The Hanged Man – Tarot Card Meaning

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The Hanged Man Neptune Water Keywords: tranquility, transcendence, divinity, waiting, patience, self-sacrifice, suspension Rider-Waite-Smith In the Rider-Waite-Smith we see a man calmly hanging upside down with one foot tied to a wooden “T” cross, with greenery on the top beam. Waite calls the cross a “gallows” and “tree of sacrifice,” like the Norse Yggdrasil, or … Read more

Is Tarot Reading Hard?

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  A common concern for people interested in learning Tarot is that reading Tarot is difficult, with a steep learning curve. I disagree. I believe the Tarot is extremely easy to learn but difficult to master. And therein lies the key difference. How to get started Once you get over a few common myths surrounding … Read more

Strength – Tarot Card Meaning

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Strength Leo Sun Fire Keywords: courage, strength, fortitude, compassion, love, spirituality Reversed: discord, abuse of power, materialism, immorality, carnal A woman robed in white and adorned with red roses stands beside a lion, closing his mouth. She tames the lion, the great beast, not through brute force, but through calm resolve, pacifying his brutish tendencies … Read more

The Hermit – Tarot Card Meaning

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The Hermit Represents Virgo Mercury rules and is exhalted Earth Keywords: wisdom, scholarship, mentorship, helper, attainment, teaching, solitude, enlightenment, spirituality, introspection Reversed: not heeding wise counsel, foolishness Rider-Waite-Smith “He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” ~ Lao Tzu An old man in grey robes stands on a snowy mountain top, … Read more

Tarot and the Occult: Still Growing in 2021

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Taking Tarot into the 21st Century and Beyond “For Tarot to evolve on any meaningful scale into the 21st century (and beyond) it must have a stronger application emphasis, utility, and accessibility; that is, it must speak compellingly to people’s lives. In this regard clinical usage would seem a natural context for a technique which, … Read more

Tarot and Fortune-Telling: What Are the Limits?

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Tarot and fortune-telling often go hand-and-hand in popular cultural but many Tarot experts like Benebell Wen, author of Holistic Tarot, argue powerfully that Tarot is not in the business of fortune-telling. This post is an analysis of Benebell Wen’s criticism of fortune-telling. First, I want to say I have major respect for Benebell Wen. I think she … Read more

Tarot and Mental Health

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If you haven’t noticed, tarot is a worldwide phenomenon among young people. It has exploded in popularity with hundreds of decks being sold all over the internet and in real life, all bursting with creativity, diversity, and the modern push for inclusivity. Social media is filled with instagram posts and youtube channels dedicated to the tarot. … Read more

Tarot Spirituality: A Neopagan Approach

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Neopaganism is an attempt to revive the pagan religions of Old into a modern form that can be actively and meaningfully practiced in the 21st century. A classic example of a neopagan religion is Wicca. Wicca, like many neopagan religions, is often based on a kind of polytheism. Most Wiccans worship the Horned God and … Read more

Tarot and Astrology: A Guide

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Astrological Correspondence in the Major Arcana This post will serve as an on-going repository of information derived from my research into the connection between Tarot and Astrology. 0 Fool Uranus Rebellion 1 Magician Mercury Communication 2 High priestess Moon Intuition, psychic 3 Empress Venus Motherly Love 4 Emperor Aries Leadership 5 Hierophant Taurus Tradition 6 … Read more