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April 9, 2012

Series: The Tarot, Major Arcanum III

Rider Waite Deck sold at Wren's grove
 9 The Hermit Caution. Discretion. Need for prudence. Counsel sought and taken. Assimilation and planning. A wise guide or spiritual mentor. A time for reflection upon circumstances.The Hermit is a card of introspection, analysis and, almost virginity. This is not a time for socializing; the card indicates, instead, a desire for peace and solitude. Search for inner calm. Nor is it a time for action, discussion or decisions. It is a time to think, organize, ruminate, and take stock. There may be feelings of frustration and discontent during this time of withdrawal. But such times lead to enlightenment
illumination, clarity. In regards to people, the Hermit can represents a wise, inspirational person, friend, teacher or therapist, someone the querent usually sees alone. This is a person who can shine a light on things that were previously mysterious and confusing. They will help the querent understand themselves or find what it is they are seeking.

10 Wheel of Fortune Effortless success. Good fortune that  is unexpected. Coincidences. Luck.The beginning of a new cycle. Advancement. Positive upheaval.  Change. A card of good fortune, the appearance of destiny and Karmic change.The four fixed signs of the Zodiac, are sitting in the four corners of the card, as on The World. They are pictured as an angel (Aquarius), an eagle (Scorpio), a lion (Leo) and an ox (Taurus). As symbols of the Zodiac, they are representatives of the four elements (air, water, fire, earth, respectively), and by extention, the four suits of Tarot:Swords, Cups, Wands, Coins or Pentacles. The Wheel of Fortune is all about luck and change. The wheel symbolizes completeness as well as the rise and fall of fortunes and the message that what goes around comes around. Almost every definition of this card indicates abundance, happiness, elevation, or luck; a change that just happens, and brings with it great joy.

11 Justice The Ruler of Balance. Amicable and favourable resolution of conflicts.  Triumph over bigotry and prejudice.  Legal action. Litigation. Contracts. Settlement. Divorce.  Sometimes marriage depending upon the other cards and normally only when legal or financial documents are a necessary part of the intended union. Clarity. Judgement. Justice urges the querent to make adjustments, do whatever is necessary to bring things back into balance: physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually. In a more mundane sense, this card may signal a court case, legal documents, adjustments in a marriage or partnership. The outcome of all of these may not be exactly what the querent wants, but it will be what they need. Characteristic trait, Justice on the picture of this card shows no hint of humility or hesitation. Judgemental. Not much benefit of a doubt is to be expected. A person with this characteristic needs to learn moderation and consideration. We all err. 

12 The Hanged Man  Devotion to a worthwhile cause. Temporary suspension of progress.  Flexibility of mind and a willingness to adapt to changes.  Sacrifice in the present to reap benefit in the future. A waiting period. Rebirth. Transformation.  Circumstances literally turned on their head. Although The Hanged Man would once most likely have been interpreted as a punishment, somewhere along the way it came to symbolise a change of perspective, new points of view and spiritual revelations – the card shows physical immobility and restrictions, but freedom and power of the mind. Other than that, the Hanged Man may signify a sense of being caught in between two opposites and a time of suspension, when you don’t really feel you have your two feet on the ground. Not only is this a position of rest as the querent is inverted and his/her view of the world is very different from the rest of the world. It becomes a time of trial or meditation, selflessness, sacrifice, prophecy. This new way of seeing things often leads to insights and enlightenment. Answers that eluded the querent become clear, solutions to problems are found.