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Happy New Year!

~ “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~

– Bill Vaughn

Happy New Year

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Here’s to the new year…
May it bring more joy and success
And less grief and regret.


To our dreams…
May we never stop believing in them
And taking the actions that will make them a reality.


To our friends, loved ones, associates, and colleagues…
May we take the time to let them know
How much it means to us
To have them in our lives.


Let us encourage more and criticize less,
Give more and need less.


And whenever we can,
Let us create harmony and peace.


To new beginnings…
Let us start fresh, right now,
To make this the very best year ever.

– Joanna Fuchs

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~ “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” ~

– Anthony Robbins

One of the best ways to determine what a reading about is to ask questions. Questions not only stimulate the energies that reveal a life pattern, but also enable us to break out of the habit of blindly making assumptions and taking things for granted. Even what we deem as a ‘silly question’, can end up revealing a whole lot about a card. For example, if the 9 of Cups is the card of Happiness, why (in the RWS deck) is the man sitting alone with his arms folded (a body language cue that he wants to be left alone)?

In this Step, we need to go back to the description of our chosen card, and based on it, ask any 3 open-ended questions. The best part about this is that we don’t really need to give a ‘correct’ answer! Yes, we can make up our own answer to our own self-imposed open-ended question. After all, we do contain the answers to the universes greatest mysteries within ourselves (we just need to search deeper than we think), so surely answering such questions should be a snap for us!

However, while we do this, we might just be reminded of a past event within our own lives. This ‘snapshot’ memory image could posses vital clues that would not only help us understand our chosen card, but Tarot as a whole.

So let’s go back to the description of our chosen card…

6 of Swords - Legacy of the Divine Tarot

Two people are standing on a boat/vessel that appears to be made of wood with intricate carvings. The woman stands in front, wearing sapphire color robes. Her arm is bare, but is adorned with bracelets around her forearm and bicep. She wears a golden tiara, and her  brown hair, though thick and long, are loosely tied with what appear to be golden beads.

The other figure wears a dark robe with a hood that covers their face, making it all the more difficult to decipher whether it is a man or a woman. Both it’s hands are on the steering rod, from which a chain dangles. Behind this figure is a golden/yellow light orb that though bright, makes it all the more hard to decipher the figure’s gender.

Above them, three swords dangle, suspended with metallic chains. One is right in front of the woman, and one right behind the second figure. The third being the largest of them, dangles in the middle. All three swords have a circular jewel embedded within, which has the purple-ish color of amethyst. Behind the three swords are two chandeliers which hold candles. Behind the middle sword, a bright white light glows.

In the water below, there are three more swords. The one in the middle is closest to the boat, while the other two are spaced further away. The one on the left of the card seems to have a jewel similar to the ones above (we can’t see clearly with the other two swords because that particular area is covered by the water).

The water below is full of ripples, distorting the reflection of the boat, while the walls of the area they are in seem to have carvings of a similar nature on each and everyone of them. Beyond the boat, there seems to be an archway, but due to the darkness we cannot see what’s on the other side clearly.

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Going over this description over and over,  I can think of more than just 3 open ended questions, but if I begin asking them out loud, this would end up being a massive post, and thus would run the risk of boring you (I refuse to let that happen, I care about you, my readers, with all my heart). So hence, will pick the 3 most ‘interesting’ ones of the lot ;).

QUESTION ONE:

“… her  brown hair, though thick and long, are loosely tied with what appear to be golden beads.

Why are her hair loosely tied? And why with golden beads of all things?

Her hair are loosely tied because if they are tied too tight, it might just make it hard for her to think straight. After all, tying hair up too tight would always lead to massive headaches*, and considering where they are, I’m sure the Princess would prefer it if she could think clearly without a headache. However, considering she is a Princess, she would ensure her hair, though loosely tied, would appear neat and well-groomed. The fact that her hair are thick and long, indicates a healthy body,  a tension free mind, and a well-developed crown chakra (seriously, it’s true!). This shows she’s balanced on a body-mind- and soul level (and if you remember in Step 5, the number 6 was a number of ‘Balance and Harmony’ among other things).

The golden beads not only signify her royal heritage, but also her intellectual prowess. Alchemist believed Gold represented the perfection of all matter on any level, including that of the mind, spirit, and soul. Gold is also the most malleable and ductile metal, often made into threads or extremely thin sheets (gold leaf), as well as, intricate ornate jewelry and large bulky slabs and bullion. Thereby symbolizing the incredibly depth, purity, and versatility of the Princess’ mind. gold is a good reflector of electromagnetic radiation such as infrared and visible light as well as radio waves, it is used for the protective coatings on many artificial satellites, in infrared protective faceplates in thermal protection suits and astronauts’ helmets and in electronic warfare planes like the EA-6B Prowler. Thereby indicating that her mind is protected from all outside ‘interference’ and ‘pollutants’, allowing her to remain focused with ‘pure’ intentions.

(* The minute I wrote that, I got a ‘Snapshot’ of when I was about 10. I had really long hair back then – long story – and would often try to braid my hair to resemble my sister. I remember I did so too tight, and thus got the worst headache ever! So horrible, that when I was playing on the swings in the park, I got so giddy, that I fell off my swing and hurt myself horribly. Luckily there was soft sand below the swing, so my fall wasn’t as drastic, but the gashes on my arms and legs were horrible.)

QUESTION TWO:

Above them, three swords dangle … In the water below, there are three more swords”

What’s the deal with 3 Swords above and 3 Swords below?

Hmmm… Well, this is a bit of a toughie. However, I’m going to go with a bit of a ‘creative’ take on it.

This reminded me of the old saying, “As above so below”. This phrase is often circulated throughout esoteric texts and has been quoted numerous times. The concept was first laid out in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, in the words “That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.”

In accordance with the various levels of reality: physical, mental, and spiritual, this relates that what happens on any level happens on every other. So if air represents our ‘thoughts’, while water represents our ‘psyche’; the placement of the swords could perhaps represent the connection between our conscious ‘thinking’ mind and our subconscious mind that’s deep like the ocean.

Now, to get a little more creative –  there are 3 swords above and 3 below. Perhaps the 3 of Swords plays an important role. The 3 Swords above could represent the Princess having to deal with numerous issues like heartbreak, betrayal, mourning. And maybe she’s wondering ‘why’ did she have to experience such things. Through her journey, she gets to the psychological root of her issues, and realizes that due to all this conditioning that’s occurred over the years, she’s been inviting all sorts of 3 of Swords like experiences within her life. Thus realizing how the Law of Attraction comes into play*.

(* As I wrote this, I had another ‘Snapshot’ flash before me. Earlier this year, I was totally 3 of Sworded by someone I cared deeply about. So painful the experience was, that I had a major breakdown. It was indeed a dark time within my life. After a few sessions with a spiritual healer and karmic counselor, I not only discovered the psychological and emotional roots of why I invited such an experience within my life, but also discovered the past life connections between us. Doing so gave me a better understanding of the entire situation, and thus helped me move on and heal from the experience.)

QUESTION THREE:

“…boat/vessel that appears to be made of wood…”

Why is the boat/vessel made of wood?

Well, the answer for that comes from Feng Shui. The Wood Element is associated with Spring – The season of new beginnings and renewal. Wood periods are a time for healing, for bestowing favors, for helping others, for beginning projects and time for initial growth both personally and professionally; thus representing the Princess floating away from the ‘winter of her life’ and entering a new phase of her life, filled with a renewed sense of hope. It’s interesting to note that Wood is nourished by Water, but destroyed by Metal (Swords are made of metal), so in a way, this is quite a balancing act of a journey for the Princess.

According to ancient Chinese medicine, Wood rules the Liver, and one of the primary functions of the Liver is ‘detoxification’; thus symbolizing a cleansing  process of sorts. According to various schools of holistic healing, the Liver is considered the ‘seat of anger’, and the primary emotion of Wood is anger as well.* Thus showing the importance of having a healthy way of expressing anger. If suppressed for too long within, it turns toxic for our souls. If expressed carelessly, it could lead to disastrous consequences. Similarly, the vessel needs to be navigated with care, else it could strike against a sword, causing it to sink like the Titanic.

(* At this point, I had another ‘Snapshot’ flash. This was about 18 months ago, when I was initiated into Reiki. During my Level II initiation, I was taught about psycho-somatic causes of all dis-eases, as well as, the various connection between the mind, body, and soul. My Reiki Teacher actually used those very words, “Liver is the seat of anger”, and she spoke of how people with dull brittle nails, excessive restlenessness, menstrual/gynecological problems, and blurry vision/eye disorders, etc have weak livers, and thus either suppress their anger or have a vicious temper. A week later, I had a blind date with someone I met from the internet. Over our chats online, he seemed really sweet, funny, and incredibly grounded. And when we met, he seemed ever so mellow. However, while he got up to excuse himself to go to the men’s room, I noticed he had really dull nails. Even though he manicured them regularly, there was a certain dullness to them. When he returned, I noticed his cuticles were nitpicked intensely. He kept on shifting in his seat, unable to really sit still for a minute. My ZiZi-senses (my own spin on Spidey-Senses) were tingling, and not in a good way. Throughout the evening, he remained quite mellow, leaving me to believe I was just imagining things. However, when it came time to pay the bill and leave, he got into an arguement with our waiter over the silliest of issues. I’m not able to recall what it was all about, but it was definitely something trivial. However, he went on and on and on… shouting angrily and belittling the waiter for no legitimate reason. And as he drove me back home, he kept going on and on, ranting and raving about the incident (and yell out a few choice phrases to other motorists). Needless to say, a second date was out of the question).

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Wow, who knew that just by ‘asking questions’, we could discover so much about a card, and even though it might seem random and out of the blue, the ‘answers’ we receive for our questions might just reveal the answers we’ve been seeking all along!

I hope you all enjoyed this Step. Give it a try sometime. Describe the card as explained in Step 2: Description, and then ask open ended questions. I can guarantee, it will be a fun and revelatory experience!

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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This exercise was taken from Mary K Greer’s fantastic book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card. For more information about the exercises and the various ’steps’ click HERE to purchase a copy of this masterpiece that’s a must have for every one ever acquainted with the Tarot.

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~ “Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” ~

— Sigmund Freud

As mentioned in the post, Fucking Courts, court cards are one of the most controversial, as well as, confusing, overwhelming, and overall-stress-inducing modes of a Tarot Deck. Primarily, Court Cards either represent an aspect of us (the seeker) or someone within our lives, particularly someone upon whom we’ve ‘projected’ that part of our personality. However, they can also symbolize timing, qualities to embody, spiritual guides, and even events and situations coming into existence; thus making them all the more complicated to interpret.

The Court of Pentacles tend to be practical, grounded, solid, and weighted in this physical reality. They tend to be oriented towards work, goals, money, and the physical senses (especially touch). These are the sensualists who often like to garden, sculpt, and give and receive massages. These are also the builders and the doers on the planet; these folks often help establish businesses, cooperatives, foundations, and projects. They are loyal, headstrong, and literally down-to-earth people. Their practical nature can sometimes leave them a little too weighted, and they can get stuck in ruts and feel bogged down. They need a little stimulation and spark to get them out of their routines.

The following are a list of keywords for the Court of Pentacles. These keywords are not to be relied on as crutches, but as creative springboards for us to develop our own interpretation and understanding of not just each card, but the Court of Pentacles on its whole. And let’s face it, sometimes relating court cards with Celebrities does help.

  • King of Pentacles

George Clooney - King of Pentacles

    • Element: Air of Earth
    • Astrology: Fixed Earth – Taurus
    • Chart Position: 20 Aries to 20 Taurus
    • Dates: April 11th to May 10th
    • Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Assiah (Body)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Venus in Aries – 4 of Wands – 20 Aries to 30 Aries
      • Second Decan: Mercury in Taurus – 5 of Pentacles – 0 Taurus to 10 Taurus
      • Third Decan: Moon in Taurus – 6 of Pentacles – 10 Taurus to 20 Taurus
    • MBTI: ESFJ (Extraverted Sensing Feeling Judging)
    • KTS: The Provider
    • Celebrity Examples: Al Pacino. George Clooney. Tom Welling. Enrique Iglesias. Sigmund Freud. Orson Wells. David Beckham.
    • Positive Keywords: Self-Sufficient. Successful. Dependable. Realistic. Sensual.
    • Negative Keywords: Stubborn. Lethargic. Philistine. Dogmatic. Miserly.
    • Career Choices: Financier. Stockbroker. Investments. Real Estate. Wine. Insurance. Chef. Entertainers. Coaches and Trainers. Craftsman.
    • Sport and Recreation: Weight-Lifting. Body Building. Football. Hiking. Camping. All things that test our endurance.
    • Affirmation: At every turn opportunities appear before me. The Universe supports my every effort. .

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  • Queen of Pentacles

Marlene Dietrich - Queen of Pentacles

    • Element: Water of Earth
    • Astrology: Cardinal Earth – Capricorn
    • Chart Position: 20 Sagittarius to 20 Capricorn
    • Dates: December 13th to January 9th
    • Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Assiah (Body)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Saturn in Sagittarius – 10 of Wands – 20 Sagittarius to 30 Capricorn
      • Second Decan: Jupiter in Capricorn – 2 of Pentacles – 0 Capricorn to 10 Capricorn
      • Third Decan: Mars in Capricorn – 3 of Pentacles – 10 Capricorn to 20 Capricorn
    • MBTI: ISFJ (Introverted Sensing Feeling Judging)
    • KTS: The Protector
    • Celebrity Examples: Gypsy Rose Lee. Ava Gardner. Kristin Kreuk. Dame Maggie Smith. Marlene Dietrich. Susan Lucci. Pat Benatar.
    • Positive Keywords: Generous. Perseverance. Prosperity. Fertility. Sensibility.
    • Negative Keywords: Materialistic. Narrow. Hardened. Rigid. Conformity.
    • Career Choices: Banking and Finance. Bureaucracy. Administration. University Professors. Sculptors. Legal and Technical Work. Healers. Nursing/Caretaking. Retail and Luxury Goods.
    • Sport & Recreation: Hatha Yoga. Walking. Golf. Swimming. Rock Climbing. All things that require patience and strengthen self-discipline.
    • Affirmation: My abundant thoughts and actions lead in the perfect direction of my desires.

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  • Knight of Pentacles

Hugh Grant - Knight of Pentacles

    • Element: Fire of Earth
    • Astrology: Mutable Earth – Virgo
    • Chart Position: 20 Leo to 20 Virgo
    • Dates: August 12th to September 11th
    • Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Assiah (Body)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Mars in Leo – 7 of Wands – 20 Leo to 30 Leo
      • Second Decan: Sun in Virgo  – 8 of Pentacles – 0 Virgo to 10 Virgo
      • Third Decan: Venus in Virgo – 9 of Pentacles – 10 Virgo to 20 Virgo
    • MBTI: ESFP (Extraverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Performer
    • Celebrity Examples: Andrea Bocelli. Hugh Grant. Elvis Costello. Richard Gere. Andy Roddick. Sean Connery. Freddie Mercury.
    • Positive Keywords: Practical. Purposeful. Responsible. Skillful. Pragmatic.
    • Negative Keywords: Impatience. Insensitivity. Arrogant. Cynical. Intolerant.
    • Career Choices: Accountants. Doctors. Mathematician. Merchandising. Hospitality/Hotel Management. Horticulturalist. Landscape Artists. Civil Servants. Editors. Dietician/Nutritionist.
    • Sport and Recreation: Biking. Jogging. Aerobics. Calisthenics. Martial Arts. All things that are simple, minimalistic, and have maximum impact.
    • Affirmation: I am one with my body and one with nature.

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  • Page of Pentacles

Lea Michele - Page of Pentacles

    • Element: Earth of Earth
    • Astrology: The Aries/Taurus/Gemini Quadrant of the Zodiac
    • Chart Position: 0 Aries to 30 Gemini
    • Dates: March 21st to June 20th
    • Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Assiah (Body)
    • MBTI: ISFP (Introverted Sensing Feeling Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Composer
    • Celebrity Examples: Lea Michele. Cory Montieth. Jenna Ushkowitz. Dianna Agron. Andrew Lawrence. Jessica Alba. Hunter Parrish.
    • Positive Keywords: Watchful. Secure. Fascinated. Diligent. Loving.
    • Negative Keywords: Coveting. Critical. Hedonism. Neurotic. Obsessive.
    • Career Choices: Domestics. Elementary Education. Students. Bookkeeper. Secretary/Executive Assistants. Archivist. Librarian. Animal Trainer. Financial Speculator. Child-Care.
    • Sport & Recreation: Hatha Yoga. Camping. Rock Climbing. Swimming. Pilates. All things that bust stress and help connect with nature.
    • Affirmation: I listen to my body and follow its advice, for the wisdom within holds the key to all healing.

Hope you all enjoyed the Keywords for the Court of Pentacles.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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~ “To talk well and eloquently is a very great art, but an equally great one is to know the right moment to stop” ~

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

As mentioned in the post, Fucking Courts, court cards are one of the most controversial, as well as, confusing, overwhelming, and overall-stress-inducing modes of a Tarot Deck. Primarily, Court Cards either represent an aspect of us (the seeker) or someone within our lives, particularly someone upon whom we’ve ‘projected’ that part of our personality. However, they can also symbolize timing, qualities to embody, spiritual guides, and even events and situations coming into existence; thus making them all the more complicated to interpret.

The Court of Swords are often associated with the mental realm. These are the thinkers, the talkers, and the socialites in our midst. They tend to be more detached and objective in their association with the world and can often seem both friendly and distant. They have a great capacity to draw groups of people together and often tend to know ‘everyone’ due to their love of connection and interaction. However, whenever there is an overemphasis on the thinking and talking function, the Court of Swords find it all the more difficult to reach deeper levels of emotional sensitivity.

The following are a list of keywords for the Court of Swords. These keywords are not to be relied on as crutches, but as creative springboards for us to develop our own interpretation and understanding of not just each card, but the Court of Swords on its whole. And let’s face it, sometimes relating court cards with Celebrities does help.

  • King of Swords

Christian Bale - King of Swords

    • Element: Air of Air
    • Astrology: Fixed Air – Aquarius
    • Chart Position: 20 Capricorn to 20 Aquarius
    • Dates: January 10th to February 8th
    • Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Sun in Capricorn – 4 of Pentacles – 20 Capricorn to 30 Capricorn
      • Second Decan: Venus in Aquarius – 5 of Swords – 0 Aquarius to 10 Aquarius
      • Third Decan: Mercury in Aquarius – 6 of Swords – 10 Aquarius to 20 Aquarius
    • MBTI: ESTJ (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Judging)
    • KTS: The Supervisor
    • Celebrity Examples: Christian Bale. Tom Selleck. Richard Dean Anderson. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Thomas Edison. Paul Newman. Clark Gable.
    • Positive Keywords: Precision. Rationality. Articulation. Ethical. Discerning.
    • Negative Keywords: Overly Critical. Dictatorial. Severity. Sadism. Ruthlessness.
    • Career Choices: Judge. Technical Writer. Lawyer. Diplomat. Intelligence Services. Anthropology. Professor. Scientist. Research & Development. Surgeon. Environmentalist/Humanitarian.
    • Sport and Recreation: Ice-Skating. Parachuting. Gliding. Deep Sea Diving. Svaroopa Yoga. All things that allow them to feel free and unrestricted.
    • Affirmation: I live up to my ideals with love and with joy. I confidently stand up for what I truly believe.

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  • Queen of Swords

Susan Sarandon - Queen of Swords

    • Element: Water of Air
    • Astrology: Cardinal Air – Libra
    • Chart Position: 20 Virgo to 20 Libra
    • Dates: September 12th to October 12th
    • Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Mercury in Virgo – 10 of Pentacles – 20 Virgo to 30 Virgo
      • Second Decan: Moon in Libra – 2 of Swords – 0 Libra to 10 Libra
      • Third Decan: Saturn in Libra – 3 of Swords – 10 Libra to 20 Libra
    • MBTI: ISTJ (Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging)
    • KTS: The Inspector
    • Celebrity Examples: Barbara Walters. Sigourney Weaver. Heather Locklear. Olivia Newton-John. Julie Andrews. Kelly Rippa. Susan Sarandon.
    • Positive Keywords: Strong Willed. Frankness. Independence. Observant. Self-Disciplined.
    • Negative Keywords: Bitchy. Hypercritical. Vindictive. Hurtful. Dismissive.
    • Career Choices: Academician. Conceptualizer. Writer. Negotiator. Editor. Physicist. Aesthetician. Economist. Scientist. Department Store Buyer.
    • Sport & Recreation: Tennis. Dancing. Kripalu Yoga. Aerobics. Pilates. All things that can be done in groups or with a partner.
    • Affirmation: I am balanced and harmonized with life, and am safe and secure in my expression of love.

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  • Knight of Swords

Zachary Quinto - Knight of Swords

    • Element: Fire of Air
    • Astrology: Mutable Air – Gemini
    • Chart Position: 20 Taurus to 20 Gemini
    • Dates: May 11th to June 10th
    • Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Saturn in Taurus – 7 of Pentacles – 20 Taurus to 30 Taurus
      • Second Decan: Jupiter in Gemini  – 8 of Swords – 0 Gemini to 10 Gemini
      • Third Decan: Mars in Gemini – 9 of Swords – 10 Gemini to 20 Gemini
    • MBTI: ESTP (Extraverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Promoter
    • Celebrity Examples: Anderson Cooper. Pete Wentz. Zachary Quinto. Liam Neeson. Laurence Olivier. Mike Myers. Wentworth Miller.
    • Positive Keywords: Analytical. Quick-Witted. Sharp-Minded. Mental Stimulation. Skillful.
    • Negative Keywords: Impatience. Insensitivity. Arrogant. Cynical. Intolerant.
    • Career Choices: Copywriter. Marketing/Sales. Concierge. Debater. Illustrator. Journalist. Linguist. Information Technology. Analyst.
    • Sport and Recreation: Running. Squash. Cycling/Spinning. Skiing. Rollerblading. Anything that’s playful, exciting, and gives them a thrill.
    • Affirmation: I boldly express myself in a unique and creative manner.

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  • Page of Swords

Paris Hilton - Page of Swords

    • Element: Earth of Air
    • Astrology: The Capricorn/Aquarius/Pisces Quadrant of the Zodiac
    • Chart Position: 0 Capricorn to 30 Pisces
    • Dates: September 23rd to November 22nd
    • Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Yetzirah (Mind)
    • MBTI: ISTP (Introverted Sensing Thinking Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Crafter
    • Celebrity Examples: Taylor Lautner. Mischa Barton. Natalie Portman. Paris Hilton. Ashlee Simpson. Elijah Wood. Shia LaBeouf.
    • Positive Keywords: Clever. Vigilant. Objective. Practical. Alertness.
    • Negative Keywords: Gossip. Defensive. Scathing. Sneaky. Caustic.
    • Career Choices: Student of Law, Science, Anthropology, and Medicine. Computer Programmer. Dispatcher. Telemarketer. Receptionist. Mail Carrier. Playwright. Orator. Driver.
    • Sport & Recreation: Dancing. Gymnastics. Martial Arts. Chess. Tai Chi. Anything that helps them balance their mind, body, and soul.
    • Affirmation: I handle all ideas with love and with ease.

Hope you enjoyed the Keywords for the Court of Swords.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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This is an old skit I had written a few years back. I had posted it on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum, but felt it was time to revive it after all these years and give it a dash of freshness. Now I must say, this is by no means a complete depiction, nor full interpretation of the High Priestess, nor the Hierophant. Everything here is purely fictitious and is meant solely for entertainment purposes. Although, once I did finish it, I realized so much can truly apply to the Tarot, as well as, some of the characterizations seemed to fit in with basic card interpretation. So who knows, maybe through this crazy Tarot parody, someone’s able to learn something new. So without any further delay, I present

SCENE:

The Hierophant and his two followers are religious fundamentalists who are going door-to-door, spreading their ideologies and ‘saving souls’. They arrive at the residence of the High Priestess.

*KNOCK KNOCK*

Loud vicious barks of two dogs can be heard after the knock. The two ‘followers’ are scared at first as one of the dogs sound eerily like a wolf.

The High Priestess

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Inside the house)

Boaz! Jachin! Shush Up Already! Jeeze, this is what happens when you adopt animals born on a full moon!

(Opens the door looking tired, lack of sleep giving her dark circles, the smeared mascara doesn’t help. Wearing a flimsy robe that although outlines her figure, covers what’s meant to be covered.)

Yes?

HIEROPHANT:

Good morning ma’am. My name is Brother Jeremiah, and we’re from the Conformist Sect of the Unionist Holy Father.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Dazed and confused)

Huh?

HIEROPHANT:

We’re going door-to-door, spreading the true and honest word of our holy sacrificial savior, and hopefully get the chance to save your soul?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Guffaws)

Save my soul? Honey, I can barely save to buy crystals and incense.

HIEROPHANT:

Which is why, we’re calling in your neighborhood today to inform you that our scriptural texts hold the answers for all the problems of the world, as well as, those that affect your life too.

The Hierophant

HIGH PRIESTESS:

You mean it can give a solution for pre-menstrual cramps and psychically caused crown-chakra migraines?

HIEROPHANT:

Well, we were talking more in terms of problems like divorce, war, sadness…

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Um, aren’t there lawyers for the first, government officials for the second, and Prozac for the third?

HIEROPHANT:

Yes, but through following the doctrine of our texts, one can learn to create a world where everyone is happy, peaceful, and free of sin.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Okay… I think you ought to go to see Starina at number 17, ever since she came back from that nudist camp she’s been in a perpetual state of optimistic bliss.

HIEROPHANT:

A nudist camp? Why that’s a high level of indecency!

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Indecency?

HIEROPHANT:

Why yes, such acts go against virtues dictated by our scriptures.


HIGH PRIESTESS:

Honey, do you really believe and follow everything written within that?


HIEROPHANT:

Yes, our congregation believes to follow our scriptures word-to-word, without any exception. Within our scriptures we find rules that are both moral and practical for our day-to-day living. Giving us a proper conduct for personal, professional, and spiritual conduct, as well as, a complete guide on how, when, and what to do.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Rolling her eyes and muttering under her breath)

Does it even tell you how and when to go potty?

HIEROPHANT:

Beg your pardon ma’am?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Nothing,

(Covering her snide comment with a smile)

HIEROPHANT:

If you’d give us a few minutes of your time and invite us in, we can give you a demonstration of our scriptural study course, and give you a preview of how you can use our scriptures for your life.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Not interested and I’m flat broke.

HIEROPHANT:

It’s free.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Free? Well, why didn’t you say so? Do come on in.

(Leads them inside her house which is untidy, filled with scattered occult/pagan paraphernalia, with incense ash and used candle wax spread everywhere, with too many veils hanging between pillars.)

Forgive the mess, was having an esbat party last night. Add a few drops of E to Temperance’s cup, and she totally flies off the handle. At least I think she’s a she. She’s been through so many sexual re-adjustment surgeries that it’s hard to tell now. And I thought Justicia was a fickle Libra!

HIEROPHANT:

(Sitting upon the sofa, trying to conceal the scandalized expression on his face)

How lovely!

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Sitting on the bean bag next to the sofa in the lotus position as her iPod begins to play fusion chants)

HIEROPHANT:

(Not amused, but conceals it)

Well, as you know, I’m Brother Jeremiah.

(Turning to his two ‘followers’)

And this is Brother Luke, and Brother Peter.

BOTH THE FOLLOWERS:

How do you do?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Arching a brow)

Huh? You all don’t look very brotherly to me.

HIEROPHANT:

As a sign of respect, we call all the men in our following as Brother, and women in our following as Sister.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

So then you marry your brothers and sisters?

HIEROPHANT:

(Caught off-guard)

Well no, I mean yes, I mean no…

(Scratching his head)

… Well, it’s a long story.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

I bet

HIEROPHANT:

Well, before we start, could you tell us your name?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Oh sure, Astarte Selene.

HIEROPHANT:

What a lovely name!

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Thanks, my mother originally wanted to keep my name as Peggy Sue Smith, but how many people would go to a Tarot Reader by that name? I mean where’s the gypsy mystique?

HIEROPHANT:

(A little panicked)

You’re a Tarot Reader?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Well yeah, I also do Astrological Charts and Tea-Leaf Readings.

HIEROPHANT:

Why that’s sheer blasphemy! Do you not know that those things are evil?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Arches a brow)

So 78 sheets of cardboard, celestial bodies in the sky, and dried herbs from Darjeeling are evil?

HIEROPHANT AND FOLLOWES:

Yes!

HIEROPHANT:

They are creations of Satan, the source of all things evil.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Satan? Oh you mean The Devil?

HIEROPHANT:

Yes, the one and only.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Oh honey, he didn’t invent either. Tarot originated in 15th century Italy, and Astrology began in 5000 BC in India, and well, I’m not so sure of Tea-Leaf readings… maybe that came in from China… or should I be politically correct and add the People’s Republic before it?

HIEROPHANT:

Yes he did!

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Um, no he didn’t!

HIEROPHANT:

And what makes you think that?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Simple, he’s my ex!
(The Hierophant and the two followers scream in shock!)

HIGH PRIESTESS:

What?

HIEROPHANT:

You were married to The Devil?


HIGH PRIESTESS:

Well, no, we were civil partners. Since he had boobs, and yet had a dick, they didn’t find a legal way to classify him as one gender, and with all the issues of the legality of gay marriage, Judgment didn’t approve of marriage between woman and tranny. So hence, we had a civil union. I didn’t see the problem, fat men all over the world get man-boobs; or as the Empress calls them, ‘Moobies’, yet they don’t get stripped of their gender-title! And The Devil wasn’t even fat! His mother just drank a lot during her pregnancy, and was a total flower child of the sixties; hence all the booze and pot smoke led him to that. Don’t know about how the goat-like features came in, but she was raised on a farm, and who knows what lonely farm hicks do when they’re in need of some action. Hmmm, he never did mention his father a whole lot.

HIEROPHANT:

Oh you poor thing!

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Well, not really poor, I hired Magician as my Lawyer, and he sprung a few legal loop-holes outta nowhere and got The Devil to pay me a 6 figure amount every month! Too bad I have a compulsive shopping disorder that makes me spend everything on those tacky new-age stores.

HIEROPHANT:

Tacky New-Age Stores?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Oh you know the kind? The ones with all the tacky purple graphics with the lame-ass faerie and elf art that’s supposed to give it a whimsical feel, but end up looking all kitschy and gross. And don’t get me started on how they overcharge for their cheap ‘made-in-china’ merchandise that’s filled with toxic lead, ‘cause that is just effed up!

HIEROPHANT:

(Shocked and perturbed)

Well… I … er… am sorry you had to endure being with the king of darkness.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Well, my first boyfriend Death La Mort actually deserves that title. Seriously, dating a Scorpio is like emotional suicide, with their secrets and obsessive grudges sheesh. The Devil preferred to be called, The Horned One, if you know what I mean.

(Naughty wink with an emphasis on ‘Horn’)

HIEROPHANT:

(Eyes widen with horror, slightly uncomfortable)

Did you live in hell with him?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Na, Hell was actually a winter retreat for us. In the summer it’s unbearable! Gives me blisters on my sensitive milky skin. Rest of the time, we lived at Hermits estate in the valley. He spends almost all his time locked away at the top of that mountain of his, that he hardly stays at home. I believe that mountain is called Brokeback.

THE TWO FOLLOWERS:

(Looking at the Hierophant)

Isn’t that the same place you go to fish every summer…

HIEROPHANT:

(Shushing his followers, trying his best to maintain his composure, and then turning to the High Priestess)

Please… do go on.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Yeah, it was fun at first. He was like a horny old goat, although he suffered from premature arthritis, hence I had to be on top most of the time, which is fine by me, but I only wish he took some calcium and vitamin D supplements once in a while, as he never went out during sunlight hours.

HIEROPHANT:

Because the glorious radiant light of the sun would eliminate him?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Oh please! Do you really believe that old-wives-tale? That’s as ridiculous as a bucket of water melting a witch! No, he just didn’t like going out when the sun was out, because the couple next door, ‘The Lovers’, they had an irritating infant child who rode on his pet pony all day long in the backyard, belting away songs of happiness and joy. He loved the sunlight so much, that they named him The Sun. Though he was cute n all, he so totally got on your nerves, and there was no shutting him up!

HIEROPHANT:

Um… I see.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

So after the first few years, he began revealing his true sides.

HIEROPHANT:

His evil side?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Well, I wouldn’t call it evil. More like possessive, needy, narcissistic, and down right chauvinistic. The sex was fantastic, a lil fur at the right spots can really turn a girl on, but when he began with the chains and whips and all, it got all freaky. I had to draw the line when he bought in the couple next door, The Lovers, as his BDSM slaves!

HIEROPHANT:

(Jaw drops in horror)

Um… I think we ought to leave now.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Already? I thought you guys would give me a free demo or something?

HIEROPHANT:

Um.. I … er.. well, we just remembered that we had an urgent meeting. Something about an impressionable young woman and her rather questionable relationship with her pet lion.

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Oh you mean Fortitudia!

HIEROPHANT:

You know her?

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Oh totally, well, we dated during sophomore year at Arcana U. Not that I’m lez or anything, but you know how we all just like to experiment a bit during college. I was having a fling with The Charioteer, mainly because of his fancy chariot. Oh don’t gimme that look! I was 19, and well, what can I say? Chicks dig a good ride! So while things were all fun, he became exceedingly clingy and always compared me to his mother. (Sigh) Cancer men and their mothers! Talk about one Freudian mess. Meanwhile, Fortitudia was having a tryst with a Yoga Instructor – I don’t remember his name, but he kept ‘hanging’ upside down all the time. Claimed doing so improved his sex drive. We all four met at this rave at this old nightclub called ‘The Spinning Wheel’, and one thing led to another, and what started out as just innocent girl-on-girl grind action on the dance floor, led to us dumping our respective flings and indulging in a two-year intense lezzie r/s. It was all fun at first, but … well, let’s just say I’m the kinda girl that shops Manolo’s and Choo’s, while she’s more of a Outdoor Haven and Home Depot kinda girl. She did love her pet lion though. A bit too much. Come to think of it, I did wonder why the lion got more love than I.

HIEROPHANT:

(Making a squeamish smile)

How lovely! Well, we best be going.

(He and the two followers hurry out the door).

HIGH PRIESTESS:

(Calling out to them as they head out to the sidewalk)

When will I get my free demo?

HIEROPHANT:

Don’t call us, we’ll come-a-knocking!

HIGH PRIESTESS:

Coolies!

(The Hierophant and his two followers run to the final home down the lane)


THE FOLLOWERS:

(Huffing and puffing, trying to catch their breath)

Whew!… That… was… so twisted!

(The two followers agree by nodding)

HIEROPHANT:

(Composing himself)

Let’s hope we have better luck here (knocks on the door).

(A skeleton in black armor answers the door)

DEATH:

Yes?

HIEROPHANT:

Um… I think we got the wrong house…

(turning to run)

………………

THE END!

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~ “Only do what your heart tells you.” ~

— Princess Diana

As mentioned in the post, Fucking Courts, court cards are one of the most controversial, as well as, confusing, overwhelming, and overall-stress-inducing modes of a Tarot Deck. Primarily, Court Cards either represent an aspect of us (the seeker) or someone within our lives, particularly someone upon whom we’ve ‘projected’ that part of our personality. However, they can also symbolize timing, qualities to embody, spiritual guides, and even events and situations coming into existence; thus making them all the more complicated to interpret.

The Court of Cups tend to be in touch with subtle emotions, deep feelings, and the nuances of life that others may not catch onto. They ‘feel’ their environment so powerfully that they can pick up on a lot of what’s going on underneath people’s interactions. Often they are more in touch with fear, sadness, and the deepest sensations of love, passion, and desire. Due to their incredible intuitive and psychic abilities, they get overloaded by the intensity of life and hence need a lot of quiet time to themselves to find peace. They need help defining themselves and their boundaries so that they don’t lose themselves to other’s needs.

The following are a list of keywords for the Court of Cups. These keywords are not to be relied on as crutches, but as creative springboards for us to develop our own interpretation and understanding of not just each card, but the Court of Cups on its whole. And let’s face it, sometimes relating court cards with Celebrities does help.

  • King of Cups

Ryan Gosling - King of Cups

    • Element: Air of Water
    • Astrology: Fixed Water – Scorpio
    • Chart Position: 20 Libra to 20 Scorpio
    • Dates: October 13th to November 12th
    • Qabalah: Tiphareth (Beauty) in Briah (Soul)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Jupiter in Libra – 4 of Swords – 20 Libra to 30 Libra
      • Second Decan: Mars in Scorpio – 5 of Cups – 0 Scorpio to 10 Scorpio
      • Third Decan: Sun in Scorpio – 6 of Cups – 10 Scorpio to 20 Scorpio
    • MBTI: ENFJ (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)
    • KTS: The Teacher
    • Celebrity Examples: Calvin Klein. Dylan McDermott. Pablo Picasso. Leonardo DiCaprio. Joaquin Phoenix. Ryan Gosling. Gavin Rossdale.
    • Positive Keywords: Consideration. Understanding. Dignity. Protectiveness. Passion.
    • Negative Keywords: Obsession. Paranoia. Nihilism. Duplicitous. Sleaziness.
    • Career Choices: Health Care/Medicine. Ministry. Therapist/Counselor. Education. Fine Arts. Scientists. Research and Development. Customer Service. The Navy. Private Investigation.
    • Sport and Recreation: Weights. Iyengar Yoga. Kick-Boxing. Pilates. Swimming. All things where one can channel their intensity and devotion.
    • Affirmation: I am safe. It is safe to feel. My feelings are normal and acceptable. I honor and value my feelings and express them freely.

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  • Queen of Cups

Liv Tyler - Queen of Cups

    • Element: Water of Water
    • Astrology: Cardinal Water – Cancer
    • Chart Position: 20 Gemini to 20 Cancer
    • Dates: June 11th to July11th
    • Qabalah: Binah (Understanding) in Briah (Soul)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Sun in Gemini – 10 of Swords – 20 Gemini to 30 Gemini
      • Second Decan: Venus in Cancer – 2 of Cups – 0 Cancer to 10 Cancer
      • Third Decan: Mercury in Cancer – 3 of Cups – 10 Cancer to 20 Cancer
    • MBTI: INFJ (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging)
    • KTS: The Counselor
    • Celebrity Examples: Princess Diana. Meryl Streep. Angelica Houston. Cyndi Lauper. Helen Keller. Liv Tyler. Debbie Harry.
    • Positive Keywords: Receptiveness. Caring. Nurturing. Empathy. Musing.
    • Negative Keywords: Hypersensitivity. Fluctuating Moods. Irrational. Manipulation. Self-Pity.
    • Career Choices: Psychic. Healer. Nurse/Medical Assistance. Arts and Crafts. Interior Decorator. Designer. Social Worker. Counselor/Therapist. Chef. Acting.
    • Sport & Recreation: Swimming. Tantra Yoga. Pilates. Running. Rowing. All things that help one to flow with life.
    • Affirmation: I nourish and nurture the world around me with an open heart and an open soul.

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  • Knight of Cups

Jensen Ackles - Knight of Cups

    • Element: Fire of Water
    • Astrology: Mutable Water – Pisces
    • Chart Position: 20 Aquarius to 20 Pisces
    • Dates: February 9th to March 10th
    • Qabalah: Chokmah (Wisdom) in Briah (Soul)
    • Decans:
      • First Decan: Moon in Aquarius – 7 of Swords – 20 Aquarius to 30 Aquarius
      • Second Decan: Saturn in Pisces  – 8 of Cups – 0 Pisces to 10 Pisces
      • Third Decan: Jupiter in Pisces – 9 of Cups – 10 Pisces to 20 Pisces
    • MBTI: ENFP (Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Champion
    • Celebrity Examples: Alexander Graham Bell. Daniel Craig. Jensen Ackles. Sidney Poitier. Jon Bon Jovi. Freddie Prinze Jr. Josh Groban.
    • Positive Keywords: Creative. Chivalrous. Romantic. Gallant. Charming.
    • Negative Keywords: Flighty. Impractical. Escapism. Illusionary. Addictions.
    • Career Choices: The Arts. Higher Education. Organizational and Personal Development. Public Relations. Catering. Film & Television. Bartender. Hospitality (Food & Drink Department). Musician. Song-Writer/Poet.
    • Sport and Recreation: Dancing. Gymnastics. Surfing. Ananda Yoga. Tai Chi. Anything that’s playful and fun and nurtures and nourishes the body.
    • Affirmation: I move forward with joy for I experience love wherever I go.

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  • Page of Cups

Dakota Fanning - Page of Cups

    • Element: Earth of Water
    • Astrology: The Libra/Scorpio/Sagittarius Quadrant of the Zodiac
    • Chart Position: 0 Libra to 30 Sagittarius
    • Dates: September 23rd to November 22nd
    • Qabalah: Malkuth (Kingdom) in Briah (Soul)
    • MBTI: INFP (Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving)
    • KTS: The Healer
    • Celebrity Examples: Dakota Fanning. Jaden Smith. Freddie Highmore. Emily Osment. Kevin Jonas. Lindsay Lohan. Kristen Bell.
    • Positive Keywords: Sympathetic. Tender. Intuitive. Aesthetic. Affectionate.
    • Negative Keywords: Naïve. Indolent. Promiscuous. Fluffy-Bunny. Daydreaming.
    • Career Choices: Student of the Arts and Humanities. Social Work. Healer. Psychic. Puppetry. Writing and Poetry. Acting. Non-Profit Organizations. Volunteer services. Design Student.
    • Sport & Recreation: Surfing. Scuba-Diving. Swimming. Yoga. Gymnastics. Anything that’s fun, and enables them to find emotional release.
    • Affirmation: I am not afraid of dreaming big, for my dreams have the power to shape my reality.

Hope you enjoyed the Keywords for the Court of Cups.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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~ “A world ends when its metaphor has died.” ~

— Archibald MacLeish

According to Dictionary.com, A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison. It is also applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance. “All the world’s a stage”

In her book, 21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card, Mary K Greer states that “Tarot imparts information via symbol and metaphor – the stock-in-trade of a reading. Metaphors express what cannot be told in any other way, prompting pictures that trigger the imagistic unconscious mind and bypass the critical conscious mind. As a basic mechanism for understanding our experience, metaphors convey in very few words the essence of a card meaning by evoking emotions, sensations, and memories.”

In other words, we tend to experience metaphors on a physical, emotional, mental, and sometimes even spiritual level. For example, with a phrase like, “The Boy Next Door”, we imagine a young boy in his late teens to early twenties, with the most dreamiest smile ever. A slight blush appears on our cheeks as our lips curl into a shy yet naughty grin, and for some reason, no matter how old we are, we still feel like a young girl crushing away. However, with a phrase like, “Prima Donna”, immediately roll our eyes as we imagine this beautiful yet over-the-top-drama-queen that believes the world revolves around her, and everything that happens is always all about her.

So in this step, we learn how to access symbolic information embedded in cliches, aphorisms, puns, song lyrics, proverbs, and even movie quotes; for they can evoke personal experiences and trigger remembrances that vary from person to person and change with changing circumstances, but can serve us very well when reading a Tarot Card. For example, “I was your fortress you had to burn” from Madonna’s Power of Goodbye can so be used for “The Tower”. Or the phrase, “Crying over spilled milk” is so very “5 of Cups”.

So without any further delay, let us list as many metaphors we can with our chosen card – The 6 of Swords

6 of Swords - Legacy of the Divine Tarot

6 of Swords

Go with the flow

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Obstacle Course

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Piercing Depths

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Sailing through troubled waters

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Labyrinth of the human mind

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Moving to calmer waters

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Guiding Light

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Navigating by Heart-Light

(Suggested by Lisa Lloyd)

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Ripple-Effect/Ripples in Time

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Leaving on a Jet-Plane

(Suggested by Submerina)

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Like a bridge over troubled waters

(Suggested by Submerina)

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The Windmills of the Mind

(Suggested by Helen)

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How do we use metaphors to understand the card better, and also apply it to our reading? Well, the best example I can cite is my own personal experience with not just the 6 of Swords, but with exploring all the various steps within my journey. As mentioned in Step 1, the card chose me, I didn’t choose the card. So in a way, the message I got from the card was –

“I shall be your guiding light throughout your journey. I shall help you sail through the troubled waters within the labyrinth of your human mind.”

Pretty cool huh?

Can you think of some more metaphors for the 6 of Swords?

Can you think of some metaphors for your chosen card?

Give it a try, and have as much fun as you can :D.

Love and Blessings

Zorian

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