Card of the Day – XI Justice

Justice is not a card that I draw much. She’s a rather imposing figure, and I’m glad I don’t need to deal with her too often.

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Justice calls us to weigh up our decisions careful. Click through to find out more.

Justice is numbered eleven in the Major Arcarna. It is the centre point of The Fool’s journey. It makes sense to have her here.

Justice is associated with the element of air. She holds a sword in her right hand, there’s a feather by her feet, and an owl sits next to her. In herΒ left hand she holds a set of scales.

Justice wears a blue robe and a purple cloak secured with two brooches. She wears a gold collar.

Her feet are bare, showing her connection to the earth. In the plant by her feet is a spider sitting in its web.

Justice is Brigh, an Irish pre-Christian woman who was both Druid and Judge.

The sword is double edged, showing that a decision has to be made one way or another. The scales represent our need to carefully weigh up options before making a decision. The owl cautions us to use wisdom. The feather is the feather of Ma’at. Ma’at is the Egyptian Goddess of truth. The spider reminds us that all things are connected.

What does it mean?

It’s time to make a decision, but do so by carefully weighing up the options.

You may be called to give an account of your actions. It can also mean legal matters.

Daily Card – O The Fool

The Fool is numbered zero in the Major Arcarna. He is the first character you encounter when opening a new deck of Tarot cards. He symbolises the potential both in the deck and in us.

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The Fool represents every man and woman. Click through to learn more.A young man stands of the edge of a cliff. He’s about to step off. His eyes are fixed firmly forwards, perhaps on his goal. He is determined to begin his journey.

He wears a short brown tunic with a green cloak and a green checked hat. The hat has a gold pin holding seven rooster feathers.

He carries in his right hand some mistletoe berries. In his left he carries a stick with a bag attached.

A black hound accompanies him. The sun rises in the east, indicating the beginning of a new day.

The Fool is young and innocent. He represents every man and every woman. The staff he carries is his wand. The bag is his chalice. The earth is under his feet and the wind is in his hair.

The black greyhound bitch represents the Goddess and the rooster feathers represent God.

What does it mean?

The main meaning of this card is new beginnings, embarking on a new adventure or a new project.

Have courage and confidence in what you are doing. Be serious but enjoy yourself.

Daily Card – Seven of Pentacles

The Seven of Pentacles used to confuse me. It wasn’t until I bought the DruidCraft Tarot and read through the meaning in the guidebook that I started to understand it. The guidebook is a substantial book, not just a Little White Booklet that you get with some decks.

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The Seven of Pentacles indicates that it's a time of harvest. But what are we to harvest? Click through to find out.A man or woman is harvesting some mistletoe from a tree. There is snow on the ground and the stream is frozen.

The person wears a green cloak and uses a golden sickle.

There are seven pentacles etched into the rock by the tree.

It is winter and the landscape is barren. The only plant with green leaves is the mistletoe.

There are a few different means for this card, and they depend on your personal situation and the surrounding cards.

What does it mean?

It’s time to harvest some of your hard work and have a rest before the final push to the end.

Sometimes we need to be patient and wait for the harvest to be ready. This is a time of patience and waiting.

It is time to declutter your space before you can progress with your projects.

Daily Card – XV Cernunnos

Cernunnos is a fascinating god to work with. He embodies this card well and takes the meaning one step further. This card is originally called The Devil.

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XV Cernunnos is originally called The Devil. The authors of the DruidCraft Tarot have taken the meaning one step further. Click through to find out more.Cernunnos stands overlooking the couple from The Lovers card. They are sound asleep amongst the grass and ferns. There are oblivious to his presence.

They are exhausted. In the next card they will encounter The Tower. But for now they sleep, guarded by Cernunnos.

Cernunnos stands with the sunlight behind hims so he is in shadow. He is the Lord of the Forest (not to be confused with Herne the Hunter who was invented by Shakespeare). He represents fierceness and the powers of life.

This card is traditionally known as The Devil. When people see that card they immediately sense that this is an evil thing, but this isn’t so. Things aren’t evil, it is our attitude that colours them. Cernunnos teaches that lesson well.

What does it mean?

Cernunnos teaches us how to use Nwyfre, life force, to create abundance and liberation. He calls us to accept responsibility for our life and the way we live it.

Card of the Day – Eight of Pentacles

The Eight of Pentacles is a simple card and it’s wonderful to see this one come up in a reading.

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The Eight of Pentacles is a great card to get in a reading.The Eight of Pentacles depicts a man pouring molten metal into a pentagram mould. There are seven pentagrams on the table that he’s just made.

His metal working tools lay on the table.

There are two bowls and a vessel of some sort also on the table. They are of good quality with nice designs on them.

Behind him is the fire used for melting the metal. It burns almost white hot. It needs to be at that high temperature in order to melt the metal to make it workable.

The fire is contained by the stone.

He is working hard. Perhaps he is almost finished his apprenticeship.

What does it mean?

Eight signifies abundance and manifestation. When you turn the figure eight on its side, you get the Lemniscate, the symbol for infinity. Many cultures see 8 as being lucky.

You are making steady progress towards your goal. With hard work and the right training, you will be successful.

Daily Card – I The Magician

The Magician is another favourite card of mine. Why? Because of what he teaches me about my own magical abilities.

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There's a lot of symbolism in The Magician card. What does it mean? Click through to find out.The Magician card depicts an older man with an altar before him and Stonehenge behind him.

He wears a blue/grey robe and a cloak made from raven feathers. There’s a green belt around his waist fastened with a golden lemniscate clasp. He also wears a gold collar, a gold circlet on his head, a gold bangle and a gold bracer. He holds a wand in his right hand which is pointed at the sky, and he points to the ground with his left hand.

On the altar are the four magical tools: a wand, a cup, a sword, and a pentagram.

In the distance is a crowing rooster.
Note: Even though it has been my aim to get through this series without consulting the guidebook, in reality that has been difficult. Many cards, especially in the Major Arcana, have a lot of symbols on them, and understanding those symbols is often key to understanding the meaning of the card. So, yes, I have consulted the guidebook today.

The four tools

The four tools on the altar represent the four suits of the Minor Arcana. They also represent the whole rage of human experiences as depicted on all 56 cards of the Minor Arcana. The Magician has made the conscious decision to work with his magical tools in this world.

Lemniscate

The Magician’s belt buckle is the infinity symbol, also called “the lemniscate”. The symbol is related to his stance. He takes the energy from heaven and seeks to unite it with the energy of earth. Alchemy.

Pythagoras

The symbol of the triangle inside the square inside the circle that hangs from his belt is a Pythagorean symbol. The guidebook says it much better than I could:

The circle represents the totality of life – the All. Each side of the square signifies one suit of the Minor Arcana, while each side of the triangle represents one of the three states of Druid and Wiccan training, symbolised by three groups of seven of the Major Arcana cards, with the remaining card – The Fool as the soul – at the centre. pp. 104-105

Stonehenge

Stonehenge represents the doorway to other realities, showing that The Magician is a shaman.

What does it all mean?

You have the tools and abilities to make your dreams a reality. Use your will-power to take those first steps towards achieving your purpose.

Be open to inspiration and to spirit, and allow that inspiration to flow through you and out into the world.

Trust and let go of worries.

Daily Card – Two of Swords

The two of swords is another card that I find challenging. It’s part of the suit of swords, which talks about the mind and the intellect.

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Two of Swords - what are you procrastinating about? Just make a decision already.A woman sits on a rock facing into the card. She is blindfolded and holds two swords crossed in front of her. The sword points point toward each path which is before her.

She is naked except for a red cloak draped over one shoulder.

She faces a decision between two paths. There is no difference between the paths. They are both well lit and well travelled.

The paths are in a forest and head in different directions.

She’s unsure of which one to take. They both look like good choices.

What does it mean?

Two is all about balance and weighing up of things. Swords represents air and the intellect.

The woman has a choice between two paths and is weighing up which one she should take. But she’s blindfolded. How can she make an informed decision when she can’t see the choices?

Perhaps she is trying to delay making a decision.

It’s time to stop procrastinating and make a decision. You already have all the information you need to make a good choice.