The Ten of Pentacles – A One Page Guide

This is the second of these guides. I’ll be jumping around, taking the minor arcana in random order. These guides show the Astrological/Qabalistic/Elemental influences upon Waite’s divinatory meanings and Colman Smith’s layouts. The little memo pad callouts represent the end result in divinatory meanings and/or layout. As a Venn diagram, it displays how each of the influences interact with the other influences, resulting in the divinatory meanings, and often, the components of the layout. Our subject today is the Ten of Pentacles. And what I myself found in examining it more closely is that more than just a well-heeled old guy near death, brooding, it’s really a story about the cycle of death and life, of the cycle of planting. I guess we should be glad that our Celt-maniac friend A.E. Waite didn’t substitute barley for Virgo’s wheat, else poor Pixie would have had to sneak John Barleycorn into the picture! 😉

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The Two of Wands – A One Page Guide

I think it’s safe to say that very few modern readers bring up Alexander the Great’s world weariness (that’s Alexander pictured in the feature image) when interpreting this card for their clients! This is one of those cards where it’s much easier to stick to the other aspects of the divinatory meanings, i.e., wealth, ambition/planning and worry. With sources in some of the most martial of the Zodiac signs, with the element of Fire supplying its power, and Chokmah, representing the first power of conscious intellect within Creation and intuitive insight, the Two of Wands has a lot of power behind it. You be the judge of whether all those circles and arrows and paragraphs convey that power.

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One Page Guides to Card Derivations – Intro

This serves as a brief introduction and documentation to reading and/or printing a series of one-page guides to each of the Waite-Colman Smith minor arcana. The project is still in its early stages. I hope to do two or three each week. The introduction describes the structure/method of each page. It provides a few quick notes regarding the importance of understanding the sources of the divinatory meanings and how they still influence modern tarot readers a century since the introduction of the RWS deck, whether they use that deck or not. You can view/download the page either as an Acrobat PDF, formatted for letter size paper with a little extra space at left in case you wish to put it in a looseleaf binder, or as a bitmap graphic on screen. If you’re printing it at home, you’ll want the PDF.

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Quick-And-Dirty “When?” Divination With the Wheel

We as readers know one of the trickiest tasks in Tarot is answering a “when?” question. This provides an astrology based “quick and dirty” method that I’ve seen at several sites. I have used it myself and had some success. It may not be a full substitute for more complicated methods. This simple method also serves a demonstration of the uses that the Tarot Wheel can be put to. Thus, I’ve decided that this might be a useful post as the first one following its “1.0” release. The simple method we’ll describe here starts with a version of the wheel without coloring. We’ll open a paint program and color-fill the shapes for the cards drawn. Once we’ve filled in our card shapes, we locate the most important card(s) drawn, and we’ll also look for “concentrations” of colors (colored shapes on top or next to each other). We then read the associated dates and/or durations. Voilà! We now have a rough time period or idea of the duration in answer to the “when?” question. This has actually worked for me more than once. I’ll detail that experience. I’ll also describe in this post a more complicated method for calculating dates, though that one doesn’t utilize the Wheel. Bottom line, though, is that the main point of this exercise is to let everyone know that the Wheel is for customizing!

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Tarot Wheel of the Zodiac version 1.0 Official

This presents the official version 1.0 of our Tarot Wheel of the Zodiac. The .SVG file, plus a PDF of the graphic (hint: SVG is better; Visio’s PDF export mechanism leaves a bit to be desired) are available to download without registration. For those with Microsoft Visio, you’ll find the Visio and Excel files plus a document describing how t customize.

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Release Candidate: Tarot/Zodiac Wheel

The final wheel is just about done, but there are two areas which need proofreading. Therefore we have a near-final or “release candidate” to share with anyone who has the time for it. I had to manually enter tool tips (the little labels that float when you hover with your mouse over a shape). Unfortunately, there’s no way to import them from the external data file. So anyone who can look that over has my appreciation. Secondly, I created documentation for anyone who wants to edit the originals with Visio. Anyone who has time to look that over has my appreciation too.

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The Wheel of Fortune as “Meta-Card”

As a “meta-card,” the Wheel of Fortune is a tarot-card-about-tarot-cards. As the bearer of many symbols of divination, the card itself symbolizes fortune telling. As a “map compass” it provides context for the other cards in the drawing. At least that is my contention. I have created an exercise using a variation of the Zodiac Wheel (soon to be finished, I promise!) to illustrate. The Wheel of Fortune, Rota Fortunae, is the Wheel of the Zodiac. We trace its history as a symbol of the celestial spheres, and as a medieval metaphor–not just as a metaphor for the ups and downs of life, but as an exhortation to live a good life, in hopes of a better afterlife. What it boils down to, for those that read tarot is this: I see it as a cue to the reader to modify the overall message conveyed by the divinatory meanings of the other cards. The call is to make sure “the bottom line” is of a dual or mixed nature, up and down, sweet and sour. I think that when the Wheel of Fortune tarot card appears, it advises that whatever the outcome of the other cards, be it wealth, love, or whatever, it is a sign that very seldom will the soul (or querent, for that matter) be wholly happy or wholly unhappy with the outcome.

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