When I started to study the Tarot. I took a card a day from the Rider Waite Smith deck and memorized its number, image, title, number, and meaning. I held
The pips are the cards numbered from ACE (1)-10. They show current energies that may be hidden from view or that the Querent may not see or want to see.
The court cards trump the lower cards in the suits. The royal figures pictured on the court cards are analogous to those of a modern playing card deck, but the
The aces represent the distilled energy—the seed energy or essence of each suit. As such, they could be said to be both higher and lower than the court cards, just
Wands/FIRE Energy, the Super Conscious (Higher Self), inspiration, desire, passion, and planning. Swords/AIR Thought, character, self-conscious, the ego, moral principles, communication, reason, and the intellect. Cups/WATER Emotions, romance, love, creativity,
The suits represent the four worldly paths to personal mastery through natural human qualities; these can be either weaknesses or strengths, depending on the card, the orientation of the card,
The Major Arcana are the heart of the Tarot. These cards are the highest cards in the deck. Also called the “Trumps” because they trumped all the lower cards in
PREFACE My romance with the Tarot started out as a blind date. In 2004, I created a conceptual art project that explored the nature of proximity and meaning; I wanted