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The card can also represent a wise mentor, someone like a priest, boss, or teacher. It also may represent a gateway to higher consciousness, as does without exception every other tarot card. The Lovers card represents love, of course, and of the most rarified kind. The Lovers card also represents a crossroads, and the need to make a decision. The Chariot represents will power, control, self-assertion, and victory.

Also, in a refreshingly literal twist, the chariot can represent driving.

A Review of the Rider-Waite Tarot: The Major Arcana

The card is a real grab-bag of mystical symbolism, including stars, moons, alchemical symbols, and two extremely irritated sphinxes, the leftmost of which is actually rolling its eyes in disgust. The Hermit looks like a thinner, tanner Gandalf. He wears the grey cloak of invisibility. Having reached the snowy summit of his harrowing spiritual quest, he now looks sad and a little sleepy. The Hermit represents being single and loving it. Strength is personified by a lovely woman wearing a long white dress wreathed in flowers giving a lion a comprehensive dental exam in what is surely a very specific fetish.

Sometimes things will go well, other times badly, but in the end, balance will be restored. The Wheel also represents karma, as well as fate and the external forces that control our destinies. The Wheel of Fortune has absolutely everything you want in a tarot card, including an angel, a lion, a bull, a snake, a Sphinx, esoteric letters and symbols from several major world religions, and an eagle that looks like the artist started out trying to draw one thing and then changed their mind halfway through.

The Justice card represents justice, as one might expect, and more sternly, the idea that one gets what they deserve.

She looks stern and unbending. Like the Death card, the Hanged Man sounds much worse than it is. The Hanged Man also represents a period of watchful waiting, and he is doing that waiting upside-down. This can be a very positive thing, a time of renewal and new beginnings. Then again, sometimes the card symbolizes death. He is riding a horse with a very small head and red eyes. The Temperance card signifies calm, balance, tranquility, and avoiding extremes.

Temperance is cautious, keeping one foot on dry land. In her hands she holds two cups of water, one hot, and one cold, creating that mystical symbol of cosmic balance, tepid water. Unlike the Death card, which seems bad but is good, the Devil card seems bad and is bad. The Devil represents materialism, vice, and addiction. He controls our lowest, most animal desires. At his feet, a man and a woman are chained, in servitude to their baser nature. However, the chains are loose and they could slip their heads from them if they tried, indicating that their bondage is voluntary. Dee ends by telling us that tarot meanings are not set in stone, giving us permission to chart our own course from there.

The Fool (Tarot card) - Wikipedia

This fascinating history and exploration of the Tarot was written by the late Jonathan Dee, a well-known British Tarot reader and astrologer. The book begins with an extensive history of the Tarot, including a lot of information I was unaware of even after doing a fair amount of research on Tarot history myself. Tarot Mysteries also includes not just the usual discussion of the Major Arcana but also a fascinating examination of the Minor Arcana.

Most books about Tarot gloss over the Minor Arcana, which is a shame. Waite, and Crowley as well as more recent commentators. This variety of viewpoints makes it clear that Tarot is very much a personal, multi-faceted endeavor for everyone who approaches it.

Dee is careful to distinguish between known facts and popular interpretation, and he provides plenty of both. I was especially interested to discover that the Major and Minor Arcana originally began as two separate types of decks and were only combined later on into what we know as the modern Tarot. Once he has addressed the history, Dee then delves deeply into the relation between the Tarot and the Qabalah.

He begins with a history of Qabalistic practice and a helpful explanation of the Tree of Life so everyone who reads the book will have enough background information to make sense of the correspondences. Then he moves on to a description of how the Major Arcana cards relate to the Sepiroth and the paths on the Tree of Life, including multiple interpretations by Etteila, Eliphas Levi, Mathers and Crowley.

I was interested to see where their approaches coincided and where they differed. The next chapter, about the relationship between the Major Arcana and the zodiac, is equally interesting. In occult tarot, the Fool is usually considered part of the " major arcana ". Francesca Lia Block Goodreads Author. Waite gives the Fool the number 0, but in his book discusses the Fool between Judgment , no.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The opening section is very similar to his previous work, detailing the history and development of the tarot, but in a much more condensed treatment, which may be prerrable to people with less of an interest in the history and development of the tarot. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. The Ultimate Guide to Tarot you to separate yourself from these connotations and see the cards for what they truly mean. Understanding the Fool The Fool is the innocent adventurer, about to begin an important journey. We all begin life as a zero, a tiny egg of potential. He will travel lightly, without the baggage of commitment.

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So, too, is her affinity for the Tarot's Fool card, a "trickster" who brings "adventure, misadventure, but rarely happiness. Yes, salver. When was the last time you saw that word in print outside of a Christie's catalog? Xana, her menagerie of knowing cats, Hamlet-like dogs who "look to her To bark, or not to bark. Bevan Atkinson interweaves intriguing briefs on the Tarot deck into her story, with an astute take on the ambivalence between danger and attraction embodied in the Tarot's Fool. Along with an eye, she brings an ear for the vagaries of social milieu, amusingly realized in the person of Xana's "Mater Xana's is by no means the most dysfunctional family in the story.

This honor goes to the Avery clan, a scheming brood whose knotty intrigues Xana and Thorne must unravel to catch a killer. Then there is Thorne: Xana has a penchant for "rescuing charming basket cases" who walk away once they're re-ambulatory.

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This history laces their relationship with a sardonic tang, though, you can tell, they totally get each other. The final mood of the tale is wistful. As The Fool card suggests, like Hamlet and her own dogs, Xana must learn that "Readiness is all" and the rest is just a waiting game.