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Tarot and Relationships, Part 1

Introduction

Love and money seem to be the most common questions put to the divinatory powers of the tarot. These notes will examine the nuances of reading the tarot for relationships. While the common, traditional methods work sufficiently for relationship matters, there are some rules of thumb and alternative meanings for cards that supply better answers to those looking for love.

The traditional tarot deck is comprised of major and minor arcana cards. Within the minor arcana are four suites and each suite has number cards (1-10) and court cards. Each division (major/minor/suite/court) has a different emphasis and energy. The result is more to learn, but the end result is a very powerful tool for discerning the twisted avenues of love and life.


The Major Arcana

The major arcana symbolize basic and universal factors in the question at hand. These universal factors should not be considered good, bad, or ugly anymore than the sunset, a hurricane, or the tides. Given their universal nature, the major arcana is not driven by personal motivations or objectives, and there is a very limited ability to alter them within the framework of a relationship. In contrast, the minor arcana illustrates everyday life issues that the querent has power over.

The limited ability for personal choice and change sounds scary, but the affect of the major arcana is usually less than the minor arcana. While the major arcana holds much energy with its archetypes, that full energy is not burdened by the individual. An analogy is that the major arcana is like a Presidential election, and the minor arcana is like deciding whether or not to call-in sick to work. The election is really big in scope, but has much less affect on the immediate present than the decision to go to work or not. When seen in this context, the querent should work be aware of the factors shown by the major arcana, but not feel pressured to change the message presented. Relationship action, a very personal event, is best achieved by working with the minor arcana.

The Major Arcana

 

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Card

Keyword(s)

Expression

0

The Fool

Awareness

Choice or decision

1

The Magician

Initiative and Will

Self confidence and strong self-image

2

The High Priestess

Mystery

A secret revealed

3

The Empress

Growth

Support from a friend

4

The Emperor

Authority

A leadership success

5

The Hierophant

Conventions

Involvement in a group activity

6

The Lovers

Coming Together

A temptation or opportunity

7

The Chariot

Completion

Rising to a challenge

8

Strength

Power of Love

Overcoming your fears

9

The Hermit

Objectivity

Useful advice or counsel

10

The Wheel of Fortune

Cyclical Nature

New area of life success

11

Justice

Equity

A decision in your favor

12

The Hanged Man

Abandonment of pleasure/Ego

A sacrifice made for another

13

Death

Winding Down

A significant change in attitude

14

Temperance

Blending

A surprising outcome

15

The Devil

Self-gratification

Sexual involvement

16

The Tower

Personal Identity

A change in lifestyle

17

The Star

Aspirations

A new aspiration

18

The Moon

Illusion

Doing something foolish

19

The Sun

Life

New venture or project

20

Judgment

Karma

A lesson learned

21

The World

Return

A end that is a beginning

 

 

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