Archive for the ‘Major Arcana’ Category

Choose a Sun card for this Daylight Saving

March 9, 2008

Let us know which card you choose—post a comment!

The Sun brings matters into the open, and makes them visible. It symbolizes clarity and enlightenment, exuberance, warmth, and vitality.  I’ll gladly take an extra hour of sun over an hour of sleep! How about you?

Universal Waite, The Sun The Bohemian Gothic, The Sun Tarot of the Southwest Sacred Tribes, The Sun

Thoth Tarot, The Sun Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg Feng Shui Tarot, The Sun

The Sun cards are from the following decks: Row 1—Universal Waite, The Bohemian Gothic Tarot, Tarot of the Southwest Sacred Tribes, Row 2—Thoth Tarot, Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg, Feng Shui Tarot.

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The charioteer goes to the amusement park

October 27, 2007

The Chariot

Have you ever seen those photo booths at an amusement park, or maybe the county fair? They provide costumes and sets and you can stage a family photo in a wild west saloon—Mom the sexy bar wench, Dad the piano player, pounding out a ragtime tune, and little Jason with the sheriff’s badge.

Well, sometimes the charioteer strikes me as a guy posing at a photo booth. It isn’t his idea—his girlfriend has dragged him there with the promise of a wild night.

They put what could be an apron over his Kelly’s Pub t-shirt and his long cotton shorts and strap cheap plastic moons to his shoulders. The wig, with the crown sewn on, is slipping, and the belt is too big.

He steps into the chariot, a wooden set that creaks and groans under his weight. And then they hand him a wand. What the hell is he supposed to do with a wand?

His girlfriend thinks it’s a riot.

Episode 2 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast

August 14, 2007

The Emperor

You can listen to Episode 2 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast—Observing The Emperor—by clicking here, or you may read the transcript below. A complete listing of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast episodes may be found on the Tarot Insights website.

Episode 2, in MP3 format is 13.5 MB and approximately 10 minutes long.

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Tarot Table Talk. I’m Susan Gold. This podcast provides hands-on exercises for experienced tarot enthusiasts as well as those who are new to the cards.

In addition to various exercises to deepen your understanding of individual cards, there will be a series of episodes that demonstrate ways you can use the tarot to inspire both personal and creative writing. There will also be another series of self-reflective exercises to help you celebrate the Celtic holidays.

Today I have an exercise to guide you into The Emperor from the Rider-Waite deck. In the last episode we looked at The Fool, who has always been a favorite of mine. I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of The Emperor. Intellectually speaking, I do appreciate the stability and security he represents, the ability to be assertive and take control, but the father archetype pushes buttons for me, and I’ve never been big on power and authority.

Interestingly, after writing this exercise, I felt my feelings for The Emperor shift a bit. I developed some empathy for him, and I hope you will get to know him as a more multi-faceted character as well.

This exercise is similar to a creative visualization except that it will not be a personal self-reflective journey. Your primary role in this exercise is as an observer.

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Episode 1 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast

July 29, 2007

 

The Fool

You can listen to Episode 1 of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast—Observing the Fool—by clicking here, or you may read the transcript below. A complete listing of the Tarot Table Talk Podcast episodes may be found on The Magician’s Table website.

Episode 1, in MP3 format is 10.7 MB and approximately 8 minutes long.

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Welcome to the first episode of Tarot Table Talk. I’m Susan Gold. This podcast provides hands-on exercises for experienced tarot enthusiasts as well as those who are new to the cards.

In addition to a variety of exercises, there will be a series of episodes that demonstrate ways you can use the tarot to inspire both personal and creative writing. There will also be another series of self-reflective exercises to help you celebrate the Celtic holidays.

I thought I would kick off this show with an exercise to guide you into The Fool card from the Rider-Waite deck. This will be similar to a creative visualization except that it will not be a personal self-reflective journey. Your primary role in this exercise is as an observer.

I will begin by describing the card in detail and then suggest scenarios and possibilities for you to imagine. Hopefully stories will emerge to help you develop a better understanding of who The Fool is. If you like to write fiction, you might want to have a pen and pad of paper nearby to jot some notes. You might choose to have The Fool in front of you, or you can close your eyes—if you’re not driving—and simply listen.

If you don’t usually work with the Rider-Waite deck, no worries, you may think of this as a comparative study.
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Temperance: The Morning Card

June 18, 2007

Temperance

This morning I give the cards a shuffle and draw Temperance. I consider her for a split second and toss her back into the deck—the middle of the deck where she will be hard to fish back out. Sometimes, when I’m pulling a card for myself, and it doesn’t knock the breath out of me on the spot, I get impatient and lazy. Or perhaps it’s just something about Temperance that isn’t very appealing this morning.

Okay, I’ll flip through the deck to find her again. Ah, there’s the problem. Temperance takes place in the morning, and I’m not a morning person. The Temperance angel dips her foot into the pond. The sun is rising, the sky still gray, the air sweet and moist, bird song all around. I know what that early morning is like. I catch a quick glimpse of it when returning a guest to the airport for an early morning flight. There were also long-ago camping trips and a brief stint where I hauled myself out of bed to write before dawn.

I reject Temperance because she reminds me that I’ve already lost precious hours. I rolled out of bed at 8:15. I suppose 8:15 is hardly what some would call sleeping in, but by 8:15, others have already swum a mile or scratched away at their novel, or taken a hike and gone for a bagel and coffee run.

The sun’s beam has already passed the window where I sip my coffee—the window with the lone plant that withered behind closed early-morning blinds. The sky has already moved from gray to tepid blue.

I dub Temperance the Morning Card.

Perhaps I would be as radiant, centered, and balanced as the Temperance angel if only I would spread my wings a bit earlier.

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Interesting facts about the Temperance card:

  • The Rider-Waite Temperance angel is intended to be the archangel Gabriel.
  • The Temperance card is also commonly known as the Art Card.

Exercise for reflection:

  • Go through the deck face up and find a card that represents your morning self. If you are unhappy with your morning self, find another card that symbolizes who you would like to be in the morning.
  • Find a card that shows your best time of day.

The Fool Hits a Dead End

June 11, 2007

The Fool

The other night I read for a couple at a party. The Fool came up, and when I asked them to describe the card, they both looked at the edge of that cliff and said, “A dead end.”

Most tarotists think that The Fool is about to take a leap of faith, or that he doesn’t realize that he is about to step off a cliff. What if he recognized he was at a dead end and simply turned around? More than likely, with his desire for adventure, he wouldn’t go back the way he had come but would take off in some new direction.

The next time you feel you have hit a dead end, be sure to invoke the spirit of The Fool!

Questions about Tarot?

June 6, 2007

If you have any questions about tarot, or if there are any topics that you would like to see covered in this blog, please let me know. You can post them right here.

Thanks!

Susan

Would love to hear from you!

May 19, 2007

It’s a bit lonely out here at Tarot Table Talk. So far I’m the one that’s doing all the talking! I would love to hear your thoughts and insights on the cards, and I’m hoping I can encourage you to post some comments.

-Susan

Three of Pentacles, Judgement, Five of Wands: Styles of Collaboration

May 3, 2007

3 of PentaclesJudgement5 of Wands

I pulled these cards this morning and discovered a whole new perspective on the Judgement card.

I usually think of Judgement as taking an honest look at oneself, making amends, seeking forgiveness, a calling or awakening, or some kind of “coming out.” Today, next to the Three of Pentacles and the Five of Wands, both, in part, cards with themes of collaboration, Judgement seems to illustrate another style for working together.

The angel reminds me of a snake charmer—the people rise hypnotically, answering the call to get the job done. Soon the blood will start flowing, and those ashen figures will come back to life. The angel might also be like a choir director or choreographer, uniting people in song or dance.

The figures in the Five of Wands need someone to take charge. They have great energy and are willing to work hard, but they haven’t figured out what to do with those sticks. The situation threatens to disintegrate into a literal battle.

It is difficult to tell what everyone is thinking in the Three of Pentacles. The religious figure seems to have regard for the artist—he is attentive, in any case. The figure in polka dots—a patron perhaps—holds out blue prints. Is she reminding the artist of their original plans? Admonishing him for deviating from the plan? Or maybe she offering guidance or offering him another project. The artist stands on the bench and seems to be accommodating. These three are civil and work is getting done, but we can’t tell what the power dynamics have been, nor whether or not there has been costly compromise.

This brings me back to Judgement with its powerful sense of unity.

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Exercise for Reflection:

Think about a time when you were called upon to collaborate with others. Go through your deck and find a card that symbolizes the role you played. Find other cards to represent the other people you worked with.

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Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The Moon

April 27, 2007

The Moon

Yesterday I got a chance to catch part of Caroline Casey’s radio show, The Visionary Activist, on KPFA. She interviewed Sandra Ingerman about her new book, How to Heal Toxic Thoughts: Simple Tools for Transformation. At the end of the show, Ingerman told the following story, which she includes in her book:

A boy says to his grandfather, “Grandfather, there are two wolves in my heart and they are fighting.” The grandfather replies, “Which do you think will win?” And the boy answers, “The one I feed.”

I was instantly reminded of the dog and the wolf of The Moon card. The wolf represents the wild in us—the part of us that is motivated by a desire for fun or adventure, or perhaps instinct, or survival. The dog represents the tame in us—the part of us that is motivated by social norms and conventions, or a desire for domestic stability.

When The Moon Card appears in a reading, it, in part, asks us to consider whether there is a conflict in our heart symbolized by the dog and the wolf. We must ask ourselves which one we will feed.

Exercise for Reflection:

Go through your deck and find a card that represents the wolf in your heart. Find another card that represents the dog. Lay the cards next to each other. What story do they tell? If there are people or animals in these cards, imagine what they might say to one another.

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Illustrations from the Rider-Waite Tarot Deck reproduced by permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902 USA. Copyright 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.  Further reproduction prohibited. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck is a registered trademark of U.S. Games Systems, Inc.