Fertility, Spirit Communication, Union Through Knowledge
Traditionally, The Empress represents fertility symbolized by Adam and Eve in the garden of paradise. And this is exactly what the card means both esoterically and exoterically – both in the macrocosm as well as the microcosm.
But what does this mean as far as details go? Just like zooming in to a point on a 3D map, we find much more going on than what initially appears.
Ultimately, The Empress is about the relationship between spirit and form. In fact, it’s the spirit coming through form by way of oscillating energy frequencies. But that isn’t always as easy, neat and orderly as we’d like to think.
Within all types of productivity, we meet with difficulties, doubts, uncertainties and plenty of ignorance. As beautiful as the experiences of life are, we can’t get too comfortable because change and vacillation will always occur.
The Empress represents the unknown becoming known, through messages (frequencies) – especially from the higher realms, such as through tarot or astrology. She’s also the portal between another world and this one, like a mother’s womb.
Physical Comfort, Safety and Security, Community, Feeling “At Home”
Remove the soul from the body and the physical realm becomes empty. Remove the body from the soul and it becomes expressionless. You need both your body and your soul to attain ultimate bliss and tranquility.
The 10 of Cups is the soul enjoying sensual pleasures of the body and the material world with others. This is the true sense of home.
The 10 of Cups is the physical foundation and structure through which your higher bliss can flow through you.
Home is where you feel secure and free to be your raw, authentic self. You can trust those in your circle will always be there for you, come high waters or low. Your influence and unique contributions are valued.
The 10 of Cups is about finding safety in a community, and feeling secure in your love life and social life. It’s about enjoying the comforts of a physical home, market town or society in which you live.
Negotiation and Contracts, Collaboration, Partnership, A Marriage Proposal
For those on the awakening path, one of the most difficult challenges is integrating the soul with the material world.
We’re talking specifically about society’s standards, laws and traditions. But we’re also talking about the soul working with these customs, and thriving under them.
How do you stay true to your carefree soul while constricted under social rules of conduct, regulations, formalities and policies? How do you bring together in harmony the actual, true self and the material, non-self?
It’s about relationships, or harmoniously working with others for the benefit of all.
If there’s more than one person in existence, efficient organization of information and entertainment, as well as a means of measurement is necessary for everyone to survive well – or not so well – under continuously changing global circumstances.
This is the primary subject of the 7 of Wands.
Soft Control, Magical Power, A Liberated Higher Nature
The meaning of this tarot card is clear enough by its name: Strength. But what kind of strength are we talking about? And how do we obtain it?
Delving deep into its esoteric roots, Strength is the result of previously conquering all the things that stand in the way of experiencing love.
This includes our lower instincts. And our astrological energies, some of which we’re here to overcome. We master our lower energies by accepting our pain, contemplating its unique value, and finding our self-empowerment through it.
When we let go of fear and resistance to existence and who we are – both our higher and lower natures – we disarm all opposition. Our soul is then free to fuse with our natural personality.
We discover our power by letting go of perceptions of control.
Then our work and mission in life become easy rather than burdens. We can enjoy each present moment knowing we’re interconnected with all, rather than remain at animosity with the world, ourself and each other. This is real power.
Business Integrity, Favor or Protection From Someone In An Influential Position, Prosperity in Love or Wealth
It might be difficult to imagine a younger or youngish wealthy male who’s some kind of a power figure as being honest, loyal and sincere…. But this is the King of Pentacles.
His intentions are respectable, reliable, conscious and forthright. He’s intelligent and he’s a natural born leader.
If you know someone like this, consider yourself in favor with the gods – especially when it comes to love, business or health. Your life will prosper in wealth, luxury or all around goodness and well-being with this influential energy.
Maybe he’s an investor, business coach, doctor or spiritual guide. Or maybe he’s simply someone who has built their wealth or intelligence on warmth, honesty and principle. You’ll want to seek out this person’s assistance to support you in some kind of an endeavor.
But you have to reach out to him, because he’ll never come to you. He only gives his energy to those who know they’re worthy of it. This is also how he maintains his integrity. And that’s a good lesson for all of us.
Shared Memories, Common Motives, Family-spirit or Social Alliance
The 4 of Wands relates to a group of people, such as a traditional family, network, reunion, clique, club, or social group. It could also refer to a faction, union, team, military division or political party. It could be a circle of friends, or the crowd you run with.
Members might gather together because of shared memories, or because of a common objective or mission. There might be official meetings or social gatherings.
Whatever the purpose of a gathering, members feel relaxed, comfortable, and at home. It’s familiar.
Overall, this card is about the coming together of ideas or common mottos or motives in order to share in ones’s repertoire, or to advance by way of alliance.
Uncertainty, Dreams and Fantasies, Emotional Changes
“Servile spirits (the dog), savage souls (the wolf), and crawling creatures (the crayfish) are all present watching the fall of the soul, hoping to aid in its destruction.” – Papus
As we evolve along the most challenging phase of tarot’s major arcana, we’re not yet “out of the woods” when we reach The Moon. In fact, it might be our darkest night of the soul yet. Thankfully, it’s also a sign that the golden dawn is just around the corner.
The Moon is about the feminine energy within us all, or the dark (hidden), intuitive and emotional beauty of the soul.
But it can also represent the final passing away of attachment to temporal experiences, so that we finally awaken to the more solid eternal bliss and tranquility of the spirit.
The only way to get there is to pass through and embrace the valley of the shadow of death. In other words, it’s okay to feel you’re drowning in the unstable and uncertain realm of feelings, emotions, sensitivities, traumas, dramas or fears. There are ways to love your darkness and turn it into poetic beauty rather than resist it, which only empowers and prolongs it.
The objective is the final letting go of self-identification with the mere passings of this dream world we call the physical realm. You might find certain unevolved persons in your life to instigate or ensure that destruction.
Rigid Attitudes and Beliefs, Being Judgmental, Intolerant, Religious or Meticulous
The best thing we can say about this card is that it might indicate a priest or monk, or someone who is conscientious, or precise, meticulous, or punctual. But more likely we’re talking about extreme self-denial of material pleasures, asceticism or rigid beliefs.
Of course, if one person feels they can’t enjoy the pleasures of life, they aren’t going to be too happy with those who do. This is often when being judgmental comes into play, and we all know how it feels to be irrationally and unreasonably judged by others.
How easy it is for our mind to think we hold the truth and everyone else is wrong. This is just a self-sabotaging defense mechanism that keeps us from enjoying intimacy with others and life itself.
Sure, there’s risk involved by opening ourself up to different perspectives, people and experiences. We still need to exercise caution. But the only way to make it through life is to maintain a loose grip.
Collaboration, Partnership, Synergy, Balance
We all know that balance is vital for well-being, good health and our personal evolution. But putting it into practice is a whole different story.
The Chariot is commonly assumed to represent will power, controlled strength, or determination. But we’re never given a solution for attaining these. The answer is: balance. And this is really what the card is about.
We can find the theme of balance throughout existence: balance between the male and female sexes, balance of self and others, and balance between spirit and matter.
Both desirable and undesirable experiences are what they are. Both types of encounters help us evolve into more intelligent, passionate and authentic beings. As much as we’d like to think otherwise, one experience or perspective isn’t better than the other, and each can be appreciated for the role it plays in the whole scheme of things.
When polarities are balanced, favorable energy naturally flows.