The Tarot of Easter

Happy Easter 2021!

On Easter Sunday we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian lore, his emergence from the tomb 2000 years ago proved he was the son of God. For Christians, this event signifies the new life we can experience when we embrace the Word of God.

Judgement: Being called to serve

But before Easter was a Christian celebration, it was a pagan one.

Three of Pentacles: Building on strong foundations

According to St. Bede The Venerable, the word ‘Easter’ was derived from ‘Eostre’, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. This is also where we get the word ‘oestrogen’ from (Makes sense that a female hormone would be named after a female being). Many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter observations have their roots in Her celebrations.

The Empress: Fertility & growth
In Tarot, first comes The Empress, THEN The Emperor

The very date of Easter betrays its pagan origins. It is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Nothing related to the date of Jesus’s death at all. However, full moons and equinoxes were highly significant for our European ancestors.

The Moon: Hidden depths

The period of fasting that precedes Easter is a reminder of the dire food reserves our ancestors were left with at the end of winter. Rations needed to be used sparingly. Much of the good stuff was gone. We suffer as they did.

Five of Pentacles: Feeling poor

The eggs that birds produce as daylight starts to increase would have been one of the first fresh foods our ancestors could lay their hands on. Same same for rabbits. Their breeding season begins mid-February. These were the first signs of new life. Thus their significance to the ancient Vernal Equinox celebrations: A festival of gratitude that the darkness was receding and the natural world was springing back to life.

Seven of Pentacles: Reflecting on the new shoots sprouting

Egg rolling and egg decorating customs were created to acknowledge the life-saving role of eggs at this critical time of year.

Ten of Pentacles: Family traditions

At its core, the Easter story has always been a reminder that no matter how bleak the world may seem, things can get better.

The Wheel of Fortune: The ups and downs of life

Whichever version of the story you prefer, Easter is a time of hope.

Enjoy your celebrations today!

The Tarot Of Christmas Holidays

As some peeps begin to return to work after the long Christmas-New Year break I thought it might be a good time to explore the Tarot of these holidays.

10 Wands

Ten Of Wands: How we feel before the holidays begin. Over-burdened. Exhausted. Especially at Christmas time when present shopping and school concerts and card sending and work functions are added to the usual load.

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Ten Of Pentacles: Those spiffing chaps from Downton Abbey

10 Pents

The television show Downton Abbey encapsulates the ultimate Ten Of Pentacles experience. As Juliet Sharman-Burke explains in her description of this card in my favourite Tarot guide, ‘The Complete Book Of Tarot’ the Ten Of Pentacles refers to wealth accrued through the generations:

A richly-robed elderly gentleman, a grandfather perhaps, is seated in the foreground of the card. He is surrounded by family and his dogs stand loyally by his knee. His castle and estate look well established and a sense of material security is well illustrated by the ten pentacles floating through the air. This card symbolizes financial stability and firm foundations for home and family life. It suggests property acquired for the founding of new generations or traditions being passed down in the family with a feeling of continuity and security. A materially settled way of life is indicated.

Downton Abbey has it all. A big manor house in the country, masses of land, tons of servants, beautiful possessions, wealth, themes of marrying for money and position, jolly nice clothes not to mention plenty of shots of dogs running at their master’s heels. And standards. Standards are taken veeeery seriously. One must wear the correct coat to dinner mustn’t one. Whole story lines are written around minor breeches of etiquettes. It’s a lot of fun to watch.

For other Downton Abbey fans out there I have 2 entertaining sites to share.

One is a Downton Abbey episode written up as a Facebook home page. You can find that here: Note: Don’t read it if you haven’t seen episode 6 in season 3 and hate spoilers.

The other is a video clip featuring characters from Downton Abbey edited to appear to be singing/speaking One Direction’s song ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ which you can find here:

Both sites are also available on my Facebook page. Enjoy!

The Tarot Of The Christmas You Want Vs The Christmas You Get

So. It’s Christmas Eve here in Australia and I’m writing my post early before heading off with the family to my parent’s house. My youngest daughter is beyond excited and is champing at the bit to open her first present which she’ll get to do when I finish this because it’s too darn heavy to lift into the car (it’s a rubber dinghy). But before she starts ripping into that wrapping paper I want to discuss the Christmas you want versus the Christmas you often get.

This card represents the Christmas we want…

10 Cups

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Death In Its Infinite Variety

My thoughts today are with the families and friends of those who have passed away during  the once-in-a-lifetime weather event happening along the U.S. east coast. So I thought I’d explore different types of death Tarot style. Keeping in mind that the Death card doesn’t always mean someone is going to die. Far from it. But sometimes it does. Death during a freak event such as Hurricane Sandy would be represented as follows:

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