11. Justice: Holding Yourself Accountable

In my last post, which was about the Wheel of Fortune, we started thinking about the idea of cause and effect, and that what you put out into the world matters. We begin to see the result of this concept play out with Justice. We're finally halfway through the Major Arcana, and The Fool is … Continue reading 11. Justice: Holding Yourself Accountable

10. Wheel of Fortune: Letting Go

After having had time to introspect as The Hermit, it is time now for the Fool to face another potentially difficult challenge. The Wheel of Fortune. For me, this card is all about learning to let go. There is a lot of esoteric symbolism in this card. Before we talk about what the card itself … Continue reading 10. Wheel of Fortune: Letting Go

9. The Hermit: Not today, Facebook

At the time of writing, at least 63 people have died, and nearly 3000 have been wounded in the Lebanese city of Beirut as a result of an enormous explosion earlier today. If you are able to, please donate to the Lebanese Red Cross here. There are a few cards I would associate with the … Continue reading 9. The Hermit: Not today, Facebook

8. Strength: Compassionate Action

Answers to yesterday's riddles: I walk on four feet in the morning, two feet in the afternoon, and three feet in the evening, what am I? A human- crawls as a baby (morning), walks independently as an adult (afternoon), and walks with a stick in old age (evening). I have a mouth but do not … Continue reading 8. Strength: Compassionate Action

7. The Chariot: Monkey Mind

I saw this great video featuring Mingyur Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhism teacher. He talks about the idea of monkey mind. In Chinese and Japanese, monkey mind (心猿) means restless, indecisive, uncontrollable, and as a concept it's this idea that your mind jumps around from one idea to another, chattering and making it hard to focus. … Continue reading 7. The Chariot: Monkey Mind

6. The Lovers: Choice

There's a great interview with the creator of the Star Spinner Tarot, Trung Le Nguyen, known as Trungles. He decided to include four different versions of The Lovers in his deck. I really admire this decision, because the reader gets to pick which card speaks to them most, or which one is most representative of … Continue reading 6. The Lovers: Choice

5. The Hierophant: Those who came before us

It is likely that learning Tarot is the first time you've heard the word 'hierophant'. What even is that? My spellchecker doesn't even think it's a word. According to Wikipedia, hierophant is a word from Ancient Greece meaning a kind of chief priest or religious leader. It is most associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries, so … Continue reading 5. The Hierophant: Those who came before us

4. The Emperor: Leaders and Tyrants

I, like many people, find The Emperor a little difficult to relate to. With his stern face and cold stone throne, he's a little intimidating. But if you have ever been in a leadership position, such as a manager, or if you have had to deal with someone in a position of authority, The Emperor … Continue reading 4. The Emperor: Leaders and Tyrants

3. The Empress: Mother Earth

NSFW warning: female nudity in this post. On August 7th 1908, a workman found this figurine while excavating a Paleolithic site near the village of Willendorf in Austria: The figurine was about 11cm tall, carved from limestone, and coloured with red ochre. The limestone wasn't from the same area that the figurine was discovered. It … Continue reading 3. The Empress: Mother Earth

2. The High Priestess: Thin Places

The Secret Commonwealth. If you have read Philip Pullman's Book of Dust series, you might recognise that name.  To see where Pullman got his inspiration from, we will have to go back in time to over 300 years ago. In 1691, minister of Aberfoyle, Rev. Robert Kirk wrote of a land of fairies, or sith … Continue reading 2. The High Priestess: Thin Places