Newsletter of The Tarot School
ISSN: 1529-0565 
Vol. 2 #21 / November 1, 2010

 In this Issue:
- Welcome
- Tarot Tip: The Angels of Tarot, Part 1
- Tarot Card Showcase: Judgement
- Upcoming Events
- Best Practices: Supporting the Grieving Client Through Tarot
- Featured Tarot Blog: My Sacred Tarot Journey

Welcome to a new issue of Tarot Tips!
 And a special welcome to our new readers.
In our culture, angels have played a key role in
the relationship between divinity and humanity.
God issues commands, but it is angels that carry
out the tasks. Being such a dramatic part of human
affairs and history, angels have a significant
role in the world. They stand out in Western
history, religion, art, psychology, philosophy and
magick, so it is no surprise that they are
important in tarot.
There are six cards that contain visible angels,
but every card in the deck falls under the
authority of a specific energy that corresponds to
divine powers and angelic beings. Over the next
few Tarot Tips we will be discussing angels -
sort of an angels-themed miniseries, beginning in
this issue by spotlighting Judgement. Although we
will touch briefly on angels in general, the focus
in tarot  is mainly on four archangels.
It is the habit of some tarot practitioners to
invoke a divine presence to assist or empower
their readings. Some like to ask for help from
their or their querent's guardian angels in
bringing forth hidden wisdom or advice. The
featured tip discusses methods and rituals for
invoking divine assistance for tarot readings.
The custom of honoring the dead and faith in an
afterlife is an age-old and important part of the
circle of life. No matter what your beliefs, at
some point the loss of someone through death will
touch your life. This issue's column addresses
reading for those who may come to you seeking
answers to issues arising from the loss of an
important family member or friend.
There is a lot going on in the tarot blog world
and we have a wonderful link to a great blog. If
you have a blog that you would like us to know
about, send it to us and we may feature it in an
upcoming issue.
Your angels on the tarot path,
Ruth Ann, Wald & Gina

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Tarot Tip

Angels are generally considered to be divine
messengers.  Angel is a word that comes to us from
the Greek word angelos meaning "messenger."
The Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek,
and thus the Hebrew "malakh," which means
"heavenly messenger" became angel.
They are heavenly or spiritual beings created with
special and specific duties, divine intercessors
between divinity and humanity. They are organized
in hierarchies and command lesser spirits and
Angels are considered to be pure energy, pure
consciousness unlimited by time or space. Each
angel emits its own light and is a focus of divine
power, wisdom and care.
Angels are classified by Dionysius the Areopagite
as a celestial hierarchy in a descending order as
follows: seraphim, cherubim, thrones; dominions,
virtues, powers; principalities, archangels,
angels. Only the archangels and angels have
contact with humans.
When attached to the word angel, the prefix
"arch" literally translates as at the top or
chief angel. Archangels are the leaders and
commanders of God's army against the forces of
evil, constantly in battle with the Fallen Ones,
with Michael leading the fight.
Angels come in handy in the magickal arts, and in
tarot Raphael, Michael, Gabriel and Uriel are the
ones generally illustrated. Other angels
associated with working magick include Samael,
Sachiel, Asariel, Haniel and Cassiel.
Let's take a look at some of the characteristics
and correspondences to the archangels:
Cardinal Point - East; Element - Air; 
Season - Spring; Symbol - Sword
Raphael was set over illness, diseases, and
wounds. The name Raphael comes from the Hebrew
rapha meaning "doctor," or "healer."
Raphael is the guardian of the Gates of the East
Wind and a very special healing angel. He is often
depicted bearing a caduceus and is associated with
Thoth, who taught man the healing arts. Raphael is
associated with Mercury, and as such is a
communication angel par excellence. As Mercury,
Raphael rules Gemini and is depicted on Key 6 -
The Lovers.
In a reading Raphael influences communication,
contracts, partnerships, documentation and
language. As the healer of hurt feelings and
devotion, he is also great at assisting in
relationships. Invoke the energy of Raphael when
rapid resolution is required in a matter.
Cardinal Point - South; Element - Fire; 
Season - Summer; Symbol - Rod
Archangel Michael has many different duties
according to religious accounts. Michael is the
champion of law, judgment, truth and integrity.
This great archangel of elemental fire is
considered the mightiest of all angels in Islamic,
Jewish and Christian traditions. Michael is the
vanquisher of evil and the protector of humankind.
He is a warrior, and his astrological attribution
in tarot is Sagittarius.
In a reading, Michael's warrior power assists in
all matters. He lends persistence to help you
achieve whatever ambition you desire - if it is
balanced and for the highest good. Invoke the
energy of Michael in pathworking on your way to
divine illumination.
Cardinal Point - West; Element - Water; 
Season - Autumn; Symbol - Cup
Gabriel is archangel of the psychic faculties and
the imagination. Gabriel is one of the two highest
ranking angels in the Western religious traditions
being the only other angel mentioned by name in
Biblical text. Considered female by some accounts,
Gabriel's nature is gentle, comforting and calm.
Gabriel is the angel of mercy, vengeance, death
and revelation. Considered the angel of the moon,
Gabriel works through the subconscious mind. In
rabbinic literature, Gabriel is referred to as the
Prince of Justice and is depicted as the angel
summoning souls for the "final judgment" on
Key XX - Judgement.
In a reading, Gabriel's trumpet awakens you to
your higher calling. The feminine qualities of
Gabriel are shown through the association with
water and can suggest issues of emotion,
fertility, home and psychic ability. Invoke the
energy of Gabriel on new or full moon nights,
which are considered sacred to Gabriel.
Uriel (Auriel):
Cardinal Point - North; Element - Earth;
Season - Winter; Symbol - Shield
Archangel Uriel's name is translated as "Fire
of God" and is identified as a cherub who guards
the gates of Eden. Uriel appears as the Angel of
Repentance and is described in the Apocalypse of
St. Peter as being pitiless as any demon. He is
indentified as the presider over Tartarus (hell)
and is credited with being the embodiment of
occult magic. He is often depicted as swarthy,
dark, and holding a flame, sometimes in an open
hand. Uriel rules Da'ath, the location of
knowledge on the Tree of Life, and is credited
with bringing alchemy and Qabalah to humanity.
In a reading, Uriel may herald a warning or
caution. Uriel encourages us to learn from past
mistakes and can often shake things up for us to
get our attention. Uriel shows up in The Devil
card but can also make his presence known through
The Tower.

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.
Copyright 1992 U.S Games.

Esoteric Title: The Spirit of the Primal Fire
Hebrew Letter: Shin
Meaning: Tooth
Path: #31 Hod to Malkuth

The Last Judgment was a common theme and
inspiration for medieval and renaissance art and
religious iconography. The most famous of these
icons is the massive fresco in the Sistine Chapel
painted by Michelangelo, which was radically
different from traditional portrayals of the Last
Judgment, making Jesus the central figure with a
host of angels swirling around.
The Last Judgment is a Christian theme of the
resurrection of souls and the final judgment of
humanity, bringing an end to time itself and
marking the second coming of Jesus. The Judgement
card in tarot is different from that of the
earlier depictions, in that it shows an archangel
as the central figure rather than Jesus.
Generally, Gabriel is the angel of announcements,
and is assumed to be the angel on Key XX. However,
this card is not a Last Judgment of Christian
eschatology. Some occult traditions say that the
angel here is Michael, because the path of
Judgement on the Tree of Life is the path of
elemental Fire.
In some legends, Archangel Michael is the hero who
expelled Lucifer from heaven. As a reward he was
allowed to weigh and balance the good or bad deeds
of souls entering heaven. Michael is also allowed
to blow the trumpet and raise the banner on
Judgment Day, according to Richard Webster in
'Communicating with Archangel Michael for
Guidance and Protection.' (Llewellyn, 2004)
Judgment, the path of Shin, joins Malkuth with Hod
on the Tree of Life. Hod means "splendor,"
"glory," or "majesty." It is the
intellectual part of the brain, the reasoning
mind, while Malkuth "the kingdom" represents
the real world where all energies on the Tree of
Life come to a final manifestation.The
thirty-first path is the Perpetual Intelligence.
On this path judgment is a process in which one
strives to become aware of the inner workings.
This process is not limited but perpetual - a
continuous and constant monitoring of the progress
towards universal consciousness.
The Thirty-first path is called the Perpertual
Intelligence because it regulates the motions of
the Sun and the Moon in their proper order as
symbols of radiation and receptivity. This
path's symbolism is primarily fiery and
corresponds to mental and psychological evolution.
The angel on this card is awakening the dead to a
higher level of existence. The trumpet sounds a
call to rise to newer and higher levels of living.
This call can be felt through any of the senses.
The Hebrew letter Shin, meaning tooth, has the
shape of flickering flames or yods. It suggests
the hardness and biting cold of the solid icy
environment of the mountains in the middle of the
The red cross banner on the trumpet stands for the
Four Rivers of Paradise and the four letters of
the Tetragrammaton. The red cross on a white
background was also the banner of the Knights
Templar who had the task of protecting pilgrims on
the journey to the Holy Land. Interestingly,
Archangel Michael was the patron saint of knights
and warriors.
This card can indicate a spiritual journey or
spiritual pursuit. One may awaken from a spiritual
slumber. Here, an examination of the meaning and
purpose of life may occur. You may hear the call
of a mission or life purpose.
Positive Keywords: Rebirth, renewal, awakening,
resolution, determined, judgment, realization, new
path, new way of life, seeing clearly, freedom,
liberation, openness, improvement.
Negative Keywords: Limitation, mistakes,
ignorance, hesitation, resistance, indecision,
weakness, bondage; not listening, closed, unaware,
thoughtless, trapped and buried.

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    Best Practices for Professional Readers
    Your reading style may not include mediumship or
    channeling those who have crossed over, but as a
    reader, you may very well be approached to
    "contact my dead so and so." You may not feel
    capable of performing this type of reading, but if
    you are using tarot to develop your psychic
    abilities, you may find that it is one of your
    There is no reason to turn a querent away because
    you are not James Van Praagh. What the querent
    could be looking for may be available through your
    skill as a tarot reader! All styles of reading are
    not suitable for everyone, but if someone is
    seeking insights or consolation due to loss and
    grieving, you can still support them through the
    wisdom of tarot.
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    grieve. Major life changes like divorce, an empty
    nest or loss of a job could be serious triggers of
    grief. Spiritual grief counseling assists
    individuals in bringing resolution or even perhaps
    closure. This will bring them in touch with a call
    to take back their personal power.
    Grief counseling with tarot is not meant to
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    However, it is bound by principles that will allow
    querents to participate in an enlightening
    process. Through tarot, they may discover that
    they feel guilt, anger or a need for validation.
    I have written previously on the importance of
    being familiar with counseling techniques. The
    most important skill is to listen. Many bereaved
    will ask about the state or condition of the
    deceased. This most likely stems from curiosity
    about the mystery of life after death and the
    spirit world.
    Just as you would try to keep a person focused on
    their own path and avoid  "third-party"
    readings, it is a good idea to use a spread that
    would address:
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  • what is preventing them from moving forward
  • what concern about the future is uncomfortable
    Remember that the whole grieving process needs
    patience. Getting the querent to write their
    feelings about and reaction to certain cards is
    also a good idea. I like to take photos of the
    cards that were pulled and email them to my
    clients as well as record the session.

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