The Magdalena Tarot Forecast 12/4/17 – 12/10/17 A Life Abundant with Surprises

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Source: The Magdalena Tarot Forecast 12/4/17 – 12/10/17 A Life Abundant with Surprises


Decans: Astrology as related to the Tarot’s Minor Arcana

The small cards (Minor Arcana) two to ten in the suits are associated with the Decans. A Decan is a third of a Zodiac sign (ten degrees). [Some other occult sources use the term Face for them.] Each Decan has a sub-ruler that flavors that ten degrees, and is stronger when you find the planet there. The typical wording is “planet in sign,” but really should be “the ten degrees of the sign subruled by XYZ planet.”

There are two ways to assign the planetary subrulers to the Decans. The method used by Golden Dawn is based on the same pattern as the assignment of the planets to the Tree of Life sephiroth. The other method (sometimes called the Vedic method) is based on the element of the sign and the rulers of the other two signs of the same element; this alternative method is actually easier to figure out in your head. Due to Golden Dawn choosing the harder method, it helps the reader if the astrological symbols are on the cards to remind the reader of the card’s assignment.

So how is the decan used in readings? Besides being one of several layers that make up a card (others being Number, Colors, Sephiroth, etc.), one can use it to determine timing (this event will occur while the Sun is in this ten degrees of the Zodiac), and also the placement of planets when one does readings based on the planets.

E.g., in a Planetary-based reading, the first card pulled would be the position of the Rising Sign, the second would be the position of the Sun, the third would be the position of the Moon, etc.

How To Perform A Tarot Contemplation Ritual

The first thing one usually thinks of when imagining performing a meditation is that one should close their eyes.  However, for this type of exercise, it is suggested that you keep your eyes open.

In this exercise, you will meditate on a tarot card of your choosing.  To familiarize yourself with your tarot deck, begin focusing on the Major Arcana first before jumping into the suits of the Minor Arcana.  This is particularly true if you are new to working with a tarot deck and new to performing divination work.  The Major Arcana is the story of The Fool’s Journey through Life.  The Path traveled by The Fool presents various challenges and obstacles that, when overcome, form the Big Picture experience that expands The Fool’s knowledge, understanding and success.  The Minor Arcana describes specific details that accompany the many choices and decisions that shape the quality of The Fool’s life experiences.


As a ceremonial magician, the Tarot is utilized as a divinatory magical tool. Therefore, whenever the tarot is to be used, it is necessary to (1) perform your personal banishings; (2) perform the Relaxation Ritual; (3) recite a prayer for guidance by one’s Guardian Angel, and then (4) begin working with your tarot deck.  If you want to light a white candle and/or burn incense, such as frankincense, benzoin and the like, do it and be consistent about it.  These preparatory steps are mandatory to ensure clairsentient focus and accurate readings.

To begin this daily exercise, choose a tarot card to study in detail.  Begin with a contemplation of The Fool card.  The next day, focus on The Magician card, and continue each day focusing on the next card in order in the Major Arcana.

Place the tarot card selected as a focal point on your personal altar, or affix it to a blank spot on your wall.  For best results, while looking to the picture you should not have anything distracting in your field of view.  Use a simple colored wall or table, or a simple colored piece of cloth to put behind the image. Of course, after some training you will be able to keep your concentration regardless of the background.  Seat yourself in front of the card.  From your relaxed sitting position, you ought to be able to effortlessly focus at the center of the tarot card.

Now, sit comfortably and relax your body and mind by taking some deep breathes. For this step, you can close your eyes if you prefer, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Let them stay open, but keep them unfocused. You are not interested in what’s happening around you. Not even in the picture in front of you. Your only interest is your breathing.

When you are ready, focus your eyes at the center of the card’s image; relax and breathe normally.  Some feelings and thoughts might begin entering your sphere of sensation.  Take notice of them, but do not dwell in them.  Observe as if you are perceiving the feelings and thoughts of someone else. Your main interest is your relaxed breathing.  When and if your eyes want to move around the image, let them do so; allow your eyes to examine the details of the card’s image.  Notice the central image of the card:  symbols, colors, hints of planetary, astrological and/or Hebraic correspondences. Keep your head motionless, focus on your breathing and trust your eyes.

Contemplate on the images, symbols and colors for as long as you want, but for Neophytes, fifteen (15) minutes is the minimum time.  Whenever you want to terminate your meditation, just let your eyes close and relax.  After a minute, open your eyes and immediately write down your observations and impressions.  Also, state in your journal what picture or image you have used.

After several sessions, go back and read your journal. You might find the details you have noted to be informative about how you view the things that impact you, including how you view yourself.  In this way your readings will become more clear and detailed.  You will also build confidence in reading your tarot cards, if only out of sheer familiarity from your daily workings.

You may also use this method to help your connection with your favorite deity or being.  Use the correlations between the symbols and colors used to make corresponding relationships to archetypal figures, then meditate on the being’s image.  Is there a person you admire and you want to become like him or her?  Use their image to meditate on it.  It does not matter if these persons are dead, alive or even imaginary.  It does not matter if the being or person actually possesses the qualities you think apply.  What matters is what feelings are conjured by this exercise.

The key to perfecting your proficiency at tarot divinations is this tarot contemplation exercise.  With persistence, you ought to create and build an intimate relationship between you and your chosen tarot deck, and more importantly, visionary accuracy whenever you work with the tarot.

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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!!