Saturday, September 27, 2014

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

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

Occult Name: The Lord of Harmonious Change 
Two of Disks or Pentacles in timing: Two years; or from December 22nd - 30th
Qabalah: Chokmah in Assiah
Astrological: Jupiter in Capricorn
Reading with Playing Cards: Equivalent to the Two of Diamonds

The Two of Disks or Pentacles Meaning

The RWS Two of Pentacles; the ideal of this card is rolling with changes, harmony and balance, and happiness. If the growth, renewal, and evolution that change brings is blocked, it goes without saying, the quality of one's life will be diminished accordingly. Ergo, this card suggests that a person's unwillingness to allow for change, will be at the core of an issue.

On the card a man is shown dancing. Dancing, but he does not look particularly happy; so he's doing the best he can under the circumstances. There are waves behind him, which speak of turbulence. The turbulence is negotiable though, as the boats are upright. The machine he's working has pentacles as gears (each consists of earth, air, wind, fire and spirit); this shows that he has the power to control events in his life. The lemniscate as a machine, depicts change and movement as being necessary fodder for harmony.

Another way to look at this card, is that the man is moving as if he's on unsteady ground; yet the ground looks solid and stable, thus any turbulence he's experiencing is caused by his own lack of stability, or his own perceptions. Additionally, maybe the look on his face being less than happy despite that it looks like a fun activity he's engaged in, is due to that he's aware that he should be doing something more productive, and feels a little uneasy.

A common theme of the Two of Pentacles depicted: imagine life as a long running play... but in this play, just the one scene plays over and over, and thus, quality of life is held in suspension until the actor moves on to play the next scene. What kind of a play, what kind of life would that make for? Dull, shallow, lacking substance. Preposterous of a concept? Maybe, but we've all been there... perhaps a relationship, though weak, is hard to let go of; we hang on in the hopes that things will improve, but the same issues arise over and over. Or perhaps a job pays lucratively, so one  hangs on, but an integral working relationship within that job sucks to high heavens... there's no doubt about it, it's hard to move on at times.

The Thoth Two of Disks

The Thoth Two of Disks card is purposefully a card of dualities, to illustrate that one of our great tasks in life is to strike balance and create harmony. A main premise of this card, is that change is integral to stability. Its astrological attribute is Jupiter in Capricorn, which is not well dignified, but otherwise the elements of this card are upbeat and positive--especially that Jupiter itself is strongly benefic. Thus ultimately the message given, is that despite one experiencing a circumstance of uncertainty or difficulty, they have all they need in terms of resources, to make things right.

Reflection on what one invests their time and effort into, as well as how they interact with those around them may be necessary. Do they assign priority to important matters in their life? Meaning, does their life actually have substance? is it taking them where they want to go? Are they working to create harmony in areas where it lacks? Additionally, a failure to see eye to eye or a failure of understanding, between the querent and a person around them, may be focal here. At its absolute best dignity though, this card embodies balance and harmony, thus contentedness or happiness.

The Thoth Two of Disks Symbolism

Ouroboros's message is multifold, he symbolizes balancing light forces with dark, the cycle of life, death, and rebirth; and as well he represents wisdom, immortality, and eternity. In this he depicts movement and change being necessary, and resolving difficulties as they arise is key as well. Furthermore, the Ouroboros serpent relates to moon phases, given its cyclic nature; which in turn refers to mankind's passage through time; time itself is referenced within that. Ouroboros's pose, which represents both beginning and end in constant motion, is symbolic of one's journey through the paths and spheres, and also of the greater universe, as his crown is Kether, the crown of the Qabalistic tree. Ouroboros's crown additionally symbolizes victory, wisdom, mastery, legitimacy, and immortality; the crown's color relates to Tiphareth, and in that, harmonized consciousness. As well the crown is another reference to time, as the Egyptian Deity Seshat wore a crown of seven points, and her function was relative to time--recording the number of years a pharaoh reigned.

The lemiscate represents infinity; at the same time it is a multi dimensional image rather than flat, which brings to mind a Klein bottle--which being a fourth (or fifth, depending on how you consider it) dimensional object, is representative of enlightenment and higher awareness. The lemniscate could also be compared to the Mobius strip, which could be interpreted as a caution against immersing oneself into activity that will bring one right back to where they began. Then we have the yin & yang symbol, which alludes to working with the elements, and also to balancing any and all dualities.

As for color, pink, a central color in this card, is symbolic of love. It is not a bright pink, it is intermixed with white (wisdom), which urges us to use discretion in applying love, and as well symbolizes there being wisdom within demonstrating love. The black is Binah, the mother who holds potential to beget anything this universe has to offer; she urges us to learn to fully assess our problems in order to properly solve them. That the two voids are one pink and one black, depicts creating balance through love and understanding. Purple points to Yesod, which alludes to creating stability in embracing change. Then we have a deeper purple or indigo, which on one hand is symbolic of spiritual awareness and intuition, and on the other, it hints at Chesed, which in the context of the Two of Disks, reeks of being stuck in a comfort zone (Chesed's cozy warm waters). Magenta symbolizes emotional stability.

Lastly, yin & yang is about balancing light with dark, male with female, balancing dualities and contrasts, and working with the power of the elements. As above, so below, as within, so without; such concepts are based upon one reflecting the other. That's why one yin yang disk moves deosil and the other, widdershins.

Hathor came to me during the writing of this. She is syncretic with Venus, by the way. She conveyed that within the message of this card, lies the concept that much can be solved through love.

The Two of Disks or Pentacles Dignified or Upright

  • Happiness, or a joyous experience. Someone's having fun, but other times this card hints that it's time to have some.
  • Juggling finances, or juggling within any situation for that matter.
  • One is urged to assess where their priorities lie, what they want from their life, what they wish to achieve and if they are currently effectively moving towards that. 
  • As this card references time, one is urged to analyze their time management, especially, whether their activities are allotted enough or too much time according to their own highest serving priority.
  • Enjoying leisure time, and or connecting with loved ones and friends; other times it advises such. Sometimes it takes this to renew one's motivation.
  • Shift things around a bit and introduce new elements to open up a new energy within your situation; i.e., introduce change to create improvement.
  • Assessing one's motives.
  • Difficulty which is easily resolved.
  • Having a difficult choice to make.
  • Perceived troubles, rather than actual.
  • The act of writing, or may refer to a written message.
  • Exchanging mailed messages with another.
  • Official notification, or receiving a document.
  • A demonstration of educational prowess.
  • A literary accomplishment.
  • A two way exchange.
  • The ole switcharoo - one thing has been replaced by another standing in its place.
  • An interaction where there is understanding between the parties (often two people).
  • Emotional fluctuation.
  • A small mistake.
  • An assumption.
  • In health: minor issues, that may be resolved by introducing remedial action.
  • Satisfaction with services rendered, or getting one's money's worth.
  • Writing a cheque as payment.
  • A career choice that brings happiness.
  • In reference to a machine.
  • A process is underway.
  • A transformation.
  • Lacking clarity or certainty.
  • Attempting to gibe with another, and having difficulty doing so.  
  • A misunderstanding.
  • Personality clash.
  • Vacillation.
  • Someone who is a presence in the querent's life, on one level is an asset; but on another they get in the way or cause disharmony. 
  • Self doubt.
  • Time killing.
  • Too much emphasis placed upon religious doctrines, to the detriment of the harmony of relationships between the querent and others (Jupiter in Capricorn).
  • Consider whether religion has true purpose in your life, or if it's time to consider a new mode of spirituality.
  • Very well dignified the querent feels very good about what they're doing and/or about themselves, which fuels motivation. Lesser dignified, they doubt themselves or the validity of their venture, stunting motivation.
  • Persevering despite doubt.

The Two of Disks or Pentacles Ill Dignified or Reversed

  • Dealing with difficulties.
  • Unsettling news.
  • An unfavorable omen.
  • The same scenario keeps repeating in a relationship; the problem could be due to boundaries not being set.
  • There is reluctance for the querent to take time out from the grind, to relax amongst loved ones.   
  • When things seem as bad as they can get due to having resisted change, the universe still brings change about regardless of resistance. Even though one has seemingly blocked themselves in, their situation will open up and turn around if they hang in.
  • Feeling dissatisfied with monies paid to you for services rendered.
  • Taking advantage of one person or situation to cover a debt elsewhere; also known as "robbing Peter to pay Paul".
  • An action unbeknownst to the querent or hidden from them, will interfere with what was otherwise a viable venture.
  • A statement meant to deliver a certain message, was misconstrued as being something less meaningful.
  • Propaganda, doctrines, or dogma.
  • Feeling uncomfortable with changes that one is obliged to accept.
  • An ongoing lack of mutual mindset, or an ongoing personality conflict. 
  • An awkward situation.
  • Not knowing what to do.
  • Feelings of embarrassment.
  • Disappointment.
  • A complicated situation.
  • Feeling flustered.
  • Pretending to enjoy oneself.
  • Worrying.
  • Anxiety.
  • Returning a purchased item for refund.
  • Frittering away time by engaging in non productive activities.
  • Self discipline is in short supply.
  • Unmotivated.
  • Neglecting responsibilities.

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 

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

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

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
Astrological: Mars in Aries
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 and 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 roses refer to pursuing one's will with passion; the lilies, to doing the aforesaid without lust of result. The grey of the sky in appearance seems ominous, but in fact it's a reference to neutrality being the ideal in ventures--it urges us not to prejudge, as it were. The waters are calm, which depicts an ideal state of emotion. The mountains are mountains he has yet to climb, and also refer to spiritual and personal growth. The green landscaping is another reference to affluence, and also fertility. The red hat refers again to passion, the orange inner garb to energy, drive, and dynamism. The brown outer garment serves to ground.

The man has obviously achieved much, and is 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. 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 dorje is the weapon of deities, and is the thunderbolt in another way; it is indestructible. It represents awareness, willpower, the male principle in creation, and manifestation into the material plane. The card's Qabalistic attribute is Chokmah in Atziluth, which is the earliest manifestation of fire. The blue-green coloration combined with the red, refers to Mars and Aries being very well aspected; Aries is alive with energy, Mars delves into new frontiers, and loves being in charge. The blue refers to authority in communications. The orange refers to Hod. Hod connects divine energies with the magician in order to empower him. Hod shapes energies to whichever form they are required in, in order to fulfill their purpose. Hod also relates to learning, as well as the entire zodiac. Together with Netzach, Hod is relative to lessons of the solar plexus chakra, which include courage, willpower, and asserting oneself. Crowley said this card represents will in its highest form.

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.
  • Has the ability to persuade others.
  • Conquer new territories despite the intimidation factor; don't let fears hold you back.
  • 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.
  • Don't stall, the right moment to proceed is now.
  • Try something creative, unique, 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.
  • Rewards or job related perks.
  • A reason to be proud.
  • 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

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

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