Learning Virtues Through Tarot - The Strength Tarot Card!
When tracing the history of the tarot
back through the ages, one can pinpoint when the first decks appeared in Italy in the 14th century. It is believed that the royal court designed the cards and gave them out to the masses as a way to help teach virtues and to entertain at the same time. One of those virtues, Strength
, is the eleventh or the eighth card in the major arcana, depending on the deck that you are using.
Meditation on The Tarot Card – The Hermit
What can the old man of the tarot teach us? While many cards in the tarot, especially the trump cards, have undergone serious redesign over the centuries, The Hermit card remains almost exactly the same as it did 500 years ago. Almost all Hermit cards show a very old man in a long, monk-like robe, holding a wooden staff and a lantern. The lantern is just about the only part of the card that has gotten a redesign over the years, as the inside of the lantern now usually shows a glowing star or some kind of shape inside the lantern that is giving off light. With the original Hermit cards, the lantern was usually empty.
Meditation on the Tarot Card - The Emperor
Used by experienced fortune tellers, tarot cards are used primarily for fortune telling, but they’re not unique to our current society. As far back as 1500s individuals were using them in hopes of seeing the future. As early as the 1700s, texts were being published on how to use them to tell the fortunes of others. In our current society, many individuals understand that the cards can help them see things that are to come.
De-coding The Tarot Card - The Emperor
The classic Tarot card depicting the Emperor shows him sitting on a throne decorated with ram’s heads, which are the symbols for the gods Aries and Mars.
In one hand, he holds an ankh, the Egyptian symbol for life. In the other he holds a globe, representing his control of the physical world. When the Emperor shows up in a reading, he represents authority and self-control, particularly regarding that which is concrete. If the subject’s goal was based on something solid, it will be achieved, says the Emperor.
When this card appears, it means that what comes the subject’s way ought to be accepted as it will bring great success.
Make Better Life Decisions: How A Tarot Reading Can Help You Solve Those Pesky Dilemmas
Reading the Tarot can help us to get to know ourselves better, and to understand why we do the things that we do. The Tarot isn’t magic – it’s a tool that helps us to tap into the greater consciousness and to understand human nature through a combination of symbiology and psychology.
I don’t believe that any of us should make important life decisions based solely on Tarot cards, or I Ching, or numerology, or any of the other tools that people use to divine their past, present and future. These tools only give us guidance, allowing us to see patterns or possibilities. But if we believe that there is truth in Tarot readings, then perhaps we’re opening ourselves up to guidance from a higher source. After all, why do the cards fall the way they do? If they have an uncanny knack for zeroing in on our secret foibles and dreams, then why does that happen? Is it the universe answering our questions, or are we subconsciously influencing the way the cards fall?
The why is less important than the fact that it works (although those are interesting questions to ponder). The cards can be used as a powerful counseling aid when trying to make tough life decisions – so long as you remember that you still have free will, and that your choices are still your own.