VIII – Strength

(8) VIII - Strength

Archetype
Endurance

Symbolism
This card represents humanity taming its wilder instincts and channeling them to useful purpose. You have the ability to harness your thoughts and to use them for your – and everyone else’s – highest good. Not only do you have the ability; you have the responsibility.

Upright
Determination, Strength, Courage, Patience

Success will happen through meeting problems head-on and overcoming them by strength of will. You have great stamina and persistence, tempered by an underlying patience and inner calm. You are focused on what you need to do, and you go about it in a way that demonstrates great composure and maturity.

Reversed
Weakness, Self-Doubt, Failure

Your inner strength and courage is lacking right now and you are feeling inadequate and vulnerable as a result. While these feelings may seem very real when you are in the moment, you will soon come to realize that they exist only to remind you that you are only temporarily out of touch with your inner strength.

VII – The Chariot

(7) VII - The Chariot

Archetype
The Warrior

Symbolism
Like yin and yang, they represent qualities that are neither good nor bad in themselves, but which naturally tend to clash and get out of balance. The Chariot indicates a lot of energy but not free-for-all energy; it is directed, controlled, and has a goal in mind.

Upright
Hard Work, Control, Willpower, Victory

Triumph through the careful balancing of opposites and courage in the face of danger. In general this card points to determination and ambition, getting things done, and testing and proving what you’ve got. Remember, though, that you’ll need to use both your intellect and your heart, in order to be truly successful.

Reversed
Lack of Control and Direction, Aggression, Discouragement

The Chariot reversed suggests that you are collapsing under pressure and losing your self-control. Do not allow yourself to be worried about what is out of your control as there is nothing you can do about it. Instead, focus your energies on what IS in your control. Don’t allow yourself to engage in movement just for the sake of movement.

VI – The Lovers

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Archetype
The Soul

Symbolism
It is time to open ourselves up to life and increase our awareness through commitments, as a result relationships and, often, decision about relationships are highlighted.

Upright
Lover, Unions, Relationships

A major commitment could seriously affect the course of your life; complete honesty and trust are all that are needed to make the union work. In general, the thing to do is to follow your heart. It is important to think about what decisions and choices you are facing. The Lovers indicates that these decisions or choices are incredibly important and significant so it is essential that you choose the right path.

Reversed
Disharmony, Imbalance, Disappointment

Say what you mean and mean what you say, as this is no time for lazy assumptions or half-hearted commitments. This card can also be an indicator for inner conflicts and being at war with yourself rather than with external forces. Perhaps you are punishing yourself for something you have done or feel responsible for?

V – The Hierophant

(5) V - The Hierophant

Archetype
Wise Old Man

Symbolism
With an emphasis on moral strength and the decency of one’s own behavior, which must be absolute, we must never give into the temptation of becoming arrogant. He is the guardian and custodian of traditional knowledge and spiritual or religious beliefs.

Upright
Guidance, Education, Tradition, Belief

Instead of being innovative, you will need to adapt to the existing set of beliefs and systems that are already in place. You will need to do what is expected of you. He teaches that which can be learned by word and example. Too great a reverence for the past can become hostility toward all change, and then the Hierophant symbolizes an obstacle to growth.

Reversed
Restrictions, Unconventional

You have a strong desire to go against the grain and break free from convention. The reversed Hierophant is about questioning tradition and asking yourself whether what you are doing is really the right thing by you. You may have been running on automatic so far and following the crowd but now you realize that perhaps things are not the way they seem and changes need to be made.

IV – The Emperor

(4) IV - The Emperor

Archetype
The Father

Symbolism
Domination of the mind over the heart is sometimes not wanted, but in some cases is it necessary. When hard choices must be made it’s important to maintain your concentration and focus; forge ahead and do what you know is best.

Upright
Masculine Authority, Structure, Solidity

Earthly power is achieved through force of will, including war if necessary. Sometimes you need to put aside reflection and sympathy and simply act. Know that your strength will be the solid ground that others will come to rely on but do not become a victim of hubris.

Reversed
Excessive Control, Domination, Inflexibility

He suggest that there is an over-use and abuse of authoritative power surrounding you at this time. Those around you may be overstepping the mark and operating in your territory. He can be incredibly domineering and rigid in his thinking, and it could be originating from you or from another person.

III – The Empress

(3) III - The Empress

Archetype
The Mother

Symbolism
Under her feet the earth is fertile and rich, and her appearance encourages us to change our life by the power of creativity. She foretells a need for us to be in touch with our feminine side, to listen to our intuition, and to give priority to our emotions and passions.

Upright
Nature, Abundance, Beauty, Femininity, Fertility

A symbol of one’s own mother or a reminder of the ideal. If you think it’s the right thing to do, it probably is. Don’t wait to be told what’s right. Just do what you know is right. It is your turn to have things work out in your favor, to be blessed and to feel nurtured. Know that you are worthy of receiving this loving embrace.

Reversed
Creative Block, Dependence on Others, Jealousy

Suggests a loss of personal power through placing too much emphasis on another person’s emotional or material needs, thus neglecting your own. She indicates that you are feeling discontented because something is missing or lacking in your life, or because you want to find something creative, meaningful or fulfilling to do but you do not know what.

II – The High Priestess

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Archetype
The Anima – Unconscious Female

Symbolism
The High Priestess is the mysterious unknown that women often represent. She poses a challenge to you to go deeper – to look beyond the obvious, surface situation to what is hidden and obscure.

Upright
Mystery, Intuition, Subconscious Mind

This is a time to rely on your intuition and your inner knowledge, rather than your conscious mind or intellect. When faced with uncertainty, listen to your heart; follow your instincts. Pay attention to your dreams and look for areas in your life that may be out of balance.

Reversed
Hidden Agenda, Shallowness, Poor Judgment

You may be finding it difficult to “hear” what your intuition is telling you. If that’s the case, it’s a clear signal to quiet down, spend some time in meditation, and spend some time alone. There is a tendency to assume that one is always right, despite contrary evidence. This card can also represent repressed feelings, an over-reliance on the opinions of others, and an excessive need for approval and validation.

I – The Magician

(1) I - The Magician

Archetype
The Achiever

Symbolism
TheMagician urges us to be the masters of our destiny by using our gifts and talents when reinforced by our self-esteem. This card reminds us that we have the power to make a difference, in our lives and in the greater world, if we simply make a point to try.

Upright
Power, Action, Skill

You should be finding that you have the knowledge, strength, and inspiration needed to meet your challenges. Trust in your intuition. Inspiration will come when you most need it, helping you tackle unforeseen challenges. This card is a signal to act consciously and act now provided you understand exactly what you want and are committed to getting it.

Reversed
Manipulation, Poor Planning, Lack of Confidence

The Magician reversed often suggests that you may be out of touch with reality and are struggling to bring yourself back down to earth. This can indicate that one is hesitant about making the necessary changes. You could be doubting yourself unnecessarily and causing yourself (and those around you) problems as a result.

o – The Fool

(0) 0 - The Fool

Archetype
The Child

Symbolism
The Fool represents the wild optimism of youth, rushing into adventures with no thought for the consequences. Although this impulsiveness often leads to disaster, especially in mature people who should know better, it is what makes the world turn.

Upright
Innocence, Wonder, Beginnings

The Fool represents the need to set forth on a new journey, one that is completely unknown and will take you to uncharted territories. Often depicted standing on the edge of precipice, it suggests that a choice must be made and it is time to face up to reality. Fresh adventures ahead, although there is a very real danger of it all going horribly wrong.

Reversed
Naivety, Carelessness, Recklessness

You are acting recklessly, wanting to break free of the usual routine in order to ‘find yourself’ but doing it in a way that completely disregards others. Be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead so that you are not taken by surprise. An unlucky warning of imminent disaster unless the person pulls themselves together and starts acting responsibly.