Strength is the first of the next 7 cards to represent the lessons of independence.
Yellow is the colour of Spirit and is a reminder that true strength has no physicality. Brute force is not the same as mental fortitude. The flowers portray our gentle strength like that of mother nature and the red roses portray will and desire. Recognising that you are as magnificent as mother nature is how you will find your strength.
She is gentle and compassionate – both signs of strength, and she wears a white robe representing her purity that she uses for the greater good. She isn’t fighting with the lion, she gently closing its mouth – taming it. But make no mistake, it is compliant and does not put up a fight. She is the boss.
The lion represents the carnal self and your inner beast. True strength comes from your ability to tame and balance the beast, but at the same time you must learn not to prepress your passions in the process. Your passion is what drives and feeds you, while repressed passion causes illness and misery. Getting the two right is your responsibility to your Spirit, because sometimes you have to let your lion roar.
Because the Major Arcana represents the Fool’s Journey, or our journey here as Spirit in the human form, the Chariot is the last card in the Major Arcana that represents us in the developmental stage. This card marks the end of our development and signifies scope and potential. If we choose to move forward, then victory will be assured. Note, that because this is the end of the developmental stage, it does not mean that we cease to learn as shown through the rest of the Major Arcana.
The Sphinxes represent Osiris, Egyptian God of the Underworld, and also the God of regeneration, resurrection, and most important of all, transition. The Magician is the one that drives the Chariot. Notice that he does so through summoning his will through his wand.
The star canopy represents our connection to the Universe and reminds us that we are star dust. The two crescent moons are a reminder that we are influenced by that of the heavens. The mercurial wings signify communication and is the tool that the Magician will take with him on his journey.
Remember that when you are on the Chariot, you will be pulled around by wild forces. As you will need power to gain control, you must ask yourself: where am I sending my will? Wild forces will pull you around if you don’t know where you’re going.
Archangel Gabriel, the messenger of the Gods comes in with fire, light and passion, which represents love. He is the messenger of the force and continuation of life.
Adam and Eve work in partnership with Eve representing the anima, that which brings IN new concepts and Adam representing the animus, that which brings OUT the concept Eve has brought in. In simpler terms, Adam will help bring the ideas that Eve created to fruition.
The Lovers represent the highest concept of duality throughout the Tarot and shows us that you can’t have one without the other. There must be balance and harmony, and this is shown through the interconnectedness of everything in this card.
The two stand in the Garden of Eden, which represents awareness of yourself as an individual, which is also the first step to enlightenment. Adam looks at Eve, which shows that the animus or the ego, must sometimes turn to the anima, or the subconscious and intuition. Eve turns to the Archangel showing that she recognises where she comes from, which is the Divine. Eve also stands in front of the Tree of Knowledge as seen with the serpent looking down. Because of this, in Tarot, a serpent or snake will usually represent knowledge when depicted on a card. Either you have the knowledge you seek, or there is something being withheld from you in the form of a secret.
This card enforces the importance of emotional responsibility, especially when it comes to the need to make an important decision.
In regards to relationships, one must remember that faith will often challenge the lovers, so it is essential to make good choices to stay on the right path. Relationships also have a reciprocal quality that leads to self-healing. Wholeness results from women embracing their maleness and from men embracing their femaleness.
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The Hierophant represents the sacred secrets that are or will be revealed. He is the religious leader and the moral and social conscious that the Emperor relies on. He represents the bridge between human and the Divine and all of the traditional systems here on Earth. He governs all human milestones between birth and death and is deeply traditional and sometimes rigid with existing systems.
The Hierophant and the Emperor are interlinked as the Emperor can not exist without the former. The Hierophant gives the Emperor a self-conscious making him less likely to destroy what it is that he wants to create. The Hierophant is the ‘church’ and the Emperor is the ‘state’ and in Tarot, church and state are not separate.
If you receive this card, consider testing the boundaries of traditional aspects in your life. In order to evolve, we must avoid dogmatic thinking.
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The Emperor makes up ‘the state’ and is the Fool who is yet to become spiritual. He relies heavily on the Hierophant to remind him of his spiritual responsibilities. The fire shows he rules over the globe he holds with an iron fist and gets shit done. He will not accept anything less than balance and order. He is a warrior that will battle for what he believes in and a tyrant that looks after his own. This is demonstrated by the ram, which is the symbol of Aries – the zodiac that is governed by Mars and the energy of war. The colour red demonstrates his will and the desire to make to make things happen. Note that he follows the Empress. The seeds planted by the Empress will be grown by the Emperor.
He is a reminder that sometimes you have to be a bit ruthless with control. You need to structure yourself to own yourself. Make sure to set goals to keep your fantasies in check and to become the master of your own destiny.
Focus and discipline will set you free.
The Empress is the card of expansion, and is suggested by the pomegranates on her dress, which represent fertility. She is the Mother of Earth and can represent a person incarnate, Spirit, or one’s desire of motherhood (fatherhood). This is the Venus. The sceptre she holds represents her place in the world and her connectedness to Earth and the Universe. This is also displayed by the 12 stars on her crown, which symbolizes the 12 zodiac signs – her relationship to the planets. She is surrounded by the colour yellow representing Spirit as it comes into the material world and crops representing abundance.
Depending on context and the surrounding cards present, this card may suggest that even though you mean well, perhaps you are mothering others too much. You can’t take responsibility for the actions of other people. This card can also stipulate that perhaps you’re not mothering yourself well enough. To love unconditionally is to love yourself first, so how are you doing this? Are you giving yourself what you need? Do you even know what it is that you need?
The Empress is the definition of fertility and represents your ability to grow any idea into fruition. Either you’ve already started nurturing your ideas and are currently manifesting your goals or you aren’t doing enough, and the Universe is reminding you to get on with it!
Make no mistake by misjudging her nurturing character as women mimic the creative forces of the Universe. Mother nature can be cruel and she won’t hesitate to destroy something in order for something better to exist.
‘2’ is the number of balance. The pillars represent the pillars at the Temple of Solomon, with the third pillar representing spirituality and the psyche. The High Priestess is the third pillar. The cross symbolises the 4 Earthly elements, as when you fold it, it will form a cube representing the physical form- the form in which we all reside in. The Priestess’s headdress is the Headdress of Iris, the mother goddess. The new moon represents new beginnings and the water at the bottom of her robe represents emotions and consciousness. The moon influences waters symbolising our interconnectedness of Spirit and Earth.
She holds the Tora containing the natural laws of the Universe. She sits in front of a veil. This reminds us that we must look behind the veil, or look within ourselves. On the other side are your true feelings and intuition. You must ask yourself: what will I find on the other side? When you look within yourself with open arms and an open heart you find balance, and most importantly, you find answers.