Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Four of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

Four of Swords, RWSFour of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Rest from Strife
Four of Swords in timing: Four weeks; or from October 13th - 22nd
Kabbalah: Chesed in Yetzirah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Four of Spades




The Four of Swords Card Meaning, RWS and Thoth


The Four of Swords is suggestive of taking time out from a circumstance of stress and pain. The swords and the armor [RWS] are symbolic of having escaped war. A break is required in order to adjust his/her perspective enough to continue on. To reflect in peace, is a sensible method to employ when thoughts and feelings might not be too clear. Considering ones situation in depth may allow for clarity to emerge, on why certain issues came into being. The fours are about stability, and as such, in retreating, some degree of stability is being achieved. That said, the swords meeting in a saltire cross at the very center of the card [Thoth] is suggestive of being stuck in a restrictive situation.

The Four of Swords is representative of Jupiter ruling the third decanate of Libra, which refers to a time of transition--moving on from a period of tension. The person taking respite was made to feel that they've done wrong or that their perspective is wrong, while they believe that they're right. The 49 petaled rose (Thoth), represents the collective consciousness, and also social harmony. Therefore this card may refer to choices being made to please a group outside of the situation, such as society, an organization, the government, one's peer group or family, or what have you.


49 is representative of a period of reassessment; and also of retreating to an internal world, hoping to intuit and discern true feelings. What's more, 49 is suggestive of being one numeral short of reaching the Door of Light (50). This means that through adding to it the inspired, godlike energy of 1, enlightenment could be achieved and a lesson, a journey, could be concluded. This of course alludes to what might be from here on in, as 49, obviously is not 50.

In the RWS Four of Swords card image, the stained glass window is symbolic of both the collective consciousness, and also of approaching the doorway to enlightenment. Overall, the RWS meaning is much in line with the Thoth version but for a point or two. Both cards make reference to approaching the end of life and to taking internal respite.


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The Four of Swords Dignified or Upright


  • Temporarily withdrawing from a painful or warlike situation.
  • Veering away from relationship issues and choosing to interact more with one's social circle or engage in group activity.
  • Hostile actions are temporarily suspended.
  • Taking a vacation or going on a retreat.
  • Spending time alone.
  • Remaining at rest.
  • A time of peace either before or after a stormy period.
  • Feelings that are, on some level, akin to your being buried alive.
  • An unchanging impression (the same held until one's demise).
  • The end of life.
  • Coffin-like.
  • Buried, deceased, lain to rest.
  • Abandoning a situation.
  • A hidden or secluded location.
  • Being cut off, forced out, ousted, etc.
  • Exile, voluntary or otherwise.
  • Astute financial management.
  • Saved money.
  • A period of healing or recovery.
  • Situated upon a sturdy or solid foundation.
  • Engaging in escapism.
  • Praying for improvement in a circumstance.
  • A positive end result due to wisdom in management.
  • Carefully scrutinizing financial expenditures.
  •  In law, suggests that no action will be taken.
  • Approaching enlightenment.
  • A short trip.
  • A truce.


The Four of Swords Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Forging ahead, but with an awareness of the potential for danger or pain.
  • Proof, or one's solemn word.
  • Regularly thinking of someone (attraction).
  • Looking ahead.
  • Establishing which route to take.
  • Reflecting on how to improve the situation.
  • Being cheap, pinching pennies.
  • On a vigil.
  • Household maintenance work, or supervision of same.
  • Returning to continue with a relationship.
  • Establishing peaceful working interactions despite existing conflict.
  • Anxiety has been created by harsh words written.
  • Hard feelings created through lack of consideration.
  • A pointless, brief trip.
  • Problems in a matter of law.
  • Managing spiritual issues through meditation.
  • Working to improve mundane matters, growing spiritually as a result.
  • Is overly cautious, and as a result is unwilling to take any risk.
  • You have been alone or out of the thick of things too long, and it's time to get re-involved, to re-integrate.
  • You need to get out in the sunlight more often, your health requires it.
  • Vigilance.
  • A collection, or collecting things.
  • Gathering together one's belongings.
  • The mind is unsettled and is requiring peace.
  • Re-energized after a period of rest.
  • Palliative care
  • Greediness.
  • A lecherous man.



Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tiger's Eye Healing and Metaphysical Properties

tiger's eye
Tiger's eye stone; a Wikimedia file, user Benjamint444; by CC 3.0



What is Tiger's Eye, and Where Can it be Found?


Tiger’s eye (also tigers eye and tiger eye), like some other crystal types, was first used in ancient times. The ancient Egyptians believed that it gave them the gift of divine vision, and Roman soldiers carried it into battle to bolster their courage. Long since unused, this mineral was rediscovered in the early 1800s at a South African location.

Lore has it that the Romans believed tiger’s eye heightened courage because visually it appeared to hold the properties of both the Sun and the Earth. Using the same reasoning, today some believe that this stone should be recharged periodically in the afternoon sun, as that’s when the Sun and Earth are said to be nearest each other.

By some considered to be a powerful amulet, it is believed as an ‘eye stone’, to provide an ability to see by psychic vision that which doesn't normally meet the eye. The deep browns within it represent earth and the Earth plane’s energies, and the lighter honey and golden tones are symbolic of higher spiritual ideals. Additionally, it is beheld as a powerful protector... this crystal truly has it all.

This is an all encompassing piece, so for those of you looking for crystal properties, feel free to skip down the page a ways!

There are prominent sources in the Northern Cape of Africa, and another in Thailand. There are a host of other smaller sites such as in the US, Western Australia, Burma, Spain, Brazil and India. This sweet looking beauty is golden crocidolite layered between quartz. Once believed to be a pseudomorph, recent discoveries made show that not to be the case (the April 2003 issue of Geology; discovery made by Dr. Donald M. Fisher, Dr. Peter J. Heaney).

Describing this mineral as a pseudomorph would mean that quartz replaces golden crocidolite within the mineral during development, but adopts the same general appearance as crocidolite. The recent discovery showed that what really happens is that crocidolite cracks; then each crack fills with the ingredients needed to create crocidolite and quartz, but the majority of ingredients favor quartz. Then time takes care of the rest. One of the researchers involved said that it takes between 20 and 100 cracks to be filled in to create one cm of tiger’s eye stone.

tiger's eye
Tumbled tiger's eye stones, a Wikimedia file. User Adam Ognisty. By CC 3.0


Harmony, Balance, and Action


Tiger’s eye is all about balance, this includes light to dark and Earthly to spiritual aspects of self, and also yin to yang; and it balances emotions and encourages healthy, harmonious interactions with others. Although it has plenty of physical healing attributes, this crystal primarily targets the mind. It supports focus, direct and clear thoughts, and oneness within self. It can be a great solution for those afflicted with feelings of spaciness, as well as for those who experience failure in backing up their commitments.

For those of us that need to feel more grounded to the Earth, this is our stone. With the help of tiger’s eye we can stop the negative self talk and critical thinking, that at times blocks us from the truth. Additionally, we will be able to perceive a situation from all aspects. Tiger’s eye brings the brain to a more balanced state, and thereby spurs improvement in mental health problems.

Tiger's eye is often carried to provide protection against hexes, bad luck, and negative energies. As well, when you are headed into a mini battle or are feeling that you're about to encounter a verbal attack, tiger’s eye helps you to avoid being clouded by emotion. In becoming peaceful and calm from the energy of the earth we are better able to make decisions, we are released from fear and anxiety and are brimming with courage. Balanced and harmonious, we can take action sans fear of new beginnings.


Meditation and Chakras


The primary chakras relative to this crystal are the sacral and solar plexus. Tiger’s eye holds within it the energy of the yellow ray, and the golden ray as well. Overall, the yellow and golden ray energies guide us to connect with our divine self, to attain knowledge, to help others, and to create improvement in this world through our connection to higher power.

The energies of this stone can be used to awaken Kundalini. While to do so is ideal for spiritual conditioning, Kundalini stimulation if misused, can cause crisis. Kundalini is a highly charged energy, and is dormant in us for a reason. It might be better to call for the help of Michael, Uriel, or another being of light. They will assist us to align our will with God’s and we will be better fit to aid humanity with our very own light.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


Physical Healing with Tiger's Eye


For the ill and the weak it will potentially provide strength, and it brings relief to neck and spinal health issues. Sinuses (congestion), the spleen, kidneys, liver, pancreas, the bladder, and most bodily systems can potentially experience improvement. Due to a boost in overall life force energy, even bone fractures and psoriasis can heal.


Wealth and Prosperity


Due to all of the new found self confidence and strength of will you may find yourself brimming with, a desire to create new beginnings, including in the area of finances may be achieved. It's a lucky stone that is believed to draw prosperity. Try surrounding a green candle with tiger’s eye pieces. Light it and imagine the wealth you seek… it may well manifest for you.


Care and Maintenance


When you get your stone, put it in the sunshine to cleanse and charge it. Then every 15 days you can sit it in the sun once again, which both discharges and recharges it at the same time. Never use harsh cleaning chemicals while wearing or maintaining a tiger’s eye.


Related Articles: Red Tiger's Eye, Hawk's Eye.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Four of Cups, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Cups, RWSThe Four of Cups, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Blended Pleasure
Four of Cups in timing: Four months; or from July 12th - 21st
Kabbalah: Chesed in Briah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Four of Hearts



The Four of Cups Meaning, Thoth


The Four of Cups, Luxury. The stack of chalices looks beautiful, but at the same time the formation lacks solidity in structure, and the life sustaining water all leads to one recipient. The environment appears gloomy, but the water is warm (Chesed)

By the above illustrations, the Four of Cups card suggests that one person within the situation concerned, is going through a phase of dissatisfaction. Well dignified, this phase will help them move forth, to create solutions, to let go of that which does not serve. Ill dignified, them being immersed in their emotions so fully, will result in everything being "about them" (or not enough about them). This card concerns the Moon in Cancer, which leads to, amongst other things, emotional sensitivity, insecurity, feeling that one is chronically misunderstood, and a tendency to hold onto grudges. At the same time, there is a desire for the comfort of familiar surroundings.



The underlying essence, is that once a situation becomes familiar, it will no longer be all that pleasurable; but this is how all circumstances are by nature. We need to analyze, work through, and grow with them; otherwise they stagnate. This stage of introversion could in fact be helpful if acted upon.


The RWS Take on the Four of Cups


The person in the Four of Cups image is dissatisfied with the cups in front of them. As he/she sits there so self absorbed, a goblet is presented; suggestive of intuition, or perhaps a gift. If he would pull his head out of his (inner clouds), solutions would present, and he could get involved and make the situation shine. Instead he lets emotion lead him to a gloomy place inside of himself.

The title of this card, the Lord of Blended Pleasure, suggests that things are well; but relate the title to the imagery, and you can see that there is an underlying issue. This is blended pleasure coming to an end, or morphing into something other than blended pleasure. All that is good and all that should be treasured and nurtured, are being ignored so that he can focus squarely upon his emotions and vexations. The Four of Cups card serves to remind us that when we participate in life with joy and appreciation, affluence and gain comes in return for the energy we put out. It also serves to remind us that if we focus only upon experiencing what is good, we may well lose the taste for other important things in life.



The Four of Cups, Dignified or Upright


  • Bored with what is.
  • Craving for something better, not realizing what you have in front of you.
  • Dissatisfaction created through a lack of interest or stimulation.
  • Desiring for more than what one has; they've experienced full satisfaction, which as they don't appreciate it has left them wanting more. This could be applied in any context, including desiring for sex outside of a relationship or a bigger house, for example.
  • One has achieved a significant degree of worldly success, but still has a desire for more.
  • Achieving one's goal, but finding no fulfillment therein.
  • Satisfied for the time being, with an unfulfilling situation.
  • Failure to comprehend or accept the point of view of another, or a difference of opinion.
  • Not putting your fair share of effort into a relationship.
  • Banality, triteness.
  • Experiencing aggravation.
  • Boredom leading to disinterest.
  • Unhappy with the situation at hand.
  • Feeling misunderstood, or unable to have oneself understood.
  • Avoiding to communicate true feelings in fear of being misunderstood.
  • Cutting oneself off emotionally from another.
  • Perceived problems are not actual, but are the a result of letting one's emotions cause imaginary circumstances.
  • A circumstance that overall provides you comfort, is somewhat restricting or causing issue in some way.
  • Maintaining one's distance, especially from a partner.
  • Failure to see, and therefore accept, opportunities as they open up.
  • The "new love" phase, the joyous part of a relationship, is ending.
  • If you are expecting a phone call, an email, or a text, it will come.
  • In reply to a query of whether something is near or far, this card suggests near or local.
  • A penchant for Internet, texting, or any electronic activity or device.
  • Feeling imposed upon.
  • Children of a previous relationship of one partner have been introduced into a relationship, and it is causing issue.
  • An invalid opinion based upon erroneous information.
  • Tiredness.
  • Feeling somewhat uncomfortable in a new setting. May feel obstructed, or be unsure of how to proceed with local protocol. This could be in a new relationship setting, a new job, or during travel.  
  • Indifference.
  • Refusing.


The Four of Cups, Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Feelings of interest, motivation, and excitement renewed.
  • Someone new introduced into the family.
  • An encounter with someone yet unknown to you.
  • You meet someone, but they remain as a mere acquaintance.
  • A small business merger.
  • A discovery or revelation is made, perhaps through meditation, but not necessarily so.
  • An epiphany.
  • An omen.
  • Receiving a message through intuition. Prognosticating, foretelling; can refer directly to the ability of clairsentience. 
  • A gift.
  • In pursuit of higher level than earthly aspirations.
  • Developing a new appreciation for what is.
  • Opening up emotionally.
  • Disclosing one's true feelings.
  • Making oneself emotionally available.
  • Feeling that one has (finally) been understood.
  • Realizing that there had previously been a misunderstanding.
  • Accepting what has been offered, or pursuing an opportunity.
  • Being given instruction or guidance.
  • The phone call, email, or text you were expecting will not come.
  • Far away distance-wise.
  • Habitually engaged in Internet activity, texting, or any electronic time-wasting method.
  • Experiencing actual troubles.
  • Feeling revulsion.
  • Dealing with horror or trauma.
  • Worldly gains ill-gotten.

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Labradorite Crystal - Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Labradorite crystal ball
Labradorite scrying sphere. Images used with permission from the seller this ball
was purchased from.


Labradorite Healing Properties


Labradorite crystal is a type of feldspar, and is as useful and beneficial as it is beautiful. You may often see it referred to as as a magic stone, this due to its ability to heighten energies and the transmission of them during any type of spellwork, magical procedure, or spiritual engagement. Labradorite crystal helps us to connect with our higher self, promotes psychic awareness, and will aid those of us wanting to access the Akashic records.

The mineral labradorite has intense protection properties, amongst the strongest of all crystals. It will shield you from negative external energies, and will strengthen the positive energies within you. Naturally this is good for you on both a physical level as well as an etheric one. Because labradorite protects against negative energies, it draws positives to occur. To carry this stone on you therefore, is said to increase good luck and draw more optimal outcomes to your daily events.

Labradorite can be a powerful ally to those of us on a quest for spiritual growth, as it can guide and protect us as we venture on to otherwise unexplored planes of existence. This quality, combined with the stone's ability to heighten spiritual energy transmissions, allows us to view and heal past life issues.

Though commonly attributed to each and all of the chakras, it is primarily blue, which is relative first to the throat chakra; secondarily this stone targets the crown chakra. Additionally, labradorite is known to enable the free flow of energies between the all of the body's chakra centers. This opens the way for them to work together with greater efficiency. Subsequently physical health is enhanced, and spiritual awareness and growth are supported.


Color-play


The flash seen within labradorite is referred to as labradorescence; its color-play is moving to visualize. If you are thinking of investing in some labradorite, ensure that you get crystals with plenty of flash; the beauty is beyond words. Colors within the flashy areas of this mineral may include yellow, blue, silver, red-orange, and green; the non labradorescent areas are usually either light or deep grey. Other varieties of this mineral include yellow labradorite and spectrolite. Yellow labradorite is peculiar in that it doesn't exhibit the color-play that its more well recognized counterpart does. Spectrolite displays a higher degree of intensity within its color-play.

The labradorite sphere in the photo above is my own. It amazes me that after I work with it a while, the grey area turns to a deep midnight blue.


Psychic Awareness


Labradorite crystals will be a valuable tool for those working to increase their level of psychic awareness. Put some in your pocket or wear it in the form of a jewelry item to bolster any and all of the clair psychic senses. This mineral is commonly used in the making of divination tools. It is also known to hold an ability to heighten our connection to ascended spirits, thus enabling them to safely guide us through our respective journey to our goal.


Disclaimer: You should consult your health and/or mental health professional before using any alternative healing methods. This article does not suggest otherwise.


Harmony and a Positive Perspective


If your work environment is tension filled, placing a bowl of labradorite crystals on your desk will provide a positive, uplifting effect. There is another property of this stone which is helpful in the workplace... it motivates workers to care more about their job and to dedicate themselves to their work on a level of sincerity.

Labradorite steers us away from a tendency to look at the down-side of things. Over time consistently looking at life from a negative perspective can set us back. Labradorite can assist us in making positive changes by improving our view of the world to a more appropriate level.


See Life and People for What They Truly Are


Sometimes when people have faced events which shook their world, they are left with a lack of faith in the good in life, as well as in people. Labradorite can help by allowing them to see things as they truly are. In removing the falsities they learnt to perceive through times of hardship, it's easier for them to begin healing, and to walk a more optimal path. This in turn naturally leads to peace, inside and out.


Cleansing Labradorite Crystals


Use methods other than those which require water or salt to be used.


 


Related Article: Hypersthene

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Four of Disks or Pentacles, RWS/Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Four of Pentacles, RWSThe Four of Disks, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Earthly Power
Four of Disks or Pentacles in timing: Four years; or from January 10th - 19th
Kabbalah: Chesed in Assiah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Four of Diamonds



The ideal of this card, both RWS and Thoth, is to maintain what one has but to avoid getting hung up on worldly pursuits, no matter what kind--achievements, monetary, love, and so on.



The Four of Disks Meaning, Thoth


On the good side, the Four of Disks, Thoth card's imagery suggests that the fortress one has built, provides solidity and strength of foundation--a place to be fruitful from. Imagine, inside that fortress there's rooms to do whatever one needs from, in order to achieve. There's a downside as well; that path leading out is quite narrow, which suggests that when such a heavy focus is placed on material objectives, one restricts themselves. The pretty little rooms that would serve one so well in business and other areas of life, have instead become turrets to defend.

The fortress is symbolic of power, and also of being prepared for war. Thus balance is a key word here--not just in pursuing worldly desires, but also in the application of power and authority.

A subtler meaning of this card, offers that if one places their entire focus over here, what are they missing out on over there.



The RWS Take on the Four of Pentacles


The Four of Pentacles man looks somewhat foolish as he's clinging so tightly on to what he has. This card, some say, comes across as being darker in delivery than the Thoth image does, and that it is therefore more "negative." I question that, they both offer a strong caution.

The figure on the RWS card has gained much, but what has he lost? He is distanced from all and is apparently alone. Who or what has he forfeited in order to gain all of that money he clings to so dearly? It appears that in letting go, we are more likely to hang on to what we have.



The Four of Disks or Pentacles Dignified or Upright


  • Having the power and/or authority to achieve one's goals.
  • Has set a firm foundation for a new project or enterprise to thrive.
  • To have one's primary focus on the material assets they hold.
  • You have astutely figured out what needs to be done.
  • Effective in making a judgment call.
  • Sizing things up effectively.
  • A masterful and calm execution of authority.
  • Strong acumen in the realm of finances.
  • Regarding money - an opportunity or a change for the better.
  • Gifts offered or received, to denote appreciation.
  • You may be given money as a gift, or receive it as an inheritance. 
  • Maintaining authority over those in charge of your money, investments, and holdings.
  • Working in a public office, serving in the military, working in politics, or an opportunity regarding similar.
  • Enjoying a situation as it is and being reluctant to allow change in.
  • Accept advice from an authority on the matter.
  • A distinct area, precinct, or district.
  • Desires satisfied.
  • Surrounded by a perimeter or border.
  • Undisclosed information affects the matter at hand.
  • Being put on the spot, or forced into a position, as it were.
  • Monastic or convent life.
  • Seclusion.


The Four of Disks or Pentacles Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • There will be some delay.
  • Being watched, or keeping watch on someone else.
  • You will meet opposition or other hindrances.
  • Causing restrictions for, or limiting oneself.
  • Material gain with negatives attached; such as receiving an inheritance due to the demise of a loved one.
  • No gain to be had for the now, but in the future your goal is reachable.
  • Being restricted, imposed limitations upon, or enclosed within.
  • A complicated mess.
  • Kept in suspense.
  • Current activity may cause damage to your reputation.
  • Judgments and choices not well made will create future obstacles or losses.
  • Lacking wisdom in the realm of finances.
  • You will encounter a negative assessment of you or your activities.
  • Experiencing loss or sorrow.
  • That which you desire to have is not available to you.
  • What one leaves behind when they die--their estate, memories, etc.
  • Generosity apart from one's standard.
  • Love that cannot be.
  • A problem returns.


The Five of Disks >>>



Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Three of Disks or Pentacles, RWS/Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Pentacles, RWSThe Three of Disks, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Material Works
Three of Disks or Pentacles in timing: Three years; or from December 31st - January 9th Kabbalah: Binah in Assiah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Three of Diamonds



The Three of Disks (Pentacles) Meaning


The Three of Disks or Pentacles card, by both deck images shown (Thoth and RWS), is one of accomplishment. One of its main messages is, that you are journeying down the road to achievement, or that you have the necessary setting, skills, tools, and resources to do well, and that now's the time to get to work. You need to brainstorm how to make things work with fluidity in this setting; this may include applying the right persons to the right tasks, or enlightening people on the finer points of their tasks,  and setting priorities correctly.

The Three of Disks urges you to take pride in what you do, be it your career, an enterprise, or a relationship; nothing great happens without due effort on your part. It can also refer to a situation experiencing beneficial change; but effort is an underlying factor... nothing "just happens," even when it appears to have done just that.

In matters financial, it's a great card to see, as it speaks of a great potential for financial affluence.


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The Three of Disks (Pentacles) Dignified or Upright


  • Your efforts have achieved a positive end result.
  • Taking pride in one's work.
  • High quality, dependable workmanship.
  • An adept and skilled worker.
  • A healthy interactive collaboration.
  • May refer to you being kind in interactions with others, or them being kind to you.
  • Engaging in the dynamics of society (social interactions, gestures of good will, etc) will help you to achieve success.
  • May refer to society's upper crust, such as royalty, the wealthy, those who have achieved fame and fortune, and so on.
  • A noble demeanor.
  • An artisan or tradesman.
  • Career, work, occupation, or profession.
  • Urges you to perform acts of kindness and generosity for those around you.
  • Paid work.
  • Spiritually sound.
  • Regarded for taking sound action.
  • Fixing up that which has suffered erosion through time and decay, neglect, or the elements.
  • Leading by example.
  • May refer to a connection that will prove beneficial in career or finances.
  • A healthy marriage or other relationship.
  • At times refers to one's rightful place and/or function within society.
  • You get out of a situation an equivalent value to what you invest in it.
  • Creating improvements that will enable optimal success.
  • A sharp mind as applied to business, enterprise, financial matters, and so on.
  • Construction and/or architecture.
  • Has achieved a high status within their trade.
  • Having great expectations or magnificent goals.
  • Is held in high regard.
  • A "big deal," or a large event or happening.


The Three of Disks (Pentacles) Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Poor workmanship.
  • A connection doesn't yield the desired result, or just isn't what you had hoped for.
  • Immaturity or childishness.
  • Splitting hairs or "nit-picking"; far too detail oriented.
  • Perceived shortcomings or weaknesses.
  • Embarrassment or humiliation.
  • Perceiving one's value as lower than others.
  • One's actions are considered detrimental, harmful, or despicable.
  • A person who is disliked or under-appreciated.
  • Lacking the team player spirit, or is outrightly selfish.
  • Uses business acumen to meet own ends.
  • Unethical behavior.
  • Biased thinking.
  • Goals are grander than what can realistically be achieved.
  • May refer to fanfare, frivolity, epic silliness, or much ado about nothing.
  • Small rewards.
  • On a small scale.
  • A humble individual.
  • Lessening.
  • Current actions are making matters worse.
  • Undoing what has already been achieved.
  • A sudden change for the worse.
  • Seen as poor or needy.
  • Lacking class.
  • Begging, or behavior that comes across as beggar-like.
  • Work done only for the profit to be had.
  • Overly concerned with pleasing others.
  • May refer to childhood.
  • Unkind acts that seem purposely executed to harm one or more others.
  • A matter that should be insignificant is blown up to become something large.
  • You were working on a matter that didn't turn out quite as you wanted; however, there is nothing stopping you from creating improvement either now or later on.


Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Three of Cups, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Cups, RWSThe Three of Cups, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Abundance
Three of Cups in timing: Three months; or from July 2nd - 11th
Kabbalah: Binah in Briah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Three of Hearts



The Three of Cups, RWS and Thoth


The Three of Cups card, as denoted by its title, Abundance, at its ideal it is largely about happiness and affluence. When well dignified, this card refers to joyous events, happy endings, and such the like. It relates to water, or emotion, at the astrological house of friendship. Given this, we can say that to achieve many of the things we need to be truly happy within this lifetime, first we have to know that happiness is not a solo project, it's a group or community effort.

If one wants to live a rich and joyous life, they should be socially interactive, kind, compassionate, giving, reliable, honest, trustworthy, and so on and so forth. By putting positive aspects of yourself out there, and by graciously accepting help and good natured offerings given you by those within your community or social circle, you are paving the road to success.


Additionally, being a valid part of a community or any group, helps steer you towards being a well rounded human and spiritual being. Some people experience negatives within their communities or social circles, and the hit they take turns them reclusive. For a while the seclusion may feel comforting as their ego and spirit heal. After a while though comes time when that individual should ideally return to their social standing. If they can't make it work, then a more appropriate setting is required, one where they feel they belong.

The Three of Cups at times represents some darker possibilities. For one thing it hints at the fact that too much of any good thing, is no longer a good thing. It can also relate to people presenting their best self in order to meet their ends, but their kind words and actions don't relay the truth of their feelings. In essence though, the Three of Cups is telling us that we need to be living as a part of the great united oneness of being; and that if we don't, some of life's better rewards may evade us.



The Three of Cups Dignified and Upright


  • Acting within a community, social circle, family, etc.
  • Friendships, and interactions with friends.
  • A circumstance involving abundance.
  • A celebration or a reason to celebrate, including the possibility of a birth, engagement, holiday, or wedding.
  • A reunion.
  • An event where there's fun to be had.
  • An enjoyable style of living.
  • The type of friend that can be counted on.
  • A good/valued/appreciated community member.
  • Healthy social interactions.
  • You will achieve what you are setting out to do.
  • A goal has been satisfactorily reached.
  • According to one's requisites or wishes.
  • Something that makes you feel happy, or at least better.
  • Sound reasoning was used in making a choice or in an assessment.
  • Feasting, eating, and drinking.
  • Purchasing a new outfit.
  • Time off of work for R & R or a holiday.
  • Feeling better than you would on an average day.
  • Discovering the solution to a problem.
  • A reason to put on makeup and wear your Sunday best.
  • May refer singing, dancing, or both.
  • You are experiencing joy, and wish to share the feeling with others.
  • You will obtain even more of what you seek than what is required.
  • Fertility.
  • Be a team player.
  • A return to good health or a more energetic state.
  • A cure is available.
  • Sexual activity.


The Three of Cups Ill Dignified and Reversed


  • In need of help from one's family or community.
  • You've been experiencing rejection from a group of people, or are feeling that you have been.
  • Being subtly undermined by someone within your social circle.
  • You have reached the end of a period of rest and/or withdrawal.
  • Being overly trusting of those within your community.
  • Lacking in something you want, need, or crave.
  • Overindulgence in sexual activity.
  • Feeling down.
  • Sent abroad, or transferred to another location.
  • A conclusion, or putting closure on a circumstance.
  • Selfishness.
  • Quick or hurried.
  • Having an affair.
  • Withdrawal from habitual activity.
  • Not feeling up to participating in a social event.
  • Someone is only present for the good time to be had.
  • Too much of a good thing causing subsequent problems; e.g., a year of bumper crops will cause the prices paid to sellers for produce to fall.
  • Indulgences; may include alcohol, medication, drugs, or wallowing in negative emotions.
  • Health matters related to overeating or consuming too much alcohol.


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Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Three of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Swords, RWSThe Three of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth 

Occult Name: The Lord of Sorrow 
Three of Swords in timing: Three weeks; or from October 3rd - 12th 
Kabbalah: Binah in Yetzirah 
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Three of Spades



The Three of Swords, RWS and Thoth Meaning


The Three of Swords; with it we address one of the more obvious and clear definitions within the tarot. Many of the cards at times concern issues that cause us various levels of anxiety, stress, pain, and grief. But when those issues fall to become part and parcel of this card's definition, they have doubtlessly adopted a whole new aspect of gravity. 

The pain referred to by this card, is often situational; its message hints at the way of evolution of interactions between people, no longer serves the querent. By way of gravity, the Three of Swords hints that this could have been avoided by employing solutions or moving away when signs first arose, and that the current situation is a natural progression of what came before. At other times, this card suggests that one's mental status is heavily coloring the perspective they have on life, and it's time to work on the root cause and heal it over.



The Three of Swords Dignified and Upright


  • Pain, agony, anxiety, distress, and/or betrayal.
  • You are being oppressed to a degree that it significantly affects your quality of life.
  • Constant worrying.
  • A negative point of view or perspective.
  • Carrying a burden.
  • One or more obstacles stand firmly in the way of you achieving your desired objective.
  • A phase revolving around one or more troubling circumstances.
  • Negative and instigative talk - slander, accusations and so on.
  • A relationship in distress - may feel like it's constantly on the verge of breakup.
  • Broken, ruptured etc.
  • Being kept away from or deprived of that which is dear, may include family, goals, etc.
  • Something dear to you will be taken away; a tragic loss, grief.
  • Significant and prolonged delay, or delay causing difficulty.
  • Troubling or grave issues with health.
  • Someone you value a connection with turns their back on you.
  • Planning a dastardly or underhanded deed.
  • Any tragedy or affliction.
  • Standing in constant disagreement.
  • Argument.
  • You have made a choice, and apparently it was a poor one.
  • Having dark thoughts, perhaps even perverted or evil.
  • A person outside of the situation is slandering or spreading accusations.
  • Hatred, malice, and vengeance.
  • Divide and conquer - right? Well the division part is underway...
  • Lost love or heartbreak.
  • A confusing, unstructured, disorganized, or very poorly managed situation.
  • You must face someone you have betrayed, slandered, or caused harm to; or vice versa.
  • May refer to a nun, but more specifically one who has detached from society and found refuge as such.


The Three of Swords Ill Dignified and Reversed


  • The situation would have to be totally rebuilt from the ground up for any improvement to occur.
  • May refer to a severe mental issue or insanity.
  • A tragic situation has come to an end.
  • Something that had been vexing you will no longer be a problem.
  • You took your eye off the ball, and what you let get by will become a problem for you.
  • Behaving as if insane.
  • A grave error or miscalculation.
  • An erroneous opinion or conclusion was drawn.
  • A misunderstanding.
  • Far off from the norm.
  • Significantly removed from where you want to be, whether geographically or otherwise.
  • Something stands between you and your goal, it appears that there is no resolution in sight.
  • Scattered or distracted thoughts.
  • Differences appear to stand beyond reconciliation.
  • As a situation progresses more troubles arise.


Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc. 

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/ 

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Three of Wands, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Three of Wands, RWSThe Three of Wands, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Established Strength
Three of Wands in timing: Three days; or from March 31st to April 10th
Qabalah: Binah in Atziluth
Astrological: Sun in Aries
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Three of Clubs



The Three of Wands, RWS


The RWS Three of Wands, as expected, moves on to cover the next aspect of what arose in the two. In the ace, a raw energy presented, in the two that energy was manifested into the material plane and initial thought and planning were put into action. Now in the three, we are planning, looking at what could possibly arise as obstacles and are considering how best to avoid them, and so on and so forth. This period of preparation and analysis may include finding the most suitable environment, scouting out the best group of people to carry the project through, and perfecting strategy. The Three of Wands also refers to effective application of strength and will, and to good overall moral standing.



The Three of Wands, Thoth


The lotus wands depicted on the Thoth Three of Wands card, represent Leo's energies of creation, and also power, as their number is three. Three is powerful given its standing in Qabalah, as it represents the supernal triad. The orange coloration speaks of awakening, strength and endurance; also, the heat and energy of the sun, and thereby divinity and creation. Yellow alludes to wisdom, and again, the sun and creation. There are are sixteen flames; sixteen is a reflection of 61, which in gematria encompasses Nothing, as Ain, but also All, as House. Of the sixteen flames, ten are crimson (the color denoting passion and will), six are white (illumination, kindness, and spirituality). Furthermore, sixteen is 4 x 4, which when building structure, will provide a solid foundation.

Ten, the number of the red flames, is the number of perfection; as well it is a building block number, as all great numbers are founded upon it. The numeral six, of the white flames, again alludes to the sun and its harmonious energies.

This card has all the makings of manifestation, success, and fruition. Yet in and of itself it is not success, nor is it manifestation (it is both all and nothing!). In fact, it is as fertilization is to the process of having a child; in this way it contains success within it.


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The Three of Wands Dignified or Upright


  • Represents commerce and enterprise, or any new project; it is a beginning phase.
  • Use strategy, planning, and foresight.
  • A positive card to see in a business related reading - people like what you are doing, and there are no obstacles.
  • Refers to working with any or all of the virtues of strength, charisma, and will.
  • Someone new joins your project, and will fill their role well.  
  • Determined to reach one's ends.
  • Being in charge.
  • An ambitious person.
  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Weighing up an opportunity available to you.
  • The courage to proceed towards goals and dreams.
  • In reference to sex, refers to endurance and strength.
  • A liaison or go-between.
  • Making a discovery that will aid you in your pursuits.
  • Sharpness of intellect and perception.
  • Gallantry and/or nobility in actions.
  • Taking pride in one's work and other engagements.
  • Sometimes suggests outside input, as it is a three after all.
  • In a time of difficulty, someone is ready, willing, and suitably able to help you.
  • Looking at the big picture.
  • A conference or negotiation.
  • Seeking adventure.
  • Putting out due effort.
  • Courageousness.
  • Flirting.


The Three of Wands Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Choosing not to cooperate.
  • A failure to follow through.
  • One's goals and dreams open up to them, but they are not responding.
  • Sometimes refers to vices.
  • A takeover, or any means of usurping power.
  • In the past you faltered; now you are being put to the test.
  • From your current standpoint things look confusing and unstable.
  • Avoidance of getting involved.
  • Fear is holding you back.
  • Choosing not to get involved for moral reasons.
  • The end of a period of difficulty in enterprise.
  • Concluding a phase of hard work.
  • A troubling issue is now over.
  • Not having the strength to continue.
  • A period of rest.
  • Termination of a project or venture. 
  • Negative input or interference.
  • A come and go approach - at times committed, and other times not.
  • Lacking a reasonable degree of discretion.
  • Moving ahead despite reservations, but knowing to remain aware.
  • Don't proceed yet, you need to gather more resources or information.
  • With multiple approaches available, upon facing failure, try another.
  • Certain vices are tempting you.
  • Lacking modesty.
  • Demonstrating disrespect.
  • Stubbornness.
  • Resistance.


Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Two of Cups, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Two of Cups - RWSThe Two of Cups, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Love
Two of Cups in timing: Two months; or from June 21st to July 1st
Kabbalah: Chokmah in Briah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Two of Hearts



The Two of Cups Card Definition, RWS and Thoth


The Two of Cups is about love or a bond between two persons. Some definitions of this card refer to finding a connection which seemingly fills a void within the whole of the self. This suggests, as is true, that no love can be complete unless you are integrated or balanced within yourself; i.e., a relationship with another will not compensate for the satisfaction and happiness that is not already present within you. When well aspected, this is a positive card with a mutual exchange of love, affection, and all of the trimmings. When poorly aspected, as one might expect, it ain't quite so pretty, and may suggest that someone's poor actions are being mirrored back at them.



The Two of Cups Dignified or Upright


  • Love, or a loving relationship, friendship, or term connection.
  • A pleasant and fulfilling interaction with another.
  • Reciprocal or exchanged feelings.
  • A connection of friendship.
  • If you demonstrate love and affection, the same will be returned to you.
  • Someone of the opposing gender will perform a service beneficial to you.
  • May refer to one's parents, as well as to any gain made through them (and loss through them when ill dignified).
  • When changing residences, the move will be a positive one.
  • Whatever you are facing, this card tells that it will be a healing experience for you.
  • You have discovered a piece of what it is that satisfies your soul.
  • Demonstrate more compassion.
  • Someone who mirrors you.
  • Common ground, unity, harmony, and agreement.
  • Compassion will be demonstrated.
  • A sexual connection.
  • Working with someone of the opposite sex.
  • Acting through wisdom inspires harmony.
  • Someone sticking their neck out to aid you.
  • Sincerity in intentions.
  • Find that which is missing within you.
  • A decision involving morals. 
  • Engagement or marriage.
  • Good health.


The Two of Cups Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Someone of the opposite sex will not transact the favor you've asked of them.
  • A decision made in folly or that lacks the insight of wisdom.
  • Someone is mirroring your actions and thoughts, the negative ones as well, which is becoming an issue.
  • False or misleading demonstrations of affection.
  • Whatever you are facing, this card reversed suggests that it will not be a favorable experience for you.
  • Disharmony within a relationship.
  • What is missing in your life, leaves you experiencing a void.
  • Living an indulgent lifestyle.
  • Extravagance and wastefulness.
  • An insatiable desire.
  • Slyness, subtlety and guise.
  • Greed, in the sense of lusting for the finer things in life.
  • Encountering blockages or opposition.
  • Demonstrating a slant of bias.
  • A tendency to exhibit a certain type of behavior.
  • A poor decision was made based upon weak moral standards.
  • Relocating will turn out to be unfulfilling. 
  • If a proposal you made was turned down, consider making an appeal.
  • Lack of reciprocity.
  • Fluctuating emotions.
  • Resentment.
  • Jealousy. 

Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Two of Swords, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Two of Swords, RWSThe Two of Swords, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Peace Restored 
Two of Swords in timing: Two weeks; or from Sept 23rd to Oct 2nd
Kabbalah: Chokmah in Yetzirah
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Two of Spades



The Two of Swords, RWS and Thoth Meaning


The Two of Swords card carries similar meaning whether you are using the Thoth or the RWS tarot. The underlying concept is that the peace and calm normally existent in interactions, is not there. The point then, is to examine what may be knocking the energies of the relationship off center--that is, if change is truly sought. Unfortunately though, once in such predicaments it's common to simply hope for a situation to resolve itself; but it doesn't work that way.

Furthermore, sometimes it looks that a meaning of the Two of Swords card is favorable, but it is a Swords card, and that needs to be kept as a perspective... so at its absolute best, there is an undercurrent going on.



The Two of Swords Dignified or Upright


  • Telling yourself that all is satisfactory, when it isn't.
  • Ignoring that which is distasteful or unpleasant to you.
  • What started off as a small point of contention unimportant to you, is now needing attention and your action.
  • Refusing to accept the truth of what is, or refusing to acknowledge evidence of it.
  • An idealized romantic attachment rather than a healthy relationship.
  • A friendship or relationship, often with an undercurrent (perhaps not yet fully resolved issues), but is viable just the same.
  • Hiding the truth of your feelings from a partner.
  • There may be a battle going on, but peaceful negotiations can still take place.
  • You have a point of view that stands in conflict with that of another.
  • Opting to stay in a situation though it lacks peace and harmony.
  • Reaching a point of truce, a standoff or a stalemate.
  • It is necessary to deal with the truth from all sides to have some degree of harmony manifest.
  • Refusing to acknowledge how you truly feel.
  • Someone is interested in you, but you are closing yourself off.
  • Kindness is being extended to you, but your defensiveness is making it a difficult delivery to make.
  • Analyzing a situation in order to find a solution or a more peaceful way of proceeding.
  • A choice between two things.
  • A phase of inactivity.
  • A phase of peace.


The Two of Swords Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Opening one's eyes to acknowledge the truths before them.
  • Overwhelmed by the intensity of a situation.
  • Attempting to get back together with an ex romantic partner.
  • Hanging on to a relationship despite it being an unhealthy one and despite knowing that it's healthier to move on.
  • Mental cruelty or excessive verbal sparring as a matter of habit.
  • Acting out in a passive/aggressive manner.
  • You are attracted to someone, but be aware that they are shallow, superficial, or not as you perceive them to be.
  • Refusing to make a decision or take action in the fear that to do so might possibly make things worse.
  • You have tried dealing with a circumstance in various ways, and now the best thing you can do is bide your time until a solution is found.
  • If attracted to another, that person is blocking you out emotionally or purposely maintaining a distance.
  • Someone whose behavior is far from typical - a loose cannon.
  • Open your eyes, as there are situational omens cautioning you of what is to come.
  • Maintaining a distance from an uncomfortable person or situation.
  • Standing in opposition as a force of habit.
  • Saying one thing then doing another.
  • Being fed untruths or incomplete descriptions.
  • A demonstration of duplicity or disloyalty.
  • Exhibiting a false front or a false identity.
  • A friendship that is not bonafide.
  • Ignoring.


Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Two of Wands, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Two of Wands - RWSThe Two of Wands - Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Lord of Dominion
Two of Wands in timing: Two days; or from March 21st to the 30th
Qabalah: Chokmah in Atziluth
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Two of Clubs



The Two of Wands, RWS 


The Two of Wands, the man is obviously wealthy--fine clothes and a stately home tell of his prosperity, and he has the world sitting in the palm of his hand... who could ask for more. Yet the grayness of the image and that one of his wands is secured to the terrace, hint at him feeling held back, perhaps bored. An open expanse before him, says that he wants to move forth and explore opportunities open to him. The secured wand marks his territory; even in his absence, his presence, his power, is known and respected. He has the world in his hands; there is nothing truly standing in his way no matter how it may appear.

The man has obviously achieved much, and has his eye set on achieving more. Holding a globe, hints that he intuits a venture is right for him to engage in. He is capable of anything he sets his mind to.


The Two of Wands, Thoth


Through the Thoth version of the Two of Wands we are urged to harness our powers of will. We can do this in a dignified way, or we can plow through situations shamelessly, much like the proverbial bull in a china cabinet.

The positive side of our powers include strength, the employment of justice and balance, dignified and harmonious administration, seeking and applying solutions, working in partnership, courage and bravery, boldness, and the power of intellect. On the flip side of the same coin lie revenge, dominance, stubbornness, shamelessness, and offensiveness in approach.



The Two of Wands Dignified and Upright


  • Directing and instructing others.
  • Effective demonstration of will.
  • Having earnt respect.
  • Do as you see fit.
  • Move forth boldly and courageously.
  • Focused on creating improvements for yourself and others.
  • Make a plan and tune those around you into it; direct them through accordingly.
  • Make your requisites known.
  • The achievement of wealth and prosperity.
  • Has earnt rank and authority.
  • Maintaining a position of authority.
  • Banking on a positive outcome.
  • Conquer new territories despite the intimidation factor.
  • Don't let fears hold you back.
  • Job related perks (e.g.--expense account, medical plan, car, etc).
  • No one is going to do it for you, you must move ahead by your own accord.
  • You may have the idea that things won't progress as you need them to, but don't let that hold you back.
  • Has the ability to persuade others.
  • Don't stall, the right moment to proceed is now.
  • There isn't always a need to follow in the footsteps of others; try something creative and new.
  • Demonstrate some refinement, tact, and class.
  • You are fully capable of reaching success.
  • The solution lies entirely in your hands.
  • Facing power equal to or greater than your own.
  • If you can't at first have things go your way, try more subtle means.
  • Moving forth despite the reekings of a perilous circumstance.
  • A partnership.


The Two of Wands Ill Dignified and Reversed


  • Doing as you see fit regardless of consequences.
  • Ambition above all else.
  • Pride as a blockage.
  • Facing confrontation, or blocked by powers oppositional to your own.
  • Authority applied to corrupt ends.
  • A surprise happenstance.
  • Encountering a disruptive influence.
  • A disturbing or shocking outcome.
  • Worrying as a habit.
  • Lacking the ability to see the funny side of things.
  • An annoying or distressing situation.
  • Disregarding others as goals and ambitions are pursued.
  • Feeling the need to fight in order to get one's way, or being prone towards arguing.
  • Not willing to settle; prepared to force a desired outcome.
  • Choosing not to move in pursuit of your goals causes distress and illness.
  • Facing disappointment.
  • Blocked by fear.
  • Extreme embarrassment.
  • Daydreaming of that which is unattainable.
  • Tied up in a muck of inner turbulence and emotion.





Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

Thoth image copyright (c) US Games Systems Inc.; AGMuller; O.T.O.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Ace of Cups, RWS and Thoth Tarot Card Meaning

The Ace of Cups, RWSThe Ace of Cups, Thoth
Meanings Upright, Ill-dignified, and Reversed, rx
Rider Waite Smith, and Thoth

Occult Name: The Root of the Powers of Water
Ace of Cups in timing: One month; or the season of autumn
Kabbalah: The watery aspect of Kether
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Ace of Hearts



The Ace of Cups Meaning


The Ace of Cups, as depicted by both RWS and Thoth Tarot card decks, is a positive card illustrating that you have the opportunity to do well in a given circumstance.

The Ace of Cups carries with it the properties of water. Water is caring, nurturing, and understanding; It speaks of both joy and pain. Water is necessary to maintain life within all living things. As humans, without healthy emotional interactions, we are empty or are experiencing a void.

Each Ace speaks of the essential energy of its suit; so to more fully comprehend the meaning of this card, it will help you to relate it to the meaning of the suit it resides within. The Cups suit deals with emotion and feelings. The cards within this suit urge you to take care in managing your emotions. If you don't manage them, they will shape your perspective on everything within your world according to how you feel about things in general. It's necessary to let a degree of compassion, emotion, and feeling enter the mix with many choices we make; but it all needs to be balanced with logic and reason.


Compassion, love, forgiveness, sensitivity, modesty, and generosity are words commonly used within the suit of Cups. These, properly managed, are qualities by which we interact with others; but too, the way we interact will shape our view of all things possible (and all things believed to be beyond our reach).



The Ace of Cups Dignified or Upright


  • A positive new beginning.
  • Potentially the birth of a child (especially female); look to other cards.
  • The start of a new love or platonic relationship.
  • If you reach out for your dream, opportunity will open up for you.
  • The issue at hand will yield emotional rewards.
  • Fertility and abundance.
  • You have an apology coming, or perhaps it's time for you to apologize.
  • Forgiveness.
  • Recognizing one's true feelings.
  • Opening up emotionally.
  • Refers to a project that has you beaming with pride.
  • Being generous, kind, and giving, or accept generosity.
  • Offering sympathy to one who needs it.
  • Urges you to dismiss a negative viewpoint and look at the bright side of things.
  • Getting in touch with your psychic self.
  • Opening yourself to wisdom from within.
  • Engage in a creative project or venture that brings you joy.
  • Combined with certain major arcana cards, may refer to a lesson of spirit with a positive outcome. At times a tough lesson may benefit you in the long run.


The Ace of Cups Ill Dignified or Reversed


  • Rein in your emotions, they are creating disorder for you.
  • You are keeping emotions bottled up inside. It's time to deal with the truth of your feelings.
  • Avoidance of love or emotional interaction.
  • Withholding emotionally within a relationship.
  • Ignoring inner wisdom.
  • Blocking yourself to intuition.
  • You need to be more kind, giving, or compassionate.
  • Withholding an apology.
  • You are emotionally overreacting.
  • Can suggest to discontinue behaving in a way that may be perceived as selfish.
  • Disappointment, blockages and/or hindrance.
  • Along with other cards may indicate a need for a higher level of physical activity, or any activity for that matter (it's not an active card).
  • Things are proceeding well; the problems lies in your perception of things.
  • You have allowed your circumstance to become stale. It is unsatisfying and your life appears bleak as a result. Find things to engage in that move you to the very core.





Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck®, known also as the Rider Tarot and the Waite Tarot, reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright ©1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck® is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

RWS image is a Wikimedia file from a 1909 deck originally scanned by Holly Voley http://home.comcast.net/~vilex/

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