Tag Archives: The Magician

Courtroom Drama

Now that I’ve explored the Major Arcana, I can jump back into the Alternative Tarot Course! This is a majors only spread, and the question is: How can I become a truly brilliant tarot reader? Position Five: The Center The Hierophant This card is looked at first since it is the center of the issue at hand — everything else… 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 »

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 »

XIII. Death

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Card Meaning Death is a card of change and rebirth, despite its scary name. (Though I’d be just as scared of a card  named “change.” I’m not good at transitions!) One thing must end (or “die”) for something new to begin. Why isn’t the card just called “Rebirth” or something similar then? Because Death is the moment of transition we need… Read more »

XII. The Hanged Man

Card Meaning This card represents seeing something in a new way, surrender, inner or spiritual awareness, and peace. The Hanged Man is suspended upside down, but she doesn’t struggle and she doesn’t appear distraught. Paul Quinn in Tarot for Life says, “His number, 12, brings together the will of the Magician (1) and the soul receptivity of the High Priestess (2)…. Read more »

XI: Justice

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Card Meaning This card symbolizes honesty with one’s self, truthfulness, and, well, justice. In the position of card 11, it is directly in the middle of the Major Arcana (if we set the Fool aside). This further speaks to the balance indicated by this card. Justice takes both the action of the Magician and the intuition and introspection of the… Read more »

VI. The Lovers

Card Meaning The Lovers can represent relationships, love, connection, and choice. In the Fool’s Journey, it can be representative of adolescence: the Magician and High Priestess are archetypes of “feminine” and “masculine” energies; the Empress and Emperor represent parents; and the Emperor and Hierophant represent larger social structures. From this perspective, the Lovers indicate a time of making choices based… Read more »

III. The Empress

Card Meaning The Empress represents sex, motherhood, and love. She represents passion. Where The High Priestess is intuition, The Empress is emotion. She is a nurturing and creative force, and can also represent Mother Nature. The Empress represents an important point of growth on the Fool’s Journey. As the third card, 1 (The Magician) + 2 (The High Priestess) =… Read more »

II. The High Priestess

The High Priestess is my birth/personality card. Card Meaning The high priestess is a symbol of wisdom and of the feminine element of the divine. Her wisdom is of the type that is hard to articulate, because it doesn’t sound the same out loud as it does in inner contemplation, or there are simply not the words needed to speak it…. Read more »

I. The Magician

Abracadabra! The Magician 🙂 Card Meaning The Efflorescent Tarot’s magician has the four suit symbols laid out on a cloth in front of her. She wears her magician’s hat and has a little rat/mouse friend perched on her shoulder. Behind her is a shelf full of different items: skulls, books, flowers, a snake, jars, dice, crystals, eggs, a candle. A thorny… Read more »