Cards symbolism

Suit of Swords

To celebrate the Second International tarot day, an international team of forensic sleuths have been on the trail of 14 suspects from the shadowy world of swords. All villains were chosen at random.

The forensic detectives were able to profile many suspects but sadly, the most cunning villains are still at large.

The suspects taken into custody were the 4 of Swords by Bobby Bogunovic, 6 of Swords by Tina Moore, 7 of Swords by crystalartsandhealth , 8 of Swords (the detective has not completed their assignment), 9 of Swords by Cosmic Tarot, 10 of swords by Unlocking Words part 1 and part 2Page of Swords (the sleuth has not completed their case) and Queen of Swords by Tara Muscillo.

The team had a list of questions to follow in order to build a forensic profile of their culprit.

Here are the chilling reports of some of the suspects.

 

 

4 of Swords

4 of Swords by Bobby Bogunovic

Possible meaning of the 4 of Swords.
Key words: – respite – Rest – Recuperation – Stability – Healing – Patience – Peaceful – Calm & constant outcome – Rebalancing mental/ spiritual/ emotional & physical bodies.

To me, this card is a reminder that one must take a step back in order to rest & recuperate; a bit like recharging one’s batteries so that one is ready for whatever lays ahead. Without the necessary rest, one cannot achieve balance and healing, and are thus at risk of burnout if they continue to ‘burn the candle at both ends’. Being an air element, it’s the ideal time to reflect & contemplate formulating new ideas, projects and plans. This is almost like the prep work of building the foundations for what they wish to manifest in the future.

Numerology connection.
4 – stability – Consistency – Endurance – Boundaries – Structure – Responsibility – Stasis – Peaceful.

The number 4 represents a sort of balance & harmony between all of the elements which can reflect security & stability. This is not about fast, short-term gains, but more so to do with diligently and consistently working towards one’s goal, often being achieved through stasis rather than actual action. The inaction is what creates the right kind of atmosphere in which progress can be achieved

Element traditionally associated with the 4 of Swords.
Air, relates to: communication, intellect, actions, ideas, balance, being inventive. Season: Autumn

Astrological association.
Jupiter in Libra = Desire for justice, idealistic, honest approach, aesthetic.
A lot of energy goes into creating harmony & balance, plus there is a deep desire to ensure that their environment is fair & just.

Meaning of the symbolism.
Open coffin lid = suggests a pause in action rather than a definite end/closure; withdrawal to regain energy
Colourful stained glass window = Christ giving a healing/blessing to someone, reflects the internal healing going on plus the healing that rest is giving the knight 3 swords facing down, one across = the sword that lays across horizontally suggests laying down one’s weapon in order to relax, unwind & gather one’s energy.
Bide time before going into battle. Rest.
Hands in prayer position = reflection, taking a pause to rethink strategy; contemplation

Shadow side of the 4 of Swords.
Lack of progress – Stagnation – Burn-out – Restlessness – Impatience.
This can manifest as stagnation, boredom, loss of interest, laziness and restlessness. Should the querent be ‘burning the candle at both ends’, this could be a warning of potential burnout. It’s almost a kind of resistance whereby the querent refuses to slow down as they believe that only active action will enable them to achieve their goals. Their impatience serves as a destabilising force.

Crystals associated with the 4 of Swords.
Malachite: emotional mastery stone * soothing * Calming * Relieves pain
It’s a stone which absorbs & draws out imbalances from the body.
It is also known to enhance psychic ability when placed upon the 3rd eye chakra.
 It carries the idea energy for rest and recuperation whilst recharging one’s batteries.

Herbs, flowers or essential oils connected to the 4 of Swords.
Herbs/flowers: I came across over 20 that can fit within this category but have selected a few which resonated with me.
Interestingly, most embody the masculine energy yet all have Jupiter as their ruling planet plus the element of air.
The herbs/plants act more in terms of keeping the person protected throughout their period of withdrawal so that they may do so in peace and quiet.
Bodhi: * Gender: masc * Planet: Jupiter * Element: air * Deities: Buddha, Vishnu * Powers: fertility, protection, wisdom, meditation
Anise: * Gender: masc * Element: air * Planet: Jupiter * Powers: protection, purification, youth
Maple: * Gender: masc * Element: air * Planet: Jupiter * Powers: love, longevity, money
Sage: * Gender: masc * Element: air * Planet: Jupiter * Powers: protection, immortality, longevity, wisdom, protection

 

6 of Swords

6 of Swords by Tina Moore

Possible meaning of the 6 of Swords,
Moving on, changing perceptions, obstacles overcome. Might signify a journey physically or spiritually.

Numerology connection
Number 6 for harmony, creativity, responsibility and domesticity.
Source: The Elements of Numerology by Rodford Barrat

Element traditionally associated with your card and Astrological association
Element is Air:  thoughts, ideas, and attitudes.
With the Universal Rider-Waite deck the astrological association is Mercury and the air sign Aquarius.

Mythology or folktales of the 6 of Swords.
It is thought that this is a depiction of one of the God’s taking the dead to another place (hell). There was also a mention of Apollo but I could not find convincing enough information.

Meaning of the symbolism found in the card.
It signifies a journey either physically or spiritually, the swords represent burdens or life changes, the crossing might be rough at first, but will smooth out.

Shadow side.
Going into the unknown and not knowing if you are ready for the unknown.

Crystals associated with the 6 of Swords.
Clear quartz crystal as it can help magnify energy and help clear your mind of any distraction in your readings.

Amethyst as it elevates energy and raises vibrational frequencies.

Tiger Eye: will aid you with your intuitive abilities and stimulate your third eye.

Herbs, flowers or essential oils.
Benzoin, Acacia, Cedarwood, and mint leaves. (can be blended into an incense cone as well)
Lavender, Rosemary, Dandelion, Sage and Rose all can help with the psychic gift while doing a tarot reading

Huckleberry Oil, Lavender Oil will help to open up your third eye area.

 

7 of Swords

7 of Swords blog by Crystal arts and health

 

8 of Swords

The sleuth has not completed their case.

 

9 of Swords

9 of Swords blog by Cosmic Tarot

 

10 of Swords

10 of Swords part 1 and part 2 , blogs by Unlocking Words

 

Page of Swords

 

Sadly the detective has not completed their case.

 

Queen of Swords

The Queen of Swords by Tara Muscillo

Queen-of-SwordsLet’s talk about the Queen of Swords. I’ve taken on a challenge created by Tarot and Kitties by Oephebia for International Tarot Day (July 8th) and was assigned this lovely lady as my card to focus on. Here are some references.

Astrological reference: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
Element : Air
Key words: Upright: Quick thinker, organized, perceptive , independent Witty and smart. Professional Often hurt in Love. Reversed: Ruthless, lack of compassion, language barrier (sources: Biddy Tarot and tarotwikipedia.com)

I’ve got examples of 6 different Queen of swords from very different decks.
Pictured from top to bottom:

The Celtic Dragon Tarot ( DJ Conway art : by Lisa Hunt)
The Classic Rider Waite Smith
On the left: The Everyday Enchantment Tarot (Poppy Palin)
On the right: The Voyager Tarot (by James Wanless PHD)
On the bottom left: Morality The Osho Zen Tarot (design by Amiyo Ruihnke & Deva Sandipa)
On the lower right: The Thoth Tarot (Aleister Crowley)

Crystals associated: Hawk’s eye or Blue Tiger’s eye
associated with the throat chakra and increases all forms of clairvoyance and astral travel.

According to the Herbal Tarot: the flower ruled by this card is “Lady’s Slipper”

I’ve chosen to use 6 distinctly different decks to show that although they all appear unique, they all vibrate at the same level of frequency.

The Voyager Tarot calls this card ” The Guardian” and I believe the Queen of Swords can be likened to a Severe yet compassionate Goddess.

The Everyday Enchantment Tarot uses a surgeon as a representation which is quite fitting as the Queen tends to cut through to the heart of the matter.

Although the Celtic Dragon Tarot changes the sword card to the element of fire not air, she still takes on the same qualities as other decks.

She’s been known as the “mask cutter” which is a name I love because she truly does rip off the masks we wear especially in public. My beloved queen forces me to look inside myself and at the bigger picture and gain clarity.

Affirmation: “I speak my truth with absolute confidence. I get my point across clearly ” (courtesy of The Tarot Lady Theresa Reed)

I love my Queen and kind of feel like she gets a bad rap compared to The Queen of Pentacles or Cups. She may be “rough” but she’s my friend and I’ve come to know her well.

 

 

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The investigations were also taken in different directions, from major suspects to lesser culprits in the realm of Cups, Pentacles and Wands

Enjoy and Happy International Tarot day 🙂

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Cards symbolism

Suit of Pentacles

To celebrate the Second International tarot day , an international team of sleuths specialised in financial affairs have been on the trail of 14 suspects from the realm of Pentacles. The suspects were chosen at random.

However, despite the efforts of the detectives, some offenders were too elusive to be taken into custody and are sadly, still at large.

The good news is that a few cunning sleuths were persistent enough to apprehend some of the suspects and to interrogate them.

The villains taken into custody were the 2 of Pentacles (sadly the dective has not completed their case), 5 of Pentacles by VeryWitchy, 10 of Pentacles by Unlocking Words, Page of Pentacles by Elena Spinelli,  Knight of Pentacles by The Tarot Buzz and Queen of Pentacles by Karen Hayden

The officers had a list of questions to follow in order to build a psychological profile of their culprit.

Here are the confessions of the pentacles kingdom!

 

 

2 of Pentacles

Sadly the detective could not complete their case

 

5 of Pentacles

5 of Pentacles blog by Very Witchy

 

10 of Pentacles

10 of Pentacles blog by Unlocking Words

 

Page of Pentacles

Page of Pentacles by Elena Spinelli

Possible meaning of the card.
New beginnings, embarking on a new project, getting a new job. Starting a new healthy activity, like a diet or exercise, or starting a hobby or new study.

Mythology or folktales attached to the Page of Pentacles
In the Mythic tarot, the page is Triptolemus, who gave information to Demeter about her lost daughter, Persephone, abducted by Hades in the underworld. Mother earth taught him the mysteries of seasonal cycles in nature. He then taught men agriculture.

Element and Astrological association.
Earth.
Page of Pentacles is connected to Earth zodiac signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, and the planets Venus (creativity, sensual energy) Mercury (meticulous) and Saturn (ambition).

Symbolism found in the card
Red hat: passion, action
Yellow sky: optimism
Green tunic: Mother Nature connection
Flowers, green fields: Potential (spring), fertility of ideas.

Shadow side
It could be a warning over health issues or a need to be more mature with money matters.

Crystals associated with the card
Sodalite (from Tarot of Gemstones and Crystals).
It is the crystal of rational thinking and emotional balance.
It helps with practical matters and we can see how it can be connected to the card. It helps the self-esteem and strengthens the immune system and metabolism.

Herbs, flowers or essential oils connected to your card.
Rosemary: grounding and helps with mindfulness (from Tarot Herbology)

 

 

Knight of Pentacles

Knight of Pentacles by The Tarot Buzz

 

Queen of Pentacles

Queen of Pentacles by Karen Hayden

Queen of Pentacles2Possible meaning of the card.
The Queen of Pentacles brings a level of maturity and nurturing to the development of her suit along with her divine feminine energy. She has a tendency to be more introvert when compared with the other Queens i.e. Queen of Wands. The Queen of Pentacles makes for the most loyal friend and trusted advisor with her “down-to-earth” practical approach to life she always gets the job done.

Given her maturity she is at a stage where she is now reflective and has learned many lessons in life therefore can be a practical advisor in both life and business matters. She is self-sufficient and also values and appreciates her financial and material achievements. She is extremely hard working and goal orientated and has a structured plan for everything and is easily able to establish and work to routines.

However, our Queen can be a perfectionist and tends to have high expectations not only of herself but those around her which can cause difficulties for her in various types of relationships as she can be controlling.

On the other hand the Queen of Pentacles is all things “Mother Earth” and would welcome you into her home with open arms and be the first one to put a feast on the table for you and your family.

The Queen of Pentacles reminds us to trust ourselves, believe and stay true to our core being. To believe in our abilities to get things done whilst still nurturing and caring for our people.

Shadow side.
The shadow side of the Queen of Pentacles may be that as she is a perfectionist she often has high expectations of those around her and these expectations can be unrealistic at times. She can become mistrusting of others and self-critical at times. She can also be materialistic and even fearful of change and losing what she has worked so hard to achieve.


Mythology or folktales attached to the Queen of Pentacles.
It has been said that the Queen of Pentacles is the physical manifestation of the Hindu mother goddess Lakshmi representing fertility both spiritual and physical, wealth, fortune, prosperity and all things pertaining to the domestic realm.

The Queen of Pentacles is also associated with Gaia the Greek goddess of the Earth and all creation.

The Queen of Pentacles has also been associated with Omphale the Barbarian Queen in Greek mythology.

The Lydian queen Omphale actually owned Hercules, as a slave. She bought the hero from the god Hermes, who sold him following an oracle which declared that Hercules must be sold into slavery for three years.

Numerology connection
In my research I found that the number 13 typically relates to the Queens of the suits. The number 13 is a number particularly associated with the feminine, so this could be why the Queens occupy the 13th slot of the numbered cards.

Element and Astrological connection traditionally associated with your card.
The Queen of Pentacles is of both Earth (Pentacles) and Water (Queens).

Being of Mother Earth the Queen of Pentacles is quite resourceful and has great stability and endurance, with the water element bringing the nurturing caring aspects of together nicely with the practical elements.

The Zodiac sign for the Queen of Pentacles is Capricorn for which the planet Saturn corresponds to.

However I have also discovered that The Queen of Pentacles card is connected to the Moon in Taurus, this is a symbol of a well-rounded practical view of the world, hardworking and extremely family orientated.

I have also found some correspondence suggesting that the Queen of Pentacles is ruled by Venus due to its earth qualities.

 Meaning of the symbolism found in the Queen of Pentacles
Earth
Represents community and shared wisdom and cements the concept of grounding.
Rabbit
Fertility and fruitfulness of spirituality. Rabbits are close to the earth and very grounding symbols, they are also sociable creatures and they reminds us of the importance of family, friends and community.
Ram
Determination, action, initiative, and leadership. It is a sign to take responsibility, get up, take action, and get motivated to accomplish our goals.
Rose
A symbol of purity, promise, beauty promise of new beginnings and hope. (beware of the thorns) we may have to endure a few stinging thorns along the way.

Crystals associated with the card
Amethyst, bloodstone and Rainbow fluorite

Herbs, flowers or essential oils connected to the Queen of Pentacles.
Herbs:
Mugwort – Psychic Powers, Intuition, Dreams
Patchouli – Grounding, Fertility, Money, Desire, Love
Witch Hazel – Healing, Calming
Marshmallow – Anti-inflammatory, Soothing
Flowers: Roses
Essential oils: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Cypress, Orange, Juniper and Clary Sage

 

 

 

 

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The investigations were also taken in different directions, from major suspects to lesser culprits in the realm of Cups, Wands and Swords

Enjoy and Happy International Tarot day 🙂

Oephebia and the kitty monsters
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