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- I. Origin of the Wildwood Tarot deck
- II. Author and inspiration of the Wildwood Tarot deck
- III. Packaging of Wildwood Tarot deck
- IV. The structure of the Wildwood Tarot deck
In this step, while thinking about the question, you or the querent will shuffle Tarot cards in any way you want. The most important thing in this step is the focus of the one who shuffles (either the querent or the reader, depending on the reader’s own rules), the reader will guide how many times and how to shuffle the cards.
Therefore, do not be surprised when there are some people who will ask you to shuffle 100 times, the deck is only shuffled by the reader, the querent can only draw cards or just swap cards while thinking about the matter they are asking. All of the instructions above are only intended to help the querent and reader to focus on the questions and cards.
After having shuffled Tarot cards and the querent’s mentality has stabilized, we will begin to spread cards. Each Tarot spread will have a different arrangement and corresponding specific meaning, therefore, the reader needs to guide the querent each position of the card. The reader can talk about the kind of spread that will be used and guide the querent to pick up each card and place it in a certain position after shuffling.
The thing that many beginners usually wonder is how to set up rules for the upright/reversed cards and whether is it necessary to use them or not? How many times to shuffle tarot cards? The shortest answer is to depend on your own convention with the deck. You can use the card either in one direction or both in the upright/reverse.
If you read Tarot cards in the upright direction only, you just need to shuffle them in the usual way. If you use the reversed direction, you should refer to a few ways of shuffling so that both the upright and reversed cards can appear in one Tarot spread. The easiest way is to cut the deck into a number of different piles and put each pile in an upright/reversed order alternately, then shuffle them up.
In the traditional way, the querent will shuffle cards before giving readers to spread and solve them. However, this is not an immutable rule, the reader can also shuffle the cards before or after the querent’s turn to increase their focus on the Tarot spread.
Regarding how to set up rules for upright/reversed cards on one spread, you can use one of the followings flexibly:
LShe stood in a luxuriant grass garden, where she dedicated it to special care. She is the forest guardian, a part of this place, the Garden of Eden that she created herself. The peach trees finally bear fruit, a source of magical energy proliferating all over the world. Peaches are a fruit of summer and of long relaxing days. Their nectar is as sweet as honey. The specific sweetness that comes from their fruit flowed evenly from the tongue into the throat, evoking memories of hot summer days.
Should I pick them or not?” She was confused, the patterned ripples stirred on her body. Placing her hands on sweet fruits, she was ready to pick them at any time. They shrugged vaguely as if she was holding the heart of the tree, weakly trembling along the branches of the tree. Are the peaches still juicy and sweet like honey, once picked from the branches? Or would they become as faint, exhausted as the mediocre fruits in her basket?
The Seven of Pentacles Shadowcapes Tarot challenges you to make a choice: either eat and enjoy the fruit in the basket or…
Sound: no sound
Stands for: Bellows
Magick/Healing use: Contains the power of motivation.
Flight ~ Movement, Communications and information. Travel of all kinds. Social media. Networking. News. Word of mouth.
Higher powers are guiding you through your thoughts a ideas. You may doubt how they come to you but don’t worry and trust your intuition. Remain positive and accept this guidance, it will lead to good things.
Intention, beginnings, births, pioneer spirit
Birch (Betula spp.)
Well dignified: An intention with good potential. Bravery. Breaking free. Ending bad habits. Getting unstuck. The start of something good. A new way of thinking. An invention or fresh approach. The ability of getting outside yourself and fossilized modes of thinking. Breaking out of the box. Being the change instead of just talking about it.
Humans learn through mimesis, so it is only because of the brave souls willing to put their necks out for change that anything improves in the world. Beith indicates the willingness…
One is the leader. The number one indicates the ability to stand alone, and is a strong vibration. Ruled by the Sun.
Keywords: independent, creative, original, ambitious, determined, self-assured. If expressed negatively: arrogant, stubborn, impatient, self-centered.
As lovers: Number ones take the lead in love. Love and/or the chase is of utmost importance to these lovers. There can be self-centeredness, however. These lovers are willing to experiment, and they can be quite exciting–they can also require a lot of excitement because they can bore easily.
Thunder echoes upon Thunder, commanding reverence for its father Heaven:
In awe of Heaven’s majestic power, the Superior Person looks within and sets his life in order.
Thunder mingles with startled screams of terror for a hundred miles around.
As the people nervously laugh at their own fright, the devout presents the sacrificial chalice with nary a drop of wine spilt.
A thunderbolt of Cosmic judgement crashes to earth.
For the common person, it’s just a momentary fright soon forgotten, its warning unfathomed and unheeded.
But to one who understands its significance, this thunder is a signal to awaken.
Centering the Self, seeking balance, the enlightened person will respect and align himself with this Higher Power, while his fellows remain subject to the whims of every passing storm.
(Side Note: This website offers information on more than just the Rider – Waite Tarot Deck)
A standard Tarot deck consists of 78 cards divided into two parts, the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. The Arcana word is a plural of Arcanum which means “deep mystery.” For medieval alchemists, Arcanum is a mystery of nature. Tarot cards are, therefore, a collection of “mysteries” that make the foundation and explain our world.
The 22 cards in the Major Arcana are the center of the deck. Each of these cards represents some common aspects of human experience. Major cards are special because they open up complex and deep reactions. The images on the Rider-Waite deck evoke association because they combine the system of mystical symbols with recognizable images and circumstances.
While the Major Arcana represents common topics, 56 cards in the Minor Arcana bring these topics into practical areas to show how they work at daily events. Minor cards represent related issues, activities and emotional states that create circumstances in our daily lives.
The interpretation of each card in the table below will give you a deep and complete understanding of the 78 Tarot cards, thereby making the reading become easier. At the same time, you will also have basic concepts to combine cards together in a Tarot spread, making interpretation more effective and coherent.
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Today’s Tarot card reading comes from The Green Witch Tarot Deck and The Green Witch Tarot Companion by Ann Moura. With the art done by Kiri Ostergaard Leonard.
Meaning: Controlling personal destiny, communication, opening up to a wider audience, power to make changes, skills for achieving goals, practical use of knowledge, originality, problem solving, initiative, creativity, adaptability, diplomacy.
Prompt Words: Taking control of one’s personal destiny, skillful, astute.
Meaning: Arts and sciences, professional, reliable counselor, considerate, giving advice, loyalty and commitment to others, business-related social invitation.
Prompt Words: Business socializing, reliable counsel.
Meaning: Prosperity for the home, buying, selling, redecorating, refinancing, making home repairs, favorable placement, good investments, fruitful marriage, stability, legacy, family heritage, heirlooms, traditions being passed to the next generation, contentment, supportive family environment.
Reversed: Disruption, family quarrels, problems with legacy, loss of inheritance, gambling.
Prompt Words: Prosperity for the home.
Meaning: Wholeness, objectives attained, good conclusions, end of a matter, time for something new, completion, success, joy, advancement, achievement, fulfillment, recognition, all is in balance, transition, honors, -perfection, reassurance.
Prompt Words: Completion, wholeness
Stands for: Cattle
Color: Green (Brown)
Casting meaning: Fehu is a rune of power and control. It represents new beginnings and “movable” wealth such as money and credit. It is a rune that gives us the power we need to obtain wealth as well as the power we need to hold on to it.
The Rings Rune implies important alliances and agreements.
Drawing this rune can suggest aligning your energies with another toward the successful completion of your goals.
The Rings Rune symbolizes all bonds.
You can look forward to important gatherings soon or the dissolution of joint ventures. Even facing an enemy straight on.
More routinely, this rune will suggest being charmed by the superficial or just going through the motions.
Today’s Animal Spirit Guide comes from Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guide by Steven D, Farmer
Whatever the artist vehicle through which you express your most creative self — whether it’s drawing, poetry, painting, music, acting or any other form of creative expression — make it a priority in your life by devoting some time, energy, and perhaps even money toward this artistic pursuit. Let the longing of your heart determine what the form of your imaginative expression is, but let it be one that elicits passion, and purpose. Allow it to evoke as needed, without acceding to any internal perfectionism about the end product. The process itself is where the magic is. Let that alone be your satisfaction and delight you’ll be pleased with the results.
Whether this avocation continues as a hobby or turns into something you receive compensation for, never do it solely for the money. There’s need to act out the starving artist scenario, but when you make monetary rewards your primary goal, you risk stifling the creative pulse that emanates from the core of who you are, potentially comprising the integrity of your artistic gift to the world. Should you ever be uncertain about following your passion with this kind of expression, take some time to observe children. Notice how innocently and imaginatively the play in their world, particularly when unhindered by social restrictions and artificial boundaries. The is a reflection of the magical child who’s inside you, begging to explore and be expressed. So have fun!
Associations: Magic; Mysticism; Virtue; Honesty; Purity; Chastity; Inspiration; Protection; Restoration; Manifestation; Power; Gentleness; Humility; Healing; Unity; Virginity
Keywords: ideas, creative impulses, intellect!
Astrological Correspondence: Venus
The Empress signifies the queen of life, the ideal woman, the archetypal mother. She represents the matriarchal goddess, being part of nature, fertility, sexuality, and the generative forces. As the life-giving mother she is connected to the Earth and the natural rhythms, the appreciation of the senses. As a card of good fortune she signifies that if we are gentle and caring, as well as patient, we can bring anything to fruition; we have to be able to wait until the time is right for action so that we can reap the rewards; as a result, hard work pays off and relationships become satisfying. The Empress can, in negative situations, also depict vanity, undeveloped creativity, stagnation, and apathy.
If single, you attract attention today. Be social when you and others are so relaxed. Today scores of people amuse and interest you. You link up with people who need to be in your life. Be aware that they may not be your soul mates, but they know them or know someone who knows them. You expand the boundaries of love in your Significant other union when you clear up emotional debris.
The Temperance card represents erotic fairness and compromise, and perhaps even the necessity to calm passions in order to build up another part of your relationship. Have you been concentrating so much on the physical aspect of love that you’ve forgotten to nurture the mental, emotional, or spiritual side of things? Put a temporary hold on sex so that you can explore other aspects of a partnership. When the moratorium is over, prepare for some mind-blowing passion that will help make up for lost time!
Five of Wands
There may be obstacles on your path. Courage will be required to overcome them.
Creativity and a love of home are the key elements of Cancer.
Air denotes freedom and the ability to transcend the mundane. You may be, or may soon experience a spiritual or secular.
“Log-uhz” – Literally: “Water” or Ocean – Esoteric: Unconscious, Collective Memory
Rune of the unconscious context of becoming or the evolutionary process. Rune of Life’s longing for itself.
Psi: emotion, psychic powers, unconscious mental processes, love, dreaming
Energy: life energy, ocean spirit, origins of life, collective unconscious, the astral plane, love as unity, evolution
Mundane: water, imagination, occultism, dreams
Divinations: Life, passing a test, sea of vitality and of the unconscious growth, memory, dreams; or fear, circular motion, avoidance, withering, depression, manipulations, emotional blackmail, lack of moral fiber, fantasy, poison, toxicity
Mastery of emotion in order to shape wyrd
Guidance through difficult initiatory tests, ie. initiation into life
Increase in vitality and life force
Communication between your conscious mind to another’s unconscious mind
Development of ‘second sight’ or prophetic wisdom
All powers of dreaming (lucid dreams, astral projection)
Keywords: Love, relationships.
Meanings: The Rings is the rune of love and when it is the leading stone, it is a positive answer to your question. It is very much a rune of relationship and can indicate engagement, marriage or a new/renewed relationship. It can also indicate the need for a fresh approach to an existing relationship.
The beauty of heather flowers is one reason it is associated with the Irish Goddess of love, fertility, and new growth. Be happy when you draw this letter because it denotes love, companionship, and passion. Whether it will be a new love or an old love rekindled, Ura is a powerful symbol and one that may bring great luck in your love life.
Fortune – This Ogham deals in matters of Love. Whether it is new love or rekindling of old love, enjoy the peace and love that comes with Ura!
“Walk barefoot, listen to the wind, drink in the moon…. BE MAGICK”
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Forget fortune-telling, tarot has many more applications as we’ve suggested previously in Uses for Tarot Cards. In this post, we’re going to focus on using the cards for self improvement and learning how to apply them to strengthen your optimism and resilience. Two qualities we all need to live life fully.
We’re going to give you two exercises, which you can do in order, or just pick the one you like. There are no rules.
Firstly, of course, you need a tarot deck. It’s completely up to you which one you use. Just make sure the images speak to you. The idea is to let them open up new possibilities and to help you extend your thoughts and emotions. If the artwork doesn’t appeal to you, it’s not going to help. Pen and paper will also be necessary.
Change is hard, but sometimes resisting change brings about even more low points in our lives. For example, if resisting the end of a relationship or situation, you may be just banging your head against the wall. Not only can life never go back to the way it was, but refusing to let go can keep you from starting a new cycle that could be even better than the one that you’re having such a difficult time giving up now.
Keywords: teaching, school, blessing, ritual, marriage, acting!
Astrological Correspondence: Taurus
As a priest, the Pope, or Hierophant, represents traditional values and moral development. He is the wise teacher or counselor guiding groups or collectives on their path in search for spiritual truth or meaning. Depicted as a religious figure in ceremonial vestments he interprets secret mysteries, divine law, and theological doctrine. Although this card implies that he is linked to the church, the Pope signifies not only organized religion but also focus on groups in general, such as schools, teams, companies – any group with fixed roles and assigned responsibilities. The Pope is a symbol for rules, procedures, structure, and ritual, creating harmony within groups and staying their course so they can find identity and progress as a whole. The negative imagery symbolizes dogmatism and inflexibility, extreme conformity, or conventionalism.
The “World Tree” in Norse mythology was an ash tree; many cultures have looked to the ash tree as a source of power and order. Ash is a hardwood known for its use for weapons, sports, and musical instruments. This hardiness of ash denotes its symbolism for order, harmony, balance, and the status quo. Drawing the Nuin symbol can take on a variety of meanings, however it is most often associated with a life of peace and symmetry.
Fortune -When you find this Ogham, a great fate is at work. Take action now and let destiny carry you to the finish line!
Brooms tolerate poor soil and growing conditions, they are known for wasteland reclamation, a way of cleaning up hazardous sites. It is no surprise that this plant is also where the term broom arose as a cleaning tool. Over the centuries the Ngetal, or broom, as been associated with healing, cleaning, and restoring what once was. Drawing this letter shows some aspect in life has been cleaned and healed or is in great need of it.
Fortune – It is time to cleanup in life! This Ogham is a sign that you need to find the mess that has been made in your life or someone close to you and sweep it up!
The Celts believed that hazelnuts gave inspiration and wisdom, even in many other cultures the hazel tree and it’s branches and nuts are used for protection. In Celtic mythology one of the greatest leaders named Fionn Mac Cumhail magically gained wisdom after eating salmon that sustained themselves upon hazelnuts. The ogham letter coll denotes wisdom, divination, and inspiration. Drawing this letter will give you a deeper look into you questions and concerns.
Fortune – Look inward to your own wisdom to gain the answer you seek. Be creative, be perceptive, this Ogham shows you already have the answer!
“Patience up to a point. Know your time, but work your wyrd always.”
Jera – “Yehr-ah” – Literally: “Year” – Esoteric: Harvest
Rune of harvest and reward for, or reaction to, right actions in a horizontal (naturally ordered) cyclical process. Rune of peace on the land and in the heart.
Psi: psychological time, patience, the measurement of time
Energy: good harvest, orbits, cycles, progress, biorhythms, right effort
Mundane: waiting, gardening, farming, the seasons, harvest
Divinations: Reward for positive action, plenty, peace, proper timing; or repetition, bad timing, poverty, conflict, regression.
Fertility, creativity and harmony with the land
Peace, prosperity and plenty
Realization of the cyclical nature of the multiverse, invoking the power of time and cycles
Bringing other concepts gently into material manifestation
Initiating gradual and lasting change in flow of life
In this series, Jamie Richardson of Ember + Aura Tarot explains how to embrace the message of each major arcana card.
The Hierophant is an unwavering symbol of convention, conformity, and tradition. Often depicted as a masculine figure, he holds the key to wisdom and thus, enlightenment—if we’re willing to adopt his particular set of rules and follow his lead. The Hierophant plays the role of priest and offers his devotees access to divinity through the setting aside of their own personal agendas and strict adherence to a particular doctrine. He is the face of organized religion and cherished institutions. Wherever there is a uniform group mentality that respects time-honored customs and codes, you will find The Hierophant.
The Hierophant is the counterpart to The High Priestess. What The High Priestess intuitively feels in the dark of the moonlit soul and understands by relying on her inner sight, the Hierophant recognizes as absolute truth because established systems and set practices have deemed it so. The way of the Hierophant is structured and specific. He teaches that there is a particular way of doing things, a way that has always worked in the past and will continue to do so forever.
For those of us who have spent many years learning to trust our own instincts, follow our own path, and listen to our inner voice, The Hierophant can be very triggering. In his most negative light, he denies that anyone can claim a personal avenue to enlightenment. He leaves no room for individual navigation of the soul. He insists that the only way to reach the divine is by being funneled into a collective mentality and obeying the rules within a system. Obviously, this is an outdated method for reaching our highest self and we would do well to shed this projected mindset.
Now, let’s take a look at how The Hierophant can work for us in a more positive, inspiring way. As I was creating my tarot deck, the subject of this card was particularly challenging to me. I was tired of surrendering my power to outside sources; I didn’t believe someone else possessed the key to ultimate truth. How could I choose an image for my Hierophant card that evoked my own trust and respect? I had to ask myself who my ideal Hierophant was and settled on the figure of a guide (embodied here as the Christ.) As an authentic leader, the Hierophant brings the concepts and ideas of truth into the light of collective consciousness. Ideally, he gently points the way towards transcendent bliss and encourages his apostles to purify themselves through consistent practice and discipline in order to ascend. His goals require surrender and self-denial. This basically translates to renouncing the ego and continually pouring oneself out onto the altar of symbolic death and renewal. Through this sacrifice of self, we ultimately reach new heights as we learn to embrace a greater good that goes beyond ourselves.
When The Hierophant shows up in a reading, you are being called into some sort of Initiation. Either you are being asked to undergo a new path of learning, or you are being called to become a teacher or guide for others. Let the implications of both of these possibilities sink in. Make room for new ideas and opportunities to reveal themselves to you. Take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to have all the right answers. Rather, many masters have gone before you, paving the way, and are more than willing to help you shoulder the burden of being “right” all the time. More than likely, you will soon find yourself surrounded by like-minded individuals on a similar path to your own, who share many of your spiritual values.
When you begin to see yourself as a part of a whole, rather than a separate identity, The Hierophant is working his magic in your life. His essence is that of a wise and patient guide who sees you as a promising student. Don’t be surprised if you experience profound shifts in your priorities, have strong urges to write and speak your truth, and find yourself stepping outside of your comfort zone. Explore the possibility of accepting a path of conventionality, one that has withstood the test of time, and learn the lesson it has to offer. The Hierophant is an intelligent energy and one that must be absorbed in order to achieve inner harmony.
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