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Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
In the last issue of Tarot Tips we talked about
lack and loss in the Tarot Card Showcase. In this
issue, Matt Brooks shares some of his insights
about the 5 of Pentacles, and then we balance
things a bit with a discussion of abundance and
gain. At the end of the year, many of us inventory
what we have, what we need, and how to improve our
emotional and material situations.
The interesting thing about this time of year is
that we focus on getting as well as giving to
express what we mean to one another. We try to
give others what satisfies and is of value to
them, and we hope they will do the same for us.
Defining value in personal and material things,
knowing what we hold dear, and what people mean to
us, takes thought and care. Sometimes we don't
discover what that value is until we lose it.
The end of the year also helps us refocus on
wishes, goals and accomplishments that we desired
but didn't or couldn't reach. This month, in
our Tarot Card Showcase, we are going to focus on
the "wish card" - the 9 of Cups, the card that
brings the heart's desire to realization. But
these things are not necessarily received from
others. More often, they come from what we realize
about and give to ourselves.
Yours truly on the Tarot Path,
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THOSE INSCRUTABLE LISTS
(OF ESOTERIC CARD ATTRIBUTES)
Almost every student of Tarot has come across
lists of esoteric qualities attributed to the cards.
But these are rarely if ever explained, so few
of us know what they're about or how to use
them. We thought it would be helpful to offer a
little insight on esoteric attributes here, because
when you get to know them, they add depth to
your understanding of the cards and power and
flexibility to your readings.
It's a big topic, so we'll make it into a Tarot
Actually, there's a whole list of lists. Just for
the Major Arcana, there is a list of astrological
attributions, esoteric functions, intelligences
and titles, paths on the Tree of Life, locations
on the Cube of Space, colors and musical notes,
and a whole range of meanings of the Hebrew
Every attribute added to a card gives it beauty
and lustre, deepens it and makes it more useful.
Granted, it takes a little while to learn, but it's
really not hard. It's all very orderly and
reasonable, and a lot of fun when you get the
hang of it.
Here is an example of one attribute that may
change, and will certainly add to, the way you
think about one of our favorite cards.
The Intelligence of The Fool is the Scintillating
Intelligence. It is the perception that creation
sparkles with the joy of beginnings, and that the
whole world is made of this sparkle. The
Scintillating Intelligence, like all attributes,
manifests in you as you. If you can find it when
you look inside yourself, your whole life will
sparkle with the joy of The Fool.
5 of Pentacles
I think of this card as also speaking of a time
where the querent should consider getting rid of
excess baggage. Gevurah is Severity, but this can
come in the form of a heavily discerning eye
making tough decisions about what stays and what
goes. Especially in circumstances where the
person carries too much emotional baggage on their
physical shoulders (resulting in fatigue or even
illness), this card could be a warning to zero in
on what is necessary for one's own life and let go
of the pressures and temptations of wealth and
Just thought I'd throw out 2 ¢ on that one :)
[Ed: That's a great thing to keep in mind, Matt --
especially as we head into the holiday season.
Tarot Card Showcase
In this section we will feature tidbits on a
specific tarot card. While there are many
systems and decks to choose from in the world
of tarot, here we use the Universal Waite
Tarot images and symbols.
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NINE OF CUPS
Esoteric Title: Lord of Material Happiness
Astrological Attribution: Jupiter in Pisces
Qabalistic Attribution: Yesod in Briah
(Foundation in the World of Creation)
Jupiter in Pisces affects happiness and
satisfaction in Yesod, the place where the
material world takes the shape that will
eventually manifest. It represents material
happiness and emotional satisfaction that will
eventually be experienced as feeling good about
yourself or perhaps your physical appearance.
Nine is the number of ending in the Minor Arcana,
the triple trinity, the completion of a process.
This is where energy reaches the climax of
transmutation. In everyday life, this may be
experienced as feeling good about what you're
doing. You need not expend any more effort,
because you are already content.
The Nine of Cups promises your wish will come
true. Children get exactly what they want for
Christmas. Your check comes in the mail. Romance
turns into the marriage proposal she's been hoping
Carefree, sociable, gracious. High-minded.
Cheerful. A granter of wishes. Lucky.
Lazy, ingratiating, extravagant. Foolish.
Conceited. A tangle of vices and virtues.
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