Someone formulated a question regarding the ‘professional’, respectively ‘non-professional’ quality of a Tarot reader. It’s a pretty good question I guess.
Let’s start with what the vast majority believes and expressed in different forms: “Professional can find a market demand for the type of service offered”; “To me, “professional” means someone who makes their living off of what they are doing.”; “Anyone who lives off of readings / gets paid for readings – is technically a ‘professional’.” – and so on.
I would agree if it would be about hookers, hired assassins, or any other ‘shady’, respectively purely physical/material services. But we are talking about a ‘spiritual’ service which requires a higher degree of ‘spirituality’ – awareness, enlightenment, consciousness, call it as you please. It requires a different type of understanding not only of the things we can see, touch, smell or taste but also of the unseen (world). Read more…
The Lovers was for a very long time associated with the idea of love and marriage.
Probably, it is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted Tarot card.
In each case, there is a story behind the significance of the Tarot cards.
In the case of The Lovers, it is the story of Adam, Eve and Lilith.
It is not a story of love and marriage, as erroneously most of the people think, but a story of taking the right decision.
As many Bible, respectively Bible related stories and characters, Lilith has her origins in the Babylonian mythology.
The name ‘Lilith’ derives from the ancient Sumerian word ‘lilītu’ which designate female demons and wind spirits. These demons supposedly dwell in desert lands and are especially dangerous to pregnant women and infants.
Lilith was also associated with sexually frustrated and aggressive women.
In most of her myth, Lilith represents chaos, seduction and ungodliness.
In the Jewish folklore, Lilith appears as Adam’s first wife, who was created at the same time and from the same dirt as Adam.
The word ‘lilit’ only appears once in the Hebrew Bible in the Book of Isaiah 34:14. However, her legend developed extensively during the Middle Ages.
One of the most circulated story, based on the work of the 13th-century Algerian Talmudist, Isaac ben Jacob ha-Cohen, stated that Lilith left Adam because she refused to become subservient to him and after she had coupled with the archangel Samael.
These myths originated the design and the story behind The Lovers card.
Adam at a crossroad compelled to chose between two women: Lilith and Eve.
Obviously, this is an allegorical depiction of a situation. It can be a woman who has to decide between two men. Lilith for instance, choosing between Adam and Samael.
In the Golden Dawn tradition, The Lovers is associated with the zodiac sign Gemini. I think this is also a mistake.
I think the card corresponding to the zodiac sign is The Magician and The Lovers represent the dominant ruling planet of the sign, which is Mercury.
There are no two Tarot cards which represent the same astrological aspect. With only 78 possibilities, there is no point having two cards with same or similar meaning.
As I previously stated, Astrology is Geometry. Each group of Tarot cards represents a specific astrological aspect, and each card has its very specific position and significance on the Zodiac Wheel.
If the card representing the zodiac sign is positioned on the Zodiac Wheel in the domicile, there is no point to have a second card in the same position with similar meaning. In this particular case is The Magician for Gemini, respectively The Lovers for Mercury in Gemini.
After extensive study, I got to the conclusion that the cards representing the planets are, with few arguable exceptions, in Fall, respectively offset at 90° which is called in astrological terminology ‘Square’.
So, The Lovers card represents Mercury in Virgo.
Mercury in Virgo is a very interesting situation. Mercury, an airy planet in Virgo, an earthly sign. Practically any emotional aspect is out of the question, and we have got a strictly rational decision upon a practical matter.
May the card still signify a decision regarding a relationship issue?
Yes, it can, but only if the question is about a relationship issue and the other cards are concluding in the same direction.
(Excerpt from the book “The Unified Esoteric Tarot – General introduction and Guidebook” by Attila Blága. Full or partial use of this text for commercial or non-commercial distribution by any means whatsoever is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorised by the author.)
The four Aces represent the four cardinal points, the four seasons, respectively the four major astronomical events, the two equinoxes and the two solstices.
The Ace of Wands represents the Spring or March Equinox, The Ace of Cups represents the Summer or June Solstice, the Ace of Swords represent Autumn or the September Equinox and the Ace of Disks represent the Winter or December Solstice. Read more…
“…the Alphabet of Thoth can be dimly traced in the modern Tarot which can be had at almost every bookseller in Paris. As for it being understood or utilized, the many fortune-tellers in Paris, who make a professional living by it, are sad specimens of failures of attempts at reading, let alone correctly interpreting the symbolism of the Tarot without a preliminary philosophical study of the Science.” – Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
I heard lot of good things about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s book on Tarot, then I read a couple of positive comments on different Tarot forums and specific social media groups. Finally, I stumbled across a quite interesting book synopsis which determined to read the book.
I have to admit, I had quite high expectations, and somewhat I was pretty disappointed. I will explain.
For the beginning, let’s see who Alejandro Jodorowsky is?
Born to Jewish-Ukrainian and Polish parents in Chile, Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comics writer, and spiritual guru, currently living in Paris (France). Read more…
As a result of my FREE TAROT READING campaign, here is the question from H:
What lies ahead for me after my graduation next month (May 21)?
First of all, thanks for your question.
This is a good question. I have read the cards for you and this is what I have seen. Read more…
As a result of my FREE TAROT READING campaign, here is the question from L.L.:
What do I have to do in order to become a writer?
First of all, thanks for your question.
I think your question is a little bit more complex to be answered with a simple three card reading. It needs a more in depth analysis and probably a ten card reading.
But I have read the cards for you and this is what I have seen. Read more…
This is another 3 cards Tarot spread for simple, short term questions. Works perfectly for questions such as:
– What do I need to know to decide on… (my next step, the new job proposal, my relationship, etc.)?
– What do I need to understand about… (the situation I’m in, the problem I have, etc)?
– What do I need to know about… ?
Need to be specific. Read more…
“A wise man’s question contains half the answer.” These words of wisdom are attributed to Solomon Ibn Gabirol ben Judah, an 11th-century Andalusian poet and Jewish philosopher, and he simply nailed the “question of the right question”.
Generally people are expecting to hear from a Tarot reader exactly what they are suspect. For instance, if a wife suspects that her husband is cheating on her, she expects to hear that from the Tarot reader. Any other answer – interpretation – would mean that the Tarot reader is wrong. Read more…