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Situation As It Is
Key Words for the Fool Tarot Card Meaning
* Fresh Start
* Blind Faith
The Fool Tarot card meaning deals with that youthful exhuberance we feel when starting out on a new adventure or taking a journey of faith. We feel anticipation, butterflies flutter in our stomach, and our skin prickles with excitement...our journey is underway - we're unstoppable!
However, along with this passion comes impetuousness. The Fool makes no plans, or gives no thought to possible complications along the way. Happy to be doing something different, the Fool blindly sets out where all else may fear to tread.
When contemplating the Fool Tarot card meaning, I think of Joseph Campbell's landslide statement: "Follow your bliss." We can see this attitude in this card, which is wonderful. But, we must also note the lack of care about consequences - blind faith is the Fool's only guide.
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Fool Tarot card meaning.
The Dog: Dogs typically represent loyalty and faithfulness. In this case, the dog symbolizes our reward when we express true faith on our path. As we continue to step out in faith, and blindly follow our bliss we shall gain the loyalty and recognition from people, places and events in our lives. Other Tarot decks depict the dog loyaly tugging at the Fools robes, preventing his fall into the chasm below. Yet another confirmation that when the Fool continues on his mission of passion, protection is available, and the details miraculously fall into place.
Knap Sack: How long do you think the contents of the little knap are going to sustain our hearty fool? Exactly, here again, the Fool is taking little time to consider the practical matters of his journey. However, what if the knap sack contains something far greater than consumables. Look closely at the image. Some say it resembles testicles, and these represent the seed of the Fool's philosophical offspring. In short, as the Fool sows, so too shall he reap. This depiction is a reminder of personal responsibility. We all carry the seed of consequence upon our own journey.
The Rose: Again, hitting home that balance of the two messages this card represents: Blind, beautiful faith is equal to the beauty of the rose and a caution to heed the voice of reason/ practicality are evidenced in its thorns. The rose is the driving force - the desired goal for which the Fool strives. The color indicates it is a worthy goal for which to strive - white, the color of purity assures us the adventure is worth every step.
When contemplating the Fool Tarot card meaning, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I following my dreams?
Am I honoring my prime passion?
What would the Fool do in my situation?
What do I value most...my beliefs or my image?
Do I fear adventure or do I fear practicality?
If my life is my message...what kind of message am I sending?
Course of Action to be Taken
Key Words for the Strength Tarot Card Meanings
This is another Major Arcana card that doesn't beat around the bush - it's meaning is quite clear in both illustration and title. Looking at the card we see a great deal of strength - but what kind of strength? Is the young maiden exterting physical strength to subdue the lion? Her face looks serene, her posture is calm - she doesn't appear to be struggling.
Yes, the Tarot card meaning here is that of strength - but not purely physical. The young maiden in white (a symbol of purity) subdues the lion through a strength that is internal. Through compassion, love, patience, and cunning, she is able to calm the lion into retreating into a behavior that is more manageable.
As with all allegories, the story of this Strength card is more than what meets the eye. The deeper meaning deals with having the compassion and understanding to sooth the savage beast within us in more effective ways than brute strength.
Simply put, the lion is our inner beast - that part of ourselves that "needs to feed." This beast is always needing more money, more recognition, or it needs more food, alcohol or drugs to feel at ease. The pure maiden represents that part of ourselves that has the ability to nurture, calm and exhibit self-love. Only she can allay the ravenous "need beast."
When we pull the Strength card it is certainly a message that strength is required for some challenges ahead. It's also a sign that we absolutely have the strength that is required of us. But on a subtle level, this card is a signal that we are already complete and self-love is the key to meeting our needs.
Key Symbols Relative to Strength Tarot Card Meanings:
This section focuses in on a few select symbols that can help us further define the Strength Tarot card meanings.
Lion: As mentioned above, the lion is a symbol for the primal urges - the physical needs and cravings we all, as humans want met. The lion is also a symbol of fire which burns within us - representing our wants and desires with a intense blaze. This is not to say that the lion all it represents is negative. On the contrary, many of us use our needs as motivators for achieving great things in our lives and reaching our goals. The key is to know thyself and temper our primal (ego) urges with our more divine, spiritual nature.
Mountains: Mountains symbolize aspiration, achievement, courage and accomplishment. In this case we can liken the mountain to challenges we face in our lives. As we look upon the Strength card and see the mountains in the distance we are aware that we will always be met with challenges in our lives. However, what makes climbing the mountain difficult or easy is the way we approach it.
Wreath: Wreaths symbolize completion and infinity (circle). A wreath or crown around the maiden's head is a symbol of victory. In this case, the wreath indicates victory can be claimed in the battle against banal or primal urges that do not serve us. There is hope and understanding when we realize we can achieve harmony in our hearts, and balance can be won.
When contemplating the Strength Tarot card meaning, ask yourself the following questions:
How do you define strength?
In what way do your physical urges motivate you?
How can you approach the "need to feed" syndrome?
How do you exhibit self-love and compassion towards yourself?
What are your internal battles and how can you reach a balance?
What area in your life requires you to have the most strength and what different kinds of strength can you apply here?
New Situation that Will Evolve
Queen of Wands
Queen of Wands Personality traits:
"I am the Queen of Wands and this is my tale.
My children can be a wild bunch; I am the one they turn to for temperance. I am their spiritual advisor. I have a calming way about me that soothes even the most ruffled feathers.
It's a good thing, because the fire in my clan can make everyone in my household hot blooded, and tempers run high. I assuage bruised egos, and serve as the mediator in heated debates.
It has taken time to cultivate these aspects of myself. I have learned the ways of connection, balance and spiritual prudence through age and maturity. I have observed the behaviors of my mate and brood, and learned that fighting their fire with fire, is ineffective compared to cooling them in kindness.
This is not to say I am without temper. On the contrary, the color in my cheeks rises high when my authority is usurped, particularly when my faith is challenged. But rather than retaliate, I have found subtle tactics like charm, humor and talking down challengers in a low, calm voice to be much more productive.
I have devoted my life to the ways of spirituality and creativity. I love tending to the seeds of spirit, and I plant these seeds in a quiet persistent way within the people around me. All my words have an underlying meaning, and I speak with purpose. My subjects might only hear my surface speech, but I am purposefully planting seeds of well-intent within their hearts as I speak.
I love my people and my family. As the Queen of Wands, I love to be among my people, and be seen by them. I know they adore me, and find me to be beautiful, noble and true. When I observe this in them, it's extremely satisfying.
I think my people adore and emulate me because of my humility and my ability to listen. I make everybody feel special and needed, and I never discount the ideas of another. Everyone has a voice, and everyone has spiritual value to offer. I like to listen for that value and encourage its growth within each person.
As the Queen of Wands, I serve with honor, and I nobly keep harmony and balance in my kingdom.
My beauty is legendary, and I realize my attractiveness is part of my effectiveness. I have strawberry blonde hair, typical of my fiery clan, and my eyes are like cat's eyes: Amber, wide, and magical.
It's more than my nobility that gives me a presence of refinement and stature. Rather, my natural objectivity, grace, balance allow me to move with quiet, elegant confidence.
Poise is my natural state, not because I feel I must put on a mask. Far from it. My transparency and humanity combined with my royal status is what makes me magnetic."
Some symbols of the Queen of Wands:
Cat: Cats deal with watchfulness, awareness, and perception. Shown on the queen of rods card, the cat is a message that there are energies at work that we may not be aware of, but we can certainly tap into. Cats are also a symbol of psychic ability. In a reading, the queen and her cat will make a point that the querent must keep his/her poise (keep your wits about you) and be aware of all sides to the story in the situation relating to the card reading. There's only one (in the Rider-Waite deck), but click here to catch the cat in the cards.
Lion: Signifying one of the four fixed signs of the zodiac, lion symbol meanings deal with strength, courage, royalty, and protection. Much like lightning, the lion is viewed as both savior and destroyer in ancient cultural myth. The lion is a bit of a paradox - while standing as a symbol of spiritual valor it is also a symbol for the beastly needs of the flesh. When the lion roars at us in the cards we are encouraged to consider the level of our courage. Are we seated in faith or flesh? Are we protecting others or ourselves? Are we being strong or just stubborn? Get a wild look at other lions in the cards.
Sunflower: If you've ever observed this happy flower, you've noticed that its head always looks to the sun. This is the message of the sunflower "always look to the light" for the answers and guidance you seek. When the sunflower nods at us in a reading it is time to look away from the dark (negativity) and look to the light (positive) side of things. It sounds cliche, but keeping on the "sunny side" as the sunflower does assures a more sunny disposition. See other sunflowers growing in the cards.
Some questions the Queen of Wands asks of us
What are your natural gifts?
Just as my calming aura is a natural gift, you have similar radiance. Together, we can discover these indwelling gifts.
What if you had no sense of entitlement?
I would be queenly without being a queen. Let me show you how to be regal on your own merit.
Do you utilize temperance as a tool for spiritual, intuitive growth?
Take my hand, and I will share how balance and patience nurtures the growth of spirit. In turn, the growth of everything around us is insured.
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