The Kings in the Tarot of Quotes

kings in the tarot king of wandsFollowing on from the Queens, we are now completing our court card explorations with the Kings in the Tarot.

Both the Queens and Kings are the masters and authorities of the court card families, but they specialise in different areas.

Whereas the Queens focus on yin aspects including feelings, care-giving, slowness and receptivity, the Kings embody yang aspects such as being pro-active, providing, dominant and restless.

Kings are linked to the element Fire, and as such they display Wands qualities in varying degrees according to their suits.

Kings tend to represent men, but they can also represent women, who display masculine traits or need to develop some of them for personal growth.

Just like the Queens, the Kings in a reading can also represent another person or an energy surrounding the querent, something they need to pay attention to.

King of Wands

Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Flame and Lightning. The King of the Spirits of Fire.

Astrological attribution: Leo

Elemental association: Fire of Fire

Characteristics and personality traits: dynamic, energetic, ambitious, decisive, powerful, confident, generous, honourable, risk-taking

Negative traits include domineering, forceful, arrogant, self-importance, hot-tempered, power-hungry, aggressive, crushing

 

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King of Cups

Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Waves and the Waters. The King of the Hosts of the Sea.

Astrological attribution: Scorpio

Elemental association: Fire of Water

Characteristics and personality traits: compassionate, keeps feelings under control, emotional intelligence and balance, caring, kindness

Negative traits include moodiness, self-pity, weak, wimpish, hen-pecked, sentimental, hypersensitive, passive-aggressive

 

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King of Swords

Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Wind and the Breezes. The Lord of the Spirits of Air.

Astrological attribution: Aquarius

Elemental association: Fire of Air

Characteristics and personality traits: logical, intelligent, problem-solving, eloquent, fair, detached, calculating, firm, sharp-witted

Negative traits include ruthless, dismissive, goal-orientated, cutting, merciless, cold-hearted, cruel

 

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King of Pentacles

Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land. The King of the Spirits of Earth.

Astrological attribution: Taurus

Elemental association: Fire of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits: responsible, industrious, productive, dependable, paternal, efficient, steady, sensible, prosperous

Negative traits include conventional, stubborn, dull, over-cautious, stuck in a rut, inflexible, unadventurous, lack of imagination

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Tarot Astrology: Mars In The Tarot

mars in the tarotMoving on from the Venus cards, we are now looking at how the energy of Mars is reflected in the Tarot.

In the Major Arcana, Mars is primarily linked to the Tower, and because this planet rules Aries, it also has an influence on the Emperor.

Mars, the “God of War”, isn’t just about disaster and destruction. Mars in the Tarot can also indicate beneficial energies such as drive, competition and ambition, which are vital to pursue progress and growth thus avoiding stagnation.

Let’s take a look at the cards that are influenced by Mars in more detail:

The Tower’s image is pretty clear about the malefic aspect of Mars; what we see isn’t pretty, and we can only cling to the hope that any damage caused can be limited or lead to the creation of something better.

The Emperor can demonstrate a range of martian personality traits, from the aforementioned ambition (in terms of the urge to conquer) and leadership abilities right through to dictatorship and tyranny.

Other martian characteristics include competitiveness, hot-temper, anger, obsession and infatuation, over-controlling, jealousy, ruthlessness and aggression.

Two of Wands (Mars in Aries) – This card is a harmonious link to the Emperor. Here, we see him as a visionary, inspired by his urge and enthusiasm to conquer the world.

The Mars aspect provides the drive, energy and sense of restlessness he needs to make a start towards his goal.

Mars may also indicate the need to dismantle old and outdated structures to create something new.

Seven of Wands (Mars in Leo) – Mars is reflected in a high-energy, stressful situation. If not careful, there is a danger of pressing the self-destruct button by over-exertion or tackling a situation too aggressively.

Mars may also indicate the need to gather up all your energy to get through a difficult period of time.

Five of Cups (Mars in Scorpio) – Mars has created mayhem in the realm of feelings and emotions. A loss, feeling devastated or destroyed. Inner turmoil. Something has been damaged, but just like the image of the Tower, the Five of Cups also indicates that something is still intact and can be built on.

The figure in the Five of Cups needs the forward-propelling survival energy of Mars to cross that bridge in the distance.

Ten of Cups (Mars in Pisces) – Happy families, or are they? Something may be brooding underneath the surface. A dormant volcano.

We know that sooner or later happiness gives way to more challenging times, and Mars offers a little warning sign to watch out and not take your happiness for granted.

Nine of Swords (Mars in Gemini) – Damaging and destructive thoughts; fears and anxiety based on the need to control what cannot be controlled. Fear of failure; fear of success; self-sabotage. Mars shakes up an otherwise balanced mindset into one of chaos and despair.

Three of Pentacles (Mars in Capricorn) – Friction and power struggles at work or in a relationship. However, Mars is also a driving force that unites people to reach a mutual goal. If they have the same vision of what they want to achieve, then they can also overcome challenges along the way.

These are just a few ideas to get you thinking about how Mars can influence card meanings. Here’s an exercise you can do:

Take all the cards linked to Mars from your deck and explore the connections and similarities for yourself. How do the Tower and Emperor influence the meanings of the pip cards?

You can use the journaling sheets I have created by downloading them from my Tarot Astrology online course page. If you prefer to study on your own, please check out the self-study version of this course.

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Tarot Guidance In 4 Words

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“Put your foot down.” #tarotguidancein4words – Tarot Nova

There are many fun and creative ways to connect with the tarot and develop your reading skills, and here’s a little Tarot game you can play.

Let’s play Tarot Guidance in 4 Words – #tarotguidancein4words

How it works:

Shuffle your deck and pull a card.

Come up with a meaningful message in just four words that relates to the card. It should be a phrase or sentence, not just a set of keywords.

You can also apply this reading method to spreads, and in order to demonstrate it, I have used the Celtic Cross:

  1. Present Situation – The Tower: Break down, break through.
  2. What is crossing it – King of Cups: Be kind to yourself.
  3. Heart of the Matter – The Emperor: Put your foot down.
  4. Past influences – Knight of Pentacles: Persevere despite slow progress.
  5. Attitudes and Beliefs – Seven of Swords: Watch out for dishonesty.
  6. Near Future – Three of Swords: Heal your broken heart.
  7. You as you are – Ace of Cups: Embrace love around you.
  8. How others see you – Five of Pentacles: In need of help.
  9. Advice – Two of Wands: Take a new direction.
  10. Outcome – The Empress: Create your dream life.

Have a go and see what you come up with.

Share your ideas on social media (works great on Instagram) with #tarotguidancein4words and tag me @cosmicfaery

You can also use your oracle cards #oracleguidancein4words

Let’s play and offer some guidance along the way Laughing

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The Queens in the Tarot of Quotes

the queens in the tarot of quotesThe Queens in the Tarot are the mothers of the court card family.

They often represent women, but they can also relate to men, who display feminine traits (e.g. nurturing and caring) or need to get more in touch with their feminine side.

Together with the Kings, the Queens in the Tarot have authority and lead by example.

They are the ones, who take care of the emotional and nurturing aspect of their leadership, as they are linked to the element Water.

Other characteristics include maturity, experience, stability, confidence.

In a reading, the Queens may indicate people, such as a person surrounding the querent or the querent him/herself.

They can also suggest an energy surrounding the querent or character traits that need to be developed or avoided.

Queen of Wands

Esoteric Title: The Queen of the Thrones of Flame

Astrological attribution: Aries

Elemental association: Water of Fire

Characteristics and personality traits: passionate, enthusiastic, exuberant, creative, energetic, active, extrovert, fun-loving, sociable, generous

Negative traits include vanity, tyranny, jealousy, egotism, domineering, catty, pushy

 

queen of cupsQueen of Cups

Esoteric Title: The Queen of the Thrones of the Waters

Astrological attribution: Cancer

Elemental association: Water of Water

Characteristics and personality traits: sensitive, compassionate, imaginative, intuitive, reflective, introvert, quiet, observant, artistic, calm, receptive, emotional

Negative traits include depressive, emotional overwhelm, irrational, fearful, apathy, inertia, smothering, impractical, clingy

 

queen of swordsQueen of Swords

Esoteric Title: The Queen of the Thrones of Air

Astrological attribution: Libra

Elemental association: Water of Air

Characteristics and personality traits: witty, clever, diplomatic, firm but fair, objective, stoic, stiff upper lip, sensible, perceptive, independent, outspoken

Negative traits include coldness, deceitful, impatience, bluntness, heartless, bitterness, calculating, devious, lonely, vindictive, unapproachable

 

queen of pentaclesQueen of Pentacles

Esoteric Title: The Queen of the Thrones of Earth

Astrological attribution: Capricorn

Elemental association: Water of Earth

Characteristics and personality traits: practical, down-to-earth, crafty, sensual, homely, resourceful, industrious, striving, health-conscious, nature-loving, frugal, thrifty, conservative

Negative traits include miserliness, stinginess, neglectful, sluggishness, dullness, greediness, overbearing, timid, possessive

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What If Cards Drawn Don’t Make Sense?

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The Star, Angel Tarot (c) Doreen Virtue 2014

I have recently started pulling a card for the week ahead again, which is a great way to practice mindfulness and focus on any issues that I may encounter.

Last Sunday I drew The Star, a positive card, and yet I had some very upsetting news this week.

When this happens, it’s easy to wonder why such a card comes up, when reality turns out to be the opposite.

If this has happened to you and left you feeling confused and thinking that the Tarot doesn’t work after all, then take another look and bear in mind the following:

1. Cards may not exactly tell you what is going to happen, but they may well advise you how to deal with the situation.

In this case, after hearing about my friend’s daughter being diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, The Star is a gentle reminder to have hope and stay optimistic despite the odds.

I am hoping for a miracle, and perhaps The Star is an early indication that this will happen.

Sometimes cards make sense much later.

2. A card that doesn’t seem to make sense can also ask you to look at a situation from a different perspective.

For example, you draw The Sun for the week ahead, but during that week you lose your job.

Surely you should have drawn the Tower or any such negative card to prepare you for what’s coming, but no.

Instead, The Sun may want to tell you that what’s happened may well be a blessing in disguise. It may also suggest that you should take time out and enjoy life despite what’s happened, and now isn’t a good time to feel sorry for yourself.

3. The Tarot (or any Oracle deck) wants to make you think and go deeper.

Forget about drawing the obvious cards and getting clear answers. If it was that easy, there wouldn’t be any personal development and growth.

On reflection during and after the week has passed, you can reassess how to apply the positive aspects of the card to what has happened. You can also explore, what the card is asking you to avoid or improve.

Draw a card for the next week and see how your story continues. After a while, you may notice a pattern, repeating messages or even things falling into place.

And to do this effectively it’s so important to record your readings, so you can look back and learn to read the hidden messages of the cards.

Enjoy your weekly draws!

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Christiane

 

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The Fives in the Tarot of Quotes

fives in the tarot, five of wandsAfter a relatively calm and harmonious time as reflected in the fours, the fives in the Tarot are seriously shaking things up.

There is struggle, strife, tension and hardship, a tough situation that requires courage, wit and resilience to cope with.

But despite the unpleasantness of the images and what they stand for, this kind of upheaval is necessary for renewal and growth.

That’s why in numerology, communication, fruitfulness and new learning are attributed to the number 5.

Numbered five in the Major Arcana, the Hierophant perhaps is a good example of what happens, when there is no such movement, and everything stays the same for too long.

Old, outdated structures begin to crumble and turn to ruin, if change doesn’t happen from within.

So, the fives in the Tarot advise us to change, be flexible, alert, and free ourselves from a rigid structure.

Five of Wands – competition, conflict, disagreements, tension

Esoteric Title: The Lord of Strife

Astrological Attribution: Saturn in Leo – releasing suppressed tension, fighting an opposing force, personality clash (ego-driven)

Interpretation: quarrelling, anger, discord, disharmony, chaos, stress, competing with others, feeling threatened, aggression, rebelling

Image symbolism:

Flower – energy source

Bees crawling over each other – everyone for themselves, lack of teamwork, competition, busy, relentless; each carrying their hidden weapon

Red / orange / yellow colours: element fire (Leo) combined with Saturn (earth, which is reflected in the dark grounding colour at the base of the flower and green in the background – potential for new growth), intense energy, in the heat of the moment, hot-tempered

 

five of cups, fives in the tarot Five of Cups – loss, sadness, grief, mourning, disappointment, depression

Esoteric Title: The Lord of Loss in Pleasure

Astrological Attribution: Mars in Scorpio – hurt feelings, endings and transformation (Scorpio linked to Death), shattered dreams, broken promises; clashing elements fire (Mars) and water (Scorpio) causing emotional havoc)

Interpretation: emotional pain, bereavement, disenchantment, grief caused by someone else, bitterness, resentment, self-pity

Image symbolism:

bridge – need to cross the bridge to move on; acceptance, forgiveness

butterflies – transformation

stars – hope, faith; need to look towards the future with optimism

forest – uncharted territory, uncertain path

trees – protection, nurture (emotional support)

blue / purple /pink colours: element water (Scorpio), feeling the blues, melancholy, need for healing, new light in the distance suggests new beginning

 

five of swordsFive of Swords – defeat, betrayal, hollow victory, conquest

Esoteric Title: The Lord of Defeat

Astrological Attribution: Venus in Aquarius – peace-loving pacifist Venus weakens inventive, rebellious, forward-thinking Aquarius; mental weakness; relenting; accepting defeat

Interpretation: recognising limitations; (trying to avoid) humiliation, giving up, isolation after victory, notorious; loss of trust, unhealthy ambitions, ruthlessness, lose-lose situation, short-term gains; arrogance

Image symbolism:

War memorial – remembrance of loss and victims

George and the dragon – victory and sacrifice; defeat and submission

Owls – gaining wisdom from adversity; learning lessons from what’s happened to avoid repeating mistakes made

blue / grey / black colours – element air (Aquarius); depressive, sombre mood, unemotional, detached, dull, lone wolf mentality

 

five of pentaclesFive of Pentacles – hardship, poverty, insecurity, health problems

Esoteric Title: The Lord of Material Trouble

Astrological Attribution: Mercury in Taurus – mental overdrive causing unsteadiness and uncertainty; worries and anxiety mixed with inactivity, difficulties to adapt or adjust

Interpretation: financial loss, down-sizing, loss of property / possessions, homelessness, need to be thrifty, health issues, poor diet; feeling abandoned, trying to make ends meet, out in the cold, hopelessness, waiting for change

Image symbolism:

winter landscape, snow – cold, barren, gloomy

evergreen plant – something can grow and thrive, if you put your mind to it

stars – hope, renewal, asking for help and guidance; focus on building confidence and new aspirations

twilight – lack of clarity, pessimism

I welcome your views and opinions on my cards. Please feel free to leave your comments below.

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Simple But Powerful Ways To Connect With The Tarot

5 simple yet powerful ways to connect with the tarotNothing is as difficult and frustrating as trying to memorise Tarot card meanings from a book.

Since 2006, Tarot students from all over the world have worked with me to discover a better – easier – method to connect with the cards.

If you are just starting to learn the Tarot or find it hard to remember card meanings, here are my tried and tested powerful ways to connect with the Tarot without ever having to look at a book again:

1. Choose a Tarot deck that speaks to you

The best beginner’s Tarot deck is one, where all cards are fully illustrated, each image tells you a story and you find the artwork appealing.

The most famous and popular Tarot deck of all, the Rider Waite Smith (RWS), is one I do recommend, but you may prefer the Sharman-Caselli deck, which has been specifically designed with the Tarot novice in mind.

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Left row: Universal Waite Tarot, middle: Sharman Caselli Tarot, right: Crystal Tarot. Top row: Nine of Cups, middle: Seven of Pentacles, bottom: Eight of Wands

On the image here on the right you can see both decks together with the Crystal Tarot, on which the Minor Arcana cards are illustrated with just the symbol of the suits.

Which images do you find easier to connect with? And what different stories do they tell?

2. Describe the images

Yes, this requires you to actually LOOK at the image carefully and explore the scene. Give me your first impression: is it positive, neutral or negative?

Then tell me why. What do you see? What is happening?

Go into more detail. Are there any people in the card? What are they doing? How do they look?

Notice their body language. What is the landscape like? Can you see buildings, plants, animals?

Some cards are easier to read than others. Don’t be disheartened, if you draw a blank with some of them. You will learn to read them in time. Build your confidence by focusing on the easy cards first.

3. Be the person in the card

This is a fun yet insightful way to connect with the cards. Imitate the posture of the person in a card.

Stand with open arms just like the Fool, sit like the High Priestess, kneel like the woman in the Star image – will you take it as far as being naked? Smile

You can personify the Hanged Man by doing a headstand, perhaps against a tree, or if that is too strenuous for you, lie down and lean your legs upright against a wall or a tree.

Replicate as much of the image as you can.

For example, stand by a field and look at the crops just like in the Seven of Pentacles. What goes through your mind? Harvest? Hard work? Reaping rewards? Sowing new seeds and a new cycle?

How do these postures make you feel?

Close your eyes and imagine the landscape of the card surrounding you. How does it affect your mood, dreams, ideas or imagination?

4. Connect each card with your own life experiences

The archetypal images of the Tarot live in all of us. For example, we have all been a Fool more than once in our lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean in a bad way Laughing

The Fool Tarot of QuotesThe Fool suggests amongst other things new beginnings. This is how some of my students associate the Fool with events in their lives:

“My first day at school. I can remember being so excited.”

“When I went backpacking to South America. I was naive when I started but so much wiser when I came back.”

“My first marriage. We were too young.”

“Starting my business. I didn’t have a clue, just jumped in, and it was quite a learning curve. But I loved it.”

All these statements are short, but they tell you so much more.

By linking the cards to your life, you will find it much easier to remember their meanings, because you connect them to feelings, lessons and advice you have experienced.

5. Start A Journal

When you start exploring your Tarot deck, make notes of your observations and new discoveries about the cards. Writing things down helps your memory, too.

Be a Fool today and start your Tarot Journal by downloading my Tarot freebies.

You can add your own pages as you continue to work with the cards, and over time you will create a unique Tarot reference book full of your personal wisdom and inspiration.

By signing up to my mailing list, you will also receive more freebies in the future and learn about exciting new journalling products available soon!

6. Play with the cards every day

Even if it’s only for five or ten minutes, spending time with your cards every day will help you learn the cards more quickly.

Pull a card on an evening and make a note of it. How does it reflect the events of the day you’ve had? Or what message does it offer you for the following day?

Even if you cannot think of anything, at least you are looking at the card, begin to memorise its image and associate it with its name. Soon you can picture the images in your head without having to look at them, e.g. you will know by heart what the Six of Wands looks like.

7. Card meanings can be found in the Name

The names of the Major Arcana images all trigger some associations you have stored in your head. Quite often, Tarot novices are not aware of them. They see the name written on the card but don’t take it further.

One of my students couldn’t make sense of the Hermit. So I asked: “What is a Hermit? What does a Hermit do?”

Her answer: “It’s someone, who lives on his own. Far away from civilisation.”

We have then talked about the archetypal Hermit personality, and how it fits into our modern lives and in readings.

So, what does an Emperor do? Well, I suppose he rules and makes decisions. And what does Justice mean? It makes me think about the law, and how we associate it with objectivity, truth and fairness.

As you can see, the names of the cards already tell you a lot about their meanings, so they are worthwhile exploring further.

8. Music and Quotes

Link individual cards with songs that relate to their meanings, e.g. Don’t fear the Reaper goes well with Death, or I’m not in Love reminds me of the Five of Cups.

Find your own favourite inspirational quotes for each card and record them in your journal. I started doing that a few years ago, and in the process began creating my Tarot of Quotes.

Last but not least, if you still feel stuck connecting with the cards, consider booking a brainstorming session with me via Skype. It’s great to talk, and you will already notice the benefits after just one call.

Or check out my online beginner’s Tarot course. You will be working with me on a 1-2-1 basis, and unlike other courses available online, you will be working with me personally and not some assistant of mine or in a large forum group.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

 

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