Queen of Dynamism Sibil

Confidence, Rational, Objective, Consulting intelligence Reversed Narrow-mindedness, Intolerance, Bigotry, Artifice, Prudery The visions of her bloody past merge with her perceptions of the future. Crowned with the symbols of immortality, Medea sits upon her skyborne throne surrounded by her airy messengers of thought. Made wise through suffering, tempered by the knowledge of her imperfections, she observes the world below her through eyes maddened by the clarity of her penetrating mind.

The Emperor

Leadership, Power, Decisions, Action, Negotiation, Inspiration, Motivation of others, Strength, Respect, Foundation, Self-assertion, Paternity, Mastery, Reason Reversed Immaturity, Bondage, Tyranny Association Order of Hermes The lord of reason, Caeron Mustai, grasps the blade which symbolizes the power of his active will, commanding the forces of his matter, of the inner will over the outer world, of the power of thought over the boundaries of consensual reality all these find expression in...

Page of Pattern

Meaning Perseverance Diligence, Creativity, Mutation, Incubation Reversed Prodigality Association Void Engineers Despite the barrenness of her surroundings, Void Engineer Karen Brewster draws sustenance for her belief in the cosmic order from the radiant energy of the stars above her. In one hand, she holds the secret to the Pattern of the universe. Her other hand is filled with unanswered questions. She stands upon the brink of a new awareness her diligence awaits its reward.

Seven of Primordialism

Selfishness, Illusion, Debauchery, Addiction, Over-every-thing, Promiscuity Reversed Determination, Realization Overwhelmed by illusionary possibilities, unable to choose between desires, temptation's victim loses his sense of self in the contemplation of dreams and phantasms. Responding to the forces pulling from all directions, his awareness has transformed itself into a glutton for sensation. Like a black hole in the universe, the dreamer exists only in the definition of his dreams.

Knight of Pattern Cyberknight

Patience, Methodicity, Lack of imagination, Physicality, Architect, Reform, Solidity Reversed Carelessness, Inertia, Idleness, Stagnation Within his cybernetic spirit, the reliability of the machine enhances the ingenuity of the man to form a dedicated guardian of Pattern. The Cyberknight of Iteration X rests patiently upon his mechanized steed, ever vigilant and ready to assume his duties as the enforcer and messenger for the Technocratic will.

Death

Release, Detachment (appropriate letting go), Transformation, Irrepressible spiritual essence, Expanded consciousness, Emergence, Midwifery, Restructuring, Cycles, Rebirth, Change Reversed Inertia, Transformation Association Vampire Awakening The game of life and Death is played out before the curtain of mystery, which conceals the knowledge of both past and future. Between the players, the rose of desire arises. Renewal takes many forms both the siren call of the immortal undead and the...

The Empress

Wisdom, Earth-mother, Prophecy, Love of nature, Spiritual essence, Healing, Nurturing, Emotion, Creation, Cycles, Balance, Fruitfulness, Contentment Reversed Sterility, Poverty, Inaction, Disruption, Destruction Association Verbena Heasha Morninglade feels the flow of life-magic within her. It encompasses the water of the stream of life, the blood within her veins and the liquid within the cauldron of birth and rebirth. Enthroned upon the world-tree, surrounded by fertile growth and the deep...

Nine of Dynamism

Misery, Desolation, Disaster, Self-criticism, Mental cruelty Reversed Suspicion, Doubt, Shame, Imprisonment, Desolation, Misery, Death Nightmares of disaster haunt her sleep. Awakening, she faces only further intimations of her desolate existence. Without hope of respite or surcease, she rests uneasily upon the bed of her mortality, burdened by the violent demands of her Dynamic calling. The way of the Marauder leads as easily to despair as to enlightenment.

The hermit

Completion, Introspection, Contemplation, Experience, Detail, Revelation, Integrity, Respect, Leadership, Transitions, Discovery, Wisdom, Mentorship, Open-mindedness, Courage, Seeking Clothed in the guise of the seeker, he holds aloft the light of truth, illuminating the way for other wayfarers through the bitter night of ignorance. He has blazed the trail to wisdom in silence and contemplation. Now he stands ready to guide the worthy toward the union of will and wisdom.

Rites of Passage

The Tarot is essentially a learning tool whereby we discover things about ourselves. Whenever a mage wishes to raise her Arete score, she must undergo some sort of ordeal. The cards should prove very handy for providing ideas for ordeals, rites of passage, Seekings, learning experiences and other journeys of self-discovery. Full spreads are recommended when using cards for this purpose. To construct a Seeking, Wendy uses a Celtic Cross spread as inspiration. The querent is the Knight of Pattern...

Knight of Questing

Haste, Inspired creativity, Expression, Concentration, Expansion Reversed Division, Frustration, Discord, Departure, Change The Disciple Driven by the Questing spirit, John Courage departs upon a journey of self-discovery and inner conflict. For him, the Wheel of Fortune has become a backward carousel of ever-changing circumstances, loyalties and motivations. His only consistency, the axis upon which his pilgrimage to Ascension revolves, is the quest itself.

Bit of Common Sense Please

Although its symbolism concurs with many traditional forms of Tarot imagery and association, this deck is not intended to be used for true readings. It is not a starter deck for would-be magicians it is novelty item only. Tarot cards, whether traditional or modern, are not toys. Though we hope that you will find their use as a tool for Storytelling exciting and inspirational, the Tarot traditionally functions as a tool toward self-discovery. Many accounts credit Tarot readings with insights...

Five of Primordialism

Disappointment, Sorrow, Loss, Fragility, Depression Reversed Hope, Return, Inheritance Association Vulnerability Bitter with experience gone to waste, the Primordial spirit gazes in despair upon the gutted ruins of expectation. Having tasted loss and drunk the wine of unfulfilled dreams, the prospect of unsampled pleasures holds no temptation for him. The river of subconsciousness has been forded, but the barren landscape beyond is devoid of promise.

The Star

Confidence, Self-esteem, Talent, Guidance, Expression, Innovation, Creativity, Radiance, Manifestation, Charisma, Magnetism, Instinct, Accomplishment, Internal balance, Spontaneity, Vitality, Nature, Hope, Insight, Meaning Reversed Stubbornness, Pessimism, Doubt, Overextension The Umbra Surrounded by radiant Umbral energy, the eternal maiden pours forth the waters of inspiration into the pool of consciousness, and spills the essence of the five senses onto the Earth's body, revitalizing both...

Page of Dynamism Gibberer

Activation, Ferociousness, Practical tangible thinking, Acting upon ideas Reversed Na vet , Unreadiness, Laxity, Slackness, Illness, Unforeseen He stands as a buffer between the world of the mind and the concrete structures of external reality. Ready to do battle with those who would threaten his cherished beliefs, he grasps the Dynamic symbol of his aggression. He is imagination's sentinel, the vanguard of active expression rather than passive thought.

Two of Questing

Rulership, Enterprise, Sovereignty, Power, Unification Reversed Submission, Suffering, Sadness Association Sphere of Forces Order of Hermes Within her grasp lies a city of light and harmony outside, all is darkness and tumult. Both cities are her dominion. It is in her power to channel her energy, the Sphere of Forces, to bring illumination to the world around her. Likewise, her Art may plunge the city into eternal night. The power to upset or maintain the balance resides in the twin centers of...

The Devil

Materialism, Fetters, Sensation, Bedevilment, Temptation, Degradation, Domination Reversed Understanding, Healing, Freedom, Indecision Mirth, Hedonism, Centeredness, Sensuality, Sexuality, Resonance, Potency Association The Wyrm Nephandi Those who serve the spirit of corruption and those who battle its pervasive influence are equally trapped within its destructive coils. Both animal nature and human intelligence are subject to its myriad temptations, bound by the limitations of their own...

The Fool

Courage, Ecstasy, Creative Expression, Risk-taking, Trust, Choice, Adventure Reversed Stagnation, Eccentricity, Folly, Thoughtlessness, Indiscretion The Faerie Clad in the vestments of mortal experience and spiritual awareness, the child of the Dreaming stands poised on the edge of physical reality, open to the embrace of all possibility. The sword of his manifest will rests easily upon his shoulder, for the time of choice has not yet come.

King of Pattern

Mage Tarot Death

Solidity, Prosperity, Harvest, Abundance, Practicality, Finances, Diagnostician Reversed Perversity, Misuse, Speculation, Waste At rest upon a throne carved from the ruins of the past, Montego Diaz-Quetzalcoatl oversees the progress of the New World Order's dominion. Crowned by his technological achievements, the King of Pattern monitors the interplay of wealth and industry. Protected by the twin guardians of knowledge and power, he has no need to step outside his sheltered enclave. All the...

Ace of Questing

Creativity, Self-realization, Questing, Truth, Uncontainable life-force, Awakening, Being Reversed False start, Setback Association Beginnings Ahl-i-Batin All things spring forth from the fires of the imagination. To the oft-forgotten mages of the lost Tradition, the union of the Spheres, the oneness of creation and the perpetual dance of opposing forces are matters of doctrine, not supposition. The burning bush, the ever-renewing phoenix and the celestial explosion that signaled the beginning...

Eight of Dynamism

Indecision, Restriction, Censure, Doubt, Mistrust, Over-analytical mind, Confusion, Interference Reversed Triviality, Censure, Freedom, Relaxation, Origins Surrounded by the weapons of violent change, captured in the twisted bonds of convoluted thought, she has become the victim of her own demented Inquisition. The mask of indecision blinds her. Although her mind has analyzed her options, doubt and mistrust undermine her escape. Overwhelmed by the crisis of her dilemma, she cannot break free of...

Page of Questing

Learning, Courage, Beauty, Self-liberation, Release of fear, Spontaneous expression, Freedom, New directions, Adventure, Spring, Nothing to fear Reversed Indecision, Unpleasantness Association Discovery The Apprentice stands upon the threshold of a new awareness. Below her lie the bones of past lives, past deaths, past fears and past awakenings. Within her stirs the call to adventure before her and behind her, strange horizons beckon. Clad in the brilliant robes of pure intent, she holds the...

The Linear Spread

Linear spreads are useful when determining long-range courses of action or progressive influences which affect the subject over a period of time. In a linear spread, the cards are arranged in a straight line. Each card drawn is used to clarify or comment upon the preceding card. The reading can continue until both querent and reader feel that a satisfactory answer has been achieved, or until no further elaboration seems to be forthcoming. Usually, cards placed to the left or above a subject...

Chapter Four Primordialism

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches toward Bethlehem to be bom W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming The raw materials of existence are present in the Primordial Essence. Attributing this suit to the Nephandi emphasizes the turbulent and often violent outpouring of unrestrained passion and instinct. The traditional Tarot assigns this suit to Cups, the vessels which contain the vital fluids of life. Water is the element represented by these cards, reflecting their multiple...

Queen of Primordialism Barabbi

Emotional integrity, Self-reflection, Unconscious, New form, New identity, New life, Expressing oneself without blame or judgment Reversed Perversity, Dishonesty, Immorality Jodi Blake, imagination's queen, salutes the riot of her cacophonous visions. Her perversity is the key to her freedom from all limitations. In her hands, the instrument of pain becomes the doorway to deliverance from mundane constraints. Through acting out her desires, she makes them real, and her goblet is filled with the...

The Text

Each card has a few meanings ascribed to it for both the upright and the reversed positions, and each has a paragraph or so of text which comments on the card. Unlike more traditional decks, the paragraph does not describe the card and give a possible interpretation instead, it creates a mood or paints a picture reflective of the World of Darkness. Some feature characters from various Mage The Ascension books. Those resources might provide more references for the user, but they're not essential...

The Celtic Cross

Major Arcana Spreads

The most popular Tarot spread, called the Celtic Cross, consists of 10 cards, and focuses upon the short- and long-term pasts and futures of the reading's subject. Most standard guides to the Tarot contain directions for how to use this spread. Although it is recommended that the full deck be used with the 10-card spread, it is also possible to use only the Major Arcana for this purpose. Joel's character is a young Verbena named Angelo. In a prior game, Angelo encountered other Awakened beings...

Chapter One Using the Cards

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding Over the centuries, Tarot decks have become popular tools for fortune-telling, and in many minds the two are inextricably linked. Serious-minded students of Tarot look down on using the cards for such lowly purposes as predicting rising and declining fortunes in love, business and other personal affairs. Randomly shuffling and...

Suggested Readings

Books on the Tarot abound, occasionally taking up entire walls in occult and specialty bookstores. The following titles represent a sampling of the various approaches to the subject of the Tarot. Consider this a place to start. The Tarot a Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, by Paul Foster Case. This extended essay on the Major Arcana provides a wealth of detail on the symbology of the Greater Trumps. Mastering the Tarot Basic Lessons in an Ancient, Mystic Art, by Eden Gray. Written by one of the...

The Mierophant

Learning, Teaching, Wisdom, the Sacred, Initiator, Challenge, Commitment, Intention, Focus, Spirit, Remembrance, Resolution, Consultation, Counseling, Conformity, Society, Orthodoxy Reversed Gullibility, Unorthodoxy, Unconventionality Association Celestial Chorus Clothed in ritual and bound by orthodox traditions, the ruler of conventional faith translates the secrets of the cosmic mind into palatable forms. Enthroned at the balance point between all oppo-sites, the revealer of secret knowledge...

The Circular Spread

Another possible spread involves laying a predetermined number of cards in a circle around a central card. A circle of 12 cards might be used to suggest a course of action or a state of mind which will cover the span of a year, while a seven-card circle might indicate a week. The cards are arranged in a circle around a querent card. Crispin chooses the King of Questing to represent himself, as he leads the Chantry. He lays out seven cards to represent a week face down and starts at the upper...

King of Primordialism Gilledian

Emotional loyalty and commitment, Spontaneity, Ego, Generosity, Responsibility Reversed Violence, Scandal, Injustice, Weakness From his throne room deep beneath the seas, Galarius, Master of the Labyrinth of Drachus Vachor, watches the ripples of his power roil throughout his watery domain. For him, the sea of the subconscious is the font of all creation and destruction. Crowned with the symbol of the ocean s insensate life, he holds in one hand the scepter of his power to influence the world...

Ace of Dynamism

Conquest, Victory, Clarity, Inventiveness, Originality Reversed Disaster, Tyranny, Ignorance Association Innovation Emerging from the storm-filled skies to ground itself in the rippling sands of knowledge, the taloned hand of chaos and instability grasps the sword of activation. Driven by no quest save its own unmotivated energy, impelled by no emotion other than the desire to carve a mark upon the universe, the keen-edged symbol of the power of change severs the veil that hides the secrets of...

Queen of Pattern

Talent, Fertility, Health, Nurturing, Stability, Fulfillment Reversed Neglect, Dependence, Lack, Misuse Creation is the task at hand. Crowned with the mask of enlightened sight, intimately connected to the throne through which her power flows, the Progenitor Queen of Pattern manipulates the structure of life itself. Her fertile imagination conceives of possibilities as yet unperceived her disciplined will brings those visions into being.

The Suits

While they re analogous to the normal Tarot suits of Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles, the suits of the Mage Tarot correspond to the various sorts of Essences that color mystic Avatars. Each Essence is in turn associated with one of the four factions of mage society. The suits thus have the following correspondences Traditions Nephandi Marauders Technocracy