V of Wands/5 of Fire: The Struggle

Five of Wands

The Five of Wands is all about the struggle.  Fives are contraction cards.  The progress we’ve made in the prior wand cards moves backwards to an extent.  In this case, there’s disagreement, competition, or conflict.   Continue reading

IV of Wands/4 of Fire

four of wands

The Four of Wands indicates all that hard work has paid off.  You’ve completed your goals and perfected work.  It’s time to celebrate!

Arches in the cards typically are symbolic of a new direction in your journey.  In this case it can be a marriage or birth of a child or can be the next phase of a business journey after bringing your goal to completion.  The castle in the background is symbolic of achieving a goal – it looms large in the card because you’ve made it!  The castle also reflects stability and a solid foundation.  The flowers and wreaths in the cards are symbolic of joy and celebration.  Grapes and grape leaves represent abundance and blessing.

Upright meaning: You’ve completed a meaningful step on your journey and have reached the top of something.  This can also be exciting news like a marriage or birth of a child.  It could also be something like the purchase of a new home – see that giant castle in the background?  This is a period of harmony and stability.  Enjoy it!

Reversed: Because of the strong ‘home’ vibe associated with the Four of Wands, a reversal is usually some kind of breakdown in communication at home.  This could be tension between family members or may be an indication that you’re going through a transition away from home.  Things at home may feel unstable.

The Four of Wands is the ultimate party card.  Celebrate all the hard work you’ve accomplished.  This is one of the most positive cards in the deck.  If you don’t have a literal party in the works, plan one!  Take time to celebrate your success with the people you love.

black and white party (2)

The Best Party in Baltimore – The Black and White Party to benefit the Enoch Pratt Free Library


III of Wands/3 of Fire

three of wands

The Three of Wands is all about expansion.  The figure in the cards has moved his idea into motion through the Ace and Two of Wands.  Now it’s time to expand that vision.  Expand your horizons – you can take your plans further.  It’s time to think BIG.

The figure in the card sees the challenges ahead, those mountains in the background.  However the wands are planted firmly in the ground – a commitment to his future plans.  There’s also a golden ocean in front of him, indicating the infinite possibilities at hand.  The ships in the golden ocean, while they are small at the moment, are a hint of his future success.  This is an ambition card.

Upright, the Three of Wands points to the success you’ve already had in your endeavors.  This success is a function of your careful planning.  By expanding your current plans, you can maximize the potential of your future.

Reversal: A reversal of the Three of Wands points to a delay or obstacle frustrating your plans at the moment.  This can also mean there’s an unwillingness to move forward or going full speed ahead with recklessness.  When the Three of Wands appears, this may be an indication that things aren’t quite working out as planned.  Accept these obstacles as part of the journey.  Seek help from others and learn from those with experience to determine the best way forward.

The Three of Wands is a practical card and is all about success in business.  The card is an ambition card, so don’t be afraid to think big.  Visualize what you want and where you want to go.  What you plan to accomplish and how you plan to get there.  This isn’t a deviation from current plans underway – instead it’s about growing those plans and expanding them on a grand scale.  Take some time to look around and learn about what’s out there.  This card is all about vision and foresight.  Be fearless!

gold rock beach

the closest I’ve been to a golden ocean: Gold Rock Beach, The Lucayan National Park, Grand Bahama Island



II of Wands/2 of Fire

two of wands

The Two of Wands takes the inspiration and creative idea from the Ace of Wands to the next level.  This is about future planning with unfocused energy becoming more clear and focused.  By planning and putting your energy behind your idea in a constructive way, you’ll have success. Continue reading

More Thoughts on the Major Arcana

After writing about each of the cards in the Major Arcana, I wanted to revisit this portion of the deck and think about how it functions together.  There are many schools of thought about this and one topic may resonate for some but not for others.  Here I’m attempting to think about what speaks to me, but is by no means comprehensive of the “true meaning” of the Major Arcana as a whole.   Continue reading

XXI: The World.

world tarot

The World!  The last card of the Major Arcana (sort of – it just cycles back to the Fool, so in that sense the Fool is both the beginning and the end).  Anywayyyy, I can’t believe we’ve already come this far.

The World card is a very positive card.  There’s been some kind of major attainment.  Like all the wreaths we’ve looked at, this is an indication of victory and celebration.  Liked the Hanged Man, the figure’s legs are crossed.  However instead of a focus inward, this energy is outward – looking out to the world.  The two batons in her hands represent evolution and balance.  The red ribbon is all about eternity – they’re in an infinity symbol representing the endless rewards that come from the effects of doing all that self work.  The four astrological signs in this card, Leo, Taurus, Aquarius, and Scorpio, are back again – the four fixed signs of the zodiac.  We’ve seen this evolution of the four beginning back in the Wheel of Fortune, and now those four are coming to a point of completion.

Upright meaning: there’s been some kind of achievement.  It’s also about self-actualization.  You’ve reached the end of a BIG journey and it’s time to celebrate that accomplishment.  This has been a very important cycle, whether or not it feels that way at the moment.  Don’t forget to look at how far you’ve come.  So much has come together and here you are at the right place at the right time on your journey.  Make sure you acknowledge and celebrate this landmark in your life.  Like all endings, this is also the time of a new beginning.  The World card is also highlighting where you fit in to the world or where you fit in from a more macro perspective.  You’re starting to understand what you bring to the table and how you can share your gifts with others.  From a more literal perspective, the World can represent a major trip that requires travel coming up.

Reversed: A reversal can indicate you feel like you’ve put in all the work but you’re not seeing the results you’d hoped for.  Don’t worry – you’re close.  There may be delays and some more grunt work may be required, but your patience and perseverance will pay off.  As with so many cards, this is a reminder to accept challenges along your journey as opportunities to learn.  The challenges are coming to a conclusion and you’ll find the completion of this cycle soon.  A reversal can also point to a feeling of a lack of closure that’s getting in the way of you starting the next phase of your journey.  What do the other cards say about areas of your life that need closure?

The World tells us that our whole world is in balance.  Your movements are in sync with the universe.  All your hard work has paid off.  As a result, you’ve successfully reached the end of this particular cycle.  Celebrate!

old map

XX: Judgement.


Can you believe we’re already at the Judgement card?  We’re almost at the end of the Major Arcana!  This has gone so quickly and I’m so excited thinking about what part of Tarot to study next.

The Judgement card is all about celebrating past accomplishments while becoming aware of new opportunities.  It’s about rebirth, absolution, and awakening.  You’re in the final stage of knowledge as you’ve known it – you’re being resurrected into new thinking and into a completely new stage.   Continue reading

XIX: The Sun.


After the darkest hour of the Moon comes the Sun.  The Sun is one of the most positive cards in the deck!  Rejoice!  Everything is as good as it could possibly be.  Everything is illuminated and revealed in all its truth under the light of the sun.  This is a YES! card!  There’s nothing but love in this card.  How beautiful.   Continue reading