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The Tower - Number 16
Breakdown and awakening. Total change signalled by the end of previous patterns leading to new beginnings. A need to break up the old patterns which no longer serve our highest and best good. This explosion has a liberating potential as it clears a site for a new growth. We cannot build new structures on top of old foundations; the old must be burned away before the new idea can take form. Release the old, flow with change.
 
 
 
 
 

The Star - Number 17
The Star of Hope, it brings hope, faith, new opportunities and optimism to any part of the spread where it falls. Indicates that things will go well in the future. Illumination and inspiration that when acted upon brings our dreams and wishes to fruition. Any rough patches will smooth out and indicates an improvement in health. In a career reading past efforts will be appreciated and rewarded. Could be pursuing educational or artistic matters. Expansion.
 
 
 

 

The Moon - Number 18
Strong emotions, expansion, confusion, strong dreams and an increase in psychic ability.  Your dreams are trying to tell you something, listen. Highly charged emotions possibly to do with relationships, people within this relationship may be muddled, not sure about what they want or where they are going. Best hope would be to avoid making any concrete plans and let things float along for a while. If the Moon appears in other areas of life ie finances or work than deception and trickery could be in the air. On a mundane level even simple plans can go awry when the Moon arrives ie letters going astray, travel plans fouled up etc. On a more positive note the Moon gives the inquirer a chance to use his/her imagination, and this could be beneficially channelled into artistic pursuits. Rely on “gut feelings” in relation to any doubtful situations, as they are going to be far more accurate than reason.
 
 
 
 

The Sun - Number 19
Rebirth, joy, happiness and success are on the way. The sun is about to shine in the inquirers life. Efforts will be rewarded and trials overcome. A card for the company of good friends and creature comforts. Indications are that a marriage would be successful and happy. There may be children around you, an addition to the family ie grandchildren, or perhaps just the joy and fun of a youthful nature. Spontaneous and passionate.
 
 
 
 
 

Judgement - Number 20
Clarity of judgement. A phase is coming to an end and the inquirer will soon be able to look back over what they have been doing and make a clear evaluation of past events. This is more a natural conclusion than a sudden end ie rewards, promotions or retirement, the inquirer will feel that he/she have done their duty and have a clear conscious. The end of a project with the chance to start something new however, the inquirer will start out with confidence knowing that they have satisfactorily accomplished the previous project. Rejuvenation, if something in life has been holding you down you will be released with the feeling of starting out afresh. Facing the truth of where you have been and where you are going. If the inquirer is having any legal dealings than indications are that the outcome will be favourable.
 
 
 

The World - Number 21
Happiness and a lasting success. If the inquirer is nearing the end of a project, then he will soon be able to survey the work done with a sense of pride and accomplishment. A gradual, happy and satisfactory completion of objectives and goals. Setting of new objectives and goals. Will have the admiration of others and will be feeling proud of achievements. The inquirer is about to gain some insight and a sense of inner peace. Often indicates travel. A hint of new adventures to come.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Learning how to do Tarot Readings

It is important to remember that what we see in the cards are possibilities at that point in time for the person receiving the reading and that it is not fixed. The Tarot reading presents what is going on around and what is coming up in the inquirers life, it also offers advice and ways of handling situations, problems, relationships, career interests, financial matters etc in whatever areas in relation to the question asked. What shows in the cards is the energies around the person and what they are drawing to themselves at that point in time and space. What the reading has to offer and what the inquirer chooses to use is entirely up to him/her. We all have freewill and can choose our own path.

When first starting out it would be best to purchase a new pack of cards which are to be used by you for the sole purpose of doing readings. Ideally the cards should only be handled by you and the inquirer. It would be best to wrap the cards in silk when not in use and keep them in a special place. The cards can be cleansed occasionally by laying them out in the sun or holding each card individually over the smoke from a burning incense stick. Tarot readings are not a game and should be carried out with sincerity and serious intent by the reader as well as the recipient. Never force a reading on anyone.

Creating a relaxed atmosphere is a priority when reading the cards. Before going ahead with a reading the inquirer must decide whether they want a general reading or one around a specific area ie love life, career, finances etc. The question they ask must relate to the subject in question. You must shuffle the cards before using the cards for a reading in order to clear them of previous vibrations. Then give the cards to the inquirer to shuffle, ask them to think about their question while shuffling, then ask them to split the pack in three piles with their left hand and put the piles back together in whatever way they wish. Now you are ready to place the cards out for the reading.

The Celtic Cross is the most popular so I will describe that layout. You can experiment with many other layouts even create your own. You can also ask if the inquirer wants a reading covering a certain period of time eg approximately the next 3 months, 6 months, 12 months or whatever period. I have found that events can sometimes happen earlier or later than the time period mentioned so it is definitely an approximate.

celtic cross picture
 1        The Heart of the Matter
 2        The Crossing Card
 3        The Conscious
 4        The Sub-Conscious
 5        The Past
 6        The Near Future
 7        The Advice
 8        The Home & Immediate Environment
 9        Hopes & Wishes
10       The Outcome (long-term)
 
 

Numbers & their meanings

Tarot cards, except for The Fool and the Court cards, have numbers and the meaning of these numbers can help with interpretation especially if the same numbers turn up more than once in the same reading. You can also add up the numbers from all the cards in a spread (as in numerology) to get a final overall number which I have found usually reinforces the message from the reading.

Ace or  1     New energy, new beginnings, births
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   2 Decisions, choice, inner level, reflection, partnerships, relationships
   3 Creative, planning, foundations, growth
   4 Stability, rest, solidity, consolidation
   5 Change, struggle, conflict, breakthrough
   6 Expansion, gains, triumphs, a peak experience, positive
   7 Reflective, withdrawal, seclusion, Inner work, don’t give up 
   8 Change, letting go of the past, inner strength, courage, movement, money
   9 Completion drawing near, security, satisfaction, fulfilment, re-assessment
  10 Completion & transformation, sum total, success, moving into a new cycle
 
Astrological Signs & Tarot Cards
Each Tarot card has astrological equivalents. This can help in a reading for understanding the character of a person. The following is a list of star signs and corresponding cards which could indicate either the star sign of the person sitting for the reading or someone of that star sign strongly around them or coming into their lives.
Pisces 20 Feb-20 Mar High Priestess, Hanged Man, Knight of Cups
Aries 21 Mar-20 Apr Emperor, King of Wands
Taurus  21 Apr-20 May Hierophant, King of Pentacles, 4 of Pentacles
Gemini  21 May-20 June Lovers, Knight of Swords
Cancer  21 June-20 July Chariot, Moon, Queen of Cups
Leo 21 July-21 Aug Strength, Sun, Queen of Wands
Virgo  22 Aug-22 Sept Hermit, Knight of Pentacles 
Libra  23 Sept-22 Oct Justice, The Empress, Queen of Swords
Scorpio  23 Oct-22 Nov Death, King of Cups
Sagittarius  23 Nov-20 Dec Temperance, Knight of Wands
Capricorn  21 Dec-19 Jan Devil, Queen of Pentacles
Aquarius  20 Jan-19 Feb Star, King of Swords 
 

EARTH        Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
AIR              Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
FIRE             Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
WATER        Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

WANDS - FIRE - relates to energy, enthusiasm, action, vitality, achievements, a positive approach to life, loves a challenge. Tends to live in the future. Thrives on achieving goals, which gives them a sense of purpose. Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

CUPS - WATER - relates to love, imagination, harmony, relationships, an approach to life through feelings, emotional sensitivity and creativity, nurturing, caring, enjoys giving & receiving love. Is content to flow with the changes life brings. Pisces, Cancer, Scorpio

SWORDS - AIR - relates to thoughts, ideas, concepts, beliefs, attitudes, difficulties, communication, understanding and practical effort. Swords can bring pain but also understanding. This suit deals with the trials we put ourselves through in order to transform our understanding of life. Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

PENTACLES - EARTH - relates to the material and physical. Pentacles types are down to earth, practical, realistic and grounded. They are at home with the business world and material things, they tend to live in the present. They know when the time is right to conserve resources and when to let go and enjoy the fruits of their labour. Love nature and could have a green thumb. Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
 

The Pages & Their Meanings

All the Pages in the Tarot refer to study, news ie telephone call, letter because the Page traditionally brought the news to the court. Pages also represent the seeds of new beginnings. Quite often refers to a child or a young person.

Page of Wands - The act of starting a new project. You could be trying to master something new, maybe a new job or a new approach to a situation. If the reading is for an older person then they may be feeling young again. Could also indicate the birth of a child; good news on the way. A restless young person around you or entering your life. The beginning of or a new stage of a relationship. This relationship could well be filled with outdoor activities.
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