Welcome to lesson 3
The Major Arcana from Justice (11) to The World (21)
Here’s lesson 3. You will learn:
- The second part of the Major Arcana.
- A standard 3 card reading that you will use during the next few weeks of this course.
The energy you get from your cards is very important, so try to develop your awareness of that. Be aware of all your senses.
I’ve learned to pay attention to all my senses, they often give me important clues.
You will notice that from the mid-point, The Wheel of Fortune (10), the ‘journey’ reflected in the Major Arcana cards becomes quite different, and reflects the challenges we may experience on our path to fulfillment and understanding.
Some of the cards in this section of the Major Arcana can cause real alarm with people, so there is an art and subtle skill in communicating their messages gently and with compassion. We’ll cover this in the last few lessons of the course.
Part A – Tuning with the card imagery
What I would like you to do now is extract the cards numbered 11 (Justice) to 21 (The World) and keep the remaining cards of your deck wrapped in your black cloth.
Have these 11 cards in order, with Strength as the first card and the other 10 cards neatly behind it, so you are just looking at Strength on its own.
Read the definition for Justice, and practice trying to remember as much as you can about the card before moving on to the next one. Again in your notebook take notes of any words, images or descriptions that come to your mind when studying each card.
Remember you do not have to do this whole lesson in one go. Take your time. You may take a week or more to concentrate on a lesson before starting on the next. Work at your own pace.
Part B – A Simple 3 Card Reading
From Black Witch Coven’s BW Savannah
Here I will teach you a simple 3 card reading that I use all the time before spell casting or during clients consultations. During this course you will NOT use the entire deck all at once, but you will introduce the cards lesson by lesson, as you take the time to understand the images.
Before I draw the card, I try and tune to the client and perhaps ask their guides to assist me to help them! I draw 3 cards:
Card 1: Reflects the current situation
Card 2: Reflects the ADVICE the cards are giving you on the situation
Card 3: Reflects the OUTCOME as it stands now (if things don’t change – by person or by a spell!)
If it was a LOVE reading, I like to look at the 3 cards this way:
Card 1: Reflects YOU
Card 2: Reflects the RELATIONSHIP
Card 3: Reflects the OTHER PERSON
Let me give you an example of a 3 card Love Reading to find out What Lies Between You
Using the Major Arnica cards, I draw 3. Here is what I see about my love life right now
Card 1: You (me)
The key to this card is balance and moderation, mixing old with new, blending ideas, or alternating between old and new ways. Almost like a test trying to find the right blend, the right combination of ingredients to make the best outcome.
It may take many attempts to get this balance right, but each attempt is a learning process, knowledge and wisdom being gained and new ground being covered all the time.
This card is also about considering all options, experimenting with all combinations.
On an emotional level this equates to looking at facts, past experience, perhaps seeking outside help. Do not act in haste. Make informed and careful choices rather than acting on a whim or letting insecurity dictate your actions.
ADVICE – FIND BALANCE.
Card 2: The Relationship (my relationship)
The Emperor stands for worldly success. When he turns up in this position it shows that your partner has control of the situation and is in charge. However, just because someone is in a position of control, it doesn’t mean they have the energy of the Emperor.
Like a benign father the Emperor likes to control, but in a loving, caring way. There is a big difference between the energy of the Emperor and the energy of someone who likes to manipulate people and situations.
In a love reading the Emperor can indicate a very significant period in your life. You have gone beyond first romance and see this person as a part of your everyday life, perhaps someone you will marry and build a family together.
Just make sure that you have balance and compromise.
Card 3: The Other Person (My Boyfriend)
The Hanged Man
The Hanged Man sounds quite sinister, but look at the artwork on the card. This person is not hanging from the hangman’s noose. This image shows someone hanging from one foot. Imagine finding yourself in that position! It would take a mammoth effort to break free. You might feel pretty hopeless.
In some decks there are coins on the floor, because all the money has fallen out of your pockets. What a terrible situation to find yourself in!
Sometimes when we don’t have a clue what to do for the best we simply do nothing. You may have feelings of self-pity and feel restricted by life’s limitations, real or imagined. Perhaps you feel that your life is going nowhere or that your options are limited.
For now, I would like for you to:
- Take all 22 of the Major Arcana cards and shuffle them,
- Think of a question you would like to ask (DO THIS BEFORE YOU GO FURTHER)
- Pick 3 cards.
- Put the 3 cards in front of you.
- Write the names of the cards in your notebook.
- REVIEW – as per the suggestions below
Let’s review the cards.
Card 1: Reflects your current situation, what card is it? what do you think and feel it’s telling you? Write your thoughts and feelings in your notebook.
Card 2: Is the advice the cards are giving you, what do you think that is? Again write your thoughts in your notebook.
Card 3: Is the outcome the cards are giving you, what is it?
write it in your notebook.
The Major Arcana from Justice (11) to The World (21)
Each card in the Tarot deck, both Major and Minor Arcana, have a positive meaning and a reversed or negative meaning. The following definitions for each of the 11 cards include key words associated with that card, and the positive and reversed (negative) meanings.
Justice – 11
astrological sign: Libra
- positive associations with this card: justice, truth, integrity, balance, arbitration, responsibility, fairness
- negative associations with this card: prejudice, injustice, bad judgement, bias, bad advice
- when The Justice card appears in a reading it can represent justice, fairness and equilibrium in all dealings with people, so it’s a good omen concerning partnerships, business deals and legal issues
- this card can also signify the righting of a wrong that has been done to you in the past, or you seeking justice for another
- a karmic card that heralds good fortune and reward for past efforts even if you are unsure why you are being favoured negatively The Justice card represents injustice, business deals that flounder, legal decisions that won’t go your way even if you are morally right another negative aspect is that it can symbolize bad judgement and receiving bad advice
The Hanged Man – 12
The gallows from which he is suspended forms a Tau cross, while the figure–from the position of the legs–forms a fylfot cross. There is a nimbus about the head of the seeming martyr. It should be noted (1) that the tree of sacrifice is living wood, with leaves thereon; (2) that the face expresses deep entrancement, not suffering; (3) that the figure, as a whole, suggests life in suspension, but life and not death. It is a card of profound significance, but all the significance is veiled. One of his editors suggests that Éliphas Lévi did not know the meaning, which is unquestionable nor did the editor himself. It has been called falsely a card of martyrdom, a card a of prudence, a card of the Great Work, a card of duty; but we may exhaust all published interpretations and find only vanity. I will say very simply on my own part that it expresses the relation, in one of its aspects, between the Divine and the Universe.
He who can understand that the story of his higher nature is imbedded in this symbolism will receive intimations concerning a great awakening that is possible, and will know that after the sacred Mystery of Death there is a glorious Mystery of Resurrection.
- element: water
- planet: Neptune
- positive associations with this card: transition, flexibility, rebirth, deliverance, release
- negative associations with this card: materialism, inflated ego, lack of willpower, easily influenced, martyrdom
- The Hanged Man symbolizes self-sacrifice, whether that be material or emotional, an ability to adapt to changing circumstances
- this card can represent a time of limbo or a pause in life until something or perhaps someone is given up for greater gain
- The Hanged Man can represent ill health, stress and anxiety, this is a time for patience and not worry
- this card represents a trial of passage and hence the self-sacrifice aspect of this card has spiritual overtones
- negatively The Hanged Man symbolizes selfishness, the use of emotional blackmail by playing the martyr
- another negative aspect of this card is that a weakness of will may lead you in a wrong direction, materially, emotionally and lead to missed opportunities
Death – 13
- astrological sign: Scorpio
- positive associations with this card: endings, transformation, clearance, sweeping change
- negative associations with this card: stagnation, loss of opportunity, loss of friendship, fear of change
- without a doubt it is this card that causes most fear in a reading and yet it rarely, if ever, symbolizes actual death, more a time of absolute endings and absolute beginnings
- whilst The Death card can represent rather shocking or unexpected events or changes, they usually clear the way for a brand new start and a greater value for life itself
- out with the old and in with the new, a time of transformation is another way of looking at this card
- negatively there isn’t much difference, other than you may have a greater sense of fear and dread. when this card appears it’s time to show what you’re made of
- another negative aspect of The Death card is stagnation, resisting change when change is essential which may lead to lost opportunities
Temperance – 14
- astrological sign: Sagittarius
- positive associations with this card: harmony, health, moderation, compromise, peace, self-control
- negative associations with this card: impatience, lack of foresight, conflict, quarrels, domestic strife
- when the Temperance card appears it symbolizes self-control, the ability to handle volatile factors and so bring about a positive result
- this card heralds a time of harmonious relationships, peace and harmony a time to be enjoyed
- moderation is the key and spirituality will bring comfort. it can be said that this card represents an angel or guardian spirit looking over you
- negatively Temperance represents over indulgence, lack of foresight, impatience, conflict and quarrels causing domestic strife
- this card warns of making hasty decisions out of impatience that will thwart your progress
The Devil – 15
- astrological sign: Capricorn
- positive associations with this card: permanence, commitment
- negative associations with this card: entrapment, lust, greed, ignorance, anger, tyranny, obsession
- The Devil is not all bad, if marriage or commitment to a relationship is under consideration and this card falls in a favourable position in a reading The Devil is a good omen
- regarding most other issues this card is not a very positive one. The Devil symbolizes lust of the flesh, temptation and addiction which don’t tend to lead to favourable outcomes
- concerning relationships this card can warn against obsession or people that are no good for us and prompts you to to examine the situation carefully
- The Devil stands for a warning against the destructive consequences of your actions motivated by greed, lust and power
- more positively, the Devil can be a sign that you are gaining control, or at least awareness, of your weaknesses or addictions
- always consider your motives when The Devil appears, it is a helpful indicator for you to change course whilst you still can
The Tower – 16
- planet: Mars
- positive associations with this card: re-evaluation, necessary change, a blessing in disguise
- negative associations with this card: sudden change, downfall, disruption, disaster
- after the Death card and the Devil, The Tower is likely to be the card that causes most fear and consternation. It’s hard to find a positive side to this card, however, it tells you that the unexpected shock and upheaval of events will create new opportunities and make you a stronger and wiser person
- The Tower represents sudden and sometimes shocking changes in events and can often represent problems or delays relating to your home or the purchasing of home
- whether material or emotional upset, this card encourages you to see that such upheavals can force new directions that can be more beneficial
- negatively The Tower represents unnecessary suffering. You may be falsely accused of something and suffer some form of imprisonment or isolation, or you may be the one causing the shock and change with a rebellious attitude
- the main thing to remember with this rather unpleasant card is that this phase will pass and that a new direction or new opportunities can be created from it
- number: 17
- astrological sign: Aquarius
- positive associations with this card: hope, generosity, serenity, wishes coming true, good health, spiritual awareness
- negative associations with this card: self-doubt, lack of trust, cynicism, pessimism
- The Star is a welcome card bringing insight into the future, optimism and hope, renewal of faith and unexpected gifts!
- when considering a new relationship or enterprise The Star is an excellent omen
- this card heralds good times for many things, artistic or educational endeavours, travel, health and spiritual awareness or development
- negatively this card warns against the perils of self-doubt and negativity that may lead to lost opportunities
- however even with the negative aspect of this card you will be surprised with good luck despite your cynicism
- number: 18
- astrological sign: Pisces
- positive associations with this card: imagination, unexpected possibilities, illumination
- negative associations with this card: fear, confusion, highly charged emotions, bewilderment, lies, deceit
- when The Moon appears you can be sure it will be a time of highly charged emotions and confusion
- despite any fear you may have, the wan light of The Moon will illuminate the way, and even if the path you are on is tough, all will turn out right in the end
- Upright and in a favourable position in a reading this card is a good omen if you are involved in a clandestine affair, otherwise it may signify that your secret may be exposed
- The Moon can lead to artistic expression through art, writing or music, which may lead to unexpected opportunities
- negatively this card stands for lack of progress because of deep rooted fears and anxieties. It tells of failure of nerve, it also warns of lies and deceit – perhaps this is the cause of your worries
- number: 19
- planet: Sun
- season: summer
- positive associations with this card: happiness, greatness, enlightenment, vitality, good health, love, fulfillment
- negative associations with this card: misjudgement, delays, potential failure, inflated ego
- simply one of the best, if not the best, cards in the Tarot. The Sun is a most welcome card and a signal of very happy, joyous times
- this card can represent holidays, good news around children or perhaps news or the conception or birth of a much wanted baby
- The Sun heralds a time of fun with friends and family and agreeable companionships and relationships
- ultimately The Sun dispels negativity and promises of a happy ending
- negatively The Sun perhaps suggests delays to your plans or achievements and does warn against arrogance and misjudgement caused by an inflated ego
- number: 20
- element: fire
- planet: Pluto
- positive associations with this card: rebirth, rejoicing, absolution, new potential, rewards for past efforts
- negative associations with this card: guilt, loss, self-reproach, delays, fear, obstinacy
- the Judgement card heralds a time of accomplishment and rewards for past efforts. Taking stock of ones life and consideration of a brand new phase in life
- if there has been ill health this card signals a recovery with a new lease of life
- the Judgement card brings an opportunity which, once given, must not be ignored, a new project or decision could change your life
- this card generally speeds up events in your life
- negatively this card warns of obstinacy and a refusal to move with change when change is essential, which only causes delays
- you will experience fear of nearly everything, fear of change, illness, perhaps even death
- another negative aspect of the Judgement card warns of self doubt and guilt over past mistakes – this will only blur the way forward
- number: 21
- planet: Saturn
- positive associations with this card: fulfillment, completion, satisfaction, joy, wholeness, success
- negative associations with this card: stagnation, lack of will, impatience, delays
- The World heralds the arrival of your heart’s desire, whatever that may be, a time of achievement, recognition, success and triumph
- this card signals a time of enjoyment, of holidays and travel, time with loved ones, a fulfilling relationship is on offer and spoiling yourself with the material things you’ve been wanting
- the World also marks the end of one cycle and the beginning of another
- negatively, The World points toward delays and that you may still need to overcome some challenges before you succeed, so don’t give up so close to the finish line
- don’t be lacking in vision or feel insecure, success will soon be yours