May 20, 1989 e.v. key entry by Author: Bill Heidrick, T.G. of O.T.O. - needs further proof
May 20, 1989 e.v. key entry by Author:
Bill Heidrick, T.G. of O.T.O. --- needs further proof reading
Copyright (c) 1976 and 1989 by Bill Heidrick
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THE MAJOR TRUMPS IN DIVINATION
by Bill Heidrick
Suggestions for general use of this material:
1. In elementary divinations using only the Major Trumps, these
combinations afford quick interpretations. Cards may be laid down in
pairs or a row of cards may be read as overlapping pairs.
2. These interpretations are based on the sequence of the cards in
a reading. Thus, if the Magician is the first card and the Chariot is
the second, look under "Magician and Chariot". If the Chariot is the
first card and the Magician is the second, look under "Chariot and
3. For normal readings involving an entire deck, use these Major
Trump pairs with the breakdowns for Minor Trumps and Court Cards. For
example, the Nine of Wands is like The High Priestess and Temperance.
If the first card is the Hierophant, and the second is the Nine of
Wands, this may be expanded as: Hierophant and High Priestess modified
by Hierophant and Temperance. The primary meaning is always the
direct one of each card in itself, modified by the position in the
layout. These combinations help in unifying a reading and in
examining secondary meanings.
4. For a very focused reading, select two Major Trumps to serve as
a double significator. Use these interpretations to pin-point the
exact matter of interest.
5. In a normal reading, when two Major Trumps come next to each
other, these interpretations will help identify a major influence or
6. In meditation, find an interpretation that suits your interest.
Take the two Major Trumps that match this interpretation, and meditate
THE FOOL IN DIVINATION
In Itself: Airy; Spiritual, good vibe person, happy, innocent.
Negative: Poor money and health. Vague, not dependable,
With Major Trumps:
I - VII (Air & Fire) Magician through Chariot.
Overly mental, too active mind, not enough stability to
VIII - XIV (Air & Air) Strength through Temperance.
Best; good combination of mind and spirit. Productive of
ideas but not locked into them.
XV - XX1 (Air & Water) Devil through World.
Worst; mind one way, matter the other. Trouble.
Accident. Sorrow. Wilting flower image. Natural cycle is
too violent. Danger of madness, mind too far from world.
May break through otherwise insurmountable barriers.
Fool and Magician (Air & Mercury) --- Easy combination. Magnifies
Magician. A carefree person who has just enough interest
to perform miracles.
Fool and High Priestess (Air & Moon) --- Can bring high inner
experiences or total confusion of effort. Can signal need
to retreat & meditate.
Fool and Empress (Air & Venus) --- Child and mother. Can be very
pure friendship. Sex and business are disastrous
Fool and Emperor (Air & Aries) --- Child and Father. Sense of
safety, guidance. Can block growth through excessive good
vs. evil perception.
Fool and Hierophant (Air & Taurus) --- Child and teacher. Child
stronger than teacher, teacher more stable. Can bring
delight to old and sadness to young.
Fool and Lovers (Air & Gemini) --- Playful relationships. Confusion
in marriage. Silly and impractical ideas.
Fool and Chariot (Air & Cancer) --- A playground. A diversion, not
serious but enthralling. Vague irritation, boredom.
Fool and Strength (Air & Leo) --- Luck, good health. A sense of
humor in a powerful person. Nature is a blessing and
celebration. The power to break obstacles carelessly.
Fool and Hermit (Air & Virgo) --- Easy old age. Preference for
solitude. Philosopher. Absent minded.
Fool and Wheel of Fortune (Air & Jupiter) --- The power of a storm.
Easy at handling obstacles, endurance without effort,
patience. Caprice, sexual experiences of the "one-night-
stand" type. Uncertain luck.
Fool and Justice (Air & Libra) --- Spirit of the Law and not the
Letter. Good balance. Changeable disposition.
Disrespectful but pleasant.
Fool and Hanged Man (Air & Water) --- Power to endure difficulty.
Great learning experience. Oaths are meaningless if
prompted, but simple word is good.
Fool and Death (Air & Scorpio) --- Power to endure great hardship.
Good memory. "Instant Karma".
Fool and Temperance (Air & Sagittarius) --- Quiet exterior, but inside very
free. Not bothered by news. Honest, ready for anything.
Prone to sadness, needs a mate to be happy.
Fool and Devil (Air & Capricorn) --- Confused. Moralistic. Sickly.
Good at expressing sorrow and pain through media. Anger
from ignorance and stubbornness.
Fool and Tower (Air & Mars) --- Madness and violence, or growing
Fool and Star (Air & Aquarius) --- Harmless nut. Nice person. A too
old child, helpless person.
Fool and Moon (Air & Pisces) --- Bad judgment. Poor reputation.
Hypochondriac. Menstrual problems or PMS syndrome.
Fool and Sun (Air & Sun) --- Easy life in earthy paradise. Good
weather. Lack of power over events. Lack of
Fool and Judgment (Air & Fire) --- Compulsion. Sense of unfulfilled
duty. Great passion. Too excitable personality.
Fool and World (Air & Saturn) --- Suicide, depression, frustration; or
greatness beyond the normal human limits. Usually
indicates something totally beyond control or
With the Minor Trumps:
Fool and Wands --- Plans may be too large for means. Great desire to
pass beyond present limitations. Need time and
encouragement. Need other people to be happy.
Fool and Cups --- Emotions produce most of the behavior. Personality
moody and given to manic-depression. Other people around
most of the time.
Fool and Swords --- Very creative and productive. Negative images on
Waite sword cards don't usually apply. Given to
daydreams, but often very good inspirations. Hard to know
as a person for very long. Easy to meet.
Fool and Coins --- Hard worker, never the boss, never rich. Accident
prone. Closed to other people. Few close friends except
for work, party and hobby. Often dull of wit.
THE MAGICIAN IN DIVINATION
In itself: Mercurial, considerable powers of concentration,
intellectual. Tends to adjust easily to different people
and places. Can be unstable, untrustworthy.
With the Major Trumps:
Magician and Fool (Mercury & Air) --- A religious leader, a person who
is able to think of lofty things. Often a person with
Magician and High Priestess (Mercury & Moon) --- Children growing up
together or a romance between inexperienced persons. Lack
of privacy. People who "save themselves for marriage"
only to find that marriage is too restrictive and
Magician and Empress (Mercury & Venus) --- Friends or lovers of widely
different backgrounds. Especially a younger man with an
Magician and Emperor (Mercury & Aries) --- Friendship between an older
and a younger man. Working situations in which the boss
likes his employee.
Magician and Hierophant (Mercury & Taurus) --- Jealousy and
possessiveness. Easily corrected by cooperation on a
single mutual goal.
Magician and Lovers (Mercury & Gemini) --- A third party in a two party
situation. Usually a serious interference, but if matters
are carefully handled, a good situation can result.
Magician and Chariot (Mercury & Cancer) --- A situation of power.
Especially power to do one's own "thing". A workshop with
just the right tools. A person with everything needed to
Magician and Strength (Mercury & Leo) --- Smooth accomplishment.
Skillful person doing many things well.
Magician and Hermit (Mercury & Virgo) --- A person with a very strong
mind. Very intelligent, very attentive to details. May
have difficulty relaxing. May tend to analyze other
people too much.
Magician and Wheel of Fortune (Mercury & Jupiter) --- A situation involving
an important message. Doing things for other people.
Magician and Justice (Mercury & Libra) --- One who is frightening, who
inspires awe through quickness and importance. A
Magician and Hanged Man (Mercury & Water) --- A mysterious person who
does things more for their effect on others than for
Magician and Death (Mercury & Scorpio) --- A person who has narrow escapes.
This may include people who disappear for a time and then
suddenly reappear. Surprise guests. Return of forgotten
Magician and Temperance (Mercury & Sagittarius) --- A very adaptable person.
One who changes quickly and learns swiftly. Skill with
Magician and Devil (Mercury & Capricorn) --- A bad reputation, unmerited. A
person who is successful with plants and animals. A stud
with a mind. A fox with brains.
Magician and Tower (Mercury & Mars) --- Difficult and dangerous
situation. A person of considerable talent who constantly
tries to accomplish the near impossible. A daredevil.
Magician and Star (Mercury & Aquarius) --- Reward for hard work.
Fulfillment of difficult conditions. The right to relax.
Magician and Moon (Mercury & Pisces) --- One who takes care of details. A
person who repairs things or customizes existing things.
Magician and Sun (Mercury & Sun) --- A person who can heal sickness
both in mind and body.
Magician and Judgment (Mercury & Fire) --- A taskmaster. One who drives
people to do what they would not do on their own. A
prison guard. A drill instructor.
Magician and World (Mercury & Saturn) --- A person who creates beauty for
others. An architect of public works. A person who is
more interested in the outside of his or her home than the
THE HIGH PRIESTESS
In itself: Lunar, introspective, a need to see all as one. The time
of puberty for male and female. Moods that are cyclic
with the Moon. Uncertainty with other people in action,
but calmness in spiritual and aesthetic conversations. A
tendency to be physically inactive.
With the Major Trumps:
High Priestess and Fool (Moon & Air) --- The mind dances inside with
fantasy. Outside action is not easy. Inside growth is
High Priestess and Magician (Moon & Mercury) --- Play. A first sexual
experience or some experience like it. Love at first
sight. A feeling of independence from rules and advice.
High Priestess and Empress (Moon & Venus) --- A young girl and her
mother. The change from child to teenager. Good fortune
owing to innocence and physical energy.
High Priestess and Emperor (Moon & Aries) --- Father and daughter. A
relationship between an older man and a younger woman.
Neglect of business and friends of one's age.
High Priestess and Hierophant (Moon & Taurus) --- Sex education.
Advice in personal matters from an older person. An
impossible desire or one that must be hidden. Also an
initiation into new ways of thinking. Ease in doing
difficult things physically.
High Priestess and Lovers (Moon & Gemini) --- Dreams of Love. A lady
who aids lovers to meet. The turning aside of
frustrations. Also danger from inattention to externals.
High Priestess and Chariot (Moon & Cancer) --- Easy and enjoyable times
in a protected place. Safety. Privacy. The power to
influence events in unseen ways.
High Priestess and Strength (Moon & Leo) --- Lover's quarrel. A man
desiring to dominate a woman. A woman desiring to guide a
man. Good relationship possible through restraint and
High Priestess and Hermit (Moon & Virgo) --- A good working
relationship between a man and a woman. Sexual matters
must be secondary. Teamwork and trust.
High Priestess and Wheel of Fortune (Moon & Jupiter) --- Events beyond
human understanding. The menstrual cycle and all regular
changes of mood. Weather influencing events and feelings.
High Priestess and Justice (Moon & Libra) --- A woman ruler. A time
of peace between conflicts.
High Priestess and Hanged Man (Moon & Water) --- Danger of stagnation
or of needless sacrifice. Self pity is to be avoided.
One should seek distraction of an exciting or energetic
High Priestess and Death (Moon & Scorpio) --- Safety in situations and
places dangerous to others. Great personal power. An
High Priestess and Temperance (Moon & Sagittarius) --- Skill at hunting
game, ideas and people. A good combination of self-
control and action.
High Priestess and Devil (Moon & Capricorn) --- A tendency to melancholy.
A person who sometimes frightens timid people. Often a
man or woman with a large body.
High Priestess and Tower (Moon & Mars) --- Vivid dreams. A person
with a tragic flaw. Usually a very creative person.
High Priestess and Star (Moon & Aquarius) --- Discovery of a new
direction in life. Not a time of successful work, but a
time of reorientation.
High Priestess and Moon (Moon & Pisces) --- Witchcraft. The power to
heal or curse. Something new to be expected from the next
High Priestess and Sun (Moon & Sun) --- Instant and lasting
friendship. Not necessarily a peaceful relationship. A
perfect marriage. Meeting someone who seems like a friend
from a former life.
High Priestess and Judgment (Moon & Fire) --- A visit to an old place
in the world or in the mind. Attempt at judging the past.
Often a time of remorse and psychic pain.
High Priestess and World (Moon & Saturn) --- A very powerful mind. A
person who lives among inferiors. A person who is
respected but nearly friendless. One who can predict the
future with considerable accuracy.
In itself: Venusian. Loving, maternal, usually young but not innocent
in the sense of ignorant. A fondness for nature and
agriculture. A mind full of creative ideas.
With the Major Trumps:
Empress and Fool (Venus & Air) --- A child with its mother. A good
relationship for growing and healing. A poor relationship
for marriage or work.
Empress and Magician (Venus & Mercury) --- A relationship between two
people from different countries or other different
backgrounds. A demanding but constructive situation.
Empress and High Priestess (Venus & Moon) --- Mother and daughter.
Comfort and friendly rivalry.
Empress and Emperor (Venus & Aries) --- An anniversary of marriage. A
long enduring friendship. Parents. Worldly success.
Empress and Hierophant (Venus & Taurus) --- Parents and teachers. The
attention of a guardian. Good advice.
Empress and Lovers (Venus & Gemini) --- A matchmaker. Interference in
private matters. A parent too watchful of children.
Empress and Chariot (Venus & Cancer) --- Physical birth. Venereal
disease. A need for privacy.
Empress and Strength (Venus & Leo) --- Male or female dominance. A
woman disturbed by a man or vice versa. A relationship
between two people with clearly defined active and passive
Empress and Hermit (Venus & Virgo) --- Prudence. A woman who is
cautious but very capable of doing things well.
Empress and Wheel of Fortune (Venus & Jupiter) --- Oppression through
inability to effect events. A jealous person. Also a
ruler, usually female, who has won against high odds.
Empress and Justice (Venus & Libra) --- A woman of frightening aspect.
A person who has inherited power or gained it through
patience and wisdom. Established and conservative
Empress and Hanged Man (Venus & Water) --- The sacrifice of love.
Release of children to their own lives. A woman of great
Empress and Death (Venus & Scorpio) --- Rest to recover from illness or
failure. Also a torrid but unstable love affair.
Empress and Temperance (Venus & Sagittarius) --- A person limited by public
opinion. Social restriction. A mother who refuses to let
her children grow up.
Empress and Devil (Venus & Capricorn) --- Social wisdom. A person who
knows the doings of the neighbors. A prominent social
Empress and Tower (Venus & Mars) --- Two people who think alike.
Telepathy in active matters. Old lovers who may be
married to other people. Brother-sister lovers.
Empress and Star (Venus & Aquarius) --- A feeling of fulfilling destiny.
True will and right action.
Empress and Moon (Venus & Pisces) --- Pregnancy. Changes in the body.
Evolution of consciousness through experiencing life.
Empress and Sun (Venus & Sun) --- Indirect use of energy. Finding a
good vocation in life through avoiding a doubtful one.
Shyness and modesty combined with unusual mental
Empress and Judgment (Venus & Fire) --- Womanly sexual excitement.
Feminine orgasm and the feelings of pleasure involved in
nursing a baby. Also physical ecstasy from exertion,
drugs or other causes.
Empress and World (Venus & Saturn) --- The world is a friend. Needs
provided by nature. A feeling of belonging.
In itself: Fiery in the sense of Aries. Restrictive, practical,
opinionated, paternal. The practical element can lead to
With the Major Trumps:
Emperor and Fool (Aries & Air) --- Father and child. Sense of duty
to protect and guide. Tendency to dominate. Simplified
views of life.
Emperor and Magician (Aries & Mercury) --- A second father, one who takes
pride in the successes of a younger person. A ruler
appointed in time of great need, but only for a limited
Emperor and High Priestess (Aries & Moon) --- A person who is desired
by a younger person. An example of conduct. Also a
person who prefers the company of people very much
different in age and education.
Emperor and Empress (Aries & Venus) --- A lasting bond of
companionship. Parents, especially of grown children.
The rulers of a nation.
Emperor and Hierophant (Aries & Taurus) --- One who seeks to influence
others through words and ideas. An orator, a leader.
Emperor and Lovers (Aries & Gemini) --- An administrator. The host or
hostess of a party. A person who likes to plan the lives
and activities of others.
Emperor and Chariot (Aries & Cancer) --- A great social and spiritual
leader. Someone who is convinced of the rightness of
things done or planned. A dangerous tendency to paranoia
Emperor and Strength (Aries & Leo) --- A great political or military
leader. Total confidence. Robust health. A danger of
acting as if the ends justify the means.
Emperor and Hermit (Aries & Virgo) --- A very creative person who
dislikes to talk about anything but shop. A sage. A
person who is the center of legends. Often someone who is
liked more after dying than during life.
Emperor and Wheel of Fortune (Aries & Jupiter) --- A strong person acting
beyond his or her limits. Danger in a fight. Also
welcome advice to the strong from the stronger.
Emperor and Justice (Aries & Libra) --- Pause before work. Sometimes a
sense of futility. More often the marshaling of mental
powers and preparation for physical effort.
Emperor and Hanged Man (Aries & Water) --- Sometimes a feeling of
failure or being played false. More often the delegation
of power. The moment of action when events pass beyond
control and either go as planned or not.
Emperor and Death (Aries & Scorpio) --- A tyrant or dictator. A person
who is not open to the advice of others. Often a person
who knows very well what to do. Sometimes a dangerous
Emperor and Temperance (Aries & Sagittarius) --- A pause to see how things
are going. Reassessment of aims in the light of progress.
Caution as a virtue.
Emperor and Devil (Aries & Capricorn) --- A harsh ruler. Punishment for
corrective purposes. Condemnation and self-righteous
anger. Physical hardship.
Emperor and Tower (Aries & Mars) --- Violence, war, fighting. Usually
the power to totally overwhelm opposition. Also great
excitement, even to the point of feeling like a god or
Emperor and Star (Aries & Aquarius) --- Triumph. Calm after success.
Being in one's own territory. Satisfied relaxation.
Emperor and Moon (Aries & Pisces) --- Establishment of gains. Resting
on the fame of victory, often too long. Finishing up the
details after doing the hard part of the work. A person
who likes to do dishes.
Emperor and Sun (Aries & Sun) --- A fondness for heights, both
physical and spiritual. A magnanimous sovereign. A
trusted and powerful person.
Emperor and Judgment (Aries & Fire) --- The end of a cycle of growth
is recognized. A point of change of goals and methods.
Emperor an world (Aries & Saturn) --- An experience for which there are
no words. Perception of universal order. Also inability
In itself: Taurian. Stubborn. Dogmatic. Strong willed. A teacher
of difficult topics who refuses to be distracted by other
approaches. A person having deep intuition and faith.
With the Major Trumps:
Hierophant and Fool (Taurus & Air) --- An adult sees a child and
remembers his or her own childhood. An older person
guides a younger. Child and teacher.
Hierophant and Magician (Taurus & Mercury) --- The point of rebellion in
which a youth rejects the standards imposed by parents.
Also the insight of a young person into the thinking of
Hierophant and High Priestess (Taurus & Moon) --- Secrets. Feelings
that are too personal to be discussed. A mystery inside
that makes life more important.
Hierophant and Empress (Taurus & Venus) --- Motherly protection. A
sense of security. Guidance from a kind person.
Hierophant and Emperor (Taurus & Aries) --- A spokesman. One who
explains the intentions of another. A translator or
translation of a significant literary work.
Hierophant and Lovers (Taurus & Gemini) --- Marriage. Formal
unification. The moment of realization that something has
been going on for a long time.
Hierophant and Chariot (Taurus & Cancer) --- A guide to useful knowledge.
Instruction in self defense. Learning social rules.
Hierophant and Strength (Taurus & Leo) --- A strong material position.
The virtues of endurance and fortitude. A leader with
Hierophant and Hermit (Taurus & Virgo) --- Physical strength and strong
mind. Not withstanding that, often hesitation or
indecision. The mind hinders the body by being to active.
One who understands emotional tensions and can teach
Hierophant and Wheel of Fortune (Taurus & Jupiter) --- Great creative
power. One who builds material things very well and
Hierophant and Justice (Taurus & Libra) --- One who aspires toward
harmony. Physical well being exists, but there is no
satisfaction in letting things remain as they are. Need
to feel progress.
Hierophant and Hanged Man (Taurus & Water) --- Fertility. A good
indication for planting or planing a garden. May indicate
the fertile part of the month for women.
Hierophant and Death (Taurus & Scorpio) -- The points of crisis in life
and the records kept of them. Also a book or other story
about emergency situations.
Hierophant and Temperance (Taurus & Sagittarius) --- Ritual actions and
prayers involving material needs. A secular priest or
Hierophant and Devil (Taurus & Capricorn) --- Learning through experience.
Physical body training and skills. Marksmanship.
Hierophant and Tower (Taurus & Mars) --- Physical shock. Minor
accident. A sudden change of the direction of thought.
Waking up from sleep or daydream. Instructive punishment
by a teacher.
Hierophant and Star (Taurus & Aquarius) --- A discipline of self-
improvement. Goal oriented people. Strong faith.
Hierophant and Moon (Taurus & Pisces) --- Following a path or vocation
after long preparation. A late started person who
continues long after most people would stop. A good
foundation well used.
Hierophant and Sun (Taurus & Sun) --- Warm weather. Love of wild
country. A feeling of drawing power from nature.
Hierophant and Judgment (Taurus & Fire) --- Egotistical person. Too
much heat for a garden. Excessive moral censure. Also
the ability to do well in an emergency. A good soldier
but a poor civilian.
Hierophant and World (Taurus & Saturn) --- A contract or other formal
agreement, especially the signing of such a thing. A
design or symbol having religious, mystical or patriotic
In itself: Similar to Gemini. Mental activity. Fidelity. Love
relationships and their trials. Social pressures.
With the Major Trumps:
Lovers and Fool (Gemini & Air) --- Innocent love. First love.
Rarely, a person fooled by love. High aspirations that
need not be fulfilled, to think of them is enough.
Lovers and Magician (Gemini & Mercury) --- Two lovers and a third person;
interference or help in love. Also the quality of perfect
love that makes two people one person. This combination
suggests intelligence, both analytic and synthetic.
Lovers and High Priestess (Gemini & Moon) --- Love fantasies.
Unrealistic love. Love that ignores serious obstacles.
Lovers and Empress (Gemini & Venus) --- A place for lovers. Sanction of
a mother for a marriage. Also a mother who expects to
live with her children.
Lovers and Emperor (Gemini & Aries) --- Financial and practical matters
in love. Consent of a father. Parental pressure.
Lovers and Hierophant (Gemini & Taurus) --- The marriage rite. Exchange
of vows. Sexual intercourse.
Lovers and Chariot (Gemini & Cancer) --- Testing the limits of love or
mystical experience. If all is well, the love or
experience leads to a better life. If not, it leads to
fear and withdrawl from society.
Lovers and Strength (Gemini & Leo) --- A strong relationship. People
with different talents helping to accomplish a task.
Complementation in work or relationships.
Lovers and Hermit (Gemini & Virgo) --- In spiritual matters, great
power. Magical workings. In physical matters, danger
from the magnitude of forces used.
Lovers and Wheel of Fortune (Gemini & Jupiter) --- A blessing in time of
need. Also a prediction of weakness in a relationship. A
need for support through crisis.
Lovers and Justice (Gemini & Libra) --- A desire to remain in a
relationship. People willing to work to stay together.
Lovers and Hanged Man (Gemini & Water) --- Sacrifice in love. Also a
martyr complex. Physical danger with High Priestess in
this combination. The need to "suffer for love."
Lovers and Death (Gemini & Scorpio) --- Close relationships between people
who seem very different. The physical death of a loved
one. Bravery to protect a loved one.
Lovers and Temperance (Gemini & Sagittarius) --- The moment of falling into or
out of love. Also decision making. Exercise of judgment
and taking of obvious omens.
Lovers and Devil (Gemini & Capricorn) --- A serious and demanding effort
undertaken with enough power to accomplish it. An
adrenaline rush. Intense horniness.
Lovers and Tower (Gemini & Mars) --- Physically perfect love.
Sensations of pain may be converted into pleasure; in a
negative sense, sadistic love relationships. The moment
of conception in the womb or in the mind.
Lovers and Star (Gemini & Aquarius) --- The hearing of voices. Bells
ringing in the mind. Also the gentleness that can follow
Lovers and Moon (Gemini & Pisces) --- Reception of spiritual teachings.
Growth in a relationship. Negative aspect: gradual loss
Lovers and Sun (Gemini & Sun) --- Long life together, changing
together with someone. Negatively, one person changes and
their lover does not.
Lovers and Judgment (Gemini & Fire) --- Love beyond death. Respect for
a person or the past, a great teacher or example.
Preserving the memory of someone. Several negative
possibilities: necrophilia, macabre dementia, vampire
hauntings and suicide pacts.
Lovers and World (Gemini & Saturn) --- Anything involving the world and
lovers. Social sanctions and rejections. Physical assets
and liabilities. Welfare payments and taxes. Also the
planning of a life with another person: insurance, wills,
where and how to live, etc.
In itself: Like Cancer in the Zodiac. Protective and outwardly
defensive. Fondness for ritual and formal clothing. A
tendency to specialize. Possessive and subject to
With the Major Trumps:
Chariot and Fool (Cancer & Air) -- Excessive caution. A tendency to
be over protective or a feeling of boredom. Also a very
spiritual experience in privacy.
Chariot and Magician (Cancer & Mercury) --- A well ordered workshop.
Power to do something well. Also a danger of suddenly
loosing interest in an otherwise satisfactory project.
Chariot and High Priestess (Cancer & Moon) --- A good emotional
setting. Feelings of security. Subtile control over
Chariot and Empress (Cancer & Venus) --- The time of birth. Danger to
sex organs from disease. Also excessive longing for
someone or thing. A need for privacy.
Chariot and Emperor (Cancer & Aries) --- Power to influence the emotions
of many people. Social and spiritual leadership.
Intolerance of criticism.
Chariot and Hierophant (Cancer & Taurus) --- Learning one's emotions.
Techniques of mental health. Learning safety rules.
Chariot and Lovers (Cancer & Gemini) --- Going steady. Serious emotional
involvement. Testing another's love. Seeking a new
Chariot and Strength (Cancer & Leo) --- Preparation of appearance.
Beauty treatment. Cleaning up to make an impression.
Also an experience involving a party or show.
Chariot and Hermit (Cancer & Virgo) --- Enjoyment of life. Maintenance
of a vehicle: car, body, horse, story line. Can involve
excesses of the "one track mind" type.
Chariot and Wheel of Fortune (Cancer & Jupiter) --- Quickness of motion.
Stirring speech. Very adaptive person.
Chariot and Justice (Cancer & Libra) --- Often physical health. A
tendency to dishonesty. A feeling of being wronged by the
normal conduct of others.
Chariot and Hanged Man (Cancer & Water) --- Comfort. Domesticity. A
person who has sowed all the wild oats they are going to
sow. Settling down.
Chariot and Death (Cancer & Scorpio) --- Withdrawing from social life. An
inner experience supplies enough excitement. People who
like to be left alone.
Chariot and Temperance (Cancer & Sagittarius) --- People who have been living
quietly wish to reenter society. Charity work. A feeling
of need to mother or father a total stranger.
Chariot and Devil (Cancer & Capricorn) --- Blind patriotism. Defense of
social laws and forms. Conservative politics.
Chariot and Tower (Cancer & Mars) --- Fear, disaster, mental breakdown.
Also sudden breakthrough to a new life. Not an easy
experience. If the Chariot is well complemented, victory
over high odds.
Chariot and Star (Cancer & Aquarius) --- A powerful spiritual experience,
either of total misery or total delight. The fruits of
victory or the lot of the fallen.
Chariot and Moon (Cancer & Pisces) --- Discovery of new ways of doing
things. Making rules. Establishment of law.
Chariot and Sun (Cancer & Sun) --- A person with natural dignity. One
who is respected for appearance and manner. With the
Empress Trump, a good birth.
Chariot and Judgment (Cancer & Fire) --- Good for meditation and
thought. Bad for action. Danger in a legal matter.
Tendency to melancholy may develop into violent moods.
Chariot and World (Cancer & Saturn) --- A person who is a follower, not a
leader. Someone who runs away from something. Not a
In itself: Like Leo in the Zodiac. Strong personality. Tendency to
consider oneself right almost all the time. Tolerant of
other people as long as they don't cause interference.
Leader. Just a little gullible.
With the Major Trumps:
Strength and Fool (Leo & Air) --- Good luck and health. The
ability to take risks without much real danger.
Disrespectful of laws.
Strength and Magician (Leo & Mercury) --- Versatile. Able to spot and
correct mistakes. Able to shut off interference or turn
on attention to others. A good helper. Dislike for
Strength and High Priestess (Leo & Moon) --- Misunderstandings
between lovers. Need to shut up. Need to be more
insightful. Roles may be unstable in a relationship do to
limitations and rigidity.
Strength and Empress (Leo & Venus) --- Dominance of one sex by
another. Also guidance in any relationship by one partner
of the other.
Strength and Emperor (Leo & Aries) --- Strong leadership qualities.
A difficult person to manipulate openly. A lover of
formality and rituals of respect.
Strength and Hierophant (Leo & Taurus) --- One who rules wisely. A
person who is professional in the sense of having a style
of behavior that few would question. A person who is
proud of his or her "word".
Strength and Lovers (Leo & Gemini) --- Strong relationship. Teamwork
is easy and fruitful. Agreements that are not written or
Strength and Chariot (Leo & Cancer) --- The ability to see things from
others' viewpoints and to plan appearances successfully.
A good omen for an actor.
Strength and Hermit (Leo & Virgo) --- Subtlety in dealing with
difficult situations. A tendency to be devious. A person
who likes to think before acting. A person who fights
advice but may follow it anyway.
Strength and Wheel of Fortune (Leo & Jupiter) --- Knowledge of the
value of reward. A person who trades favors for favors.
Strength and Justice (Leo & Libra) --- Indecision. A tendency to
over-investigate. Also a person who is generous in a
careful fashion. Not very open to requests. Tries to
give what is needed but not what is desired.
Strength and Hanged Man (Leo & Water) --- A sense of fate. A feeling
that events have a pattern, but that the pattern is not
Strength and Death (Leo & Scorpio) --- A person who has many "hidden
depths." A normally quiet person who may suddenly take
charge for a brief time. One who lives a "secret life"
and a person who would make a good spy. Also a potential
Strength and Temperance (Leo & Sagittarius) --- The ability to make
practical plans. Skill at designing objects and actions.
May not finish a project, satisfied by planing more than
Strength and Devil (Leo & Capricorn) --- Insight into details. A person
who can make small adjustments easily and accurately.
Difficulty in overall planning or work.
Strength and Tower (Leo & Mars) --- A proud parent. A difficult
friend. One who is not interested in matters outside the
home. This pair of Trumps tends to increase the
significance of other cards in a reading where action is
Strength and Star (Leo & Aquarius) --- Curiosity. A fondness for
stories, especially mysteries. A tendency to invent
complications in otherwise simple situations.
Strength and Moon (Leo & Pisces) --- Hesitation in time of quiet.
Doubt in good times. One who provides for the future.
Strength and Sun (Leo & Sun) --- A person who is startling to
others. One who seems "larger than life" for no obvious
reason. People who exude calm and importance.
Strength and Judgment (Leo & Fire) --- An extrovert. A center of
attention. Someone who is exciting; just being around
makes others feel alert and happy.
Strength and World (Leo & Saturn) --- A person who likes hard and
dirty work. Also a feeling of foreboding or worry.
In itself: Like Virgo in the Zodiac. Able to handle details. Hard
to express emotions clearly. A deep thinker. Tends to be
With the Major Trumps:
Hermit and Fool (Virgo & Air) --- A loner. Philosopher. One who
doesn't pay close attention to physical things. Not
likely to become senile in old age, just strange.
Hermit and Magician (Virgo & Mercury) --- Strong mind. Great powers of
concentration. Exaggerates the properties of the Hermit.
Able to think of several things at once.
Hermit and High Priestess (Virgo & Moon) --- A mental or Platonic love
affair. Attraction between the sexes which does not lead
to intercourse. If Major trumps after Temperance appear
with this pair, considerable frustration is possible
unless the relationship involves hard work.
Hermit and Empress (Virgo & Venus) --- The virtue of Prudence (old
title of the Hermit Trump), often carried to the point of
vice. Excessive caution in personal matters.
Hermit and Emperor (Virgo & Aries) --- A wise counselor. Often a
person who lives only for work. A specialist. This pair
of Trumps is much like the Chariot Trump in itself.
Hermit and Hierophant (Virgo & Taurus) --- Strength in mind and body.
Mind may outrun body and cause hesitation. A slow or
Hermit and Lovers (Virgo & Gemini) --- Great power and success in
meditation and religious experiences. Excessive force in
physical activity. Danger of injury to an athletic
Hermit and Chariot (Virgo & Cancer) --- Power in doing what one likes.
Skill in attending to ways and means. A tendency to be
too involved in personal matters. Pride in one's actions
Hermit and Strength (Virgo & Leo) --- One who is excessively careful
about new experiences. A tendency to debate or question
orders before considering action. Indirect social
activity. One who uses leading questions.
Hermit and Wheel of Fortune (Virgo & Jupiter) --- Coordination of many
things by one person. The ability to think on several
levels. A person who's unconscious mind works better than
his or her conscious mind.
Hermit and Justice (Virgo & Libra) --- Often frustration, especially
from a conflict between the desire to complete a work and
the desire to constantly improve the same work.
Outstanding ability to produce artistically and
scientifically, even if somewhat distracted.
Hermit and Hanged Man (Virgo & Water) --- The power to effect objects
with the mind alone. ESP. Creative abilities
successfully applied. Talismanic Magick. Contact with
the world of spirit.
Hermit and Death (Virgo & Scorpio) --- Creative tension. The feeling of
pressure and psychic pain that sometimes comes just before
an important discovery or insight. A need to get drunk.
Hermit and Temperance (Virgo & Sagittarius) --- A powerful creative
relationship. There is a danger of becoming too caught up
in emotional crisis or pity. A tendency toward
hypochondria. Vitamin freak.
Hermit and Devil (Virgo & Capricorn) --- A person who likes to have things
funky rather than neat. A vacation or other rest from
Hermit and Tower (Virgo & Mars) --- A gifted orator. One who is at
his or her best when talking. In general, the need for
"special conditions" as a release for the creative mind.
Hermit and Star (Virgo & Aquarius) --- The need to be alone.
Hermit and Moon (Virgo & Pisces) --- When positively disposed, the
ability to work rapidly and without hindrance. In
negative combination with other cards, a tendency to think
of a friend or lover as a bum. Dionysian versus
Apollonian approach to life.
Hermit and Sun (Virgo & Sun) --- Wealth of materials and abilities.
A feeling of security and comfort. A feeling of being in
tune with the goal of life.
Hermit and Judgment (Virgo & Fire) --- Like the Magician and the Fool,
but more willful. Excitement trance or a prolonged
adrenaline rush. A tendency to forget to eat and sleep.
Hermit and World (Virgo & Saturn) --- Clear perception of the existence
of other people, especially one particular person. A
moment in which the senses, especially of sight, sound and
touch, are sharp almost to the point of sexual excitement.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE
In itself: Jovian. Predicts cycles in work and moods. Long range
plans and activities. Changes of Luck. A person having
insight and dominion regarding the lives of others. The
proper significator for many types of readings involving
past lives and karma.
With the Major Trumps:
Wheel of Fortune and Fool (Jupiter & Air) --- Great power of change. A
perspective on life. Also "complete" experiences,
experiences that seem to clearly begin, occur and finish
without lingering effects. Uncertain luck.
Wheel of Fortune and Magician (Jupiter & Mercury) --- Acting for someone
else. Messages from important people. Telegrams.
Wheel of Fortune and High Priestess (Jupiter & Moon) --- Uncontrolled
but natural events in the mind and body. Menstrual cycle.
Weather and seasons. Cycles in the unconscious mind.
Wheel of Fortune and Empress (Jupiter & Venus) --- Jealousy, especially
involving the "double sex standard". Intrigue. Power
held by luck or through constant effort.
Wheel of Fortune and Emperor (Jupiter & Aries) --- Making too much of a
good thing. Overexertion. Physical danger in work or
combat. Good advice accepted in time of need.
Wheel of Fortune and Hierophant (Jupiter & Taurus) --- Material success
through strength. A constructive personality.
Wheel of Fortune and Lovers (Jupiter & Gemini) --- Help in time of crisis.
Defense of reputation by friends and strangers.
Wheel of Fortune and Chariot (Jupiter & Cancer) --- An orator. A runner.
A dexterous person.
Wheel of Fortune and Strength (Jupiter & Leo) --- Payment for services
rendered. Friendship based on mutual aid. Planning
Wheel of Fortune and Hermit (Jupiter & Virgo) --- One who can do many
things at once. Also a person who seems always busy.
Often a person who isn't very social, one who often gives
the excuse of being too far behind in work.
Wheel of Fortune and Justice (Jupiter & Libra) --- The tendency to be
conservative, to want to keep things as they are. A
person who is constantly trying to avoid "rocking the
boat". Also one who worries about "right and wrong" to
Wheel of Fortune and Hanged Man (Jupiter & Water) --- The tendency to
make sacrifices or accept discipline for self improvement.
One who has more confidence in inner conviction than in
reputation. A payer of debts.
Wheel of Fortune and Death (Jupiter & Scorpio) --- Physical death from
natural causes or from taking known risks. Loss in games
of chance. Also a point of crisis past which life will
change for better or worse.
Wheel of Fortune and Temperance (Jupiter & Sagittarius) --- Skill in the fine
arts and in the lesser crafts. The ability to turn ideas
into desirable works. Good implementation of plans.
Wheel of Fortune and Devil (Jupiter & Capricorn) --- Involvement with rules
of the past. Either too tied down to old ways of doing
things or able to reassess habits. A danger of tyranny
when a leader is pushed too hard.
Wheel of Fortune and Tower (Jupiter & Mars) --- Much like the Wheel of
Fortune taken alone, but focused on success or failure in
time of crisis. Dependent on attitude, not circumstances.
Wheel of Fortune and Star (Jupiter & Aquarius) --- Self knowledge,
introspection for the sake of self improvement. A person
who recognizes the element of chance in his or her life
and avoids self abuse over failure.
Wheel of Fortune and Moon (Jupiter & Pisces) --- One who attempts to
change the nature of people and things. Either asking too
much of a person or situation, or bringing excessive
pressure to bear in the hope of making a small
improvement. Falsehood. Excessively high standards
established for the sake of effect and not in the
expectation of complete success.
Wheel of Fortune and Sun (Jupiter & Sun) --- Protection of the weak
through strength. A well run community.
Wheel of Fortune and Judgment (Jupiter & Fire) --- Strong defenses. A
one-sided argument. Excesses of strictness or violence.
Wrath followed by silence.
Wheel of Fortune and World (Jupiter & Saturn) --- Breaking things.
Violence in the home. A formal end put to one thing and a
beginning of another. The awareness of time's passage.
In itself: Like Libra in the Zodiac. A person who wants to make
things balance, who is constantly looking for flaws to
correct. Also one who worries too much, especially in
matters of conscience. A hard worker. Family oriented.
With the Major Trumps:
Justice and Fool (Libra & Air) --- A person who can live without
rules, having the essence behind the rules always in mind.
One who dislikes authority on principle. A person who is
hard to understand but easy to like.
Justice and Magician (Libra & Mercury) --- A person who acts quickly and
correctly without explanation. People will either trust
or fear such a person.
Justice and High Priestess (Libra & Moon) --- A person with ideals who
inspires trust in youth and envy in age. Healthy
ignorance. One who appears to govern in innocence and not
Justice and Empress (Libra & Venus) --- A powerful woman. The goddess
Athena in her amazon aspect. A patroness.
Justice and Emperor (Libra & Aries) --- A deep breath before exertion.
Taking mental inventory before action. Preparation well
done. When negatively situated, hesitation.
Justice and Hierophant (Libra & Taurus) --- A person of great stability,
but also a person who will not quit in good times.
Sometimes a tendency to be unsympathetic to sensitive or
Justice and Lovers (Libra & Gemini) --- Easy nature. Leniency. A
relaxed sharing between two people.
Justice and Chariot (Libra & Cancer) --- Usually good health, except for
digestion and venereal complaints. Tendencies toward
suspicion and unreliability. This pair of Trumps can
signal a need to disregard imagined negative opinions from
Justice and Strength (Libra & Leo) --- A tendency to be picky.
Kindness with strings attached. A person to manipulate,
else one will be manipulated in turn. Also two people who
must be distracted from one another.
Justice and Hermit (Libra & Virgo) --- Tendency to hide from opinion.
When distracted or forced to do things in set time limits,
a person of skill and genius.
Justice and Wheel of Fortune (Libra & Jupiter) --- One who resists
change, even to the point of reacting to it as evil. Also
an obedient servant-master relationship. A parent who
tends to dominate too much or to complain about "bad"
Justice and Hanged Man (Libra & Water) --- One who is fond of rites of
passage, initiations. Romantic feelings may dominate
thinking. A danger of observing the form and not the
meaning of the law or of consciousness raising activity.
Also a danger of trying to follow directions or orders
even when they are clearly wrong. Nervous breakdown may
result from stubbornness.
Justice and Death (Libra & Scorpio) --- Successful passage through a
difficult experience. Trauma and its effect converted
slowly into growth. If badly aspected in a reading: death
or loss in pain. A need for prayer or faith in a higher
Justice and Temperance (Libra & Sagittarius) --- Adeptness in subtle forms of
traditional psychology. A born witch. One who learns
rapidly from slight experience. A person of whom it can
be said that he or she knows things not learned.
Justice and Devil (Libra & Capricorn) --- A strong voice. In negative
aspect a voice problem. A very dependable person. Also a
person who cannot learn from others.
Justice and Tower (Libra & Mars) --- One who learns in the "school of
hard knocks". Also "poetic justice". Rarely, a person
who converts a disaster into a triumph.
Justice and Star (Libra & Aquarius) --- Subtle victory. One who hardly
ever gets into fights. Also a crazy person who is
Justice and Moon (Libra & Pisces) --- Healthy growth. Animals obey. A
person who is a very dangerous enemy, but no one can
understand why or how harm comes to the person's enemies.
One who may be disposed to the practice of occult
" ""malificia" for vengeance. Psychic pressure.
Justice and Sun (Libra & Sun) --- An independent thinker. A wise and
watchful parent. A successful host or hostess of parties.
Justice and Judgment (Libra & Fire) --- A good person to have in time
of emergency. One who ruthlessly destroys the harmful. A
person who has a violent temper but only displays it when
reason says violence is useful. Hot and cold running
anger. One who uses hostility in rhetoric.
Justice and World (Libra & Saturn) --- One who builds things, especially
one who starts public projects. A person who is willing
to start a war for personal gain or social power. In
extreme negative aspect: a sadist, a thirster after
THE HANGED MAN
In itself: Watery nature. Unselfish in material affairs. Prefers
spiritual goals to material ones. Not dependable in
business. Self-sacrificing but also capable of
sacrificing the needs of family for a perceived spiritual
goal. Prone to drug dependence.
Best with Magician through Chariot (Fire & Water) --- Concentration on
spiritual affairs leads to success.
Most comfortable with Strength through Temperance (Air & Water) ---
Much activity. Strong personality.
Too passive with Devil through World (Water & Water) --- Some
difficulty relating to others. Some physical danger.
With the Major Trumps:
Hanged Man and Fool (Water & Air) --- Endurance. Ability to grow
from difficult experiences. Not productive of lasting
Hanged Man and Magician (Water & Mercury) --- A showman. One who seeks
to influence people's minds but is not concerned about
Hanged Man and High Priestess (Water & Moon) --- Excessive romantic
nature may lead to boredom and inactivity. Hard to
involve in social activities, but happy when involved.
Hanged Man and Empress (Water & Venus) --- Willingness to respect
privacy and to let people have their own way. A person
who will sometimes buy a replacement for a wornout
possession and then give the new possession to someone
else, keeping the old.
Hanged Man and Emperor (Water & Aries) --- Willingness to be helped.
Also a person surrounded by servants. A danger of being
overprotected. A strong person who doesn't know or show
his or her strength.
Hanged Man and Hierophant (Water & Taurus) --- A successful teacher.
Also a successful gardener. A time of fertility.
Hanged Man and Lovers (Water & Gemini) --- A suitor who is too ready to
give way to another. "Star crossed lovers". Very
productive of poetry. A person who's troubles are all due
to lack of forwardness, but all solvable through extra
Hanged Man and Chariot (Water & Cancer) --- Settled life. No great
desire to change the world. Retirement from work.
Hanged Man and Hermit (Water & Virgo) --- A person who has a spiritual
invisible "Master". One who is able to do things which
seem unexplainable. Some types of magician.
Hanged Man and Wheel of Fortune (Water & Jupiter) --- One who takes on
hard tasks for self improvement. A person who rides out
changes of fortune rather than fight or complain about
"bad luck." A very honest person. Sometimes a passive
person or fatalist. Sometimes a saint.
Hanged Man and Justice (Water & Libra) --- A person who can believe
easily, who can become involved in stories, who cries or
laughs easily at movies. Moral or other convictions may
show as stubbornness, e.g. Socrates who died when he could
easily have escaped after his government convicted him of
a crime against propriety.
Hanged Man and Death (Water & Scorpio) --- Although there is danger of
physical harm, this pair is usually suggestive of benefit.
The three forms of Scorpio are stressed with special
emphasis on the Eagle. Sudden or unexpected gift.
Hanged Man and Temperance (Water & Sagittarius) --- Feelings of rejection. A
person who gives up too easily. Encouragement must be
subtle, but it will help greatly.
Hanged Man and Devil (Water & Capricorn) --- Strong instinctive drive:
food, sex and territory. A tendency to paranoia and other
Hanged Man and Tower (Water & Mars) --- A normally quiet person who
sometimes explodes into activity or display of emotion. A
person who needs to scream from time to time. Brief
experiences of intense excitement.
Hanged Man and Star (Water & Aquarius) --- One who gets misled easily. A
person who lives vicariously. A poor judge of character.
Hanged Man and Moon (Water & Pisces) --- Stagnation. A lazy person.
Chronic minor illness. The need to drink coffee in the
Hanged Man and Sun (Water & Sun) --- A person who has too high a
self opinion. One who spends a lot of time glorying over
abilities that have never been put to the test. Not
dependable, but sometimes able to do things surprisingly
well. A tendency to have beginner's luck. Also one who
hints at hidden meanings when there aren't any.
Hanged Man and Judgment (Water & Fire) --- Reputation. Fame. A
person with very well known qualities. Strong public
Hanged Man and World (Water & Saturn) --- A complete thing. Life from
birth to death. An experience that seems isolated,
unrelated to any other. The feeling of loss associated
with death. A person who has just had an experience that
greatly changed his or her life.
In itself: Like Scorpio in the Zodiac. Explosive. Highly
changeable. Very influential, but unstable. Power, but
little control. Learning or growing in transforming
crisis. Very rarely physical harm or physical death.
With the Major Trumps:
Death and Fool (Scorpio & Air) --- A person who "can't get away with
anything." One who never forgets. A person who can
endure passing through crisis repeatedly.
Death and Magician (Scorpio & Mercury) --- A risk taker. Reunions between
long parted or forgotten friends and relatives.
Death and High Priestess (Scorpio & Moon) --- One who is able to go
where others cannot. An experience of hierophany.
Death and Empress (Scorpio & Venus) --- Lassitude, especially following
illness. Psychological sex problems.
Death and Emperor (Scorpio & Aries) --- A closed mind. Also self
limitation. Knowing when to stop getting ready and when
to start work. Very strict parent or authority in
Death and Hierophant (Scorpio & Taurus) --- Stories of hard times and
brave exploits; people who experience, teach about or
learn from such. Instructions and readiness to meet
Death and Lovers (Scorpio & Gemini) --- Extreme loyalty and devotion.
Birth of twins and other multiple births. Loss or danger
to a loved one. Sometimes a link of consciousness between
a living person and a spiritual intelligence.
Death and Chariot (Scorpio & Cancer) --- People who seek enlightenment
through their own efforts and not at the close direction
of a teacher. When complemented by cards having more
social orientation, a clue to a Tzedeck, a Watcher and
Guide to the human race.
Death and Strength (Scorpio & Leo) --- One who doesn't express inner
feelings often or easily. A poker-face. Also one who may
suddenly take charge in emergency situations. This could
be a person like a great machine, usually quiescent but
sometimes vastly active.
Death and Hermit (Scorpio & Virgo) --- A feeling of almost intolerable
pressure which may lead to drink or to remarkable creative
discovery. The use of this tension is a key to genius.
The misuse of the same psychic pressure can lead to death
and decay. Very like the Tower Trump taken alone.
Death and Wheel of Fortune (Scorpio & Jupiter) --- An intensification of
the meaning of the Wheel of Fortune Trump.
Death and Justice (Scorpio & Libra) --- Passage with care through a
difficult situation. Other Major Trumps with this pair
may point to specific dangers or matters greatly needing
attention. A need for faith. Lack of self confidence is
dangerous in this situation.
Death and Hanged Man (Scorpio & Water) --- Change for the better.
Sometimes loss of something that is desired but harmful.
Death and Temperance (Scorpio & Sagittarius) --- A need to pay attention to
signals from the body regarding health, from the emotions
or from the general "feel" of a situation. Also one who
Death and Devil (Scorpio & Capricorn) --- Minor obstruction or discomfort,
especially a tendency to take a minor problem for a major
one. Sometimes a minor but common illness like a cold.
Death and Tower (Scorpio & Mars) --- Sometimes fever and associated
illness. Hallucination. Also a psychic awareness. This
pair may signal a need to watch for omens to avert
Death and Star (Scorpio & Aquarius) --- Recovery from oppression or illness.
Solitude. Visual experiences in the night, strongly
suggestive of the Moon Trump. House plants may be getting
too much water.
Death and Moon (Scorpio & Pisces) --- A quiet place. A need for water
either to drink or to bathe. Remembrance of the dead or
of earlier periods in one's life.
Death and Sun (Scorpio & Sun) --- Happiness.
Death and Judgment (Scorpio & Fire) --- The meanings of the Judgment
Trump are especially stressed. Peace and fulfillment of
living. Sometimes ache, ulceration or weariness.
Death and World (Scorpio & Saturn) --- To produce under pressure. A time
of weariness in which much will be accomplished because of
need or habit. The curse of unending labor.
In itself: Like Sagittarius in the Zodiac. Active, alert,
questioning. Tends to approach life from many directions
at once. Changeable, learns by trial and error.
With the Major Trumps:
Temperance and Fool (Sagittarius & Air) --- A person who seems outwardly
quiet, even dull, but who is inwardly very free. The
quality of independence in thought. Need of others for
company and inspiration. Sometimes one who thinks of
friends as types or styles for personal behavior.
Temperance and Magician (Sagittarius & Mercury) --- The ability to quickly
react to changing social and physical conditions. A
person who may be oppressed by situations which don't
Temperance and High Priestess (Sagittarius & Moon) --- Skill at hunting. A
successful game player. Not a person easy to have as a
Temperance and Empress (Sagittarius & Venus) --- A person who overreacts to
social pressure. Also one who expects puts too much from
love relationships. An emotionally conservative person.
Temperance and Emperor (Sagittarius & Aries) --- Double checking. A workman
who pauses to examine his or her work. One who uses
caution and reassessment wisely.
Temperance and Hierophant (Sagittarius & Taurus) --- Education. Spiritual
matters are oriented toward material settings.
Temperance and Lovers (Sagittarius & Gemini) --- Time to take a hint. Cooling
of passion. The exercise of moderation.
Temperance and Chariot (Sagittarius & Cancer) --- A desire to help, especially
to guide, others. Also attention to inner control.
Temperance and Strength (Sagittarius & Leo) --- A practical mind. One
skilled at bargaining and barter. A person who enjoys
taking over when matters are confused.
Temperance and Hermit (Sagittarius & Virgo) --- Artistic genius. A person
who may become emotionally blinded to physical needs, or
who may exercise poor judgment in material matters.
Temperance and Wheel of Fortune (Sagittarius & Jupiter) --- A craftsman. One
who enjoys doing things and making objects to sell. A
person who uses materials well.
Temperance and Justice (Sagittarius & Libra) --- A person who possesses
considerable social intuition. An unconscious
Temperance and Hanged Man (Sagittarius & Water) --- Lack of spiritual vigor.
The depressive side of a manic-depressive. Temporary loss
of interest or failure of excitement.
Temperance and Death (Sagittarius & Scorpio) --- Time to inspect the details
of body, life style or of business. A sign that a
transformation wrought by the thing symbolized in the
Death card can be made easier through attention.
Temperance and Devil (Sagittarius & Capricorn) --- A new situation has ceased
to be new. Stabilization of a change in the life cycle.
Awareness of routine.
Temperance and Tower (Sagittarius & Mars) --- The end of an experiment or
experience has been reached. Time to expect a change or
to plan diversions to avoid boredom. Time for a vacation.
Temperance and Star (Sagittarius & Aquarius) --- Difficulty in self awareness.
Mental confusion during a time of material order. A
person who feels unable to contact the inner self. A
spectator at an event or exhibition.
Temperance and Moon (Sagittarius & Pisces) --- Like the Wheel of Fortune Trump
taken alone. A time of mental structuring which matches
evolving order in the outside world. A person who is able
to accomplish very much in little time. Also a somewhat
restrained manic phase in a manic-depressive personality.
Temperance and Sun (Sagittarius & Sun) --- A party-pooper. One who
deliberately refuses to become excited. A person who
automatically makes excuses to avoid social activity.
Temperance and Judgment (Sagittarius & Fire) --- A time of emotional
overload in which the emotions seem to die out completely.
Shock. Also a time in which objective awareness strongly
dominates subjective awareness.
Temperance and World (Sagittarius & Saturn) --- Sudden and complete loss of
interest. Once a thing is fully under control, it is no
longer exciting. Successful completion of a job or
project. A feeling that everything is known or done.
Time to start something entirely new.
In itself: Like Capricorn in the Zodiac. An earthly person, strong
sexual drives, mind often confused about abstractions. A
sense of righteousness but not an understanding of it.
Successful with plants and animals.
With the Major Trumps:
Devil and Fool (Capricorn & Air) --- Unhappiness arising from confusion
about moral matters and physical weakness. Bad temper.
Devil and Magician (Capricorn & Mercury) --- A person often misunderstood.
One who acts unconsciously but with success. Skill with
living things. Also a person who inspires fear through
Devil and High Priestess (Capricorn & Moon) --- Melancholic. Sometimes
paranoia arising from suppression of strong physical
drives. A person who needs more physical activity.
Devil and Empress (Capricorn & Venus) --- One who can easily lead others in
matters of pleasure and society. Sometimes a romantic
interlude of a very unrestricted sort.
Devil and Emperor (Capricorn & Aries) --- Pain inflicted for improvement.
Harsh ruler or teacher. A district attorney. Biblical
Satan as contrasted with the modern conception. Jehovah
as the "angry god". Hard times.
Devil and Hierophant (Capricorn & Taurus) --- Physical exercise. Work at
improving health and manual skills. The teaching of
Devil and Lovers (Capricorn & Gemini) --- Violent activity. "Taking by
storm." Second wind. Any form of physical exertion that
is both intense and rapid.
Devil and Chariot (Capricorn & Cancer) --- Obedience without question. One
who fights against change. Impractical forms of idealism.
A tendency to blasphemy.
Devil and Strength (Capricorn & Leo) --- The power and mentality of a
hunting beast. Strong concentration, indifference to
discomfort, courage. Weak on higher intelligence.
Devil and Hermit (Capricorn & Virgo) --- A sloppy housekeeper. Time out.
Vivid imagination, chaotic dreams.
Devil and Wheel of Fortune (Capricorn & Jupiter) --- Resistance to change.
An interest in history bordering on snobbery. Belief in
fate as contrasted with free will.
Devil and Justice (Capricorn & Libra) --- Matters concerning music and
voice. A person who always keeps his or her word.
Devil and Hanged Man (Capricorn & Water) --- The physical pleasures are the
goal of life. A person who is moody and tends to have
fits of rage or sadness in the midst of otherwise normal
Devil and Death (Capricorn & Scorpio) --- Exaggeration of problems. Fear of
death. Wild and dangerous behavior. A sign that an
illness or other negative experience is less than it
Devil and Temperance (Capricorn & Sagittarius) -- A period of calm. Time to
let matters continue without much supervision. Business on an
Devil and Tower (Capricorn & Mars) --- A time of truth. Either a period
of fear and hiding or a time of triumph and glory. The
experience of suddenly waking up to clear reality.
Devil and Star (Capricorn & Aquarius) --- Most of the attributes of the World
Trump taken alone. A clear perception of the material
side of things. Appreciation of nature. Joy of living.
Devil and Moon (Capricorn & Pisces) --- Enjoyment of a relationship with
nature like that described for life in the Garden of Eden,
but more from the view point and feelings of an
intelligent animal than as a human being.
Devil and Sun (Capricorn & Sun) --- Deception and fear of being caught.
Guilt at having sinned. Sometimes, but rarely, a sense of
identity with the great creative powers of the world.
Devil and Judgment (Capricorn & Fire) --- Dominion over the earth. A
situation of seemingly absolute power over something or
someone. Also payment of debts.
Devil and World (Capricorn & Saturn) --- All matters dealing with time and
its perception. Depending on other cards in a reading,
either the lack or the possession of time. A number card
following this pair may give a number of days, hours or
years in a matter disclosed in a reading. These two cards
may be used to start a reading to determine a question of
In itself: Marital, but with Jovian elements and some influence by
Venus. Excitable, earnest, strong willed. A sense of
religious truth tends to permeate all activity. Rarely
successful owing to excessive enthusiasm and idealism.
Often totally "blown-out" by failures that would hardly
bother other people.
With the Major Trumps:
Tower and Fool (Mars & Air) --- Delirium, ravings. Also various
forms of "speaking with a spirit", mediumism.
Tower and Magician (Mars & Mercury) --- A person who performs best in
time of crisis or pressure. The tendency to take risks to
Tower and High Priestess (Mars & Moon) --- Someone who derives much
excitement from inner experiences. A fixed idea may lead
to frustration of exterior work while the goals held close
to the soul are unaffected.
Tower and Empress (Mars & Venus) --- A very close bond between people.
Friendship at first sight. Being with a person who acts
like they read your thoughts.
Tower and Emperor (Mars & Aries) --- The ability to set aside
annoyance and forget it. Might seems to make right.
Tower and Hierophant (Mars & Taurus) --- A shock experienced in the
mind, usually a breakthrough to a new idea or method of
Tower and Lovers (Mars & Gemini) --- Physical compatibility. Discovery
of a working idea, contrasted with an entertaining
Tower and Chariot (Mars & Cancer) --- Crisis which depends on external
matters for successful passage.
Tower and Strength (Mars & Leo) --- Intensity of living that may
focus on almost any purpose or ideal, but once focused
becomes fixed. A person who subordinates all things to
one end. A living idealist contrasted with one who
doesn't practice his or her belief.
Tower and Hermit (Mars & Virgo) --- A person who teaches or argues
well, but may need a start from someone else to get going.
Tower and Wheel of Fortune (Mars & Jupiter) --- Almost the same as the
Wheel of Fortune taken alone. This pair of cards may
signal that the rest of the reading will deal with events
surrounding a crisis situation. The environment of
Tower and Justice (Mars & Libra) --- Learning from experience. This
pair of cards gives a more favorable prediction with the
last seven or eight Major Trumps than with the first few
Tower and Hanged Man (Mars & Water) --- Someone is likely to throw a
fit of some kind. A need to mix calmness with occasional
bursts of emotion or physical activity. A need for
Tower and Death (Mars & Scorpio) --- A distortion of the conscious mind,
probably owing to minor illness. Sometimes a rare state
of mind in which omens can and should be read.
Tower and Temperance (Mars & Sagittarius) --- Something has been finished.
Good to take a break or to start planning new activities.
Tower and Devil (Mars & Capricorn) --- Time to put up or shut up. Work
shows its fruit.
Tower and Star (Mars & Aquarius) --- Recovery from a time of hardship.
Projects undertaken at such a time will start well but may
fail quickly owing to loss of interest. Seek diversion
and make use of new ideas at a later time. Beware of
becoming too excited or making extended commitments.
Tower and Moon (Mars & Pisces) --- Sometimes a sense of being behind
"the eight ball". Work may seem very difficult. This
pair of cards usually signals a time of hard work
following initial excitement and leading to eventual happy
Tower and Sun (Mars & Sun) --- Success following on hard but
satisfying work. This pair of cards predicts "good
Tower and Judgment (Mars & Fire) --- A failure will occur owing to
excessive excitement and lack of judgment. A good time to
Tower and World (Mars & Saturn) --- A simple action well done or a
simple thing well made. A good omen for bargain hunting.
Sudden enrichment is possible.
In itself: Aquarian. A person who depends on intuition to a great
extent. Kindness, mystery, unusual but agreeable
With the Major Trumps:
Star and Fool (Aquarius & Air) --- A child or childish person. Lack of
guile or depth of meaning in conscious behavior.
Star and Magician (Aquarius & Mercury) --- The peace that is the reward of
success. Earned comfort.
Star and High Priestess (Aquarius & Moon) --- Retreat from life to
prepare to live or act differently. Taking stock in one's
Star and Empress (Aquarius & Venus) --- Confidence in the truth of one's
life or action. Faith in fulfillment of destiny.
Star and Emperor (Aquarius & Aries) --- A victory with material reward. A
well established place to live and/or work.
Star and Hierophant (Aquarius & Taurus) --- One who makes and follows plans
for self development. Acting with clearly recognized
Star and Lovers (Aquarius & Gemini) --- A person with a fondness for music,
especially during sleep and daily activities. The hearing
of voices. Peace and love.
Star and Chariot (Aquarius & Cancer) --- Intense spiritual effort which may
either fail or succeed. Beware of glitterings which may
not be gold. Danger from Qlipot Nogah (the shell of
glitterings --- premature abandonment of effort from a
false sense of confidence).
Star and Strength (Aquarius & Leo) --- A romantic imagination. A person
who would rather live in a soap opera than in regular
life. One who does strange things for attention.
Star and Hermit (Aquarius & Virgo) --- A need for privacy. Too many
distractions come from being with people. Time to be
alone with one's thoughts.
Star and Wheel of Fortune (Aquarius & Jupiter) --- Awareness of forces that
are not under individual control. A person who works with
what he or she has instead of crying for a better chance.
Star and Justice (Aquarius & Libra) --- A person who is considered
interesting but harmless. Somebody who doesn't "make
Star and Hanged Man (Aquarius & Water) --- Avoid making judgments of the
motives of others. A time of poor understanding of
Star and Death (Aquarius & Scorpio) --- A person who has recently changed
his or her manner of living. One who sees everything as
if for the first time, especially at night.
Star and Temperance (Aquarius & Sagittarius) --- Life seems to be going on
without one's being directly involved. A feeling of
detachment from what is taking place.
Star and Devil (Aquarius & Capricorn) --- A feeling of unity with nature. A
good time to get a pet. Also a good time to go for a walk
in a park.
Star and Tower (Aquarius & Mars) --- Beware of over excitement regarding
new plans and apparent successes. A time of emotional
"high" which may lead to overlooking needed work or
Star and Moon (Aquarius & Pisces) --- A time of putting to test. If all
goes well, a new skill will be established. If matters
fail to reach expectations, at time to go back and correct
mistakes made in the past. This is experiment, rather
than a practical test for the sake of improvement or
Star and Sun (Aquarius & Sun) --- A person of considerable skill who
must serve another of greater power. A good indication
when contracting for services. A warning to keep one's
place in a job situation.
Star and Judgment (Aquarius & Fire) --- One who is well adapted to a
particular role or job. Talent well applied in service.
Star and World (Aquarius & Saturn) --- Material comfort and good reputation
combined. A "good citizen."
In itself: Pisces personality combined with Lunar qualities.
Experiences of astral travel and dreams. Strange moods.
Gradual accumulation of knowledge or physical traits.
Health unstable. Much unconscious behavior.
With the Major Trumps:
Moon and Fool (Pisces & Air) --- An unstable person given to sulking
and strange moods. Not a good omen for making judgments
about human nature.
Moon and Magician (Pisces & Mercury) --- The power of concentration in
difficult circumstances. A person who can adapt plans to
fit available materials.
Moon and High Priestess (Pisces & Moon) --- Occult power deliberately
used. The Lunar cycle becomes especially meaningful.
Moon and Empress (Pisces & Venus) --- A new pregnancy. A minor change
in lifestyle resulting from physical conditions. Much
like the Star Trump taken alone.
Moon and Emperor (Pisces & Aries) --- A time of stability after
successful struggle. A person who completes one job
before starting another.
Moon and Hierophant (Pisces & Taurus) --- Delay in planned action is
followed by slow, careful work. One who judges carefully
before starting anything.
Moon and Lovers (Pisces & Gemini) --- Inspiration from external
circumstances or from biological highs. A time of either
gradual growth in a relationship or gradual decay.
Moon and Chariot (Pisces & Cancer) --- Innovations. A change of plans in
order to produce better results.
Moon and Strength (Pisces & Leo) --- A person who doesn't trust good
news or times when things seem to be going "too smoothly."
One who is rarely caught off guard.
Moon and Hermit (Pisces & Virgo) --- In good times, good work. In
difficult times, suspicion and confused activities.
Moon and Wheel of Fortune (Pisces & Jupiter) --- A manipulator of people
and events. One who refuses to be open about his or her
Moon and Justice (Pisces & Libra) --- The psychic ability to gain
desired results without applying sensible methods. A
person who seems to be very lucky.
Moon and Hanged Man (Pisces & Water) --- Excessive sleep. Poor but not
seriously ill health. A need for minor stimulants.
Moon and Death (Pisces & Scorpio) --- A lover of history. Sentiment.
Moon and Temperance (Pisces & Sagittarius) --- A good time to attempt work
that has been piling up. A phase of controllable physical
Moon and Devil (Pisces & Capricorn) --- Physical wellbeing. Entrancement
with nature. Good (pleasant) weather.
Moon and Tower (Pisces & Mars) --- Emotional hard times. A period when
muddling through is important.
Moon and Star (Pisces & Aquarius) --- A time of serious effort. A feeling
Moon and Sun (Pisces & Sun) --- A time of hunger. Fasts are a good
thing with this omen. Also a danger of falling ill owing
to changes in temperature: colds, flu, pneumonia.
Childhood sicknesses. Danger to the young or the very
Moon and Judgment (Pisces & Fire) --- Poverty. Weariness. A time of
Moon and World (Pisces & Saturn) --- A need to join with others for
mutual protection. Good omen for starting a society or
club. Also national bad times.
In itself: Solar. Close affinity with nature. Happy personality.
Not given to deep thinking. Innocent and protected.
With the Major Trumps:
Sun and Fool (Sun & Air) --- Comfortable environment. Easy life.
Few responsibilities and little ambition.
Sun and Magician (Sun & Mercury) --- Good health and healing skills.
Quickness of movement.
Sun and High Priestess (Sun & Moon) --- Quick to make friends, but
at times a trial to friendship. Good omen for marriage.
Changeable but generally beneficial weather.
Sun and Empress (Sun & Venus) --- Indirect action. Intuition is a
preferred course over reason. Sunny weather.
Sun and Emperor (Sun & Aries) --- A person who wants to know
everything. The tendency to be unhappy unless in charge.
Sun and Hierophant (Sun & Taurus) --- Feelings and health strongly
linked to weather. An interest in botany and living
things in general.
Sun and Lovers (Sun & Gemini) --- Enduring friendship. Mental powers
greater than those symbolized by the Sun alone.
Sun and Chariot (Sun & Cancer) --- A winning personality. One who has
many unusually good traits from birth or upbringing.
Sun and Strength (Sun & Leo) --- A person possessed of a very
impressive demeanor. One who is naturally looked up to.
Sun and Hermit (Sun & Virgo) --- Wealth in an active sense. Knowing
one's place and enjoying it.
Sun and Wheel of Fortune (Sun & Jupiter) --- Riches as security. Good
luck with machinery.
Sun and Justice (Sun & Libra) --- A unique individual. Not dependent
on outside help or direction. A healthy family.
Sun and Hanged Man (Sun & Water) -- An egocentric individual.
Weakness in action. An "Anti-hero."
Sun and Death (Sun & Scorpio) --- One who lives in the present and for
the present in happy times.
Sun and Temperance (Sun & Sagittarius) --- Much like the Devil Trump taken
alone. An excessive feeling of restraint.
Sun and Devil (Sun & Capricorn) -- A need to hide. The ability to tune
in on the behavior of animals.
Sun and Tower (Sun & Mars) --- Difficult times but rewarding
experience. Excessively hot weather.
Sun and Star (Sun & Aquarius) --- One's talents are recognized and put
to work by someone else. A need to respect one's material
and intellectual superiors.
Sun and Moon (Sun & Pisces) --- An increase of willpower. A good time
to start a diet. Also enforced restraint, possibly from
minor illness or embarrassment.
Sun and Judgment (Sun & Fire) --- A situation in which one will
clearly lose and another clearly gain. Division between
rich and poor, powerful and weak.
Sun and World (Sun & Saturn) --- Increase in the influence of the
Diurnal cycle. All things come to him or her who waits
In itself: Fiery. Willful. Prone to exaggerations and moralizing.
Occasionally violent. Very honest in all dealings.
With the Major Trumps:
Judgment and Fool (Fire & Air) --- Overwhelming compulsions. May
attract "poltergeist" phenomena. Exacting personality.
Judgment and Magician (Fire & Mercury) --- Very strong will. A good
time to read a difficult book or undertake a hard task.
Judgment and High Priestess (Fire & Moon) --- The gift of
psycohmetry. Ability to learn by "mental osmosis."
Allowing guilt feelings is unwise.
Judgment and Empress (Fire & Venus) --- The body is sensitive to many
things. Clairvoyance and clairaudience likely.
Judgment and Emperor (Fire & Aries) --- Transition to a new peak of
accomplishment. Psychokinesis may occur. Don't try to
Judgment and Hierophant (Fire & Taurus) --- Tendency to excess in
matters of judgment. Don't make decisions regarding
Judgment and Lovers (Fire & Gemini) --- Powerful personal links can be
formed. Necromancy and other spiritualistic activities
Judgment and Chariot (Fire & Cancer) --- Good time for abstract
thinking. Time is an enemy in material affairs.
Judgment and Strength (Fire & Leo) --- An entertaining person to
watch, but a difficult person to be. Exaggerated self
Judgment and Hermit (Fire & Virgo) --- Be careful of physical needs.
Diminished energy may fail suddenly, leaving the defenses
Judgment and Wheel of Fortune (Fire & Jupiter) --- A strong person with
a dangerous temper. Tendency to ignore others.
Judgment and Justice (Fire & Libra) --- The full discriminatory powers
of the Lovers Trump taken alone. An exacting mind.
Judgment and Hanged Man (Fire & Water) --- A person who is easily
trusted. Beware of taking on too many obligations.
Judgment and Death (Fire & Scorpio) --- Don't try to think. The mind
may move too quickly for rational thought. Relax and
Judgment and Temperance (Fire & Sagittarius) --- Icy calmness. Most
elements of personality are suppressed. Good time to take
Judgment and Devil (Fire & Capricorn) --- A person who has no need for
fear on the material plane. Unquestioned strength.
Judgment and Tower (Fire & Mars) --- Restraint is necessary. Too
excitable. With restraint, a good time to do physical
Judgment and Star (Fire & Aquarius) --- Success in a definite task. Not
a time to change jobs.
Judgment and Moon (Fire & Pisces) --- Be willing to except help,
otherwise be ready to go without.
Judgment and Sun (Fire & Sun) --- A time to play to win. A loss now
will be long lasting. So will a victory.
Judgment and World (Fire & Saturn) --- A person is about to change
completely. May signal a need to avoid further
divination. Like the Fool Trump alone.
In itself: Saturnian but positive. Physical wellbeing. Harmonious
state of existence. The passage of time and the state of
With the Major Trumps:
World and Fool (Saturn & Air) --- Either utter failure or spiritual
transcendence. Fate, predestination.
World and Magician (Saturn & Mercury) --- One who builds objects of
beauty. Mastery of the arts of dissembling and illusion.
World and High Priestess (Saturn & Moon) --- Loneliness. One who
"knows too much." A medium. An autistic.
World and Empress (Saturn & Venus) --- One who is in tune with being
alive. Idyllic existence. Peace in worldly matters.
World and Emperor (Saturn & Aries) --- A feeling of being centered, of
being in a well-ordered environment. Also a sense of
being tied down.
World and Hierophant (Saturn & Taurus) --- Formality. Written
agreements. Etiquette. Symbolic or dramatic actions and
World and Lovers (Saturn & Gemini) --- The details of family life in
terms of the world: taxes, insurance, wills, in-laws, etc.
World and Chariot (Saturn & Cancer) --- The need to be led or directed.
Also a system of guidance, a plan or system of
World and Strength (Saturn & Leo) --- Nervous tension. The need to
feel busy. Mental health requires physical exercise,
World and Hermit (Saturn & Virgo) --- Heightened awareness of the
environment. Clear mind and sharp senses.
World and Wheel of Fortune (Saturn & Jupiter) --- A change of luck.
Possible violent disturbance. A fight or a
World and Justice (Saturn & Libra) --- Use of materials at hand.
Organization of social forces. Vengeance. Repayment of
World and Hanged Man (Saturn & Water) --- Like the Fool and the World in
some ways. A "thing in itself". A self contained
World and Death (Saturn & Scorpio) --- Compulsive activity, especially
labor to produce or complete something. A sense of
World and Temperance (Saturn & Sagittarius) --- Schizophrenic withdrawal. The
need to escape or shut something out. Also completion of
a project. Sometimes over saturation of the mind.
World and Devil (Saturn & Capricorn) --- Time and the use or control of all
activities involving time. Environmental limits.
World and Tower (Saturn & Mars) --- Good workmanship. What will happen
is the best to be expected. Attempts at improvement are
World and Star (Saturn & Aquarius) --- A person comfortable and productive.
A sense of being in the right place, job or situation.
World and Moon (Saturn & Pisces) --- Hard times promote togetherness. A
good time to join a group.
World and Sun (Saturn & Sun) --- Patience is wise. An opportunity
should be expected soon. Be ready for something new.
World and Judgment (Saturn & Fire) --- A new situation entirely. If
further divination is attempted, it will be difficult to
understand the results.
THE MINOR TRUMPS IN DIVINATION
Copyright (c) 1989 by Bill Heidrick
ACE OF WANDS
This card symbolizes great mental or spiritual power. It
suggests a successful result in readings that deal with abstractions
or detached mental states. The fire of will is a proper meaning of
the card; but not will to action, more an "all-seeing eye" or "tooth
of judgment" kind of will. The only negative meaning for this card is
a tendency to avoid worldly concerns. The Ace of Wands is the picture
of primal dominion of the mind. It is not a card of violence or
relative dominance. Especially favorable cards with the Ace of Wands
include the Fool, Magician, Emperor, Strength, Hermit, Tower, Judgment
and the Six of Wands. Although they are not exactly unfavorable with
this Ace. The Devil, Temperance and the World may suggest with this
Ace a period of drastic awakening.
TWO OF WANDS
Arrogant and silent pride is the most serious fault suggested by
this card. On the positive side, it represents self expression and
self confidence. A person represented by this card would expect
others to obey and practically venerate him or her. The affinities
and discords to this card are those of the Emperor and the Tower.
THREE OF WANDS
The fault here is a tendency to become too involved in directing
the lives of others in accordance with personal opinions. The Three
is easier going than the Two and therefore less austere. This is a
person who is a good leader and a person who fully accepts the valid
love of self. For the relationship this card has to other Tarot
cards, see the divination suggestions for the Emperor and the Sun.
FOUR OF WANDS
This card may warn that one's work will not receive due credit.
The person represented by this card is almost too successful in
expressing ideas; others may think they originated the ideas
themselves. The Four is a very good card for family and mature
relationships. Similar to the Emperor and the Empress Trumps.
FIVE OF WANDS
This card can represent premature idealism. It also predicts
anarchy or poor coordination. When the Four of Wands comes up in a
reading, it often points to an area of misapplied theory. This card
is a sign of the need for hard work and reevaluation of goals and
methods. "Chicken lieutenants", "buck privates", high school or
college sophomores and newly elected presidents are personality types
represented by this card. The affinities and discords are those of
Strength and the World.
SIX OF WANDS
This is the most favorable of all the Wand number cards other
than the Ace. The basic meaning is well placed idealism combined with
power to act. The card suggests genius and success. As a
personality, this is one who is well versed at leading others, but not
by fraud or trickery. The card means good luck. It is like Strength
and the Wheel of Fortune.
SEVEN OF WANDS
This card represents one-track-mindedness in a positive fashion.
When it appears in a reading, the Seven of Wands points to an area of
productive stubbornness. A person like this card would pick a worthy
goal or role in life and then stick to it come hell or high water.
This can also be a leader who dominates physically rather than
mentally. Much like Strength and the Tower in all combinations.
EIGHT OF WANDS
Nervous haste and rash experiment are often valid meanings for
this card. In situations where excitement is desirable as well as
situations in which quick decision is important, this is a very good
card. As a personality, the eight may match a manic type or a "jack
of all trades and master of none." This card is much like the Five of
Wands, but less prone to pain unless found with Saturnian cards.
Affinities and discords are like the Magician and Temperance combined.
NINE OF WANDS
This card is for city dwellers and strong social structure. It
represents a lot of restraint and standoffishness combined with many
minor talents and interests. More Nine of Wands people are found in
New York than in Los Angeles. This card may also warn of tensions
from many sources. It suggests the need for an occasional vacation.
Like the High Priestess combined with Temperance.
TEN OF WANDS
This card shows a situation gone a bit too far. It suggests a
need for new activities and for reevaluation of interests. In
readings concerning existing relationships, this card warns of the
need for renewed efforts toward mutual intimacy. If such a warning is
ignored, unhappiness is likely and, in the case of marriage, a danger
of eventual divorce. The Ten of Wands is much like a more negative
version of the Seven of Wands. In situations where great endurance is
necessary, this is a very good card, although it is not a prediction
of an easy time. Much like Temperance combined with the World.
ACE OF CUPS
This card symbolizes great spiritual or emotional success. It
suggests a happy result in readings that deal with desires and
involved emotional states. "Water of feelings" is the proper meaning
of the card, especially feelings that are satisfied through
relationships and discovery of a calm situation. The negative meaning
is stagnation and inactivity once peace is found. This card promises
happiness and fulfillment if well situated in a reading --- in poor
situation, failure or difficulty in the same area. Especially
favorable cards include the Hanged Man, High Priestess (usually),
Empress, Lovers, Chariot, Hermit, Death (usually), Tower, Star (some
stagnation danger), Moon, Sun, Two of Cups, Three of Cups, Six of
Cups, Nine of Cups and Ten of Cups. Difficulties in attaining peace
are suggested by the Emperor (control needed), Strength (sometimes),
Justice, Temperance, Devil, Judgment, most of the Swords, Five of Cups
and Eight of Cups.
TWO OF CUPS
This is the special card of Love in the Tarot. It may refer to
birth, sexual matters or hand-fasting; but it is mainly a card of
innocent and romantic love. The most probable faults are like those of
the Seven of Cups --- being impractical. The traditional meaning of
this card is one of the oldest in Tarot. See also the divination
suggestions for the Empress and the Chariot.
THREE OF CUPS
This card relates especially to parties and peak experiences.
The emotional state that it represents is not a lasting one. It may
signal a time of simple joy of living or of easy work. Like the
Magician and the Chariot taken together.
FOUR OF CUPS
Moments of peace. Times when the world seems to decide that it
owes a person a living and security. This is the card of the "Good
Life". Like many of the Cups, the situations represented by this card
are not always lasting. Like the High Priestess and the Chariot.
FIVE OF CUPS
This is the card of emotional dissatisfaction. As a secondary
meaning, it predicts all manner of minor physical and mental
discomforts --- those that often accompany the suppression of real
desires. In very positive settings, this is the card of change for
the better. The meaning of this card is similar to the combined
meanings of Death and the Tower.
SIX OF CUPS
This is the card of proper place and of happiness. It does not
suggest great accomplishment, but rather a state of earthly peace and
contentment. like the Sun and Death.
SEVEN OF CUPS
False Hope is the meaning of the card. It warns that all that
glitters is not gold. This card also warns of the danger of resting
at the wrong time. The best cards with this one are found in the suit
of swords --- but only if its warning is heeded. Like the Empress and
EIGHT OF CUPS
Like the Five of Cups, but more positive. Also the card of the
Thief. This card warns against making plans or promises. A
successful situation will become intolerable. Like the World and the
Moon in some respects.
NINE OF CUPS
This is the card of acceptance of limitation and best use of
limited means. More than any other, this is the card of settling down
--- not in marriage necessarily, but from the recognition that the
years of adolescence have passed. A bit like the Wheel of Fortune and
TEN OF CUPS
The card of a good life, but not "The Good Life". This Minor
Trump promises enough strength to get through almost any minor
problem, with average success. Owing to a tendency among designers of
Tarot decks, this card usually loses some of its negative qualities
to the corresponding card in the suit of Swords. For this reason, the
Ten of Cups resembles only the more cheerful aspects of the combined
Major Trumps of the Moon and the Tower. Its mate, the Ten of Swords,
in turn represents only the more negative aspects of the Lovers and
ACE OF SWORDS
This card symbolizes practical or rational will. It suggests
victory in planning and in carrying out a task --- especially a
material one. This is the card of pragmatic concentration. "The air
of active purpose" is the proper meaning of the card. The negative
meaning is impatience with delay, dislike of purely spiritual mental
states and shortness of temper. In a good situation this card
predicts smooth success. In a negative situation this card predicts
pain, anger and the loss of hope. Especially favorable cards include
the Emperor, Hierophant, Chariot, Strength, Hermit, Justice, Sun,
Judgment, World, Two of Swords, Six of Swords and most of the Coins.
Unfavorable cards include the Fool, Lovers (often), Wheel of Fortune
(sometimes), Hanged Man, Devil, Star, Moon, Three of Swords, Five of
Swords, Nine and Ten of Swords (often), and most of the Wands. The
Ace of Swords acquires more importance with the High Priestess,
Magician, Death and Tower.
TWO OF SWORDS
This card refers to a quiet state in which the drive to action is
preoccupied with or distracted by several matters. The result is a time
of industry and peace. There is enough to do that stagnation doesn't
occur, but there is no one great task to accomplish. This card can
also refer to a state of indecision or truce. Much like the
combination of Justice and the High Priestess.
THREE OF SWORDS
This is the card of frustration and impatience. It does not
indicate anything like giving up, unless very badly aspected. As a
personality type, this is a person who succeeds by working very hard
and keeping at it. Often such a person will vent his or her anger on
the innocent. Like the Major Trumps Justice and the World together.
FOUR OF SWORDS
This is the card of Pyrrhic victory. It indicates a state of
success but not comfort. Inactivity is also indicated. As a
personality type, this is a complainer over trifles or someone who
needs to sleep and improve his or her physical and mental health a
little bit. Like the cards of Justice and the Wheel of Fortune
FIVE OF SWORDS
This is the card of overconfidence and excessive will. For a
graphic picture, think of a sledge hammer being used with bad aim on a
thumbtack --- or perhaps a cross eyed archer. The admonition of the
card is: Take a break. Check your equipment. Reconsider. The
meaning is like the Empress with the Star.
SIX OF SWORDS
This is the card of a successful bumbler, one who does things the
hard way but succeeds in the end. A good card for a comedian but a
bad card for a coworker. Training in grammar school or high school is
deficient. Like the Magician and the Star.
SEVEN OF SWORDS
Something trivial is wrong. This is the card of hesitation and
wrinkles. These people are always looking for something, but they
don't know quite where to look. Don't get contact lenses if this card
comes up. Like the High Priestess and the Star, but a little less
EIGHT OF SWORDS
This is the card of the onerous burden. It signifies a person
who dislikes his or her work but does it anyway. An example would be
a person who hates cigarette smoke but has a good paying job with a
boss who chain smokes. Such a person doesn't come up to full
potential. However, a few positive cards will make the Eight of
Swords an excellent card. Like the Lovers and the Wheel of Fortune
combined but poorly aspected by other cards.
NINE OF SWORDS
This is the card of a bad match. It often means living with
someone you can't stand, like the Lovers and the Tower badly aspected.
If other very positive combinations of cards occur with the Nine of
Swords, the situation can change to utter ecstasy.
TEN OF SWORDS
This is the card of death and rebirth without physical death. In
the Golden Dawn system, this card is called "Ruin" --- that is only
true in a subjective sense and for a short time. The effect of this
card may seem a bit like being run over by a steam roller, but it is
the royal road to greatness. Like the Lovers and the Sun in bad
aspect. Usually followed by a good aspect, but there is always a
danger of being distracted when opportunity finally knocks.
ACE OF COINS
This card represents great material stability and strong physical
situation. It is an excellent card in readings that deal with
physical things or money matters. It's also the card of a well
governed home or country. "Earth of strong firmness" is the proper
meaning. In negative situations, this card means the absence of
change and total inflexibility. Favorable cards include Empress,
Emperor, Wheel of Fortune (usually), Temperance, Sun, World, most
Wands and Cups and the Two, Three, Four, Six, Nine and Ten of coins.
Negative cards with the Ace of Coins include the Fool (only if
material gain is sought), High Priestess, Hermit, Justice, Hanged Man,
Death (one of the worst possible combinations), Devil (greed), Tower
(another very bad combination), and most of the Swords.
TWO OF COINS
This is the card of slight of hand and juggling. It is the
master card of all automatic actions, including reading the Tarot. If
too much thinking or distraction occurs, the Two of Coins is like the
Wheel of Fortune combined with the Devil in its effects.
THREE OF COINS
This is the card of substantial production. No allowance is
made for human weakness, but things are made well. Think of an old,
solidly built house groaning in the night. Much like the Devil and
the Tower, but not quite as negative.
FOUR OF COINS
This is the card of the solidity of stone. Think of the
strongest mass of rock or the firmest foundation you have ever seen.
Like the more positive aspects of the Devil and the Sun.
FIVE OF COINS
The card of discomfort and of being in the wrong place. Think of
sitting too long in an uncomfortable chair or of trying to use a small
screwdriver on a very large screw. Like a poor combination of the
Magician and the Hierophant.
SIX OF COINS
This is the card of the proper mind for the proper body. It
signifies a good match between direction and activity. Think of a
very well made machine. The same as the High Priestess combined with
SEVEN OF COINS
The card of the feelings of an artist for a work completely
finished, but done to someone else's specifications. This is the
card of an object pure and simple --- without any subjective value but
possessing almost perfect objective properties. In poor aspect, this
card suggests a sense of "let down". In good aspect, this is the card
of a perfect but unimportant result. Somewhat like the Hierophant
combined with the World.
EIGHT OF COINS
This is the card of a quiet life. It is the ideal earthly
equivalent of the Hermit Trump and is much like the Hermit combined
with the Sun. This is a human being with the soul of a large, warm
NINE OF COINS
The card of a person who has no unfulfilled needs or desires. A
rich person who never sees a poor person and doesn't really believe
anyone ever suffers. Think of legends about fairies who live long
lives in bliss, but die forever. If that is to difficult an image,
think of a pampered and happy cat sleeping in the sun. Like the
Hermit and the Empress combined and apart from all other cards.
TEN OF COINS
The card of absolute possession. Think of the universe in the
hand of the creator or of a breath of good air. This is the card of
the existentialist, and it is almost identical with the mental state
symbolized by the Fool. Like the Hermit combined with the Magician.
THE COURT CARDS IN DIVINATION
This approach is based on that of the Golden Dawn in some
particulars and on two other methods for relating to the Court Cards.
In all, three systematic factors enter in each interpretation: 1. The
social stereotypes of the West on gender and age (mainly noted in a
separate leading paragraph for Kings, Queens, etc. This can be used
or avoided as one sees fit) and a theory assuming the Wands are
Italian, Cups French, Swords Spanish and the Coins German national
stereotypes from the 12th century (treated lightly to give a little
more substance at random). 2. A theory that the 16 unmarked paths on
the Tree of Life diagram belong to the Court Cards (adapted from a
similar theory by David Hulse). To this is added a bit of Qabalistic
theory on the four suits and the four figures of the courts, noted at
the end of each interpretation. 3. The Golden Dawn allocation to
"Cusps" between signs of the Zodiac. This last factor permits
analysis of each Court card (except the Pages) in terms of three
decans between two adjacent signs. From the Decans, it becomes
possible to further allocate three Number Cards to each Court Card and
five Major Trumps to each Court card (again excepting Pages).
These interpretations were built up through contemplating the
effect of the three systems on each card. It is important to remember
that, while sexual and cultural stereotypes were used to develop the
interpretations, each Court Card can represent male or female.
THE FOUR KINGS
Stereotype: A King is a man of middle age or older. He has
passed his prime, but has considerable power as a result of the deeds
of his youth. He is inflexible in his ways, relatively firm and
dominating in his manner; but he is indirectly guided in all things by
his Queen. He takes a fatherly interest in the Pages and Knights. He
is sexually more interested in the Pages than in the Queens, but he is
not active. He tends to be conservative in his suit.
KING OF WANDS
Strong authority figure. This is a person who sets rigid moral
standards but does not force their rigid observance; one who gets
credit as a leader of what is actually tacit cooperation. In a mildly
negative way, this is the card of the aging cynic. The King of Wands
is impractical but stable, domineering but inwardly kind, a
philosopher figurehead. This person is a consolation in time of
trouble and a rallying point in society --- in normal times, a pain in
On the Tree of Life: A connection between Chokmah and Geburah.
There is a special affinity to Chokmah.
The King of Wands can be considered a combination of the Four of
Cups, Five of Wands and Six of Wands --- or Strength & Wheel of
Fortune, Strength & World, Chariot & High Priestess.
KING OF CUPS
Comfortable authority figure. This person is less concerned with
rigid standards than with "moral decay". Accordingly, there is a
closer relationship between what is said and what is done than for the
King of Wands. This king has few great and open accomplishments to
look back on, but possesses a fine sense of complex intrigue. This is
the card of an aging statesman. The King of Cups is conservative but
able, outwardly kind but inwardly a bit ruthless, a leader but
something of a "Godfather". This king is a person essential to any
government on any level, a real love-hate object.
On the Tree of Life: A connection between Chokmah and Hod. There
is a special affinity to Chokmah.
Like the Four of Swords, Five of Cups and Six of Cups --- or
Justice, Death, Wheel of Fortune, Tower and Sun.
KING OF SWORDS
A despot. This person is not concerned with any standards at
all, an intuitive type with relatively little intelligence,
stubbornness and little feeling for the needs of others. Such a
person is an effective guide in time of great trouble and a major
cause of trouble at any other time. The King of Swords is a dictator
who believes in the divine right of dictators: willful to the point of
seeming almost a force of nature --- like the more rigid type of
Father-gods. A dangerous mad man if opposed. This type of person
manifests in each of us when we must defend our lives.
On the Tree of Life: A connection between Chokmah and Yesod.
There is a special affinity to Chokmah.
Like the Four of Coins, Five of Swords and Six of Swords --- or
Devil, Sun, Star, Empress and Magician.
KING OF COINS
The forgotten one. This person has been the subject of authority
for long years, not powerful yet important. The average older person
who has labored long and finally retired on limited but adequate
means. The King of Coins may be a grandparent or may represent a
legacy. This person may be viewed as a burden, but is the source of
present prosperity. The King of Coins does not criticize in time of
peace but consoles in time of trouble. In some societies this person
is honored as a sage.
On the Tree of Life: A connection between Chokmah and Malkut.
There is a special affinity to Chokmah.
THE FOUR QUEENS
Stereotype: A Queen is a woman of middle age or older. She
retains some of the power of her prime. She is given to occasional
moments of insecurity, but her mind is strong and she is the power
behind the King's throne. Her feelings regarding Knights and Pages
are similar to the King's. She is somewhat conservative, but
possesses an intermittent radical streak.
QUEEN OF WANDS
Subtle authority figure. This person often deliberately states a
rule with the intent that the hearer will react in the desired
direction, a generous person with advice, a good listener. Often this
card represents an older person who seems helpless or mentally off,
yet indirectly controls most of the people around her. The Queen of
Wands seems insecure but is actually very stable, seems inactive but
indulges in considerable vicarious activity, seems weak but is
virtually indestructible. This person is an architect of the lives of
friends and children.
On the Tree of life, a connection from Binah to Chesed. There is
a special affinity to Binah.
Like the Ten of Cups, Two of Wands and Three of Wands --- or
Moon, Tower, Emperor and Sun.
QUEEN OF CUPS
The late bloomer. This person has had a traumatic experience in
life or has undergone a period of prolonged repression. The result is
a little like going directly from childhood into adulthood and only
then discovering adolescence. Occasionally this is an elderly person,
often divorced or otherwise unmarried, one who tends to have theories
of seduction, one who offers sexual advice. The Queen of Cups is
kindly but a little frantic, ardent but given to irregularity, noble
but fickle. If there was more calmness, this could become an ideal
state of maturity.
On the Tree of Life, a connection from Binah to Netzach. There
is a special affinity to Binah.
Like the Ten of Swords, Two of Cups and Three of Cups --- or
Lovers, Sun, Empress, Chariot and Magician.
QUEEN OF SWORDS
Possessive and frustrated. This person has clear ideas about
what is wanted but also has a difficulty in accepting what is
available. There is considerable physical security, but that only
aggravates this Queen. Consider having a place to stand from which
the World could be moved. All the pulleys are in place, but THE ROPE
IS TOO SHORT! The Queen of Swords is a good person to have in charge
as long as there is distraction from a secondary project, always tense
but usually able, plans well but rarely follows the plan, a good
executive but a bad boss.
On the Tree of Life, a connection from Binah to Yesod. There is
a special affinity to Binah.
Like the Ten of Coins, Two of Swords and Three of Swords --- or
Hermit, Magician, Justice, High Priestess and World.
QUEEN OF COINS
The plodder. This person possesses skill and sound health, but
lacks energy. An older individual does good work but may take longer
than others at the same task. Advice is given to the younger folk to
take their time and to stop worrying. The Queen of Coins is capable
but cannot be rushed, a daydreamer but also practical, fearless but
quiet. Without this kind of person humanity would have become extinct
half a million years ago.
On the Tree of Life, a connection from Binah to Malkut. There is
a special affinity to Binah.
Like the Ten of Wands, Two of Coins and Three of Coins --- or
Temperance, World, Devil, Wheel of Fortune and Tower.
THE FOUR KNIGHTS
Stereotype: A Knight is a man (or active+ woman) of any age
from late adolescence up to the middle years. The Knight is the chief
source of vitality for change in the world. All major works are done
by the efforts of the Knight. The Knight is commanded by the King,
guided by the Queen and inspired by the Page.
KNIGHT OF WANDS
Haste followed by care. This person has a tendency to react
quickly to any opportunity with an excessive set of hopes.
Immediately after starting activity, this person slows down and
abandons the big ideas. The result is very good work. The Knight of
Wands is exuberant but practical, given to false hopes but highly
resilient, excitable but not prone to depression. This person is
scary to be with, but no harm comes of it.
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Keter and Chesed.
There is a special affinity to Tipheret.
Like the Seven of Cups, Eight of Wands and Nine of Wands --- or
Empress, Death, Magician, Temperance and High Priestess.
KNIGHT OF CUPS
Restraint followed by caution. This person has a strongly
developed moral sense but recognizes a need to compromise with it in
practice. Such a person acts slowly with some doubts but completes
any activity in accordance with a clear original plan. The Knight of
Cups is a bit of a worrier but never quits, doubts but doesn't
hesitate in time of need, tells lies but can be trusted in action.
This is the conscientious but realistic business person.
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Keter and Geburah.
There is a special affinity to Tipheret.
Like the Seven of Swords, Eight of Cups and Nine of Cups --- or
Star, High Priestess, Moon, World and Wheel of Fortune.
KNIGHT OF SWORDS
The hard worker. This person doesn't fully understand or agree
with his or her task in life but is nonetheless willing and able to do
the necessary work. Such a person will rise above trying
circumstances every time and complete the needed duty. The Knight of
Swords may be a soldier but is never a murderer, questions but obeys,
complains but acts. This is the card of the wage earner.
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Keter and Netzach.
There is a special affinity to Tipheret.
Like the Seven of Coins, Eight of Swords and Nine of Swords ---
or Hierophant, World, Lovers, Wheel of Fortune and Tower.
KNIGHT OF COINS
The simple worker. This person is not unduly oppressed or
confused. He or she meets the minor strains of life and takes away a
good profit. Such a person is also knowledgeable and generally
comfortable. The Knight of Coins is common but not controlled,
ordinary but not trivial, quiet but not silent. This is what is
generally know as a normal human being.
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Keter and Hod. There
is a special affinity to Tipheret.
Like the Seven of Wands, Eight of Coins --- or Strength, Tower,
Hermit, Sun and Empress.
THE FOUR PAGES
Stereotype: A Page is a young person who is not treated as an
equal by a Knight, Queen or King. Such a person is given simple tasks
and watched closely. Pages are protected and the other courts hope
they will become Knights before trying to become Kings and Queens.
Pages are understandably frustrated a good deal of the time and lack
patience. Without them the whole world would stagnate.
PAGE OF WANDS
Idealistic and intellectual, kind but impractical. Tends to be
excitable but unfocused. Too much religion can be harmful. Often
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Yesod and Chesed.
There is a special affinity to Malkut.
PAGE OF CUPS
Romantic but moralistic. Needs heroes or heroines but
disillusions painfully. Tends toward an inferiority complex but is
actually quite capable and strong. Too much political experience can
be harmful. May be overweight or have a peculiar diet.
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Yesod and Geburah.
There is a special affinity to Malkut.
PAGE OF SWORDS
Physically active and quick. Short temper but tends to forgive
quickly. May become promiscuous at an early age. A delicate balance
of discipline is necessary, too much will leave drastic scars.
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Malkut and Chesed.
There is a special affinity to Malkut.
PAGE OF COINS
Quiet and slow. Needs pushing and encouragement. Tends to
hypochondria and early pregnancy or fatherhood. Parental benign
neglect will stunt growth. May be remembered in later years as "good
old what's 's/er name."
On the Tree of Life, a connection between Malkut and Geburah.
There is a special affinity to Malkut.
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