Tarot Symbolism: The Initial Vehicle

by Odyn PenDragon I consider Atu VII to be the first “real lesson” in the Trump Series. Atus I-VI have been of the nature of preparation. (It can be argued that Atu VI, due to the complex nature of its depiction, is the first lesson. I would simply argue that it is the last, and...

Reversed Cards

By Odyn PenDragon I had long ago abandoned using ‘reversed’ cards in my spreads because to me that distinction really meant nothing. When a card appears, it is by its relation to the other cards in the spread that helps ‘refine’ the otherwise ‘wide’ meaning intrinsic to any card, ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ and all inbetween....

Beltane TarotBlogHop: The Fire Tends to All

Previous Beltane blog: Before me Please follow the link above to the wonderful blog of Matt Williams, as he too shares his thoughts on this Beltane TarotBlogHop. “The fire tends to all” is the subject of this TarotBlogHop in which you can hop from one blog to the next, a bit like wildfire. Like wildfire… That’s...

Tarot Symbolism: The Broken Prison

By Odyn PenDragon (this is not just ‘food’ for Thoth) Atu XVI is commonly called “The Tower” or more fully “The Blasted Tower”. My own chosen alternate title would be “The Crumbling of The Prison Walls” or more simply “The Broken Prison”. The key idea is that An Established Stable Edifice becomes Utterly Destabilized! The...

The symbolism in The World card by Tarot de St. Croix

The World is the final card of the archetypal journey of the soul. This card represents wholeness and as Jung said “…indissoluble communion with the world at large.” The self becomes numinous containing all the elements, all creation and the entire cosmos. Plato said “… this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul...

Tarot Symbolism: The Contract Tarot 0: The Fool

BY JEAN HAMILTON-FFORD “The Fool is cool! He’s old and he’s new Beginnings and choices As he approaches His journey, hearing voices Of inner wisdom. He is creative potential Innocent yet full Of faith and trust as Towards the Magus He must travel!” The Fool card in the Tarot takes the completed energy of the...

Tarotelic: Ten of Wands

The most striking thing about this image in the Universal Waite deck is the heavy burden that the central figure is struggling to carry, it seems almost too heavy to bear. In the background we see a village, symbolizing the community that he is serving, and the ploughed fields that testify to the progress of...

Tarotelic: Five of Swords

This card speaks of dishonourable gains, and thus the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan Horse comes to mind. According to Myth Helen, queen of a Greek king, left him for someone named Paris of Troy. Helen was the most beautiful woman ever created, and her husband the king was enraged! The Greeks...

Telling Time with Tarot

By Andrew McGregor I do a lot of divination for myself and for others. One of the most awkward questions for me to answer has always been, “when will this particular thing happen?” Some cards have obvious associations with timelines but others do not. How long a time is suggested by the knight of cups?...