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

 

Daily Practice – Tarot Meditation

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The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot by Chic & Tabitha Cicero

Mediation is a great addition to your daily practice, one that has measurable and proven positive effects on the health and well being of an individual.  It’s not a difficult thing to do, nor does it have to been a time consuming activity.  Even just 10 or 15 minutes a day can make a world of difference.

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The Hermetic Tarot by Godfrey Dowson

Meditation can be done is a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes.  Sometimes we meditate to clear the mind and relax.  Sometimes we do pathworking, or guided meditations.  Sometimes we meditate on an idea or concept in search of enlightenment.

The tarot is a great meditative tool, a story that depicts an individuals spiritual journey, the gaining of experience through the various life-lessons one is presented with, undergoing a transformation and perfecting of the soul.

Each card is a world in miniature,  each as rich in symbolism and allegory as when all the cards are laid out together.  Alone, they lose none of their mystery or power.  Each have their story to tell, lessons to convey, and answers to impart.

We can use the tarot in meditation to gain a better understanding of the images and meanings each card holds.  Imagine each card as a gate, one that once opened, gives you access to a realm of experience unique to that card and it’s symbolism.

You don’t need any prior experience with tarot to do this meditation, although having a book on tarot that explores it’s symbolism and meanings will be helpful, as you will see.

We’re going to start with The Fool, card 0, and work our way through the major arcana to The World, card 21, meditating on one card each day.  You can spend as much or as little time as you wish, but do try to set aside 10 – 15 minutes each day for this.  If you can meditate at the same time each day, so much the better.

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The Fool, from left to right: The Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot, The Hermetic Tarot, The Rider-Waite Tarot, and The Thoth Deck

Hold the card and look at the image as a whole.  Spend a minute on this, then focus on the colours, then after another minute of this, focus on the symbols.  Once you’ve done this, look at the whole image once again.

Close your eyes.  Visualize the card in your hand – the figure(s), the colours, the symbols.  Once you’ve got this image as firm in your mind as you think you can, open your eyes and again look at the card.  Is there anything you missed in your visualization?  If so, focus on those features in the image, then close you eyes and see the card once again.  Repeat this until you have the best visualization of the card as you feel you’re going to get.

Spend a few minutes on the image in your mind.  If you catch your thoughts wandering, acknowledge it, then return your focus back to the image and forget about your ‘screw up’.

When ready, imagine yourself moving towards the image of the card in your mind.  See it getting bigger and bigger until it appears to be life-sized.  Now, step into the image and see it come to life.  Don’t force anything, just experience it.  What you will see/experience will be unique to you as this isn’t a pathworking/guided meditation.  Spend as much time in this world as you wish as long as you remain comfortable in the experience.

Once you’re ready to end the meditation, image yourself stepping out of your experience, seeing the life-sized image of the card once again.  See if shrink as you move away from it.  When ready, open your eyes.

Record your experience.  Once you’ve done that, open up your tarot book and read the meaning of the card.  Does your experience of the card correlate with its meaning?  If it doesn’t don’t worry, you didn’t make an error somewhere in your meditation.  This is an experience that is unique to you, and can inform your future use and interpretations of the tarot.

Repeat this meditation with each successive card in the major arcana.  If you feel the need to repeat the meditation with the same card a second or third time before moving on to the next, it’s OK to do so.

And I repeat…record your experience!!!