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Major Arcana Trump Cards XI - XV

 

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XI Adjustment / Justice - Energy in Pattern

 

Adjustment illustrates the centering required if we are to keep our balance in the midst of the storms and demands of everyday existence. Adjustment advocates: learn to walk the tightrope in the midst of the hurricane. And don't just walk it without falling, 
but dance across it with joy, adjusting your weight with every gust of chaos. As a dancer is one with the music, changing rhythms as the music does, not missing a beat, so must we become one with the alternating pulse of life.
 

Adjust means: "To change so as to match or fit; cause to correspond. ....To achieve a psychological balance in one's life with regard to one's own needs and the needs of others." The root of the word, yeug, means "to join" and has origins in the Sanskrit word for yoga, youg-o, yogah. Adjustment can therefore be  seen as an instruction in the yoga of living!
 

Adjustment is said to be partner to The Fool, Lord of Chaos, signifying the centering needed to handle times of wild disorder.

 

This centering is developed through self awareness practices: meditation, the many yogas, Tai Chi, dance  itself, in fact all the forms of art. However, it may be that self awareness arises only out of the kind of catalytic event chaos delivers. Author Greg Bear proposes this in his novel Queen of Angels: "...self awareness is not strictly a function of complexity, 
nor even of design...; self-awareness may be a kind of accident, catalyzed by some internal or external event or process that we do not understand....if self awareness does not automatically follow from complexity, a significant percentage of human beings may also be little more than convincing automatons. Perhaps every human being must undergo this mysterious 'catalysis' to experience self awareness, and not all of us do." If, then, we need the shock of a catalytic event to become self aware, how much more important it is that we keep up the tightrope-walking practice!

 

One of the most catalytic events of a person's lifetime is marriage -- and we all know what a balancing act that is! It's apt, then, that the the sign of relationship, Libra, is the astrological associate of Adjustment. For the secret to keeping centered while doing the tango of living with another, look again at the definition of adjust: "To achieve a psychological balance in one's life with regard to one's own needs and the needs of others." This equilibrium is the meaning of the scale pictured in the card, and the scale in the glyph for Libra.

 

Visualize those scales: a central pillar with a balancing arm on top, a tray hanging from each end of the arm. When laundry is put in one tray and nothing in the other, the arm tilts radically from the weight of the laundry, and balance is lost. To 
reestablish equilibrium, something of equal weight must be put in the empty tray. So it is with our lives. Our centered Self is the central pillar. We hold out our hands to receive career, love, offspring, playtime. The career hand can't be full and the 
playtime hand empty without radically tilting the scale.

 

When Adjustment shows up, the message is: make sure you're not overloaded in one endeavor and underloaded in another. Get centered, balance all your options with the counterweight of your core truth. Act from that core, merge with the rhythms of 

change and DANCE across the razor's edge!

 

 

XII The Hanged Man - Baptism into Consciousness

 

The Hanged Man represents the way you are perceived when you dance to the rhythm of a different drummer. The process of finding that drummer entails going within, recognizing the 
distortion existing in your life, then searching more 
deeply for the truth you want to live; and the certainty that living that truth is the only way you can live at this point in your life. The Hanged Man brings the message: know yourself and your way, discover the courage to walk that path, regardless of the opinions of others.

 

The Hanged Man represents a state of suspension. It  can also represent self-sacrifice or martyrdom. Most decks illustrate this card with a man (or woman) hanging by his foot from a tree. In most decks, his facial expression is serene or even smiling. This suggests that he is at peace with his position, even though it appears awkward or painful to others.

 

This card can mean unconventionality, or marching to your own drummer. This is a time when things seem to be moving slowly. You can allow yourself to become frustrated by this or you can use this time wisely.

 

The planet associated with the Hanged man is Neptune (gradual change, dreams, visions and self sacrifice), the color dark blue, the musical note G#.

 

 

XIII Death - The Secret of Secrets

 

Death is what we spend all our lives getting ready for. The little deaths teach us how to face the big one, how to let go and go on. It is these little let- go-and-go-on lessons that the Death card represents. The Death card is also a reminder to let go of what no longer serves your life.
 

Death's other title is "the secret of secrets," and the secret is change equals stability -- birds know it, trees know it, seasons know it, and we humans need to accept it. Change is not a human favorite. We have, in fact, designed our lives to avoid and safeguard against change. How silly, how unnatural, how rigid; and how unstable we have become therefore!
 

The Death card represents molting, letting go of the old feathers, enduring until the new ones grow back. It tells us to mutate now, enjoy the rush. And the rush of endurance is one we know often in life. In fact, the ability to endure is one of the two most important qualities for living (a sense of humor is the other!) The trusty American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language tells us that 'endure' means: "To carry on through, despite hardships. To bear with tolerance....To suffer patiently without yielding....To continue in existence....From Latin indurare, to make hard....Root: deru- to be firm, solid, steadfast; hence...derivatives of wood, tree, true trim, druid..." The Death card asks you to endure change, not to run off wanting to slit your wrists over a devastating turn of events, but to continue in existence, to bear it with tolerance, to make yourself firm as a tree in a storm, steadfast as a druid at the stake; while you adjust to letting go and going on.

 

Scorpio is the astrological sign associated with Death, and like Death, Scorpio's work is to strip away the moldy facade and uncover the foundation, and to make that stripping a seasonal constant: when the sewers are filled, empty them, when the 
relationship is stagnant, release yourself from it.
 

When the Death card comes to you, reflect on what is outmoded in your current experience, and prepare to let it go. Another way to phrase the secret of secrets that Death whispers is: Death is a vital part of Life.

 

 

XIV Temperance - Harmony, Balance, Health

 

Temperance represents a blending or melding together of diverse elements or ideas.

 

The card is usually illustrated with an angel holding two cups and pouring liquid from one to the other.

 

The angel usually has one foot on dry land and one foot in the water. 

 

This card is usually a good indication that you are handling things well. You are able to take diverse elements and make them work together to form a stronger whole.

 

You are adaptable, confident, flexible and are creating harmony.

 

This is also viewed as a card of healing, whether it be healing others or yourself.

 

The sign associated with Temperance is Sagittarius 
(reconciling opposites, enthusiasm, optimism), the color blue, the musical note G.

 

 

XV The Devil - Materialism, Ignorance, Stagnation

 

Another card that makes many people uncomfortable, the Devil represents feeling bound, oppressed or limited.

 

Most decks illustrate this card with a fearful looking creature, part man and part beast. There are also people in the card who are chained or bound in some way.

 

If you look closely though, the people usually have a way to remove the chains. In the Waite-Smith card for example, the couple's hands are free and the chain is loose enough around their necks to be lifted over their heads. They are bound because they chose to be.

 

This card represents self imposed limitations, often due to fear. The Devil can also represent addictions,  all of the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, gluttony,  lust, envy, wrath and sloth), and deceit.
 

We are often comfortable with our problems and faults; they are familiar and safe. Breaking free entails venturing into unknown territory.

 

The Devil warns us to avoid excess, that many of our limitations are self imposed and that we have the power to break free and change things at any time.

 

The sign associated with the Devil is Capricorn (practical, materialistic, serious and cautious), the color indigo, the musical note A.

 

 

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