In The Rider-Waite Deck, The Wheel X signifies Fate, Destiny, and sometimes Karma. The Wheel, in its upright position, signifies life expansion that brings a new sense of well-being, success and material gain.
This Arcana suggests that like a wheel, our luck and fortune is continually changing, moving and turning. And that sometimes, our fate is driven by forces that are beyond our control.
The Wheel X is represented by a large golden coin. Gold is the colour of transformation and healing. Mediating on the colour gold activates the third-eye and crown chakras for attracting abundance, contentment and honours.
The esoteric signs and symbols etched onto the gold coin give it the appearance of a compass. On the outer rim of the wheel, the words TAROT and ROTA are clearly seen. Rota is the old Greek meaning for wheel and from which we derive the word rotation. Tarot represents The Fool's Journey - a life of constant change that brings opportunities and challenges to learn about the self.
At the core of The Wheel is the Hub and represents the self. It is the most stable part of a wheel and suggests the importance of staying true to your values. It is from this central position we can 'set our compass' because the interrelation of things, people and events can be seen more clearly and better understood.
It is with this central focus we can take responsibility for our actions and better embrace change.
I both The Rider Deck and Tarot of Marseilles, The Wheel of Fortune X (10) is the first Major Arcana that does not offer a human figure, personality or Archetype as its focal point. The Rider Deck offers the suggestion of human qualities or characteristics, in the four cardinal signs posted in the four corners of the Card. The 4 symbols represent the Astrological Cardinal signs: Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus and Leo. As The Wheel turns in space, the qualities symbolised by the 4 Sun signs, as does Lucy in The Peanuts Tarot, represents the importance of continued learning to the development of a well-grounded nature; one able to deal with the sudden uncertainties of reality.
Like the Rider Deck, The Marseilles' The Wheel X is characterised by mysterious creatures perhaps showing unusual influences and unpredictable events. The unexpected and unfamiliar can cross our path at any time of life. As The Wheel X speaks mostly of destiny and of things that might remain mostly out of our control, the large golden disk in The Rider Deck symbolises abundance and opportunity. These elements often bring some of our most significant life lessons. Life events can appear as coincidences. However, in hindsight, events might be understood as sequences or synchronicities and part of a greater scheme. Perhaps as chapters in The Hero's Journey.
The Wheel X represents the certainty that life is never still and that change is the only constant.
The 4 of Pentacles relates to the realm of Earth and physical life, of manifesting and abundance. The number 4 raises awareness of security and stability.
This image in this card conveys the feeling of a need to protect oneself and to preserve personal physical resources – energy, time, money and assets, work, investments - that we may use to create that abundance.
The figure looks us straight in the eye and clutches their 4 upright pentacles. S/he seems to be braced for a significant challenge. Is s/he challenging us, daring us, to even try and divest of him/her, of physical time, health and energy, endowments or possessions?
As an act of self-preservation, the 4 Pentacles can suggest the need for temporary act of self-protection and 'selfishness'.
The day before I had had some skin cancers on my forehead, nuked. from my forehead, the result of being an active, outdoors child of the ‘60s with pale and freckled skin. I'd also had a double A & B Flu injection. Feeling a bit flat and achy, I decided to opt-out of a pre-arranged, group-organised visit to a gallery. Tarot readings were deferred and rescheduled. People were disappointed but, as this card can suggest that ignoring your wellbeing - a critical aspect for creating abundance - can only work against you.
On this rather chilly winter's morning after rising early, I shuffled and split my deck of cards in half. The card upright in the half-deck held by my left hand, is my Daily Tarot card. It is the V Pentacles Reversed. The V Pentacles generally signifies a lack of abundance, ill-health, financial loss, or unemployment.
Two sad and shabby figures are wandering on the outside of a cathedral. It is dark and cold. The cathedral’s stained-glass window showing 5 golden pentacles, has become a door into the cathedral. One of the two figures appears to be contemplating what opportunities this 'door' may offer.
While checking my bank account I noticed a subscription was charging me double monthly withdrawals. I was losing money! I took the information to my bank, who said they would fix it. Two months later, the double deduction continued.
I got online to the subscription service and eventually, eventually I got hold of a real person. Problem identified and remedied!
Possibilities for this card, are as many people who face relationship, financial, life-style and work problems. However, a door that opens to opportunity and support should never be ignored.
Crystal often provide a subtle influence on your reading. They may create a more positive, intuitive, grounded, and calming space for reading. Crystals on your reading table can provide subtle energies that benefit your reading. They may create a more positive, intuitive, grounded and calming space for you and your client.
Clear quartz is a good all-purpose crystal. When placed near your Tarot reading, it clears unwanted energies. Held in your hand while reading amplifies your energy and intention, helps to sharpen your intuitive and psychic abilities, and encourages clarity and focus. Use it to cleanse your Tarot cards by placing it on top of your deck and use it to cleanse your other crystals’.
Rose quartz crystal is a lovely soft pink in colour. If present on your reading table, it can create a soothing energy for all relationship readings, including grief or self-worth and issues of valuing the self. Rose quartz can help people better relate to their heart chakra and become more emotionally receptive.
When reading, this crystal can help the reader to meditate, clear their chakras and connect with spiritual guidance. It assists clients to release fear, feel supported and to take a fuller perspective of personal issues.
Celestite has a very calming and spiritual energy. The vibration of celestite increases your intuition and can help connect you to connect to your guides and Angels.
Amethyst is often thought of as the crystal offering the highest energy for connecting you to Spirit. It is present in reading room tables and in places of healing. Amethyst helps to enhance intuition, visualisation and being heart-centred.
Creates positive feelings and protects against negative energies, creating a grounded atmosphere in a reading. Placed on the reading table this crystal helps to create a space that feels safe, grounded and calm.
Our 2022 Tarot Course is now full. Thank you!
The group is small by design. This allows for plentiful class interaction and discussion and, promises to make our Tarot Course engaging, entertaining, personally relevant and interesting. I look forward to meeting everyone and to sharing and growing our ability to intuit, understand and interpret Tarot through 'live-group' practice and study.
St John's Hall - preparation of table settings for Tarot Course 2022
Complacency and communicable disease are not good bed-fellows, and can affect not only our well-being, but our ability to relax around others and to fully participate in pleasurable group activities.
Fortunately, St John’s Hall is huge, light-filled and airy, so easily lends itself to physical distancing that complies with current Covid guidelines. Sue and I have been arranging the table-seating in the hall to ensure our Course participants are as comfortable and safe as possible.
A reminder folks, as per official Covid protocols, all 2022 Course participants must be double-vaccinated, and be prepared to show proof of vaccination if requested by an appropriate authority. Please bring your own face-masks, which are to be worn when not seated and, regular hand-sanitising is recommended.
Items each participant needs to bring to the classes are - a 98+ page exercise book which will be used as your Daily Tarot Journal (spiral spine is better); crystal/s (of choice) and/or a battery-operated candle (no live flames please); a tablecloth (Bargain City have some nice ones); a water bottle and mug/cup for personal use, during coffee/tea breaks.
A 98+ page exercise book can will be used as your Daily Tarot Journal.
Please bring a water bottle and a mug/cup for personal use during coffee/tea breaks. Tea, coffee, milk, and biscuits are provided by St John’s administration.
My very best wishes and I look forward to meeting all of you soon.
Greetings Fellow Tarotants!
Thank you to all Tarot enthusiasts who have booked their place in this Course. We now have one remaining spot (booking place) in this 2022 Course.
I am truly looking forward to meeting all of you for what promises to be a fun, unique and wonderfully engaging program of shared Tarot learning and practice.
As we know Tarot can be used for self-knowing, self-care, personal growth and wisdom. Many of you may also use this Course as a springboard to enhance your intuitive and reading abilities and/or for broadening and deepening your own and diverse professional practices in guiding and healing others.
As is my own experience, having a personal and professional Tarot practice undertaken with joy, empathy, compassion and good intentions can help to make the world a kinder, more conscious and happier place.
The Tarot deck we will be using throughout the Course will be The Rider-Waite (US Games) Tarot.
Tarot decks can be purchased in various qualities and prices. The Rider-Waite deck can be bought online for very little cost if you wish to have a 'starter' pack and/or a deck for 'learning with'. Tarot decks and be purchased locally. If you have the opportunity, and feel safe, it's always lovely to visit a local market or bookstore (e.g. Theosophical Society, South Terrace). This gives you the chance to browse the slightly different versions of the Pamela Colman-Smith's original illustrations (as in The Rider-Waite Tarot).
Keeping a journal is a great tool for both personal and shared Tarot reading practice. It is, importantly, a super way to increase your intuitive and instinctive understanding of the cards.
We will be using a Tarot journal (or diary) to note and discuss the meanings and experiences you have derived from your personal daily Tarot card draw. The daily draw is a home-based practice. Similarly, I will be keeping the group's Tarot journal for our shared fortnightly Tarot card draw. (We'll see how many synchronicities occur!)
Exercise books are sufficient for this purpose. From experience, I do suggest you purchase a larger exercise book with a spiral spine (about $4.50); these are available at most supermarkets, newsagencies and large variety stores.
On the business side of things ...
The Tarot course will commence on 26 March 2022 as planned. It will be run from the very spacious and airy Hall, at 271 Carriington Street, Adelaide.
Seating will comply with current Covid restrictions for internal numbers and spacing. Each participant will have their own table to work from; so, please feel free to bring your crystals, a battery-operated candle (only) and a table-cloth. Masks must be worn at all times unless seated at your own table. There will be scheduled tea-and-toilet breaks throughout the afternoon. Coffee and tea are available from the kitchen and it is advisable to bring bottled water for use at your table during sessions, as open liquid cups and containers are not permitted in the main hall. We request that hand-sanitisers be used before and after handing public property and visiting the facilities.
Payment of the deposit invoice secures your place on the Course. Course bookings will be taken until Feb 27th. An invoice for final payment will be emailed to all those who have booked/paid the booking deposit. Payment for the full Course is due on the 7th March. Course places will be filled sequentially, until the Course is full on the basis of the receipt of a full and/or final payment.
If at any time prior to Course commencement you wish to book a place and we have reached our maximum number (of fully paid Course participants) you may request to go on the waiting list. You will be contacted by email with a deposit/full feel invoice when a placement becomes available.
Thank you once again for your interest and enthusiasm in being part of a fresh and new local study and practice Tarot group. Those who are currently booked, please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. Your questions will be of importance to the whole group.
For all new inquiries, please Contact me.
Always my best wishes,
Tarot Year 2022 - Significant Number 2
2022 (2+0+2+2=6) is, symbolically and energetically, a Number ‘6’ Year. However, the repetition of the number 2 in the Year Date is interesting. The significances implied by the number 2 and the number 6 can be very complimentary.
Looking at the 'values’ each digit in the date 2022 (2+0+2+2=6), The High Priestess II gives a prevalence and significance to the number two, tripling the importance of this energy in our lives for the coming year. (In a later post, we will also look at the influence of The Fool 0 which offers the vibration of the number 'zero'. A new adventure.)
The energy of the number 2, of The High Priestess II, is highly feminine and fluid. Like water it can be as deep as the deepest ocean; possessing the strange, unique and unfamiliar. It can erode and change the most resistant landscapes. The endless sky, is the space of superconsciousness' perhaps collective consciousness. And, as we live with these dynamic, complementary and contradictory influences, in the essence of pro-creation, we must we weave our own tapestry of life.
The High Priestess II signifies that we are born with powerful intuition, insight and the ability to feel subtle energies instinctively and empathically.
In The High Priestess II we understand that we are both eternal and ‘unfinished’. Our lives follow the phases of the moon. Events in our life wax and wane under the natural conditions of Earth's duality – of night and day, light and dark, yin and yang, male and female, etc. This continuing change brings growth, fullness and completion and, decline. It forms the essence and value of the experiences of living. The High Priestess demonstrates the capacity for deep feeling and inner guidance as the qualities and attributes we have 'been born with' and remain continually at our disposal throughout our own ‘Fool’s Journey’.
Similarly, the decisions and choices we make today - individually and collectively - will always influence our future. Tarot Justice II (1 + 1 = 2) symbolises the universal 'Law of Karma' or the law of ‘cause and effect’. Justice II reminds us to strive for all that is honest, fair and just. Justice II makes her decisions rationally and factually and, by taking a completely balanced and unbiased approach to all aspects or sides of any situation.
Justice II represents lawful and truthful acts. She may situations that require some sort of legal or contractual scrutiny or arbitration. Justice II decisions may result in recommendations that are made on the basis of actual, factual and material information. So, when Justice II arrives on the scene, make sure that you have "dotted your i's and crossed your t's" as there is no room for sloppiness in the detail.
Justice II is one of the four Tarot Virtues and suggests transformation of the self. Additionally, we see that the veil raised behind Justice II (The Rider-Waite-Smith) is purple, which is the colour of mysticism, magic and wisdom. Purple signifies our third eye or 7th Chakra, which contains all the qualities of the other 6 Chakras. The 7th Chakra connects us to our inner-seeing, intuition and psychic abilities. If we are prepared to follow her guidance Justice II can help us to perceive our selves and the world around us, in wholly new ways.
The Tarot implies that the Year 2022 holds the potential for new beginnings and events that are unusual, exciting and historic. Tarot suggests that 2022 may quite possibly be an adventure of a lifetime!
Tarot Study and Practice in 2022
At St. John’s Church Hall, Carrington Street, Adelaide I will be presenting an interactive and thought-provoking (and fun) 16-hour Tarot course that will take you, step-by-step, through The Major Arcana and The Minor Arcana. The course consists of 8 fortnightly Tarot workshops will be presented on Saturday afternoons commencing on the 26 March and finishing on June 25, 2022.
This course is designed for those wishing to learn Tarot, to revitalise their knowledge and understanding of the 78 Arcanas. The learning Tarot is shared practice reading Tarot cards and simple spreads with like-minded other Tarot-enthusiasts.
About this Course.
The 16-hour Tarot Course will be delivered over seven fortnightly workshops on Saturday afternoons.
The study-practice group will invite a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 16 participants. The Tarot course will be be presented as closed study group. This ensures group members can together, develop knowledge and skill in Tarot.
Learning synergy, communication and friendship are the core elements of 2022; a 6 Year.
These characteristics are typical in small number and progressive classes. Smaller learning groups present a shared learning experience that offers maximum learning and practice benefits to every participant.
The course explores and examines both the traditional card meanings introduces regular journaling and discussion activities for heightening your psychic and intuitive abilities.
Each workshop will be audio-recorded for any participant who becomes unwell or is otherwise unable to attend on a particular day. Course participants will learn and practice in a Covid-safe environment and will need to observe standard Covid safety practices.
Participant's will have separate tables and the organisation of the tables and seating in hall will ensure participants maintain regulation distancing – according to Covid safety regulations – from the other participants. Participants are encouraged to wear masks and must be vaccinated. All participants and are required to exercise personal Covid safety practices and standards.
Why learn Tarot?
We might learn and read Tarot for many reasons. Many people work with Tarot for their own personal growth, spiritual development and for advancing their intuition. Tarot increases our ability to be creative, self-reflective (mindful), improving self-awareness and our ability to make well-informed and wise decisions.
As a Tarot practitioner we offer Tarot clarity, insights, inspiration, and guidance that can help to others to find the answers they seek in their relationships, matters of work and business, abundance and well-being, and home and family.
Tarot can bring a clearer understanding of the past and present to suggest possibilities for future happiness. When Tarot is read with an open mind, a quest for truth and good intentions it can help us, and assist us to guide others, to more satisfying and rewarding lives.
About your Tarot tutor.
Hi, I’m Martha.
I have been 'reading cards' since the 1970's, and have been a fervent Tarotist for over 40 years. I find Tarot, exciting, challenging, fun and a great social activity. It has become very much a part of who I am.
I believe that however accurate a reading maybe, every person has the capacity and the right to exercise their free-will. The Tarot shows how to make the most of what you've got and to reduce or eliminate what you don't. With guidance and clarity, unfortunate or difficult situations can be altered, settled or changed; sometimes with time and effort and sometimes very simply, easily and quickly. Every person and their situation will be different. Ethical Tarot practice holds firmly to the core principles of freedom and personal choice.
In 2006, I decided that I would read and teach Tarot, professionally. My 'working' background, experience and qualifications of 40 years is in personnel management, staff training and development, personal counselling, and vocational and business counselling and education.
The complete 16-hour course is $160 per person and represents great value.
An invoice for a non-refundable deposit of $60 will be sent when a booking is made to hold your place in the course.
Bookings for this course will be taken until 26 February 2022.
Final payments are due by 7 March, 2022.
Last year, 2021 (2+0+2+1) was a real doozy.
2021 was a year that certainly offered enormous challenges to our collective social and cultural sensibilities of stability, tradition and predictability as The Hierophant V's received a jolly good shake! Similarly, as an international community, all of us seemed to experience personal challenges to finding our Temperance XIV; to centre ourselves amid the challenges and changes with introspection, patience, and optimism.
2021 appeared to highlight the combined influences in The Minor Arcana which directly challenged both our inner and outer authorities, illustrated by The Major Arcana’s V and XIV. What we saw playing out in 2021, in considerable force, were the combined 5 energies of The Minor Arcana. These are those of constant conflict and lack of consistent focus and agreement (V Wands); an overwhelming sense of personal loss and doubt (V Cups); of isolation, a lack of health and comfort (V Pentacles) and political games and power-struggles (V Swords). The Minor’s played out in the lives of both individuals and groups.
The 5 energies of 2021 certainly impacted everyone. Everywhere around our beautiful but hurting Planet, lifestyles and lives have been irrevocably changed. In Temperance XIV, there is however a sense that people everywhere are hoping for the new cycles and rapid changes demonstrated by the 5 energies, will quickly pass. And will manifest into some sort of new order in which we can all regain freedom of choice, unity in decision-making, peace, and inspiration.
2022, is a 6 Year and will certainly bring new opportunities and challenges that bring the energies for positive adjustments through collective and personal communication and resilience.
Next ... Let's move along now, to 2022 ...
Welcome to my Tarot Blog and entries from my Daily Tarot and together with pieces about the Major and Minor Arcana and updates of courses workshops I run in Adelaide.