Category Archives: Card Meanings

An April Fool

I thought today would be a good day to reflect on our friend the Fool. I’ve actually been feeling pretty foolish lately, in several ways. So this will be a good exploration of what it means to be a fool, which will  hopefully help me to understand the Fool on a deeper level. On one hand,  I’ve felt like a… Read more »

The Fire Court: Page

I’m finally jumping back into the Alternative Tarot Course after a stress-induced hiatus. Time to explore the court cards! I’ll be looking at the personality types represented in the cards, and trying to find people in my life or that I know of who reflect these court card characters. And I’ll start with the wands. Page of Wands The unformed,… Read more »

XXI. The World

Card Meaning The World represents fullness, fulfillment, wholeness, and freedom. Success. In the RWS depiction, the wreath around the dancer is round (it is diamond shaped here in the Efflorescent). The round wreath echos the 0 (zero) of the Fool.  Rachel Pollack in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom states, “The oval wreath suggests the number 0, with all its symbolism. It implies as… Read more »

XX. Judgement

Card Meaning Judgement is a card of renewal and rebirth. Duality is a theme that has been explored throughout much of the Major Arcana. Here, we see a child between the man and the woman. This symbolizes the birth of a new self. From duality comes a new whole. The cross in the sun on the Efflorescent Tarot (and on… Read more »

XIX. The Sun

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Card Meaning The Sun symbolizes clarity, joy, simplicity, knowledge, and openness. When considering the third row of the Major Arcana as a whole, the Sun is significant: from darkness (in the Devil and Tower) to light (from the Star, to the Moon, to the Sun). What was in shadow in the light of the Moon is now clearly seen. The… Read more »

XVIII. The Moon

Card Meaning The Moon is a card of intuition, the unconscious, and mystery. The Moon symbolizes the deeper and more intuitive parts of the mind and how these parts influence us when they surface. It can represent our “gut” or “animal” instincts. The moon is our primary natural source of light at night, and by the light of the moon things… Read more »

XVII. The Star

Card Meaning The Star is hope, calmness, and peace. After the rubble has settled from the crash of the Tower, we see a Star letting us know we’ve made it through. It can also represent healing and wholeness. Visually, this card is very similar to Temperance, but the woman in the Star is naked suggesting a comfort with one’s true… Read more »

XVI. The Tower

Card Meaning The Tower represents sudden or surprising change, upheaval, revelation, chaos, crisis, or spiritual awakening. Spiritual awakening is particularly relevant when considering the Tower’s location within the Major Arcana’s third row of cards. The Devil was illusion, materialism, and imprisonment. In the Tower, the illusion is shattered. If we compare the Tower to the Tower of Babel, it speaks… Read more »

XV. The Devil

Card Meaning The Devil is the first card of the third row in the Major Arcana, a row about moving our spirit from darkness into light — enlightenment. The Devil can represent materialism, oppression, imprisonment, temptation, and illusion. It may seem strange that this card comes so late in the Major Arcana, immediately following Temperance. But when we keep in… Read more »

XIV. Temperance

Card Meaning This card stands for inner balance, calmness, synthesis, control, and moderation. It is the last card of the second row of the Major Arcana, and as such, represents the success of self-discovery and self-confidence. Where the Chariot stood for a willed balance of worldly success, Temperance is about inner equilibrium, and seems to feel more “natural” than the… Read more »