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May 15, 2019

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Getting to Know Your Deck
By Iria Vasquez-Paez
Explain what happened in this exercise. Did you decide to look at them in order or randomly? What did you experience when you did the exercise? Did this exercise work for you?

Major Arcana

The Truth Seeker’s Tarot

0 – the Fool – Here we have a lonely joker about to go off the edge of a cliff in a cartoon-like manner. He may yet find himself standing on air if he has the faith to keep going on the journey. He has a walking stick, and his little dog too. It’s as if his little dog is pushing him to go over the cliff, all on a nice, warm day. In life we are all like that fool. We chug along until we hit a wall. Or we have to keep going based on faith alone.

1- The Magician – The lone magician stands on the ground. Ground yourself in your power whatever you are doing and he happens to be levitating a brown table with a sword, a pentacle and a cup, as well as a wand, the four symbols of the Tarot. He holds a wand. He reminds us of the self-control we have over things in our lives that we imagine we don’t always have self-control in. He has a cape with black and white stripes and a yellow shirt and a red cover for his cape. Magicians have a way of escaping in a magickal way. They can appear or disappear. He wears a hat with an infinity sign to remind us of the energy of the universe he’s tapped into. That has a feather inside, to remind us that magicians are connected to the natural world as well, which is why he’s standing on a hill of grass as he does his magick. Magicians are very into controlling his power.
2- The High Priestess – A powerful woman, who sits on the throne with a beaded rosary in one hand on the right, and has a book of the law or of magick on the left hand. She has a crown, her head wrapped in a white veil. She wears a neck-lace with a triangle shaped, downward pointed, parallel to her feet. The High Priestess symbolizes wisdom within us, where we go to look at the divine feminine. She is wearing a blue and white gown with gold trim and a green belt or rib-bon of some kind. It doesn’t matter what gender you’ve been brainwashed with. Sophia=the High Priestess as well as in part, the Empress. The High Priestess rep-resents decisions made by understanding the spiritual realms (Gray, 100). On a side note, The High Priestess is indoors unlike the other cards so far being out doors, it’s the first indoor card.
3- The Empress – The Empress is in a chair guarding a grove of trees in the out-doors. She sits with a scepter in her left hand and a shield bearing the sign of an Eagle or another bird-like creature on her right hand. Once again, she is a representation of female leadership. She wears a red gown with gold trim. The Empress represents getting to a point of leading, getting what you want, and being able to rule others.
4- The Emperor – A man sits in a chair overlooking his land, the chair is on plain ground; his kingdom is behind him. His castle is in the distance. His scepter is a circle with a cross on top, and a red cross around the circle with gold balls on top of the red striped cross. An eagle on a shield rests next to the chair. The King wears a black robe, red pants, boots, and a green mantel. He is looking away from the front of the card. I can only think that this Emperor signifies male power. Male fortune. He is the consort to the Empress. Husband and wife symbolism here.
5- The Hierophant – A religious man sits on a throne with a crown made of three levels. His scepter has three levels as well. He is wearing a blue robe, and a red mantel. He is in between two pillars and these pillars are made of blue and red ribbons. Three petitioners come to him, two men and one woman. These three could be viewed as the past, present, and future or a family with a son. My confusion is pretty much all about what to say to someone I’m reading for at this point. The Hierophant’s pillars represent the theme of duality (107). The threes in his staff also represent rule over the creative, formative and material worlds.
6- The Lovers – Cupid is about to shoot a man trying to choose between a fully dressed, blond conservative and naked liberal free spirited redhead. The three stand on a field of white flowers, oblivious to the world, surrounded by hills. The lover has to make a choice between two items, unaware as to the third choice. Gray says “choice between vice and virtue, good and evil. The reversal is most fascinating, “infidelity “(107-108). The lovers is a card that reflects heavily on the person’s choices made in relationships.
7- The Chariot – A prince rides a chariot pulled by two horses, one black horse, and one white horse, in two different directions. He’s riding fast away from a village. The village is visible in the distance with a border preventing easy entry. He’s riding away on the grasslands. The sitter is presented with choices, good or evil, as well as feeling swayed into different directions. This chariot represents a chance to go towards a choice or to get away from a choice. Held together by armor, he rides.
8- Strength – With a forest behind her, a woman tames a lion. She holds his mouth shut. She has conquered her fears. He grits his teeth against her touch but she holds firm. They are on a hill of larger flowers, wavy grass, trees against the background, and blue sky. I take strength to mean, bad things are coming, look out. I’ve lived long enough to understand that about life. Then again Eden Gray be-lieves the strength card means the “seeker is learning to release his fears” (114), and the woman in the card is the “enchantress” who needs no physical force for what she does to the lion of fear.
9- The Hermit – A lone wanderer, no choices before him except to move for-ward in a straight line, dressed in a robe. He holds a stick. Behind him are trees, before, him a lantern with a circular light. His feet have sandals barely stuck on as he walks on bare earth with grassy, winter hills behind him. The hermit seems like a man who is unwilling to accept help if we look at him as a modern homeless guy for a moment. Gray calls him a Seeker who is seeking “silent counsel; a meeting with one who will guide the Seeker to his goals” (116).
10 – The Wheel of Fortune – There is a wheel with a rabbit, a sphinx, and a monkey. All represent past, present, and future simultaneously. The wheel itself represents fate. Clouds in the sky come in threes, the sky is twilight. The hill balloons out behind the wheel, which is firmly on plain land with the grassland in the back-ground. The conscious, subconscious and superconscious minds are represented here. Fontana’s interpretation in the book Understanding the Tarot, the Truth Seeker’s Guide, (2008), however is very different from my own. The monkey represents uncontrolled instinct, the rabbit is really a hare which represents intelligence, and the sphinx symbolizes spiritual wisdom (28). I have always taken the World to mean that you need to stop letting fate run your life. There is no such thing as fate or destiny once you get off that wheel. You get off that wheel and you make firm choices as to how you want to deal with things.

11 – Justice is a woman with a sword in her right hand and a scale in her left hand, scales. She is dividing the need to dispense justice with the sword. The scales rep-resent the separation of good or evil. She is wearing red since justice can often come about as a result of a bloody action. Her gold cloak covers her body. The re-versed meaning is in the scope of this paper but my interest in justice is that re-versed, the justice card is interpreted as being about injustices. If the readee has a court case, the justice card face-up indicates the court case will be won. (Gray 120). Fontana’s approach has a lot to do with color. He feels that the red robe is about “worldly power” (28). I view the sword as hacking through anything detrimental to justice. Swords to me personally, evoke an image of Xena:Warrior Prin-cess although justice herself is a cut-and-dry sort of situation in this card. I am particularly drawn to this card for personal reasons. The scales to me are about life and death in some ways. These scales measure good deeds and bad deeds in the afterlife as well.

12 – The Hanged Man – Here’s another card about negativity. Sometimes we are victimized in life. The Hanged Man is about being divided between the worlds. What it actually means is that the Hanged Man is suspended between the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life (Fontana, 30). His legs form the shape of the number four. This was something I hadn’t even processed until now. Why four? Four directions, four corners in a square, sometimes I feel clueless.

13- While doing a reading on a job, I found myself getting the death card. This to me means I’ll keep the job. Since the reader of this paper doesn’t know my work history I can tell you its somewhat sketchy at times for someone in their early 30s. Death came up to tell me that it was time for me to accept the change of having a job. A job with a boss that isn’t a high-strung crazy nut like my boyfriend’s boss, or for that matter the other bosses I’ve had in my life. It says: get used to change. Change happens. Deal with it. Death isn‘t the most literal context of the card that may have a dead man with a scythe as well as a chopped off head on the ground, corpses everywhere, after he crosses the river no less! The dark clouds in the background make this a foreboding card to most people. What people do not understand however, is that transformation happens all the time in life. The cells in your body are constantly changing, dying, and being reborn. Gray reminds us to never predict death for a person getting a reading even if it’s true. In Caps he writes, “NEVER PREDICT DEATH FOR THE SUBJECT OF AN INTERPRETATION” (125). The River symbolizes the constant flow of life force. Death is only a transition between realms, nothing more. It is actually a very simple process people fear too much.

14 – Temperance – I feel that this card means people should look to moderate their behavior in all things, from too much food to too much drinking. This card warns people to exercise their self-control. An angel of light comes out while the sun is rising on a new day, as she switches water in jugs, floating over fields of flowers and cat tails, a river running through the meadow. The jugs are the essence of life pouring from the conscious to the unconscious (129).

15 – The Devil – Always a laughable card, I can see the obvious interpretations. The Devil shows two lovers, their private parts hidden away, chained to an altar where the Devil flashes a live-long-and prosper. A star is above the Devils’ head, and he has a flaming torch from hell in his left hand. The Devil has wings. If the Devil were to show up in a reading about a relationship I would take it to mean that there are problems. Gray’s definition involves a “perverse sexual life” (130). Al-though this paper does not require reversal meanings, the Gray definition interests me personally “Black magick has no power over the person who seeks help from above (130). Does the Devil mean that help is on the way? Fontana states that the Devil is keeping “two people who have failed his tests” on the plinth where he sits (130). Laughter is always the best medicine for fear of any darkness.

16 – The Tower – I have heard the Tower is a card that refers to mental illness like the Moon. The Tarot is full of cards about polarity it seems. The Tower is about conflict in relationships or families, unforeseen change, catastrophe will occur (Gray, 132).We have a Tower, comically hit by lightning which symbolizes the “impetus for change” (Fontana, 34). Two people who have lived in this tower now have to face the world. The river runs by The Tower, which stands on a meadow, grassland and hills in the background. The clouds in the sky surround the sun, covered by a black eclipse dripping in liquid blackness that spills all over the land-scape. Change is coming! You cannot avoid it! This card is a foreboding one to get.

17 – The Star – To me the Star means that the mind is preoccupied. The Star is of-ten a symbol of hope . There are 8 stars in this picture which I thought meant the 8 planets of the solar system but really symbolize the higher realms. The two jugs poured into the subconscious reflect things that are happening in the subconscious, the river flowing to the conscious mind. In the Truth-Seeker’s deck, the water poured onto the river is more significant than the stars in the sky. The waters in the pitcher are the water of life. Fontana reminds us that in some Tarot decks, the water is poured onto the ground, or the conscious mind but in the Truth-Seeker deck everything is poured into the subconscious mind. The bird perched on the Tree of Life is “ a symbol of our spiritual self, waiting to drink at the lake” (35). Gray’s most important meaning to me in his definition is “No destruction is final” (134). The Star often comes with interpretations involving mental illness. Gray reminds us that the Star is the card of meditation although I don’t know what I’d tell some-one I’m reading about meditation since I need to start a meditation program of my own.

18 – The Moon – is next, also referring to the mind. When I get the Moon, I’m re-minded of what could be delusional versus what could be reality. Here is a scene where the crayfish is emerging out of the river as the path leads to two towers. On each path are a dog and a wolf howling at the moon in shared drives to do so. The Moon is shown with a man’s face, and a dark circle. The moon is both full and in its first quarter, something I find confusing about the card itself. Earth’s moon is an archetype of the divine feminine in many earth-based religions that draw down the moon. Fontana interprets the crayfish as “the destructive aspect of the female, emerges from the waters of the unconscious” (36). Gray feels the Moon is the card of the psychic, of deception and bad luck in dealing with acquaintances (136). The wolf is nature’s untamed creation. I have no idea what the dog means.

19 – The Sun – Two lovers surrounded by flowers rising towards the sun. The sun has a face inside, and is shining on the wall. It seems they’re having a nooner. This is the most graphic of tarot cards. I have no idea what to tell someone if they ask “is my lover having an affair,” and this card comes up. Fontana tells us that this card is the male archetype of the sun, solar energy. Previously, the moon was fe-male energy. This card is not “a couple about to consummate” (Fontana, 37), it’s a couple obviously going at it. He also feels the card is about reconciling two opposing forces in one’s psyche, male and female. Gray’s interpretation is rather short “success in business or the arts” or in very short hand, attainment, and liberation (138).

20 – Judgment – In a spread where someone has asked questions that are about judging, I tend to take this card as a sign to tell them not to be so judgmental. But then, that’s because we see an angel with a horn and the dead rising from their graves. Fontana reminds me that Judgment depicts St. Michael the Archangel. What actions that I have taken do I now recognize as having been not only against the divine will but against the well-being of others and, ultimately, against myself (38). Gray’s keyword is “spiritual awakening,” something I’m having trouble understanding when using the judgment card as a prompt. The last card in a spread would mean the end of the Seeker’s troubles.
21- The World – The world is symbolized by a woman wearing a cloth to cover her nakedness. She is surrounded by the laurel wreath of victory. The lion symbolizes courage, the human man, humanity, the bird spirituality, and the donkey, strength. She is holding a magician’s wand. The last card means that the end of the tarot journey has been reached. She has helped manifest. She is standing on green grass, with the sunlight behind her. Fontana reminds us that this “journey is complete- I have greater knowledge and understanding of my true self. Now reflect on how far you have come, as you ready yourself to embark on the next stage” (39). Gray’s thought to hold onto this card is “Triumph in all undertakings,” (142). The four animals represent the four elements. The woman, a merging of the conscious mind and the subconscious because Tarot helps people uncover subconscious situations in more ways than we can count even if the number 21 is the most magickal number of all with 3 X 7 representing magickal numbers coming to completion.
The minor Arcana:
Ace beginnings
2 balance required
3 growth
4 stability
5 uncertainty
6 harmony
7 endings
8 balance achieved
9 success
10 completion
Correspondences:
1. Swords: Fire
2. Wands: Air
3. Cups: Water
4. Pentacles: Earth

Moving on to wands:

A helpful passage in the Eden Gray book I find useful to me is the one on page 148 that states “ four wands will indicate growth and energy, four or more cups indicate the question has to do with emotion, love, children, pleasure, swords – four or more suggest aggressive ambition, perhaps destructive activities, pentacles – four or more will mean a question about money, trade, or material gain” and finally, “ Court cards: several wands, a business conference, several cups, happy company, good times, several swords, conflict,” ending with “ several pentacles, politics and high finance.” Two Kings means “ a conference” (of any suit), “Two Queens: facing each other, gossip” (148-149), “ Two Knights: a fight,” ending with two pages “playful pastimes.”
Gray goes on to tell us that the Major Arcana in a spread will mean that powerful outside forces are at work that will influence the Seeker. The outcome is not in his hands but in the hands of others. My Grimoire on page 282. Sword: political con-cern, will, power, dominance, struggle. Wands: spiritual concerns, intellect, learn-ing, career, and honor. Cups: emotional concerns, love, relationships, friends, family, home. Pentacles: material concerns, wealth, health, property, security.
Wands – emotional issues, beginning with:

Ace of Wands: A wand stands alone on ground without grass. It is surrounded by a fall-like environment. New beginnings, something new of everything whether in family, business, or any new undertaking by the Seeker is symbolized by the strength of the wand to stand alone. The Ace of wands looks most like the number one, a symbol of “masculine fertility, inventiveness, and creative powers” (Fontana, 42-43). Complimentary card to the Ace of Cups, the Ace of wands means I have to say “you stand alone in your creative power or there is some kind of undertaking you are beginning alone.” 6 leaves in the background are a theme with the wands card in the Truth Seeker’s Tarot.
Two of Wands: The two of wands are conjoined over an open cauldron on bare ground. Each card is bordered by 5 leaves. “What prompts our actions: positive or negative “(Fontana, 45). Two as a number is separate from the number one in that it shows dichotomy. The divisiveness of the number two is what categorizes either/or, differences, opposites, in particular male and female. Fontana’s interpretation is that conflict is not necessarily “destructive- much depends upon the motivation behind it. Is it a genuine desire for clarification and necessary progress, or one for greed and self-aggrandizement” (45)? Wands are all about energy and growth according to Gray, who instead tells us that the two of wands has particular mean-ing in that creative impulses exit in a person, there is courage to conquer the possibility of domination (30). Wands are also a symbol for the element of air, air go-erning the emotions and the greater meaning referring to the potential of conflict of ideas (44).
Three of Wands: Threes are the catalyst for creative process. Three is the manifestation of an enlightened Buddha (Fontana, 46). The three of wands represents the initial creative impulse, or cause. Hindu deities are beyond the scope of this paper. Three in Grays’ interpretation begins to represent cooperation in business affairs” (34), or that three people or more will start cooperating somehow. Three of wands float together over bare ground and grassland, one taller than the rest. 5 leaves float below the three of wands.
Four of Wands: Four of wands, three tied together in a red ribbon, and one apart. The four of wands is about structure, the order that comes from the shape of a square. Square isn’t always a bad thing. Squares are protective. The Four of Wands in particular denotes “abstract thought, philosophy, creativity, and idealism” (49). Four Archangels guard the earth, Uriel, Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. The Four of Wands also represents potential success in philosophy (Fontana, 49).

Five of Wands: More risk than misfortune, the risk is associated with potential excitement rather than misfortune (Fontana, 51). 5 is an odd number which makes it an exciting number. For Gray, this means competition and obstacles, the “willing-ness to fight for one’s right” that “may change things for the better” (44). Fontana reminds us of the five ages of humanity, babyhood, childhood, adolescence, adult-hood and old age (50). The 5th element is spirit. In the movie, the 5th Element, they can’t complete the process of whatever it was until they had spirit in the woman’s kiss. The number five represents the breaking-down force of nature, which is as necessary as the building-up force (44). Five is a number that throws you for a loop because of the extra addition. The background in the five of wands changes to 10 leaves in the background and grass underneath a matt of roses. The 5 of wands are hanging upside down from a tent parked on the land.
Six of Wands: Good news, pride in riches and success, (Gray, 48). 6 of wands symbolizes good fortune for creative endeavors. “How do you react to success and failure, to achievements and setbacks” (Fontana, 53), the six of wands is about triumph according to this website (http://www.learntarot.com/w6.htm). The six of wands is about feeling pride, getting acclaim, and reminds us not to indulge in excess pride. 6 of wands can also be about our attitude towards our success. It gets into what our emotional response will be. The six of wands hang suspended above the grass and there are 10 leaves in the background.
Seven of Wands: Fontana calls this the most potent of all sevens, symbolic of strong psychic abilities, “particularly the power of transmutation and transmutation” (55). Stiff competition dependent on whether it shows up in the past location on the reading. The past location on the Celtic cross spread is the 4th position, which is above card 1 and 2, card two being read sideways both reverse and front. The future position is 6, on the right of the 1 and 2 cards. Reversed this card has special meaning. It means the threat will pass you by. All the readings I’ve ever done prior to this are flashing through my head, because I’m wondering how on earth people think I’m accurate. Fontana reminds us of all the 7 memes in the world. The 7 days of the week, the 7 chakras, 7 wonders of the world, 7 pillars of wisdom. All 7 cards carry a huge significance. 7 of wands symbolize strong psychic abilities.
Eight of Wands: Wands fly through an oasis in a desert surrounded by ferns. Gray’s useful interpretation to me is “approach to a goal” (58). Journey by air is also implied. 8 is a whole number, the infinity symbol , for Fontana, the eight of wands means “the spiritual strength that stems from realizing this true nature” (57). Love of sports or arrows of jealousy and violence (58).
Nine of Wands: Eventual victory or refusal to fight for what is right (Gray, 62). Any 9 card is regarded as “the most challenging in the Minor Arcana in that they remind us of the opportunities for personal growth and development offered by life, and the foolishness of neglecting these opportunities” (59). The 9 of wands represents our creative abilities. In the Truth-Seeker deck, the 9 of wands is a ladder of wands reaching up into a post on top of which rests a bone. Two birds sit in the tree, and ferns surround the trees in the oasis.
10 of Wands: 10 is alpha and omega, composed of both one and zero. The 10 of wands in particular, Fontana feels is what reminds us if we “are over-defensive or avoiding truths about ourselves and whether we defend things that deserve defend-ing, such as integrity” (61). I take the 10 to mean that you hit the mark. You hit a solid 10. Way to go! Good job! Success is imminent. Oppressive load, a ruination of plans, in Gray’s mind, a truly negative card because of a “desire to ruin the happiness of others if reversed” (66), however in the Truth-Seeker deck, the 10 of Wands is about 10 birds flying around the sun that’s shining on the truth. The wands are stacked upon each other, and stretched to the highest part of the twin rods. Roses are wrapped around the wands, grassland sticks out on the bottom of the card.
Princess of Wands: The Princess of Wands wears a red dress and stands in a field of 10 wands, breasts exposed, standing on the reddened ground, with trees behind her. Truth Seeker Tarot, wands correspond to either fire or air. In Gray’s case, the Page of Wands is substituted in the Rider-Waite decks for the Princess of Wands in the Truth-Seeker deck. The page of wands is about a person with sudden emotion, one of enthusiasm, or reversed, theatrical. Gray gets sexist on us when he feels that if a Seeker is a woman and gets this card there is heartbreak involved (74). The Princess of Wands symbolizes body, as one of the complementary forces that make up humanity. The Court cards in the suit of wands symbolize uprightness and honesty, as well as the princess referring to intelligence, sincerity and honesty (Fontana, 62-63). An interesting knowledge that makes me blush furiously appears before me on this page, of how wands and cups are positive cards, with pentacles and swords being negative cards. Fontana’s opinion rests on the way a “negative card” can “[appear] between two positive ones, its qualities may become positive” (62), indeed his Princess of Wands shows honesty and sincerity because through her youth and beauty she’s always forgiven. Princess of Wands also refers to the trickster archetype.

Prince of Wands: Prince of Wands, leading a horse by its reigns, surrounded by 5 wands ,and wearing a red outfit with red boots ,and gold tights. The Prince of Wands corresponds to the Knight of Wands in Rider-Wait. Apparently, Gray wants us to “CHOOSE THIS CARD FOR A LIGHT-COMPLEXIONED YOUNG MAN”(78). What if I’m reading for a black guy who gets this card? What a strange comment to have in a book about Tarot cards. Dark hair or light hair, it doesn’t matter. I’m an empath, a reader of character. It really doesn’t matter to me what color hair someone has. I’d rather read this card as a harbinger of the way the Seeker has of causing conflict. Gray interprets this card as a journey or change be-sides. In the Truth-Seeker deck, the Prince is a hero, the hero in Wands being rep-resented by nobility. Prince of Wands also asks us if we are giving enough though to others. Something that resonates with me tonight: “our best gifts can be destructive if misused, and can become lost if neglected. Overall, the Princes represent the mind, with all its extraordinary powers and attendant weaknesses (67).” I know a thing or two about the weaknesses of the mind as well as the amazing powers a mind can have from my own personal life experience.
Queen of Wands: The Queen of Wands wears a dress that covers her tits, represents the growth and energy of the wands. Gray confuses me when he says “CHOOSE THIS CARD FOR A BLONDE WITH BLUE EYES” (82). The card may or may not represent a woman who is fond of the country, of home, and of nature. Someone who has the power of attraction and command, the Queen of Wands is the nurturing, hospitable, archetype of the feminine. She represents the ideal feminine, as well as your impact as a woman on other people.
King of Wands: The King of Wands is a family man. The family man who is hand-some and passionate, generous and noble, (Gray, 86), and in the Truth Seeker deck is holding a wand in his left hand and riding a horse. He has a crown on his head. 6 wands are at the galloping horse’s feet, “the assertive, yet measured and therefore well-balanced aspect of the ruler” (70). The King of Wands symbolizes controlled aggression, with an ability to protect his young.

Cups – the suit of cups begins here. The suit of cups corresponds to water.

Ace of Cups: The Ace of Cups is a cup that stands alone on an altar-like table. There are clouds in the sky and a grassy meadow land. One cloud has parts of the cloud trailing into the foggy hills below. The river runs around the table the lone Ace stands on, spilling water from its center. The Ace of Cups is a symbol for the old-fashioned pestle and mortar, which Fontana reminds us is a lunar symbol of the Great Mother. On the website, http://www.learntarot.com/ca.htm, the Ace of Cups stands for using emotional force, developing intuition, experiencing intimacy, proceeding with love, giving to those in need and getting rid of negativity. This card is about direct knowing, intuition, enhancing your psychic awareness, responding to messages within. I adore this website for saying “love is the essence of the situation” it may or may not be romantic love. The Ace of Cups is a receptacle.

Two of Cups: Two cups on an altar , beside two chairs sitting across from each other. In the back, sits a house, on a grassy lawn. Water flowing all around the lawn, two cups have both an outer and inner form. Two stands for duality. Duality is about black, white, the opposites of the universe. The cup “symbolizes another duality” according to Fontana (44). (http://www.learntarot.com/ca.htm ) states that the two of cups is about making a connection with another, calling a truce that heals relationships, acknowledging an attraction that draws two people together like a magnetic force. Two of cups shows that two people can come together, creating a beautiful thing. The two of cups will reflect the beginning of a new, well-balanced relationship (Gray, 30) when two are drawn together. Two of cups can also refer to the domination of one by the other in reverse. A cloud spills forth natural cloud trails into the sky, into the cup on the right, the first cup or the second cup depending on your point of view.

Three of Cups: When two come together, one results. Three cups stand on an altar, water flowing all over. A cloud spreads down into the center cup. The Three of cups stands for the Preserver, Fontana makes a reference to the divine trinity in Hinduism of Brahman, The Creator, Vishnu, the Preserver, and Shiva, the Agent of Change. The three of cups in particular represents preservation of the power of three. The three of cups is about people you like, relationships that bring joy, a common goal, community, (http://www.learntarot.com/c3.htm). Three of cups will lead to an implied “happy conclusion of an undertaking” (Gray, 35). This is a card of hidden talent.

Four of Cups: The fourth option that comes after the third. Four cups are superimposed on a ship with three sails, and four other ships in the background for a total of five ships. The ship with the cups is docked in the harbor, tied up to the post. The four of cups have two sweet drinks and two sour drinks. The four of cups rep-resents depth, secrecy, the occult, things of the mind, and a shifting, fluid nature (Fontana, 49). Gray feels this card represents dissatisfaction with material success (41). It may mean that the Seeker’s ship has finally come in but the Seeker is dis-satisfied with what has come in.

Five of Cups: 5 cups, on a table, stacked. The background shows two ships, both sailing toward each other. The ocean is behind the Two bitter, two sweet, one mixed. Emotions, loss of a loved one. The wine of life has been bitter. The Seeker is poisoned. (Gray, 45). Reversed meanings include return of a new friend, courage to overcome difficulties. The element of risk is in the five of cups. To avoid the risk of being alive is to be unrealistic (Fontana, 51).

Six of Cups: 6 cups surround a table, floating in the air. 7 clouds are in the sky, and one cloud in the middle spreads air down to the mountains in the background. The river flows to the lake all around, meadows surrounding the table. Gray’s meanings become more obtuse “Meeting with a childhood acquaintance who has a gift for the seeker,” happiness from the past. Reversed-outmoded relationships need to be discarded. Six of Cups stands for good fortune, and an open attitude towards life (53).

Seven of Cups: 5 ships, 10 birds, two clouds, 7 cups. The 7 of cups is about relationships influenced by the esoteric, and the occult art of concealment. 7 of cups refers to a magician about to reveal his magickal objects. Imagination working overtime, delusions of illusory success (Gray, 55).

Eight of Cups: 8 cups, each in an arch of its own. An open door leads to a court-yard, four ships are in the background. The 8 of cups represents leaving the rat race. The 8 of cups represents love and generosity. 8 satisfies a need for harmony as means of representation by the symbol of infinity. 8 of cups rejects one’s pre-sent mode of life. http://www.learntarot.com/c8.htm

9 of cups: 9 cups with water pouring into each, floating over the 5 ships, one ship docked at the harbor. http://www.learntarot.com/c9.htm refers to the 9 of cups having your wish fulfilled, feeling satisfied, and enjoying sexual pleasure along with making love, and enjoying physical exertion. 9 represents our potential for inspiring others with our gifts and abilities (Fontana, 59). Material success and well-being is found when someone gets the 9 of cups.

10 of cups: Joy, peace and family, reaffirmation of a family commitment. http://www.learntarot.com/c10.htm, Happy family life, true friendships, happiness from above instead of material happiness in the prior card. 10 cups pouring water out, four clouds, one cloud with a wisp of air pouring from the cloud. 10 of cups represents what we give to life – (Fontana, 61).

Princess of Cups: A naked princess sits on a dolphin, pouring water out of a cup, holding on for the wild ride as she sales over the circular sea with three clouds surrounding the dolphin. The generosity and wisdom of the princess of cups.

Prince of Cups: Gazing reflectively into the lake, holding his cup next to his left knee, he holds onto his horse while reminding us that we have to accept our own ability to neglect our search for meaning. Be emotional, be intuitive, be intimate, and loving. Gray’s random interpretation “the birth of a child” (Gray, 75).
Queen of Cups: The Queen of Cups is the tranquil, dreaming aspect of the divine mother (Fontana, 68). http://www.learntarot.com/cqn.htm, says the queen of cups is loving, unconditionally accepting, tenderhearted, intuitive, psychic, (open to the unconscious), represents the readee’s ability to have an open telepathic bond with another person or a finely-tuned psychic sensibility/is a natural medium. Spiritually, this person feels oneness with God and the universe, has reverence for all life, finds joy in communion, and appreciates the deeper meanings of life, seeing the world as a holy place.
King of Cups: The King of Cups celebrates the well-balanced ruler’s hasty, impulsive side. Now that I really can’t use the book, I can say that I’ve received this card to indicate another man is stopping me meeting my sisters. The King of Cups can either represent a negative or a positive trait depending on the situation as well as the other cards around it. http://www.learntarot.com/ckg.htm. The King of Cups is wise, calm, diplomatic, and caring although there can be negative reads. I recall at some point, having received a Queen of Swords and a King of Cups although I have no way of verifying this information if I forgot to write this reading down in my journal. Gray’s ever enlightening interpretations include “a man of business, law or divinity who enjoys quiet power” (87).

Ace of Swords: I feel myself a little afraid of the Suit of Swords. It’s a sword stuck into a door, , the pointing tip titled to the left. The sword bars entry into a castle. There are 6 trees in the background, four rolling hills, and three clouds with a fourth looming over everything else .The castle has two steeples. There is a
circular flower hanging over the left window, which is smaller than the right window. It is a very threatening symbol for many people. The Ace of Swords is “a strongly masculine symbol, this time of the power to destroy, but in addition it represents the ability to engage in the productive linear and rational thinking that cuts through confusion and gets straight to the heart of any issue” (43). For Gray, the Ace of Swords crops up when there is “the beginning of a conquest or a victory, [the Seeker becomes a champion]” (28). Swords can build or destroy. The Ace of Swords stands alone seeking justice when righting a wrong as the truth slowly dawns. If Tarot relies on positive and negative cards or meanings, the Ace of Swords in whatever context can be mostly a good card. The Ace of Swords implies clarity despite the hurdles that life throws at us on a daily basis. http://www.learntarot.com/sa.htm. The ace of swords is about intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity, it cuts through the garbage. You stand alone while you are using the Ace of Swords to cut through all the mess leaving behind the truth that sees through the illusory acts that keep you down.
Two of Swords: The sun shines in the two of swords, as two birds fly into con-joined clouds. Two rows of 14 trees atop two hills and one meadow with four white flowers. The two of swords cross each other, as the grass behind the swords weaves its way through the air. A complimentary card to the two of swords, representative of the potential for conflict (44), Fontana remarks on conflict having to have a certain intention behind it, constructive or destructive! Fontana wants us to think about how certain desires prompt our actions, positive or negative. “When opposites arise, the Buddha (enlightened) mind is lost” (45). Beware polarization of anything. Sometimes negativity can lead to positivity. In fact, most progress in the human world was made because of polarization allowing things to crack long enough for that progress to spring forth. Gray’s interpretation echoes my life right now, in the “need for well-balanced emotions” (32). Balance and rhythm give way to a need for a sense of direction. I like this website http://www.learntarot.com/sa.htm for mentioning that an Ace-Ace pair indicates a new spirit entering one’s life.

Three of Swords: Three swords like the three Muskateers, block the front door. 5 trees, four rolling hills, and four clouds, one big cloud in the front, two steeples, one with a wheel over the smaller window, and the other with three pillars. It takes three or more to have genuine conflict! Whenever I get the three of Swords I’m reminded of this fact. Sometimes conflict is constructive while other times, conflict is destructive. Three of Swords in Fontana’s interpretation is the Agent of Change (Shiva). The element linked with swords is fire which can transform when used correctly as can most anger. Three represents the “material body, the soul body, and the energy body” or perhaps the subconscious, super-conscious and conscious minds (47). For Gray this card is one of upheaval or the separation of lovers through war or misfortune (36). Either way the three of Swords is a card of great loss.

Four of Swords: Out of the city! Into the meadow again, two birds fly below the clouds, as they are surrounded by four swords, kept in the box. The sun shines brightly over the scene of 2 rows of 14 trees each. Four flowers are in a meadow, and the meadow stretches out before the Seeker. The Four of Swords implies someone is closing in on someone else. The person being enclosed may or may not enjoy the sensation. Someone is being victimized. Time of rest (Gray, 42), return to activity or reversed, an indication of social unrest. Fontana – the four of swords relates to energy, extroversion, determination and the theoretical sciences (Fontana, 49). The Four of Swords is about logic and analysis, the story of my life. It seems the opposing cards of the Four of Swords is about resting, but the opposing cards can cause debate over whether the rest is inward or about focusing out-ward. The Magician, the Wheel of Fortune, the 8 of wands, and the ten of wands are about overexerting yourself. (Refer to the Two of Pentacles and the four of Swords when you get to the two of pentacles). http://www.learntarot.com/s4.htm

5 of Swords: 5 swords hang suspended, 14 trees in two rows, two birds fly towards a sun surrounded by two clouds. Here there are only two flowers in a meadow, and four rocks. The grass at the edge of the meadow does not detract from five swords that hang there as if about to pounce. It takes more than one person to have a productive conflict. The five of swords can be a potentially unfortunate card highlight-ing a “possible danger or need for protection” (Fontana, 51). Do we seek risk or try to avoid it? What is our attitude towards crisis? The 5 of swords is a wholly negative card even to Gray who feels the interpretation is about “failure, defeat, or con-quest of another by unfair means (46), empty victories. This website tells us that the 5 of Swords is about http://www.learntarot.com/s5.htm, indulging in the necessary selfishness that power plays imply. Victory is not won because of good or evil, victory is dubious on either side. This card sounds like a very bad card to get even if you wind up with Temperance in the spread as well.

6 of Swords: The steeples again, four clouds, one sword suspended, four swords from the right balcony, one sword in the ground, and something is broken on that concrete. Six of Swords is the opposite of the 5 of swords, good fortune, a huge victory with regard to using creativity. The fallen sword is about disappointment, the soaring sword is about success. 6 is a number of balance made from 2 X 3 which means that the number six can be luckier than the number 7. It makes this card to mean that you have a 50-50 chance of success or failure or maybe even both in one entire situation. The Seeker in Gray’s version, may be sending someone to represent him in a meeting. Otherwise the usual journey by water does not apply in the Truth Seeker Tarot deck (50). Reversed – no immediate way out, a planned journey will be postponed. This seems to be the card of blues and traveling in one holistic interpretation. http://www.learntarot.com/s6.htm

7 of Swords: 3 swords hang suspended above four swords in the ground, next to two steeples, and with four hills in the background. Four clouds are in the skies above. Lucky number 7 to some symbolizes to Fontana, the “knife used by the magician to cut the cord in order to manifest and free this concealed potential once it has been transformed” (55). Seven is about hidden skills or talents, abilities that come with wisdom. Seven is referring to seven heavens, seven chakras or days of the week (54). Gray calls this a negative card because it relates to a potential betrayal by someone. A plan of some kind may fail because people run away from the consequences of their actions. It seems the bad cards can become good cards since when 7 is reversed, a thief returns what was stolen.

8 of Swords: Inside a room in that large castle, we find that the 8 swords swirl around a fruitless vine of eight. There are two guards behind the 8 which also symbolizes infinity, three windows, one open, with the sun shining in through its stained glass, 8 swords in a pattern of 3 over 1 in the middle and four surrounding it hang over the infinity symbol. A decidedly negative card for Gray, the 8 of swords means that there is a prisoner mentality for someone. “Temporary illness has left the Seeker too weak to fight for his rights” (60); however a reversal is positive, which means released from fear. Fontana feels the 8 of swords represents “the consequent ability to overcome the challenges of earthly life” (57). 8 is also about being indestructible to Fontana, because you can draw it from wherever, having no beginning and no ending, 8 symbolizing eternal life.

9 of Swords: Same room in the castle with two guards, and one open window, two closed windows. 9 swords, one on a single candle stand and 8 on a candle-bra, the 9 of swords stands for “the most threatening card” responsive to the expression of the “sword of time and how quickly the years hurry past” (59). 9 means the zero is in the higher world while the lower stroke is in the material world. 9 is representative of a unification of opposing elements. It is the 9s which reminds us to “dis-cover, nurture and put to good use the many talents to which we have been endowed” (59). Gray melodramatically interprets the card as depicting “suffering, desolation.” I know it has something to do with potential conflict but I stall when it comes to my own interpretation of the card. Without reversing the card, there has been cruelty, loss, slander, and dishonesty. Reversed it means time brings healing, and good news of a loved one despite all the previous pain. I’m a helpless Tarot reader without the book.
10 of Swords: Outside again, on a meadow, with grass, four flowers, and five rocks, two rows of fourteen trees atop two hills overlook 10 swords surrounding each other. Achievement, and completion, all the numbers fit into the number ten. 10 of swords will be about what we fight against. The 10 of swords is not necessarily a negative card per Fontana. The 10 of swords questions “whether we have chosen the right target to fight against and whether we stay silent when we should speak out” (61). Gray once again emphasizes that the 10 of swords is “NOT A CARD OF DEATH” but a card of tears, failure, and pain. He feels that the card is about over all defeat whether in war or business deals. Reversed however, the meaning is confusing in a more positive manner since the meaning becomes that of some success and profit, or better health. The evil forces have been overthrown (68). One piece of writing that Gray has stands out in my mind the most “the swords in this card symbolize the ultimate of what strife, hatred and aggression can do” (68).

Princess of Swords: A lone princess with black hair, welding a sword, held pointed down, standing on dirt strewn with rocks. An ability to wound, with an ability to “cut through falsehood and pretense (64). The princess of Swords is a proud warrior, a symbol of the archetype of the body in its most ideal form. Some conflict in the world is necessary. The Princess of Swords reminds us of youthful conflict. Gray believes that the Princess of Swords or the Page of Swords will allow us to reveal the way necessary conflict shapes strife and aggression. Diplomacy and understanding or perhaps a spy (76), Gray tells us to use this card for a person with brown hair and brown eyes.

Prince of Swords: The Truth-Seeker decks’ equivalent to the Knight of Swords, the prince has a sword in his belt, and he’s astride his horse. The castle is in the fore-ground, clouds in the sky, perhaps late afternoon. There is dirt on the ground, a meadow behind him, and then he looks at the castle. The Fontana view of the Prince of Swords is that he calls upon us to question if “our single-mindedness has made us insensitive to the feelings of others” (67).

Queen of Swords: The Queen of Swords is shown in her divisive, manipulative role, sowing discord; although the Queen and other human cards are always about humans and their weaknesses as well as the balance between the masculine and the feminine powers. Queen of Swords is about life experience, even being representative of the mother-daughter relationship (Fontana 69). The http://www.learntarot.com/sqn.htm is all about seeing a situation in an astute manner while the Princess may be younger, not truly knowing what to do in any given situation. The Tarot Queens remind us that the “love that gives can also be the love that binds” (69). The Queen of Swords is a woman who can “bear her sorrow” (84). If this card has been picked in the past to represent my mother, it definitely represents her ability to make cruel judgments of others when using her ability to discern the truth. From personal experience, every time I draw the Queen of Swords I cringe.
King of Swords: “The rulers impulsiveness can become actively harmful” (70). King represents those in life who play paternal roles. The King of Swords is a re-minder to resolve inner conflicts. I imagine the King of Swords to refer to a figure in life that is causing conflict who is paternal or male or actually the Querent’s father .A judge or a wise counselor, according to Gray, the King of Swords is firm in either being a friend or foe. This card is apparently for a “mature man with dark hair and eyes” (88). The King is not a person who is inept at reading language and verbal skills, he is a communicator, a just communicator, who is analytical and able to maturely break up complicated subjects into what is the truth. He does not use his intellect without his heart. Creativity is not a bad thing by itself. http://www.learntarot.com/skg.htm

Ace of Pentacles: The Ace of Pentacles corresponds to the element of earth and the cards represent wealth issues. The Ace of Pentacles is about the power of one, the ace in a tower with stairs leading to the top as it stands on rocky ground. The grass is green behind the tower and the river runs through the land as four trees on all sides surround. Three clouds are on each side of the sun. The Ace of Pentacles symbolizes the masculine tendency to get to the heart of any issue. The pentacle itself is about special powers (Fontana 43), or the female power to captivate. The star is a five-pointed human figure, and female power is used for positive or negative purposes. Ace signifies the beginning of a matter, “business venture or happiness and pleasure in the good things of life” (Gray 29).
Two of Pentacles: Inside a building, all painted green, the two of pentacles are hanging from the roof. They surround three windows showing a forest of stained glass. An altar is in the middle of the room. It takes two, so two of everything implies opposites with each number two card. The Two Of Pentacles implies a harmonious undertaking in business. Everything becomes balanced or “needs to be kept in balance. Paradoxically it reminds us that balance does not always mean we should receive as much as we give” (Fontana 45). Two of pentacles is a reminder to us that we have the ability to handle several business situations all at once, that there is one more person besides us. New projects may be difficult to launch, there might be too many irons in the fire or a message may come through. Relax, have fun, http://www.learntarot.com/p2.htm, adapt, be willing to be flexible. Cope with demands, move smoothly.

Three of Pentacles: Once again, in a building we see more of the ceiling and three pentacles one each of the windows, it takes three. The “rich diversity of the uni-verse” is the best Fontana can do with that interpretation of what the three of pentacles actually means (47). Gray actually has a better interpretation for once. He feels that this card means that the Seeker is a member of a Masonic order or a guild of some sort. It is a card of “material gain, success through effort” (37). It takes two to make three. With regard to building wealth, the wealth can multiply or stagnate. A general theme of the Three of Pentacles is that it takes teamwork to get something, anything done or moving forward. http://www.learntarot.com/p3.htm

Four of Pentacles: Outside, in the forest, four pentacles over a forest of many trees, with roots showing. Three white birds fly around the trees, with flowering plants and ferns in the meadow. I take the Four of Pentacles meaning as the plot thickens with an additional pentacle or person thrown in the mix. Fontana generally interprets this as reliability, practical wisdom, good humor, and the physical sciences (69). Four generally implies success; four of pentacles meaning success in the physical sciences. Learning Tarot has a different meaning than with my other sources. The four of pentacles here refers to blocking change. I never thought of it that way. A fourth pentacle can block the way of the first three then. Gray believes the four of pentacles is about a “gift or an inheritance” arriving soon (Gray 43).

Five of Pentacles: A tower has 5 Pentacles going up the stairs. There’s a meadow and a river in the background, and two sets of four trees. The sun is high in the middle of the sky. To me this means that there are more people involved in a situation that has to do with making money. The five of pentacles represents “good for-tune, unpredictability, owing to the unstable nature of the number five. This fickle-ness is also associated with the other “five” cards (51). My http://www.learntarot.com/p5.htm class page says that the 5 of Pentacles was about suffering, ill health, and a need for medical attention. Sometimes this card is about abusing the physical body which is related to the earth element as are the pentacles in the tarot overall. This card is about taking an unpopular position, being rejected and having the door slammed in your face. It seems that the five of Pentacles is a wholly negative card. As a negative card, it means that the Seeker faces loss, poor health, lovers unable to find a meeting place, nothing is permanent (47).

Six of Pentacles: A forest, and six pentacles surrounding two red triangles, one pointing up and one pointing down. The Six of Pentacles is surrounded also by a forest, and two birds, as well as a meadow. Good fortune follows an open and optimistic approach to life. The upward and down-ward pointing triangles in the center of the forest meaning that one will be subject to extreme highs and lows (53). The Six of Pentacles tells us that there are going to be many natural highs and lows, and that we can’t always control it. Gray’s positivity is better than the last negativity I read. The 6 of Pentacles is about the Seeker receiving what is rightfully theirs, getting prosperity, and everything returning to them, 3-fold. Reversed is interesting, gifts are given as a bribe (51).

7 of Pentacles: 7 Pentacles in a forest, three birds flying in between the Pentacles. 7 is about reaping the rewards. 7 of Pentacles is representative of the “knowledge-the secret potential that is hidden” (55). There are skills, wisdom and knowledge we all possess but do not know about. I take 7 of Pentacles to be a good card, a card about changing directions, weighing a different approach, standing at a crossroads, and making sure you’re going to find out where you stand. http://www.learntarot.com/p7.htm. Growth and effort, through hard work, in business, a pause concerning money, what has been planted may not mature, and artists in general having to reevaluate their work (Gray 57).

8 of Pentacles: Indoors, in a church, an altar and three windows. Three windows, which I think the 8 of Pentacles means 8 is enough! 8 symbolizes eternity and the 8 of Pentacles which is a “representation of eternity and eternal life with the five-pointed star symbolic of humankind or about [our true nature]” (Fontana 51). Work related concepts, http://www.learntarot.com/p8.htm, diligence, increasing knowledge, take a course, research, training, and learning, paying attention to detail, checking and rechecking.

9 of Pentacles: 9 Pentacles in a circle, three birds flying, a forest, a rock in the middle. 9 is a magickal number in that it signifies the “many potential gifts with which we are born” (59). The number 9 signifies ultimate achievement approach-ing in life. Gray’s interpretation is positive “the Seeker shall get his wish”(63), what a great interpretation for a mostly positive card. Discipline gets you to where you want to go in this life. http://www.learntarot.com/p9.htm

10 of Pentacles: The 10 of Pentacles is based on the Tree of Life it seems. The card takes place indoors, an altar in the middle with three windows. The Ten of Pentacles “questions whether we take too much, or if we allow things to impede rather than enhance our progress” (61). Family matters stabilized, property is acquired. If reversed, chance of family misfortune (Gray 69). Seeking order through taking part in traditions, being someone who is part of the establishment, enjoying business success on top of it all! http://www.learntarot.com/p10.htm

Prince of Pentacles: A symbol of altruism, courage, leadership, selflessness, and loyalty. The Prince of Pentacles is juggling three pentacles, past, present, future, which may be about taking unnecessary risks or not. Even our best gifts can be-come destructive if not used properly. The Princes represent the mind with all its extraordinary powers and attendant weaknesses (Fontana 66-67). The equivalent in other decks is the Page of Pentacles, the persevering scholar, who is kind, and generous, respecting the act of learning new ideas (77). Reversed, wasteful, love of luxury, rebelliousness. For the website, the page of pentacles is about trustworthiness, making yourself ready, being practical about how you get to prosperity. The page of pentacles is also about keeping your word, valuing your commitments in order to see things through. http://www.learntarot.com/ppg.htm

Princess of Pentacles: The Princess of Pentacles is equivalent to the Knight but for Fontana represents the young and beautiful aspects of the feminine archetype. She appears as a blond wearing no top, sitting on a blanket full of stars in a circle rep-resenting the pentacle. There are pentacles in the woods and two deer. She has a harp, and she’s seated on a blanket or a hammock if I’m really using my imagination. She is a knave, disruptive to the plans of others (64). The Princess of Pentacles reminds us of our own propensity for jealousy and how we can allow it to come out. She is often forgiven for everything she does because of her youth (65). Gray’s interpretation really has nothing to do with the Truth-Seeker Tarot deck so I’ll leave it out.

Queen of Pentacles: A fully dressed woman sits in the meadow holding one pentacle and wearing a green petticoat is sitting on the ground, spinning a loom outside in the meadow, surrounded by six trees. The Queen of Pentacles is a negative archetype of female power according to Fontana. The Queen of Pentacles is about a covetous love of wealth, luxury and material possessions (68). The Queen is often involved with people who play a motherly role in the life of the Seeker or the actual mother who is manipulative, using her skills to control others. We must recognize the intrinsic archetypes of what mothers are to us (69). Gray’s definition “woman who excels in business,” (85) although a more positive read over all is that the Queen of Pentacles is about nurturing, down-to-earth perspective on problems, and trustworthiness. She asks you to think and feel as she does. http://www.learntarot.com/pqn.htm

King of Pentacles: The King of Pentacles is riding a horse into battle or into business as he holds a pentacle as his shield. Four stately trees surround him. His horse is on a meadow. The trees have two pentacles each. The King of Pentacles is a male, paternal ruler in a weaker, human form (Fontana70). The King of Pentacles symbolizes the “replacement of outmoded ideas with the solid facts of science and mathematics” (70). Fontana’s perspective is that the King of Pentacles dominates or can be interpreted as conflicted sides of you even as the King of Pentacles represents a father-figure ready to lay down his life for his children. Rivalry with fathers tends to turn into a loving bond if the father-child relationship goes right in adult-hood. The King reminds us to resolve inner conflicts using inner alchemy to use that creative tension in the transformative processes that makes us a “wise ruler” over ourselves (71). Gray writes about how the King of Pentacles is a mathematician with a gift for finances.
http://www.learntarot.com/pkg.htm discusses the King of Pentacles as a card representative of any enterprising venture, an adept in practical matters, reliable, supporting, giving generously (similar to Gray’s interpretation), and steady, a calm and even approach. After writing this paper I have to say that I’ve learned a lot about the Tarot, more than I expected. The King appears at first glance to be either a steady ruler or a political version thereof. This has been a great exercise in learning the cards.

Works Cited

Books

Gray, Eden. Mastering the Tarot, Basic Lessons in an Ancient, Mystic Art, Crown, New York, 1971.
Fontana, David. Understanding the Tarot: The Truth-Seeker’s Guide, Duncain Baird. London and New York, 2008.
Ravenheart, Oberon Zell Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. New Page Books, US (2004) ISBN 1564147118, ISBN 978-1564147110

Websites
Wikipedia for the Minor Arcana:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_arcana

Julie Tarot Blogspot.com
http://julietarot.blogspot.com/
Learn Tarot.com (from our class resource list)
http://www.learntarot.com/

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Author’s Note:
Mastering The Tarot has been used on occasion when I feel I can barely decipher what the meanings of the cards are. Understanding the Tarot is the book the Truth-Seeker deck came with, so I use it because I’d lack understanding without it. There are proper citations throughout this paper.

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