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?

Another Reason to Love The High Priestess

LIMINAL!!! I’ve been even more into The High Priestess lately than I usually am…and that’s saying something, because along with The Star and The Hanged Man, The High Priestess is a longstanding member of my own personal pool of Top 3 Favorite Cards (bonus question: which ones make up your Top 3?). One of the … More Another Reason to Love The High Priestess

Tarot: High Priestess as Gateway to The Moon

Some very interesting notions spun out of an email from Mike, one of our students, in the wake of our final Tarot Toolkit class. We’d been talking about the theory that The High Priestess can be seen as a “gateway” card — that is, if she grants you leave to step through the gateway represented by … More Tarot: High Priestess as Gateway to The Moon

Tarot Court Cards

Court Cards.  Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings.  These characters were the focus of last night’s Tarot Toolkit class session. The “people cards” in Tarot…  This group is widely acknowledged as the trickiest and most frustrating subset of cards to interpret. How about you?  Do you like them?  Do you “get” them?  Do you have favorites? … More Tarot Court Cards

Tarot Cards and the Season Cycle

According to our good friends from the Golden Dawn, you can equate the four Suits with the four seasons. Swords signify Spring, Wands are tied to Summer, Cups ride with Autumn, and Pentacles roll with Winter. You can make use of these associations if you’re looking into questions that revolve around timing: “When will I … More Tarot Cards and the Season Cycle

Zodiac Cards

Another Tarot Toolkit homework exercise. We handed out the Golden Dawn correspondences, and encouraged the students to look up the card that’s linked to their Zodiac Sun Sign, and to look for the possible presence of that card’s energies within themselves. I like to consider the other Signs that also play host to a lot … More Zodiac Cards

Using Deck Structure and Statistics in a Tarot Reading

Here’s a tip from the Tarot Toolkit course files: it can be helpful to keep track of how large a piece of the deck each sub-group represents! At 22 cards, the Major Arcana makes up 28% of the overall deck.56 Minors = 72% of the deck.4 Aces = 5% of the deck.36 Numbered Cards (cards … More Using Deck Structure and Statistics in a Tarot Reading