The Knight of Swords Thunders into Town – An In-Depth Study

A Big Hello to all My Tarot Friends Around The World,

Knight of Swords Upright

Well here I am again, and very much delighted to bring you some updated information on The Knight of Swords. Below you will find an in-depth analysis and study of this dashing and slightly unnerving young Knight of The Swords Family. I have gone into much detail with his Personality Profile and Card Description. I have also shared some psychological concepts, ideas and comparisons in relation to his personality and characteristics. The Knight of Swords is not an easy person to evaluate for he is extremely complex and intriguing. Just when you think you have some notion of who and what he might be, he shows us another side to his character which forces us to run back to our drawing board so that we may add a few more pieces to his jigsaw. We must never take any of The Knights at face value, and especially this Knight of Swords who is both multi-faceted and very changeable.

I have also completed revising a variety of ways of interpreting The Upright Knight of Swords when Reading, along with a host of Keywords and Messages he might be trying to convey to you.

NB*****The Reversed Knight of Swords is still waiting to be reworked, and I did think that I would be bringing it to you at the same time, but alas I have been busy tooing and froing from hospitals, and tomorrow will be admitted for some pretty serious surgery. It was very disappointing not to have it all complete but it cannot be helped. I was going to wait until after I had recovered before posting this Knight which would give me time to complete, but who knows what will happen on the table tomorrow!!! I would hate to think that all my recent effort would lie forever unseen. So with that in mind I am posting The Knight of Swords without his Reversed Section Updated. I promise to attend to it at my earliest convenience. 

So when you are ready you can go straight to The Knight of Swords or click on the Link Below. For those who just wish to access the Card Keywords and Meanings without the Personality Profile there is a Knight of Swords Shortened Version also available.

See you all again soon and hope to be feeling much better by then.

Brightest Blessings to All,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

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The Knight of Swords

The Intelligent, Assertive Fast Mover & Thinker 

Knight of Swords Upright

Air SignsGemini, Libra, Aquarius

For Card Meaning and Keywords Only – Click Here

Together with The King of Wands and The Emperor of the Major Arcana The Knight of Swords can represent Aries (fiery energetic and determined) and Gemini (quick thinking/talking, mentally alert, changeable) if found with The Lovers.

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Now explore the personality of The Knight of Swords below. If he has turned up in your Reading it means his energies have special meaning for you at this time.

You must ask yourself:  Who is he?  Who does he remind me of?  Is he having a positive or negative influence in my life?  How can I embrace or avoid his energy?  What is he trying to tell me?  Is this how I am behaving?  Is this how others perceive me?  Do I like him or not? Do I want to be more like him? How can I be more like him, If he is not a person then what is his energy trying to tell me? How would this Knight handle my situation? Which part of this Knight am I trying to deny?

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Card Imagery Description and Personality Profile

Air and Fire

The Knight of Swords is of The Air Element, but just like his fellow Knights, is also influenced by Fire. Thus we have a combination of the Elemental Energies of Air and Fire within him.

Knights represent the Fiery Part of the Court Cards regardless of their Suit Element. Therefore The  Knight of Swords represents the Fiery part of Air.  In The  Knight of Swords we have Fire influencing Air; actions influencing mental activity, thought processes, attitudes, plans, ideas, communication.

Before we go any further we must look at what we already know about the above two Elements. We have already become familiar with them on an individual basis but when it comes to The Knights we must observe how they will react with each other when they unite and integrate.

Air and Fire have the potential to be explosive when combined. We have all learned from Fire Safety Manuals, Workshops and Talks that one should close all doors before going to bed at night, and in the event of a Fire it is extremely dangerous to suddenly open a door or window. Air or Oxygen when suddenly introduced to a contained Fire can often result in an explosion, and what was originally a small localised Fire, can within seconds or minutes, develop into an inferno as it engulfs everything in its path, travelling at the speed of light. We have seen the destruction and death caused by bush Fires that are fanned and spread by strong winds. Air will never be able to overcome Fire unless it is as small as a birthday cake, candle or match. Even then the Air must be delivered in a rapid blast before the Fire is allowed to increase in size. Sometimes we have to blow a little birthday candle or match several times before it will go out. Fire is extremely powerful on its own but becomes an unstoppable dominant and dangerous force when it joins forces with Air in large amounts.

However, we also know how to safely apply Air to a Fire in the hearth that has burnt low or is struggling to stay alight. We often blow into the smouldering embers to help it catch, or use a bellow which has been specially designed to direct a blast of Air into the struggling Fire so that it ignites and flames. We all have experience of finding it impossible to get, or keep, a Hearth Fire going. We often wonder how a Fire can get out of hand so fast when we cannot even get a silly little Hearth Fire to catch and take hold after working our way through a full box of Fire Lighters……………………………….

Go Directly to The Knight of Sword’s Page

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The 78 Cards – Detailed Study Version (Card Description, Keywords, Upright & Reversed Meanings)

The 78 Cards – Shortened Version (Keywords, Upright & Reversed Meanings)

Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

Newsflash…..Newsflash……Newsflash – 2,005,870

A Great Big Hello to all my Tarot Friends and Supporters Around The World,

2,005,870

Ace of Wands8 of Pentacles Upright3 of Cups UprightThe World Upright

 

2,005,870

Today I bring you some Great News, well Absolutely Fantastic really, but also I bring you some Disappointing News. Which shall I deliver first? The Good News First I think.

Yesterday afternoon, my Site Stats were moving rapidly towards the 2,000,000 hits marker and I felt confident that we would cross the line sometime during the day or night.  Before I retired to bed last night I checked to see, and there it was, already past 2,000,000 and working towards the next by almost 2,000. I couldn’t believe it, over 2,000,000. I was so thrilled and delighted to have achieved so much in so little a time. I sat with my partner over dinner last night, and a bottle of wine, to celebrate, slightly in advance but we didn’t mind. We chatted about the very early days, only two years ago, when I first signed up to WordPress.com and began slowly but surely to find my way around all this Blogging business. I quickly discovered that I could build a complete site along with my Blog and from there on there was no stopping me. We cast our minds back to the initial amazing discovery that people were actually viewing and reading my work. It was admittedly like a building site at that stage, and is still an ongoing building and development project that indeed takes an enormous amount of daily work to maintain and move forward.

I remember chancing upon the Stats Section  one day, another area I had to get to grips with. I was almost shocked to see that I actually had Stats and not a big fat 0 as I thought I was working away unobserved. I got very excited and rushed to tell my partner, Billy that people, real people, were reading my work. Someone had found me and there I was thinking I was flying below the radar. We sat and stared at the screen and discovered that we could see where the viewers were coming from. When I saw a list of several countries I became intrigued by the incredible power of the internet.  There was little old me, pounding away on my computer every day, sitting in the back bedroom of my house in a small country area of Ireland, while in parts of the world, very far away from me, people were reading what I had just written. It was actually quite scary and I went into a bit of a panic trying to tidy my site. I wrote little notes of explanation regarding my progress and the fact that it was not a complete work, but building. I began to push myself too much, spending too many hours on the keyboard thinking I could complete all the work in a matter of weeks. How foolish was I?

I remember reaching my first 1,000 and feeling over the moon about it. I rarely let a day slip by without writing and I lay awake many nights, I still do, thinking of what I would write the next day, or stressing about something that I had forgotten to include in work already completed. There were, and still are, days where I almost forget to eat, so consumed am I about getting more of my work completed. I turn on the computer in the morning, still in my night wear, eye-mask shoved up onto my hair, and intend to do a little bit before I shower and dress. Then suddenly, before I know it, it is 1.30pm and I think, okay, I will take a break at 2pm for  a bit of brunch (never got around to breakfast). 2pm comes and goes and I am oblivious to this fact. I have disappeared into a different timezone and the next thing it is heading towards 4pm and I haven’t eaten, showered or dressed. I may be very disciplined about my writing but I have no personal discipline when it comes to eating regularly and showering and dressing at a reasonable time of the day. Is this the plaque of the writer who works from home?  My partner often has to drag me from the keyboard and to the kitchen table. I do try to get out for a walk or cycle as often as I can though for I have developed neck and weak arms from too much time at the computer.

By the time I reached 1,000,000 I had found my stride and now felt a growing sense of responsibility to my viewing audience and now hate to let a week go by without posting. I am under extra pressure at present due to my moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org as there is so much work to do to sort it all out. I really should have made the move before my site became so large. It has left me with a huge amount of work to do on top of writing regular posts, course content, and re-working the remaining cards on the course. I am nearly there however, and do hope to make the final transition in the next month, all going well. This will give back to me the time for actually working on the course content and cards.  I have a long list of plans and development for my new site, and once my body holds out, I will be writing for several years to come yet. There is still a lot to be said and new areas to explore which I am very excited about.

What has made all this possible or rather who is it that has helped me along to this momentous stage of my journey? Who has walked with me from the very start and understood the rawness of my site? Who has patiently waited for new content to be added, or the re-working of cards? Why of course, it is you the viewers who are responsible for my being still here and doing what I am doing. I wouldn’t have kept going without you. In fact I couldn’t have got past the first 6 months without having you all behind me. It is a long hard slog at times, yes, a labour of love, but very hard work. Working from home alone and shut off from the rest of the world can be very isolating, but  with so many of you stopping by to study the course or read up on a card or a new post, I never feel alone. And of course all your lovely comments and positive feedback have been overwhelming. They certainly keep me motivated when my neck or arms ache from lengthy computer sessions or my self-belief wavers. Because of your fantastic ongoing support I know that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing and that it’s all very worthwhile.

So, indeed, I look forward to heading towards the next million and welcome all the new visitors who have happened upon my site in recent times. It is great to have you all on board and we can look forward to plenty more tarot related coursework, exercises and articles in the coming months.

Again, thank you, not 1,000,000 times but 2,000,000 times!!!!

2,005,870

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

And Now For The Disappointing News……………

9 of Wands Reversed5 of Pentacles Upright4 of Swords UprightAce of Swords

Unfortunately there will be no Tarotscope this month and I apologise to all those who were looking forward to September’s issue. I have been quite unwell the last couple of weeks and especially so in the last seven days or so. This is when I had planned to work on the Tarotscopes. Everything ground to a halt while I was forced to take to the bed regardless of how much I wanted to work. It takes a lot to knock me off form and away from my computer but I have been struggling with a chronic condition that now appears to need surgery in the next couple of months. Indeed, I am since last week on the waiting list for surgery as this recent flare up has been pretty awful. So there you are, that is my only excuse, and once more I apologise. I did however manage to complete the Courts Converse Review and Explanation yesterday, as that too had fallen behind schedule.  I am back at my desk once more and am delighted to announce that the revised version of  The Knight of Swords will soon be riding into town allowing us to get up close and personal with this dashing and daring young man.

So that is all for the moment and it is back to work now. Maybe I will have something to eat first, and maybe even shower and dress too before I proceed any further!! We shall see.

Blessings,

Vivien (Your Tarot Teacher)

 

Copyright © 2006-2014 Vivien Ní Dhuinn

The Courts Converse Exercise – Review and Explanations

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,

I do hope you all enjoyed The Court’s Converse Tarot Reading Exercises. I am sure you all managed to work out which conversation belonged to which Court Card Pair. The Clues were in their conversations; their words, attitudes, approaches and ideas. The description of their behaviour and how they conducted themselves in the individual snapshots of their lives should also have helped identify them.

Below you will see that I have matched them up and have pointed out some of the more obvious clues as to who was talking to who.

This type of Exercise helps to bring the Personalities of the Courts to life, so that we do not just view them as Cards but rather as real living people we encounter in our everyday life, both on a personal and impersonal level. Working in this manner and by applying our imagination, we should be able to almost hear their voices, pitches and tones from the dialogue.

Here is the correct order as sent in by Marianne. I have simply copied and pasted the order from her comment  submitted. Well done Marianne and a rapid response too.

A Residential Nursing Home – Pair 4
Queen of Cups Rx and King of Cups

Media Company’s Head Office – Pair 5
Queen of Swords Rx and Queen of Cups

The location – An expensive restaurant at lunchtime – Pair 1
King of Cups and King of Pentacles

At the Breakfast Table – Pair 3
Queen of Pentacles and King of Wands

A Hospital – Patient waiting to see Consultant regarding MRI results. Pair 2
Queen of Wands and King of Swords

Blessings Be,

Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)

 

The Paired Court Cards

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  King of Pentacles UprightKing of Cups Upright

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The location – An expensive restaurant at lunchtime.

Court 1 – (Calm and Relaxed) ‘I see you’re not eating locally today, any particular reason?(Implies a habit and routine – King of Pentacles) Have they run out of your favourite burgundy?’ (Implies that Court 2 Likes good quality wine – could be both King of Cups and King of Pentacles as both enjoy their wine.)

Court 2 – ‘Very amusing! You know exactly why I am here and not there. You also know why you are here’ Intense stare at Court 1. (Implies that Court 1 intuitively knows why he has been invited – King of Cups is Intuitive)

Court 1 – ‘Well, I presume it’s not because you were missing your old friend. I never hear from you unless you are up to something. What is it this time and in what way do you need my help?’

Court 2- Nonplussed. ‘Shall we order. I hear their beef is rather excellent. Melts in the mouth apparently.’ (Implies a steady manner and an appreciation of good meat -King of Pentacles)

Court 1 – Perusing the Menu. ‘I think I shall have the sea bass. Please, let me select the wine. You know I have never let you down in the past with my selection. (Implies a liking for Sea Food and a good knowledge of wine  – King of Cups)

Court 2 – Raised eyebrows and a hint of a smile – ‘Well you would know wouldn’t you? You must have sampled them all at this stage’. (Implies a regular drinker and consumer of wine. Hints of a potential over-fondness of wine – King of Cups)

Court 1 – Decides to ignore the comment – ‘ I say we go for a light and crisp chardonnay. After all, it is lunchtime.

Court 2 –  I am sure it will be perfect. The waiter takes their order and the wine is brought to the table to be tasted. The Nod of consent is given and the two Courts settle into a more relaxed atmosphere.

Court 2 –  ‘Down to some business now that the matter of food and beverage has been nicely taken care of. There are shares I want to buy in a company that is flying below the radar at the moment but is due to explode in the next month.’ (Implies a business man who is interested in making more money – King of Pentacles) Read the rest of this entry

Tarot Reading Exercise – The Courts Converse

Greetings to all my Tarot Friends,

Well, here I am back with some new Tarot Reading Exercises for you. This time we will be focussing on The Court Cards and the Exercise today is to match the Paired Court Cards with their Correct Conversation. As before, I have jumbled the Conversations out of order from their Corresponding Cards.

I have attempted to bring through the Personality of each Court Card via their manner of conversation and their reaction to each other, the issue or situation. Don’t expect it to be crystal clear, but look for the subtleties that will help you identify which Conversation belongs to each Court Card Pair. You may come across some that cross-reference. It has not been my intention to do so, but we all interpret differently and see in a unique manner.

My aim is to bring the Personalities of The Court Cards to life so that you can see them as real life, talking, moving, thinking, feeling and acting people. They have jumped out of the Cards and up onto the Stage. They have assumed their roles for a given scene as dictated by their personality characteristics. The props are all in place along with backdrops. Their lines have been rehearsed and they are good to go. Now listen carefully to what each have to say to each other, and how they react to each others comments and responses. Remember each Court is playing him/herself at the end of the day. They may dip into each other’s territory occasionally, but essentially they stay true to what comes naturally.

I do hope you enjoy this exercise and I will post the Correct Matching Pairs later in the week.

Best of Luck! 

The Paired Court Cards

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King of Cups Upright  King of Pentacles Upright

2

Queen of Wands UprightKing of Swords Upright

 

3

 

Queen of Pentacles UprightKing of Wands Upright

4

Queen of Cups UprightKing of Cups Reversed

 5

Queen of Swords Reversed Queen of Cups Upright

 

 

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The Conversations

 

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A Residential Nursing Home

Court 1 – Bright and Breezy and carrying a multitude of bags. ‘Hello you’ and Kisses Court 2 gently on the top of the head. ‘How are you feeling today? You certainly look much brighter in yourself. Do you like the new room you are in? It is close to the garden and what a pretty garden, isn’t it?’ Goes about setting down the bags on the freshly made bed.

Court 2 – Looks at the bed and begins to get flustered. ‘My bed, what are you doing. Stop it now, stop’. Tries to get out of chair but Court 1 runs to restrain Court 2.

Court 1 – Settles Court 2 back into the chair and pats Court 2’s hand fondly. ”These are bits and pieces I brought into you. Don’t worry, I will tidy your bed. It’s lovely to see you out of the bed for a while. I told you this new room would make a huge difference. The other room was dark and the colour on the walls depressing. And the garden, just look at those roses, aren’t they the best you have ever seen, such a deep fuchsia mixed with yellow. I think they are a breed of Tea Rose, the gardener certainly has done a good job. Pulls back the net curtain on the window allowing more light to stream in. ‘Look, aren’t they wonderful?’

Court 2 – Looks briefly in the direction of the garden and then begins to get annoyed about the net curtains pulled back. Court 2 waves a walking stick at the curtain and scowls.

Court 1 – ‘Do you not like the light, is it hurting your eyes? ‘There I have put it back the way it was’ , stares out wistfully at the sun on the roses and then settles the net curtain neatly into place.  ‘What would you like to do today, a stroll through the garden, I could read to you maybe, or would you like to spend some time visiting in the dining hall?’ Court 1 moves around the room, straightening and tidying. Dead flowers are taken out of a vase and tossed in the bin. The stagnant water is emptied down the sink and fresh water sloshed around,  the vase is topped up again and placed back on the chest of drawers by the bed. Read the rest of this entry

Tarot Horoscopes – August 2014

Hi to all my Tarot Friends around the World,

After spending the last two days trying to get the Proofreading facility to work on this Post, or anything else,  I had to give up. The Service says it is temporarily disabled and to check back in a minute, but those minutes of checking back have now turned into two days. So I have given up and have tried to proofread myself. I know they never pick up everything and sometimes are incorrect but on my own when there is a lot of content to review, it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. I have done my best. Whereas I am not looking for anyone to point out my typos to me, I just wanted to apologise in advance. This Post was ready to go two days ago.

Leo The Lion

Fire Signs –     ARIES   Aries  LEO   Leo  SAGITTARIUS  Sagittarius

Water Signs – CANCER   Cancer  SCORPIO    Scorpio   PISCES  Pisces

Air Signs –      GEMINI   Gemini  LIBRA    Libra  AQUARIUS  Aqarius 

Earth Signs – TAURUS   Taurus VIRGO  Virgo  CAPRICORN  Capricorn

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INDIVIDUAL HOROSCOPES BELOW

This Month I have taken yet another novel approach with your Tarot Horoscopes. As you know I compile these Tarot Horoscopes not just for entertainment purposes, but also as a means of helping you understand how Cards are linked so that a story, event, situation or personality is revealed. By reading these Tarot Horoscopes you can learn how to weave a story yourself from the associated meanings of the Cards you are presented with.

The Tarot Horoscopes are primarily meant as a Teaching Aid and are not Astrologically Designed. Therefore, there is no need to limit your Reading to just your own Sign. 

This month your Tarotscopes have been compiled as follows:

  • All Cards are used except for The Court Cards.
  • The Cards are separated into Five separate piles. The Four Suits are split so that you end up with a pile of Wands, a pile Cups, a pile of Swords and a pile of Pentacles. The Fifth Pile belongs to the 22 Cards of The Major Arcana.
  • The Cards are cleared and put in their Upright Position.
  • For Each Reading, I start first with the Pile of Wands and shuffle, reversing a couple as I go. I Ask of the Wands, The Fire Element, what relevant information it has for a particular sign for the month of August. I take the Card from the top of the Pile once shuffling has been completed and place this Card on the table in front of me. I then do the same for the remaining Four Piles, remembering to ask of the corresponding Element/Suit what information it has for the Sign in question.
  • When this is done I now have in front of me, one Wand, one Cup, one Sword, one Pentacle and one Major Arcana Card.
  • I now take in the whole Reading, the Four Cards. I see a story begin to form. It may be  right, it may be wrong, but I do not have any in particular I am Reading for, so I go with the story that comes to mind. However, even though I am looking at the story as a whole, I now want to break up the Reading into the individual Cards so that I can demonstrate where my story has come from.
  • Starting with The Wands Card, I begin to interpret it as it is but try to also keep in mind the nature of The Sign I am Reading for. The story sits at the back of my mind and guides me through the individual interpretations so that I do not use every possible association for each Card as I do not want it to come across as a ‘catch all Reading’. The Reading has a very definite story, even if I know it will not resonate with everyone who Reads it. It would be impossible for me to do a reading that would reflect everyone of that particular Sign. So this is more about finding a story in the Cards and then putting it together bit by bit.
  • I do the same with the Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
  • With The Major Arcana I look to find the Key Message the Reading is trying to impart. I search the cards for connections and links that will give meaning to the Major one and vice versa. I find a way of interweaving them so that it all makes sense. I trust my intuition and the story that finally comes together under the guidance of The Major Arcana Card. This Cards pulls the other Four Cards together and gives the Reading some weight. It adds flesh to the bones of the individual Suit Cards.
  • Finally I write up a summary of my observations and why I think such is such and so is so. I explain my connections and demonstrate where the final story has come from. The story is told from the aspects of The Four Elements and the Key Message of The Major Arcana. The summary literally sums the whole thing up and comes to conclusions.

****I must remind you once again that these Tarotscopes are not based on true Astrological Horoscopes where alignment of planets and their configuration is taken into account.  Without a specific individual to Read for, I try to interpret the individual Readings going by my gut feelings.

Remember not to take these Tarotscopes too seriously or literally as they are meant for Fun and most importantly, as a Novel Teaching Aid. They also stretch me as a Reader to compile a Reading for each Sign based on the Cards drawn, rather than Reading for an individual who has a particular question or issue. As with any Generic Horoscope, some people reading them will find them very relevant, while for others they will mean absolutely nothing. I do hope you get some enjoyment or even amusement out of Reading your own Tarotscope.

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Aries – (Mar 21-Apr 20)

Ace of Wands5 of Cups Reversed6 of Swords Upright6 of Pentacles UprightDeath Upright

Wands – Fire Element (Work, Motivation, Inspiration, Optimism, Activity, Travel)

Ace of Wands – The Fire Element brings you a brand new surge of energy and inspiration this month. The Ace of Wands gifts you the potential to get up and moving with any plans or ideas you have been toying with. August brings a new lease of life and a wonderful sense of adventure and fun. This may all come down to heading  off on Summer Vacation or it may simply be a feeling of joie de vivre due to the bright evenings and warm weather (this side of the world obviously). For certain it is a time to shake off the blues and get out and about and active. Your energy will be high as well as enthusiasm and motivation so make it work for you and do not let this time and feeling go to waste.

Cups – Water Element (Emotions, Feelings, Happiness, Relationships, Family, Creativity and Spirituality)

Five of Cups Reversed- There seems to be a welcome relief as a depressing or upsetting period in your life is eventually coming to an end this month. You will feel a definite sense of healing setting in and a renewed interest in life once more. This card suggests that you have been through a difficult time of late and have not been feeling your normal self at all. This may indicate a time of forgiveness or self-forgiveness. Enough time has been spent in mourning or regretting a situation of the past. It is now time to move on and come back to the land of the living once more. Read the rest of this entry

Explanations for Card Reading Exercises

Greetings All,

Below you will find the Explanations to the Card Reading Exercises from last week. I have attempted to explain how I came up with the interpretations for the various Card Readings. However, Please Note that the Interpretations provided are not the only ones that could apply to the Cards. It is just one Interpretation out of several possibilities, and of course it would all come down to the Question that is being asked. I chose a fictional storyline based on the Cards drawn in each case. I could have written many other interpretations, as in normal Readings these Cards could suggest something entirely different for the Querant. I also wanted to demonstrate to all those who are studying Tarot Reading how to pull a story together while reading. 

This Card Reading Exercise was designed with a view to help those who are studying The Tarot to better understand the process of Linking and Connecting Cards when Interpreting a Reading.

The Readings

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3 of Cups Rx  The Devil Upright The Moon Upright

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There may be some concern around your drinking habits. In fact your habit may have got out of hand and you are overindulging. You may be in denial about this but deep down you have niggling doubts and worries about how much alcohol you are consuming. Your subconscious is calling to you and is attempting to bring this issue to the surface. Time to actively take steps now before your habit turns into an addiction. If it has already done that then you need to get help to overcome it for you have lost control.

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You are hanging around with a crowd who you think are friends. This group of people are particularly toxic and are leading you astray. For some reason you feel compelled to stay with them and even though you are beginning to see them in their true light and are right to be concerned about your association with them, you will find it hard to break away from them. Why are you letting these people exert so much control over you? They are an unsavoury crowd and quite underhand and devious. You are unaware of half the things they get up to. Get out now.

Explanation

When I first saw these three cards The Devil obviously jumped out at me, and as he is a Major Arcana Card and quite negative in his associations, I immediately saw an issue regarding some form of control, enslavement or entrapment of one sort or another. The Devil deals with bad habits, negativity, addictions, excessive materialism, toxic relationships and unhealthy living and attitudes. The Devil acts in no one’s best interests but will lead you to believe that he does. So to find out where The Devil was active in this Reading my eyes were instantly drawn to The Reversed Three of Cups and here we have the partying to excess, too much alcohol and the out of control lifestyle that surrounds that type of environment. There may also be an unhealthy relationship or friendship. The friends the individual hangs out with may not be friends at all but rather a bad influence. The people in The Three of Cups Reversed look as if they are enjoying themselves, but with The Devil beside them, this enjoyment must be questioned. They may have started out enjoying this lifestyle, relationship or friendship, and were able to keep up with it all and could opt in or out as they chose, but that may have changed. They may find that they have become addicted to this type of living and could very easily be waking up most mornings loathing themselves for how they feel and how they are behaving. They may make firm resolutions each morning or at the beginning of each week that they are going to clean up their act, cut out the drinking or partying, end the relationship or break away from a negative circle of friends. They may feel determined and their resolve strengthened as they are desperate to change things. However, The Devil has a very powerful influence over them and by the end of the day or possibly a couple of days, the temptation becomes too strong and the lure is there for them to give in as they are seduced back to what has become an addiction, or at the very least a very bad habit. If they fight The Devil and attempt to stand up to him, he will give the impression that he understands. As he claps them on the back, he reassures them that they can start their healthy living or end their toxic relationship or friendship next week. Until then they can resume business as normal and should not feel guilty at all for they will be making a fresh start next week. And so the cycle continues and the individual becomes more and more powerless.

However, we now must look across to The Moon and we see the concern and stress on the face of The Moon. She appears to be worried about something and this to me indicates that all is not lost with the individual represented by The Reversed Three of Cups. This person knows deep down that they are in trouble and this concern has begun to surface more and more to the extent that it is deeply troubling them. They know they are in trouble as their subconscious calls to them. They may be beginning to understand that the deep issues or emotions they are trying to suppress with alcohol, drugs, food, sex etc are still managing to rise up and make themselves known.  The Moon indicates that any negative relationship or friendship they are involved in is more than likely due to issues from the past, especially what they were exposed to in childhood and growing up. These deep issues may have been what started the whole situation, but the individual knows that the way they have been trying to control the situation has not worked and has in fact begun to control them. Their issues have probably become worse, and it is for certain their self-esteem has been ground down into the ground. The Moon is their wake up call for they are beginning to acknowledge their worries and concerns regarding the way they are living and are gaining an understanding of where it all has come from.

For me, these cards would suggest that the individual is close to reaching the point where depression and self-loathing will make them begin to turn away from The Devil as they realise he is not their friend after all but rather their worst enemy. They can see how toxic and destructive he is. They can also see through the smiling, friendly mask he carefully outwardly presents and down to the manipulative, controlling, cold and calculating personality he truly is. The Devil’s Ugliness is becoming apparent to the individual and they know that something has to be done to free them self from his negative influence. They can no longer ignore this situation. They need to move fast now before The Devil declares total ownership of them. The Devil is very strong and these cards would indicate that external help may be needed in the battle for personal freedom and salvation. 

2

7 of Swords Rx5 of Swords5 of Cups Upright

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You are getting involved in something that you are going to deeply regret. You are taking action or acting on an ill thought out plan and it is going to back fire on you. You are actually playing with fire now. You think you are being very clever but you are only bringing a lot of trouble down upon yourself. You may be acting in anger or revenge, but this is a knee jerk reaction and you are not looking where you are going. Your actions are going to make someone very angry with you and you have not thought of the possible outcome or consequences. You are starting a chain of events now that you will have no control over. You think that you are going to get one up on someone but you have no idea of the backlash that will come your way. Your plan is doomed and you will fail miserably. You may even take others down with you and you will live to regret it. Walk away and let this one go.

Explanation

Here we have two nasty Sword Cards and an upsetting Cups Card. The Swords Cards precede The Five of Cups so this suggests to me that they are responsible for this unhappy outcome. Things do not look good and certainly do not augur well if the behaviour and energy associated with both The Seven of Swords Reversed and The Five of Swords is allowed to be activated. Therefore, an effort must be made to avoid whatever action the individual represented by this Reading is planning on taking for at the very least it will backfire on them and end in tears. At worst there may be deep regret, trauma, potential loss and serious trouble. 

In the centre we have The Five of Swords and here we see a nasty figure wielding his power and aggression over all around. He appears to have confiscated Swords from those who have attempted to oppose or overthrow him. He looks smug and gloating for he is feeling very pleased with himself. Those whose Swords he now holds thought they could get the better of him and that they could outsmart and out fight him. They especially thought they could out think him too with their ridiculous plans. They launched an attack on him but they didn’t realise who they were taking on. They may not normally indulge in the aggressive behaviour that is second nature to him. They may lack the killer instinct that is part of his natural make up. They may not be used to using their Sword for destructive purposes but something has made the individual or individuals want to take down the figure represented in The Five of Swords. Unfortunately, they are no match for him and are like lambs to the slaughter. The two figures in the background have dropped their weapons and walked away. This was doomed from the start. They didn’t stand a chance of victory and we must ask ourselves why this is? 

To get our answer we must now look to The Reversed Seven of Swords for it is all there. The poorly thought out plan, the impulsive act of stupidity that may have been brought on by heightened emotions such as anger, revenge or intense upset. The individual in The Seven of Swords Reversed is not thinking clearly and certainly is not looking where he is going. He is just acting on the spur of the moment and thinks he is seizing a golden opportunity to take his enemy by surprise. He believes he is going to get the better of someone by being sneaky and cunning. He doesn’t realise the nature of the personality he is dealing with. If he did, he would ensure he totally disarmed him. Instead he takes only some of his opponents weapons as he ran in here without a proper plan of action. He couldn’t carry anymore but thinks he has got away with enough to leave his opponent defenceless. He believes he has scored a major victory here and is quite pleased with his actions. 

However, we must look back to The Five of Swords and see the consequences of his actions. It looks like he may have dragged others into his ill thought out plan of attack. He may have convinced them to support him or back him against his opponent. Look at what has happened. His actions have totally enraged the figure in The Five of Swords who wastes no time in launching a counterattack. The individual in The Reversed Seven of Swords should have known that such an experienced fighter would only need the use of the couple of weapons that were left behind to take down the pitiful group that came after him. In fact he would make them suffer for even thinking they could outsmart him. The pain he inflicts, and it may not be a physical pain, will be severe when he punishes them. The individual and his backup were defeated from the outset and never stood a chance against this type of personality. They may have ignored all warnings and advice, choosing to run with their plan A without a plan B to fall back on. The result of all this behaviour can be seen in The Five of Cups with the hunched figure and the overturned cups. The contents of the cups have been spilled and it is too late to turn back the clock. The damage has been done and the individual from The Reversed Seven of Swords is left with deep regret. They may have brought more trouble down upon their shoulders and on those who supported them. 

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Can You Guess What I was Doing on Monday?

Greetings All,

Just thought I would pop this post off to you as I was quite amused and impressed by the Cards I pulled for my Daily Card Reading on Monday.

I am not going to tell you anything about them. Instead I am going to ask all of you if you can guess where I was and what I was doing on Monday for the Answer is contained within the Cards. Yes, the individual Meanings are valid but it is the combined Imagery and Associations that I found summed up my day perfectly. So what do you think? Take a look at the pictures and try to work it out. Don’t think black and white but go for the grey.

By the Way, I only meant to pull three cards but the Fourth, just jumped out so I decided to include it.  I think you will be quite amazed when you realise how accurate they were.

Enjoy,

Vivien (your Tarot Teacher)

 

My Cards were:

King of Swords UprightJustice UprightDeath Upright6 of Pentacles Upright

Tarot Card Reading Exercises

Greetings All,

Well I am still busy sorting out my new site on WordPress.org. Many technical issues have delayed the changeover and I have been painstakingly trying to sort them all out. This of course takes me away from my writing, but for today I have decided to take a break and do something different.

Below you will find Card Reading Exercises for you to work out.  There are Eight Readings below and Nine Individual Interpretations for them. The Readings are Numbered 1 to 8 and the Interpretations from A to I (9 interpretations). This means that one of the Readings has Two Interpretations. The Letters do not correspond to the Numbers so your Task is to Match the Cards to their Correct Interpretation in The Table Provided Below, and also determine which of The Readings I have supplied Two Interpretations for.

Please Note that the Interpretations provided are not the only ones that could apply to the Cards. It is just one Interpretation out of several possibilities, and of course it would all come down to the Question that is being asked. However, you should be able to identify which Interpretation Matches a Particular Set of Cards. 

This Card Reading Exercise is designed with a view to help those who are studying The Tarot to better understand the process of Linking and Connecting Cards when Interpreting a Reading.

I will Post the Correct Running Order Next Week so that you can compare yours with mine. 

The Readings

1

3 of Cups Rx  The Devil Upright The Moon Upright

2

7 of Swords Rx5 of Swords5 of Cups Upright

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Tarot Horoscopes – July 2014

Hi to all my Tarot Friends around the World,

zodiac

Fire Signs –     ARIES   Aries  LEO   Leo  SAGITTARIUS  Sagittarius
Water Signs – CANCER   Cancer  SCORPIO    Scorpio   PISCES  Pisces
Air Signs –      GEMINI   Gemini  LIBRA    Libra  AQUARIUS  Aqarius 
Earth Signs – TAURUS   Taurus VIRGO  Virgo  CAPRICORN  Capricorn

INDIVIDUAL HOROSCOPES BELOW

This Month I have taken another novel approach with your Tarot Horoscopes. As you know I compile these Tarot Horoscopes not just for entertainment purposes, but also as a means of helping you understand how Cards are linked so that a story, event, situation or personality is revealed. By reading these Tarot Horoscopes you can learn how to weave a story yourself from the associated meanings of the Cards you are presented with.

This month your Tarotscopes have been compiled to allocate a particular Mission for each Sun Sign for July. Along with the Mission comes a Challenge to it being successfully completed. The Missions are varied, with some being physical, while others are more psychological or emotional. All require effort to complete. The Challenge represents the signs and tendencies to be aware of which might jeopardize your Mission. The Challenge or Challenges may come from your own personality traits, or be the result of external interference. I have selected the Cards as follows:

All Cards Remain Upright, which means I must intuitively decide which Aspect, Upright or Reversed, is applicable for the Reading. 

  • What is The Particular Sun Sign’s Mission, and the Challenge to that Mission for the Month of July? – The Whole Deck is kept Upright and shuffled while I concentrate on these questions. 
  • When Shuffling is complete the Top Card is drawn to Reveal The Mission. The Base Card Reveals The Challenge. If you are doing this at home yourself try to work out their meanings from just the two Cards. If you have terrible difficulty putting a story together, look to the immediate Cards next to the drawn ones for further information. Therefore draw the Card directly under the Top Card (second card in shuffled deck) and the Card immediately before the Base Card (the second last card in the shuffled deck)
  • Concentrate on them for some time and try to work out from the Cards you have selected what your Mission might be and what challenges you might have to overcome to successfully complete your mission. 

Again, these Readings have really challenged me as I had twelve of them to complete. You won’t have the same problem if you are only working on your own sign.

****I must remind you once again that these Tarotscopes are not based on true Astrological Horoscopes where alignment of planets and their configuration is taken into account.  Without a specific individual to Read for, I try to interpret the individual Readings going by my gut feelings.

Remember not to take these Tarotscopes too seriously or literally as they are meant for Fun and most importantly, as a Novel Teaching Aid. They also stretch me as a Reader to compile a Reading for each Sign based on the Cards drawn, rather than Reading for an individual who has a particular question or issue. As with any Generic Horoscope, some people reading them will find them very relevant, while for others they will mean absolutely nothing. I do hope you get some enjoyment or even amusement out of Reading your own Tarotscope.

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Aries – (Mar 21-Apr 20)

8 of Swords Upright  5 of Swords Upright

Your Mission this Month Aries should you decide to accept it comes through the message of The Eight of Swords. You are being asked to take a close look at your life and determine in which area or areas you feel restricted or trapped. Maybe you feel you have little options open to you, or that external factors or other persons seem to be in control of your situation or dictate to you how you should live, feel, act or think. Aries this may very well be one of your blind spots for you are generally in total control of your life and are usually the one who sets all the rules and the pace of how things run. There may be one little corner of your life where you feel powerless. This is probably one of those areas you try not to dwell on too much or pretend it doesn’t really exist. This denial drains your natural instinctual nature to be free and unhindered by anything other than positivity and optimism. This will be an area you may not vocalise to others, or even admit to yourself. It is probably a habit you have slipped into and because the rest of your life generally runs to your liking, you are prepared to hastily overlook this particular aspect. However, it is having an impact whether you like it or not, and the impact is bound to be negative. If you feel down at times or pessimistic about your chances, or the future, you can bet your bottom dollar that it is here you will find the root of your discontent. You would hate others to know how tied up you are with this aspect because you may lose face or have your pride dented. This restricted aspect of your life could be coming from your home life, your work environment, your relationship, friendships or even a phobia that doesn’t naturally go with your brave and courageous personality. Read the rest of this entry

Numerology Letter Box – Is Your Name Ruining Your Life?

What’s In A Name?

What a Difference a Name Makes

Numberology Number Box

When working out the Numerical Value of your name use different variations of it to see what Numerically works best for you. Each letter in the alphabet is linked to a certain number (See The Numerology Letter Box Above) and a lot of information can be sourced by working out the Numerical value of a name, country or street name.  We can also work with the date of birth and even house name or number of the Querant to gain further insight into the influences at play.

Names

For example – I was christened Vivien Margaret Dunne but I use the Irish version of my surname now and do not use my middle name, so I am Vivien Ni Dhuinn.  Family  members often refer to me as Vivers, and my partner sometimes calls me Viv.  I could use the Irish version of my first name and call myself Beibhinn.   If I was to work out the Numerical Value of all the above options I could find out which version of my name works best for me in life or in certain circumstances.  Does the name I go by affect my personality? Would I be happier or luckier in life if I was to call myself Beibhinn? Does my name draw positive or negative attention to me?

Some people look into their name and go to professional Numerologists to determine if their name is working for them. If they find that their name is holding them back in life, or that using their middle name would be more advantageous, it is simple enough to change it. If you have being named Elizabeth at birth but everyone at home fondly called you Betty, you may discover that the vibrations of Elizabeth opens doors that Betty has to force her way through. You might find that Betty works better for you in another aspect of your life. Then again, it may be your middle name where all the power is stored, the middle name you never use. You might be Elizabeth, Clarissa, Joyce. After consulting with a Professional Numerologist and discussing various areas of your life and examining your goals and ambitions, you may discover that using Clarissa instead of Elizabeth will evoke remarkable changes in your life.

As mentioned above my name at birth was Vivien (named after Vivien Leigh), Margaret (my Paternal Grandmother’s name) and Dunne, my surname. However, I do have an extra name and that is my confirmation name of Cecilia. I chose that because of the song by Simon and Garfunkel which was obviously in the charts at the time. I have never used Cecilia but I think if I did, I would use it with the English version of my surname Dunne instead of Ní Dhuinn, the Irish Version. Cecilia Dunne sounds better than Cecilia Ní Dhuinn. It just doesn’t carry the same vibration does it?

My Father’s birth name was James Joseph Dunne. He never used the Joseph and preferred to use the abbreviated version of his First Name, Jim. In fact he was quite determined about this and hated being called James. When he had to spend long periods of time in hospital towards the end of his life, he had terrible conflict with the nursing staff who insisted upon calling him James even though he argued with them to call him Jim. I am not sure why he hated James so much. Maybe he connected it with bad times as a school boy or maybe he just didn’t like the name. It was a simple thing to ask of the nurses but they carried on calling him James right up until the day he died.

The Importance of Maiden Names

surnames

Many women who marry today, decide to hold onto their maiden names for any number of reasons.  For me one of the main reasons other than retaining independence is that a person’s name holds a certain vibration which is composed of the sound of letters placed in a particular order.  Over years and decades this vibration becomes a part of us and it forms part of our personality.  Take that name away, or disturb it by adding or taking away letters, and the vibration changes.  A name change can have a powerful effect on our personality and how we feel about ourself.  Women for so many centuries were expected to hand over a very important part of their person and take on the vibration of another when they married.  For some women it had a positive effect but for others the name change was akin to losing part of their identity. Read the rest of this entry

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