Secrets of Tarot & Qabalah: The Magician’s Tools – Wand, Cup, Pentacle, & Sword – Taliesin McKnight – YouTube

Qabalah & Tarot: Secrets of the Magician’s Table

This lesson examines the symbols of tarot in regards to the Qabalistic Tree of Life and, in particular, the symbolism of the table in the Magician card. The magus has 4 implements on his table:  the wand, cup, sword, and pentacle. These represents four aspects of the magician’s consciousness which are utilized in ritual.

Tarot Directions – The Moon

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The card of the Moon implies confusion and muddled thinking. This will not be the day to make decisions, especially if they would have far-reaching consequences. The energy around you today is far more conducive to daydreaming and relaxing, not pushing yourself to do too much.

For Love: Your love life may be in a bit of a conundrum as you try to sort out the truth from the untruths. That said, it is always better to not go running into an unclear situation. As the facts you need are not at hand just yet, try giving yourself some much needed time to get back into “you”. If you can do this, you will have the best possible chance of sifting through the facts when they do come to light.

For Work: Idle gossip could get you into trouble today, so don’t go acting upon all you hear even if you trust the source of the information. Emotions may be running high and practical input may be running low. To even this out you need to step away from any explosive situations. Tell yourself there is always tomorrow to sort out any problems that may arise.

Tarot Divination – Reflections for the Week of February 5, 2017

This is a Kabbalistic Circle Spread used for divinatory purposes only.  Its function is to examine the potential karmic repercussions of an anticipated action.  The way this spread is read is from the center Significator card, then the card above it (Air), then to its immediate right (Fire), then to the card immediately below it (Water), then to the card on its immediate left (Earth) … all of which represents the microprosopus, or what is at the heart of the query.  Then, examininng the macroprosopus elements swirling around the center of the inquiry (Significator), you continue with the card in the upper lefthand quadrant (Air of Earth), then to the next upper righthand quadrant (Fire of Air), then to the lower righthand quadrant (Water of Fire), then finally to the lower lefthand quadrant (Earth of Water).  The card farthest to the left represents a responsive answer to the query about the present situation.

For the Week of February 5, 2017

Significator

This is the position that represents the adornment of Divine Beauty of Spirit, the gift or reward of Balance for the Querant’s efforts bestowed upon the Self.

It is appropriate that the Sun card appeared, however, today it showed up reversed, indicating a lack of clarity or when the Querant is feeling dim.  Are you having trouble shining?  You may be afraid of attention or of letting your true nature show.  You may be uncomfortable with praise and compliments.  You might be unable to shake off worry and doubt and enjoy a good time.  Try to get at the upright quality of being present and being proud of the divine and unique self you are.   This card can also indicate too much of a good thing.  You may be helping others all over the place, but you are not taking care of your own needs.  Burnout is a big risk.  Or, you may be feeling the consequences of having a good time:  sunburn, hangover, or an empty wallet.  Be reminded about the value of moderation.  You might be in a fog of delusion.  You may be being deceived or only getting half truths from someone.  You could be deceiving yourself by seeing only what you want to see.  This card also indicates self-centeredness, as in “acting like the Sun revolves around you”.  Be sure to give credit where it is due and remember that the needs and wants of others are just as important as your own.  You may be feeling good about yourself, but beware of appearing to be a braggart or show-off.  Finallly, the Sun reversed can indicate delays and setbacks due to bad weather.  Create a back-up plan in case of clouds and rain today.

Air

This is the position that represents your creative potential, as ruled by Air. It represents what the Querant has the potential to create in life.

The Moon is a card of darkness, that is, focused on the unconscious or subconscious mind, dreams, intuition and the like.  Most appropriate today, as the present half-moon just passed from Pisces and into Gemini.  Now is the time to pay attention to your intuition and dreams.  What do your deepest feelings tell you about your current situation?  What are you most afraid of right now?  Sometimes the most profound growth is found in facing our deepest fears.  You may be hiding something from others or yourself.  Someone may also be hiding something from you, contributing to the confusion and fear you’re feeling.  The Moon advises us to go within to seek better understanding before taking action.  It may be wise to keep some things hidden for now.  This card also represents natural cycles, such as menstruation and the changing of the seasons.  How appropriate, since we just observed Imbolc on February 2nd as the first day of Spring.

Fire

This is the position that represents the Querant’s ability to implement dreams as plans of action.

Here, the Wheel of Fortune reminds us that change is inevitable.  However thingsare now, they will most definitely not stay the same forever.  We don’t always have control over what life sets in our path, but we can decide how we respond.  Try not to get too attached to one way of being.  Don’t try to control everything; you can’t. The Wheel advises you to center yourself so that you can stay calm and make good decisions when your world seems like it is spinning out of control.  If you’ve been down on your luck, it is quite likely that the Wheel of Fortune is indicating a change for the better.

Water

This is the position that represents the depths of emotion and feeling as reflections of the Querant’s family, culture and past lives.

The Justice card in this position indicates that actions will have fair consequences.  Everything will fall into place just as it is meant to be.  The truth will catch up with liars and cheaters.  Responsible people will be fairly compensated.  It is time to think logically.  Don’t let your emotions overwhelm your decisions.  It may be helpful to list the pros and cons of a potential decision.  Perhaps you are presently involved in a legal action or court case.  Justice will likely prevail.  If you’ve been feeling out of balance, take time now to find your center.

Earth

This is the nature of an obstacle that the Querant must overcome in order to reach his/her fullest potential.

The Magician indicates that you have the potential to make things happen.  The key to taking control of your life is to have a vision and then take action to make it happen.  Intention and action are both required.  When your intentions and actions are aligned, real magic happens!  Start gathering the resources you need to meet your goals.  The universe is empowering you to manifest your vision.  Take advantage of this opportunity by staying focused on your goals and applying your power!

Air of Earth

This is the position that represents what the Querant perceives about the Self.  It can be a belief that limits the Querant’s true potential.

When the Hierophant appears, it is time to examine one’s beliefs.  You may have an opportunity to teach someone something about life.  Will your teachingsbe flexible so that your student can integrate them into their own life, or are your beliefs rigid and dogmatic?  Who or what has been your teacher?  Do the lessons you’ve learned serve you well now, or is it time to seek a new teacher?  Are you making a decision based on what you believe you “should” do, or are you tuned into your higher calling?

Fire of Air

This position represents influences that assist in the active creation of planned actions that accomplish what the Querant is currently creating.

Temperance is about integration and finding balance.  Now is a time for adjustment.  Two or more things are coming together to create something new.  You may be integrating your life with someone else’s, integrating your work and home lives, or integrating spirituality into your everyday life.  Whatever project you are working on, be sure to change a little, then step back and assess the results.  Like a scientist, change one variable at a time, and then see what happens.  Find your balance before moving forward.  Use your emotions and be practical, too. In a situation with another person, compromise will be necessary.  If you’ve been feeling off-kilter, seek balance between work and play, feeling and doing.

Water of Fire

This position represents the emotional drive motivating the Querant to move towards his or her fullest potential.

Judgment is a card of drastic change, release and review.  your current phase of life is coming to an end.  Now it is time to look objectively at what has come before.  In which ways did you succeed?  Where did you fail?  What big lessons have you learnt?  Life cannot stay as it is.  Change is unavoidable.  You will benefit now by being accountable for your choices and behaviour.  Be honest with yourself.  Tune into your higher calling to learn where to go next. Pay attention to the big ideas you have now.  They are not just impossible dreams.

Earth of Water

This position relates to the belief or attitude that motivates the Querant towards his or her fullest potential.

The Hermit indicates a need or desire to withdraw from the world.  He is a wise old man who has learned much about himself and his world through deep introspection and meditation.  When The Hermit appears in a reading, your soul may be craving a retreat in order to replenish and restore.  By taking space and solitudenow, you will be ready to engage with and guide others when they most need you later on.  The answers you seek will be found within you, not in any book or on any website.  The Hermit may also be advising you to seek the guidance of a wise counselor or mentor.

Potential Outcome

This position indicates the material reality the Querant will manifest from the contemplated action.

The Hanged Man is a card of patience, contemplation and sacrifice.  The greatest benefit will be had when you are able to let go  Don’t try to control the present situation  Try to make peace with uncertainty.  Take time to observe your environment and situation from a new perspective.  Review what has come before.  Notice the blessings that come out of hardship.  It is a good time to look at past Tarot readings and journal writings in the new light of the present.  A sacrifice may be required now in order to move forward.  Now is the time to get in touch with the spiritual aspects of yourself.

Tarot Contemplation – The Hanged Man

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You may feel frustrated that things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like today.  Be patient; stop trying to force things to happen.  Take this time of waiting as an opportunity to practice being present with yourself.  You may find that when you let go of your expectations that things turn out differently, and even better, than you’d hoped.  Today is a time for patience, contemplation and sacrifice.  The greatest benefit will be had when you are able to let go.  Don’t try to control the present situation.  Try to make peace with uncertainty.  Take time to observe your environment and situation from a new perspective.  Review what has come before.  Notice the blessings that came out of hardship.  It is a good time to look at past readings and journal writings in the new light of the present.  A sacrifice may be required now in order to move forward.  Now is the time to get in touch with the spiritual aspects of yourself.

Tarot Contemplation – The Magician

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You are magical!  You can take a thought and transform it into something real:  that’s called Manifestation, and makes YOU a Creator!  Today, set an intention and follow through with action.  Dream it.  Create it.  You can do it!  You have the potential to make things happen.  The key to taking control of your life is to have a vision and then take action to make it happen.  Intention and action are both required.  When your intentions and actions are aligned, real magic happens!  Start gathering the resources you need to meet your goals.  The Universe is empowering you to manifest your vision.  Take advantage of this opportunity by staying focused on your goals and applying your Power!!

Tarot Contemplation – Wheel of Fortune

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In the Big Picture scheme of things, it looks as though things are changing in a more positive direction.  This is a very spiritual and karmically oriented time.  Change is part of the cyclical nature of life … though change itself is very difficult and can almost be traumatic.  If you have been experiencing difficulties in your life recently, remember Gandolf’s maxim:  this too shall pass.  Remember that in nearly all instances, we somehow contribute to what is happening in our lives.  It’s not all blind Fate.  If you’ve been riding high and doing well, keep your perspective:  what goes up must come down because Change is inevitable.  Live in this Now, be grateful for all you have going for yourself in your life, and realize that most everything around you is out of your direct control.  Actually, you ought to be good with all of these notions and roll with the punches.  Remain positive and upbeat.  Financial pressures are easing up a bit, bringing a bit of breathing room for those of us who have been struggling with money matters lately.

Tarot Contemplation – Six of Pentacles

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Today is about giving and receiving and the balance between them.  Show your gratitude for what you have received by giving to charity, or helping another with resources.  Pay it back.  Pay it forward.  Perhaps if you have been giving of yourself, today you will see your effort returned.  Don’t be too proud to accept help from those that have more.  What goes around comes around.  Pay attention to how you use your energy and resources.  If you feel resentful or exhausted, look for ways to give in a more balanced manner.  If you are not getting what you expect in a situation, look at what you are giving.

Tarot Contemplation – The Magician

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You have the potential to make things happen.  The key to taking control of your life is to have a vision and then take action to make it happen.  Intention and action are both required.  When your intentions and actions are aligned, real magic occurs!  Start gathering the resources you need to meet your goals.  The universe is empowering you to manifest your vision.  Take advantage of this opportunity by staying focused on your goals and applying your power!

Tarot Contemplation – The Lovers

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When making choices today, take a long-term, heart-centered perspective.  Put the feelings and well being of yourself and your loved ones first.  A choice made purely from logic that goes against what feels good or right is not the right choice today.  Ask yourself if your head and your heart are united.  If you have a decision to make now, tune in to your heart’s desire, but also pay attention to logic.  If you are acting out of love, you are on the right path.  Take responsibility and ownership for the choices you have made.

Tarot Contemplation – King of Swords

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Today, either an aspect of yourself or a literal someone with similar characteristics will emerge before you.  Take this as your guidance, still riding the energetic wave of Justice as reinforced by yesterday’s Hermit.  This King is a mastermind.  He has a mature, calm, analytical intellect which he uses in the pursuit of truth and justice.  He is a direct communicator and an absolute professional.  His decisions are based on careful thought.  He knows who he is and is committed to his own truth.  He will not bend to peer pressure or societal norms.  He is assertive and can even be aggressive in the pursuit of justice.  He is ethical and does not sway from what he believes is right.  He is not one to consider the emotions of himself or others when they are in conflict with logic or ethics.  The King of Swords is an excellent observer and can offer an objective perspective in confusing situations.  He may value ideas over relationships, or do things that make it seem like he does.

Tarot Contemplation – The Hermit

GD TAROT_HermitSolitude is your friend today. Make sure you get plenty of alone time. Get to know yourself. What you learn will help you in more ways than you know. The Hermit indicates a need or desire to withdraw from the world. He is a wise old man who has learned much about himself and his world through deep introspection and meditation. Your soul may be craving a retreat in order to replenish and restore. By taking space and solitude now, you will be ready to engage with and guide others when they most need you later on. The answers you seek will be found within you, not in any book or on any website. You might also benefit from seeking the guidance of a wise counselor or mentor.

Tarot Contemplation –

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Look for a new opportunity.  The Ace of Wands is a seed to be nurtured.  This is a new bright idea, a burst of creative energy, a source of inspiration.  Excitement, enthusiasm and energy for something new are available when this card appears.  Now is your chance to be courageous.  There is also the opportunity of a new life — whether conception or birth, both literally and metaphorically.  In affairs of the heart, this card also indicates passion, excitement and fun.  At work, look for opportunities to be creative and express your enthusiasm.  But, opportunities are just that … possibilities that must be grasped in order to come to fruition.

Tarot Contemplation – Queen of Pentacles

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You will be spending time, money and energy on your home, getting it to be more comfortable.  This is a good thing, provided you don’t take on too much debt.  People will be looking to you for insight and/or advice.  You will be able to help them, if you are so inclined.  This is a time period when you can get a lot accomplished.  You are likely to make great headway now.  A woman with dark hair and/or eyes may play a significant role in your working life; if so, know that she is an ally for you.  If possible, bring items from your home life into your work situation.  This will help you to feel more “at home” there, and will likely make you more effective.  This card is an excellent omen when it comes to money.  Your prosperity level is very likely to be increasing.  Don’t hesitate to spend some of your new-found wealth.  Saving is important, but enjoying your life when you have the means to do so is also important.  Share what you have when you can.

Tarot Contemplation – Ten of Cups

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Share your joy and love today.  Let your heart lead you to truly express yourself.  Whatever you put out into the world, whether it is a piece of art or writing, a heartfelt conversation with a friend, or an invitation to share some pleasure, will cause happiness and love to multiply.  You are surrounded by a grateful and joyous family.  You have enough happiness to share with those around you.  Your emotional connections and home life are blessed.  Take this time to be grateful for all the love and happiness you have in your life.  Just be certain that your ideas about relationships are not based on fairy tale endings.  Instead of bemoaning that you’ll never have “happily ever after”, take some time to focus on all you do have.  Gratitude and Appreciation will carry you quite far today.  Take the hint.

Tarot Contemplation – The Universe

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The World, or Universe, represents assured success, recompense, voyage, route, emigration, flight and change of place.  It represents perfection and end of the Cosmos, the secret which is within it … the rapture of the universe when it understands itself in God.  It is further the state of the soul in the consciousness of Divine Vision, reflected from the self-knowing spirit.  Today, consider how wonderfully complete you are in all your uniqueness.  Find the time today to reflect on your story with appreciation and gratitude for all the opportunities that brought you to the place where you stand today.  Celebrate today.  You’ve levelled up!

Tarot Contemplation – Ten of Swords

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It’s time to admit that something is over. It’s time to let it go. Stop thinking about it. Stop talking about it. There’s no need to get in the last word. Let it go and move on. If you don’t, you’ll only be dragging out your own suffering. Something new is awaiting you! Create space to let it in. It is likely that a situation has become as bad as it possibly can. This is rock bottom. Enough is enough. There is nowhere to go but up. This card represents someone who has a great amount of self-pity, who feels like a martyr — like they’ve made huge sacrifices for others and received nothing in return.  If this is you, ask yourself what you gain by feeling like this. Is feeling sorry for yourself helping you to move forward? If not, pick yourself up and get on with life. Take the lessons you’ve learned with you so you don’t make the same mistakes again.