The Fool is inspired by the Pueblo Indian's sacred clown. He wears the mask of Coyote, the trickster. The path and boat signify the journey he is beginning.
Meaning: Whenever we begin a new endeavor or journey in life we have no idea of the actual outcome. The Fool is here to tell you to trust the journey, to realize our fears are fantasies and to enter the unknown with a playful sense of adventure.
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1 THE MAGICIAN
The Magician was inspired by the great poet and Sufi mystic Rumi, who was a great communicator with the divine whom he called the Beloved. The elements are represented on the tarot cards which he brings forth from the Great Mystery and circulates out toward us.
Meaning: The message of the Magician is that through focused energy we are able to harness the means to create our destiny.
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2 THE HIGH PRIESTESS
Isis's cloak of feathers suggests the magic of shapeshifting and the ability to fly to other realms. In her hand she holds this deck inviting you to receive divine guidance.
Meaning: The High Priestess is the wise feminine archetype who initiates us and invites us to tap into our intuitive inner wisdom to create transformation in our lives.
3 THE EMPRESS
This gentle and elegant Japanese Empress walks hand in hand with her child in a flowering garden. The Bluebird of happiness perches above her head.
Meaning: The Empress represents the Great Mother who nurtures and provides. She is the queen of creation who rules through love and embraces all of life, her sensuous nature delights in beauty and art. In nurturing ourselves and others by giving and receiving love, abundance flows.
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4 THE EMPEROR
This Roman Emperor holds out the plan for an aqueduct. He is a visionary leader. Great crowds have assembled to witness his new idea that brings progress.
Meaning:The Emperor is the strong masculine archetype, he represent the father bringing structure and guidance. This is a card of empowerment. When we share our skills we are able to lead others to their own achievements.
5 THE HIEROPHANT
The Dalai Lama is the Hierophant, he teaches in front of a giant green Buddha. Green is the color of the heart chakra. Here is a leader who uses his status to spread a message of love, hope, compassion and acceptance.
Meaning:The Hierophant represents a spiritual authority, a leader who guides and instructs. In our search to understand the meaning of life we need to open ourselves to spiritual teachings.
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6 THE LOVERS
The Lovers are entwined becoming one; a living, growing beautiful part of nature. The golden aspen leaves twirl down surrounding the lovers with vibrating energy. The eyes on the aspens signify the wisdom of nature: that this act is sacred, powerful and pure. The brilliant blue sky signifies the expansiveness of love.
Meaning: Love can inspire us to grow beyond our usual boundaries and become divine creators. Choose what to do with the energy created by the union of the Lovers
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7 THE CHARIOT
The arrow points the way as the Charioteer sets his sight on his goal. His wreath tells us he will succeed. His breast plate is adorned with alchemical symbols. The Chariot has a heavenly canopy with seven stars. The sphinx and her shadow lead the way toward a golden future.
Meaning: The Chariot is a symbol for a journey of self discovery as well as worldly ambition.You are well on the way to achieving both; keep up momentum and remain balanced.
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In this card the woman adopts the posture of the lion. Instead of losing her power by lying on the ground, she becomes a sphinx meeting the lion eye to eye.
Meaning: Strength is a card of courage, confidence and determination. There is integrity in facing our difficulties with open eyes; the ability to face our fear is transformative.
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9 THE HERMIT
This Hermit is a curandero, a healer and wise woman. She stands at the entrance to a cave where she has been on a vision quest. The starkness of the desert landscape suggests a paring down of the outer world in order to travel deep within the psyche. The knots on aspen staff resemble eyes which symbolize the ability to see within and bring that knowledge into the world.
Meaning: The Hermit invites you to spend time alone and allow your inner wisdom to reveal itself.
10 THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
This card is about expansion; with every turn of the wheel we move closer to achieving our goals. All points on the wheel have value. Moving through the deep waters of challenges, we evolve into a more enlightened state. The mermaid dives down deep into the emotions as the angel rises into the clear blue sky; they are connected by a green heart of love.The flower mandala spins outward in a burst of life energy.
Meaning: There is treasure at the bottom of the ocean of our emotions; things will evolve. If we flow with the turning of the wheel, good fortune comes back around.
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A statue of the Greek Goddess Themis stands visibly holding scales. She also holds a sword pointing down behind her. This depiction of her is more about wisdom and balance than punishment. The white palette suggests purity of heart. Justice teaches us to act in the best way for ourselves, others and the planet.
Meaning: Every action has a reaction. Carefully weigh the outcome to make sure you achieve balance, before acting. Be true to yourself.
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12 THE HANGED MAN
The Hanged Man is in the yoga tree pose, upside down. Do you remember hanging upside down as a kid; how different everything looked? It was like being in a strange new world. The Hanged Man does just that: he sees things in a new way. Even though he is backlit by a glowing full moon he is traveling deep into space towards a distant star which ignites his heart. At his third eye is a new moon, a symbol of potential. The full moon halo symbolizes transcendence.
Meaning: Often our thinking gets in a rut and we need to do something to gain a new perspective.The Hanged Man tells you to look at life from a different angle.
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Hearing about near death experiences, one often hears about traveling through a tunnel toward the light. The tunnel in this card is a matrix formed by interconnected cells leading to a perfect orb of brilliant light. The dancing skeleton holds a key which indicates unlocking the greatest of all mysteries. The joyful skeleton shows that the possibility of something even better exists.
Meaning: This card does not necessarily mean a physical death, but rather the death of something that needs to end. Open yourself to new possibilities.
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The woman pours water and wine onto hot coals. An angel appears in the steam. Often Archangel Michael has peacock wings. In this card it is the women’s skirt that is made of peacock feathers. This card is about combining both the shadow and light to create something magnificent.
Meaning:Temperance is a card of art, alchemy and balance. Using opposing elements transformation happens and something greater is created.
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15 THE DEVIL
The Devil’s erect phallus evokes strong feelings of that which is forbidden. Sexuality has long been demonized. Both figures hide their faces in shame unable to face their inner demons. Their feet are claws holding on to that which does not serve them.The shadows in this card are also the Buddha; the wise teacher.
Meaning:The lesson is that if we sit with our shadow the realization will come that we can throw off the hold of our inner demons and rise. Enormous energy will be released and darkness will become light.
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16 THE TOWER
As the Tower crumbles away, the blocks below suggest something new can be built. Shiva, the God of destruction sits in the Tower and is illuminated by a flash of lightning. Shiva tells us that change will bring release from habitual patterns that no longer serve us. Startled ravens fly out of the Tower, a woman journeys on the back of one freed from old constraints.
Meaning: Old structures fall down bringing release from things that no longer work for us.
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17 THE STAR
In Egypt the rains arrive when Sirius shines in the night sky, bringing fertility to the land. In this card, Nut – the Egyptian Sky Goddess brings rain to the Nile over her daughter Isis’ temple at Philae.
Meaning: The Star brings a time of renewal and inspiration with the outcome of success. This is the time to be recognized for your inner light and achievements.
18 THE MOON
The water lilies blooming under a new moon are really the top of two columns that appear in the High Priestess card as well. They are a portal into initiation. Is the full moon a reflection or an illusion, just an empty bubble of air? The woman dives into the deep, dark water; searching for answers; there are lessons to learn in the depths. A new moon promises that renewal is always possible.
Meaning:The Moon is the card of mystery and intuition; the push and pull of the tides of emotions.
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19 THE SUN
There is a huge amount of energy that has been absorbed from the sun into the sunflowers. It is a major accomplishment to grow from a seed to a six-foot tall plant in one season. The sunflower nourishes the birds and animals as well as regenerating life by giving its seeds back to the earth. In the center of the sunflowers is the spiral of the golden mean, the miracle of nature. The silhouetted woman stands with her hands cupping the sun’s brilliance reminiscent of Isis.
Meaning: The Sun is here to tell us to be the best we can be and share that with others. Be confident about your talents and radiate them out into the world.
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Here you witness several scenes taking place in the Cathedral in Sienna, Italy. The man in the background kneels praying to the Archangels. Does he fear them or is he bowing to their beauty and grace? To the innocent child twirling in a beam of sunlight there is no elaborate morality, just the purity of the moment connected to all that is. Under the child's feet spins the Wheel of Fortune. Standing above a mosaic Sibyl,a woman experiences the power of the oracle.
Meaning: Judgement is really a card about awakening to the truth. What we believe is what we receive. Judgement asks you to look at your beliefs and decide if they work for you.
21 THE WORLD
The ancient philosophers and alchemists described the world as a living spiritual being and referred to it as Anima Mundi; the soul of the world. In this tarot card Anima Mundi is surrounded by the constellations of Leo, Aquila and Taurus. The angel represents the great mystery. Anima Mundi stands with one foot on earth, one on water with her head in the stars. She wears a wreath of triumph. Anima Mundi is a woman who might come from any continent. She represents the origin of life with the sun radiating from her womb. Her breasts are the full and new moons.
Meaning: The World is the culmination of the Tarot archetypal journey; it speaks of wholeness and numinous revelation.The World shows you that you are connected to all that is.
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ACE OF CUPS
The full moon and wave indicate high emotions. The glass of champagne toasts positive feelings.Meaning: Enjoy a surge of emotions particularly love, gratitude, hope and joy.
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ACE OF PENTACLES
The full blooming sunflower against the brilliant sky is an expression of abundance.
Meaning: Begin a new project with confidence knowing that it will grow to its fullest potential and flourish.
ACE OF SWORDS
The wisp of smoke at the end of the sword suggests that something is smoldering ready to ignite. The new moon suggests the beginning of a new phase that will develop.
Meaning: Innovative ideas will expand bringing clarity and wisdom.
ACE OF WANDS
A living wand, with leaves and apple blossoms hovers against a brilliant sunrise. The flames at the end resemble the Hebrew letter Yod which means life.
Meaning: Inspired creative passion. This is the Divine spark of life, manifesting through you. Take action and follow your bliss.
TWO OF CUPS
Water is the realm of the heart; of flowing feelings. The two lovers are linked in a union of celebration.
Meaning: Two hearts join together in love; complimenting each other
TWO OF PENTACLES
A woman stands grounded on earth while reaching for the sun. The lemniscate of stars whirl through her core.
Meaning: The ability to stay balanced while handling opposing needs.
TWO OF SWORDS
The blindfolded woman looks within in order to make a decision whether she will continue to protect herself or put down her swords and open herself to something new.
Meaning: A choice needs to be made. Look within to find the answer.
TWO OF WANDS
The macrocosm is a reflection of the microcosm; our smallest loving gestures can carry the energy to change the world. This priestess is using her power to bring harmony and balance to the earth from her own flourishing garden.
Meaning: Balance energy by tending to your own realm as well as caring about the larger picture.
THREE OF CUPS
Three friends gather to play the tarot game, enjoying companionship whilst sharing stories.
Meaning: Cherish friendship and emotional bonds with people.
THREE OF PENTACLES
Behind the artist painting, under a full moon is an icon of Isis, the Mother Goddess of magic who "re-members" wholeness.
Meaning: Skill, knowledge and spiritual awareness will manifest abundance.
THREE OF SWORDS
The flaming heart represents passion. Three needles pierce the heart but one is mending the broken heart.
Meaning: Forgiveness heals betrayal and heartbreak.
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THREE OF WANDS
The Mother watches her progeny’s boat come in. Three wands blossom with the promise of success. The figurehead leads the boat toward the spirit world.
Meaning: Visionary leadership will see a project flourish.
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FOUR OF CUPS
A man enjoys watching the sunset over the ocean. He knows what is enough, finding sovereignty in his life.
Meaning: Being able to discern what makes you feel good.
FOUR OF PENTACLES
The child is the Emperor of her domain, focusing on building a castle without concern about the tide.
Meaning: Controlling your own projects.
FOUR OF SWORDS
The aura surrounding this meditating woman creates a strong but transparent boundary which shields her from piercing thoughts.
Meaning: Take a rest from your busy mind; practice meditation.
FOUR OF WANDS
Epona, the Celtic horse Goddess arrives at a crossroad lit by four flaming wands. In the distance are standing stones where ceremonies took place. Irish Kings were symbolically mated with her.
Meaning: Find your power through creating ritual and sacred space.
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FIVE OF CUPS
A woman wanders in a bleak landscape; the birds reflected in the spilt wine symbolize her empty nest. Ahead is a bridge leading back to fullness.
Meaning: Grieve for what is lost but acknowledge what still remains.
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FIVE OF PENTACLES
Desperate day laborers stand in the freezing weather waiting to be employed. The Great Mother Guadalupe watches over them.
Meaning: Balance your struggles with hope.
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FIVE OF SWORDS
The boy becomes a pawn in a much deeper conflict between his parents.
Meaning: Be sensitive to others during conflict; give up power tripping and victimization.
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FIVE OF WANDS
These young people use their energy in protesting; hoping to bring about change.
Meaning: Struggles in life around ideals can be changed by action.
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SIX OF CUPS
The little girl is focused on giving her playmates exactly what they most desire; symbolized by what is in their cups.
Meaning: By opening your heart to friendship and love; it is returned.
SIX OF PENTACLES
These Tantric lovers worship the Goddess and God in each other. The energy of giving and receiving radiates into the cosmos.
Meaning: Find pleasure in giving to others.
SIX OF SWORDS
The boat is a symbol for a journey through consciousness. The angel guides the passengers toward the light.
Meaning: Allow yourself to be led out of the dark dungeons of your mind, toward a golden outcome.
SIX OF WANDS
Brigid is the Celtic Triple Goddess of creativity; she ignites the flames of inspiration.
Meaning: Through the ability to inspire others; there is a mutual opening to the divine essence of creativity.
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SEVEN OF CUPS
The tea leafs in the cups represent fantasies, hopes and dreams.
Meaning: Tune into the feelings your visions evoke and make a choice which ones to manifest.
SEVEN OF PENTACLES
The girl in the leopard skin reaches eagerly towards many projects.
Meaning: Pause and evaluate your goals, before unleashing energy to achieve them.
SEVEN OF SWORDS
Could this trickster really balance all the swords? The empty landscape symbolizes how we need to clear space for difficult tasks.
Meaning: Focused concentration is needed in order to complete plans.
EIGHT OF CUPS
A waterfall in Havasupai in the Grand Canyon flows into a series of eight pools.
Meaning: Emotional strength is not about overcoming our feelings but instead immersing ourselves in them until we can release them and move with the flow.
EIGHT OF PENTACLES
The busy beaver constructs dams and lodges to create a fertile habitat.
Meaning: Focus your attention on the physical work needed to achieve your dreams.
EIGHT OF SWORDS
You might think the raven is trapped but it can easily hop out of circle of swords.
Meaning: Realize that most of what traps us is an illusion. If we change our mindset we can step out of the cage and fly free.
EIGHT OF WANDS
The eight penstemon stalks buzz with life; a hummingbird drink nectar while the bees collect pollen.
Meaning: This card is about taking action to enhance your energy which leads to creativity and pollination.
NINE OF CUPS
Angels take turns filling the resplendent woman’s cup.
Meaning: Wish fulfillment.
NINE OF PENTACLES
The woman gathers sunflowers in an abundant garden.
Meaning: Prosperity comes from doing the work you love.
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NINE OF SWORDS
The woman is kept awake at night by her worries and fears. But they are not real; the swords are just light reflecting through the blinds. The butterfly symbolizes that transformation will come with the morning light.
Meaning: Most of our worries are illusions. Time will bring clarity.
NINE OF WANDS
A woman has traveled from the source of this deck, through a portal, passed a sapling, a mature tree, enduring challenges, burning passion and finally leaning on her staff/wand is close to completing her spiritual journey.
Meaning: You are close to reaching your destination on your path of enlightenment having gleaned wisdom from many experiences.
TEN OF CUPS
Friends and family celebrate with a champagne toast.
Meaning: Emotional contentment, a card of appreciation and gratitude.
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TEN OF PENTACLES
A group of dancers experience ecstasy through the expression of the physical body.
Meaning: Physical or financial well being.
TEN OF SWORDS
A reflection of a figure floats face down, drowning in despair with an old moon fading. Meanwhile the figure rises above facing a new moon.
Meaning: This is the end of tired, worn out ways of thinking. We can rise above our old, unhealthy victim mentality, supported by the lessons learned.
TEN OF WANDS
The Spiritual Pilgrim inspired by the sixteenth century alchemical engraving, carries a bundle of wands on his back representing many religions. In his hand which reaches into a new dimension, he holds a living branch.
Meaning: If you feel overwhelmed by the heavy load of spiritual ideology, return to a simple belief in the goodness of nature.
This young Page dreamily looks at the water cupped in her hands, imagining romance. She is sensitive and vulnerable as she sits on the lotus, nestled between the stamens.
Meaning: In order to blossom in love and relationships, expose tenderness and vulnerability.
PAGE OF PENTACLES
Here is an young photographer who experiences the world with a sense of wonder and imagination.
Meaning: Approach projects with youthful exuberant energy.
PAGE OF SWORDS
A college student, draws the Golden Mean on a blackboard with a sword. The Golden Section/Mean is the universal law in nature. Its harmonious symmetry and proportions are often used in architecture and art.
Meaning: Open your mind to new ideas. Messages come through learning that offer a catalyst for change.
PAGE OF WANDS
This Page is forming an alternate reality through his own creative abilities. He uses his wand to make magic; a mushroom cloud of spiritual exploration rather than destruction.
Meaning: Transform old paradigms into something new and playful.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
This Knight welcomes the flow of feelings, following his heart.
Meaning: Act from the heart.
KNIGHT OF PENTACLES
This Knight of Pentacles is the Greenman; a virile, earthy man who is able to create growth.
Meaning: Turns ideas into reality by energizing and developing projects.
KNIGHT OF SWORDS
On an intellectual quest for truth, this Knight splits the dark clouds of restrictive thinking allowing bright new knowledge to emerge.
Meaning: Be decisive, cut through clouded thinking.
KNIGHT OF WANDS
This sadhu/ holy man is searching for enlightenment. Deep in meditation, he holds a trident, the symbol of Shiva.
Meaning: Searching for meaning, a spiritual quest.
This Queen with tears in her eyes accepts the flow of all emotions. The full cup spills over into the larger flow of life.
Meaning: Be authentic; all feelings are acceptable if we own them.
Queen Sheba is carried on a gold palanquin by two virile young men. She is surrounded by the riches of the earth; ripe fruit, fragrant flowers and abundant herbs. She is the sensuous embodiment of abundance; nurturing and generous.
Meaning: Enjoy the senses and share with others.
Athena, the Greek Goddess of wisdom appears here as if on a Greek vase. She is a warrior for truth and justice. The owl sitting on her shoulder represents her clear vision. Medusa on her cloak is an emblem of bravery.
Meaning: Make decisions with clarity and focus.
The medicine woman is an intuitive healer in sync with the rhythms of nature. She harnesses the energy of the sun and her ally the lion. She inspires and leads others to find their own power and creativity.
Meaning: Recognize your own worth and charismatically radiate it toward others.
This King is wise, loving and compassionate because feels all his emotions intensely.
Meaning: You are the master of your emotions; bring forth all that is noble and kind.
King Solomon was known for his wisdom as well as his riches. He worshiped the Goddess Ashtoreth; the Goddess of fertility and sexuality. When Queen Sheba came visiting bearing gifts of herbs and gold he seduced her. King Solomon wrote the Song of Songs, an ode to erotic love and the Goddess.
Meaning: Savor the fruits of your labor, enjoy all sensory pleasure.
The Lady of the Lake hands King Arthur his sword Excalibur, giving him the power and authority through divine right to lead his people with wisdom.
Meaning: Use sound judgement in your decisions, cut through confusion by speaking the truth in a firm and fair way. Stand in the power of your divine right to follow your own mind.
KING OF WANDS
Hermes Trismegistes (thrice great) is the combination of the Greek God of communication and the Egyptian God of wisdom as well as believed to be a contemporary of Abraham who penned the Corpus Hermetica - a collection of brilliant writings on philosophy, alchemy, magic and astrology.
Meaning: By sharing your wisdom you create magic.