Saturday, May 05, 2007
A tarot deck consist of:
The Modern tarot deck is made up of 78 cards in total, divided into three groups called; 22 cards The Major Arcana: which are also referred to as the Trumps in the Deck. (The big mysteries of life lie in these 22 cards). These cards represent the highest of our consciousness. It is believed that the Inspiration descend from ancient Egypt, which describes the arch types of the human personality. These cards indicate a significant subject in ones life, not only that, they are also very much linked to Numerology. Again everything is linked in the very ancient mythologies of North African cultures. 40 cards Minor Arcana: They are also referred to as the situation-card. These cards tell about situations in the every day life such as the work place or in a relationship or even in the home. Again Numerology embedded into the cards. 16 Court cards: These cards can represent individuals, the queen and Princesses representing Woman and the Kings and knights are then men. They can also represent a curtain state of mind, or the state of the body or soul. These cards can represent an aspect of your personality, or even other people.
Plato's Elements. These figures are from Johannes Kepler ‘Hamonices Mundi’ 1619.The Four Elements of the Tarot Deck: Swords: Air, the mental mind, consciousness, active abilities. Opportunity to grow. The sword is a Sharpe but the sword has two sides which look alike, and can illustrate a double attitude, which our thoughts and mind also have. The sword is mostly used as protection in close combat, this corresponds to the human behavior in a normal day life. Many of life troubles really come from our mind, when the mind keeps thinking about a curtain situation, especially if the situation is only viewed through one angle. The swords attitude is much like the astrological sign of Libra; Balance, an appetite for life and learning, the control element for the sign Libra is Air, which puts us in motion. Through air you will see the earth in a different angle, from above you will notice how many things life really bring. Astrological signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius. Direction: East Element: Air Cups: Water, the emotions, Feminine, feelings, Subconscious mind, fantasy. The cup is open and receivable and it can contain water, which in itself symbolizes the emotions, the senses, and the unconscious abilities. The cups images portray the situations emotions, or other feelings coming from the situation. The Cups are sensitive and changeable like Cancer is, but they are also very deep and secretive like the Scorpion, and intuitive and dreamy like the Pisces. When you pull the cup-card from the deck, you must investigate if there is water inside the cup, or it is spilt besides the cup, or if the cup is empty. Emotional passion and intense desirers are also a part of the Cups attributes. Astrological signs: Cancer, Scorpion, Pisces. Direction: West Element: Water Pentacles (Coins): Earth, material things, the physical. The pentacles are connected to the material world, and its work associations. Work, and property, and home, environment, trade. These images portray people in work situations, or performing some sort of task. These cards have the practical side of Taurus, and its passion for luxurious things. Capricorns stableness, and financial courage, and Virgos production talents. The Pentacles (coins) are materiel things, and they are heavy, they symbolize hard work, wisdom, and real. Money and sexuality is also a part of the Pentacles attributes. Astrological signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn. Direction: North Element: Earth Wands: Fire, Spiritual, masculine, actions, force, will, courage. The wands represent the active, creative, and the communicating growth. Ideas and ambitions are embedded into these cards, and impulses and plans. They are the scepter that a King holds. The wand is hard and stern, and the spirits that surround them are Mousses, they are able to pay attention to detail. Again notice if the wands are standing or flying through the air, pay attention to such details too. Astrological signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. Direction: South Element: Fire
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