On the 22 June 1990, leading politicians from the US, UK, Soviet Union, France and Germany gathered in Berlin to celebrate the end of the Cold War between East and West.
On the image you can see the removal of the Checkpoint Charlie hut (precariously balancing above people’s heads!) and the permanent opening of the border (view the original photo at the end of this post below).
After so many years of division, communist oppression and isolation, Justice has finally prevailed and balance restored.
We all have different ideas about what Justice means; some favour the emotional notion “an eye for an eye”, others prefer fairness based on detached but careful consideration and cooperation, as expressed in the quote by the 34th US President Eisenhower.
Justice in the Tarot isn’t suggesting an eye for an eye. Linked to the zodiac sign Libra, it stands for objectivity, fairness, honesty and balance.
In a reading, Justice can also indicate legal matters, the need to be emotionally detached to make fair decisions, considering all sides of an argument with an open mind and personal integrity.
Sometimes Justice can also indicate that life isn’t always fair, and it can take a long time for Justice to prevail – patience is required.
There may also be a need to be true to yourself, do what you think is right, even if you stand alone and face intimidating opposition.
Questions to ask, when Justice is drawn:
How can you create balance in your life?
Do you need to detach yourself from emotions in order to resolve current issues?
What decisions do you need to make, and how do you weigh up their pros and cons?
There has been lots of global anticipation and speculation about the significance of today’s date, but those people, who expected the world to end today, may realise with relief (or disappointment?) that the world is still spinning as usual.
We’ve come to a point, when a lot of us are reflecting on the year that has passed with a view on how we will progress next year (check out my Tarot Moon Journal, which contains useful journalling sheets for this).
On a personal note, 2012 has been my year of the Hanged Man.
Combined with the global year card of the Hierophant, it has taught me some lessons about reconsidering the structures and traditions that I have been accustomed to for so many years and finding a new perspective.
Keywords for the Hanged Man: stagnation, suspension, stasis, being stuck, putting your life on hold, self-sabotage, inaction, avoid making decisions, putting your head in the sand, letting things happen, relinquishing control, letting go, sacrifice, release, new perspective.
The keywords listed in the order above tell a story; nobody can stay in the Hanged Man position for ever.
Sooner or later changes will take place, which will lead to transformation.
No wonder that in the Major Arcana sequence the Hanged Man is followed by Death, which will be my year card next year.
The image I have chosen above for my Tarot of Quotes shows the perspective of the Hanged Man; he is looking up the tree while he is hanging from it upside down. His view is turned around.
The Hanged Man is looking up towards the light for mental and spiritual illumination.
When he finally lets go of something familiar, secure or even treasured, he is making a sacrifice to clear the path for new experiences and growth.
But “sacrifice” is his point of view; it is an emotional word stirring up feelings of self-pity, sadness, regret and fear.
New emotions are released rather than suppressed.
What is once regarded as a sacrifice, will make perfect sense later during the transitional process.
Questions to ask when the Hanged Man comes up in a reading:
Where in your life do you feel stuck right now?
What are you holding on to that you need to release?
Where do you need to relinquish control and be more open, receptive and trusting?
How can you deal with certain issues in different ways?
There is method to this madness, but you really have to get used to it.
For example, the “celebrations” relate to the four fire festivals of the Wiccan/Pagan wheel of the year:
Celebration of Flames (Page of Wands) – Beltane
Celebration of Cauldrons (Page of Cups) – Imbolc
Celebration of Broomsticks – (Page of Swords) – Samhain
Celebration of Boulders (Page of Pentacles) – Lammas
The Moon seems an apt connection to the Knight expressing volatility and movement. The four phases of the moon are linked to each Knight:
Moon of Flames (Knight of Wands) – Waxing Moon
Moon of Cauldrons (Knight of Cups) – Full Moon
Moon of Broomsticks (Knight of Swords) – New Moon
Moon of Boulders (Knight of Pentacles) – Waning Moon
The Goddesses (Queens) are:
Flames – Holda (German)
Cauldrons – Bona Dea (Roman)
Broomsticks – Morrigan (Celtic)
Boulders – Hekate (Greek)
The Trials (Kings):
Flames – Flight with whip and broomstick
Cauldrons – Sabbath with dancing
Broomsticks – Initiation and kiss
Boulders – The brand of fire
I really like these correspondences and have listed them here, so you can make use of them with any tarot deck, if they resonate with you.
The enclosed mini booklet offers a brief overview of the structure of this deck and card interpretations.
It also contains a 13-card spread, the Circle of Witches, which is useful as a general reading covering all aspects of life.
Overall, I really enjoy getting to know the Witchy Tarot. It’s a deck for 21st century women, who embrace witchcraft as the “Craft of the Wise” and as a tool for empowerment and spiritual growth.
Although this deck may be aimed at the younger generation, it will appeal to the young at heart regardless of age.
Finally, I have drawn a card that expresses the inherent energy of the Witchy Tarot:
3 of Cauldrons
“Witches cuddles, tenderness, assistance, availability, communication, study, love designs with an older man”
I took the photo on my recent summer holiday, and I must say that the angel is quite a wonderful and impressive monument when you stand right in front of it.
Astrologically, Temperance in the tarot is associated with Sagittarius, which symbolises the need to create the perfect mix of opposites to achieve harmonious balance and healing.
This skilful blending can be quite an art – intuitive, playful, experimenting, sometimes difficult to master. Hence Temperance is named Art in Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot.
By blending opposites such as yin/yang, wants/needs, less/more, work/life, strengths/weaknesses, excess/abstinence, virtues/vices, we can achieve moderation, tolerance and compromises without losing out.
Temperance in the tarot embodies a harmonious healing balance of mind, body and spirit; it is also a part of the transformational process.
What opposites in your life or within yourself do you need to blend in order to create harmony?
There are thousands of love quotes out there, but none of them sums up the true essence of love, because nobody really knows what it is.
Is it passion? Desire? Attraction? Lust? Devotion? Attachment? Madness?
When I chose the quote for the Lovers in the Tarot of Quotes, I wanted it to reflect the image.
Doesn’t the woolly couple look like soul mates?
Shakespeare’s quote “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind” reflects the Lovers’ attribution to the element Air, which is associated with intellect, logic, reason and life’s challenges.
Challenges…yes…We all have our own love stories to tell, which will have generated a multitude of feelings and emotions, from happiness and elation to tragedy and sadness.
Everyone experiences love in various and different ways, and my image of the Lovers reflects love as caring, nurturing, unconditional, protecting, trusting, comforting and enriching.
But we also know that there is a dark side to love, and we may see a hint of it in this cosy image – restricting, clingy, needy, possessive, dependent.
The astrological association of the Lovers with Gemini suggests the need for balance between the heart and the mind, freedom and commitment, trust and knowledge.
Two bodies sharing one soul suggests lack of individuality, conflict and choices to be made, when one of them wants to break out of the cosy union.
“To be wise and love exceeds man’s might.” W. Shakespeare
Love can be precarious, but let’s not be cynical. Let’s just enjoy the heart-warming image of two loving sheep in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tarot, just like your zodiac sign, can help you gain personal insight into your annual lessons, tests and experiences you will go through by establishing your tarot year card.
Add the month and day of your birth to the current year, e.g.:
18th July in 2006 = 18 + 7 + 2006 = 2031 = 6 (The Lovers)
Only the Major Arcana cards are used, so you need to keep the final number under 23 (22 = The Fool).
There are two options regarding the time period for the year card to be valid:
from birthday to birthday (in this case from 18th July 2006 until 17th July 2007)
Calendar year (1st Jan—31 Dec)
You can use either or combine both. When combining them, The Lovers and The Hierophant (from 18th July 2005 onwards) would be both valid from 1st January 2006 until 17th July 2006 and in that period would interact with each other.
If you are a Tarot student, an interesting exercise would be to calculate your year cards from your birth year onwards and note all key experiences you had in each year (as far as your memory allows).
The result may surprise you, especially when you find out about your personal rhythm.
For example, you may notice that some cards do not appear in your chart at all even though your age might be well above 22. Other cards will appear on a regular basis.
It is up to you to determine the relevance of the absent cards and those that turn up in regular intervals with regards to your life lessons.
Suggestions for the year lessons of each card:
1. The Magician
Focus on options and opportunities
Pursue a new direction with willpower and ambition
Clarity of mind; all mental activity
Make things happen
2. The High Priestess
Develop your intuition
Trust your instincts
Be patient; situations will be resolved at the right time
3. The Empress
Motherhood or maternal instincts
Make use of and develop your creativity
Love of nature and beauty
Settling down, security and stability
4. The Emperor
Important decisions need to be made, perhaps not easy
Leading the way
Finish projects that you’ve started
5. The Hierophant
Teaching or studying
Social interaction on a professional or ethical level