The Four Elements in Astrology

I tend to preach a fair amount about the classical Four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. I think it’s a really important system in metaphysics that can be extremely helpful in getting a handle on various other symbols. For example, if you know that two Signs of the Zodiac are both Fire Signs, … More The Four Elements in Astrology

Tarot: Which Suit Goes with Which Element?

Tarot people have a long tradition of associating each of the four Suits with one of the classic Four Elements. No one really seems to question the wisdom of doing this in general. Where the discord does creep in is at that point where you have to settle on specific attributions. Like, should Cups be … More Tarot: Which Suit Goes with Which Element?

The Four Elements in Tarot

The more I study both Tarot and Astrology, the more I lean hard on the Four Elements system. I find it to be tremendously helpful in decoding all the messages that come through, and keeping things consistent from reading to reading, and from one discipline to the next. On the down side, it’s made me … More The Four Elements in Tarot

The Unforeseen Dangers of Renaming Suits in Tarot

When you start collecting Tarot decks, you quickly realize that some deck creators like to get all jazzy with their nomenclature. Some will rename the Majors or the Court Cards. Some rename the Aces. And lots of them will rename the Suits. And this can be totally cool…even if it means that you have to … More The Unforeseen Dangers of Renaming Suits in Tarot

Tarot Tip: Reading Space

Obviously, it’s not always possible to trick out a given area before you get busy with your cards. For example, if you’re reading for someone in a coffee shop, you can’t really violate local fire codes by setting up handfuls of candles and incense, and you can’t demand that the local populace shut its collective … More Tarot Tip: Reading Space

Tarot: the Suit of Pentacles

In Tarot, the Suit of Pentacles is associated with the Element of Earth, and it has to do with the physical layer of reality. Among its many concerns, you can find issues involving health and the body, career and finances, possessions, the home… This is the slowest-moving of the Suits, the most practical, and possibly … More Tarot: the Suit of Pentacles

Tarot: the Suit of Swords

The Suit of Swords in Tarot is most often connected with the Element of Air, and with the mental plane of existence. It deals with symbols and language, communication and ideas, logic and intellect. Swords are the electrical impulses of the brain, slicing through reality at the speed of thought. It’s maybe not so surprising, … More Tarot: the Suit of Swords

Tarot: the Suit of Cups

The Suit of Cups in Tarot captures our time spent on the emotional plane of life. Cups correspond with the Element of Water, and they have to do with all those parts of the human experience that flow like water, that harbor depths, and that exhibit the ebb and flow of tides. Cups affairs include … More Tarot: the Suit of Cups

Astrology 101: Meet the Signs (Part 2)

Last time around, we walked through a meet-and-greet with the first six of the 12 Signs of the Zodiac.  In this post, we’ll say hello to the back half of that hallowed group.  First, I’ll again supply that chart that lists all of them here (along with the Glyph, Polarity, Mode, and Element for each … More Astrology 101: Meet the Signs (Part 2)

Astrology 101: Meet the Signs (Part 1)

In the previous post in this series, we looked at the Signs in a broad and conceptual way: “How did the Signs come about? What are they based on in our physical reality? What overall function do they perform in Astrology…?” We also touched on some sub-groupings of them – Polarity, Mode, and Element – … More Astrology 101: Meet the Signs (Part 1)