Mage Tarot Cards

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...

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...

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...

The High Priestess

Intuition, Resourcefulness, Independence, Meditation, Growth, Evaluation, Consciousness, Mystery, Inner Illumination Reversed False knowledge, Shallowness, Conceit Association Dreamspeakers Mae Roberts, the keeper of the secret path, sits beside the waters of consciousness. At her feet, the moon's reflection reminds her of the hidden truths visible only to her inner sight. Clasping the symbol of cosmic memory, she guards the passage between light and dark, dream and reality.

King of Questing

Leadership, Fatherhood, Inspired direction, Vision, Intuition, Evolution, Spiritual growth, Energy, Arrogance Reversed Severity, Honesty, Subordination The Master Herein lies the culmination of the quest. Surrounded by the outward trappings of his power, Porthos rests secure, conscious that all he sees is under his dominion, yet mindful of the price that he has paid for his knowledge. His fatherly authority arises from the total acceptance of all that he has been, all that he has learned....

Character Creation

The cards may be used to aid character creation. Players or Storytellers might draw a random card from the deck and use the text, meanings or picture to suggest an idea for the character. Anything from her looks to her concept, Backgrounds, magical Spheres, Merits or Flaws, Path to Ascension, abilities or even her potential destiny might be constructed by building upon something found in the card. Any of the divining spreads above can be used for character creation, although a three-card linear...

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.

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...

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...

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...

King of Dynamism Prankster

Counsel, Wisdom, Focus, Intention, Concentration, Reversed Cruelty, Injustice,'Barbarity Association Determination Sheltered in a world of his own imaginings, Robert Davenport dwells within a happier time. The spirits of his past tantalize him, while the sylph of knowledge whispers of his intentions. In his domain, his will is absolute, his authority unquestioned. Crowned by the roses of his desires, he contemplates immortality within his own mind, wherein he holds command over life and death,...

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...

Knight of Primordialism Beast

Desire, Tantric practices, Passion, Bliss The Beast rides upon the waves of its own emotions, submerging all thoughts of its distant humanity in the roiling seas of Primordial subconsciousness. Both messenger and message, it carries promises of bliss within its cup of dreams and nightmares. Loosing the thrashing remnants of former desires into the hearts of all who hear its call, it clears the way ahead for future bestial visions.

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...

Nine of Primordialism

Success, Happiness, Health, Opportunity, Expansion, Fulfillment, Well-being Reversed Imperfection, Overindulgence Devoured by the fulfillment of her wishes, she slumps before the fruits of her attainment. The desired traps of material comfort sensual pleasure, abundance, well-being and happiness all now depend upon the black tide of her continued success. Opportunity is assured, but satisfaction lies elsewhere.

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...

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.

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 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 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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...