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The Star :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Star :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: hope, peace of mind, generosity
Carrie’s Keywords: authenticity, inspiration, peace

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The Star Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

Way up in the dark of night, a large star glimmers spectacularly. Ten smaller stars are scattered about, but the center star commands attention. This star is adorned with the colors of the rainbow, blending into one another. The full-spectrum color gives the star an air of holistic, healing energy. All colors are present, all colors are even, and they are contained safely within the star. All is as it should be.

A commentor pointed out that this is most likely a depiction of the North Star, with the cluster of stars to the right being Cassiopeia. This is symbolically reverent, as we talk about following the North Star when we embark on our own authentic path. The Star represents the magical sensation that comes when you live in a way that feels true and right to you.

The Star gives its light freely, without holding back. But it is also unassuming. The star draws attention quietly, with a sort of serene power. A beautiful, calming influence is present in this card. This star is a reminder that hope is present even in the darkest of nights.

The positioning of the bright star is near the top of the card, and the lines on the card draw our attention upward. The lines are sparser at the bottom of the card, and get darker and darker as they near the top, giving the visual effect that we are standing far below, looking up at this glowing beacon of hope.

As with many images in the Wild Unknown, there is a simplicity to the star. It isn’t weighed down with heavy symbolism or overwhelming imagery. After enduring the chaos of the Tower, we reach the peaceful, smooth reprieve of the Star.

The Star Tarot Card Meanings in General

Many depictions of this card show a naked woman leaning over a pool of water. Her nudity could be thought of as representing authenticity, a complete willingness to show up exactly as you are. The woman pours water from two jugs, which could represent inspiration and creative flow. The Waite-Smith depiction shows seven stars, which could represent the seven chakras and the Star’s association with holistic healing.

I often associate the Star with the infinite creative well we each have access to. We are always plugged into this universal energy, this wellspring of spiritual lifeforce. The Star card offers us the gift of letting down our barriers and reconnecting to that source energy.

This card also has some healing connotations. The Star offers you a reprieve, a chance to make peace with whatever turmoil you’ve experienced. The Star shows that despite your battle scars, you can still be vulnerable. You can still trust, you can still find a way to show up in this world as your authentic self. Your greatest strength is activated when you devote to being real.

In a reading

The Star is often a reminder to listen to the quiet whispers of your inspiration. What “north star” are you being beckoned to follow? Even if you have been hurt in the past, now may be the time to step forward with renewed hope. Healing, integration and acceptance are readily available to you. Let your guard down and experience this holistic energy.

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The Devil :: Wild Unknown Tarot

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The Devil :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: negativity, materialism, addiction
Carrie’s Keywords: bondage, inner demons, materialism

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The Devil Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

A smug goat looks out at us from the card. He’s got a sly smile going on and we can only see one eye, giving him a shady air. His ears are cocked to the side, alert and ready to take advantage of what he hears.

Upon his forehead is an upside-down pentagram, a symbol our culture has come to associate with negative forces. Elphias Levi said: “A reversed pentagram, with two points projecting upwards, is a symbol of evil and attracts sinister forces because it overturns the proper order of things and demonstrates the triumph of matter over spirit. It is the goat of lust attacking the heavens with its horns.”

Indeed, the Devil card shows the human tendency to value the physical world over the spiritual world. This can manifest in fairly inconspicuous ways; such as enjoying decadent food, having sex, or doing anything else that might be deemed naughty. This can also manifest in more insidious ways; such as becoming stuck in destructive behaviors, bowing to your inner demons, or any other way that you might cause damage to yourself or others.  

The card’s background is dark and bleak. There is no sign of light, the Devil dwells in the realm of shadow. Exploring your shadows and confronting your inner demons is crucial, because it’s when they are left to roam freely in the dark that they cause real issues. By bringing these parts of yourself to the light, you can learn to accept, heal and integrate them. 

The goat’s feet are surrounded by orange and red flames, yet he does not burn. This tricky, treacherous fellow can walk through fire (maybe he’s even the one conjuring the blaze). He looks as though he wants to lure others with his wily ways. We’ve come to associate the force we call “the devil” with addiction, enslavement, and negative patterns. Once you become aware this energy is at work, you can begin to free ourselves.

The Devil Tarot Card Meanings in General

Many depictions of the Devil show a goat, or Baphomet. The first insinuation of goats being associated with the Devil comes from the bible: “When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations; and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.”

But then in the Middle Ages things really got heated up when the collective folkloric vision of the Devil began to get mis-mashed with various beast-like pagan gods (including Pan, depicted as part man, part goat).

Fast forward to the 1800s and Elphias Levi created an image of Baphomet (a figure we don’t know much about, but which the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping in the middle ages). Levi had a more all encompassing vision of Baphomet, not as a figure of pure evil but more of a unity of radical opposites such as good and evil. The image of the Devil in the Rider Waite tarot was inspired by Levi’s depiction of Baphomet.

In the 1960s, the Church of Satan was founded and used Baphomet in their iconography. Thusly the image of Devil-as-goat has been firmly embedded in our cultural associations.

In a reading

The Devil card often draws your attention to where you feel trapped, restricted or blocked. In some cases, this bondage is caused by an external situation (a negative work environment, a toxic relationship and so on). But more often, these energies are manifesting internally. As such, it is important to willingly look at your inner demons: your secrets, your shames, your addictive tendencies.

This can seem quite heavy, but the truth is that simply acknowledging what is enslaving you is a hugely powerful step in finding liberation. Once you are able to clearly identify your demons, you can get to know them better and find appropriate ways to free yourself.

This card can also serve as a reminder to look for satisfaction beyond the material trappings of your life. It is natural to crave certain comforts of the flesh, but those passing things rarely bring you lasting fulfillment. The Devil asks you to look beyond the trappings of the material realm and make space also for the ethereal things that bring your life meaning.  

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Temperance :: Wild Unknown Tarot

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 Temperance :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: healing, renewal, balance
Carrie’s Keywords: blending, moderation, balance

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Temperance Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

A heron stands with one wing outstretched as if to protect the orange flames in front of her. Blue water droplets descend to meet the flame, but neither destroys the other. The heron has a moderating effect over the seemingly contrasting elements.

Forces that seem to be opposites can be brought together with a blend of skill, patience and magic. This is the energy we see at work in the Temperance card. If left unchecked, fire and water will destroy each other. But in this image they get along beautifully.

I get a sense that the heron is moderating the flames and droplets. Through her influence, both are able to thrive in measured proportions. In this way, Temperance reminds you of your ability to moderate the energies at work around you. Through methods both mundane and magical, you can be an active force, you can influence the direction of the life force around you.

The Heron here knows that equilibrium is the key to well being. The background lines slant inwards to meet at the card’s center, adding to the sense of calm and balance in this card.

This card also hints at transformation. By bringing together different energies in just the right proportions, something wonderful can emerge. You can apply these lessons in the external world, but most importantly in your inner world. As a human being, you are naturally a mix of contradictions: love and anger, light and dark, pessimism and optimism. 

Instead of gravitating towards extremes, Temperance represents your ability to work with ALL of your inner contradictions. You can create your own magic when you skillfully blend those contradicting elements of your psyche.

Temperance Tarot Card Meanings in General

Traditional depictions of this card show an angel standing with one foot in water, one foot on land. With a serene expression, the angel pours water between two cups. These are visual cues that represent themes of balance and moderation.

Temperance means making sure you do not have too much or too little of any one thing: creating balance is a common aim of various spiritual practices. But remember that balance does not have to mean everything is “equal.” Sometimes you need more fire than water or vice versa. Balance simply means that things are working together in harmony, not that they are rigidly divided into proportions. In this regard, Temperance shows that in a spiritual sense, balance is not a science but an art. 

This card is sometimes associated with healing. In many alternative healing modalities, illness is considered to be a result of some type of imbalance in the body. Temperance shows the well-being we can experience when our bodies – and our minds – are “balanced.”

In a reading

It is essential to cultivate your awareness of what energies are at work around you. In a reading, Temperance may ask you to become aware of these energies. Is there too much or too little of one energy or another in your life? It may be time to consider how you can return to a sense of equilibrium.

Temperance also shows the power you gain when you embrace your contradictions. Instead of expecting yourself to fall into only one extreme way of being, let yourself be all that you are – even when those things seem to clash. You have the ability to temper all of your inner energies so that they work together to form a unique, powerful blend.

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Death :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

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Death :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: necessary ending, closure, transformation
Carrie’s Keywords: closings, elimination, transformation

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Death Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

There are no holds barred in this Death card. It’s a literal picture of decay, showing the fading remains of a deceased bird. The feathers show that what is now bones and dust was not so long ago vital and alive. ‘How can this be? It isn’t fair.’ We have countless questions with no satisfying answer. It just is.

The card is entirely black and white. The lack of color hones conveys what at first glance seems to be an inherent harshness. But the truth is, Death is not harsh. It seems that way to us because we are scared of what we can’t control or fathom. Death – not only physical death, but any matter of transformation – is an indiscriminate, sweeping force. It is unbiased, unattached, dispassionate.

There is a comfort in the impersonal quality of death. For all of our differences, for all of the strange and unique types of lifeforms in the world, we all will eventually meet death. Regardless of the clothes we wear or the personas we adopt, we are all subject to this inevitable energy.

Of course, this card means much more than literal physical death. We see the Death card and realize that some situations in our lives are beyond hope of having life breathed back into them. Relationships decay, friendships dissolve, careers are vanquished. Habits, thought patterns and beliefs are laid to rest.

Sometimes we choose our endings, but often they are unceremoniously forced upon us. We can try to deny, we can cling to situations even as they are rotting before us. But no amount of wishing and will-power can counteract the sweeping force of Death.

There is wisdom in respecting closures, and even embracing them. After the hollowness of winter comes the regeneration of Spring. After one chapter comes the next. We see these cycles repeated throughout nature, the universe, and our own psyches. Infinite deaths make way for infinite transformations.

Death Tarot Card Meanings in General

This card frequently features skeletons or grim reapers, physical representations of the concept of death. In older decks this card did not have a title and is still sometimes referred to as the untitled arcanum. This card is given the number thirteen, a number which for various reasons has long been associated with ill omens.

In the Rider-Waite-Smith depiction, Death is upon a horse and has already trampled over a king. This reminds you that no matter what priviliges you have in the earthly realm, you are still subject to swift endings. A priest makes an offering to Death, and a woman faints away at the site of Death. Only the child pictured in the card looks on at Death with openness and curiosity. This reminds you not to assume that endings are BAD. Sometimes endings seem brutal as they occur, but they pave the way for your next chapter.

The Rider-Waite-Smith depiction also shows a hint of the sun rising in the distance. This is a reminder that all of life is cyclical. Endings and transformations are just another part of life’s infinite cyclical dance.

In a reading

In a reading, this card does NOT need to be negative or scary! But it does pack a punch, and may ask you to dig into your shadow. Death might ask you to examine what changes, transformations or endings are currently at work for you.

From a personal growth standpoint, this card may particularly challenge you to confront what YOU need to end. If you’ve been entrenched in unhealthy patterns, if you’ve been keeping yourself in a situation you know is not good for you…it’s probably time to end that stuff once and for all.

Death is a part of life, and most deaths are metaphoric NOT literal. Remind yourself that we are all subject to these indiscriminate energies. There are times that you can enact your will to keep something going, but Death asks you to accept the times when endings are imminent.

Cultivate the belief that whatever transformations occur for you are making space for you to emerge into a fresh new chapter. Decaying material must be trimmed from plants in order for them to grow new life – in a metaphysical sense, you must also be willing to be pruned of what is dead in order for you to become more fully alive.

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The Hanged Man :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

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 The Hanged Man :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: sacrifice, letting go, new perspectives
Carrie’s Keywords: surrender, alternate perspective, liminal

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The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

What better creature than a bat to represent the Hanged Man? To us, he seems to be in suspension. He stows away in his topsy-turvy stance all day, and is active at night. Everything about the bat’s lifestyle offers a new perspective.

The Hanged Man may seems to be upside down, but to him, being upside down IS right-side up. He is adept at seeing the world, and all of reality, from a different angle than what we would call normal. Normal is a relative term, the Hanged Man would tell us.

Bats hang this way because their wings are not strong enough to come into flight from the ground. Instead, they hang from their feet and can only break into flight when they let go and plummet through the air. This Hanged Man knows that now is not the time to fly – but when the time comes, he will be ready. He is at home in the realm of the liminal – liminal meaning an inbetween state, the pause between breaths, the threshold that straddles both here and now.

The metaphor of only finding flight once you let go is appropriate here. This card asks you take the spiritually potent step of relinquishing control. You spend so much energy – physical, emotional and spiritual – trying to hold on. Perhaps if you let go, you will connect with your power in unfathomably potent ways.

The Hanged Man seems to have a secret. The protective wrapping of wings and the red glow of his eyes give him the air of someone who knows something that we don’t. He has learned how to let go of the normal filters of awareness and find comfort in discomfort.

The Hanged Man Tarot Card Meanings in General

Traditional depictions of the Hanged Man show a human figure hanging by one foot, the other leg crossed over so that his body shape resembles an upside down four. As the number four is numerologically associated with control and structure (think card four, the Emperor), the upside down four shows our potential of releasing that innate need for control.

The messages in this card relates to the Norse god Odin. Through the sacrifice of hanging himself on a tree, Odin gained access to the wisdom of the runes. Thus, the Hanged Man tarot card is commonly associated with themes of sacrifice and suspension. You often need to give up one comfort or another in order to fulfill whatever higher objective beckons you.

I personally associate the Hanged Man card with the concept of radical acceptance. Radical acceptance is the spiritual practice of accepting reality exactly as it is. Instead of trying to ration away the darker parts of our experience, radical acceptance asks us to sit with all that is. This does not mean condoning things that are bad or wrong or difficult. It simply means accepting that they are real, that they are what they are.

In a reading

This card asks you to consider the infinine perspectives currently available to you. Challenge yourself to consider your situation from a new angle, coerce yourself to question certain aspects of your reality. 

Doing this might require you to devote to surrendering your ego’s desire to control. Letting go of the urge to control is very much easier said than done! In fact, learning to surrender can be incredibly uncomfortable. Remind yourself that experiencing discomfort is okay. In fact, this discomfort is absolutely necessary for your spiritual development.

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Wheel of Fortune :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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Wheel of Fortune :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: destiny, fate, change of course
Carrie’s Keywords: turning point, changes, fate

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Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

In the Wheel of Fortune card, we find ourselves in a trippy world, a visual representation of the cosmically intertwined web of life. The Wheel itself serves as a focal point, a complex structure of tangled branches which serve as spokes, and woven rainbow threads.

The colorful thread shows a vital force that unites everything. There is inherent meaning in what might otherwise seem to be random chances of fate on a spinning wheel. Everything is connected through complex patterns. We may not be able to untangle events to understand why they unfold the way they do, but there is an unfathomable system at work in the turning of the wheel.

This card often shows changes that are beyond human understanding or control. You could think of these changes as fate or destiny, or you could think of them as simply random happenstance. Either way, the wheel brings changes that we may not be able to do much about – the changing of the seasons is one such example of this energy.

In the top half of the card, night abounds. The branches of the wheel are white, in contrast to the dark branches in the lower half of the wheel. An own gazes out at us from the top of the wheel. Owls are a symbol of wisdom. The own is not phased by change and does not try to control the movement of the wheel. Instead, she observes and adapts. 

The lower portion of the card merges into a daytime scene. This turning of day to night, night to day is one manifestation of the Wheel of Fortune that we are all intimately familiar with. On a symbolic level, this can also show our fate changing from clarity to confusion, success to failure, and infinite other twists. Sometimes changes that at the time seem meaningless become rich with meaning only once we have gained distance and perspective. Such is the way of the wheel.

There’s a sense of mystery inherent in the Wheel of Fortune of the Wild Unknown tarot. We can’t grasp how or why the wheel turns. It’s structure at first glance seems chaotic, but on closer inspection we see the rainbow threads and find hope that there is a higher order at work. This is how we’ve come to speculate on the concepts of destiny and fate.

Our best option is to embody the wisdom of the owl. Instead of bemoaning the unseen forces that turn the wheel, we can try to accept inevitable change and roll with the turning.

Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card Meanings in General

Many depictions of this card include creatures in the four card corners that represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac. These can symbolize the wisdom that allows you to maintain your sense of stability even as change is enacted in your life. 

It is also worth noting that we are not ENTIRELY powerless to the forces of motion. The greek god Anubis is often featured in this card, a god who had many roles including guiding souls from the world of the living to the underworld. Thus, you could consider that there are universal forces working in your favor to help you navigate changes. You may even have more influence than you believe you do in the turning of the wheel. Sometimes this card serves as a reminder of your role in stepping up and having an active say in your destiny.

Another key theme that comes through in this card is the notion that ‘what goes up, must come down.’ If you are having very good luck, it is not likely to last forever. The same is true of very bad luck. As the saying goes, the only thing constant in life is change. You are wise to know when to actively influence the forces of change in your life, and when to step back and accept that what will be, will be.

In a reading

The Wheel of Fortune draws your attention to changes that are currently at work both within you and in your outer world. If you have been avoiding accepting these changes, it may be time to face them directly. Remember that from a cosmic perspective, the shifts happening for you are not necessarily ‘positive’ or ‘negative.’ Instead, they are neutral forces.

If at this time you feel a negative emotional reaction to the turning hands of fate, remind yourself that you may not yet be able to see the bigger picture. As the imagery in the Wild Unknown really shows, the workings of fate are complex and tangled. Practice shifting your perspective so that you can best process whatever turning point you are reaching.

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Justice :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

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Justice :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: decisions, karma
Carrie’s Keywords: justice, integrity, cause and effect

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Justice Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

A pure white cat and a pure black cat gaze out at us from an entirely black and white picture. Their tails intermingle in the center of the card, bringing to mind the symbology of the ying-yang. Every bit of dark is intermingled with light, and vice versa. Feminine and masculine, right and wrong, black and white – it is tempting to think they exist as singular realities, but each is always imbued with a hint of the other. The Justice card is a reminder of this truth.

The background lines are a mirror version of the pattern on the back of the card stock. The lines lead to a diamond in the center of the card. The half of the diamond on the side of the black cat is white, and naturally, the half of the diamond on the side of the white cat is black. Each must contain a splash of the other!

An elegantly decorated sword is positioned high above the cats, suggesting the power of the blade comes from a higher, spiritual realm. The point of the blade rests directly above the center of the diamond, showing that true Justice takes into account all the complexities of a situation. That area between the black and white polarities is sometimes referred to as the “gray area.” Justice urges us to take into account these nuanced gray areas as we come up with our conclusions. For it is often the case that decisions must be made even when there isn’t a “black or white” answer.

Also worth noting: at this point in the Major Arcana the Wild Unknown tarot deviates from the Rider-Waite tradition by placing Justice as card number eight (Arthur Edward Waite famously switched the order of Justice and Strength).

The symbolism in this card shows that ‘for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.’ These is the ideal traditionally associated with the Justice card – karma, truth, decisions and morality.

Justice Tarot Card Meanings in General

In many decks, Justice shows a human figure holding an upright sword in one hand, scales in the other hand. The scales are an obvious sign of balance, of weighing all sides of the situation. The obvious association of Justice is that of a literal legal system, but this card also ties into the ethical decisions we must make in our daily lives.

Even actions that seem small have a ripple out effect either in the physical world or in a physical sense. Thus, there are two planes of Justice; karma is the spiritual plane. Although it is much more complex than some people make it out to be, there IS something to the concept that our “vibrations” attract certain things into our experience. Justice is the tarot card that represents this concept. This card asks you to take responsibility for your real world actions AND your energy.

Living with integrity is one of the most challenging yet most rewarding things we can do. Justice asks you to give serious consideration to your values and beliefs. Once you have clearly defined your values, beliefs, ethics and so on you must then ask yourself: are you living in line with these principles? Integrity means walking your talk. Integrity also means standing up for your principles when they are at risk in the real world. Thus, this is a card that speaks heavily to the real-world work of social justice, activism, and seeking equality.

In a reading

In a reading, Justice might ask you to consider how your own choices are influencing your reality. It may be time for you to give some weighted consideration to all of your options and make a careful choice about how to proceed. Remember that things are nuanced and you may not find one easy “right answer” right away. Be willing to look at your situation objectively and respect the full complexity at work.

This card is also a good reminder to step into your full integrity. Take back your power to define your own beliefs and to stand up for what is right. 

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The Chariot :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

I’ve written interpretations for every card in the Wild Unknown Tarot. As the box of the deck states, there are no rights or wrongs. These are simply my perspectives on the tarot card meanings. I hope you find them useful!
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The Chariot :: Wild Unknown Tarot
Deck Creator’s Keywords: strong will, achievement, triumph
Carrie’s Keywords: autonomy, control, willpower

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The Chariot Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

A horse looks out from the card, her mane blowing freely in the wind. She faces us head on, as though unafraid to deal with anything – problems, joy and conflict – directly. She doesn’t shy away from life! She shows up fully and completely for all that life has to offer, and trusts her ability to take charge in any situation.

The Chariot shows the importance of mastering the way you present yourself to the world. This card is sometimes associated with ego, and while the term ‘ego’ has a bad reputation, the truth is that having a healthy ego is really important. Having a strong idea of who we are as an individual is essential to our ability to be authentic, to set goals, and to live our lives the way that is right for us. This is a card of autonomy, of your ability to choose how to show up in your life.

The card is black and white, with the exception of the red corners. The red here is bolder, unlike some of the more watered down colors we’ve seen in earlier cards. The use of color here is more commanding. Red is a color of confidence and assurance. Four is a number of stability, and the positioning of the color in the four corners shows the self-control associated with the Chariot.

The body of the horse becomes less and less detailed towards the bottom of the card. This shows that The Chariot can channel external as well as internal energy and direct it through her own determination. For better or for worse, the Chariot is so focused on the task at hand that nothing else seems to matter. There is a singular determination at work in this card.

I like to think of the Major Arcana as three sets of seven cards (with the addition of the Fool). In this view, the Chariot is the last card in the first row. In some ways, this card reminds me of a young adult, someone who has certainly matured but may have a narrow view of their overall growth. The Chariot speaks to a dogged determination to go in a certain direction, but on the shadow side Chariot energy can sometimes become TOO pushy and forceful.

This horse wears a chain around her neck, adorned by a single pentacle. To me, this symbolizes the mastery she has gained so far. She is proud of all the ways she has developed so far. The challenge of the Chariot from here is to remain open to all that she still has to learn, instead of succumbing to an overly inflated ego! On her forehead is a black crescent moon, which suggests to me that in her soul is still open to receiving new wisdom. But another challenge for the Chariot is reconciling the knowledge of her soul with the insistence of her ego.

Above the horse, we see the now-familiar theme of rays emanating from a singular point. This time the origin of the rays is a round, white orb – possibly the sun. These emanating rays show energy that is expansive, powerful and unstoppable. The Chariot is a card of action. The Chariot is actively doing, going, moving.

The emanating rays here are black and white. The monochrome coloring shows a no-nonsense energy. Sometimes, we need to quit screwing around and start taking ourselves seriously. The Chariot asks you to set goals, believe in your ability to overcome adversity. When you maximize your willpower it is possible for you to succeed against all odds. 

The Chariot Tarot Card Meanings in General

The Chariot is often illustrated as a person driving a cart. The card is typically pulled by two creatures, one black and one white. The contrasting colors show the necessity of rounding up all the seemingly contradicting elements in our lives and pushing them into one coherent direction.

There are many cards that speak of ease and flow, but the Chariot shows a counterbalance to these concepts. The Chariot is about determination, hard work and grit. In a metaphoric sense, you are a charioteer and the chariot you drive is your life. You have a responsibility to assert your control over that chariot and to take ownership over the direction you are headed.

The Chariot draws your attention to you and your path. This is a common theme in the visual presentation of this card in various decks. This card asks you to stay in your lane, to be aware of what YOU are doing. A shadow side of this can be selfishness and inflexibility. But at its best, Chariot energy brings you in touch with your most powerful autonomy.

In a reading

In a positive sense, when the Chariot shows up in a reading it can remind you to tap into your dogged determination. This card can be the kick in the pants you need to do hard things. Instead of avoiding difficulty, the Chariot challenges you to be like the horse in this card and face challenges head-on. Be willing to start sorting through your whatever obstacles you currently have. This might not always be easy, but if you believe in yourself you CAN do hard things.

The Chariot also asks you to consider the current state of your ego. Do you have a healthy sense of self confidence? Or on the other hand, have you become so set in your ways that you’re missing the bigger picture? Be equally willing to own your strengths AND your opportunities for further growth. 

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The Hermit :: Wild Unknown Tarot Card Meanings

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The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings in the Wild Unknown

Who better to portray the ideals of the Hermit than a tortoise? He wears his home on his back so he can literally go within. He peers out at us with a calm expression. He is not hiding out of fear, but rather out of a deeper wisdom that compels him to withdraw from the outer world. The Hermit senses that what he most needs right now can be obtained in the INNER world.

The scene around the Hermit is dark, but he carries a lantern upon his back, an orange flame giving the only splash of color in the card. The flame is vivid and confident. We might otherwise assume the Hermit is a timid character, but the flame shows otherwise. It takes great power indeed to turn away from the expectations, opinions and norms espoused by society. But the Hermit teaches that when you cultivate this inner power – through meditation, introspection and self-discovery – you can practice true authenticity.

Directly in front of the Hermit we see a splash of white illuminated by his lantern. This shows that he has a highly developed internal guidance system, and even though he may not be able to see the entire path before him, he carries a light that will always illuminate the next right step. He lets his path unfold naturally in each moment and trusts the spiritual pace of the universe. As a tortoise, this Hermit is not one to move quickly. He doesn’t focus on racing to a proverbial finish line. He knows that he must take time to reflect, to contemplate, before he embarks upon any given path.

The Hermit Tarot Card Meanings in General

Although all archetypes are gender neutral at their core, many tarot decks show the Hermit as a stereotypical “wise old man” complete with a long robe and flowing white beard, carrying a lantern. The archetypical Hermit appears in many well known stories (think Dumbledore in Harry Potter or Gandalf in Lord of the Rings).  

The Hermit is often associated with a monk or some other type of spiritual seeker. While the Hierophant shows the search for knowledge in the outer world through experts and existing structures, the Hermit shows the importance of turning your search inward. That is not to say the Hermit cannot represent external help, as this card is often associated with mentors and guides. But the type of guidance the Hermit offers leads the seeker to their OWN understanding, instead of imposing a pre-determined belief system as the Hierophant might.

We all have an inherent inner guidance system, which serves as our own Hermit’s lantern. This card reminds you to quiet yourself and listen to that inner guidance, for it will rarely lead you astray.

In a reading

When the Hermit appears, it is often a reminder to activate your internal guidance. Instead of seeking the answers from other people or avoiding being alone with your thoughts, the Hermit asks you to meditate. Journal. Contemplate. Turn your focus away from external distractions and explore what is within you. If you do feel as though external support could be useful, remember that the best mentors are those who only guide you closer to your own truth.

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A collection of Summer Solstice musings

A collection of Summer Solstice musings

The summer solstice is one of my favorite times of year. I’m usually a pretty introverted, receptive person – but at this time of year, I feel extroverted and active. I want to DO things. I want to soak up the sun and throw myself headfirst into the bright light of life. Maybe you feel that way, too? Today I’m going to share with you two of my favorite tarot-related activities to help you make the most of these powerful solstice vibes.

I know I’m technically a day late as the actual solstice was yesterday, but for me the solstice energy spans for several days. My birthday is June 24, and so I always feel that solstice energy radiating until then. I also know that last week I said I was going to take a blogging break. But I felt the urge to write a little about the solstice, so here I am!

The first thing I want to show you is a simple yet potent tarot spread that I’ve used for myself on several solstices now. This spread comes from the Sacred Journey Journal. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared it on my Insta-stories yesterday. Here it is: 

I use this spread for each solstice and each equinox (if you’re in the southern hemisphere, you can definitely use this for the winter solstice). As you can see, the spread positions are simple, yet evocative enough to give you a really interesting reading. In my personal spread, I found it really interesting that I drew the Heirophant in position 1, essence. Lately I’ve been trying to re-establish some self-care and spiritual practices. I saw this card as an affirmation that bringing more structure to my spirituality can really serve me this season. 

Now, if you’re looking for something really unique, try the Radiant Spectrum Intentions spread I created last year. I was just revisting this blog post and I’m still in love with this concept! This is unique in that instead of drawing cards at random, you consciously choose cards for this spread, and those cards represent your intentions for summer. I especially love how this idea of conscious choice ties into the autonomous energies of the summer solstice. 

The first intention in the Radiant Specrums spread is “the energy I choose to radiate this season.” This year the choice was super easy for me: the Chariot. I have a lot of conflicting elements at work in my life right now, a lot of projects I want to work on and sometimes I lack a clear direction. The Chariot shows what I want to radiate: focus, an ability to tie everything together, and the grit to keep everything moving forward.

One more thing I’m really excited about this summer: the 15 courses that make up Tarot Summer School 2017. Since I’m teaching a course myself (Tarot for Empaths), I get access to all of the other courses! I’m going to take them all and they look so good! I’m particularly excited for Tarot for Shadow Work (taught by Benebell Wen), Creating Your Tarot/Oracle Deck (taught by Chris-Anne Donnely) and Ritual Tarot (taught by Avalon Cameron). You can get a season pass and get lifetime access to all 15 courses for $199, or you can purchase courses individually for $28 each.

Last but not least: I’m still planning to start the podcast I mentioned last week! Ideas are brewing and I’m hoping to get the first installment up sometime in July. I also want to thank everyone who reached out with feedback on the idea – you guys are awesome. Until we meet again, I wish you so much warmth, power and creativity this summer.

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