Tarot Birth Card Pairs: Moon/Hermit

Over the next year I am going to be writing about Tarot Birth Cards, what they mean and how we can work with them. I use the system of Tarot Birth Cards developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School (www.tarotschool.com). Using the Seeker’s birth data (month, day and year), pairs of birth cards are defined. (For more information, and to calculate your own Birth Cards, go to http://tarotschool.com/Calculator.html.)

Please note: I have a book being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – “Tarot, Birth Cards and You: Keys To Empowerment” (http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764339028), incorporating images from Karyn Easton’s “Tarot Lovers Tarot”. This was to have been a joint project (book and deck published together), but the decision was made to publish both separately, which I find very exciting! Karyn has a Birth Card calculator up on her site, where you can also view her incredible deck (it really is!) –http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.

A special thanks to Leisa ReFalo http://www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our ninth pair of Birth Cards are the Moon (Key 18) and the Hermit (Key 9). Some of the associations for these cards are:

The Moon:


Astrological Sign: Pisces
Keywords: grounding, connection with dreamtime, psychic ability, emotional connection, feminine wisdom, unconscious, working with cycles, illusion, lack of clarity.

The Hermit:


Astrological Sign: Virgo
Keywords: Solitary, turning inward, search for internal truth, internal journey, mentor/teacher/guide, sharing wisdom with others, searching for meaning, issues with mentors, lack of a mentor, hidden potential.

The theme for this lifetime is finding ones own truth, and connecting with oneself.

We can choose to do personal work with our own Birth Cards, we can use Birth Cards in conjunction with a reading for a client (place their birth cards, drawn from a deck other than the one you are reading with, above the spread(s) laid out for them). The spread(s) are then read through the lens of perception of the Seeker’s Birth Cards. As added value, a reader could give their client scans of their Birth Cards, along with a short write-up about them. Readers can also use the Birth Card system to better understand other people in their own lives (family, co-workers, friends etc.).

The key to bringing balance to any lifetime is that of understanding how and where your Birth Cards are operating in your life. The Star and Strength represent the two aspects of the gateway into a 17/8 lifetime. The Star is ruled by Aquarius, placing focus on looking within, trusting what is there, and allowing ourselves to hope. Of importance here also is the ability to question things on an intellectual level, and to communicate well.

The Moon and the Hermit represent the two aspects of the gateway into a 18/9 lifetime. The Moon is ruled by Pisces, placing focus on emotions and the unconscious. It is related to the unconscious, and to things that are hidden. It is also involved with the cycles of life. Look for hidden agendas and the face (persona) that each individual presents to the world.

The Hermit is ruled by Virgo, placing the focus on work, self-improvement and self-empowerment. Here we see the focus of the individual turning inward, searching for their own personal truth. Once the individual discovers that truth, they take it out into the world and share it with others.

The Moon and the Hermit set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses who they are, and how they present themselves in life. The Moon is all about illusion, about that which is hidden from us, and agendas (our own, and that of others). It is about our unconscious, about dreamtime, feminine wisdom and the cycles of life.

The Hermit is all about finding our own path, and following it. The individual gains a clear view of where they are, The truth to be found here is a spiritual truth. The Hermit becomes a recluse in order to create the time for personal contemplation. The answers are at the heart of the Hermit, and are to be found in calm and quiet time. Finding ones own truth is a healing process – the Hermit marks the end of a cycle, and a healing from the issues inherent in that cycle.
An 18/9 (Moon/Hernit) individual empowers themselves by accessing their unconscious and opening themselves to collective wisdom. They balance this with going within to find their own personal wisdom, which they then take out into the light of day and share with others.

Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com.

© September 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Remembering 9/11

This is one of the hardest posts that I have ever written. It has been ten years since 9/11, but I can see it in my mind as if it just happened. I was watching the news of the first tower being hit, sitting in my living room, absolutely horrified, when the second plane struck. By this time I was numb … my country was under attack! How could this be?

 

The bad news kept rolling in – the damage to the Pentagon caused by a third plane, and the incredible courage of the passengers and crew on United Airlines Flight 93 in PA that brought their plane down before it could accomplish its mission.

 

In all, nineteen terrorists hijacked four passenger jets. This nation was absolutely numb. We watched on TV as first responders rushed to the site. We heard the stories of calls made to loved ones from family members that knew they weren’t going to get out alive.  We heard the stories of those that did survive. We heard the stories of those who, for whatever reason, were not where they were supposed to be on that day … and survived because of it.

 

We heard about the policemen, firemen, and medics that rushed to the scene. Their job would not be done for one very long time. We read about the community response – setting up temporary shelters for the workers, with food, water, and counseling available. Yes, counseling. Theirs was not an easy job.

 

There is so much more to say, but I am not going to say it. This is too much for me. I am going to do a three card reading, and let is serve as my tribute to those who did the work, and suffered the consequences.

 

 

What overall purpose did 9/11 serve? – Judgement

What do we need to know on this, the tenth anniversary of this incredible tragedy? – King of Wands

Where do we go from here? – Queen of Disks

 

The overall purpose of 9/11 was to wake us up from the illusionary life we were leading. It allowed us the opportunity to raise our consciousness as individuals, as communities, and as a nation.

 

On this, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, we need to understand that as individuals, and as a country, we need to lead with strength and courage. We need to not beat the world over the head to make it do things our way, we need to look at our needs in alignment with global needs. We need to learn from history, and not repeat it.

 

Where do we go from here? We need to network, and take a more conscious, caring attitude towards the world around us.

 

Blessings to all on this day!

 

Images from “The Tarot of the Holy Light”,  by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers, Noreah/Brownfield Press, 2011.

 

© September 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Help Needed For Vermont

  • I received the following message from my friend Courtney Weber, and want to share it with my readers. This came to me at a time when I was looking for some way to help this very devastated area of our country (Vermont). Now I have a way! Thank you Courtney! I hope that each of you will do what you can to help our lovely state of Vermont, and its people!

    TAROT TO HEAL THE WORLD! Hello, friends! I am contacting you to ask for a few minutes of your time to assist in my latest endeavor. :) As you may know, several areas of Vermont were decimated by Hurricane Irene and many people I know and care about were directly impacted. There is a local grassroots effort going on to get the region back on its feet (the government is doing little at this point) which has asked for contributions. For the month of September, I am donating every dollar I make reading Tarot to this cause!!!

    Everyone on this list has a blog, podcast or both! I am hoping you all might be willing to mention the cause on your blog, feeds, or allow me to call into your podcast for a five minute spot. People can purchase readings on the Tarot of the Boroughs website via email, phone or Skype–every single penny goes to the Bethel Relief Fund. The link to the fund is here: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=272337666111248 The web address iswww.tarotoftheboroughs.com

    Thank you all for your consideration!!! Just a couple of words will reach a lot of people and a lot of people need help right now.

    Many blessings!

    Courtney

  • (c) September 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Interview With Christine Payne-Towler – Part IV

Interview With Christine Payne-Towler – Part IV

Welcome to Part IV of my interview with Christine Payne-Towler.

Christine came under my radar in the “way back when” days of Tarot-L, when the excitement was during the midnight hours, where the “names” slugged it out. Since then, Christine has published the seminal work “The Underground Stream”, designed the online Tarot reading program for www.Tarot.com, founded the Tarot University Online (www.tarotuniversity.net), and began publishing a monthly newsletter entitled Arkletters (www.tarotarkletters.com).

Christine’s focus is on promoting the understanding and study of Tarot from the point of view of its astro-alpha-numeric content, in particular its roots in the esotericism and magic of the Renaissance. She wants to make sure that the original impulse that birthed the Tarot is not lost to the twenty-first century. Her latest project is a Tarot deck and companion book (The Tarot of the Holy Light), being made in conjunction with her partner, Michael Dowers. This could be the very first truly new Continental Tarot deck to be published in the twenty-first century.

 

Christine is a keynote speaker at the upcoming Association of Tarot Studies conference in France, where she will be presenting her latest research in a talk entitled “Alchemy, TheoSophia and Tarot”. She will also be introducing her new deck, with the companion book to appear shortly thereafter.

For more information on Christine, and to read the body of her work, go to http://noreah.typepad.com/about.html.

BC: This question is really for Michael. How did you become involved in this project, and how did the artwork evolve?

 

MD: From the very first days I met Christine she was talking about and showing me these images she had collected of alchemical engravings from the 1600s. These intrigued me right off the bat as I’ve always had an interest in old black and white engravings and what priceless collage material they could potentially be. As a student of art and art history these engravings reminded of the work that the great surrealist Max Ernst did and always wanted to try my own collages using this medium. One day Christine and I sat down and talked about what visual elements could be used to create a tarot card and I sat down using PhotoShop and whipped out the design for the Devil card. We were quite delighted with the results so I went on to another card, and then another, and before you know I was hooked and completely compelled to do the whole deck. 4 1/2 years later we had a tarot deck.

 

After all is said and done, this experience was extremely intuitive for me. As I went on creating each card I became more and more sensitive to the material. One by one the images were being created from a deeper place inside me. The last couple of years it seems the cards were created by an invisible hand that pointed in certain directions. Many times I felt like an empty vessel, as though someone was watching over me, guiding my hand and my thoughts to create a finished image.

 

CPT:Let this be stated for the record; I didn’t have to give Michael a lot of suggestions or dictate his every artistic decision — far from it!  I set him up with a few references that I know to be trustworthy, and I also gave him a few rules to follow in the course of framing his ideas. But he’s the one who burned the midnight oil, poring over my library of magical art to find the ideas he wanted to portray. More often than not, I was the last one to know what would be on the face of the card!

Michael’s background makes him a perfect appreciator of the flash-card method of idea delivery. I have reasonably good taste and I know what I like, but he actually understands how to take a flat image and give it depth, how to express motion, how to lead the eye and arrange the elements of a larger thought so a person could comprehend the nuances. There are images in this deck that make my heart skip a beat every time I see them!  And of course, he was standing in the footsteps of the esoteric master-artists of the Renaissance, who collectively changed our understanding of what can be conveyed through the sacred image.  This whole pack is largely an homage to their visionary creativity.

That being said, there are aspects of these cards that clearly betray Michael’s personal journey as an artist, and the unique aesthetic  he developed during his years as a book editor in the cartooning and graphic novel world. Certain things he tailored to my preferences, for example the incredibly lush  palette of colors which please me so much to gaze upon and fall into.  But at every level of these compositions, Michael’s visionary imagination is at work, making a unique magical world for users to enter and move around within. There’s a thousand hours in every card, some many more. Every pixel has been laboriously inspected and corralled to make these collages come together so smoothly. If admirers of this pack take the art of the Tarot of the Holy Light  as seriously as people have done with the Waite or Crowley packs, they will find layers of fascination and instruction hidden in these images.

BC:  What were the rules that Christine gave you, that you used to assemble the cards?

 CPT:

1) No human faces on the numbered Pips. They represent Natural Laws. We could have angels, animals, the “hand of God”, but not people.  Also, accent on the geometry of the numbers instead of plucking people’s emotional strings all the time. I wanted a quality of objectivity or detachment to prevail, at least in the Pips.

2) Something unique for the reader to fix on if a card is reversed compared to being upright.

3) Please minimize the horrible chrome orange or bloody red colors. I have an aversion to Tarot cards full of stress and carnage, which I discovered after I bought the Solleone Tarot and had to give it away because of all the blood!  I want my ‘holy blood’ to stay within the Grail Chalice, please! This also connections with the reason I dislike the Sola Busca Tarot as well — too much testosterone, thank you very much!

4) The Fool can stand at the front or the back of the sequence (he does both), but the Magus starts the Alphabet at #1.

 

BC: You and Michael very graciously allowed me to view a few of the cards from your upcoming deck. Where did you get the inspiration for the color scheme that you used?

 

CPT:  I wanted to look into the cards and see Great Nature, so that was one of the design criteria. We happen to live in a veritable paradise along the Columbia River in America’s Pacific Northwest, so watching the seasons change out our windows  provides daily inspiration. Our soundtrack is birdsong and farm animals, so we live in an ambiance that is reminiscent of the less-developed times and circumstances of the Reformation era.  And of course, Michael was collaging with ingredients derived from the landscapes that appeared in the Alchemical illustrations, which  provided a range of seasons, times, and animals.

 

BC: Let’s talk about the Hermit!  I love the Sun as the lamp, and the red robe the Hermit is wearing! How were these choices made, and  what is encircling the Hermit’s robe at his feet?

 

CPT: This card is a perfect example of Michael including more in the images than he was consciously aware of. The creature circling the Hermits feet is  the terrestrial Leviathin, the worm  or water-serpent of  material time.  There are actually two Leviathins, the terrestrial (female) one being associated with the Serpent of Genesis. Overhead is her mate, the Aeonic serpent called the “teli”,  marked out by the  constellation Draco. This constellation surrounds the ecliptic pole in the sky, having stars in all 12 signs of the Zodiac. The Hermit is in communication with both the spirit of time and the spirit of transcendence as a result of his yogic cultivation.

 

MD: It was my goal to try and go beyond the typical stereotypes of the tarot, to find new combinations of images to tell the stories of the cards. This whole pack is about the Light, so using a sun instead of a lamp helped me show the old man offering the world a new millennium of cosmic light. As to the red robe — he’s a yogi and has accumulated a lot of life force through his practice. Don’t mistake the white hair for a loss of vitality, far from it!

BC: The Ten of Disks follows the Tree of Life graphic. What is the reasoning behind this?

 

CPT:  I’ll have to leave the question of “reasoning” to Michael, as in my memory he didn’t show me this image until it was nearly complete. However, it looked perfectly natural to me, because 10 is Malkuth, complete manifestation of the Kabalistic Tree. Also the suit of Disks as a whole represents what the Kabbalists called “Asiyyah, the world of Action”, the place where all the ramifying consequences of movement in the upper sworlds are registered in time, space and matter. A phrase sticks in my mind from a childhood TV commercial — in the 10 of Disks, “you get what you paid for”.

 

MD: I was trying to look through the older forms and see what’s on the other side of them. Past versions weren’t discarded entirely — you’ll see echoes of older packs all through The Tarot of the Holy Light.  In Christine’s library I’ve seen the Tree extended to show it’s expanse over the 4 Worlds of the Kabbalists.  I was trying to take that idea one step further, and make every station of the Tree a world of its own. That included a search for symbols to express the character of the Planets. Finally there was the issue of spreading the rainbow across the descending Tree. That took me several nights of pondering!

 

BC: The Three of Cups is very graceful with the center heart, and the three golden cups. How did that come about?

 

CPT: This is a fragment of a larger engraving from  Jacob Boehme, found in Theosophische Wercke, published in Amsterdam, 1682. The title of the engraving is Christi Testamenta,  and its a meditation on Boehme’s cardinal theme of ‘turning wrath into Love’.  Michael lifted out the upper half of the image, where the Divine Heart assumes the cross of matter, emanating through the descending triangle of Light (the heavenly Sophia).  What you don’t see on the card is the lower half of the image, as the central shaft of the cross penetrates down through an upside-down heart inside an upward-ponted triangle of flames. At its base the shaft takes the form of the trunk and roots of a tree which sinks into the earth and buries itself in the globe of earthy condensation.  Meanwhile two branches  rise from the trunk to support the two winged, one-eyed vessels that catch the effulgence pouring out of the Divine Heart.  The downward-looking eye on the left represents the practical and unemotional Mother Pillar of the Kabbalah tree, whereas the upward-looking eye with the tear trickling out represents the repentant and devotional consciousness of the Father Pillar. Michael positioned the cups so that they would cradle the two eyes and the Dove.

This diagram is meant to illustrate how the judgmental Wrath of the Old Testament Jehova (the fire triangle rising from the earthy side) is  penetrated and healed by the descending Light of the Logos (Christ/Sophia, symbolized as the Dove). The Dove fearlessly enters the Wrath and stills it, quenching any drama held in the Pillars and bringing the opposites into harmony at last. The rising vine ripe with grapes is reminiscent of the self-fulfilling Sacrifice which must be accomplished anew in every heart. According to the Protestant Theosophers, when the Triangle of Light (Love) fully penetrates and absorbs the Triangle of Fire (Wrath), we will have “a new heaven and a new earth”, both personally and collectively.  We talk about these ideas more fully in the book for The Tarot of the Holy Light, as this theme is at the heart of the Spiritual Alchemy the Boehme taught and which spread through the Rosicrucian, Masonic and Martinist Lodges of Europe thereafter.

 

BC: What do you want people to know about the Continental Tarots, and why you are bringing this tradition back into the mainstream?

 

CPT: The Continental Tarots are the vessel that the first 500 years of Tarot mysticism was cultured in. We moderns are not unique in our projection of spiritual, psychological and emotional meanings onto the cards, far from it. As soon as the 78-card pack appeared in Europe, people began making correspondences to it and using it as a “philosophical machine”, in the tradition of the Llullian Wheels, astral charts, Geomantic oracles, and all the rest.

 

What is particularly striking about the Tarot of the Holy Light  is that it represents the spontaneous upwelling of authentic Christian gnosis that is devoted to the Divine Feminine (in the person envisioned as the Holy Spirit). In my opinion the Tarot as a whole is the testimony of the Religion of the World as practiced by the polymorphous-perverse Catholic and Protestant magi. These devoted scholars refused to let go of the Goddess whether She is envisioned as Anima, Mother of God, Sophia, Soror Mystica,  Divine Lady, Schekhihah, Matronit, or any other form or designation.  The Tarot of the Holy Light is just one attempt to vision forth this larger worldview. Hopefully, it will make the job easier for those who come after me to delve into the times and worldview with greater confidence.

To state this case systematically, I recently made a two-hour set of DVD’s with Linda Marson’s Global Spiritual Studies to talk about the emergence of the Goddess in the traditional Tarots. I wanted to research the body of ideas that produced icons like the Priestess, Empress, Strength, Temperance, the World and the Queens in the European psyche. The two lectures are:

a) the formative ground of western civilization before 1400 (the date of the first pack of cards with female figures found in Europe), and

b) the proliferation of magic imagery after 1400, showing the this older Goddess mysticism spilling into Tarot packs.

I didn’t spend a lot of time on the details of Boehme’s unique synthesis of Sophianic occult mysticism during those two presentations, since their goal is to address the larger context wherein Protestant Sophianics appeared. The whole remarkable story is shared in the book supporting The Tarot of the Holy Light.

 

BC: What final words do you have for our readers?

 

CPT:  There is one final thing I’d like folks to know. When I first discovered the Tarot, there were very few books around to explain it. There was so little on the art of divination that I used these instructions for years: “Ask a question while you are shuffling, throw out a few cards, and then make up a reason why these cards came up.”  Truthfully there’s actually more to work with on the faces of The Tarot of the Holy Light than there were in the first decks I learned from!

Therefore the cards and LWB that come with it are simple and don’t require that one purchase the book. One will see the standard numbers, suits and titles, plus Michael’s luminous and evocative illustrations. Each card is supplied with simple zodiacal references that explicate the  Cosmos of the pack (Zodiac, Planets and Elements) across the three populations — the Trumps, the Royals and the Pips.  This is a fine framework for a contemporary Tarot reader to work with in the divinatory style of our times. Also, people who have my first book The Underground Stream will have a head start to the deeper implications of these cards. Over time the user can incorporate the astrology,  plus bring their understanding of Number Theology, Kabbalah and Elemental Magic to bear.

Nevertheless, all of that can also be easily ignored, due to the fine iconic statements made through the images. Michael has done a masterful job  of conjuring a magical world full of energies, emotions, transformations and awakenings, which should offer the sensitive user plenty of fuel for their divinatory instincts. I’m not inclined to burden the world’s Tarot-card intuitives with a complicated constellation of esoteric considerations right out of the box! I hope people, find themselves attracted to the Tarot of the Holy Light for it’s beauty and usefulness in the context of a reading, because that’s the proof of the pack’s practical value right there.

Nevertheless, there is a deeper esoteric paradigm embedded in these cards, which allows the Tarot of the Holy Light to calculate and render remedies from the discipline of Spiritual Alchemy developed by Paracelsus and brought to a mystic peak by Jacob Boehme.  I have argued in other places that Tarot has been one of the tools that the Rosicrucians, Martinists and Masons have cultivated for centuries, long before Etteilla re-profiled it for the masses.  The research done for this pack of cards has brought this material up to the surface again, particularly while meditating on the art inspired by the writings of Jacob Boehme. This is a very big and deliciously esoteric subject, absolutely not suitable for treatment in a Little White Book! Therefore, the full discussion and explication of the theurgic astral-medicine paradigm that invisibly supports The Tarot of the Holy Light will be found in its accompanying book, which is soon to emerge.

Don’t get me wrong, I think everybody who enjoys this Tarot should also buy the book, hands down  That’s where you’ll find the full treatment of every card , which the regular user will benefit greatly from. Plus I unveil a little-known but incredibly influential Goddess-focused magical Christian theosophy that has come forward from the 1600’s. This rich complex of astral-alchemical archetypes has doubtless contributed to Tarot’s interior universe of meanings, at least within the Lodges of the 16- and 1700’s.  But, as they say, there’s more! (Smiley) Here’s a clue to tantalize your readers, Bonnie. There is a detail in the progression of the Pips from 1 to 10 that people who are astrologically and/or Kabalistically attuned will notice and wonder about. It will be invisible to many, but glaring to a certain group who will trip over it and wonder.  At the point a user of this Tarot stumbles upon this detail, when it starts to intrigue their mind and stir up questions, then it’s time to get the book if they haven’t already. That will be the point to investigate the Paracelcian Astral Remedies that are the secret powerhouse of this pack.

I want to thank both Christine and Michael for their time and effort in bringing us a better understanding of the Continental Tarot. I can’t wait to work with both the deck (which is gorgeous!) and the companion book!

Part I can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/interview-with-christine-payne-towler-part-i/

Part II can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/interview-with-christine-payne-towler-part-ii/

Part III can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/interview-with-christine-payne-towler-part-iii/

 

© September 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Card Pairs: Star/Strength

Over the next year I am going to be writing about Tarot Birth Cards, what they mean and how we can work with them. I use the system of Tarot Birth Cards developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School (www.tarotschool.com). Using the Seeker’s birth data (month, day and year), pairs of birth cards are defined. (For more information, and to calculate your own Birth Cards, go to http://tarotschool.com/Calculator.html.)

Please note: I have a book being published by Schiffer Books in fall of 2011 – “Tarot, Birth Cards and You: Keys To Empowerment” (http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764339028), incorporating images from Karyn Easton’s “Tarot Lovers Tarot”. This was to have been a joint project (book and deck published together), but the decision was made to publish both separately, which I find very exciting! Karyn has a Birth Card calculator up on her site, where you can also view her incredible deck (it really is!) –http://paranormality.com/tarot-birth-card-calculator.shtml.

A special thanks to Leisa ReFalo http://www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our eighth pair of Birth Cards are the  Star (Key 17) and the Strength (Key 8). Some of the associations for these cards are:

The Star:

Astrological Sign: Aquarius

Keywords:  Hope, inspiration, truth, renewal, cleansing, balance, freedom, peace, honesty, public recognition, inflated view of self, need for status, disillusionment, self-deception, feeling scattered.

Strength:

Astrological Sign:  Leo

Keywords:  Love, will to succeed, calmness in the face if intense emotions, reconciliation of opposites, courage, integration of energies, fearing ones emotions, being too bold, feeling overwhelmed.

The theme for this lifetime is the ability to control our passions, and our connection to Spirit, which brings us hope/

We can choose to do personal work with our own Birth Cards, we can use Birth Cards in conjunction with a reading for a client (place their birth cards, drawn from a deck other than the one you are reading with, above the spread(s) laid out for them). The spread(s) are then read through the lens of perception of the Seeker’s Birth Cards. As added value, a reader could give their client scans of their Birth Cards, along with a short write-up about them. Readers can also use the Birth Card system to better understand other people in their own lives (family, co-workers, friends etc.).

The key to bringing balance to any lifetime is that of understanding how and where your Birth Cards are operating in your life. The Star and Strength represent the two aspects of the gateway into a 17/8 lifetime. The Star is ruled by Aquarius, placing focus on looking within, trusting what is there, and allowing ourselves to hope. Of importance here also is the ability to question things on an intellectual level, and to communicate well.

Strength is ruled by Leo, placing the focus on creativity and pleasure. Strength can tend to be dominant, because of its own needs. Here we find our passion for life.

The Star and Strength set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses how an individual becomes self-sufficient, and through that core accesses their ability to manifest creatively in the world. It also speaks of accessing our inner resources to overcome our personal demons. The Star references the ability of an individual to look within, and trust what they find there. Here is where we access empowering, innovative new ideas and mystical, spiritual visions.

Strength references inner, spiritual strength, as opposed to brute force. We come to understand and make peace with our shadow sides through walking with Strength. Here is where we develop courage and determination – the qualities that we need to overcome temptation.

A 17/8 (Star/Strength) individual empowers themselves by aligning with the archetypal energy of hope, and choosing to look at life in a positive manner. This is a time of spiritual regeneration.  They will also align themselves with the archetypal energy of love and compassion to gain control over their emotions.

The Star and Strength work together to help us balance the power structure within us. The Star acts as a form of spiritual regeneration. This is all about hope for the future, hope that we can surmount our challenges, and defining our own beliefs and goals. There is a sense of renewal and honesty here – a gentleness of spirit, if you will.

Strength refers to inner strength – strength of spirit, as opposed to brute physical strength. Here we have the will to succeed, to overcome challenges and to live the best life that we can. Strength harnesses the energy around them to achieve their goals.

Images from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, Karyn Easton, 2008, paranormality.com.

© August 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Interview With Biddy (Brigit Esselmont)

Interview With Biddy

 I first came across Biddy (Brigit Esselmont) many years ago on the Tarot-L forum. I always found her to be very professional, and quite an interesting person. She is back under my radar with the publication of her e-book, “The Ultimate Guide To Tarot Card Meanings”, and a companion workbook (also in e-book format).

 

Biddy has had her own Internet site since 1999, offering professional readings, card interpretations and more. The branding from her site continues into her e-books, which is something that I was happy to see. Tarot is a profession, and what you will see with Biddy is professional work that is well thought out.

 

Biddy has agreed to chat with us for a bit, so I am going to turn the podium over to her!

 

BC: What piqued your interest in Tarot to begin with? In what manner did it enter your life?

 

BT: When I was 18, I had my first Tarot reading. I was so intrigued by the way the reader used the cards to provide me with insight that I was inspired to learn the cards for myself. At that time, I was a full-time University student, so anything to distract me from my studies was welcome relief! I was also excited by the prospect of using the cards to guide my own life and to provide my own insight.

 

As I began to delve deeper into the Tarot cards, I soon realised that this wasn’t just a fun thing to do on the side, but the cards held such deep and insightful lessons within them. I now see the Tarot as an invaluable spiritual guidance tool that is so complex and meaningful.

 

BC: How did you come to offer readings over the Internet?

 

BT: After discovering the Tarot cards in my late teens, I soon entered the online world of Tarot to further my understanding of the cards. I joined a number of online Tarot communities, such as the Tarot-L forum, and began to see opportunities to connect with others via the Internet. A few years on and I built my own website and started to provide Tarot readings via email. I was also reading with the American Tarot Association’s Free Tarot Network to gain experience. Over time, my business began to grow and now, nearly fifteen years on, I have hundreds of clients worldwide who regularly return for readings.

 

BC: I really like the branding on your e-book, with the use of graphics from your Internet site. It offers continuity for those that visit your site on a regular basis. How did you come to the decision to use this format?

 

BT: With any product or service, it’s important that it looks professional and that it is branded well, otherwise people are going to wonder whether you’re the ‘real deal’. I worked with a graphic designer to come up with a logo and a colour scheme for both the website and the eBooks. I wanted something that was simple and straight forward, but also clean and professional-looking.

 

If you have ever seen earlier versions of my website (i.e. from the early 2000s) you’ll know that the current branding is a HUGE improvement on what it used to be like! (Check it out the earlier versions here – http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/biddytarot.com)

 

BC: Tarot card meanings is the focus of this e-book. What made you choose this topic for a foundation?

 

BT: Nearly anyone who has studied the Tarot spends time learning about each of the Tarot cards. While each person will have their own variations of the cards, there is still a lot of value in understanding the more common meanings of the Tarot cards. So, with The Ultimate Guide to the Tarot Card Meanings eBook, I wanted to provide a comprehensive Guide to facilitate the learning process.

 

Tarot card meanings is also what BiddyTarot.com has come to be known for. Each month, over 100,000 people visit my website, predominantly to read about what each Tarot card means.

 

BC: Tell us a little bit about your inclusion of practical interpretations for the cards.

 

BT: When you are using the Tarot cards for actual readings, having interpretations that are practical, relevant and usable is so important. It’s nice to know what a red cape means, or what the esoteric relevance of the ocean is, but when you are faced with a client who wants to know if their boyfriend will come back to them, you need to know what the card in front of you actually means. So, including practical interpretations was an absolute must for me. I have read a number of Tarot books that fail to provide any tangible advice or insight from the cards, and this leaves many readers in the lurch when it comes to conducting actual readings.

 

BC: I love the Tarot tips and techniques concept. How did you come to include this section in the book?

 

BT: Including the bonus chapters on Tarot tips and techniques was actually on the advice of the wonderful reviewers who read my eBook prior to its release. Wanting to create the best eBook possible, I asked 13 volunteers to read my eBook and provide detailed feedback. One of the suggestions was to include a few chapters on how to apply the meanings of the Tarot cards, and hence the tips and techniques were ‘born’.

 

I think it’s really important to not only be able to interpret the cards, but know a bit about why they are interpreted the way they are. For example, I write about reversed Tarot cards, Tarot and numerology and Tarot card combinations. I also provide 25 easy three-card spreads, so you can start reading straight away, and some of my favourite “Top 10 Tarot cards” for love, career and travel.

 

BC: How did you come to include “context specific” card meanings?

 

BT: How many times have you done a reading when you draw a Pentacles card, for example, in a relationship spread? What has the suit of Pentacles got to do with relationships and feelings?! Sure, as we become more experienced with the Tarot cards, we know how to approach these types of situations, but many people who are still learning the cards appreciate a little guidance when it comes to applying the meanings to various situations.

 

So, the practical interpretations are there to provide ideas on how to interpret each card for specific situations. They are certainly not the ‘be all and end all’ of interpretations (hence why this is a ‘Guide), but they are definitely a welcome starting point.

 

 

BC: I loved the bonus chapters! Added value can be anything, and these chapters are incredible! Please tell us a bit about them.

 

BT: (See the response for Tips and Techniques)

 

BC: What would you like the reader to take away from this book?

 

BT: I would like the reader to feel confident about reading the Tarot cards, and to know that if they need help interpreting the cards they have a comprehensive resource at their fingertips.

 

I would also like the reader to see how widely the Tarot cards can be used. As one of my reviewers reminded me, this isn’t just a book about reading Tarot but a book about life and spirituality. The Tarot cards are so helpful in guiding us through life and showing us the life lessons that are on our paths.

 

In releasing the Companion Workbook alongside the Ultimate Guide, I am also hopeful that readers will start to develop their own Tarot card meanings based on what they’ve read but also what they’ve experienced in readings and in life in general.

 

BC: Do you have any last words for our readers?

 

BT: With something as complex as the Tarot, you never stop learning. In fact, as I was writing the eBook, I was amazed at how much I learned in the process that I can now apply to my Tarot readings and also to my life in general. Whether you are just starting out with the Tarot, or you consider yourself a Tarot expert, know that you can always learn something new. I strongly encourage readers to continue developing knowledge of the Tarot by reading widely, practicing regularly, and developing your own interpretations of the Tarot cards.

 

I would like to thank Brigit (Biddy) for taking the time to talk with us about her new e-book. It is a book that I highly recommend – in depth, inclusive, very professionally done, and with a great deal of “added value” information.

 

You can read more about the book, and order it here: http://www.biddytarot.com/tarotebook.

 

© August 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

 

Interview With Christine Payne-Towler Part II

Welcome to Part II of my interview with Christine Payne-Towler.

Christine came under my radar in the “way back when” days of Tarot-L, when the excitement was during the midnight hours, where the “names” slugged it out. Since then, Christine has published the seminal work “The Underground Stream”, designed the online Tarot reading program for http://www.Tarot.com, founded the Tarot University Online (www.tarotuniversity.net), and began publishing a monthly newsletter entitled Arkletters (www.tarotarkletters.com).

Christine’s focus is on promoting the understanding and study of Tarot from the point of view of its astro-alpha-numeric content, in particular its roots in the esotericism and magic of the Renaissance. She wants to make sure that the original impulse that birthed the Tarot is not lost to the twenty-first century. Her latest project is a Tarot deck and companion book (The Tarot of the Holy Light), being made in conjunction with her partner, Michael Dowers. This could be the very first truly new Continental Tarot deck to be published in the twenty-first century.

Christine is a keynote speaker at the upcoming Association of Tarot Studies conference in France, where she will be presenting her latest research in a talk entitled “Alchemy, TheoSophia and Tarot”. She will also be introducing her new deck, with the companion book to appear shortly thereafter.

For more information on Christine, and to read the body of her work, go to http://noreah.typepad.com/about.html.

BC: Next up – what exactly is background of the Continental Tarot?

CPT: Continental Tarots are those which are made in the footprints of the oldest 78-card packs of Tarot cards. Virtually every Tarot deck made in the first 500 years of it’s history was a Continental deck — these are the decks from “the Continent”; Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Czekoslovakia and (later) Spain. They aren’t all alike by any means, but they have certain features that tie them together as a group. Over the first 500 years of their appearance, this group of packs tend to show only simple unadorned numbered pips like those of the Marseilles pack. (There’s an early exception to this rule, the Sola Busca, which the Waite pack imitated, evoking our contemporary appetite for full illustrations on every card.) The Continental packs distribute the alphabet along the Trump sequence in its natural order (from A=1=Magus to Tav=0=The Fool). Continental decks also present the Trumps in one of the three historical orderings that have been found by the researchers of playing card history. The simple rule of thumb here is that any pack in circulation before the Waite/Smith pack is 99% likely to demonstrate the Continental pattern.

I have made such a fuss about this ‘detail’ of Tarot history because the entire time I have been a reader, I have had to listen to fellow Tarot professionals saying absurd things like “The Chariot is Cancer” and “The Devil is Capricorn”, although such assertions defy the record of history completely. The very elemental alphabetic research I was able to do way back in the mid-1970’s made it clear that #7 goes with Gemini and #15 with Sagittarius, whether you have Tarot cards in the mix or not!

For example, early on I found William Wescott’s little book on numerology, which was published before he became invested in the OGD paradigm. From this I could see what the historical bedrock was; it wasn’t concealed if a person was ready to look around and read beyond the Tarot world. Half the books I could get my hands on during those early years taught the historical basis, while the other half offered this mixed-up hash with a lot of mumbo-jumbo laid over the top. By the time Crowley’s book fell into my hands, it was easy to see the ragged seams of their cut-and-paste job within the alphabet. Crowley’s desire to be systematic crossed wires with the need to keep the OGD’s little secret under wraps, so he included a chart that (to me) made the hack-job explicit. I thought “who’s buying into this nonsense?” and confined my studies to those packs that represent the linguistic facts of history. Invariably, those would be the Continental Tarots.

Over time it got through my thick skull that the Tarots propounding the error were more popular by far. Mary’s wonderful Women of the Golden Dawn made it clear that the OGD creators chose to aggressively obscure reality of history to invent a whole parallel reality that would justify their “creativity”. For a decade or longer, I thought this attraction to misinformation was a quirk of the uneducated English-speaking masses, lacking in curiosity about anything written in another language. But ultimately I learned that such a mystique and religious-type attachment has grown up around these 20th century English-style Tarots that it was worth my scalp to show up in public and point out the fallacy! Without the encouragement of Mary Greer at pivotal moments, I would not have had the courage to stand up and state my piece, much less endure the rain of tomatoes that followed. As one might guess, this was during the years when I could be found slugging it out at Tarot-L, defending my first book and my right to say “But the Emperors (Waite and Crowley) have no clothes!”

I would like to add a caveat at this point. The first deviation in the historical stream of Tarot was the Etteilla pack, which is the original referent for the phrase “The Book Of Thoth”. Etteilla’s pack made a huge visual deviation away from the normative Marseille packs that had preceded him. He reframed the mythos supporting the Trumps — from a Biblical base to a Hermetic base — so the Trumps were rearranged and re-imaged to tell a different story. For the first time, overt astrological symbols and Masonic titles appeared on the faces of the cards. Etteilla’s new approach recruited a huge number of users, becoming the most popular pack and style of reading, in demand at the Tarot salons across Europe. For nearly a century Etteilla’s packs caused traditionalists to despair that the older packs would simply disappear in the dust of history. Multiple bootleg copies were made for distribution outside of Europe.

It wasn’t until after Etteilla’s death that his Italian students brought out the pack currently called Cartomanzia Italiana, wherein Etteilla’s Trump disguises were peeled away and arranged in their Marseille-style alphabetic order again. I would infer from this little revelation that Etteilla’s Masonic and Martinist superiors weren’t comfortable with him sharing their Tarot esotericism nakedly in public. So Etteilla scrambled the Trumps and overwrote the correspondences, creating a whole second oracle on top of the seed-bed of the originals. At the Tarot parlors, people tended to read the cards “from their faces” anyway, and Etteilla’s cards helped that process along with cheat-words printed at either end. But Etteilla’s long-term students followed his lead into Kabbalah, astrology, and Pythagorean numerology, learning the larger body of teachings for which Tarot provides the perfect flash-cards. His packs also implied a full angelic and zodiacal catalogue, though the hints were somewhat sketchy on the faces of the Pips. It wasn’t until Papus wrote his summary of the Etteilla packs (The Divinatory Tarot, recently translated and republished by Aeon Books) that one could be entirely clear how the system was meant to be used. (Full disclosure here; I haven’t made the graph yet that would detail whether Papus edited Etteilla in this book or not. There’s a research project right there — tabulating the AAN of various editions and revisions of this tripartite lineage in chronological order.)

Etteilla’s era of influence is what the English Tarot apologists were referring to when they said “the older Tarots are full of blinds and snares, necessitating that we correct the correspondences”. This stance is a bit fallacious, however, because the deck now called Cartomanzia Italiana (see S. Kaplans Encyclopedia Vol 1, p. 143) first emerged in the 1800’s and put Etteilla’s visual ideas back in Marseilles order again. Etteilla’s AAN correspondences match exactly the esoteric stream coming out of the Masons and Martintists (see Etteilla column on Kaplan’s graph P. 4 of same). Etteilla’s students included Julia Orsini, D’Odoucet, Mme. Lenormand, the makers of the Cartomanzia Italiana, Magus Edmond (maker of the Grand Tarot Belline) Paul Christian, Eliphas Levi, Papus, Wirth, and others. This group of intelligent, literate and prolific individuals had the entire century of the 1800’s to re-attach the traditional correspondences to the cards in their aboriginal order, or to contest the system outright. (A few took it upon themselves to tweak Etteilla’s correspondences a little for Kabbalistic reasons — hence the two other variants in the Continental family.) To judge from the stream of Tarot writings we can collect from the 1800’s and early 1900’s, these correlations were publicly available, having been transmitted in coherent and correct order by multiple books and packs across the latter half of the 19th and the first third of the 20th century. In other words, there really wasn’t very much of a “mess” from Etteilla’s camouflage operation left to clean up.

Meanwhile, nothing, absolutely nothing in this world, justifies the explicit act of war perpetrated on Levi when the OGD boys posthumously translated his works! This was simply wicked literary evil, an attack on the fabric of history, and an unprovoked attack upon their future students as well. Unfathomable! If I were Dante I would immortalize them at the very bottom rung of Hell, as turncoats within the esoteric paradigm.

This leave us with a mystery. Why did Waite spend his professional career defending a plagiarized and broken system when he absolutely knew better? I just don’t get it! Now that there are whole wings of academic study devoted to the topic of Western Esotericism, the historians have to avoid Waite and all of his cronies because so much of their distortions and misdirection have proved factually unreliable. It’s more trouble then it’s worth for a historian to separate the facts from the fictions that were spun to support their Tarot deck. Why was Waite willing to corrupt his lifetime literary catalogue over this? Did he think that nobody would ever notice?

In fairness, Jung added to the problem. He was a student of the Renaissance as well; it was one of several great intellectual passions of his, from which he borrowed vocabulary when it suited his purposes. (The concept of Archetype, for example, had a whole prior history and meaning before Jung found and repurposed it). Jung was not an astrologer, which means that he was not equipped to fathom all of the technical jargon of the astrologer’s kit and kabootle. I believe this limitation must have frustrated him and made him cranky. Both Jung and Waite pulled long faces and said to the academic world “Oh no, don’t go back there, it’s a jungle of irrational and impenetrable correspondences that nobody can make sense of anymore. Pure claptrap, fabulation and superstition mixed together. Just let me lay it out for you in simplified, homogenized form and you’ll know everything you need to get by.” These guys were academics, respected authorities in their fields, so who would feel confident enough to doubt them? Thus several generations of Tarot students have sincerely and trustingly believed their teachers and left the details to the experts.

It’s been a long goose-chase to get Tarot rescued from the briar-patch that it was consigned to after those twin Sphinxes ran the biblical and esoteric Chariot off its traditional road. But finally I think we are rounding the bend and rediscovering the true Tarot again. Hopefully the research done while making The Tarot of the Holy Light will help make the historical issues a little bit clearer, while also providing a fresh inspiration for people who would like to see some new Continental Tarots appear.

Part I can be seen here – https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/08/19/interview-with-christine-payne-towler-part-i/

Stay tuned for Part III – the influences behind the Continental decks.

© August 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Here & There

Just a few notes to update what is going on in the Tarot world. I finally managed to get a Face Book page up on my new book, “Tarot, Birth Cards, and You” . I have two webinars coming up – On Saturday, August 27th, I will be doing a webinar with Mary Nale, and on September 21st I will be working with Linda Marson of “Global Spiritual Studies” . On Sunday, August 28th, I will be talking with Dax Carlisle of the Tarot Guild.

The first part of a four part interview with Tarot author/scholar/teacher Christine Payne-Towler (“The Underground Stream”) can be seen here.

I would also like to talk about two e-books that have recently come to my attention. The first e-book is “Psychic Jucy’s TarotSeek™ – Learn How to Read Tarot Cards for Yourself, Volume 1”>“Psychic Jucy’s TarotSeek™ – Learn How to Read Tarot Cards for Yourself, Volume 1”, by Abella Jucy Arthur. More information can be found on her website.

The second e-book is one that I have not read yet myself, but I will be in the near future. It is “The Ultimate Guide To Tarot Card Meanings eBook”, by Biddy. I am very much looking forward to this book, which includes upright and reversed meanings for each of the cards, practical card interpretations, and Tarot tips and techniques.

Stay tuned on September 1st for an announcement about about a unique contest to win a signed copy of my book, “Tarot, Birth Cards, and You”. Everyone is welcome to submit an entry!

(c) August 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

RIP Amy Winehouse

Despite the direction that her life was clearly headed in, I was among many people who were shocked by British singer Amy Winehouse’s death. Why did this have to happen? To get a bit of background, I calculated Amy’s Birth Cards, using the birth date of September 14th, 1983, as posted in Wikipedia. I know – Wiki is not the be all, end all of factual information, but the date was confirmed in other websites. Her Birth Cards are the Star and Strength. (I used the Birth Card Calculator on www.paranormality.com to calculate the cards.)

Birth Cards (using the system developed by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School) work in pairs, and act as a gateway into a given lifetime, defining the theme for that lifetime. With Star/Strength, I would define this lifetime as the ability to control our passions, and our connection to Spirit, which brings us hope. The Star talks about hope, and about moving away from negative influences. It brings with it freedom and inner peace, along with public recognition. As all cards have 360 degrees of interpretation, we also need to remember that the Star, which we generally think of as being positive, also carries the energy of disillusionment, self-deception and scattered energies.

Strength talks about self-control, the will to succeed, reconciling opposites, and having courage, but it also carries the energy of fearing ones emotions, and feeling overwhelmed.

The energy of Birth Cards functions in several ways: (1) it can function well, (2) it can function poorly, (3) it can be blocked, or (4) it can be latent (as in not yet recognised by the Seeker). When we look at Amy Winehouse, it is fairly clear that in this lifetime the energy of her Birth Cards was trending towards functioning poorly. She had the public recognition, but was somewhat overwhelmed by it. She may have been disillusioned, and was definitely scattered. She had enormous talent, so I would not say that she ever deceived herself. She had courage, but no self-control. In the end, she was not able to overcome these things.

I asked a couple of questions of the ISIS Tarot de Marseille:

Who was Amy Winehouse? –  Reyne de Deniers (Queen of Disks)

The lady definitely was the Queen of Disks! I see this in myself, and yes, I see this in her. There is power in this person, and a sense of being able to take on the world around them. Amy was not afraid to take on the world, even when it overwhelmed her! Was she a well aspected Queen? No, she wasn’t. She was able to create financial and material security around herself, but she does not seem to have been comfortable with it. She could not keep herself healthy, and was very moody and self-indulgent. The potential was there, but never realised.
What does her death mean for us as individuals? – Six de Baton (Six of Wands)

Through her music, Amy had the ability to transform lives. We are being asked to look at ourselves, and see how we can best use our talents and abilities.

What can we learn from her death? – Ace de Coupe  (Ace of Cups)

we canlearn to love ourselves. To not be afraid of love, in all of its myriad forms.

(c) July 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Tetractys and the Suit of Cups

In a previous post (https://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/the-tetractys-and-the-four-suits/) I introduced the Pythagorean concept of the Tetractys – a triangle consisting of the numbers one through ten (ten being the most significant number). In this post I am going to look at the concept of the Tetractys as applied to the Pips (numbered cards) in the Tarot. We are going to look at each suit separately, starting with Wands.

Following is a schematic of the Tetractys. A good visual aid would be to take out your deck of choice, and place the cards from the suit of Wands in this format:

1
3      2
6      5      4
10      9      8      7

Following the pattern of the numbers will create a facsimile of the lightening bolt path that we see on the Tree of Life. Something else that we need to remember is that the number ten (1+2+3+4) is considered by Pythagoreans to be a pure number. The Tetractys triangle itself represents creation … form coming into being. Each of the four suits represents another world coming into creation.

With the suit of Cups, we are looking at the Qabalistic world of Briah, the creative world. The first row, number One, represents the Monad. The second row, numbers Two and Three, represent the Dyad, or essential principles. The third row, numbers Four, Five and Six, represent the Triad, or spiritual forces. The bottom row, the Tetrad, represents the material world.

The suit of Cups represents the world of Briah (creation), and the element of Water. Through Water, and its connection with the unconscious and intuition, we enter the world of creation. Number One, the pure energy of Cups, and creation, also represents the Seeker’s emotional life, connection with the mysteries and dreamtime. It is here that we create our emotional “safety net”.

Numbers Two and Three represent the Dyad, or opposing forces. For the suit of Cups, we are looking at the number Two as representing a union or partnership, especially a romantic union (or a union of opposites). This can also represent a karmic tie. The number Three relates to working with others, giving and receiving support and encouragement. In the suit of Cups, the number Four represents a time of restlessness, where the Seeker feels dissatisfied with life in general, and emotional entanglements in particular. Life feels stagnant, and everything is being questioned.

The Five’s are always a little chaotic. The Five of Cups can be associated with the emotional quagmire left after a tantrum, argument or literal fit of rage. There are consequences … and this is it! To restore balance, focus needs to be placed on the Cups that remain upright.

The Six’s are all about your own personal truth, and your own personal version (and vision) of success. Six’s are celebration and victory, and the Six of Cups carries a gentle sense of optimism with it. Remember that we do not ever succeed on our own – our victory celebration needs to include those that helped us get there. In this the suit of emotions, we need to be able to trust, and to allow life to flow freely.

The final row – numbers Seven through Ten – represents the material world, and the four elements (from right to left – Fire, Air, Water and Earth). The Seven of Cups shares it’s place with the element of Fire. The nature of this Seven is that of our dreams and desires – the world of our imagination. There is real magic in awakening the imagination, and the passion of Fire is an absolute plus! We need to release our fears and dream (and act on) the big dreams!

The number Eight share’s its place with the element of Air. The nature of the number Eight is all about change, and keeping up with change. In respect to the Tetractys, this change is evidenced in the world of Air (the mental realm). The Eight of Cups can be seen as walking away from emotional disappointment. The manner in which the Seeker is dealing with this is through stepping into the realm of logic. In very simple terms, the Seeker is being told to watch out for themselves, to not automatically trust all that they see,

The number Nine shares its place with the element of Water. One cycle is coming to an end – in the case of Cups, the Seeker is being advised to accept the fruits of their labors, to appreciate all that life has to offer and to find happiness within it. Emotional satisfaction and personal recognition are inherent in this card.

The number Ten shares its place with the element of Earth. Ten’s talk about endings and new beginnings, but they also talk about putting all of the energy, focus and will power that you have into your project.  The Ten of Cups takes the personal sense of happiness found in the Nine of Cups and expands it to a more global level.

Summary:

This is not meant to be the final word on the Tetractys and the Pips. It is actually a mere whisper, as seen through my eyes. Place your cards in the pyramid shape of the Tetractys. Move your hand over the lightening path, and see what feelings/knowing come to you. Treat the numbers as rows, instead of a straight line. See how they work together, instead of focusing on individual meanings.

It’s all good!

Here are a couple of links that will allow you to use the Tetractys as an actual Tarot spread: Aeclectic Tarot Forum, http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/Tetractys/id/578326.

Next week we are on to the suit of Swords! See you all there!

© July 2011 Bonnie Cehovet