The Emperor and Empress as symbols of grief

The Emperor and Empress as symbols of grief

Grief and the grieving process might be a strange indication from the Emperor and Empress. We normally see these Tarot cards as representing the Father and the Mother respectively. The Empress is also a good indicator for pregnancy, particularly if the Three of Cups,...

Phenomenological approach to tarot readings

Phenomenological approach to tarot readings

The phenomenological approach to tarot readings is very different to applying meanings and studying symbols. Whatever deck you use, the symbols don't change on the cards. What does change for every reading, irrespective of the tarot deck, is the sequence or order of...

I want to be happy

I want to be happy

"I want to be happy" is a phrase I regularly hear during a tarot reading when I ask a client what she wants out of life. The phrase is loaded - it indicates she had a very difficult time - a bereavement, messy divorce, abusive relationships, family problems, for...

Phenomenology of Tarot

Phenomenology of Tarot

The Phenomenology of Tarot - my first-hand experience When the phenomological experience of reading the tarot is given prominence true spiritual growth occurs, both for the reader and the client. Looking at what actually happens in a tarot reading rather than blindly...

Insights of Death card in Therapy

Insights of Death card in Therapy

The Death card can mean a death or a transformation, but it is not always clear which. In this reading both meanings were applicable to the same situation.

Geomancy: Earth Divination

Geomancy: Earth Divination

Geomancy, Science of the Sand The Golden Dawn introduced Geomancy as part of its syllabus, but in an almost bare bones manner, particularly for the divinatory meanings of each figure. The Golden Dawn compensated for the paucity of information by giving comprehensive...

A New Theory of Elemental Dignities

A New Theory of Elemental Dignities

The theoretical understanding of Elemental Dignities has been sadly lacking so far. That Elemental Dignities is by Adepts of the Golden Dawn is proven - we have documented readings by Annie Horniman for the Head of the Golden Dawn, W.B. Yeats, and we have various...

Unconscious to conscious

Unconscious to conscious

From a Jungian perspective the manifestation from the unconscious to the conscious in a tarot reading is something that has not been explored. Shuffling the unconscious Consider a tarot reading. The client shuffles the cards, cuts them and the tarot reader deals out...

Mental stress at work

Mental stress at work

Mental Stress is a killer so I am pleased to see  Mental Health at Work a new website supported by Prince William and a number of mental health charities and organisations. I see many people who come for a Tarot consultation suffering from the effects of stress...

Ace of Wands, Knight of Swords, 4 of Cups

Ace of Wands, Knight of Swords, 4 of Cups

Interpreting the Ace of Wands, the Knight of Swords and the Four of Cups, Luxury Reading tarot cards in groups of three is a basic skill that expands beyond the keywords for each card. Aces always mean the beginning of something, so the Ace of Wands indicates the...