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Happy Holidays From Tarot World

Happy Holidays From Tarot World.

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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 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)

Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

The Four Sevens of The Minor Arcana – Reworked

Hail all Tarot Students & Enthusiasts,

7 of Wands Upright 7 of Cups Upright 7 of Swords Upright 7 of Pentacles Upright

Well, here I am again and this time to announce that I have completed the re-working of The Four Sevens of The Minor Arcana.

The Story of each Suit as they Journey through from Ace to Ten is building nicely now and beginning to sound and look like a regular Soap OperaSoap Operas are of course based on archetypal character and situations just like the Cards are. You will notice that I have been using an ongoing Storyline for some of the Cards other than the description of Imagery and Symbolism.  The idea behind it is to make you more comfortable or au fait with creative Story-telling, visualisation and imagination when interpreting the Cards in a spread or individually.  Of Course, the Stories are just my Stories and do not come as an absolute interpretation or version.  The Stories have come from my imagination and help set the relevant mood or atmosphere.  Stories are easier to remember than a list of Keywords or PhrasesStories are also easier to tell and make more sense than a handful of disjointed sentences. You just need to build on your experience of relating them to your life or the life of your Querant.

My Stories should be used only as a guideline and not literally interpreted. You may see a completely different storyline building in the Cards which is absolutely fine as we all see and analyse things in a different manner. We describe them in a way that makes sense to us.  Some of us use Flowery Language, Mystical Musings or Freudian Terminology to verbalise our understanding of a Card or Spread while others use plain old Matter-Of-Fact, Down-To-Earth, Simple Words to get their point across.  Some of us waffle on forever (like me), while some are brisk and brief.  It really depends on the individual personality of the Reader and all have a place in Tarot Reading.

So, when you have time, check-in with the Seven (VII) of Wands, Seven (VII) of Cups, Seven (VII) of Swords and Seven (VII)of Pentacles to see how all the characters have been getting on as they approach the final stages of their Journey.

Just Click on The Individual Images below to go directly to Card Page.  Before Reading the Individual Card Interpretation please go to the Four Sevens Intro Page for background information on the Sevens in the Tarot.

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.

The Four Sevens Intro

7 of Wands Upright 7 of Cups Upright 7 of Swords Upright 7 of Pentacles Upright

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The Practice Reading for Sixes and Sevens will be posted by the end of the week along with some interpretation exercises to flex your creative imagination and adaptability.  Questionnaires will follow. So in the meantime, I will get cracking on re-working the Four Eights. Lesson Content will be added on an ongoing basis but the priority at present is to get all the Cards up and running.  Thank you for your patience.

Enjoy!

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

The Four Sixes of The Minor Arcana – The Story Continues

Hail all Tarot Students,

The Sixes Intro

The Four Sixes – Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles

(Just Click on The Individual Card Images below to go Directly to Card Page)

6 of Wands Upright6 of Cups Upright 6 of Swords Upright6 of Pentacles Upright

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I am delighted to announce that I have completed re-working of The Four Sixes in the Minor ArcanaThe Six (VI) of Wands,  Six (VI) of Cups, Six (VI) of Swords and Six (VI) of Pentacles.  These Cards will also be found in Lesson 7 of Part I of Course. They are also listed in the Section The 78 Cards – Detailed.  Don’t forget to read The Sixes 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.

Homework and Practice Readings will follow next week before I move on to re-working the Four Sevens and Eights in Lesson 8.

Enjoy and Happy Reading,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

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Upright and Reversed Fives – Training Exercise

How are The Fives of The Minor Arcana Influencing my Life Right Now?

NB: The Cards are deliberately Blanked Out to hide their identity but you might see the name of the Card if you hover the cursor over it.  Try your best not to look at the name so that your UNCONSCIOUS and not your conscious mind is doing the selecting.

Upright

  • What changes or upheavals are causing me the most stress at present?
  • What pain, trauma or conflict from my past is still exerting its influence over me?
  • What am I battling with?
  • What changes or potential changes in my life do I worry about most
  • Which area of my life should I be keeping an eye on right now.  Which is my blind side?
  • What am I learning from my difficulties?

Choose any of the above questions or one of your own and place your cursor over the Green Card Area Below.  You can also scan the area on the screen with your hands or finger to choose. Close your eyes and move the cursor/hand/finger around a bit, but not so far that you leave the Cards.  Concentrate on the question in mind and when you are ready, stop the cursor/hand/finger and keep it steady.  Then open your eyes and the Card the cursor/hand/finger is resting on is the Card for interpretation.  Just click on the Green Card you have selected to be brought directly to the Interpretation Page.  Read the Card Description along with the Upright Meaning and contemplate its relevance in your life. Don’t expect to find meaning in every aspect of the interpretation.  The necessary information will make itself known to you.  Be open to receiving honesty and guidance.

If you have missed the Cards, try again.  You can select more than one Card but not too many.  Along with the Four Fives Upright is a Blank Card.  Its interpretation is : Not Relevant/ Nothing/ Unsure/ Unformed/ Undecided/ Too Early To Tell/Not Ready. Use your intuition to decide which meaning is relevant.

Upright

 
Blank Card    Blank Card    Blank Card   Blank Card   Blank Card
 

Reversed

  • Which difficult area/s of my life am I successfully overcoming?
  • Which aspect of me am I most open about?
  • In which area of my life am I open to change?
  • Which area of my life am I most stuck in and reluctant to change?
  • Am  I ready to move on in my life?
  • What have I learned from my recent past difficulties?

Choose any of the above questions or one of your own and place your cursor over the Green Card Area Below.  You can also scan the area on the screen with your hands or finger to choose. Close your eyes and move the cursor/hand/finger around a bit, but not so far that you leave the Cards.  Concentrate on the question in mind and when you are ready, stop the cursor/hand/finger and keep it steady.  Then open your eyes and the Card the cursor/hand/finger is resting on is the Card for interpretation.  Just click on the Green Card you have selected to be brought directly to the Interpretation Page.  Read the Card Description along with the Reversed Meaning and contemplate its relevance in your life. Don’t expect to find meaning in every aspect of the interpretation.  The necessary information will make itself known to you.  Be open to receiving honesty and guidance.

If you have missed the Cards, try again.  You can select more than one Card but not too many.  Along with the Four Fives Reversed is a Blank Card.  Its interpretation is : Not Relevant/ Nothing/ Unsure/ Unformed/ Undecided/ Too Early To Tell. Use your intuition to decide which meaning is relevant.

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Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

Looking For Love Spread – Interpretation

As promised, here is the Interpretation to the Practice Reading Posted on the 9th of January 2013.  I hope you enjoyed applying yourself to this Reading.  You can also find this Spread and Interpretation in the Practice Reading Section on the Menu.

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Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

Looking For Love Spread – Interpretation

5 of Swords Reversed

Base Card  – 5 of Swords Rx

2 Wands Rx                                                                 2 of Cups Upright

Card 2 – 2 of Wands Rx                             Card 6 – 2 of Cups

4 of Swords Upright                        Ace of Cups

  Card 3 – 4 of Swords       Card 4 –  Ace of Cups

  3 of Pentacles Upright                                                              3 of Cups Upright

Card 1 – 3 of Pentacles                             Card 5 –  3 of Cups

Base Card – Gives background information.

Card 1 – What are the underlying causes that have prevented or blocked you from meeting your perfect partner?

Card 2 – What can you do to make the necessary changes or overcome the issues in revealed in card 1?

Card 3 – What is the best step to take right now in order to find your perfect partner?

Card 4 – Who would be the most suitable partner for me?

Card 5 –  Where am I most likely to meet my perfect partner?

Card 6 – When am I most likely to meet my perfect partner?

Interpretation

Reader – Your Base Card shows me that you have been through a very difficult time of late.  A lot of stresses in the past but you are coming out of it. I do think that it will be a slow progress as I feel you have been cut to the very core and hurt badly. I feel you may possibly be mourning some form of loss and even recovering from injury of some sort. Injury could be on any level; physical, emotional or psychological. This may be you or someone close to you, but I do sense that others have been involved. I feel a lot of aggression and conflict here but I may be wrong as this Card holds other meanings. However, I am zooming in on this area. If you do not relate to this or find it hard to understand, I could pull an extra couple of Cards to gain further insight.

Querant –  No, it’s okay, I think I know what it refers to and yes, things haven’t been great. I lost my sister tragically but I do not really wish to speak about it at the moment. I find it too difficult. I suppose, I’m not yet ready to deal with it.

Reader – Okay, I understand completely and I am very sorry to hear that news. However, because this Card is turning up it does bring its energy and influence into the issues or area we are seeking guidance on even if you think it is a separate issue.  You seek a deep meaningful Relationship so the very presence of this Card implies that it affecting or influencing your ability to draw love to yourself.  For the moment let us move on.  Card 1 is showing me here the reasons behind your lack of success or ability to find your perfect partner at. The Three of Pentacles coming in here would suggest that at present and for some time you have been very diligent and engrossed in building a career for yourself or perhaps study. I feel you may have been and still are putting all your efforts into a long term goal, keeping your head down and working very hard. I don’t believe that you really have much free time to devote to socialising or romance even though you are here asking in this area. I get a sense that your priorities lie with your work or study at present even though on the surface you do desire romance. I feel you may also be keeping yourself as busy as you can with work or study to distract you from your grief. Does this make any sense to you?

Querant – Well, if I am honest I suppose that is true. I am working very hard at setting up my own business at the moment. I am also studying for exams in four subjects. I certainly do have a long term goal and am exhaustingly working towards it. I do realise that I am not really putting myself out there, because I am putting my head in books instead. Since I lost my sister I haven’t let up. In fact I think I am working so hard that I don’t give myself time to think. I was kind of hoping that love would come knocking at my door.

Reader – Well, that Card does make sense then. Let us look at Card 2 and see how you can deal with this. The Two of wands Reversed indicates in this situation that you long for intimacy, long for a change, long for something to take you out of the dreariness of your life and also your feelings. You desire change on a deep level but at present are too apathetic and lethargic in yourself to make the necessary changes.  I sense a deep loneliness and feelings of isolation.  Your study and work helps distract you by keeping you operating on automatic and gives you a perfect excuse for not making any changes at present.

You may be expecting too much too soon under the circumstances. Your world indeed has appeared to close in on you and there is a sense of entrapment here. You may feel a slave to all you have created including your ambitions and study. You desire change and freedom yet fear of the unknown and fear of change paralyses you to the extent that you are finding it impossible to make any decision for the best at present so you just keep doing what you are doing.

There is a sense that you feel like running away, just upping and going but fear holds you back. You may feel that a change of scenery or location will drive all the pain away, a fresh start in a way. Where you possibly thinking of moving far away before you lost your sister? Seeking a new life? I think your loss has somehow sapped you of your normal sense of adventure and excitement.  I think at present that you are not strong enough in yourself to make any rash decisions or any monumental changes in your life. Now is not the time to go. You must face up to your life and come to terms with your losses otherwise you may make a decision that you will regret in time to come. Your grief will follow you wherever you go, so it is best to deal with it on familiar territory first before setting off on any voyages.  Your work and study are probably holding you together and giving you a reason to get out of bed every day but they cannot be used as crutches indefinitely.

Querant – Well, you have it in a nutshell there.  I had been planning to take a year out to travel around the world with a few friends. I knew my sister was having problems but didn’t realise how serious they were.  I had saved like crazy for the last five years and the plan was to travel and work our way around the world before returning home to gain the necessary qualifications in order to set up my business. Two weeks before I was due to go, my sister died and of course under the circumstances my world fell apart and so did my plans for travel. My friends went on without me. Indeed my world has closed in on me as all I see are the four walls of my house, my books and laptop. My friends keep in touch on Facebook and Skype.  They are expecting me to join them when I finish my exams, but I can’t. I just can’t. I can’t imagine leaving my home right now. This is where my memories are and this is where I feel safe. I used to be such an impulsive and spontaneous person. I was always up for an adventure, but I have changed and I am filled with fear and dread of anything new or different. That is why; I suppose I just keep on working so hard. However, part of me feels that I just want to run away and forget everything, but deep down I know that it won’t solve anything. I know I would ruin it for my friends if I was to join them right now as they would be worried about me constantly.  The cards are right, I need to overcome all my insecurities and deal with my grief before I can rejoin normal life again.

 

Reader – You are a very wise and brave girl. I know you are looking for love but first you have to deal with and overcome your grief otherwise you will bring it into a new relationship and a new relationship may not be strong enough to deal with this. At present you are not yourself from what you tell me and there is a chance that you may go for a partner for all the wrong reasons only to find down the road that he is not the right person for you.

Querant – Yes, I think I knew that before I came here. I suppose I am trying to put a Band-Aid on my heart at present. I would probably be a mess in a relationship if my head is anything to go by.

Reader – Let us move on and look at what positive steps you could take to overcome or deal with the issues exposed in Card 2. In Card 3 we have the Four of Swords and it is telling me that you really need to take things easy. You are working very hard but you are not giving the essential time to deal with all the stress in your life. A word of caution comes with this card. If you don’t take time out now to gather your thoughts and physically rest you run the risk of having a breakdown of some sort, be it physical or nervous. Now is not the time to try to get out there and hit the dating game. You are mentally and emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed with life at present and all that has happened.  Trying to do this will only bring further problems upon you as new relationships can be initially quite stressful and demanding. In fact I would suggest you withdraw from any activities that are too demanding on you in order to stabilise and recuperate.

Some time spent pursuing activities such as meditation, relaxation classes, counselling and even bereavement counselling will be of enormous benefit to you and will give you the serenity and release you need at present.  It will also give you the strength to return to the normal world when the time is right. By all means continue with your studies and business plans but now is not the right time to pursue a hectic social life or seek a deep and meaningful relationship. If not, you run the risk of bringing a lot of emotional baggage into any relationship you may get involved in.

Querant – It makes sense I suppose. I am probably idealising a perfect world for myself and a perfect partner where we all live happily ever after. I just want to feel happy. Do you think I will ever feel carefree again?

Reader – Of course but you are on a journey at the moment that cannot be rushed.  Your desires are perfectly normal especially after what you have had to deal with.  You just want to wave a magic wand and conjure up utopia, a place where you don’t have to worry and have someone there for you who will be eager to wipe away your pain.

Querant – True, oh how true. I suppose I might as well dream here as in bed. In relation to counselling I saw a notice in my local newspaper advertising grief counselling. It is one-to-one for a while and then you have the option of joining on a group basis. It is funny, I normally hate all that sort of stuff but I found myself taking down the number the other day before I threw out the paper. It is still sitting at home on the kitchen table. Maybe I should try it out and see if it is of any help?  I suppose it once at least. I feel very isolated and unable to communicate my feelings with normal people at present. Ha, I am listening to myself now and here was me thinking I would be able to communicate with a new partner!

Reader – Excellent, I really think it will be worth a try. At least once as you say. I think we are really getting to the heart of the matter here and although painful, quite necessary under the circumstances. Let us now look at who Mr. Right could be.

Card 4 brings us the Ace of Cups and this is a lovely card for it heralds a new beginning, a new sense of happiness in your life but as it is description of the right person for you I would suggest that the perfect partner for you is someone who is very balanced and at peace with himself. This person is a joy to be around, considerate of your feelings, happy within himself and loves from the heart. This man will definitely be a true romantic and will adore you. He glows with an inner contentment. He gives love unconditionally and has enough to go around without depleting his own source. He will be very spiritual in himself. Gentle and quiet in nature he will instil confidence and self-esteem in you.  He may very well be quite creative or even artistic. You will know this person as soon as you see him.

Normally in a Reading we would look for a Court Card to represent a person but that does not always happen.  Perhaps it is for the best, for if you know too much, as in age or sun sign you may block the potential to meet the right man by unconsciously holding certain descriptive criteria.  It is best to let it evolve naturally.  The Ace of Cups is a very healthy Card and I feel that this man has had a wonderful loving upbringing and is surrounded by a strong supportive family who will be happy to welcome you into the fold.

This man may not be the normal type you go for but then again when you are ready to return to the world and put yourself back out there, you too will have changed. You will have a different outlook on life, have different priorities and needs. This man will meet them all and be very supportive of you. This relationship would be truly blessed. He will immediately put you at ease and extremely comfortable in his company. Romantic dinners in intimate restaurants or at home by the fireside, weekends away by the sea tucked up in a little old cottage or being whisked away to a magnificent castle would be his idea of a good time. He will restore your faith in life. He will herald the beginning of a very emotionally fulfilling time for you.

Querant – I can almost picture him. It is funny because normally I like to travel a lot and am always looking for a bit of excitement or adventure.  I usually go for guys who share that same view. However, whereas I seek commitment and stability in the midst of all the excitement, the men I have been involved with always seem to get restless and are eager to move on after a year max. This always leaves me depressed and insecure in myself. Maybe I have been barking up the wrong tree all this time.

Reader – You see you are already beginning to explore other possibilities. That is good. The Ace of Cups man will be happy to settle down and will even be eager to start a family. If that is what you want, it is a very positive sign indeed.

So let us move on to where you are most likely to meet this man of your dreams in Position 5. The 3 of Cups sees you rejoining the social scene and getting out and about. There is celebration here and a strong sense of rewards for hard work done. I feel this return to mainstream life will coincide with the completion of your studies and the successful launch of your business.  I see family and friends coming together as well and even a reunion with your friends who are overseas at present. Everyone is happy for you and toasting your return to life. I see many occasions for getting out and about and lots of invitations flooding in. There may indeed be new circles of friends entering your life and these could be people you met as a result of joining a counselling group or meditation classes. I do believe that you will first encounter this man on one of these occasions.

Querant – Well I better start getting to bed early in preparation for all the party time ahead. Mind you, the thoughts of it right now leave me exhausted. I would be a real party pooper at present. The real life and soul of the party? I think not!

Reader – And that brings me nicely to the final card, Card 6 which deals with when you are most likely to meet this man. The Two of Cups coming in here again gives me three Cups in a row so far and is a far cry from the earlier cards. The Two of Cups brings balance, harmony and equality in a relationship. It brings a genuine offer of love and commitment. The Two demands balance and equilibrium and because it is a Cups Card then this Two suggests that when you have arrived at a state of inner balance and harmony within yourself, you will be in the right position to meet your partner eye to eye and on equal footing. Only then will you have something of worth to offer and also equally be in a position to receive all that your partner has to offer in return. When you have arrived at a stage when you know that you seek union not just to make you feel better or to lean on someone, but rather to enhance your life and to share the joy and love that is within you, then you will know that the time is right.

I believe the bond you had with your sister was very strong and her death left you feeling as though you had lost half of your soul.  The Two of Cups suggests that although no one will ever be able to take her place, you will have the chance to develop a very close and intimate relationship with someone else.

Cups also represent the summer, a time of joy and abundance. The card being a Two may represent the second day, week or month of summer so be very observant around this time and open to chance encounters.

There is a wonderful feeling about this Card. I do believe that this man is out there right now and at present making his own journey in life, yet slowly but surely, the distance between you narrows by the day.  You are both making your way towards the same destination but at this point in time are not yet aware of each other.  The Universe is conspiring to arrange that first encounter and it will feel just perfect when it happens.

Finishing Off

If you look diagonally across the Card Spread in front of you, you can see how the imbalance of the Two of Wands Reversed is stabilised in the Two of Cups. The Three of Pentacles gives you the drive and determination to overcome all the bad times but it is the time spent in The Four of Swords that acts as the gateway or bridge to inner happiness, release and Freedom.  It is the stabilising force that is necessary to access all that the Cups have to offer. It is very important to reflect on this Card if you wish to move forward in your life and be happy.  Many try to bypass this stage of recuperation, adjustment and introspection. They keep their head down and just hope for the best.  They usually manage to keep going but as soon as any of their stressor triggers are pressed, they regress into their damaged self and behave accordingly.

Querant –  I understand perfectly what you are saying. To think I was frightened to come for this Reading and was going to cancel it yesterday.  I am so relieved I didn’t. Thank you so much. Hearing the truth is not always nice but I can see now that I was looking for a partner to make me feel better about myself and to take away the loneliness and deep loss I feel.  I know now what I have to do and for the moment I will not focus too much in the area of relationships except that of the one I have with myself.  I will continue with my plans and study as that keeps me grounded and gives me a reason for getting up each day. I will also have to come to terms with the fact that I may need some outside help to deal with my feelings at the moment. The idea of meditation or yoga appeals to me so I will look into that.  I haven’t been minding what I eat for the last while so I think a change in diet might be on the cards too. Some healthy and nutritional eating for a change I am sure would help. I suppose there is no point asking how long this is going to take as I am the only one who can answer that question. Thank you very much for helping me focus and see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I now have something lovely to think about when I go to bed at night and I am suddenly looking forward to the future and all that it may bring.      

Copyright © 2006-2013 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

The Four Fives of The Minor Arcana – Now Re-Worked

Happy New Year to all My Tarot Students & Enthusiasts,

The Fives Intro

5 of Wands Upright  5 of Cups Upright 5 of Swords Upright 5 of Pentacles Upright

2013 is now upon us and we must all look to the future for 2012 has moved frimly into the past.  For many, the last year has been happy and stable, with life, work, family and relationships continuing as normal.  However, for others the last year has brought change and some of this change may have been unexpected and possibly unwelcome.  For others, the year may have been a mix and might have left a bitter/sweet taste behind in its wake. Others may have felt it was boring and too predictable.  I myself experienced much change, some good, some natural and the rest, unfortunately traumatic.

The Year 2012 carried the Universal Year Number of 5.  In numerology, 5 is a number of chaos, conflict, upheaval and change.  In Year 5, we can expect the unexpected and to be hit by many curve balls.  As we open our mind to all that has occurred in the world in the last year we can see the havoc that the energy of 5 has wreaked on so many of us.  It has been felt on both a personal and global level. However, the last two digits of 2012 equal 3 ( 1+2=3) so after a difficult period of time we often experience a personal growth and greater spiritual depth. The 2 preceding these numbers 2+0=2 suggests that it could go one way or another for us or that we can choose to grow or not to.

In 2012, I turned 50, which is a big milestone for most of us. I didn’t mind being 50 but was amazed at how fast the years have flown by.  2012 also found me deciding to hand down and pass on my knowledge of the Tarot through my course Truly Teach Me Tarot.  I know there is much work  still to be done but I never ever thought I would get this far and also had no idea that it would attract so many visitors and viewers as it has brilliantly done since I first started posting in June.  On December the 10th, five years after the death of my 11-year-old son Conor, from cancer, we put a Christmas tree up to celebrate his memory and anniversary. It was also a symbol of our enduring strength throughout sadness and loss.  It was our first Christmas tree since 2006.  So, yes, these were very positive and encouraging changes for me. They were also a sign that I was making progress in my life and doing something with it rather than wallowing in the past and all that I had lost.

However, I also had to face many unwelcome changes and some that are still ongoing.  In 2012 I had to deal with personal health issues and surgery.  2012 also brought the death of two of my oldest and most dear cats, O’Malley and Morgan within a few months of each other. We laid them to rest under the Weeping Willow in the back garden.  One of my closest friends had to endure terrible tragedy in her family which impacted on all of us.  Then, only as recently as November, I lost my wonderful brother-in-law to a  cancer which struck out of the blue and took him so fast.  We are all still reeling from the shock of so many traumas but life and experience have taught me that we are stronger than we think and must never let our spirit be broken.  There is always something to live and fight for.

So, as we enter the year 2013, the Universal Year Number 6, we might all heave a sigh of relieve for 6 is a number of harmony, balance and peace.  It brings a calming after the storm and the chance to catch our breath and regain stability once more.  It is also a year for focusing on the family and the beauty of all our blessings.  It does not mean that we shall never experience change or challenge again but it does give us time to heal and to show solidarity with the rest of the world in regards to important humanitarian matters and issues. We must learn from our loss and not let it destroy us.

It is a very appropriate time to re-introduce the Four Fives of The Minor ArcanaThe Five of Wands, The Five of Cups, The Five of Swords and The Five of Pentacles .  You will find these cards in Lesson 7. Each card will give us the opportunity to reflect on any unpleasant changes or incidents that may have come to pass in 2012.  We shall see how the individual Suits cope and deal with change, stress, loss and trauma. In doing so, we may learn a thing or two about our own reactions to certain situations and our ability to cope during difficult times.

I have been re-working and re-writing these four cards for the last month or so and they are now ready for viewing.  Before clicking on the individual cards, please read the Fives Intro Page to learn more about what the Fives mean in Tarot Reading.

Homework and Sample Card Readings will be uploaded in the next couple of days and then I will begin on re-working the Four Sixes.

The Fives Intro

5 of Wands Upright  5 of Cups Upright 5 of Swords Upright 5 of Pentacles Upright

Please Click on the Individual Images below to go directly to Card Page

I do hope you enjoy reading the detailed description and interpretation of each Card and trust your knowledge of the Tarot is growing and growing.

See you soon,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truly Teach Me Tarot Course Update

Greetings to All Out There,

Work is progressing nicely on updating and uploading my Free Tarot Reading Course For Professionals, Truly Teach Me Tarot.

Today I finished re-working and re-formatting The Four of PentaclesThe Homework Section for Lesson I and 2 is also complete as is the homework in Lesson 6Homework for Lessons 3, 4 and 5 still need to be re-worked but I hope to get Lesson 3 Homework sorted today.

4 of Pentacles Upright

Today, I am have decided to release the Course to all those excitedly waiting to start it.  While I am working on Lessons 7, 8, 9 and 10 you will have plenty to be getting on with.  Most of the lessons should take you a month to cover, that is if you are determined to learn to read the Tarot.  There is really no fast-track method in learning to read Tarot.  It is something that evolves over time and the student must be patient.

For those of you who are not interested in learning the cards but wish to check card meanings regardless, you are more than welcome to browse around the site.  The more the merrier

Please note that this course is not complete yet and card meanings are being uploaded over time.

At the Moment Lessons 1-6 are complete (except for homework in some lessons).  Part II and Part III have yet to be uploaded.  Accompanying video tutorials will be added over time.

For information on course please check out the About Section on the Menu and for course contents please click on Course Menu.

I am looking for as many as possible to jump on board and become regular visitors to Truly Teach Me Tarot.  I have many exciting plans in store for those who decide to become students and it should be great fun.   Those who do not wish to be students have a part to play aswell as I am hoping that students can get practice doing readings for you.

If you wish to go straight to the Cards that are Completely re-worked click on any of the links below.  They can also be found in Part I – Minor Arcana Section.

Wands –  Ace   Two II   Three III    Four IV

Cups – Ace   Two II   Three III    Four IV

Swords  – Ace   Two II   Three III    Four IV

Pentacles –  Ace   Two II   Three III    Four IV

The Remainder of the Cards in Four Suits 5 – 10 are uploaded but have not yet been re-worked.  You can view these in the Section The 78 Cards.

Remember, this course is Free of Charge.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.  You can also follow my blogs and receive updates on the course as they are released by clicking the Follow link on the site page.

I look forward to hearing from you regularly and do hope you enjoy the Course.

Blessings Be,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)