Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Tuesday Tarot

Today my mind has been allowed, by me, to wander elsewhere, off it's usual regular and somewhat ordered logical course.  Yesterday was an intriguing mélange of feelings, deep within my soul and these feelings, outcomes have been reflected within my subconscious as much as within events that are surrounding me and my being, and to be honest, I can't quite work out where my head is at this present time.

My subconscious this morning created a tarot deck within my head.  I know, not quite the same thing but as I have no real astrological training whatsoever (other than leafing through a book on the subject twenty or so years ago), I felt that this was an interesting exercise.  Part of this train of subconscious thought has no doubt entered my mind from knowing the strong images that accompany the Major Arcana cards, and although I used to own a set of Tarot cards when I was younger (sadly long since lost in one of my various 'moves'), I never owned the set (and have always wanted to) designed by Fergus Hall.  Most people will be familiar with this set as it entered the public consciousness in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.  I always rather enjoyed this ecclectic entry into the Bond franchise on various plateaux; the catchy theme song by Wings, the occult theme, and Bond meets blaxploitation (an entertaining albeit short lived genre in the early to mid 1970s). 

From that deck within my head I picked out seven cards, four Major Arcana cards and three Minor Arcana cards, completely at random.  I decided to do some digging online to find out the meaning behind these cards and have summarised below what I have found.  These are the seven that came out from my inner conscious:-


A need for diplomacy and tact.

The power of perception, the clear thinking astute-mind, is represented here in its negative manner as cunning, maliciousness and fraudulance. The card can represent cleverness and craftiness.  The "Thief" card, and though it can be taken literally (protect yourself against theft), it usually means a different type of stealing.  The querent should be warned to be on their guard.


A time of fresh emotions, feeling them purely and wondering at them.  Romance is in the stage of puppy love and crushes. 

The Page of Cups has got a great imagination, an artistic bent, and a love of story-telling which is both wonderful, but problematic, as they may let their imaginations run away with them. Very kind and sweet, they'll bring you fresh picked flower, make you a card, write you a song. When sad, they're the saddest kid you ever saw. When happy, they're positively blissful.   The card indicates an impulse, an oppurtunity, a chance. It is either an invitation to a pleasurable venture, a gesture of love, or reconciliation. The card shows the offer of peace after phases of strife and discord, the sympathy that is given us in times of pain.


A sacrifice must be made to gain something of real value.

The Hanged Man allows himself to be hung so that he can gain wisdom for the world. Like traitors of old, he sacrifices himself for a cause, and sees things from an "inverted" perspective. What is right to him is wrong to others and vice versa. And like the babe in the womb, the Hanged Man hangs suspended between one world (the womb) and the next (outside the womb). The querent is stuck and in a dilemma.  However, with more consideration we can see that in the external immobility there is a forced response, as well as the necessity and oppurtunity to achieve a transformed world and change one's life.


Guidance on religious matters and the need to find spiritual meaning in life.

The Hierophant stands for the world of belief and a deep trust that stems from this conviction of faith.  He was considered one of the three protective cards of the Tarot, which gave the course of matter a favorable tendancy.  The power of trust that the card expresses can be related to the trust we have in ourselves as well as the trust we have in a deeper sense in our personal lives and future.

The card might well be a warning to the querent, himself, against being too stubborn, too fearful of change, especially in matters of theology, ethics or traditions. The Hierophant could appear as a reminder that the aim of traditions is not to follow them by rote, but to use them to keep alive the spirit and faith of a people.


Balance, wisdom, and a need for rational, logical solutions.

Justice stands for clear, objective knowledge, conscious and decisively reached judg,ent, for incorruptability, balance and fairness.  It shows that we will get what we deserve and we alone carry the responsibility for everything that we receive and experience.  Justice urges the querent to make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. is about adjustment. The sword Justice carries suggests that sometimes this won't be pleasant. Justice pares things down with that sword so that the scales end up equal. Swords represent the mind and suggest that Justice only listens to reason, logic and facts.


A time for rejoicing and celebration.

The three of cups is an expression of joy, carefreeness and thankfulness as best expressed in the experience of thanksgiving.  It signals most strongly, however, is being with those who are emotionally in tune with you and you with them. If this card comes up regarding a question about a new relationship, it usually means that you're either discussing it with friends/family, or introducing this new person to friends/family. You're taking the next step in strengthening your emotional bond with the person.

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