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Daily Card Reading Practice for All

Greetings all Tarot Students and fellow Tarot Enthusiasts, 

8 of Pentacles Reversed     10 of Swords Upright

Starting today, I will be posting a Daily Two or Three Card Reading for you all to attempt to interpret.  I will offer my insights too.  Just post your interpretations in the comment box below this post so that we can all benefit from your collective and varied approaches. These exercises will help you understand the process of linking and connecting Cards within a Reading so that a story emerges. They will also help clarify the interpretation of consequences as a result of action taken.

Don’t be afraid to give it a go.  If you have a question you want one of these Daily Readings based on, then please post it privately to me and I will post it anonymously on your behalf along with the Cards you have drawn. That way, you can also comment on your own Reading by offering your interpretation.

This Daily Reading will also be posted on my Facebook Page, Truly Teach Me Tarot.

Today’s Daily Reading is a simple Two Card Reading. I want you think about what implications or influences these Cards might have on each when combined, or as part of a Reading. There is no question with this Reading. It is simply to get your creative imagination flowing so that ideas, theories and concepts may begin to surface.

Let The Brainstorming Begin – The Eight of Pentacles Reversed & The Ten of Swords

8 of Pentacles Reversed       10 of Swords Upright


Vivien (your tarot teacher)


Daily Card Reading – The High Priestess & The Four of Cups

Well talk about throwing it in my face! Let me fill you in on yesterday, the 28th of August, my Daily Two Card Reading. I wasn’t prepared for such directness but I did ask the question ‘what does the day ahead hold for me’? If  you can’t handle the answer, you shouldn’t ask the question in the first place. Right?

My Two Cards yesterday were

The High Priestess Upright     4 of Cups Upright

The High Priestess and The Four of Cups.  Well, that about summed me up and I had no one to blame but myself.  Once you hear my story, you will agree too.  On the evening of the 27th, I had enjoyed a very industrious and productive day. I had written much, sorted out the bunting for my niece’s baby and had even managed some housework.  My self and my partner had prepared a lovely dinner, and to celebrate the great news about his mortgage confirmation we opened a bottle of wine, lit the candle on the table and settled down to eat, drink and chat about the future.

We discussed the house in Dingle, and shared ideas about decorating it and where furniture would go.  It was great planning and making lists, imagining the short stroll to the beach, a new life beginning for us.  The wine went down well but unfortunately it seemed to disappear too fast.  We were still in a high mood and not yet ready to end the evening. So what do you think happened next? Yes, we opened a second bottle. I did hesitate though. I am not what you would call a great drinker and can only tolerate so much.  I also knew that we had to travel to our singing lesson the next day and I had been planning on going to bed early.  Well you can imagine, I threw caution to the wind and went for it.  Before we knew it the second bottle was almost empty and I was already feeling guilty. When I saw what time it was, I made a mad scramble for bed, sorting cats with food and water for the night on my way.

I fell asleep quite quickly but woke a few hours later with my mouth stuck together. Great, I thought, this is all I need. After downing a pint of water, I aimed to fall back to sleep again. No chance! Sleep and alcohol never really worked for me.  I watched the dawn appear and the darkness slip away.  I was in a deep sleep when the alarm went off. I must have fallen asleep shortly before it.  I felt wrecked, exhausted, muzzy and yeucky inside.  I crawled out of bed and fed the cats, made some coffee, which by the way I am supposed to be off at the moment, and attempted to bring myself around.  The coffee just made my heart race so I pushed it aside.  I hit the shower thinking that the water might revive me, but I was only fooling myself.

My partner was no better than me. We had to get to our singing lesson on time and we were feeling rightly rough. I couldn’t believe it. I had really been looking forward to my singing lesson, and also to the fact that we were not going to the school in Dublin, but instead were travelling to a beautiful part of County Wicklow to have our lessons in the tutors house.  It was supposed to be a lovely drive right across the Dublin and Wicklow mountains.  I spent most of the journey with my eyes closed, occasionally opening them when my partner mentioned the beautiful heather, or the way the clouds had formed around the mountains.  I honestly couldn’t care less.  My mouth felt dry, and no amount of water seemed to make any difference.  I could feel a niggling headache beginning at my left temple.  My eyes felt as if battery acid had been thrown into them.

We reached the farm where our lesson was to be. We were shamefully late. I was first in for my lesson and managed to get through it without collapsing, but it was more endurance than enjoyment.  While I waited for my partner, I sat with my tutors cats and a cup of herbal tea he had made me.  He had given me permission to have a wander around the farm. ‘Go where you like’ he offered.  I couldn’t walk out to the car let alone around the fields. I also felt terribly cold. I was in this lovely place and I just wanted to go home. When was it ever going to be bedtime, I thought?

When my partner was finished we headed off in the car and he asked me if I wanted to go for a walk? ‘No’, I replied ‘just take me home’. We drove over the lovely mountains again, this time with the sun out.  I lay back and put my sunglasses on to avoid the further razor-like soreness in my eyes.  I felt hungry and sick all at the same time. I just wanted to go home. I didn’t notice the beautiful wooded groves we drove by or the fabulous ferns my partner pointed out to me. Would this painful journey ever end?

We stopped near to home to get something to eat. I was tired and cold, and absolutely no company. I ate a pannini that I really couldn’t taste because my taste buds were not working. I slumped in the seat and closed my eyes while the waitresses looked on, I suppose presuming we were having a row or something.  When it came time to go, my partner had to fetch the car to the door because I was too shattered to walk back to the car-park.

As soon as we got in the door I changed into my pyjamas and climbed into bed. However, before I did that I picked up the Two Cards I had drawn that morning, and there she was, The High Priestess, staring accusingly at me. She was telling me ‘you have no one to blame but yourself. You knew exactly what the outcome of the previous evening was going to be but you went ahead anyway’. She told me ‘I did try to stop you, did try to get through to you, but you knew better didn’t you? You are old enough at this stage to know that you can’t get away with those extra couple of glasses, not like most people can, so what made you think last night would be any different?’ God, I thought to myself, how great to be so perfect and flawless like her. She holds the answers to everything. She would never let herself fall into the trap I did.  How predictably sanctimonious! Huh!.

There she sat, The High Priestess beside The Four of Cups, showing me up and turning the bright glare of her accusations on me. I looked at the state of myself in The Four of Cups and couldn’t blame her for having a go at me.  I looked at myself sitting under the tree, too wasted to get up, too disinterested and exhausted to even look up.  It was all going on around me but I felt too shattered to care.  There were all the lovely opportunities of the day lined up in front of me in the three Cups, and the fourth Cup being offered to me reflected the scenery my partner had tried to interest and enthuse me with on the drive back and forth. It also symbolised the offer of my tutor to ‘wander his land’. All missed, all gone because I had too much to drink the night before. The Cup being offered in the imagery also suggested the extra wine I had consumed when really it was obvious I  didn’t need it. The figure under the tree represented a sorry sight, and one that I identified with all too readily. I had terrible regrets about spoiling the day for myself, the day I had so looked forward too. I could have kicked myself.

As I climbed the stairs to bed I felt quite low and depressed in myself. I felt I had wasted a good day out and had not been able to participate fully.  I left the two cards beside my computer, but even as I turned over in the bed to settle down, I could hear The High Priestess whispering through the walls at me. ‘Oh you are full of remorse now and good intentions. You claim tonight that it was a mistake and that it won’t happen again, but both you and I know that of course it will. There are plenty more nights to come in relation to celebrating this new house. There will be the hoped for clearance by the surveyor to celebrate, then there will be the official signing and handing over of keys, then the move, then the decorating, the first visitors. Oh the list goes on and on.  There will always be something to celebrate and of course you will overdo it again, and I will be there to watch you and reproach you the next day for your carelessness.  Will you ever learn your lesson?’ ‘Go away’  I whispered back to her ‘and let me sleep’. She coolly withdrew into the distance.  Tomorrow was another day and I was looking forward to making up for the disaster this day had been. Tomorrow I would work even harder. I would show her, my conscience, what I was made of.

The High Priestess Upright     4 of Cups Upright

God, I think I will have a glass of wine after all that writing!

Please feel free to share your own stories in relation to your Daily Readings. If you do not wish to have your identity revealed by posting, then send them directly to me and I will anonymously post on your behalf. 


Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)

The Importance of Daily Card Readings

The Importance of Daily Readings

An excellent way to get to know The Tarot Cards is by doing a Daily Reading for yourself.  Now, I don’t mean sitting down and doing an elaborate layout or Spread, with much thought given to the wording of questions etc.  What I mean is a simple one, two or three Card Reading for yourself before your day kicks off. I have got into the practice of doing this every day and it is amazing how accurate they turn out to be.  Doing a Daily Card Reading for yourself can be of immense help when you are not particularly feeling up to the day that lies ahead of you, or when you are lacking motivation or self-belief.  They are also helpful when we know of difficulties we are going to encounter, for they can give us that boost of morale we so badly need to get through them. They can also give us pre-warnings of problems that we are likely to encounter, and even offer some advise on how to handle them.  And so with our Daily Card Readings, we can step out into the world, or just even down the stairs, feeling more in control of our life and the day ahead.  With our Daily Card Reading we won’t suddenly be taken by surprise by events of the day, for we will have sensed them coming.

However, it does happen that our Daily Card Reading only means something to us, or is fully understood by the close of the day, when events have already happened, come and gone.  Then we glance at the Cards we drew that morning and say ‘ah, now I get you’.  Therefore it is important not to discard your Daily Card Readings just because we do not get what they are trying to tell us.  This is how we learn. By reflecting on them later in the day, we can see so much more that we didn’t see that morning. Hindsight gives us 20/20 vision, but again this is how we learn. As time goes by you will begin to make more and more connections with the Cards you draw for your Daily Readings, and will learn to trust them. However, no Reading should ever interfere with your free will. Remember, you own the results of your Reading and not the other way around.  You can do with them as you wish, act on them or ignore them, but never blindly follow them.  The more you practice these Readings, the stronger the energy builds. You will see the strength of this energy when you pull a couple of  Cards in the morning and they are just spot on with what you are planning to do with your day.  Let me tell you the way I do this, and I stress, it is very casual.  I am very busy writing this course and a lot of others things besides. I do not have the time for elaborate Spreads and much thinking first thing in the morning.

  • I use a Deck that I have dedicated to myself. I only use these Cards for my own Readings. Therefore, a certain energy has built up around these Cards. The energy is my energy, and so I feel each time I use these Cards, they are becoming more finely tuned into telling my story for they have got to know me well.
  • At the beginning of each week, I give the Cards a thorough Cleansing and Clearing by dealing them out into three separate decks while invoking The Violet Flame around them. Surrounding them with White Light will have the same cleansing effect. What this does is separate all the Cards of the previous week’s Readings and leaves them ready for the new week ahead.  I do not cleanse the Deck again until the following week but will certainly give them a very good shuffle each day. My Deck is now ready for shuffling.
  • I give the Cards a good shuffle while simply asking my Higher Self ‘what do I need to know today?’ or ‘what should I be aware of today?’ or ‘what will help me with my day?’ or ‘how can I get the best out of my day?’.
  • When I have finished shuffling, I pick the Card from the top of the Deck and the Card from the base of The Deck. I rarely draw any more for I am determined that these will be enough. However, if the Cards I have drawn are unsettling, then I sometimes pull a couple more for clarification.  I turn my Cards over to see what I have drawn. I may spend only two seconds looking at them, or possibly a couple of minutes if I am unsure as to their message.  Then I leave them down beside my computer where I will be working all day, and there they stay until the next day.
  • If I have not received their message loud and clear, I will glance at them occasionally throughout the day to see if any information filters through from them.  Usually it does, but if not I will have a look at them just before I turn out the lights before bed. Sometimes it is only then that they become significant to me.  This can happen for many reasons.  On some occasions the day is almost over before a situation or incident occurs, or a phone call comes in bringing with it the news or information the Cards had indicated that morning.  Sometimes I just don’t get it, simple as that. When that happens, it is a humbling reminder that I am still a student, and also that maybe that day wasn’t particularly good for divination.  Any witch worth her salt will agree that there are some days that are better than others when it comes to making magic or craft-working.  As a Tarot Reader, you will experience this temporary glitch yourself.  I often hear from past students who have gone on to become Professional Readers of the terrible day they have had at a particular Holistic Fair or Card Reading Night when they have found it almost impossible to do a proper Reading for anyone.  Regardless of what level of Tarot Reader you are, it happens to us all from time to time.

Let me give you some examples of Daily Cards I have drawn in the last week.

The Heirophant Upright  The World Upright

Today, I drew The World and The Hierophant.  No rocket science needed here I thought to myself. The Spiritual Teacher of The Heirophant passing on his knowledge to the two disciples kneeling before him.  And how far was The Hierophant spreading his word? All around The World, that far!  Well, here I am today, sitting at my desk writing and typing my Truly Teach Me Tarot Course which is viewed daily by thousands of people around the world.  Two Major Arcana Cards and one being the very positive World Card suggested some very determined and committed work would be carried out today. The World was also telling me that I would feel happy with what I would achieve by the end of the day.  They almost feel like Destiny Cards and The Hierophant whispers to me of it being my duty and vocation to carry out such work.  Now I am feeling elevated and purposeful. My life has meaning and I am doing what I should be doing.

As I look again, I remember that The Hierophant channels divine information and acts as an intermediary between the spiritual and the physical. This makes me think about how I feel sometimes after reading back over my work, especially at a later date.  I sometimes question if I wrote it for I cannot remember typing it.  And where did I get all that information from?  Did I really write that? Maybe I am being helped in my writing at times by a higher source or power.  Gosh these Cards have certainly given me a lot to think about.

The Heirophant carries the number of 5, so I must remember to be as open in my teachings as possible. I must teach and not preach. The The World totals 3 and speaks of creativity, growth and progress. Their combined number is 8, a number of strength, commitment and hard work.  Yesterday, I felt almost overwhelmed by all the work and writing I had still to do. I cried to my partner over dinner, ‘will I ever be finished?’. I was feeling tired, had sore shoulders and a bad neck after eight hours of typing and questioned why I was putting myself through such torture/  The number Eight tells me that I have the strength and determination to see this through to the end, and that now is not the time for quitting after so much work has already being completed.  The World confirmed to me that yes, I would successfully complete and not to worry because everything was progressing nicely.

Looking at her again, she is also telling me to move my body more, to take breaks from the computer for exercise and enjoyment.  I was very stiff after yesterday. She is telling me that it is not healthy to sit for so long.  Just before I finish writing about my Cards today, I see something else about The World Card that has caught my attention.  I have been making some bunting for my niece and it is almost complete.  It will be for her new baby’s nursery.  This will be her first baby. She supplied me with the fabric, all in different patterns.  This evening I will be meeting with her to discuss which order she wants the bunting hung in. I will be bringing with me the long white cord and we will pin the bunting in order and in place while I am there.  My niece is very excited about getting the bunting. In the World Card, the circle of green laurel with the images at each corner are symbolically flashing at me likening them to the bunting hanging on the cord.  The figure in the circle is also suggesting to me my niece’s baby which is due to be born soon. Maybe I am mad, but the more I look, the more I see.  Nice Cards, thank you Universe. 

Earlier in the week my partner, who also does his Daily Cards drew The Knight of Wands and King of Pentacles.  Let me fill you in. He has put an offer in on a house in Dingle on the South West Coast of Ireland.  His offer has been accepted but he needs to secure a small mortgage to make up the shortfall.  He had spent weeks in and out of the building society bringing them all the documents and paperwork they had required, and at times demanded.  No sooner would he have all his details handed in, they would be back on to him looking for more and more.  This has been going on for weeks and on the other end of things, the vendor has been getting restless.  My partner was told a month ago that he would have word on his loan application within a week. By the end of last week he still had heard nothing.  On Monday morning he pulled these two Cards and brought them to me.

Knight of Wands Upright  King of Pentacles Upright

I immediately told him not to expect any news in relation to his mortgage application that day.  I could see clearly what was going on. Here was my poor partner, depicted as The Knight of Wands and that told me enough.  I already knew he was very frustrated with all the delays. Normally he is the quiet and calm type, but in recent weeks he has been getting tenser and tenser about the whole situation.  The Knight of Wands was rearing to go, impatient and dreadfully frustrated that he was not being allowed to move forward with his plans. He wanted to move now and was finding it hard to restrain his horse. I could sense an outburst coming soon and I hoped he would not let all hell break loose on the phone the next time he spoke with them.

The Knight of Wands is overwhelmingly eager with what he wants to do and where he wants to go, but not everyone shares his enthusiasm and desperate need to be off.  Just look at who he is up against when it comes to his mortgage application being decided upon, The King of Pentacles of all people, well why am I not surprised? The King of Pentacles would strongly represent banks, building societies and lending institutions.  The King of Pentacles is not going to allow himself be rushed into making any rash decisions where money is concerned, regardless of how urgent The Knight of Wands thinks it is. The King of Pentacles is not a risk taker, neither is he a gambler.  He will want to make sure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed before he will sign off on my partner’s mortgage.  Maybe they wanted more paperwork from him?

The King of Pentacles represents the old establishment so my partner is up against the system here.  He will have to wait and hope for the best, for this guy is going to be thorough and methodical. If that means an extra week or two to wait, then there will be nothing he can do about it. The King of Pentacles is the big bull and won’t be budged until he is ready.  I pointed to the golden Pentacle sitting on The King’s lap and explained to my partner how symbolic this Pentacle was.  ‘See that, he is holding what you are looking for and so badly want.  At the moment, he is in possession of this golden egg’. Wouldn’t you just love to reach into that picture and take it from him saying ‘thank you very much, but I will take that now’? However, The King of Pentacles is telling you to be patient a little while longer while he does all the maths. He is a man of his word so will not leave you waiting for ever.  So you best put away that wild horse of yours and take off that armour my poor man.

Yesterday I pulled two Cards asking ‘what is it that I need to know today?’. I drew The Page of Wands and The Ace of Pentacles. Aha I thought, these are more like it.

 Page of Wands Upright  Ace of Pentacles

I instantly called my partner down the stairs. Beaming, I showed him the Cards I had just pulled. ‘Look, says I, good news is on the way’. The Pages of The Court Cards are long known for their role as messengers. They deliver the post and news in The Tarot.  The Page of Wands would bring good news in relation to a course of action, movement, travel and career.  I had no doubt that this Page was going to bring news in relation to my partner’s loan application. Because he was Upright, the news would be good and especially so because the other Card drawn was The Ace of Pentacles. ‘Look’, I pointed to it. ‘The Golden Egg, and it is being offered to you’.  I put my hand on my heart and told him that after looking at the Cards, news was imminent and his mortgage application had been approved.  He was going to get the money and it would be enough for him to secure his dream little cottage in Dingle.  Great stuff.

Well the postman came and went yesterday but there was nothing from the building society in the mail.  We rang the building society on the chance that word was with them, but not yet in the post.  Neither of us could wait any longer.  No, they had heard nothing yet. We would have to wait.  By 5pm yesterday evening, we still had heard nothing.  It was the close of business and nothing more could be done for the day.  My partner went upstairs to read his book, and I suppose sulk a bit. However, he was back down the stairs a few minutes later and couldn’t contain himself.  He had been reading his book when he noticed the alert light flashing on his phone. Picking it up, he saw that there had been a missed call. It hadn’t rang, we would have heard it. The signal is bad where I live so sometimes calls go straight through to the voice mail.  Yes, the missed call person had left a voice message.  He had listened to it and between broken signals and noise he could hear that it was the girl from the building society calling him about his mortgage application.  She was ringing him to let him know that word had arrived in their office just at closing time of his approval in principle. She asked him to ring her in the morning but, yes, it had been approved.  Of course it was too late to ring her back but the Cards were right. Now he is running around full of life, just like a kid, just like The Page of Wands. excited and enthusiastic about the road ahead.

Just let me share two more with you.

3 of Pentacles Upright  The Empres Upright

Last week I pulled my usual Daily Cards and got The Three of Pentacles and The Empress.  It didn’t take me long to work them out.  Due to my developing TMJ Disorder, I have been suffering badly with my jaw, head, neck, shoulders and arms. My balance has also been seriously affected.  TMJ involves multiple treatments so I have to do many things to get relief, and also need to attend the maxillofacial consultant in November. My jaw has become misaligned and is causing havoc throughout my body.  One of the therapies I am using to help my jaw and muscles work properly is vocal coaching/singing lessons.  It was my pharmacist who suggested this as a form of therapy for me and not my doctor.  I suppose that is the way it goes these days.  Doctors seem to be too busy to even look at you.  Well I started my singing lessons about two months ago and now go for one each week. I cannot tell you the difference it has made in my life, not only is it helping my jaw, it is also opening me up as a person and helping me to realise undeveloped potential.

After 51 years on this earth, I have discovered that I am a natural soprano and am now be trained in that direction.  I am hitting notes that leave me stunned.  I have this powerful voice I knew nothing about, and my self-confidence and self-esteem have soared as a result. I always loved singing, like a lot of us do, but I never thought that I could sing.  It really has been amazing.  Anyway, who better to understand that then The Empress herself. A lover of drama, music and artistic abilities, she often appears to let you know that you have untapped potential in these areas and insists that you do something about them. It is The Empress who encourages you to join the local musical society, choir or drama group for she loves anything that is creative.  She herself is a wonderful singer and greatly supports those who are trying to develop their own abilities.  Well, she was there in my Cards that day to acknowledge what I was going to be doing and where I was off to.  The Three of Pentacles was also acknowledging that I was a student of music and was off to my lesson that day.  I still have a lot to learn but this Card was telling me that I had a really good Singing Teacher who had high standards and a strong reputation. I would learn well under his tutelage.

My Cards were both numbered Three, so this was a very powerful message to me that it was money well spent.  The singing was helping me to grow in so many ways.  I certainly was looking forward to heading off for my singing lesson that day, that is until my partner drew his two Cards and showed them to me. He does know a bit about The Tarot but he prefers to come to me with his Cards for interpretation.

 The Chariot Reversed  The Tower Upright

The Cards he had drawn were The Tower and The Chariot Reversed. My mood changed and I felt ill at ease.  My partner was coming with me, doing singing lessons too.  He is a musician and was also enjoying the opportunity to improve his singing voice.  We were leaving to go to Dublin for our Lessons.  The weather that day was awful, with dark skies and torrential downpours. I felt a bit apprehensive after seeing his Cards.  I asked him to drive slowly and to take his time, even if we were late.  I told him to keep focussed on his driving for I believed his Cards were acting as a warning.  The Reversed Chariot can sometimes suggest accidents with cars, or just a problem with a car, but alongside The Tower I was taking no chances. The Tower can bring massive upheaval, disruption and shock in its wake.  What I feared was a car crash.

All the way into Dublin, I was nervous.  Visibility was very poor on the roads as the rain poured down from the sky.  As usual, heading into Dublin, the traffic got heavier and heavier. We seemed to be surrounded by heavy artic vehicles which shot waterfalls of water down our windscreen as they passed.

We got to Dublin in one piece and forgot all about the journey while we enjoyed our Lessons.  When we started the drive home, the weather had further dis-improved.  I reminded my partner to watch his driving and to take no chances.  We took our time coming home and just as well for the rain was blinding.  It was impossible to see the road ahead, yet several vehicles still insisted on travelling at speed. We managed to make it off the motorway in one piece but now had to face the twisting back roads of the countryside.  There was flooding everywhere and it was difficult to get through.  We were both very silent as I did not want to distract my partner who was completely focussed on getting us home in one piece.

We were nearly there, just a small village to pass through.  As we rounded the bend coming out the other side of the village, the cars were coming to a standstill.  In all my years, I had never encountered a build up of traffic here before. We were wondering what was going on. As the traffic inched along, my partner thought flooding while I thought accident.  As we moved forward slowly, we could see the familiar flashing lights of a police car.  There were traffic cones on the road and a sign that said, Road Closed.  However, the traffic on our side of the road was being let through.  As we got nearer the police car, I saw the big truck, a refuse collection truck.  There had been a collision alright. The front windscreen was severely cracked and I got the sense that the driver had not been wearing his seatbelt.  I believed that it was his body or head that had damaged the windscreen.  I could not see any other vehicle involved, maybe it had been towed away? The police were waving all the cars on.  It was as we passed the refuse truck I saw the other vehicle.  It was another large truck and it had left the road. It had gone straight through the hedging of a field and had turned over.  It was now lying on its back in the field and I was shocked.  The approaching roads into the village all have a very low-speed limit.  For this vehicle to have left the road and flipped over, there must have been speed involved.  We saw no sign of ambulances but the accident had been quite recent.  We both hoped that no one had been seriously hurt.

We were very shook as we drove in silence the rest of the way home. When we pulled into the driveway, I relaxed a bit and turned to my partner. ‘That was the Reversed Chariot and The Tower’. It had not happened to us, but who knows where a couple of minutes earlier would have taken us? Would we have been caught up in the accident? My partner had heeded the warning in the Cards and had driven as safely as he could without taking his attention from the road at any stage.  We were relieved to be home in one piece.


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I would like to thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last year. Your ongoing presence and the ever-increasing number of new visitors has kept me inspired and determined to build a truly wonderful Tarot Course for all of you to enjoy and benefit from. I  hope to see you all at my new address in the coming weeks and months. I have big plans for my new site and much work to do as a result.

I will notify everyone by posting on the day the changeover is due to occur.


Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)


Making Their Acting Debut – The Four Pages of The Court Cards

Greetings to all my fellow Tarot Students and Tarot Enthusiasts around the World.

Welcome to the world of The Court Cards. These are the most famous actors of all time and for the next while we are going to be getting up close and personal with every single one of them. I promise reveal-all interviews and probing discussions about these iconic legends. For the first time, we are going to put each one of, The Pages, The Knights, The Queens and The Kings under the spotlight and through their paces. We will leave no stone unturned in our search for complete knowledge and understanding of their personalities and characters.  We want to know what makes them tick, what drives them, what they like, where they go, what they wear, how they live, which side they sleep on, who they are dating and who their best friends are.  We also want to know their weaknesses, their insecurities, what happens when things don’t go their way, who their enemies are, what their dirty little secrets are and of course, their shadow side. This should get rather interesting indeed.

To start the ball rolling, I am at long last thrilled to announce that I have now completed the re-working of The Four Pages of The Court Cards. The Page of Wands, Page of Cups, Page of Swords and Page of Pentacles. Traditionally The Page represented a child of either sex up to the age of 22 years (young adult), or a young unmarried woman.  Therefore The Four Pages are the youngest members of the Four Court Families. They find their world to be young, fresh, exciting, filled with opportunities and limitless potential.  Because of their youth and innocence, or sometimes naivety, they hold grand illusions of the future ahead of them and are eager to set out on their individual journeys.

As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with Personality Profiling, Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions.  They are also to be found in the sub-menu of Lesson 1, Part II, The Court Cards. Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the SectionThe 78 Cards -Brief which is being created as I finish re-working each Card. There is still a great wealth of information available in this section and is probably most suited to those who just want to find out what their Cards mean rather than an in-depth study.

The Pages Introduction

Page of Wands Upright    Page of Cups Upright    Page of Swords Upright     Page of Pentacles Upright

Page of Wands    Page of Cups      Page of Swords    Page of Pentacles

Just Click on the Images to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Pages Introduction first.

Each Page carries their precious Elemental Gift deep within. Spirit presented these Elemental Gifts to the Pages in the Aces of their Suits. Their Gifts represent their Governing Element, which guarantees limitless potential and success, that is, if used wisely. They are like four young people who have just been given the keys of their first car. They may have little knowledge of how to drive them, or how to use the many functions on the dashboard, but this won’t stop them from wanting to hop right in and take them for a spin. One of The Pages, The Page of Wands appears confident, brags to the others of how simple it all is, and decides to showcase his, as he calls them, ‘natural driving skills. With a screech of tires and a smell of burning rubber he takes off and disappears around the corner. Horror of horrors, we discover he has never driven a car before. Another Page, The Page of Swords, is very impressed with his car, is impatient to try it out, but has hundreds of questions to ask about the engine size, catalytic converter, maximum speed and things the other Pages have never heard of.

The other two Pages look visibly shook by the reckless attitude of the first Page who departed leaving a cloud of dust in his wake.  They shake their heads in disapproval.  One of the remaining Pages, The Page of Cups, sits in his car and looks so happy as he plays around with the steering wheel and gear stick, pretending to be driving, and thinking of taking a date on a long romantic drive. He loves the colour of his new car too.  He is also thinking of all the lovely accessories he can buy to give his car a more personal and special look.  He will ask his big brother to show him how to drive but he feels a bit nervous about it all.

The other Page, The Page of Pentacles, runs his hand over the bodywork of his car to see how solid it is, and then kicks each wheel to check firmness . He gets into the car and checks out all the various buttons and gadgets.  He asks about insurance and car tax, and how economical it is on fuel consumption.  Then he pops open the bonnet of the car to have a good look at the engine. Two hours later, he is found under the car, inspecting its under-carriage.  He says that his father will get a reliable mechanic to look it over before he is allowed move it two inches from where it is. He will also be taking a course of driving lessons from a reputable school.  Then he takes off to organise a driving licence and to check out the most competitively priced insurance. He will definitely be looking for Fully Comprehensive, he does not want to take any risks.  His mother will make sure that the car has all it needs in the boot just in case of a breakdown; jump leads, torches, danger signs, first-aid kit, petrol container, maps and rugs. He will read the car’s manual from cover to cover later on.

As you see, they have all been given their bright shiny Element, regardless of colour shape or size. However, from their example stories above, you will soon begin to learn that each Page has a different approach when it comes to how they use their Elemental Gift. ‘Each to their own’ as the saying goes. The Four Pages are in the Learning Stage of their Element. They have a lot to learn and understand before they can become Masters of them. Some Pages understand this, but for others, it can be quite difficult to persuade them to slow down or to pace themselves. They think they know it all now, and can handle anything that comes their way. Why not, they are young and have the world at their feet?  They are ready to take on the world and show what they can do. They don’t really envisage any difficulties along the way for they are bound to be able to overcome them. Their parents, The Queens and Kings, just want the best for them, and know their young Pages will have to learn the lessons of life, with all its ups and downs, just as they did before them. It is impossible to put an old head on young shoulders, some shoulders more so than others, as certain Pages are too much in a rush to get up and at it, to listen to any words of advice or caution.

Filled with enthusiasm, self-confidence, self-belief and plans for a dazzling future ahead, they take off on their individual journeys. The Four Page’s Journeys represent the archetypal journeys we all have to take in life. However, ours generally are more balanced because we thankfully are born with a mix of Elemental Gifts, and not just the one The Pages are portrayed with.  This is what makes their journey and the way they think, act, feel and behave seem extreme at time.  Their job is to demonstrate to us how life would be with just one Element. Technically, this is not exactly true as each Court Character does have a minor influence from another Element, but for the moment we are concentrating on their main Element.  By studying each Element, so closely acted out through the characters in the Court Families, we can arrive at a deep understanding of human nature.  Once we become familiar with the individual Elemental influence, we can then begin to play around with mixing them to see how might they work when put together.

What sort of individual would they create, what would the personality of The Page of Wands be if his Element Fire was mixed with The Page of Swords Element of Air? Fire and Air as we all know, can be a very explosive combination, as they feed off each other. Rush, recklessness and impulsiveness can occur, but in balance Air will insist that Fire think about what it is doing before it rushes off and Fire will insist that Air takes some action instead of just thinking all the time.  If we throw in The Page of Cups with his Element of Water, his influence will make them all have to take into consideration the feelings of all involved, and how any of their actions will impact others. By then adding the grounding Element of Earth in The Page of Pentacles, we are guaranteed there will be a result. Anything started by Fire and Air, with the support of Water, will be attended to and finished.

Even though we generally have one Element that is quite dominant in our personality, which makes us identifiable for profiling purposes, we need the Four Elements in balanced proportion to create the perfect individual personality. This is what we all must aspire to, but is quite hard to achieve. Even if we do manage to, life does not remain static, and therefore neither will our Elemental Balance. Incidents and situations, upsets and anger, sometimes call on us to readjust our Elemental Make-up in order to cope. These however are just temporary adjustments, and once the incident has passed, the Elements usually find their balance once more.

Sometimes we need more Fire in us when the situation requires us to be more assertive or forceful. We may not feel comfortable stepping up to this task, but if we call in more Fire, it will give us the boost and stamina to do it.  Of course the sudden burst of Fire typically calms down later on, but it was there when we needed to stand up for ourself. When something upsetting happens or we experience trauma or loss, extra Water arrives and floods us with emotions.  Tears and sadness follow, but in time the increase in Water should subside allowing us to heal and our emotions settle, so that we can continue with life.  If we want to finally get the back yard cleared and sorted after months of talking about it, extra Earth needs to arrive so that the hard work we may have been putting off for some time, can begin in earnest.  With extra Earth on the scene we get stuck in, and can work hard from dawn to dusk to get the job done. Earth then slides back into balance when we spend the next day lying on the couch rewarding ourself for all our effort. The Healthy Personality should be able to call on extra back-up from any of the Elements as necessary without permanently altering the personality. Energy is in constant flux and flow. As humans we are made up of Energy too, so our Elemental Energy is constantly moving as it adjusts to its environment and those around us.

It is only when an incident  or stress remains, or if several more come on top of it, then adjustments of The Elements may become more fixed.  When that happens, there is a noticeable change in the personality.

The Court Card Characters are the actors in The Tarot. They are seen depicted or playing the roles of the individuals in the Four Suits, and sometimes make guest appearances in the Major. They appear in different guises at times but it is them. The individual Courts, The Pages, The Knights, The Queens, The Kings, are all loyal to their individual Suit and Element. This makes them rather type-cast. Regardless of what costume they put on for the individual scenes played out in the imagery of the Cards, their acting abilities are quite limited because they are not multi-faceted. They can only play themselves, according to what their Governing Element can allow or permit. Therefore, the Wands Courts are only able to act in a certain manner.  They will be great in the action-packed adventure movies, ducking bullets, jumping from roof to roof across skyscrapers, and bravely running into burning buildings to rescue hundreds of lives. They are rugged and fearless and jump out of planes to catch villains. However, they are not great when called on to play a role in a puppy love movie.  It’s just not them. This is The Cups territory for they are experts in the art of romantic acting. The Cups would swoon with fright if it was even remotely suggested that they play the Wand’s role of the fearless, daring, Hero. They might get hurt doing all those stunts or worse still, get killed. The Cups would instinctively do it if it was real life and their family or loved ones were in danger but only then, even so, they would need to call on the gutsiness of Fire to help them.

In real life, actors have to have the ability to change their characters so that they can be available to play many roles. However, even the real life actor can find him or herself type cast, and their work opportunities limited, should they stay playing the same type of roles for too long. This can happen in Soap World where actors often spend years playing the same character.  When they decide to leave to try some more challenging roles, we, the viewers can find it very difficult to shake off their old character.

So as you begin your journey through the Court Cards bear all this in mind. When we know they are type-cast it makes it easier for us to predict they way they are going to behave in a situation.  They are going to do what they have always done.  The Queen of Wands is not likely to start behaving as The Queen of Cups voluntarily, nor will The King of Pentacles suddenly decide he wants to be like The Page of Swords just for the sake of it.  Get to know these families, just like you know your own, so that you are in a position to comment on them as if they were your own. Feel sorry for The Page of Cups, if he is hurt in love, just as you would your younger sister or brother in the same situation. Make these Court Families real.

For most of The Pages I have created a fictional story around them so that you might find it easier to understand their personality. I have gone into quite great depth with them as they are the first of the Court Cards, and for many Tarot Students, the Court Cards are the bane of their life. The Pages contain a lot of information, but this is done so to set the stage for their older brother The Knight, their Mother, The Queen and their Father, The King.  In the individual Suits, they are all cut from the same cloth, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Know The Page well for he is the apple that fell from the tree, whose seed will grow in time to become a tree just like the one he fell from.  One day he will become just like his mother, The Queen or his father, The King. Once you know the Pages well, it will be much easier to learn the other members of their family.  That is how Tarot works with it cycle of birth, death and rebirth what goes around must come around. Everything is linked and inter-connected.

In real life our families are generally made up of a mix of Court Personalities. You may be the Knight of Wands, your little sister might be a young Page of Pentacles, while you mother might be The Queen of Cups and your Father the King of Swords. Having a family who are all the same would indeed be very intense, but that is the situation in The Court Cards. The only difference between them is age, maturity and the fact that they all have a slight influence of a different Element in them along with their own governing Element.

All the Pages have the influence of Air, regardless of their Suit. All the Knights have the influence of Fire along with their Element, The Queen’s have the influence of Water and The Kings, the influence of Earth.  This other Elemental Influence helps temper their strong Governing Element and is what gives them their subtle differences.    However,  a Pentacle Family for example, will still very strongly be a Pentacle family, and very identifiable from a Cups or Wands family. At times, the Influencing Guest Element can become quite dominant, and when it does, causes a very noticeable change of expected personality. They begin to act out of character. This is usually when The Court Personality Reverses.

Detailed information about The Court Cards and their Influencing Element will be found in Lesson 1 of Part II of this Course. 

It is with The Court Cards we begin to make connections with The Twelve Sun Signs of The Zodiac through The Four Suits. The Four Elements; Fire, Water, Air and Earth govern and influence The Zodiac. The Twelve Signs are allocated to The Four Elements and Court Suits in Groups of Three creating:

Astrological Symbols

Astrological Symbols

The Fire Signs (Wands) Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

The Water Signs (Cups)Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces

The Air Signs (Swords)Gemini, Libra and Aquarius

The Earth Signs (Pentacles)Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn

The allocated Sun Signs in each grouping will reflect the nature and personality traits of its Court Card Suit.  Therefore, having knowledge of The personalities of The Wands Court Characters will go a long way in helping you to learn or understand the Sun Signs of Aries, Leo and Sagittarius for they are both Governed by Fire which makes them predisposed to have certain personalities. It is the Sun Sign interpretations of the Zodiac that fine tunes their personality, and makes them more identifiable when Reading, because it is then possible to become even more accurate with your descriptions.  The Court Rankings allow for generic personality traits, whereas the Zodiac Signs provide more specific traits. Combining Astrology with Tarot can be very powerful indeed. You do not have to be an expert to do this.

If you are just starting to learn about The Court Cards I suggest you read the Lesson content in Part II of this Course along with Astrology and The Elements in Part I, Lesson 3 first before moving on to the individual Court Cards as you will find a lot of information there that will help you understand these Tarot Families better.

For each of the Court Personalities I have provided a general overview of them along with their detailed profile and interpretations. You will find the Pages Introduction in Lesson 1 of Part II of this Course or by clicking here.

The Pages Introduction

Page of Wands Upright    Page of Cups Upright    Page of Swords Upright     Page of Pentacles Upright

Page of Wands    Page of Cups      Page of Swords    Page of Pentacles

Just Click on the Images to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Pages Introduction first.


I do hope you enjoy your study of our Four Pages and the stories they have to tell.


Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

Pages Introduction Page of Wands    Page of Cups      Page of Swords    Page of Pentacles

Astrology and The Elements

The Fire Signs (Wands)   The Water Signs (Cups)  The Air Signs (Swords)  The Earth Signs (Pentacles)

Lesson 1 Part II 

Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

TV and the Tarot

Just thought you might be interested in the exercise as detailed below. You know the way I am always going on about using the characters and story lines in soap operas and movies to help with your tarot studies. This blog by Tarz brings throws a new slant on it and I will surely try this exercise myself. Let me know how you get on.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)

The Horse Shoe Spread Practice Reading – Interpretation

Hello to all my Tarot Enthusiasts around the World,

The Horse Shoe Spread 


Well I am back and I have with me the Horse Shoe Spread Practice Reading Interpretation. This time I have taken you step by step through the process I have used to interpret the Reading followed by the actual Reading itself. There is a lot to read so please take your time.

The Querant has given his permission for me to use this Reading for teaching purposes.  His identity remains anonymous for privacy purposes.  However, many of you Reading his story will identify with it. It may mirror your own story or perhaps someone you know. This is because when it comes to certain life situations, there is little that happens that has not occurred before, over and over again. When it comes to relationship problems, separation and divorce, the same  stories play out over and over again all around the world.  I have heard this man’s story from several clients over the years.  The names, ages and locations may be different, but little else is. They become Archetypal.  The Tarot being full of Archetypes and Archetypal Behaviour and Situations is an excellent tool for interpreting such issues.

I do hope you pick up some valuable tips in relation to Linking and Connecting Cards when Reading as I have done my best to guide you through this process.

Please Click on the Following Link to go Directly to:

The Horse Shoe Spread Practice Reading Interpretation. 


Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)