Exercise Arcana Cards in the Celtic Cross

Layout One All cards are minor except the outcome (Position 10). This situation is a temporary personal drama, but its impact will be powerful and significant in some way. (See Jill's first reading.) Layout Two The only major arcana card is in the Past (Position 4). The circumstances of the moment are the result of some major event from the past, or what was once of major significance is now fading. Layout Three Position 8 - the environment - is the only major arcana card. This situation may be...

Exercise Studying the Major Arcana cards

Spend a few minutes looking at the Card Section so you understand how to use it. Become familiar with keywords and actions as I use these terms in the lessons. Don't worry about memorizing anything. The goal is simply to get comfortable with the information. Now, choose a major arcana card from the deck and go to its information page. Notice how the keywords reinforce each other to create a certain kind of energy or focus. Note also how the actions flesh out the keywords. Read the description,...

The Major Arcana

The standard tarot deck consists of 78 cards divided into two sections, the major and minor arcanas. The word arcana is the plural of arcanum which means profound secret. To the alchemists of the Middle Ages, the arcanum was the secret of nature. The tarot cards are therefore a collection of the secrets that underlie and explain our universe. The 22 cards of the major arcana are the heart of the deck. Each of these cards symbolizes some universal aspect of human experience. They represent the...

Setting the Mood

Your first step is to create a conducive mood. Lesson 6 offers some suggestions on how to set up a pleasing environment. You can try these ideas, if you like. Focus on what will make you feel comfortable and secure. When you are ready, sit down on the floor or at a table leaving some empty space in front of you. You should have your tarot cards and your question written on a piece of paper. (See lesson 7 for how to write a question.) At first, a full reading will probably take at least thirty...

Card Pairs

There is a game called Labyrinth that consists of a square box with a platform inside. On the platform is a maze punctuated by little holes. The object is to move a ball from one end of the maze to the other without letting it fall into one of the holes. Knobs on the outside let you guide the ball by rotating the platform in any direction. A simple game, but difficult in practice The slightest miscalculation, and the ball goes down. If you lean the platform too far in one direction, you lose...

The Magician and the High Priestess

On setting out, the Fool immediately encounters the Magician 1 and the High Priestess 2 - the great balancing forces that make up the perceived world. It is a feature of the material universe that as soon as we name some aspect of experience, we automatically evoke its opposite. The Magician is the positive side. He represents the active, masculine power of creative impulse. He is also our conscious awareness. The Magician is the force that allows us to impact the world through a concentration...

Cards Chosen

Bold phrases are from the information page for the card, italic phrases stand for the meaning assigned to the card position. See Yin Yang spread for position meanings. In this conflict, there are many people and groups involved, but I feel the two main parties are President Clinton and his Administration and the House Republicans. Clinton is key, of course, because he has the power of the veto. He also seems to represent the idea that fiscal responsibility is important, but not at all costs....

Opposing Cards Some Possibilities

High Priestess - nonaction, intuition, accessing the unconscious Hanged Man - suspending action, not doing Seven of Cups - lacking focus and commitment Four of Swords - resting quietly, storing energy Eight of Swords - confused and uncertain, powerless REINFORCING CARDS Some Possibilities Chariot - focusing, concentrating, being forceful Two of Wands - personal power, wielding a strong force Eight of Wands - quick action, making your move Eight of Pentacles - focus and concentration The...

The Spread

A spread is a preset pattern for laying out the tarot cards. It defines how many cards to use, where each one goes, and what each one means. A spread is a template guiding the placement of the cards so they can shed light on a given topic. It is within this template that the meanings of the cards come together so beautifully. The most important feature of a spread is the fact that each position has a unique meaning that colors the interpretation of whatever card falls in that spot. For example,...

Exercise Other Permanent Pairs

- Choose one meaning for the card. - Think of a meaning that is the opposite. - Find another card major or minor that suggests this opposite meaning. - For ideas, scan the keyword summary charts and the opposing cards section of each card. Two of Cups Five of Wands Five of Swords Eight of Pentacles Eight of Wands Nine of Cups Exercise 15.3 - Court Card Pairs People both help and annoy each other because of their differences. Below are twelve court card pairs. For each one - Choose a personality...

Exercise Traditional Position Pairs in the Celtic Cross

Create a Celtic Cross layout using any ten cards from the deck placed face down. For each of the six situations below, do the following - Imagine you are doing a Celtic Cross reading, and you have drawn the two cards listed under A . - Find these cards and place them face up in the positions indicated. Remove the cards that are there. - Write a short interpretation of these two cards as a pair. Use the examples in lesson 16 as a model. - For extra practice, repeat steps 1-4 using the second set...

Exercise Permanent Pairs in the Major Arcana

Below are two scrambled lists of major arcana cards. Match each card in list 1 with the card in list 2 that you feel is its permanent opposing pair. Give a short meaning for each card that shows the balancing relationship. Try this exercise before looking at the card pages. You can check my suggestions, if you wish. For example Magician Action -High Priestess Nonaction .

Exercise Occasional Pairs

Hermit someone hiding from the law Justice a representative of the law Nine of Swords not being able to rest Four of Swords being able to rest peacefully Two of Pentacles both figures have a bent leg perhaps a knee problem Hanged Man Chariot both cards show powerful figures ready to crush anything in their paths Death Four of Pentacles someone who is alone and loves money. Six of Wands someone who loves people and is surrounded by them Lovers enjoying the delights of paradise Six of Swords cast...