Major Arcana Trump Cards 0 - V
0 The Fool - Can Stand Before the Cause of Causes
The Fool represents being open to new experiences, spontaneity, curiosity, enthusiasm and innocence. The Fool is usually shown as a youth on a journey, knapsack thrown over his shoulder on a stick and sometimes ready to take a step off of a cliff.
There is some disagreement about the Fool's sequence in the deck. Some authors feel it is card 0, some feel it belongs between cards 21 and 22, and some feel that it is unnumbered and has no special sequence in the Majors.
The Fool has faith and trust in the Universe. He knows that he will be provided for and that things will work themselves out along the way.
When you get this card in a reading, it indicates that you are ready to embark on a journey of your own. You want to explore the world and discover it's secrets. You are ready for a change and open to new experiences and ideas.
The planet associated with the Fool is Uranus (tears down established systems, individualistic, independent, progressive), the color pale yellow and the musical note E.
I The Magician - Vision
Mind with all of its attunements, all of its pathways, is the domain of the Magician. In most depictions of this card, you see the Magician standing before a table set with the symbols of the four elements: a wand, for fire; a cup, for water; a coin, for earth; a sword, for air; and above his head coils the infinity
The first reality the Magician seeks is volition: fire. He weighs the inspiration against his true interest. The idea that lights his fire, makes him want to leap out of the chair and start working on it, that's the one he knows is his to manifest, the one he knows he'll carry out to completion.
Now the energy to move the idea is present, but that's just step one. The energized new idea must be loved and nurtured: water. The Magician must immerse the idea in the stream of her desires, she must get in touch with the passion that tells her this idea is now her Wholly Purpose, her holy grail until the idea is born.
The realities of energy and nurture, fire and water, have joined the idea. Now it's time for the intellect: air. The rational pathways of the Magician's mind bring the idea into a plan. Visioning begins, mental blueprints flow from synapse to synapse; research is conducted, phone calls made, meetings held, ideas circulated, helpers gathered.
Finally, after engaging fire, water, air -- energy, nurture, intellect -- it's time for manifestation: earth. The foundation is laid for the building, the canvas is stretched for the painting, the clay is
When the Magician shows up, it's a message to focus on all the elements of your being to figure things out: be aware of what fires you up and interests you; tune in to your desires; think
The Magician is associated astrologically with Mercury, the planet of communication, the musical note E and the color yellow, thus adding another message from the Magician: get social, get and give information, and learn from all your interactions.
II The High Priestess -
Consummation of the Truth of Spirit
The High Priestess represents your virgin self, the part of you that belongs to no one but you. When she shows her face, you are being asked to have conversations with that virgin self, to go within and listen to the counsel of your own holy guardian
The High Priestess symbolizes the embryonic fluid that cradles the conception of new endeavor. In the days of fortunetelling, when the High Priestess card was turned up the reading was over because it meant the future had not yet been written. Now
The High Priestess is associated with the Moon, astrologically a feminine, intuitive figure with a correspondence to the nurturing element of water. She also correlates to the Hebrew letter Gimel, which means camel. The High Priestess, then, carries the waters that quench your thirst when travelling across the deserts of life.
When your interest is parched; when you're confused by opinions around you, and cannot hear your spirit voice, the High Priestess visits. When she does, it's time to listen only to your holy guardian angel within. Take time alone, set the opinions and counsel of others aside, leave practical considerations till another hour. Ask your virgin self, that self that is bonded only to your life's fulfillment, to slake your thirst and show you thefuture it needs. Listen. Visit the holy guardian angel within you daily, until you've heard, and thereby conceived, the answer. Then, and only then, figure out how to make that answer pay the rent!
III The Empress - Concealed
Ideas and their Preparation
The Empress is the symbol for the Feminine aspect of existence. All things given the appellation She and Mother are referred to in The Empress. She is the yin side of the Chinese yin and yang polarity, the spiraling life force Shakti in relation to Shiva, the male Godhead in the Hindu pantheon. She is an avid appreciator of Life. In her three distinct stages of expression -- virginity, motherhood, menopause -- she mirrors nature's trinity of phases: emergence, blossom, death. The Empress is the doorway through which we all are born. She is both Mother and Warrior. She will nurture her children with her own heart's blood if that is all there is to sustain them, and protect them with it too. She is the archetype of creativity itself: the root of 'create' is
The 13th Century statue, Vierge Ouvrante (Virgin that Opens), expresses perfectly the all-encompassing creativity of the Feminine. The outside of the painted wood figure shows the Virgin with her child Jesus in her lap. When the two doors of the statue are opened, three stages of Jesus' life are shown within the Virgin's body, revealing her as the Mother of Existence, or, as religion stated it, the Life of the World.
The prominence of creativity in the feminine nature is symbolized in astrology by the planet Venus, which is given affinity not only with the feminine, but with art, joy, and love; and with The Empress. In these affinities lies the answer to the often-asked
This is the message of The Empress when she shows herself to you: love life, create, embrace all in life, solve your dilemmas with the creative force of love. Another word for love is affinity. The Empress, like our Mother Earth, Gaia, as some now call her, reminds us of our affinity with all life's creatures -- rock, spider, saint and murderer. The Empress resolves by caring. She is the salt of the earth. She sees every emotional wall as a door to
IV The Emperor - Building up Earth Light from Cosmos' Darkness
The Emperor represents all things masculine. He corresponds to the yang side of the Chinese yin and yang polarity, to codes of behavior, maintenance of order, focused attention.
The Emperor is principle itself, in that the Latin origin of principle, princeps, means leader, emperor. And what is principle? It is "A basic...law...: the principles of democracy....A
Many negativities have been charged against the patriarchy since that beginning, especially after the onset of the women's liberation and anti-war movements of the 1960's. These charges have evoked slow but steady alterations in the behavior
of men and in the way they see their roles as lovers, husbands and leaders. The Emperor of the 21st Century will be more Father than Ruler. The new Emperor husbands the family, the business, the nation into full flowering. As there is a feminine
When The Emperor card is picked, it is a message to study the nature of the male principle in society, in your life and in your self. Regardless of your gender, the male and female, the yin and yang, both dwell within you: are they balanced? If you are
V The Hierophant - Hearing the Paradise of the Righteous
The Hierophant is the provider of the tools of the spiritual trade, the tools being the mantra, yoga, chant, prayer, meditation, visualization, the techniques that lead you back to your connection with All and Everything. The Hierophant represents the spiritual guide: the guru, the priest, the shaman
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition, defines hierophant as "an ancient Greek priest who interpreted sacred mysteries, especially the priest of the Eleusinian mysteries; an interpreter of sacred mysteries or
Guru/Hierophant is said to bring the supreme knowledge that destroys the darkness in one's life.
But the Hierophant is a beacon only, the vehicle thru which the Holy Light shines. The guru, the shaman, the priest, these are the lamplighters of the Holy Light within each of us, they are not the Source of the Holy Light, except as we all are.
When the Hierophant turns up, the message is: Practice discipline. Meditate, get thee to your Teacher, either an outer one or the one within yourself. Take out that old chanting book, and chant; remember the mantra you received ten years ago and use it; pay attention to your attraction to that poster announcing that Sri Omigod is speaking on Friday night and go there. On the worldly plane, exert self discipline: focus your mind on the book you're writing, the taxes you need to
Taurus is the astrological sign associated with the Hierophant. At first thought, this is a strange correlation, the sensual earthy nature of Taurus and the holy beacon of the Guru. But the Hierophant relates to the fully realized love of Life that is
inherent in the Taurus personality. Buddha was a Taurus, as was Swami Muktananda, a powerful energy transmitter, and Wavy Gravy. Ah, you laugh: Wavy Gravy, aka Hugh Romney, of the sixties' Hog Farm? Wavy Gravy a spiritual beacon? Yes, in his works in life with the Seva Foundation (Seva means service) and in his jovial loving presence during
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