helps you avoid the ravages of karma – the cause and effect of situations whose nature is unclear.
The High Priestess is the voice that resides inside you and is related to how the “Moon Phases” affect you. Here are the phases of the Moon and their meanings.
• New Moon – not visible – making a wish and starting a new plan
• Waxing Crescent Moon – assertive – rising to the challenges ahead
• First Quarter Moon – action oriented – pushing ahead – testing point
• Waxing Gibbous Moon – still seeking your goal – asking questions
• Full Moon – wishes come true – or release of what is not working
• Waning Gibbous Moon – knowledge though experience
• Last Quarter Moon – strong beliefs with what you want – you will put these beliefs in action
• Waning Crescent Moon – ready to make sacrifices and start a new plan and beginning that will grow
The High Priestess calls for the balancing of logic (the mind) and emotions (the heart) with your intuition (your sixth sense). Sometimes the facts that we seek evade us. They hide from us, but try as they might, the subconscious will always reveal them, releasing your secret. Quiet the raging of your mind and strive to hear the voice inside of you and the answers to your questions will manifest.
Those times when we feel thwarted, incapable of penetrating the mystery, overwhelmed with impatience and walled in by seeming nonsense, those are the times when we commit the fatal error of ignoring our intuition. Our first instinct about something usually perceives the truth. Once we understand this, the lucidity of all the rest resolves.
The High Priestess keeps your secrets, for only you know what your subconscious signals to you. Silence your mind enough to listen to your intuitive guide, and she will reveal the secret to your own happiness. But this intuitive guide absolutely requires your unfailing trust.
The High Priestess is an intuitive clairvoyant and her role is to create harmony and forge your inner balance. After many mistakes, I at last learned the vital importance of trusting the first instinct, the gut feeling. In the past, my overwhelming desires have led me to willfully ignore the numerous warning signs that tried to protect me from disaster.
My problem lay in a desire to believe in the odds of winning rather than in the odds of losing. Impulsive, impatient, and heedless, I was a “Poker Player” who declines to consider her cards mathematically and focuses blindly on the mere possibility of victory, insensible to harm or loss.
My gut feeling was urging caution and restraint, reminding me of valuable lessons that I had learned in the past but now forgotten, and when I decided to ignore those valuable lessons, I became the Fool in action, learning another valuable lesson!
Comment: I now ask my higher self for the answers, that I need to know. I now wait to receive my answer before proceeding!
With Love and Joy,
© Safina 2012
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