Mind & Spirit | 23 May 20167 Tarot Cards and What They Mean Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you are interested in learning more about your life and your future from tarot cards, then Sarah Bartlett’s Key to Tarot: From Suits to Symbolism: Advice and Exercises to Unlock your Mystical Potential is for you. Tarot expert Bartlett will guide you to enlightenment through interpreting the spreads. The techniques can help you find love, power, happiness and more. As you begin, learning what the cards represent is imperative in knowing how to interpret their patterns. Here are 7 frequently seen tarot cards and what they mean: Death This deadly looking card isn’t so bad after all, even though it’s easy to see why it spooks most people—please don’t take it literally. The armored skeleton, who represents “death,” carries the motif of a rose on a flag symbolizing immortality, and beyond him is the rising sun, a sign of a new dawn, new beginnings, and the cycles of change. He heralds not physical death, but positive energy concerned with transition. This card always means that change is in the air. It can be personal change, such as giving up old bad habits or relationship patterns, or finding a better way to live. Temperance Medieval alchemists distilled strange potions, tried to turn lead into gold, and some even attempted to draw down the energies of the planets to become as powerful as the Universe. Temperance represents this blending—of stirring and mixing the right proportion of this or that to make your life harmonious and balanced. The angel is pouring liquid between two goblets, not only reminding you about the balance of mind, body, and spirit, or good relationships, but also to find a harmonious link between your desires and needs. Do they have the same purpose? Are they compatible? The Devil The Devil, rooted in a Greek word meaning “adversary,” is actually our own worst enemy: oneself. It is that part of you who lives a lie, or believes that by having power, we can maintain control. The Devil card reveals we are overly dependent on material wealth, or obsessed with only one thing. In fact, our over attachment to something or someone actually controls us, making us powerless. This emotional bondage is represented by the two chained figures. If they just remove the chains, they will be free. Similarly, if we can detach ourselves from certain beliefs, then we are free from our illusions and can live a more fulfilling life. The Tower This “out of the blue” card is perhaps the most revolutionary card in the deck, signifying chaos, turmoil, and sometimes emphasizing a shocking personal experience. With the lightning strike comes breakdown and destruction, but also a breakthrough. It’s as if the structure of our personal world is totally demolished, but there is now a chance to see the light and rebuild the “tower” in a creative and positive way. If you like to control your life, then the Tower can seem frightening or unsettling. The Tower also reminds us that we must recognize that sometimes we have to move forward and adapt to change. The Star The Star offers peace, inspiration, and direct experience of how the Universe can come to your aid by bringing creative ideas and a surge of personal fulfillment. The eight stars on the card represent the eight planets of astrology—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and Pluto—which have their own individual tarot cards. When they are in harmonious alignment they will bring you great joy. The naked nymph pours water from two jugs symbolizing that the balance is now right for you to proceed and create your own opportunities. The Moon The Moon is deceptive and yet alight with intuitive wisdom. It often carries a warning that you are losing yourself in your worries. But this also enables you to plunder the depths of your unconscious so you can deal with your projected fears in a positive way. The moon casts a false light (the light reflected by the sun) on the earth, particularly when it’s full. When we are overcome by personal loss or a sense of vulnerability, it’s hard to know what to do. This is the Moon’s territory, reminding us that we need to trust our inner voice, which may be lost beneath secret motives and hidden truths. We also need to turn negative thinking into positive attributes. The Sun This card represents all that brings us joy to feed our ego. Without the sun there would be no life on earth. The card reveals the power of the Sun as it shines down on a happy child with golden hair riding a white horse, representing our own inner fulfillment when things go right for us. The Sun also symbolizes courage, victory, and emotional clarity. If the Moon represents the veil of self deception, the Sun reminds us to live life to the full, to revel in our vitality. When you draw this card, you can take center stage and leave your shadows behind. Photos from Fair Winds Press Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Unlock your own innate psychic potential with the art of Tarot. Shrouded in mystery, the tarot was once thought to have been a set of sacred tablets of mystical wisdom saved from the ruins of an ancient Egyptian burning temple. It is now considered to be a symbolic mirror of opportunity that can help you to make crucial decisions, confirm your true desires for the future, and enhance self-understanding. A powerful mystical tool, the tarot’s imagery is a symbolic universal language which you can quickly learn to understand and which will unlock your own innate psychic potential. The Key to Tarot is a step-by-step guide to learning to read and interpret this mystical deck of seventy-eight cards. Learn to develop your own innate intuitive powers in the art of Tarot. This book uses a combination of detailed background information and fun, simple, interactive lessons and exercises to help you build up your skills and learn all there is to know about reading the Tarot and using it for the benefit of yourself and others. In addition, each of the book’s four main sections concludes with a specially designed “masterclass” that takes you to a deeper level of understanding, if you feel ready to do so. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.