• Seven of Cups

    Seven of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Strange chalices of vision, but the images are more especially those of the fantastic spirit.

    Meanings

    Fairy favours, images of reflection, sentiment, imagination, things seen in the glass of contemplation; some attainment in these degrees, but …


  • Three of Swords

    Three of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Three swords piercing a heart; cloud and rain behind.

    Meanings

    Removal, absence, delay, division, rupture, dispersion, and all that the design signifies naturally, being too simple and obvious to call for specific enumeration.

    Reversed

    Mental alienation …


  • Ten of Pentacles

    Ten of Pentacles from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A man and woman beneath an archway which gives entrance to a house and domain. They are accompanied by a child, who looks curiously at two dogs accosting an ancient personage seated in the foreground. The …


  • Queen of Cups

    Queen of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    Beautiful, fair, dreamy—as one who sees visions in a cup. This is, however, only one of her aspects; she sees, but she also acts, and her activity feeds her dream.

    Meanings

    Good, fair woman; honest …


  • The Sun

    The Sun from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    The naked child mounted on a white horse and displaying a red standard has been mentioned already as the better symbolism connected with this card. It is the destiny of the Supernatural East and the great and …


  • Nine of Wands

    Nine of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The figure leans upon his staff and has an expectant look, as if awaiting an enemy. Behind are eight other staves—erect, in orderly disposition, like a palisade.

    Meanings

    The card signifies strength in opposition. If …


  • Four of Swords

    Four of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The effigy of a knight in the attitude of prayer, at full length upon his tomb.

    Meanings

    Vigilance, retreat, solitude, hermit’s repose, exile, tomb and coffin. It is these last that have suggested the design …


  • King of Wands

    King of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The physical and emotional nature to which this card is attributed is dark, ardent, lithe, animated, impassioned, noble. The King uplifts a flowering wand, and wears, like his three correspondences in the remaining suits, what is …


  • Seven of Wands

    Seven of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    A young man on a craggy eminence brandishing a staff; six other staves are raised towards him from below.

    Meanings

    It is a card of valour, for, on the surface, six are attacking one, who has …


  • The Moon

    The Moon from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    Description

    The distinction between this card and some of the conventional types is that the moon is increasing on what is called the side of mercy, to the right of the observer. It has sixteen chief and …


  • Knight of Swords

    Knight of Swords from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    He is riding in full course, as if scattering his enemies. In the design he is really a prototypical hero of romantic chivalry. He might almost be Galahad, whose sword is swift and sure because he is …


  • Ace of Cups

    Ace of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    The waters are beneath, and thereon are water-lilies; the hand issues from the cloud, holding in its palm the cup, from which four streams are pouring; a dove, bearing in its bill a cross-marked Host, descends to …


  • Knight of Pentacles

    Knight of Pentacles from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck


    The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

    by Arthur Edward Waite, originally published 1910.

    He rides a slow, enduring, heavy horse, to which his own aspect corresponds. He exhibits his symbol, but does not look therein.

    Meanings: Utility, serviceableness, interest, responsibility, rectitude-all on the normal and external plane.

    Reversed: inertia, idleness …


  • Five of Wands

    Five of Wands from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

    A posse of youths, who are brandishing staves, as if in sport or strife. It is mimic warfare, and hereto correspond the Divinatory Meanings.

    Divinatory Meanings / Magical Uses

    • Imitation, as for example, sham fight, but also the strenuous competition and struggle of the search after riches and fortune. In this …

  • King of Cups

    King of Cups from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

    He holds a short sceptre in his left hand and a great cup in his right; his throne is set upon the sea; on one side a ship is riding and on the other a dolphin is leaping. The implicit is that the Sign of the Cup naturally refers to …


  • Strength

    Strength from the public domain Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck

    A woman, over whose head there broods the same symbol of life which we have seen in the card of the Magician, is closing the jaws of a lion.

    The only point in which this design differs from the conventional presentations is that her beneficent fortitude has already subdued the …


  • Venus

    Venus represents love. In its lowest state it is blind attraction, producing gravitation among the corporeal planets and instincts among animals. The more it becomes amalgamated with intelligence, the more does it become capable to manifest its divine qualities. Pure love is a divine and self-existent power which only gives and does not seek to receive. It has no desires; but it creates desires in the objects in which its power awakens. In its higher aspects it rules artists and true physicians, in its lower state it is active in all affairs of love and marriage and in pleasures of various kinds. Among the metals it is represented by silver, in the spiritual realm by the goddess of Love. As Power is the father of all gods, likewise Venus is their mother. No being can exist without love. When their ♀ is departed they will all be swallowed up by ♄.


  • Jupiter

    Jupiter represents power. Its qualities differ according to its aspects. Its symbol is an eagle; because it enables man to rise up by its power into their heighest regions of thought, even to the throne of the Eternal. It is, or ought to be, therefore, the ruling planet for ecclesiastics and clergymen, and those who have to deal with the administration of justice. Its influence gives eloquence. It is friendly with all the rest of the planets except ♂; the latter being loved by none except ♀. In the mineral kingdom it is represented by tin; in the spiritual realm by Jupiter, the king of the gods, who obtain their power through him.


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