Exercise Occasional Pairs

For each pair in the chart below, place the two cards side by side in front of you and gaze at them lightly for a few moments. Find some way to interpret the cards so they either oppose or reinforce each other. You can check my suggestions, if you wish. Here are two possibilities for the Empress and the Three of Cups:

Empress - A lone woman focused on herself.

Three of Cups - A group of women focused on each other.

Empress - A seated woman who is rather serious and inactive. Three of Cups - Dancing women who are lively and lighthearted.

For extra practice, deal out two cards at random on your own.

CARD 1

CARD 2

PAIR 1

Hermit

Justice

PAIR 2

Nine of Swords

Four of Swords

PAIR 3

Two of Pentacles

Hanged Man

PAIR 4

Chariot

Death

PAIR 5

Four of Pentacles

Six of Wands

PAIR 6

Lovers

Six of Swords

PAIR 7

Hierophant

Devil

PAIR 8

Nine of Wands

Seven of Pentacles

PAIR 9

Sun

Ten of Swords

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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