So, where do we start with The Fool? Is he a fool, or simply someone who is stepping into a new adventure? Waite gives the following interpretations, ie folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment. Reversed – negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity, but I would like to look at the imagery of the […]
And today’s card is The Magician. How fitting for early on a Monday morning (I’ll explain below). Waite gives the following in relation to his meanings for this card: Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety; sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies; self-confidence, will; the Querent, if male. Reversed – physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet. You […]
Today’s card is The High Priestess. Waite’s descriptions for this card are: Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science. Reversed – passion, moral or physical ardour, conceit, surface knowledge. I believe this card is indeed wisdom, but […]
Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance. Reversed – light, truth, the unravelling of involved matters, public rejoicings; according to another reading, vacillation.
Today’s card is the fourth card in the major arcana, The Emperor. Waite gives us these meanings for this card: Stability, power, protection, realisation; a great person; aid, reason, conviction; also authority and will. Reversed – benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity. I would pretty much go along with Waite’s summation of the […]
Today we have The Hierophant. Waite gives us these meanings in relation to this card: Marriage alliance, captivity, servitude; by another account, mercy and goodness; inspiration; the man to whom the Querent has recourse. Reversed – society, good understanding, concord, over-kindness, weakness. My understanding of the card goes along with Waite, in the most part, […]
Attraction, love, beauty, trials overcome. Reversed – failure, foolish designs. Another account speaks of marriage frustrated and contrarieties of all kinds.
Succour, providence also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble. Reversed – riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.
Today’s card is Strength. As usual, we’ll note Waite’s understanding of the card. Waite says: Power, energy, action, courage, magnanimity. Reversed – despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord. We would go along with all of those, but again, let’s look at the symbolism of the card. A graceful woman with the infinity sign above her […]
Prudence, circumspection; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption. Reversed – concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution.
Destiny, fortune, success, elevation, luck, felicity. Reversed – increase, abundance, superfluity.
Equity, rightness, probity, executive; triumph of the deserving side in law. Reversed – law in all its departments, legal complications, bigotry, bias, excessive severity.
Wisdom, circumspection, discernment, trials, sacrifice, intuition, divination, prophecy. Reversed – selfishness, the crowd, body politic.
Waite gives the following meanings for Death: End, mortality, destruction, corruption also, for a man, the loss of a benefactor for a woman, many contrarieties; for a maid, failure of marriage projects. Reversed – inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism; hope destroyed. I find the Death card to far less dramatic than its title. It’s simply […]
Economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation. Reversed – things connected with churches, religions, sects, the priesthood, sometimes even the priest who will marry the Querent; also disunion, unfortunate combinations, competing interests.
Ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, fatality; that which is predestined but is not for this reason evil. Reversed – evil fatality, weakness, pettiness, blindness.
Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin. It is a card in particular of unforeseen catastrophe. Reversed – according to one account, the same in a lesser degree also oppression, imprisonment, tyranny.
There is actually very little to say about The Star, as its meaning is nearly always of that of hope. Waite describes the meaning for this card as: Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says-hope and bright prospects. Reversed – arrogance, haughtiness, impotence. Of course, all the above, being loss, theft, privation, etc, lead one […]
Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, occult forces, error. Reversed – instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error.
Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment. Reversed – the same in a lesser sense.
Change of position, renewal, outcome. Another account specifies total loss though lawsuit. Reversed – weakness, pusillanimity, simplicity; also deliberation, decision, sentence.
Well, today’s card is The World. As you may have guessed, I’m picking the cards daily at random, and writing as I go. Unstructured, as is life itself. Anyway, Waite describes this card as: Assured success, voyage, route, emigration. flight, change of place. Reversed – inertia, fixity, stagnation, permanence. Again, I have my own views […]