Tarot Birth Cards: Devil/Lovers

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”, 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 sixth pair of Birth Cards are the Devil (Key 15) and the Lovers (Key 6). Some of the associations for these cards are:

The Devil:

Astrological Sign: Capricorn

Keywords: aggressive, competitive, achievement oriented, self-sufficient, judgmental, being too connected to the material world, living in fear and ignorance, being unwilling to see the truth, hiding your head in the sand, living in illusion, depression, the shadow side of our personality, self-imposed boundaries, unable to love yourself, unwillingness to take any action, the inability to laugh at yourself, taking advantage of or manipulating others, acknowledging your own limitations, turning away from evil, being too moral/structured, not being willing to let go of established structures.

The Lovers:

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Keywords: bringing a synthesis to head/heart, opposites coming together, union of male/female within and without, freedom, free will, balanced decisions, loyalty, lack of a relationship, a difficult relationship, communication issues, one-sided love, multiple relationships, suppression of self-expression, inability to make choices, infidelity.

The Theme for this lifetime is that of Dealing with relationships of all types, and the issues connected with them.

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 Devil, ruled by Capricorn, places the focus on the need for structure, with the drive to succeed. This is a very practical, “I can do it, get out of my way!” lifetime. This is also where the Seeker faces his or her shadow aspects.

The Lovers, ruled by Gemini, places focus on duality (opposites), especially in the areas of attraction and love. Here the Seeker finds wholeness through the attraction of opposites. In t his lifetime the Seeker is interested in anything and everything – usually at the same time!

The Devil and the Lovers set the tone for this lifetime. The path that the individual walks is one that addresses the lessons of functioning as an individual, achievements related to the self, acceptance of self, and learning to love.

A 15/6 (Devil/Lovers) individual empowers themselves by balancing their competitive, achievement oriented energy (the Devil) with the awareness of the folly of placing too much emphasis on the material things of life. There is a need to look deeper into things, and not accept surface appearances. There is a need to remember that the boundaries and limitations that we place on ourselves are self-imposed.

The Lovers empowers the individual by enabling them to bring opposites together in their life. Here we are talking partnerships of all types, and the need to balance individual needs with the needs of others. With the Lovers the individual learns how to use free will in making and implementing decisions.

The Devil and the Lovers work together in this lifetime to deal with shadow issues (as an individual), and acceptance of self, connecting with Higher Self, and balancing wants/needs with a partner (synthesis of opposites). The Devil addresses our shadow side, and our fears. He teaches us how to deal with power issues, and how our boundaries are self-imposed. The Lovers teaches us to accept ourselves, to love ourselves, and to be open to giving love to others, and receiving it back from them. Here we learn to create harmony through making good choices.

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

© March 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

Tarot Birth Cards – Justice/High Priestess

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 – , “Keys To Empowerment”, incorporating images from Karyn’s 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 www.tarotconnection.net, who developed the Birth Card Calculator, and graciously gave us permission to use it.

Our second pair of Birth Cards are Justice (Key 11) and the High Priestess (Key 2). Some of the associations for these cards are:

Justice –
Astrological Sign: Libra
Keywords: Need to bring balance, past lessons, debts paid, success in legal matters, refusal to see need for balancing, past debts not addressed.

The High Priestess –
Astrological Sign: The Moon
Keywords: Intuition, knowledge, in tune with inner self, connection with feminine mysteries, anima (female sense of self), psychic ability, connection with dreamtime, lacking intuition, blocking information, negative nature, coldness, insincerity.

The theme for this lifetime is bringing a sense of balance to life through the analyzing and synthesizing of ideas. You learn to trust in yourself, your intuition and your psychic abilities. Through the lens of synthesis and analysis, the Seeker comes to understand both the opportunities and challenges of this lifetime.

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. Justice is all about harmony and understanding others. It is a literal balancing of the scales – a need to nurture self, as well as to help others. The journey that Justice leads us on is an outer journey. Justice is active by nature.

The High Priestess is associated with the moon, intuition, the unconscious, psychic ability and dreamtime. The journey that she takes us on is an inner journey. She connects us with our creative center, and with spirit. The High Priestess is more about reacting than acting. She is passive by nature. With the High Priestess we need to look at where we are in the cycles of our life, and co-ordinate this with the ongoing cycles of the moon.

An 11/2 (Justice/High Priestess) individual empowers themselves by finding their own voice – discovering how they best communicate with their world within and with their outer world. They learn how to make their own wishes known, and not become overwhelmed by the wishes/needs of those around them. Empowerment comes through integration with both local and global communities (thank you, Internet!). Empowerment for this individual comes through understanding that they have the power to manifest the life that they wish.

We are what we tell ourselves we are. When we understand why we make the decisions that we do, we can look at the decisions that are not bringing us happiness, and rethink them. If our decisions are not taking us where we want to go, we have a disconnect in our life. An 11/2 lifetime is all about making the right decisions, and honoring where they take us.

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

© February 2011 Bonnie Cehovet

Around The Net

I want to thank Craig Conley for sharing his delightful vacation pic with us, and for the use of the link to his sight. Craig is an absolutely amazing person – check out his blog and see what he has been up to! Today’s blog is a quick tour of the Internet, and items that I thought might be interesting to Tarot minded people. Enjoy!

I just heard some very exciting news from artist/Tarotist Arnell Ando! Along with Michael McAteer and the lovely staff from Museo dei Tarocchi, Arnell will be leading a Tarot Art and History tour through the birthplace of Tarot in northern Italy. This is a twelve day tour, from September 26th – October 7th, 2011. More information can be found here: http://www.arnellart.com/tarot-italy-tour.htm.

From Rachel Pollack, we have three excellent videos of Rachel reading from her new book “Tarot of Perfection” (Magic Realist Press): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkI48EXHVvU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-zZJnO23Cg&feature=channel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrYeyNp-Mjg&feature=channel
www.Rachelpollack.com

Uber Podcaster Leisa ReFalo is up and running again – her latest Podcast takes a look at Significators, from the perspective of a diverse group of Tarot professionals, including Fred West, Donnaleigh de LaRose, Valerie Sherill, Sean Tierseron, Roger Tobin, Ginny Hunt, and Thalassa. http://tarotconnection.net

Great things are going on at Blog Talk Radio, including Beyond Worlds (Donnaleigh, Georgiana Boehnke, Storm Cestavani, Theresa Reed), Astrology At The Metaphysical Corner (Ellen Zucker), and Psychic Friends Live (Storm Cestavani). http://www.blogtalkradio.com/

Liz Christy, lovely lady, and someone that I admire greatly, just added Tarot readings to her site – http://lizzieslogic.blogspot.com/p/tarot-reading.html. Please visit Liz, and give her some love! (You might want to order a reading while you are there too!)

Here’s to a great summer!

© July 2010 Bonnie Cehovet

February New Moon Journey

I did my February New Moon journey this am – as usual, I am amazed at the wisdom that comes through on these journey’s. 🙂 So now I am sitting here with my morning coffee (I chose to not work last night – so this “is” my morning coffee!), a dish of fruit salad and a plate of spaghetti (made yesterday – it will last for days!). Trying to calm my mind and set down a few words.

I want to give thanks to two ladies that I consider friends – even though we only know each other through the Internet. The first lady is Leisa ReFalo (www.tarotconnection.org). Leisa carries a line of Elemental incense on her site that I have been using consistently for a couple of months now in ritual and journey work – it helps ground me and get me beyond the physical plane to where I need to be. Those who know me well know that I have been whining about allergies for a couple of weeks now – the incense does not affect me in that way – it is a quality product. I also smudge with white sage – and that did not affect me in any way.

The second lady that I owe thanks to is Lisa Hunt (www.lisahuntart.com). I gifted myself with a commissioned drawing for Christmas, and have used it as a focal point for more than one journey. My “self” in this drawing is well beyond my “self” on the physical plane – part and parcel, yes,  but so much more! Lisa – you are one gifted lady!

This am’s journey allowed me to come to terms with some things that have really hit me hard.  I am fine with my decisions, and know the directin that I need to go in.

Wishing each of you a Blessed day!

© February 2010 Bonnie Cehovet