Tarot: The Universe Card Has Something to Say!

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Yesterday, I posted about the Shadow Card in a reading – that’s the card left sitting at the bottom of the unused portion of the deck after all the cards have been drawn for the reading itself. The Shadow Card can shed additional light on the reading as a whole.

There’s also the Quintessential Card, which can serve the same purpose. To arrive at a reading’s Quintessential Card, you add up all of the numbers of the cards that were drawn in the reading proper. If the sum is greater than 22, you add the digits of the sum together until you arrive at a total that’s less than or equal to 22. I count Court Cards as 0, and while The Fool can be 0 or 22, I generally count that card as a 0, too.

So for example, say you’ve drawn The Emperor (Card IV), The Hermit (IX), the 3 of Pentacles, and the 7 of Cups… You’d add 4 + 9 + 3 + 7 = 23. This sum is greater than 22, so you add the digits to reduce it: 2 + 3 = 5. The Quintessential Card for this reading would therefore be The Hierophant (Card V), and so you’d attribute some subtle but influential Hierophant energies to the situation you were reading about.

So the point of all this is that yesterday, I was reading for someone using the Thoth deck, and we drew Fortune (X), Lust (XI), and a couple of Court Cards.

The math is this: 10 + 11 + 0 + 0 = 21 –> The Universe (XXI).

Then I decided to look at the Shadow Card, as well. It was The Universe!

I don’t recall ever performing a reading in which the Shadow Card and the Quintessential Card were the same! The synchronicity felt kind of immense, and I figured I’d pass it along here. Maybe we all need to sit with The Universe a bit today… And on that note, Happy Friday, everyone!

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