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Extract Taken From The Wands’ Book of Love –
The Five of Wands
Below is another extract from The Wands’ Book of Love – Five of Wands I am currently working on. This is my project for 2017. There will be Five Tarot Books of Love in total which will be available to purchase as PDF Downloads for personal study and exploration.
My aim in creating these Tarot Books of Love is to explore in detail, as many potential interpretations both Upright and Reversed, that may pertain to love, romance, relationships and sex. This compilation is a a combination of multiple approaches which digs deep into the imagery and associated meanings of each card. Although there is a huge amount of ground covered in my search for understanding in each card, this list is not exhaustive. There are many more avenues to investigate. The interpretations I have provided may spark more for the individual reader. The idea is to work with the Element, the Number and Traditional Interpretations, but to let your Creative Imagination take you further. Each card holds multiple archetypal scenarios, enough to create any novel, movie or box-set. Once you start to delve deeper and deeper, the more is discovered. In writing these individual books I have to step into the energy of the appropriate Element and work with it from one card to another. In this manner, a story unfolds as per the energy and theme of the Element. I am telling the Wands’s Story of Love through the energy of Fire. In understanding more and more about the Element of Fire in this manner, I have acquired an intuitive feel for it. I am happy to share this extract with all my followers.
Writing about The Five of Wands has been challenging, as there is so much to say. I discovered there was more to be said about it in Reverse than Upright, which exposes the dilemma of Five. Upright it can be unsettling. When Reversed it’s like using a fork to pick up mercury. One moment you have it, and the next its gone again. It is a scattered energy when Upright, and unless it has settled in Reverse, it can become even more scattered.
I do hope you find the following of interest, and that it helps expand your understanding of the nature of Fire in Relationship Readings. I look forward to working on the Six of Wands. Although The Six of Wands is a dynamic card, it will be light relief in comparison to the Five.
xxx Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
Five of Wands – When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going?
Pictorial Key To The Tarot (Arthur Edward Waite) Divinatory Meanings: Imitation, as, for example, sham fight, but also the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. In this sense, it connects with the battle of life. Hence some attributions say that it is a card of gold, gain, opulence. Reversed: Litigation, disputes, trickery, contradiction.
5 – Disturbance and unease in a relationship. Unexpected events and issues. Fighting against Change.
Five – Blowing things out of proportion, Change, Fighting for/against Change, Disruption, Conflict, Feeling Conflicted, Competition for the one you love. Competitive Relationship, External Interference, Relationship going through a rough time. Incompatibility, Lack of Compromise, Fire-Fighting, External/Internal Demands, No Time for love/romance/your partner. Bickering, fighting, arguments and clashes of personality. Egos. Difficult babies/children. Large families.
Yes or No Card? – Yes, to good healthy competition. Yes to sticking with it. Yes, to rising to challenge. No to petty arguments and rivalry. No to aggression. No, find order first. Too chaotic.
We have now reached the mid-point of the Wand’s journey through Love with Fire. Except for a mild bit of uncertainty, or hesitation in the Two, the Wands have had a clear run of it when Upright. Fire likes to travel and expand. It does not like to be held back or restricted. It is a positive forward flowing energy, that thrives on momentum and enthusiasm. From the Ace to Four, it has pretty much run unrestricted and bathed in the glow of everything working out. It has had its way most of the time. The sun has shone down on the Upright Wands, making them feel blessed and joyful. There was much to celebrate, with no issues to bother about.
The Five changes matters, and for the first time, Fire’s path is blocked or challenged. Fire will aim to go over, under and around any obstacles, if going through them seems tedious or unsettling. The jubilant and triumphant Fire is disturbed, and it is unsure how it will react. Fire in a healthy state will choose to work through the challenge or obstacle, before continuing on its path, as it is not a quitter. It may take time to work it out, but it is the best way. Avoiding the challenge or obstacle may seem like a quick fix, but this challenge will be encountered again and again until it is acted on. Transitioning through Five for Wands is extremely significant. How they handle the issues thrown up by Five could determine how successful their relationship is in the long run. It is a very defining time for them. This is the first real dilemma they have come up against in their relationship. Although it may be causing a bit of drama, it is not dreadfully serious. If they cannot successful work through issues at this level, how will they cope with even greater ones in the future.
Wands, driven by Fire are positive and optimistic when Upright. They should be well equipped to tackle Five and determinedly see it through. Relationships experience their first bump in the road and may feel rattled. Their foundations will be tested for signs of any weakness or fault lines. If a relationship has been built out of the Reversed Ace, Reversed, Two, Reversed, Three and Reversed Four, The Five has the potential to take it down. Incompatibility, superficial feelings, and loose commitment will be exposed by Five. This could mark the end of the journey for some relationships as they hit a defining rough patch. The Five will separate the wheat from the chaff in relationships. Only strong, positive, committed ones will be permitted to journey on in the Upright Aspect. Weak, negative or unhealthy relationships can continue, but they may fall from one Reversed Aspect to another. The challenge for relationships is to battle through the Five and emerge triumphantly the other side, or concede defeat and withdraw.
The Five of Wands can be a tricky card to read as it carries shifting energy. It really depends on the theme of surrounding cards and the querant’s issue. On one level, it is an assertive positive card, full of life and activity, but on another level, it is overpowering, aggressive and challenging, even when upright. Your reaction to this card may bring relief or panic as a situation blows wide open. One may not be sure if it would be best in Reverse as it does suggest a more balanced energy.
However, Reversed cards can bring in extremes of the upright energy. In this case, the Five of Wands is chaotic and challenging enough when upright. Why might we look for even more in the the Reverse? It is probably best to read both the Upright and Reversed interpretations when looking for extremes. In the Five of Wands a battle has already broken out, so we are in the midst of chaos. When it reverses, sides have either backed down or stepped up the attack. Whatever way you look at it, there is change and upheaval that cannot be escaped. Brushing issues under the carpet or attempting to look the other way will not work as the issue is already upon you. You cannot escape into the upright and make it all go away as something is up regardless of which direction the card is pointing. You might have to think on your feet as you try to work your way out. This is not a peaceful time. It will however be interesting, and it would be wise to sit up and take note of what is actually going on. Knowledge gained now will stand to you in the future as chaos does have a habit of taking us by surprise. When the going gets tough the tough get going.
The Five of Wands generally brings change in its wake. In its Upright Aspect, change is either embraced and viewed as an interesting challenge, or it is fought against and resisted. Your relationship may be changing and there is a lot of uncertainty about it. There has been a shift in energy which will bring couples closer together or drive them apart. Your relationship may have plateaued for some time, fallen into a way of being, just drifting along. Something has, or will happen, that could cause upheaval with the need for a fresh approach. One partner may have grown bored with the current trend and is taking steps to address it. This will leave the other partner on shaky ground as suddenly the relationship as they know it cannot be relied on. There could be a mad scramble to fix things in an attempt to bring it back to the way it was. This may not be the answer. Your relationship is in need of a reshuffle. Time to pull all those wands out and check for signs of dry rot or lack of growth. Some of them may be quite lifeless and in need of attention, sunshine, heat, and hydration. Some may need to be replaced. Reconstruct them in a manner which will facilitate revival and encourage new growth. Change is upon you. Try and be open to healthy change.
Goal Posts Keep Shifting
Here we find a relationship that cannot settle. It might suggest a romance that blows hot and cold, is on one day, and off the next. Couple’s cannot decide what to do with it. There could be temporary break-ups where partners are free to date others. Invariably they get back together again. Friends and family find it hard to keep up with the relationship status as it swings between current and ancient………..Read More…. Extract from The Wands’ Book of Love – Five of Wands
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May I wish you a very peaceful, healthy and happy 2017!
After taking a break from writing in November, I am now back in the saddle and have been busy creating some special new content. Part of my reason for taking a break was to step back for a while and reflect on the direction Truly Teach Me Tarot has headed since its humble launch in 2012, along with the viability in continuing full-time commitment to such a large project. With me being the sole author, creator, web developer and site administrator, running and maintaining teachmetarot.com has become a full-time job, a job that unfortunately does not pay! I have given much thought to how I can continue this level of commitment along with keeping a roof over my head. With about 9,000 views a day from over 200 countries my aim is to keep this site ‘Free for All’. I really hope I can continue to do so. Other than recently signing up to WordAds, the only income generated from this site is via Donations. To date I have received a total of 5 Donations for which I am extremely grateful. My site is hosted by Free Hosting WordPress, and has limited commercial potential. For such heavy daily traffic, my site would need a Dedicated Server to avoid crashing and slow page loading. Unfortunately, the cost of such a service is quite out of reach.
So, as we enter the new year, I have decided to take a bold step forward for 2017 by releasing some new ‘Extra Special Content’ for those tarot students and enthusiasts who want to enhance and expand on their interpretation repertoire.
From February, I will be introducing some content changes and monitoring its progress. Some content may be removed or altered. Other than that, Truly Teach Me Tarot will continue to run as normal, allowing free access to any content published on site. I will continue to write and add new ‘free content’ throughout the year. There will also be an option to purchase PDF Downloads of Site content for a small fee. Notice of available Downloads will be posted as soon as they have been formatted for download release.
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New, ‘Extra Special, Download Only Content’ will be created as stand alone modules, and will not be included as on site content. Instead these New Modules will be available to Purchase as PDF Downloads for personal viewing and study.
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The first Download Only content will be released in February with:
The Wands’ Book of Love
The Wands’ Book of Love, is Module 1 of a Series of 5. Each Module in this Series takes an in-depth look at each card, both Upright and Reversed, in a particular Suit, as well as Major Arcana, for Relationship Analysis and Interpretation. Modules also cover analysis of Governing Elements, and the Personalities involved in Relationships under each Suit. Cards are intensely explored and analysed to yield as many options as possible based on their driving element. The aim of these ‘Books of Love’ Modules, is to encourage Tarot Students to Flex their mind, look beyond the obvious, and explore different perspectives. It also facilitates greater connection with the imagery of each card and the array of sublime messages or stories they convey. The content created is a fusion of traditional, non-traditional and personal connections. In writing these Modules, I have attempted to cover as many approaches as possible. There should be something for everyone.
To get a taste for what these Modules will have to offer, I have inserted an excerpt from The Wands’ Book of Love. The card being explored is The Two of Wands both Upright and Reversed. Each Module contains a large volume of content and will have three download options. With full colour images, with black and white images and without images. This is to ease reduction on ink if printing Module Content.
There will be a Special Offer Price at Launch of First Module. Information on pricing will follow.
Except From – The Wands’ Book of Love
Two of Wands – Don’t Know What I Want Anymore
2 – Decisions about relationships. Being at a crossroads. Weighing up Pros and Cons. Being in two minds.
Two of Wands – Weighing up the pros and cons of a relationship. Finding balance or not. Decision time. Relationship Crossroads. Choosing between two partners. Not really sure about the relationship. Something is wrong as you do not feel fulfilled. You are not content and have doubts about staying or going. Nothing obviously wrong but the fire may have diminished. Withdrawal, disconnected. Focus elsewhere. Grass is greener on other side. You want more out of a relationship. Feeling trapped or restricted. A decision about the taking the next step in a relationship. Wanting to rush into a relationship but circumstances or doubts may hold you back. Hankering after a love from far away. Big decisions about relocating for a couple. Action has to be taken soon. The Sudden departure of a partner or lover. A couple with differing needs. Internet dating.
You certainly have invested a lot in this relationship and need to know if your partner feels the same. You feel that the relationship has reached an impasse, or fallen into a comfort zone, when really, further progress should be made. You have created a certain life together and believe it should now move on to something more. You seek commitment and security of relationship. You are prepared to make a go of it but you might sense your partner needs more convincing. It might be time to sit down with your partner to discuss long-term goals for the relationship and the best way forward.
The Crossroads – Decision Making Time
In the Two of Wands, we arrive at the sobering up stage in a relationship as it reaches a crossroads. A decision has to be made and action taken. You may feel under pressure from others. The initial high energy of the Ace of Wands has worn off, the excitement eventually calmed. It is time to take stock of the relationship to see where both parties stand. In the Ace of Wands, we explored the crazy in love stage. That has now passed. In the Two, the couple must decide if they want to explore the relationship further. We now see the two sides involved and can get an idea of how they might differ. One Wand is bolted to the wall which could suggest the desire for commitment, to be bound to another. He or she might want something more stable and secure. The other Wand, although held in the hand of the figure in this card, is free to move. The figure holding the Wand stands with his back to the Wand bolted to the wall. He stares out to sea and across to foreign lands. The globe in his hand represents his world and he must decide what it means to him before a decision can be made. Read the rest of this entry
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Now there may be many Readers out there who regularly practice what I am about to describe but this only began to register with me in recent weeks. What I am talking about here pertains to the Reversed Cards which remain sitting in the deck after the drawing or selection process has been completed. What is their purpose or use if at all? Why were they Reversed in the first place? What can we deduce from them? Should we just totally ignore them, or treat them like the remaining Upright Cards, as in, just not part of that Reading? Of course this only applies if you are using Reversed Cards in your Readings. Read the rest of this entry
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The Reversed Knight Of Pentacles
A Big Hello to All My Tarot Friends Around The World,
Well here it is at last, The Re-Worked Reversed Knight of Pentacles has finally arrived and is ready for viewing. Like The Reversed Knight of Pentacles himself, the going has been very slow and I apologise for all the delay in getting this latest piece of work out to the world at large. I have been battling Cervical Spine issues and running from one therapist to another with limited success. However, I have now found an excellent Muscular-Skeletal Specialist who is doing great work on me. It is early days yet but I hope to be back up to speed in the coming weeks. A lot of it has been my own doing so I have a big part to play in the healing process. I have learned a lot about the workings of my body in recent weeks and am now in ‘Save Vivien’ mode!
I really went into great depth with this Reversed Knight. There is a lot to read so don’t try to take it all in one go. To be honest, I could have written more but had to rein myself in eventually. Please be reassured there is absolutely no need to learn off all the associations I have provided. Your head will explode if you do! It is simply food for thought and should help in developing your understanding of the personality potential to be found in The Reversed Aspect of The Knight of Pentacles. Every Tarot Reader must follow his or her own path.
I will be leaving the Court Cards for a while as I need to come up for air. I now intend focusing my attention on The Ace of Cups along with The Emperor and Hierophant.
Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)
Heavy Earth/Scorched Earth
When the Knight of Pentacles Reverses we find a very different young man or woman. The Knight becomes overly bogged down in the Earth or loses his values and morals in a furnace of Fire. He can stubbornly resist the benefits and perks Fire has to offer him, resulting in apathy, stagnation and lack of motivation. He can lose the energy required to even rise from his bed or chair. He can grow sullen, dour and disinterested in life and the living. Mind numbing habit and routine find him drifting meaninglessly throughout the years as opportunities and the chance for adventure and fun are actively ignored or avoided. Without Fire,…………….Read the Full Description
Just a very quick note to announce the release today of the re-worked Upright Meanings, Keywords and Messages for The Knight of Pentacles. This content includes heaps of new information and detailed analysis for potential interpretations in all types of Reading scenarios; General, Personality, Relationships, Business and Careers.
I am currently working on The Reversed Meanings for The Knight, and whereas I had hoped to have it complete for launch by June 30th, it will most likely be a week behind schedule at this stage!!! I promise, it is coming though. Just not enough hours in the day at present.
I do hope you enjoy the new content. There is a lot so it might take you time to get through it all. Please note, that as either a Student or Tarot Reader, you are not required to memorise all of these interpretations. I simply provide them as food for thought and possible use. Work with only those which resonate with you. It is not possible to assign each of these interpretations to every reading you do. However, they do offer a variety of perspectives to work from.
Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)
Hi To Everyone in Tarot World,
I am thrilled to announce the arrival of the Re-Invented Ace of Wands. I believe the Launch Card for each Suit should be given special attention as it sets the scene for their very particular, and specific journeys ahead. The Four Aces lay the necessary ground work for all the Cards that follow. Once you understand the Launch or Origins of each Suit, it makes interpreting the rest all the easier to intuit, or deduce.
I do hope you enjoy this new body of work and assure you of my commitment to affording the same level of attention to the remaining Aces of Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
Vivien xxx (Your Tarot Teacher)
Getting The Green Light/Thumbs Up, Get Going
Ace of Wands *Remember, Wands are governed by the Element Fire and so deal with energy, action, movement, change, work, careers, creativity, inspiration, enthusiasm, exertion, strength, passion.
A Disembodied Hand appears from out of a cloud or aura. A single Wand is grasped firmly by the hand in an upright position and is offered forth as a gift of opportunity or chance. The aura represents the pure aspect of Spirit. The Wand sprouts new leaves symbolically representing the beginning of new life and potential within. Any remaining old leaves fall away to make way for new growth as nature rebirths itself. The budding leaves also represent Spring, a time of new growth, rebirth, regeneration and possibilities. The Thumb is held in an upright manner, a symbolic gesture for ‘Yes’ or ‘Affirmative’. The sky is clear and bright. Young trees come into leaf in the background while a castle sits atop of a steep hill or mountain. The castle symbolises security, goals, dreams, opportunities, ambitions, the ultimate destination. A river meanders through the landscape symbolising the emotional currents that flow through the situation. The River does not follow a straight path. This symbolises challenges ahead, but non so great that cannot be overcome.
Card Imagery and Description for The Ace of Wands – The Journey Begins
In the Ace of Wands the Element of Fire prepares to embark upon a new journey. Everything is new and fresh and much excitement is in the air for this momentous occasion. Only moments ago, a bolt of lightning lit up the sky and set our nerve ends tingling as the hair rose on the back of our neck. The electricity is palpable. and it is clear something very magical is about to happen. As we focus on The Ace of Wands we witness the first impulse or emanation of the gift of Fire as a hand from the Universe/Spirit reaches forth from a burst of cloud. The aura surrounding……Continue Reading
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Join The Wands as they set forth on their exciting and dramatic Journey throughout The Minor Arcana. Experience the Fire when they are handed their first Wand!
Holistic Tarot Reading and Consultancy?
Holistic Tarot Consultancy differs from traditional Tarot Reading. Tarot Reading in the past was, and is still used by many as a ‘Fortune-Telling’ method of divination. Typically the client sat quietly throughout a brief reading while the Tarot Reader relayed an interpretation of each card drawn. It was a one way flow of communication with The Tarot Reader in full control while the client sat silently taking note of all the bits and pieces. I have been to plenty of these myself over the years. A Reading was often a series of non-related pieces of information with some parts making sense while others remained mysterious or out-of-place. People often sought Tarot Readings to find out if the Reader could see what they already knew about themselves.
Tarot Reading has thankfully evolved and today we find a rich variety of interpretation styles to suit every need.
Holistic Tarot Consultancy goes much deeper than the old-fashioned method by diving into the realm of the human psyche and all that resides therein. It draws a new style of clientele; those who seek personal empowerment and the freedom to control and manage their own life. They see Tarot as a form of Personal Life Coaching which will equip them with the necessary skills and attitude to achieve their goals and dreams. Read the rest of this entry
Tarot Investigative Work – How Did I Do It?
Final Content Release on The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread
Link to Original Reading – Cora’s Celtic Cross Spread – Sample Career Reading
After reading the above interpretation of Cora’s Celtic Cross Career Spread you may be somewhat confused as to how and where I got my story. Pulling the cards together in a manner which makes sense very much comes down to a combination of old-fashioned deduction, investigative work and that buzz word, intuition. It goes without saying that unless you read from a completely intuitive base, you should have some understanding of the Meanings of the Cards, their Numerical Status and Elemental Influence. These are the tools of the trade after all……..(Read the Full Guide that will show you How I interpreted this Reading)
The Celtic Cross Spread – Cora’s Career Reading
Here is an example of a Reading using The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread. Have a read through it and see if you can follow my train of thought when interpreting; where I found the connections and correspondences, how the story came about. After the Reading below, I have supplied a Step-By-Step detailed account of how I pulled it all together so that you can see for yourself exactly how I did it (Release Date – 22nd March 2016). Oh, just so that we are all clear, my client gave permission for her Reading to be published. I have changed my client’s name to protect her privacy. As per my method, I use a Base Card in all my Readings. This is optional. Click Here for Full Reading
Base Card – The Ace of Pentacles ( Overview – First Hint)
Card 1 The Issue – The Reversed Four of Cups (What is being faced right now. The Focal Point)
Card 2 The Challenge/Cross – The Reversed Moon (What Crosses/Challenges/Problems/Obstacles experienced with the Current Issue. What is blocking progress)
Card 3 – What Lies Above/The Conscious – The Empress (Aspirations and Conscious Desires. Desired/Ideal Outcome. The Higher Self).
Card 4 – What Lies Below/The Unconscious – The Reversed Three of Pentacles (Unconscious/Subconscious urges influencing the Issue on either a positive or negative basis. )
Card 5 – What Lies Behind/The Past – Ten of Swords (What has gone before that has led up to the Current Issue)
Card 6 – What Lies Ahead/The Future – King of Swords (Where the Issue is heading or should head)
Card 7 – Advice on Transition – The Chariot ( Advice on how to move forward. Strategy/Action/Progress)
Card 8 – External Influences/ Surrounding Energy/ – The World (The Energy that Externally Surrounds the Issue. Family, friends, trends, atmosphere, external views and perceptions in which Issue Operates. Not necessarily controlled by the Querant)
Card 9 -Hopes and Fears – The Eight of Pentacles (Which is dominant? Hopes or Fears? This will tell a lot about the mindset)
Card 10 – What is to Come/The Outcome – The Ten of Pentacles (The Probable Outcome based on the trend of the Cards and the Querant being proactive or passive with achieving their aims.)
Cora came to me in September of 2015 for a Tarot Reading. She told me she had come to a point in her life where she really hadn’t a clue what to do and felt she had painted herself into a corner. She claimed to be tired and worn out by the demands of a life that seemed to be getting her few results. So I asked her to fill me in on her situation so that we had something to work with in her reading.
Cora told me she was a singing teacher, had been one for over 20 years but had been forced to take a break from her career after been diagnosed with leukemia. During her months of treatment and convalescence she struggled hard to regain her previous state of health. She returned to work but was unable to keep up with the demanding workload. She was off more times than she was in work and eventually had to leave her job because her students were suffering from her erratic attendance. She fell into quite a deep depression and was living on her life savings to pay the bills. Her daughter came to her one day needing to access some personal belongings she had in the attic. Cora climbed into the attic to help with the search. She opened box after box and uncovered stuff she hadn’t seen in decades……..Continue Reading
Tarot Investigative Work – How Did I Do It?
Follow Up on Cora’s Reading – The Full Interpretation Analysis For Cora’s Celtic Cross Career Spread
***Release Date – March 22nd 2016***
After reading the above interpretation of Cora’s Celtic Cross Career Spread you may be somewhat confused as to how and where I got my story. Pulling the cards together in a manner which makes sense very much comes down to a combination of old fashioned deduction, investigative work and that buzz word, intuition. It goes without saying that unless you read from a completely intuitive base, you should have some understanding of the meanings of the Cards, their Numerical status and Elemental influence. These are the tools of the trade after all……..(Read the Full Guide that will show you How I interpreted this Reading –