Suit of Pentacles

Keywords:
+ Warm, heartfelt, caring, diligent, structure, dedication, money
– Greedy, possessive, materialistic 

Element: Earth

Suit of Pentacles deals with an external level of awareness about topics such as health, work, creativity or finances. They feel at home in a place where they can be down to earth and reality overrules. The energy is pointed at dedication, calmness, diligent, concentrating and a powerful perseverance. They need to have a goal and vision to work towards. They don’t mind having a submissive role in contrast to the Suit of Wands or Swords.

The tension side of Pentacles is being formed by the need for security and safety. They have to learn to approach something new from a slow and safe angle. They must use their life experiences to get higher up. Suit of Pentacles knows their boundaries. 

 

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Suit of Cups

Keywords:
+ Feelings, emotion, vulnerability, openness, creativity, fantasy, idealism, romance, receptiveness.

– Too emotional, suppression of the emotions, too down to earth, unrealistic expectations. 

Element: Water

♥ Suit of Cups think with their heart, not their head ♥

Suit of Cups are open for new impressions, are very intuitive, have a great imagination and empathy for others and like to pursue the mystery in life. 

The tension side of the Cups is the struggle to find hope and faith. This means they have to learn to deal with emotions such as fear, grieve, pain and disappointment. Sensitive as they are they struggle the most with these feelings and emotions. Even though in the end, it isn’t as bad as they make it up to be in their head. 

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Suit of Swords

Keywords:
+ Action, change, strength, ambition, courage, conflict.
– Anger, judgment, no compassion

Element: Air

• Rationalize what happens in the world by analyzing •

Feelings will be pushed aside here, logic rules the suit of Swords. It’s the world of the so-called control room who finds itself high in the sky to have the complete overview. This is where the big decisions will be made with careful planning, preparation, and reflection. 

The energy of the suit of Swords is powerful, self-conscious, functional, assertive and outwards. They are proud and will never admit that they can’t handle something. But this also means they will overburden themselves so much faster. 

Suit of Swords will stick up for themselves, give critique, face problems and aren’t afraid to risk the ending of a relationship. 

The tension side of Swords is being formed by the necessity to be distant and objective and to challenge themselves not to hide behind this. 

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Suit of Wands

Keywords:
+ Energy, spirituality, inspiration, power, intuition, creativity, ambition, determination, charismatic, warm.
– Illusion, selfish, impulsive, no goal/direction

Element: Fire

In the world of Wands the flashy thoughts, exciting ideas, and major plans overrule. They don’t look back but forward with an unstoppable positive change for the future.

The energy of Wands is powerful, healthy, vital, primitive, impulsive, direct and outwards. From within the intuition, fast choices will be made, who often are the right ones. They don’t slow down and rest. Relaxation will lead to boredom quite fast because new challenges will also come with a lot of new tension and excitement.

The tension side of the Wands is being formed because of the constant urge looking for new challenges while deep down a big insecurity rules. Failure can mess up a lot. If they learn to listen en accept help from others they can vouch for their promises.

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History of Tarot

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So you just bought a set of Tarot cards for yourself and you want to start playing with them right? But first, you must be wondering what the origin of Tarot is?

The answer to this question hasn’t been answered by anyone in history and probably won’t ever be answered by anyone. Different card decks showed up over the past centuries and all have some sort of influence on the original Raider Waite Tarot deck. I won’t be covering all the different details of this history. But the fact that Tarot cards go way back in the past, that’s for sure!

We know the Tarot as a game that consists out of 78 cards with symbolic representations. The cards are separated into two groups, the major Arcana, means secrets, consist of 22 cards and the smaller Arcana cards which consist of 56 cards. The smaller Arcana cards look a lot like normal playing cards except with one court card extra.

The name, Tarot, refers to a river called Taro which is an affluent river of Po in Italy.

In 1350 there was the so-called Baldini game. This game exists out of five groups of ten cards. These five group of cards consist themes like social positions, nine Muses, Apollo, arts and science, astronomy, math, cosmology & astrology. Some of these cards are still found in the original Tarot such as Emperor, Temperance & the Pope (Hierophant).

The oldest, drawn on paper, Tarot cards are found in a France Library and are dated from 1392. They consist out of 17 cards which they all still appear in the original Tarot. The painter was astrologist Jacques Grigonneur.

In France in the 17th century, there appears to be a Tarot of Marseille deck, it’s probably a newer version of the Italian forerunners. Experimenting of years before by different people let to a 78 deck of cards.

The original Tarot as we know it today was made by Arthur Edward Waite and artist Pamela Coleman Smith. Her initials PCS are shown on all the 78 cards. To be specific, in 1908 the original Tarot deck appears called, Rider Waite Tarot (Rider was the publisher of Waite).

Since then many versions of the original deck are made and used by many Tarot users.