Tarot, Crystals and Herbs, Oh My!

Last week we learned about The High Priestess.  Today, we’re continuing our journey through the Major Arcana with THE EMPRESS.

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The Empress from the Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot by Chic and Sandra Tabitha Cicero
  • magickal title – Daughter of the Mighty Ones
  • the third key
  • the 14th path
  • earth
  • cool, dry
  • feminine, receptive, passive
  • Libra
  • Venus

The path of The Empress is the mediator between Father and Mother, Chokmah and Binah, union of the powers of force and form.  She is the Universal Mother whose womb we must all be born from to reach a higher level on the Tree of Life.  The Empress is the root-essence of emotion, not that of the full spectrum of emotions manifested in Netzach.  In her Venus aspect, she is all-loving.  The red and green of her gown suggests the Venus/Mars opposition in balance.  She is seated on an earth-brown throne, a symbol of The Empress as form builder.  Her ankh is a symbol of Venus and eternal life.  Her sceptre with its Sun orb implies her dominance of the heavens.

Interpretation

Beauty, happiness, love, pleasure, success, luxury and dissipation, if placed with negative cards

As a Significator

A woman of authority, power, and wealth, a political figure, a mother, a pregnant woman

ANGELICA (Angelica Archangelica)

  • fire
  • The Sun
  • Cancer
  • masculine, projective, active
  • warm, dry
  • healing, protection, exorcism

AQUAMARINE

  • feminine, receptive, passive
  • water
  • The Moon
  • Pisces
  • cool, wet
  • Chakra – Throat/Heart
  • peace, purification, courage, psychism, healing, meditation, love, self-knowledge, purpose and direction

Tarot, Crystals and Herbs, Oh My!

Last week, we continued our journey through the tarot with exploring the magickal attributes of The Magician.  Today, we’re taking a look at THE HIGH PRIESTESS.

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The High Priestess from The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot by Chic and Sandra Tabitha Cicero
  • magickal title – Priestess of the Silver Star
  • the second key
  • the 13th path
  • water
  • cool, wet
  • feminine/receptive
  • Virgo
  • The Moon

The path of The High Priestess is the longest path on the Tree of Life, from God the Crown to God the Son (from the source of all to the slain and resurrected one).  The Hebrew letter Gimel is attributed to this path, and means camel.  The camel is the only animal that can carry us across the Abyss.  The 13th path is the ultimate source of water and represents the root-essence of consciousness.  The High Priestess is the counterpart of The Magician, thus receiving creative force and initiating form.  The High Priestess is a higher form of the energy contained in the Temperance card.  Her lower body forms a downwards pointing arrow, a reflection of the upwards facing arrow seen in the Temperance card.  This symbolizes her function as regulator of the flow and direction of vibration.  Together, the two arrows form a current of consciousness, waxing and waning.

Interpretation

Change, alteration, increase and decrease, fluctuation

As a Significator

Someone trying to get in touch with him/herself, someone who holds a secret, a wise woman, psychic, researcher, scholar, an ideal woman

If you would like to try a tarot meditation with The High Priestess, see my posts here and here.

ADDER’S TONGUE (Erythronium Americanum)

  • water
  • The Moon
  • Cancer
  • feminine, receptive
  • cool, wet
  • healing, sleep, prophetic dreams, fertility, peace, meditation, purification, love, friendships, fidelity

AMETHYST

  • feminine, receptive
  • water
  • Jupiter
  • Aquarius
  • cool, wet
  • Chakra – Third Eye
  • courage, dreams, healing, happiness, psychic abilities, peace, love, protection against thieves

Tarot, Crystals and Herbs, Oh My!

In last week’s post, we started learning the magickal correspondences of tarot, crystals and herbs.  If you missed it, you can read it here.  We’re continuing on this week, and sticking with the order of the tarot cards, next up is THE MAGICIAN.

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The Magician from The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot by Chic & Sandra Tabitha Cicero
  • magickal title – Magus of Power
  • the first key
  • the 12th path
  • air – active / earth – passive
  • Gemini
  • Mercury

The path of The Magician lies between Kether (the source) and Binah (the organizer of form), the Crown of Understanding, the beginning of material production.  The Magician is the architect and builder of the house that the divine spirit resides.  He is The Fool in the act of experience.  He is a form of the Egyptian god, Thoth.  He is a symbol of the step towards manifestation from the silent, pre-thought stage that is represented by The Fool.  The Magician stands before a transparent altar, which suggests that the thought of manifestation is present, but is yet to be actualized.  The four tools resting upon the altar represent the four elements, the four suits of the tarot, the four Qabbalistic Worlds, and the four-lettered name of God.

Interpretation

Wisdom, cunning, skill.  In certain instances, occult wisdom.  The ability to use the power from above and direct it into manifestation.  May be a builder of houses (Beth, the Hebrew letter associated with The Magician, means house).  The Magician is the house in which the divine spirit resides.  Creative in home life, may be an inventor.

As a Significator

A person becoming aware of their potential.  A magician, builder, artist or inventor.  The ideal man.

If you would like to try a tarot meditation with The Magician, see my posts here and here.

ADAM & EVE ROOT (Aplectrum Hyemale)

  • water
  • Venus
  • Libra (Taurus)
  • Feminine, receptive
  • cool, wet
  • love, happiness, represents perfect union, fidelity

AMBER

  • masculine, projective
  • fire
  • Sun
  • Leo
  • warm, dry
  • Chakra – Solar Plexus
  • luck, healing, strength, protection, beauty, love

 

Tarot, Crystals and Herbs, Oh My!

In my post ‘Learning Your Craft‘, I gave some suggestions on studying various topics, like tarot, crystals and herbs.  That gave me the idea to do the work for you (plus I’m a bit bored in lock up).

Since the best place to start is at the beginning, we’re starting with THE FOOL.

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The Fool from The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot by Chic & Sandra Tabitha Cicero
  • magickal title – Spirit of Ether
  • the zero key
  • the 11th path
  • air – active / earth – passive
  • Aquarius
  • Uranus

The Path of The Fool (the path of fiery intelligence) is the first connection between Kether (the crown) and Chokmah (wisdom).  In The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot, the ‘fool’ is the child-god Harpocrates, representing the sum of all possibilities of life yet to come, the potential to do anything.  The child-god is giving the Sign of Silence, alluding to the fact that higher spiritual knowledge cannot be communicated verbally, there is only truth in silence.  The babe and wolf imagery represents the opposing forces of innocence and ferocity, balanced and counteracting each other in this image.  The child-god is reaching for a yellow rose, signifying is search for initiation of spirit-life.

Interpretation

Idea, thought, spirituality.  If the reading is about spiritual matters – endeavouring to rise above the material.  If it is in regards to material events – folly, stupidity, eccentricity, mania, unless with very good cards.  It is too ideal and unstable to be generally good in materials matters.

As a Significator

An adolescent, or innocent (inexperienced) person, someone who needs to make a decision, someone who is about to embark on some sort of venture, a traveler, an adventurer

If you would like to try a tarot meditation with The Fool, see my posts here and here.

ACACIA (Acacia Senegal)

  • also referred to as Gum Arabic
  • air
  • Sun (Mercury)
  • Libra (Virgo)
  • masculine, projective
  • warm, wet
  • money, protection, meditation, psychic development & growth, when combined with Sandalwood stimulates psychic centres, increase power of spells

AMAZONITE

  • feminine, receptive
  • earth
  • Uranus
  • Virgo
  • substitute – Aventurine
  • gambling, success, attract money, balancer of emotions – flows with the emotions towards others