Welcome to Tarot Notes at Symbolic Living.
We’re starting Tarot Notes at the perfect time, when the sun has just moved into Aries a couple of days ago. We’re starting Spring with an all new tarot adventure. Every Tuesday new content will be posted about the Tarot on Symbolic Living.
We’ll be discussing cards, history, and more about the Tarot as the weeks unfold in a relaxed manner which we hope gets you to think about your relationship to tarot symbolism rather than trying to just memorize information.
Our intention is to introduce beginners to the tarot in a simple, easy to understand way and also encourage you to think about the cards on your own.
We’ll be using the Rider Tarot Deck which is by far the most popular tarot deck in the world today, and is great for beginners and the experienced alike.
Although we’re starting off with the basics, keep in mind the tarot goes deep into the myth, metaphor and symbolism of the the human experience; life. Anyone who studies the tarot knows you’ll always be a student, just as in life you’re always learning about who you are with every breath, every event, every emotion, every acquaintance and so on.
The Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana often gets overlooked as secondary to the Major Arcana so that’s where we’ll begin to start fresh. The Minor Arcana is great to relate to because it’s imagery and meaning shares insight into the everyday, core aspects of the personality.
The Minor Arcana has 56 cards in total made up of 4 suits.
Just as the common playing card deck has the suits of clubs, hearts, spades and diamonds, the Tarot has the suits of wands, cups, swords and pentacles respectively.
Each suit has 14 cards starting with the Ace, whereas the common playing card deck has 13 because it left out the card called Page (also commonly known as Princesses).
So, for each suit the Minor Arcana has an Ace, plus cards 2-10, as well as Page, Knight, Queen and King, thus 14 cards per suit.
The Ace of Wands
The Ace is the root of beginnings, the initiator, the start, first cause, and the emanation. It signifies newness.
Wands (also called Staffs) are related to Fire, Spirit, the life force, and you’ll see a lot action, and movement in this suit in general.
The Ace of Wands relates to the Fire Signs of the Zodiac, Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
Take a moment to really look at this card on the right, the Ace of Wands as a card on it’s own.
What do you see on this card? What do all the images mean to you? Ask yourself as many questions as you can think of and write down your answers, any answers without holding back. Let your first impressions do the talking.
With the sun having just moved into Aries to start Spring, what does that mean to you? How does Spring make you feel?
Meditating on a card is a great way to get a deeper understanding of the cards meaning. It can make it easier for you to learn and remember because you’ve made a personal connection to it. Take 5 minutes or ten and look at the card. Where does your mind take you?
Here are some questions to get you started and thinking about the imagery of the card.
Where is the wand coming from? Has the wand appeared out of thin air? Is the wand something manifested from nothing? Has it been picked out of the ground, or is it ready to be planted? Is it a magical wand? Is it in a transition? Is it spring?
Is there light coming from the hand or is the light coming from the sky behind the hand? What’s in the distance? Is that an ancient castle or a modern city? Is the wand in the foreground, immediate, or is it towering large over the scene? Are the leaves falling off? Is the wand being shaken? Are the leaves floating in the scene? Is it a branch that’s still alive? Is the hand gripping the wand tightly? How do the trees, the river, the hills, relate to the wand? What do the many possibilities you can think of mean to you?
Wands are fiery. What does fire represent to you? What kind of feeling do you get when you look at this card? What is your immediate reaction? What does fire, life force, energy, movement, and new beginnings mean to you? Is the hand gripping the card courageous and strong willed? Who’s hand is it? Does this card feel enthusiastic, ambitious driven, goal oriented to you? Does the card feel spiritual? Does the symbolism feel creative?
What does creativity mean to you? Abundance, fertility, opportunity, motivation, passion, living with purpose. What kind of energy and drive does that take? Does it flow naturally, is it forced?
Do you see the card as symbolic or representative of any area of your life currently? If you applied this card to your work, your hobbies, your love life, would it represent any part of your personality, attitude or efforts?
Are you ready for an adventure?
Go to the next card Ace of Cups
We hope you enjoy learning about Tarot at Symbolic Living with an easy to understand approach for beginners. We also hope you can find personal relations to the card symbolism and think about the imagery in new and expansive ways.
We’ll revisit this card at the beginning of next week in our Tarot Notes. Take the week, think about this card as you are out enjoying the beginning of spring. Keep a journal of whatever comes to mind.
Some weeks we may talk about more than one card, history and more. As we go along things will change and develop, we’ll keep it interesting for you.
You are also welcome to join the Symbolic Living Forum for further discussion in the Tarot section where each card can be discussed with members.
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