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Various uses of the Tarot

TarotMention the word tarot and the first thing that comes to mind for most people is fortune telling. Of course, whilst they would be totally correct in that way of thinking, the tarot cards are not just a tool for tarot card readings but can be used in many ways to help with focus and direction.
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Spring - The Season of Love

TarotSpring - The Season of Love

Here in Europe Spring is just around the corner, and as Spring is so often associated with new love, I thought I’d focus today on the Lovers Card.

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Hints For Reading Tarot Cards

TarotSome Suggestions For Reading Tarot Cards


Stick With The Original Question
Don't change questions mid-stream. Just because you see some good love cards, doesn't mean a new love is coming into your life, if you were asking about weather or not you should look for another car or job, etc. Stick to the question at hand. If you get curious about another question while you are reading, ask a new question after you are finished with the first.

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Divinatory Meanings of The Tarot-Part Six

TarotThis is the conclusion, in a series of articles on tarot divination, by Baird Stafford, www.bairdstafford.com. There are a total of six articles. Feel free to read them all!

XI Strength (the card is sometimes titled "Fortitude")

Favorable: Power, energy, action, courage; the triumph of the spiritual over the material, of love over hatred, of the higher nature over carnal desires. I find that the strength the card betokens is not a sudden burst of energy as when an athlete lifts an incredible weight, but rather the enduring kind such as a woman must have during the nine months of pregnancy.
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Divinatory Meanings of The Tarot-Part Five

TarotThis is the fifth, in a series of articles on tarot divination, by Baird Stafford, www.bairdstafford.com. These will be presented in succession of part one, part two, etc., as time permits.

TRIUMPHS

O THE FOOL

Favorable: Conventional readings give intoxication, delirium, frenzy, folly, mania and the like. In some of the older decks, however, the animal shown with the youth is not a domestic puppy but a wolf; coupled with the divinatory meanings above, I would suggest that the card may represent the Animal in Humanity which much be harnessed and controlled before any advancement is possible. Other sources give spirituality to the point of folly, or a major decision with multiple factors which must be weighed with extreme care.

Unfavorable: Negligence, absence, wastefulness, vanity. The Animal is in control.
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Divinatory Meanings of The Tarot-Part Four

TarotThis is the first, in a series of articles on tarot divination, by Baird Stafford, www.bairdstafford.com. These will be presented in succession of part one, part two, etc., as time permits.

Face Cards

Where the pip cards seem mainly to betoken events and situations, the face cards are said to represent primarily the people, or sometimes qualities in the people, who influence or bring about those occasions.

Traditionally, the face cards of the suit of COINS represent persons who are dark of complexion, hair, and eye; the SWORDS represent persons who have dark hair but fair skin and light eyes; the CUPS represent people who have medium skin and hair and either dark or light eyes; while the WANDS betoken blondes and redheads who have fair to very fair complexions and blue, gray or green eyes. I have difficulty with this system since it requires the suit of COINS to represent the majority of humans in Africa, the Americas, Australia and the Pacific, to say nothing of Asia.
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Divinatory Meanings of The Tarot-Part Three

TarotThis is the third, in a series of articles on tarot divination, by Baird Stafford, www.bairdstafford.com. These will be presented in succession of part one, part two, etc., as time permits.

Six

COINS

Favorable: Ability to afford donations to charities, public or private, and the disposition to do so. Also, receiving such donations. Support of children by parents and vice versa in the latter stages of life, with no indication of hardship monetary or emotional.

Unfavorable: Unfairness in business or career; envy, jealously. Personal charities or emotional obligations impose a financial hardship. Greed - the person who takes, but never returns. Illusion of success.
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Divinatory Meanings of The Tarot-Part Two

TarotThis is the part 2, in a series of articles on tarot divination, by Baird Stafford, www.bairdstafford.com. These will be presented in succession of part one, part two, etc., as time permits.


Deuce

COINS

Favorable: Joy, gaiety; laughter, song and dance. Juggling two things at the same time, especially things generating income (that second job, perhaps, or having to be a working single parent); but the card may also apply to such things as relationships. A frequent meaning is messages, particularly in writing: letters, magazine or newspaper articles and books which may have some personal relevance. Interpretation of written or oral materials. Some references suggest movement and physical energy.

Unfavorable: Too many projects at the same time; scattering of attention, wasteful dispersal of energies. Literal translation as opposed to interpretation. Unwillingness to apply one's self. Simulated enjoyment, forced gaiety. I have frequently found both the unfavorable and favorable meanings of this card to refer to actors or other performers who must appear before the public even when physically or emotionally indisposed to do so.
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Divinatory Meanings of The Tarot-Part One

TarotThis is the first, in a series of articles on tarot divination, by Baird Stafford, www.bairdstafford.com. These will be presented in succession of part one, part two, etc., as time permits.

Introduction

The Tarot has been around for a long time - several centuries at least. Over those hundreds of years, each of the cards came to have a generally accepted meaning or set of meanings when it appeared in a layout. If one accepts, as I do, continued use of and belief in objects, tools, rituals and even the Powers themselves grants added puissance (producing what the Golden Dawn terms an "egregore"), then it makes sense to avail one's self of this added dimension. Accordingly, I have written a series of articles on the cards dealing with no more than their divinatory meanings.
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The Fool - A Leap of Faith

Tarot

 

A leap year is when February has 29 days, and 2008* will be such a leap year. Whilst I was thinking about this, I realised just how many decisions or choices we make require a ‘leap of faith’.

 
 
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