Category Archives: Minor Arcana

The Re-Invented Ace of Wands Has Arrived!

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. 

Enjoy!

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.

Ace of Wands

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

The Re-Invented Ace of Wands Has Arrived!

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The Suit of Wands

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The Skull in The Seven of Cups – What does it mean?

The Skull in The Seven of Cups

 What does it Mean?

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The Skull in the Seven of Cups

I received a query from a new tarot student about the skull that appears to be carved on the 6th Cup in the imagery of the Seven of Cups. Instead of replying directly, I have decided to write a post on it as there is quite a bit to discuss, and several theories to bandy about.  The Seven of Cups is a very complex card and carries many versions of interpretation.   I am quite confident of the potential in writing a complete book on this card alone if I set my mind to it.   I have never mentioned the presence of the skull on the Seven of Cups before, as from deck to deck of the Rider Waite, it is not always prominent.

The Wreath is all about Success, fame, achievement and victory. There are various theories about the skull on Cup 6 in the Seven of Cups but apart from some bizarre ones, there is generally an understanding that it is associated with Victory over Death. This can be viewed in many aspects, just like every other symbol in Tarot, and really depends how you intuitively interpret it at the time of drawing it. Does the skull jump out at you immediately? There are probably many of you who have never noticed it before.

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The Cups are very creative and artistic. The skull resembles Death which reminds us that we are immortal, and that Death will come to us all. So how can we triumph over death? We succeed in this by leaving something of value behind us that will outlive our mortal bodies.  Take the writer/musician/artist whose works live on many centuries after their demise. Because of their success or achievement in mortal life, they gain a form of immortality. They may be dead but their name lives on. Athletes, rulers, scientists, inventors of the past are all to be found in history books, or have their lives documented in one manner or another. However, the Skull in the Seven of Cups, also reminds us of the flip side of being immortalised because of personal victories in life. Along with those long dead and gone who we celebrate and recall in such awe and wonder, are those we remember for all the wrong reasons. Read the rest of this entry

Lesson 10 & 11 – Part I, Now Ready For Viewing

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends and Students around the World,

The Minor Arcana Ace to Ten

I hope you are all well and happy.  I am delighted to inform you that both Lesson 10 and Lesson 11 are now ready for viewing as I have finished work on their Content.  There will be a Lesson 12 to Follow in Part I which will deal totally with Practice Readings and Various Spreads.  You will notice that some of the information in both Lesson 10 and 11 refers to Part II and Part III of the Course but my intention is to give most of the Course Content  in Part I. This is information that is relevant to all Parts and it would be unwise for me to drip feed it to you in each section. The Proof-Reader would not work for me on Lesson 11 and I apologise in advance for any typos you may come across. Hopefully, it will be back up and running shortly and I can then give the Lesson a run through.

I hope you enjoy these Lessons.

Spring Blessings,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

Lesson 10 Covers:

  • Pulling it all Together
  • Defining Your Reading Style
  • Staying Grounded, Not Becoming Obsessive with Tarot and Not Losing the Run of Yourself
  • The Tarot Reader’s Code of Ethics and Disclaimer
  • Promoting Yourself as a Tarot Reader – Blogs/Tarot Brochures
  • The Importance of Being Professional from Day One
  • Snapshot/Abbreviated Quickie Meanings For the Forty Cards in The Four Suits

Lesson 11 Covers:

  • The Step-by-Step Guide to doing a Tarot Reading or Consultation.

The Following are excerpts from the Two Lessons – Just Click on The Links or Images to go Directly to Lesson Pages.

Lesson Ten

The Minor Arcana Ace to Ten

Congratulations on completing the previous Nine Lessons along with the Ace to Ten of each of The Four Suits of The Minor Arcana. This is no mean achievement for there was a lot to learn along with getting accustomed to thinking in a whole new way. As each Lesson and Card was studied and analysed, both your mind and eyes opened to new concepts and sharper visual appraisal. No longer are you merely holding a pile ofForty Picture Cards in your hands called The Minor Arcana of The Tarot, for now you are the new guardians of Four Individual Stories andJourneys, the Stories and Journeys of Life. You now should be at a stage where you understand The Four approaches to life and the Four Aspects of our Personalities which govern how we and those around us act and feel, and what we say, think and do.

You should have a strong understanding of The Four Elements that governed and influenced The Four Suits as they journeyed throughout The Minor Arcana. You should now also be in a position to identify how The Four Elements influence your own life and which one/s dominate and direct your life from day-to-day. You should also be clearly aware of which Element/s are lacking in your personality, which ones would be beneficial for you to get more acquainted with and which ones are best to keep under tight control. Your knowledge of the behaviour of the individual Elements should explain why you have tendencies to act and behave in any given situation. You should also have reached a state of honesty with yourself and acknowledge any Elemental Aspects of your Personality that are in Reverse. You are no longer at the mercy of your Personality for this new knowledge will have empowered you to make adjustments where necessary and to pre-empt certain behaviour which should enable you to gain better control over your life.

Ace of Wands Ace of Cups  Ace of Swords Ace of Pentacles

You will also have noticed that you have a better understanding of partners, spouses, family, friends, work colleagues and associates. This is because of your understanding of The Four ElementsFireWaterAir and Earth. These Elements will have revealed themselves to you as you became more familiar with them, putting you in a better position to identify their Personality Types. As a result you should now have realised why you get on better with some than with others based on your dominant Element Type and theirs. Many will be similar, others compatible, while some will be in opposition or hard to reconcile with. You cannot choose your family but you can choose your friends. Your friends, especially your closest friends will have PersonalitiesElemental Types that are similar to yours or compatible. Sometimes they can be the exact opposite of yours, but by working together, the opposing Elements will bring out the best in each other or force the other out of their comfort zone, which helps growth and development. Those we work with, or have need to deal with on some level or other, will be a mixed bag of Elemental Types and here we have no control, for we must do our best and just get on with it. We may have to grin and bear certainPersonalities because they are our Boss or Manager, we may have to be obliging and agreeable to members of the public when really we would rather throttle them over the head.  On the work front, some of our work colleagues may drive us to distraction while others help make our day just by their very presence. When several Elemental Types are thrown together, there is a tendency to drift into certain groups or clicks that we call ‘our type’. We get along better with ‘our type’ and will sit together in the work canteen at lunchtime or socialise after work hours. There will be many Elemental Types we just won’t get to know much about at all because unless we make an extreme effort they will be deemed as ‘not our type’ and will feel we have little in common with them.

To Read The Full Lesson 10 Just Click Here……..

Lesson 11

The Step-by-Step Guide To Doing a Tarot Reading or Consultation

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Congratulations on completing the previous Ten Lessons. I do hope you have learned a lot about Tarot throughout and are becoming familiar with all the Cards you have studied. We still have to tackle The Court Cards and The Major Arcana, but no doubt you haven’t been able to resist taking a look at Part II and Part III already. I don’t blame you for wanting to read as much as you can about this exciting subject. As this Lesson deals with taking you Step by Step through the Reading Process, it would be pointless if I were to put it as the very last Lesson in Part III, when all the Cards have been covered and Lesson Content too. That is because you do not have to wait to cover or study all the Cards intensely before you start Reading for yourself, or for others. By others, I mean family and friends. You should not be putting yourself out there as a Tarot Reader for the Public until the Whole Course has been covered and you are familiar with the process of Reading for others. However, this Guide also covers Reading for the Public and there is no harm in getting familiar with it all from the very beginning. Therefore, depending on your Level of Reading, you will be approaching this Guide for information regarding Reading for Friendsand Family as a Novice Tarot Reader, or if ready to become a Professional Reader you will want to carefully study all aspects of this Guide.Please Note, that this is a Guide for Reading on a Professional Level but is not a Tarot Business Guide. The Business area of Tarot will be covered in Part III of this Course.

At this Stage, you are well on your way, and I believe are ready to test your fledgling wings by Reading for people you are familiar with, people who won’t mind if you have to sit staring at the Cards for five minutes before saying anything.

This Lesson is going to be all about The Reading Process and will Pull Together much that we have already covered, along with areas I have alluded to throughout the CourseLesson Eleven will act as a Reference Guide to Reading, right from the very moment someone enquires about a Reading, to preparing for The Reading, dealing with your Client on arrival, the Pre-Reading ProcessThe Reading itself and finally the Post-Reading Process. 

READ MORE………..Just Click Here The Step By Step Guide to Doing a Tarot Reading or Consultation

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Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn
Truly Teach Me Tarot Part I

Lesson Nine Content Ready to View – Health Readings and More

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends Around The World,

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You will have noticed that I have not given many direct Health Interpretations for the individual Cards so far. Some have been generally given as we proceeded through the  Lessons, with the remaining Health Interpretations to be supplied at the end of each Part of The Course. This has been to discourage you from rushing in and giving Health Readings to friends and family until you are more comfortable with the CardsHealth Readings are always a dodgy area to get into, and as a Tarot Reader you are quite within your rights to exclude Health Readings from your practice if you feel uncomfortable in this area.

If you do decide to do Health Readings, make sure that anyone enquiring about having a reading done is informed as to the type of Reader you are in advance.  If you tell it as you see it, then inform the Querant and ask as to whether they will be comfortable with your directness.  Some Querants want to ask after their parent’s health and even their children’s yet fail to understand the implications or consequences of hearing potentially bad news.  I regularly have Querants who when asked if there is anything else they would like to look at before the Reading is over, want to know if their kids are healthy.  I generally try to talk them out of it because what if something does come up in the Cards?  Can I be sure it is correct?  Can I trust my interpretation of it? So how do you deal with the Querant once Nasty Cards have come out?  How do you backtrack?

Let me tell you that the Querant may never have laid eyes on a Deck of Tarot before, but going on the basis of the Collective UnconsciousSymbols and Archetypes, they will instantly identify ‘Bad Cards’ as soon as they see them without you having to point them out.  They will look frightened and ask you to put their mind at rest, which of course you may not be able to do.  You see, when they ask these questions casually, just as a Filler-in a Reading, and not the main reason they came to you, they are only expecting to be told that their kids are happy and healthy so they can go merrily on their way home.  However, their life and peace of mind can  be seriously affected by the stress and worry over a Tarot Reading that may or may not be right.

There are times however, when a parent comes for a Tarot Reading specifically to enquire about a son or daughter who they are concerned about.  This is different but should be handled very cautiously too.  No allegations or rash judgements should be made in the Reading and if you see trouble or Health Problems in the Cards then the ‘softly, softly’ approach is best.  Hint at or allude to possible things you may see in the Cards but be 100% certain about nothing.  Remember, unless you are suitably trained you could get into serious trouble giving medical advice or diagnosis to someone who is pressurising you into saying something, not to mention the distress you will also cause.

The Health Meanings for The Court Cards and The Major Arcana will be supplied at the end of their Modules.  Any relevant Cards will be added to the Health Card Combination Page.

  • DEFINE THE TYPE OF READER YOU ARE IN ADVANCE – IF YOU DON’T DO HEALTH READINGS, SAY SO
  • NEVER BE AFRAID TO DECLINE A HEALTH READING OR BACK OUT OF A READING IF THE QUERANT BEGINS TO ASK HEALTH RELATED QUESTIONS. IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE, THEN SAY SO. 
  • REMEMBER, MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS IS NOT IN THE REALM OF TAROT READING, EVEN IF YOU ARE A DOCTOR
  • THE TAROT IS ONLY EVER 70/80% ACCURATE EVEN ON THE BEST OF DAYS. YOU MIGHT BE WRONG

So with all that in mind, I am happy to inform you that the Content for Lesson Nine is complete and ready to be viewed. Lesson Nine Covers:

  • General Information on both The Nines and Tens of The Minor Arcana
  • Jumping Cards – Cards that appear to Jump or Fall from The Deck when Shuffling.
  • Detailed Information about Health Readings

Supplement Pages Include:

Wands Health Interpretations – Ace to Ten

Cups Health Interpretations – Ace to Ten

Swords Health Interpretations – Ace to Ten

Pentacles Health Interpretations – Ace to Ten

Health Card Combinations Minor Arcana – Ace to Ten

Sample Health Readings will be Posted Next Week.

 

Brightest Blessings,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

 

Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

Happy Holidays from Tarot World – Part II

Continuation from 27th of December – Part II

Following on from yesterdays look into how the various Court Families of The Tarot might be celebrating, or not celebrating The Holidays, today we will take a look at The Swords and Pentacles Families along with the remaining Major Arcana Cards. 

The Swords Family Celebrating The Holiday Season

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The Swords Family are a little bit nervous and uptight about the Holidays ahead. Memories of this time last year still haunt them. To be honest, The King of Swords has made it clear that he wants nothing to do with it and has told everyone not to expect him to join in any of the celebrations. He thinks it is a lot of nonsense and a waste of time. The Queen of Swords has laid down strict rules and guidelines about how this year will be different. She will stand for none of the upset and stress she had to endure last year. She has made up her mind that she will have a different attitude this Holiday Season and will be very well organised so that she does not become overly stressed. She has ordered her offspring to come home and she expects them to obey. Just for once she would like a calm, happy and sociable Holiday but can she rely on the rest of her family to follow suit?

The Queen of Swords wants everything to be different this year and so insists that instead of giving the Knight and Page the usual book vouchers, new school satchel for The Page and a smart fountain pen for The Knight, she wants their gifts to be more imaginative. The King of Swords reluctantly agrees to her demands. He saw the state she got into last year and certainly does not want a repeat of it. However he hates going gift shopping and thinks it all a waste of good money. Instead he sends his secretary out to do his gift buying for him. The only thing is he doesn’t give her any guidelines except that they have to be sensible or educational. He expects her to know what he means and offers no more suggestions. His nervous secretary will have to use her wits to get suitable presents. She has also been told to be back at her desk in two hours. Stressed and nearly killing herself running across roads without looking, she is heading for the nearest boring store when she gets a phone call from The Queen of Swords. The Queen of Swords is a smart lady and knew exactly what her partner, The King would do. She instructs the nervous secretary to go to the Mall instead of the old reliable book store and gives her a list of shops she might try along with numerous suggestions for gifts. The poor secretary expresses her concern as to what The King will say when she comes back to the office with the very things he told her not to buy. The Queen reassures her and tells her that she will deal with him, but to make sure that all the gifts are wrapped so that he does not know what has been bought. She tells the secretary to charge any excess to her account as The King has given his secretary a strict and tight budget to work from.

The Queen has her own shopping to do, so heads off leaving her secretary in charge of her team. She makes her way to the nearest Sport’s shop and purchases a complete Hill-Walking Kit for The King; hiking boots, poles, weather proof clothes and a special compass which she has personally engraved for him. She then purchases a similar kit for herself. She plans to start the New Year with a new attitude and to spend more time with her partner. She realises they do not enjoy themselves enough and as she knows The King does like to walk and is always pointing out one mountain or another to her and its altitude, she thinks that Hill-Walking would be a past-time both of them would enjoy. Delighted with her purchases she heads back to the office.

The Knight and Page have little problem buying their gifts; a new desk set for their father and engraved fountain pen. For their mother, a Tablet. Their mother complains that they do not ring her often enough. With The Page in Boarding School and The Knight in College she sees little of them. When she opens it, they will set the Tablet up for her so that she can Skype them. She will also get great use out of it. It comes with a smart sophisticated bag so that it is easy for her to carry around and suitable for bringing to the office. They want to make her happy this Holiday, especially after the disaster of the last one.

The Queen of Swords leaves the purchasing of her gift from The King up to him. As they all open their gifts, she is not surprised to discover the same bottle of perfume she gets every year from him.  She has long outgrown this scent and each year brings it back unopened to the department store to exchange it for something else. Her partner, The King has a set mind when it comes to things and finds it hard to step outside the box and act spontaneously. She would dearly love to open her gift and find some expensive lingerie or even a voucher for spa treatments but he is not very imaginative and far too serious for such frivolous things. Everyone else seems to be especially pleased with their gifts, if not a tad surprised. The King is slightly confused when he sees the Hill-Walking clothes but when The Queen explains their use he thinks her very sensible. The Queen is thrilled with her tablet and gives both her sons a stiff and uncomfortable hug. None of them are used to being emotional with each other but The Queen seems intent on making changes this year so everyone is awkwardly going along with it. Just for this moment in time The Queen of Swords is happy and believes she has managed to pull it off, that this Holiday will be a good one with no repeat performances of last year. She is looking forward to a lot of amiable chat around the dinner table.

The Swords Family sit down to their formally laid table to eat. The Queen is known to be a perfectionist so the table is immaculate and she has used a special ruler to ensure that each setting is the same distance apart. Starters go well and everyone seems to be relaxing a bit. Just as the main course is being served, The King asks The Knight how College is going? The Queen freezes. She was hoping they could get past the Holidays before she would have to tell him. Only a week ago, she had received a disturbing phone call from his College. They had tried to reach The King first but he had been in a meeting. The Queen was very grateful for such fortunate timing. She told The College that she would be dealing with the matter and not to disturb The King as he was involved in some serious business. The Knight then emailed his mother, The Queen to tell her that he had been expelled for disorderly behaviour and for driving a car across the college lawns while under the influence of alcohol. He had caused damage that would need to be paid for. The Knight had been staying at a friend’s house until he would come home for The Holidays.  The Queen was horrified and said she was ashamed of him.  The Queen  paid for the damages but warned The Knight that he was not to open his mouth to his father until she gave her permission. The King asked The unusually quiet Knight once more how College was going? The Knight eventually replied ‘fine, just fine’. ‘Well that is strange’ said The King ‘because I was speaking to one of your college friend’s father just yesterday and he told me a rather different story’. With that The Knight pushed his seat away from the table and stormed off out the door. The King roared after him, ordering him back but The Knight just kept going. The King then turned on The Queen of Swords ‘did you know about this?’. The Queen could not lie, so nodded her head. The King announced that he suddenly had no appetite and left the table. The Page asked to go to his room. That left The Queen of Swords alone at the table she had spent so much time planning. Silent tears poured down her face as she stood up to begin removing the uneaten food from the table.

The Holidays she had held out so much hope for were turning out just as they did every year. Stress, conflict, arguments and tension. She had come from a background not to un-similar, so she chided herself for being silly enough to think that she could change things so easily. She didn’t hold out much hope for the New Year if this was anything to go by.

Question – You are the King of Sword’s Secretary and it has been left up to you to buy him a gift from all the Staff. What do you do, just give him a voucher or actually pick out something that you think he would like? Where would you go to shop for him and what might you buy? Someone makes an announcement at The Special Family Dinner. Which one is it, what is the Announcement and how is it Received?

Below are some Holiday Season associations depicted through The Swords Tarot. Please feel free to add your own.

The Joys of The Holiday Season

*The Swords are quite difficult to work with when it comes to The Joys of The Holiday Season

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The Ace of Swords – New Attitude, A New Approach, Determination to Change things, Determination to get things right and off to a good start.

The Three of Swords Reversed – Determination that there will be no arguments, hostilities and tension. Wanting a stress free Holiday.

The Four of Swords Reversed – A break or reprieve from tensions, anxiety and hostility for The Holidays, being allowed home from hospital for The Holiday Season, Recharging  the batteries over The Holiday Season.

Six of Swords – Getting away from the stresses of The Holiday Season. Taking a vacation to rest.

Seven of Swords – Sneaking around trying to hide gifts from children and partner. Hiding gifts where they can’t be found, having to keep secrets or tell lies in order to purchase gifts or arrange surprises. Having to really think hard to find a gift for someone hard to please.

Eight of Swords Reversed – Release from the stresses and pressures of work for The Holidays, Having a positive outlook and looking forward to the Festive Season, temporary release from care for the Holidays, Release from Prison in time for The Holidays.

Nine of Swords Reversed – Unnecessary worry about The Holiday Season, Worries Unfounded.

Ten of Swords Reversed –  Recovering from ill-health in time for The Holidays. Things working out just in time.

The Stresses of The Holiday Season with The Swords

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Ace of Swords Reversed – Not getting off to a good start, Negative Attitude to The Holidays, Wanting to cause trouble (digging the knife in) at family gatherings.

Two of Swords – Stressing about what gifts to buy, being forced to decide which side of the family you will be spending The Holidays with, refusing to put grievances aside so that family gatherings can run smoothly. Deliberately excluding certain family or friends from invites to social occasions. Not wanting to be a part of the Festivities. Wishing it was all over and everything back to normal.

Three of Swords – Family arguments, grievances, hostility and rows causing disruption to everyone enjoying The Holidays. Family members dredging up ancient issues and quarrels. Returning unwanted or unsuitable gifts to stores without receipts and arguing with shop assistant.

Four of Swords –  Mental exhaustion due to excess worry and stress over preparing for the Holidays. As soon as you get the time off work, you come down with a cold or flu, too worn out and tired to enjoy the festivities. In hospital for the Holidays.

Five of Swords – Rise in domestic violence during the Holiday Season. Excess alcohol and close proximity causing tempers to flare with possible physical aggression and violence involved. One family member ruining the Holidays for everyone else.

Six of Swords Reversed –  Returning home for the Holidays but to hostility and quarrels rather than rest and relaxation, being duty bound to return home even if it makes you unhappy. Family rows and arguments. Never again attitude.

Seven of Swords – Shop Lifting on the increase during the Holiday Season, Burglaries with theft of gifts, bag snatching due to thieves knowing people carrying extra cash, family and friends stealing  you gift ideas, your children discovering where you have hidden their gifts and opening, surprises ruined as secret not kept.

Eight of Swords – Not knowing how you will cope over the Holidays, maybe not having enough money to buy family gifts, feeling trapped with debt after all the spending, Finding it all too stressful, feeling duty-bound to turn up at Family Gatherings you would rather avoid, feeling there is no escape from having the in-laws over. Being in Prison during the Holidays.

Nine of Swords – No knowing how you will afford gifts for your children and family, worrying about health issues, feeling the intensity of bereavement or loss during the Holiday Period, Feeling terribly stressed and unable to cope, feeling alone. Waking in the middle of night in a panic as you realise you have forgotten to buy something very important and now it is too late.

Ten of Swords – Having a Melt-Down with all the stress of the season, unable to cope with all the pressure the season brings, being ill during the Holidays.

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The Pentacles Family Celebrating The Holiday Season

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The Pentacles Family approach The Holiday Season in good cheer and goodwill, safe and secure in the knowledge that they have plenty to go around. They will not have to worry about where the money will come from to buy gifts and all the extra luxuries that make the Festive Season so special. The Queen of Pentacles will delight in making her home festively spectacular. In fact the ‘House Beautiful’ upmarket home and interior décor magazine have selected her house this year for its Holiday Festive Shoot. The Queen of Pentacle’s house is certainly looking magnificent and she has gone to great lengths to make it so. She has had the builders in to do some work and repairs to their grand old house. She has used greenery from her own garden to do most of the decorating, and she just has a way to make it look so naturally and effortlessly put together. This is one of her favourite times of the year when she can really showcase her talents. She has also covered her beautiful evergreen tree in the front garden with hundreds of little fairy lights that twinkle brightly in the dark sky. The Wreath on her front door is of course handmade by herself with produce from her garden, and also items she has been collecting from the local woods in recent weeks. She manages to combine all this as well as being a busy and successful business woman. Oh did I mention, she has her special recipe puddings and cakes already baked.

The King of Pentacles, although a very busy man will set aside the time to go gift shopping with The Queen. This is a traditional outing each year. Both dress well for the occasion and arrange for a taxi or their driver to bring them to the most fashionable shopping area. Here they will spend much time browsing before making their final selections. Their aim is to buy their Knight and Page gifts that have been well thought out, are of top quality, practical and quite luxurious. The Pentacles do not like to waste money, but this is one time of the year where they will be prepared to push the boat out. They will spend lavishly on gifts for family and friends, and of course the ever important ‘Status Gifts’ for business colleagues and customers. They will take a break from shopping for lunch in one of their favourite restaurants where a table has been reserved for them, before heading back out to complete their gift selection. They will arrive home that evening maybe tired but definitely not stressed. It goes without saying that The Pentacles are very charitable, and especially at this time of the year. They will make the time to ensure they donate to the most vulnerable in society. A conscientious family, The Page and Knight will probably have been encouraged to do some voluntary work, and no doubt have been involved in Fundraising Events in recent weeks.

The Queen of Pentacles will already have arranged The King’s gift. Possibly, a work of art or a rare edition book he has been searching for his collection. The King,  will more than likely buy her expensive jewellery and her favourite scent. The Page cannot wait to come home from Boarding School for The Holidays. He has been buying gifts each week out of his pocket-money and is looking forward to everyone opening them. His friend The Page of Swords wishes he could come with him as The Pentacles Holiday sounds so much better than his.  The Knight too will be looking forward to seeing the family and will be bringing his fiancée home to spend The Holidays with them. Just like his mother and father, The Knight of Pentacles and his fiancée  have spent much time shopping for the perfect gifts. The Pentacle Family will spend a very traditional Holiday together in good cheer. They will enjoy all the family being together and will eat well and often. There will entertain a lot over the Holidays with guests coming and going and some staying over. The Pentacle Family will be seen out walking together with their dogs across parks and through the woods as they will want to ensure they get the correct balance between eating and exercising. They will have a very happy time indeed and everyone will be thrilled with their gifts.

Question – You have been invited to dine with the The Pentacles Family over The Holiday Period. You will need to bring a Gift. What do you think would please them most? Someone makes an announcement at The Special Family Dinner. Which one is it, what is the Announcement and how is it Received?

Below are some Holiday Season associations depicted through The Pentacles Tarot. Please feel free to add your own.

The Joys of The Holiday Season with The Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles  2 of Pentacles Upright3 of Pentacles Upright 4 of Pentacles Reversed 5 of Pentacles Reversed 6 of Pentacles Upright 7 of Pentacles Upright 8 of Pentacles Upright 9 of Pentacles Upright 10 of Pentacles Upright

Ace of Pentacles – Plenty of money to buy gifts and nice luxuries. No financial worries. Will have budgeted well for this time of year so there will be no credit card debts in the new year. The beginning of a spending spree! Let’s go shopping!

Two of Pentacles – Decisions, Decisions, which gift shall I buy? Giving gifts and receiving gifts, money circulating to the sound of shop tills pinging. A lot of money changing hands.

Three of Pentacles – Doing up The House for The Holiday Period, making sure everything is perfect, getting windows and gutters cleaned and stone work power-washed. Wanting to make a good impression on visitors.

Four of Pentacles – Spending, Spending the money you have saved to buy gifts, being more carefree with money, being open and generous, putting your spare change into the collection boxes at check-outs.

Five of Pentacles Reversed – Spending some time working with the homeless, donating to refuge centres, helping out family members and friends who are in need. Giving without expecting anything in return.

Six of Pentacles – Being Charitable, Donating, Helping the less fortunate, distributing gifts to employees, giving Holiday Bonuses to Employees, Splashing out on The Staff Party.

Seven of Pentacles – Taking a well-earned break from work for The Holidays.

Eight of Pentacles – Working hard to get business matters sorted, orders out and deliveries made before The Holidays. Shop staff working extra opening hours in the rush up to The Holiday Period. Effort being put into making The Holidays a success; decorating, wrapping gifts, writing greeting cards.

Nine of Pentacles – Getting dressed up in all your finery for the Festive Season. Wearing your best clothes and getting your hair done. Looking well and putting effort into your appearance. Showing off your nicely decorated home to visitors and guests.

Ten of Pentacles – It’s all about bringing the family together under one roof, family get-togethers and remembering the elder members of the family at this time of year. Gathering of the clan. Family Holiday Traditions.

The Stresses of The Holiday Season with The Pentacles

Ace of Pentacles Rx  2 of Pentacles Rx 3 of Pentacles Reversed4 of Pentacles Upright 5 of Pentacles Upright 6 of Pentacles Reversed 7 of Pentacles Rx 8 of Pentacles Upright 9 of Pentacles Reversed 10 of Pentacles Reversed

Ace of Pentacles Reversed – Lack of money, not enough money to buy gifts, spending too much, spending more than is coming in, being reckless with money at this time of year and not thinking of the debts that need to be paid in the new year. Losing money, Losing your wallet or purse. Not checking your change or receipt, being overcharged and not paying attention.

Two of Pentacles Reversed – Struggling to manage finances for The Holiday Period, Not enough money to go around, having to make decisions about who to buy and not buy gifts for. Trying to do too much, working extra jobs to bring the money in.

Three of Pentacles Reversed – Making no effort to decorate or have your home looking nice for The Holidays. No interest in the whole thing, would rather be working.

Four of Pentacles – Meanness, not wanting to spend on gifts or nice things for the house, think it is all too commercial, waiting for the sales to start, totally ignoring The Holiday Period, working through the Holidays, no pay bonuses or staff parties. Consider everything a waste of money.

Five of Pentacles – Out of work, Laid off at The Holidays, No money to buy gifts or nice things, Homeless, Poor, Having to watch your family go without at this time of year. Feeling Helpless, down and out.

Six of Pentacles Reversed – Mean Spirited, Having but not giving, ignoring those in need around you, thinking it is not your problem, letting staff go at The Holidays, no pay bonuses for staff, no staff party, extremes, staff giving boss a gift

Seven of Pentacles Reversed – Afraid to take time off work in case something happens, A slave to work, having to work over the Holiday Period such as farmers and those involved with horses and other livestock. No rest. No time off. Those who need to work to ensure The Holidays are enjoyed safely by all such as firemen, police, nurses, doctors, search and rescue. Not getting paid Holiday rates.

Eight of Pentacles – Working too hard, not taking time off, workaholic, too tired from work to enjoy The Holidays, Time is money, after all the effort you put in to make The Holidays a success no one notices and could care less. Waste of your time and energy

Nine of Pentacles Reversed – Working through The Holidays, not spending any money on  yourself, making little or no effort for The Holidays, think it is all a waste of money,Spending more than you have just to keep up appearances, mounting debts.

Ten of Pentacles Reversed – Family breakdown, No family home, Family not coming home for the Holidays, Dread coming home for the Holidays, Breaking a family Holiday Tradition, Being untraditional, Being a family outcast, not welcome home for The Holidays, Family arguments and disagreements, Massively overspending, massive debts

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*Now let us look at the remaining Major Arcana and see how they can reflect the Holiday Season

The Hanged Man UprightDeath UprightTemperence UprightThe Devil UprightThe Tower UprightThe Star UprightThe Moon Upright The Sun UprightJudgement UprightThe World Upright

The Hanged Man – Children impatiently counting down the days until the can get their gifts, sacrifices made by parents to get their children their dream gift, turning your back on the material side of The Holidays to focus on the Spiritual, Volunteering over The Holidays.

Death – Breaking with Tradition, Breaking Bad Habits, Making some profound changes, Making firm resolutions for change in The New Year, The End of The Old and the beginning of the New. Light a candle for those who are no longer with us.

Temperance –  Ah, the Angel of balance and moderation. Being mindful of over-indulging during The Holiday Period. This includes making sure not to overspend, over-drink or over-eat, Being mindful of the Religious and Spiritual aspects of The Holidays.

The Devil – At the bottom of every bottle of whiskey and gin lurks the Devil. Not giving in to temptation,  don’t be fooled into thinking you can spend like the Devil and get away with it, eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die are the devil’s words and should be strongly ignored. Remember that it is a Religious and Spiritual time of year and do onto others as you would have them do onto you.  Do not get involved in purchasing illegally sourced or stolen goods as gifts. Do a good deed for someone and turn your back on the Devil.

The Tower – Personal Disasters, Natural Disasters and unnecessary tragedies on the roads that seem to increase at this time of year. Take care and put your safety and the safety of others first. Stop the rushing and slow down. Shocking and scandalous revelations made over the family dinner table causing terrible upset and serious fallout for all involved.

The Star – A time of peace and hope for all. A time to think of our brothers and sisters around the world and the desire for peace for all mankind. Volunteering over the Holidays, being selfless. Taking a break, doing exactly what you want, having a well-earned rest.

The Moon – The Holiday Season can trigger depression and lowness for those who are  not part of the whole festivities and celebrations. Old memories can surface leaving one feel sad and nostalgic for Holidays past, worrying about what the new year has in store for you. Feeling troubled and isolated. Mother related issues surfacing at this time of year or missing a deceased mother.

The Sun – Bright Lights, Twinkling Lights, Bling, Fun, Freedom, Party-time, A time for children to truly enjoy, It’s all about the children, Joy to the world, Celebrations.

Judgement – Being Mindful of our Religious and Spiritual duties at this time of the year. Wanting a complete change for the new year, plans to transform  yourself, time to look back on the past year and reflect.

The World – Family flying in from all over the world just to be together for the Holidays. Happiness, joy, parties, dancing, decorating the house, hanging the wreath on the front door, retreating into your family for the Holidays, inviting friends and neighbours in for social occasions. A wonderful end to a totally successful year. Raise a toast to all mankind.

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Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

Happy Holidays From Tarot World

Happy Holidays From Tarot World.

Happy Holidays From Tarot World

Happy Holidays From The Land of Tarot, 

We have had terrible storms in Ireland over the Holiday Period and many homes have been without electricity, telephone and internet connection. Hence, the delay in this Post going Out. However, better late than never. I do hope you have all been enjoying yourself wherever you are in the world.

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Yes, that time of year has come around once more. Regardless of our different Religious or Spiritual beliefs, it is quite hard to completely avoid the seasonal festivities and celebrations for they seem to be everywhere. There is little escape, and for most of us there are things we both love and hate about this time of year.

Our Tarot Families are no different. They all have their own way of celebrating, and their own particular idea of fun and gaiety. When it comes to purchasing those all important gifts for family and friends they certainly have their own way of choosing them, be they considered sensible and practical, or totally extravagant and outrageous.

Let us now take a look at the Holiday Season with The Tarot and see how well they reflect our own situations and family gatherings. As the Holidays approach each of The Tarot Family prepare to gather and celebrate. However, before they can all come together, certain things must be done and arranged. Likewise, no sooner are the Holidays over, The Tarot Families are launched into further scenarios associated with this time of the year. As we go through the Cards that I have selected, and by the way, I haven’t used all of them, to demonstrate the multitude of situations surrounding the Holiday Season, it will be clear to see why it can be one of the most tiring and stressful times of the year for so many families and individuals.

So going on the basis that all the Court Cards Clans are gathering to celebrate in their own unique way, we will use the remaining Cards both in The Minor and Major to tell the rest of the story for us. This by the way is our story too.

The Wands Family Celebrating The Holiday Season

Queen of Wands Upright King of Wands Upright Knight of Wands Upright Page of Wands Upright

The Wands Family are all returning to the fold to celebrate the Holidays together. You may have noticed that I put The Queen in first place as she is most likely in charge of overseeing the whole occasion while managing to keep her busy career going at the same time. She will have gone shopping for a few things, but I reckon that most of her gift and food buying was done on-line. She certainly won’t beat around the bush either when it comes to letting her partner, The King of Wands know exactly what she expects to receive as her gift. The King will trust her judgement when it comes to buying his as he respects her taste. She seems to intuitively know each year just the right gift for him. Both the Knight and Page are easy to shop for as they will want the latest gadgets and game consoles, regardless of age. As a family they may decide to take off to an exotic climate and have their celebrations abroad instead of at home. The King of Wands will only take the briefest of time off work, and even then may be checking emails on an hourly basis. The Knight believes the Holiday Season is for kicking up one’s heels and is bound to party hard, even dragging the Page with him if he or she is old enough. They certainly will have a fun-filled time with lots of socialising, entertaining (if they do not decide to go away) and some action-packed family outings to burn off any excess eating and drinking. Their home is bound to be very loud with much comings and goings. They will spend a lot at this time of the year.

Question – If you had to buy each of The Wands Family a Gift, what do you think would please them most? Someone makes an announcement at The Special Family Dinner. Which one is it, what is the Announcement and how is it Received?

Below are some Holiday Season associations depicted through The Wands Tarot. Please feel free to add your own. 

The Joys of The Holiday Season

Ace of Wands 2 Wands Rx3 of Wands Rx4 of Wands5 of Wands Upright6 of Wands Upright8 of Wands Upright9 of Wands Reversed 10 of Wands Reversed

Ace of Wands – Thumbs Up, Party Time has Arrived, Booking your Flight home for the Holidays, Boarding Your Plane, Train or Bus to Head Home for The Holidays. The Beginning of The Holiday Season.

Two of Wands – The Unexpected Arrival of Family or Friends from Far Away. Surprise Visitors.

Three of Wands – The Return Home of Family and Friends from Overseas for The Holiday Season, Standing at the Arrivals Gate waiting for your family or friends to come through the doors.

Four of Wands –  Celebrations, Party Time, Family Re-Unions and Get Togethers, Celebrating The Holidays with Good Friends and Family, Happiness and Joy. Decorating for The Holiday Season, Making the House look very Festive.

Five of Wands – Bedlam  in The Shops, Hunting for the Right Gift, Having to Queue at cash tills and to get into car-parks, Loud music and noise everywhere. Buzz

Six of Wands – Dressing up in your New Clothes and feeling good. All the preparation and shopping done. Feeling Proud.

Eight of Wands- Standing at the Arrivals Gate waiting for your loved ones to come through the doors. Your plane touching down and knowing that your family and loved ones are just minutes away. Getting away from all the madness of the Holiday Season by going on Vacation instead. Building Excitement, All the buzz and madness of the Holiday Season, Not a minute to spare, invitations to parties flooding in the door.

Nine of Wands Reversed – Being allowed Off Duty for The Holidays, Not having to work, Soldier returning home from Duty for The Holidays.

Ten of Wands Reversed – Relief, Dropping everything for the time being, no work for a while, being able to offload and kick-back. Hard work done, You got their in the end and all gifts bought and food are organised. Time for a bit of relaxation now and a well-earned glass of wine.

The Stresses of The Holiday Season

Ace if Wands Reversed3 of Wands Upright4 of Wands Reversed5 of Wands Rx6 of Wands Reversed7 of Wands Upright8 of Wands Rx9 of Wands Upright10 of Wands Upright

Ace of Wands Reversed – Delayed Flights, Travel Plans Disrupted or Cancelled, Party being a bit of a Flop,

Three of Wands – Being Far Away From Home, Not Being Able to Come Home for The Holidays, Having to Return After The Holidays (leaving Family), Being Separated from the One you Love during the Holidays (work related overseas)

Four of Wands Reversed – No Family Get Togethers, A Family that are not Close, Family and Friends Departing to go their separate ways after the celebrations and Holidays, Having to say goodbye. The aftermath of too much celebrating; hangovers, mess, Cancellation of Celebrations or Family Gatherings, A Disastrous Party (no one showed and all the money you spent)

Five of Wands Reversed – Family issues and differences surfacing during the Holidays Season, Rows and arguments getting out of hand/deciding to put differences aside for the Holidays. Battling for the bargains during the post Holiday Sales. Bedlam  in the shops. Noisy Kids with Noisy Toys driving you mad!

Six of Wands Reversed – Burning the Festive Dinner, Everything going Wrong, Party a Flop or Failure, Party clashing with another event and no one turns up at yours.

Seven of Wands – Prolonged close proximity causing arguments and clashes with Family during the Holidays. Being the instigator of rows or constantly on the defence.

Eight of Wands Reversed – Disruption to flights or travel plans, Cancellation of flights, Family and Friends Departing/Flying out after the Holidays. Tearful Farewells. Arguments and dreadful rows when Family forced together or when too much partying has been going on.

Nine of Wands –  Having to work over the Holiday Season. Soldiers on duty far away from home and family. All the hard work and preparations left up to you.

Ten of Wands – Taking on too much during the Holidays. The Stress of it all; shopping, working, decorating, cooking, entertaining. It all seems like too much work and not enough fun.  Exhausted from too much partying, cooking and drinking.

The Cups Family Celebrating The Holidays

Queen of Cups UprightKing of Cups Upright Knight of Cups UprightPage of Cups Upright

Oh the joy of it all! The Queen and King of Cups are in their element at this time of the year. Having all their loved ones so close and all together under the one roof is all that matters. That is the greatest gift they could get. The Queen of Cups of course will go into overdrive; happily decorating, baking and spending days and weeks personally shopping for just the right gift for each member of her family. The King of Cups will shop with her and probably agree with all her choices. They will not look at the shopping as a chore but make it a day out instead. Perhaps they will book into a hotel for the night so that they can relax and get into the festive season in the right manner. They will happily roam from shop to shop and never seem to tire until all purchases have been made. Then of course there will be the agreement to separate for a couple of hours so that they can shop for each other’s gift. They both enjoy the element of surprise when opening gifts so will not drop any hints to each other before hand. They both believe that it is the thought that counts and know that their gifts were bought with love and will be treasured forever.

The Queen of Cups will lovingly prepare the bedrooms for the returning Knight and Page of Cup and will welcome any partners they may bring with them. Actually, it is to The Cups Home for the Holidays that many of the Knight’s and Pages’s friends will flock, for the atmosphere will be so special and the wine constantly flowing. The Cups will operate an Open House during the Holidays with friends and family constantly coming and going. They will have a large gathering for dinner and several other social occasions. The Knight and Page of Cups will probably have shopped together to buy their parents their gifts. If grandchildren are involved, The King and Queen of Cups will totally spoil and indulge them at this time of the year.

Question – If you had to buy each of The Cups Family a Gift, what do you think would please them the most? Someone makes an announcement at The Special Family Dinner. Which one is it, what is the Announcement and how is it Received?

The Joys of The Holiday Season with The Cups

Ace of Cups2 of Cups3 of Cups Upright6 of Cups Upright7 of Cups Upright9 of Cups Upright10 of Cups Upright

Ace of Cups – Joy to The World, The Holidays are here, Time to Party, Let the Wine and Champagne flow, Season of Goodwill and Good Cheer, Toasts, Parties, Feeling friendly and generous, Great Joy, Good News, Party Invitations,

Two of Cups – Couples getting engaged at this time of Year, Feeling extra Romantic, Buying Special Gifts for your Loved One, Meeting someone Special at a party.

Three of Cups – Party, Party, Party!, Friends coming together, Family Get Togethers, Good Cheer, Toasts, Office Parties.

Six of Cups – Going Home for The Holidays, Spending time with Family, Sleeping in your childhood Bed and reminiscing about Holidays past, taking the time to visit elderly relatives.

Seven of Cups – Spoiled for choice in the shops, too many gift options, window shopping, wondering what to buy, looking for a special outfit.

Nine of Cups – Getting the Gift of your Dreams, A big and very welcome surprise, Party Time, Arranging a banquet/Party, Hosting an event, feeling very happy and full of good cheer, Invitations and social occasions.

Ten of Cups – Family all together, joy, happiness, special time for all, a time to spend with your family. Several generations coming together. A close family. The best gift of all.

The Stresses of The Holiday Season with The Cups

 Ace of Cups Reversed2 of Cups Rx 3 of Cups Rx 4 of Cups Upright5 of Cups Upright6 of Cups Reversed 7 of Cups Rx 8 of Cups Upright 9 of Cups Reversed 10 of Cups Reversed

Ace of Cups Reversed – Too much drink spoiling enjoyment, hangovers, feeling Unhappy and lonely during the Holiday Season, Possibly few invitations to parties or social occasions

Two of Cups Reversed – Rows between Couples, Break-ups, Not having that Special Someone to spend The Holidays with.

Three of Cups Reversed – Too much Partying with Friends, Not being able to spend the Holidays with your Friends and Families, Being Excluded from Parties or Gatherings, Having no Friends, Feeling like an outsider during the Holidays, Feeling you have little to celebrate.

Four of Cups – Drinking too much, Feeling Hung-over and tired, Disappointed with the Gifts you received, feeling let down by someone, Disillusioned with the whole thing, wishing the Holidays were over.

Five of Cups – Feeling too sad and unhappy to celebrate The Holidays, a time of loss and grief instead of joy and good cheer, Wanting to be alone, Missing someone terribly, bereavement, Sad time of year for you, being an outcast in your family, not being welcome or wanted, wrapped up in your own troubles instead of wrapping up gifts, the Holiday Season is totally lost on you. Too much drinking may have resulted in terrible rows or angry outbursts, there may be terrible regrets.

Six of Cups Reversed – Not having any family home to go to, not wanting to go home for The Holidays, Unhappy memories of previous Holidays, Homesick but unable to get home for The Holidays, Loss, Possibly Parent or Parents deceased and the Home no longer has the same feeling during the Holidays.

Seven of Cups Reversed – Not getting yourself organised for the Holidays, no gifts sorted, Head in the clouds, Leaving it too late to go shopping, nothing decent left in the shops, not getting what you wanted.

Eight of Cups – Leaving, going away, not being at home for Christmas but with unhappy and unpleasant associations. Not wanting to be part of the whole thing. Getting away from it all. Going away to avoid the Holiday Season.

Nine of Cups Reversed – Terrible Disappointment, Feeling Unhappy and let down, Having to cancel party, party unsuccessful, not getting the gift you wanted, The Holiday Season turning out to be a Nightmare rather than a joy, No invitations coming your way after you inviting everyone to your party, drinking too much, over-indulgence, things not working out as planned.

Ten of Cups Reversed – Family unable to be together, family not close to each other, too much geographical distance between family members, idealistic version of the Family Getting together for the Holidays, Disappointment, Dysfunctional Family, Broken Family, No Family.

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*Tomorrow we will be looking at The Swords and Pentacles Family to see how they have been enjoying The Holiday Season, but before we do that let us have a look at some of The Major Arcana and see how their meanings can be associated with this time of year too. 

The Fool (0) UprightThe Magician (I) UprightThe High Priestess UprightThe Empres Upright The Emperor Upright The Heirophant UprightThe Lovers UprightStrength Upright

The Hermit UprightWheel of Fortune UprightJustice Upright

The Fool – Acting Spontaneously, Impromptu buys, Living for the moment,  Spending too much, Feeling Carefree and enjoying the party season

The Magician – The Commercial Machine, Sell Sell Sell, The Convincing Salesperson, The Shop Displays, Marketing for The Season, Displaying the ‘Must Haves’. Making us want it all.

The High Priestess – The Annoying Person who always knows the best gift to buy everyone. Yours to her never comes up to scratch because you never really know what she would like. She seems to breeze through the Holidays without breaking a sweat, getting stressed or fussed. Her house is always beautifully decorated and you love visiting because it is so peaceful in comparison to everyone else’s. How does she do it? Very annoying. When  you go shopping with her, she embarrasses you into reaching into your pocket to put yet another few coins into all those rattling fundraising collection boxes that are on every street corner. She seems to give to all!

The Empress – Treating yourself, Pampering, Spoiling yourself, Dressing Up, Getting your Hair Styled, Buying luxurious Items just because you are worth it, going overboard buying gifts for the kids and everyone else. Absolutely loving this time of the year. Parties and good cheer.

The Emperor – Scrooge attitude, Bah humbug, thinks it is all a big waste of money, tries to curtail spending, refuses to give in to the whole commercial side of it, almost collapses when the Empress tells him how much she spent on the tree alone while pushing a nice glass of burgundy into his hand. Begrudgingly telling The Empress that her new very expensive dress looks lovely on her. Chastising her for spending too much money. Tries to hide his emotions from his offspring when they bring him his gifts. Wants to know how much everything cost.  Thinks the world has gone mad and lost all reason.

The Hierophant – Ah, at last, the Spiritual Side of The Holiday Season from all Religious Aspects and Beliefs. The Commonalities and Solidarity between all Religions that it is a time of Peace, Goodwill, Generosity and being Charitable. People gathering to express their Faith and Beliefs.

The Lovers – Engagements at this Special Time of Year, buying that Special Gift for your loved one. Feeling extra romantic and in love. Office Party Flings!

The Chariot – Travelling Home for The Holidays, long journeys, tired but with the destination and welcome will be worth it. Car packed with gifts and good clothes.

Strength – Strength and courage for the bereaved and ill to get through this time of year. Being the Peacemaker when family wars break out. Finding the Strength to survive the Holiday Season intact.

The Hermit – Spending or Choosing The Holidays alone. Being elderly and having no family left to spend The Holidays with, Volunteering to help out at soup kitchens and with the homeless for the Holidays, thinking of others at this time of the year. Feeling lonely.

The Wheel of Fortune – Holiday Pay Bonuses, getting Expensive Gifts, Feeling on top of the world, Let the good times roll. Spending like there is no tomorrow, Having a ball, Party Party, Meeting the partner of your dreams, Luck.

Justice – What you have purchased on credit cards will have to be paid for, if you drink too much you will end up with a hangover, dragging up the same old family issues at the dinner table will get the same reaction it does every time you have done it in the past. Be very careful what you do when you have been drinking. You don’t want to get into trouble with the law! Also it is not a good idea to snog your boss at the office party. The consequences will land firmly on your shoulders only. The repercussions may not be desirable in the cold light of day.

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Well, I think that is more than enough for today, so back tomorrow with the Swords, Pentacles and The Remaining Major Arcana. 

Happy Holidays,

Vivien (your tarot teacher)

Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

 

 

Truly Teach Me Tarot Update – Mission Complete, The Four Tens

Hail Fellow Tarot Students and Enthusiasts,

Well here we are at last – The Four Tens of The Minor Arcana  , The Ten (X) of Wands, The Ten (X) of Cups, The Ten (X) of Swords and The Ten (X) of Pentacles  have eventually crossed the finish line and completed their journey.  It has been a long and often exhausting journey.  So much has happened to each Suit along the way; drama, excitement, tension, travel, conflict, happiness, pain, suffering, disappointment, elation, success, failure surprises, shocks, scandals, intrigue and so much more.  For certain there is the making of several Soap Operas, Movies and Books, with all the interesting experiences they have been through.

10 of Wands Upright  10 of Cups Upright  10 of Swords Upright  10 of Pentacles Upright

The Journey for each Suit has not been the same, yet they all started out in The Ace, on equal footing, and with high hopes for their mission ahead. In the Ace, each card looked similar enough, a hand extending from a cloud, as it presented each Suit with their Elemental Gift for their journey or life.  Each Gift was pure and untainted, and we were given our first introduction to their symbolic associations in the card imagery.

When you compare the imagery of The Aces to The Tens, The Aces appear so simple and straight forward, while The Tens looks complicated and complex.  It was all so easy when they started off in The Ace, they had a blank sheet of paper and could write their own script. The Wands went for an Action Packed Adventure story while The Cups preferred a Romantic Fairytale one.  The Swords inevitably chose a Psychological Thriller, while The Pentacles opted for The Self-Made Man Biography type.

Ace of Wands Ace of Cups Ace of Swords Ace of Pentacles

10 of Wands Upright  10 of Cups Upright  10 of Swords Upright  10 of Pentacles Upright

We found The Wands exciting, inspirational and great fun, but they  exhausted us at times with their constant activity, high energy and overly competitive nature.  We loved The Cups for their kindness, compassion and wonderful artistic abilities, but often became tedious with their ‘lovey dovey’ outlook on life and their bouts of moodiness and depression.  We listened attentively to the articulate and intelligent Swords and the logical advice they gave, but drove us to tears and frustration with the constant stress and conflict in their life. We all wanted to be as sensible and practical as The Pentacles, with their down-to-earth approach to life, and strong commitment to personal goals, but this sometimes caused us to feel envious of their success, wealth and ability to do what we could only dream of.

The Four Suits are now at a stage of completion. Their use and handling of their Elemental Energy throughout their journey has culminated in delivering them to where they are now, for better or worse. They have gone as far as they can on this particular cycle and must now walk through the doorway of transition which will lead them from the past into the future, where a new cycle is ready and waiting for them to hop on board.  As they pass through the doorway of transition, they will all find themselves back at The Ace once more, where they will once again be presented with their Elemental Gift of Wand, Cup, Sword and Pentacle.  However, this time they will not be as innocent and naive as they were the first time they received their Gifts.  They have now been around the block once and will be expected to be a little more street-wise and aware.  Direct and first-hand experience from their most recent cycle from Ace to Ten will have taught them a thing or two, and they must now apply any acquired wisdom, methods and approaches to ensure they use their Elemental Gift to its maximum positive potential.

All will be eager to add to their previous successes while avoiding any repeats of past failures. They will have the upper hand on those who are only starting out on their first cycle, and like the elderly man depicted in The Ten of Pentacles, will acknowledge that they have yet a lot to learn. The elderly man also knows that this kind of knowledge cannot be found in books. It is mostly learned the hard way, and through direct experience of life. The Suits will continue this cyclical style of living, and when they live no more, and their final cycle has been complete, they will return to the Source. Some may choose to stay with the source while others will return. Regardless, more like them will follow and take up where they left off, maintaining the laws of the Universe and entering upon their own cycles, but carrying in their souls and Universal Memory, the knowledge of all who have gone before.

The Four Tens of The Minor Arcana, The Ten (X) of Wands, The Ten (X) of Cups, The Ten (X) of Swords and The Ten (X) of Pentacles  are now ready for viewing.  For continuity purposes, I have continued the fictional storyline for some of the Cards in The Card Imagery Section, but do also include their basic description.  Just Click on the Individual Images below to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Tens Introduction first.

10 of Wands Upright  10 of Cups Upright  10 of Swords Upright  10 of Pentacles Upright

These Cards will also be found in Lesson 9 of Part I of Course. They are also listed in the Section The 78 Cards – Detailed.  Don’t forget to read The Tens Introduction Page first before moving on to the individual Cards.

As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with the Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions.  Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 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.

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The Cyclical aspect of the Suits Journey in the Minor Arcana from Ace to Ten and back to Ace, can be applied to anything in life.  It can relate to our own personal journey from birth to death and then rebirth, the different stages of our life, relationships or the cycle of an issue or situation. Everything that happens or occurs in life, and to us, has a beginning, a middle and end. We are surrounded by cycles in our life and never finished with them. Just think of the seasons of the year, the cycle of day and night as the most basic of examples.  Just when we have one cycle completed and sorted out, a brand new one will present itself to us and we must go through the process once more.

And so that brings us to the final Cards in The Minor Arcana, The Four Tens, and I do hope you have enjoyed accompanying them on their Journey, for they were an interesting bunch.  The Ace to Ten in each Suit depicted the stories and dramas that each went through; the ups and downs of daily life, their successes and failures along with their happiness and heartbreak.  However, we must now turn our attention to the individual personalities behind all the stories to gain further insight into the nature of each Suit.  It is through The Court Cards we shall get to know the people who have brought the story of their Suit to life.

The Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings look forward to meeting and getting to know you, just as much as you do them.  They want you to understand the reasoning behind their actions, behaviour, feelings and thoughts, and how they interpreted the role they played in their Suit’s Journey.

I will be working next on re-formating The Court Cards and giving them a little tidying-up here and there.  I have some interesting stuff to post in the coming weeks such as Tarot Card Reading Analysis Charts which will help you break down a Reading in a methodical and thorough manner, as many students have difficulty relating surrounding Cards when interpreting a Reading.  There are many well-known Card Combinations in Tarot which give immediate information, and I will be covering those too, but the Analysis Chart will help you to make connections you would not normally see.

So, until then, happy Reading and good luck with your continued studies.

Blessings Be,

Vivien Ni Dhuinn (Your Tarot Teacher)

Truly Teach Me Tarot Course Update – Rolling Home With The Four Nines

Spring Greetings to all My Tarot Students and Enthusiasts,

I do hope you are all keeping well and are looking forward to the summer months ahead.  We are progressing nicely through The Minor Arcana and very shortly The Four Suits will have completed their current journey or cycle.  The drama for each Suit is building momentum as they head towards the finish line, the climax of their endeavours.  At times it has read like a Soap Opera but then, the story of The Four Suits is based on Archetypal Characters and Archetypal Situations.  This is exactly how Soap Operas, Movies or Fictional Novels work as they too are all based on Archetypes.  They mimic real life but in the extreme; characters with over-the-top personalities and exaggerated scenarios.

I am delighted once more, to announce that I have finished re-working and re-formating the Four Nines of The Minor Arcana, The Nine (IX) of Wands, The Nine (IX) of Cups, The Nine (IX) of Swords and The Nine (IX) of Pentacles which are now ready for viewing.  For continuity purposes, I have continued the fictional storyline for some of the Cards in The Card Imagery Section, but do also include their basic description.  Just Click on the Individual Images below to go straight to the Individual Pages. Don’t forget to read The Nines Introduction first.

The Four Nines – Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles

Nines Introduction

9 of Wands  9 of Cups Upright  9 of Swords Upright  9 of Pentacles Upright

These Cards will also be found in Lesson 9 of Part I of Course. They are also listed in the Section The 78 Cards – Detailed.  Don’t forget to read The Nines Introduction Page first before moving on to the individual Cards.

As with all the other Cards, there is detailed information on the Card Imagery and Description along with the Keywords and Meanings for both the Upright and Reversed versions.  Should you only require the Keywords and Meanings, then they can be found in the Section, The 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.

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It is important to remind you that it is not required of you to remember all interpretations given as that would be impossible.  What you are given is a wide variety of Keywords, Meanings and Associations for each Card.  Choose the meanings that resonate with you, make sense or have personal experience of. Take note of these, attempt to memorise them and use them as interpretations when those Cards are drawn.  In time you will find that you wish to add more meanings or keywords to your original ones as they become relevant.  This is how you build up your repertoire.

There are some Readers who only ever assign one meaning to each Card and therefore when a certain Card comes up, it means only one thing.  This is great if you have confidence and conviction of that sole meaning being relevant for your Querant.  Every Querant and Each Situation is often complex and complicated.  One meaning may not be suffice to unravel their Reading or provide any constructive advice.  If one meaning per Card works well for you then that is the way to go and is perfectly fine.  Otherwise, try to build up a variety that you are comfortable working with.

It is important also to remember that you will not learn The Tarot overnight, so don’t expect to. Take your time and get to know each Card on a personal basis.  Learning The Tarot involves self-discipline, personal application and heaps of patience.  Unlike many courses today that offer Certification after a One-Day or Weekend Workshop, allowing participants to then set-up professional practices as a qualified this, that or the other, you won’t be able to do that with Tarot. For a start, you have 78 Eight Cards to cover and remember, 156 if you are planning on reading reversed, and also many other disciplines to take on board such as Numerology and Astrology.  However, there are some who attend weekend Tarot Workshops and then set-up in business straight away. I have heard from very good sources there are several to be found at holistic  and psychic fairs where they have to consult their books and notes under the table when interpreting readings for people who are actually paying them for the privilege of it.

This type of Tarot Reading brings disgrace to the profession and is very damaging to the reputation of diligent, experienced Readers.   No one wants to, or expects, to have to study anymore in the current climate of ‘just add hot water and stir’ qualifications. I have taught several classes over the years and at the beginning of each course some students will drop out after the first class or two.  Those who come to let me know their reason for leaving explain that there was more involved than they thought.  They had always wanted to learn Tarot but they thought it would be simple.  Some had already attended Angel Card Reading Courses and now wanted to add Tarot Reading to their list of services.  They believed it would be as simple to learn Tarot as it was Angel Cards.

I always explain to anyone enquiring about learning Tarot the complexities involved if you really want to be a serious Tarot Student.  Tarot is an Apprenticeship and an Art.  It takes time to become adept at it but still some students find this hard to accept. If you wanted to become a psychologist, biologist or indeed an artist, and enrolled in a college to study it, you certainly would be very concerned if you discovered that all your tuition was to be covered in a weekend along with certification and graduation. The same applies to Tarot.  You will have to be prepared to work and study at it for some time if you want to be a Good Reader.

This is not to say you shouldn’t be Reading for others at all. On the contrary, you should now be hungry to practice your growing skills on friends and families members who will only be too happy to help you out.  It is important to let people know you are just learning at this stage and need to gain some first-hand experience.  This will take the pressure off you.

Best of Luck with your continued studies,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

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