2 The High Priestess

The High Priestess tarot card sits at number 2. She is the mystery of life, the great unknown. She symbolises in life all that we are unable to perceive. She sits in front of the veil to the portal to all answers to the universe. She represents the cause behind all actions and all creations.

When we fall still during meditation we are able to go beyond the veil and find answers to our questions regarding life and its meaning. Thus we gain insight and understanding.

In practice she symbolises one of mankind’s greatest mysteries-conception-the enigma of life itself. All life is created through the High Priestess, nothing passes into creation except through her.

In readings she often places a block on the seeker gaining answers to their question for she refers to things which they currently cannot perceive or are unaware of.

I saw this distinctly for one woman who was in the middle of a long legal battle. When the High Priestess was turned I suggested that certain information was being withheld, and that she would be wise to delve deeper and request more information from her opponent. At the time of the reading she very much believed that everything necessary had been disclosed, however several months later she phoned to thank me saying that she had pushed for further disclosures and been quite amazed by what had surfaced. She thus managed to win her case.

When reversed the High Priestess implies that the questioner does know something vital to their situation yet is unaware of it. Very often the answer to the problem we are struggling to resolve is right under our nose and we fail to see it.

Thus when the card is reversed it is a sign to trust ourselves.

0 The Fool

The Fool tarot card sits at 0. He is the ouroboros, the snake eating its own tail, self-sustaining. He is life and death and the perpetuation of the soul from one cycle to the next. He is undifferentiated and unmanifest. He is the beginning and he is the end.

The body dies and falls to disintegration, but the soul continues on its journey to perfection and fulfilment. With each new incarnation the soul yearns to be free from the boundaries and invisible shackles it has brought with it from previous incarnations in the form of karma.

Unwittingly we obey the call of the oughts and shoulds which bite at our tail, until eventually we break free and run towards the truth which only our own soul can know and fully understand.

It is then that others cry *Fool* as we leave behind all that we have built, earnt, craved or desired; for the truth is stronger than money, a job or apparent security. Freedom comes from within and not from without, and often the Fool depicts not the running away from established physical burdens but the inner peace we find deep inside during difficult times. To be true to our self against the odds is freedom. To be independent. To follow the dictates of our heart and soul rather than allow the crowd to sway us, or family to influence us, or early environmental conditioning to deter us; that is when we step into the power of the Fool.

Practical examples I have seen in readings :-
For one woman it showed that she was willingly walking away from a career that she felt her parents had pushed her into. She gave up this very lucrative career in order to pursue what she felt was her true calling of training to be a nurse.
For one young man it showed his decision to travel extensively before embarking on his studies at university. “I need to ensure that I study the correct subjects,” he admitted. “I’ve signed up for history and politics and right now I’m not sure if that is my true path or simply something I am doing because everyone thinks I ought to as I gained such good grades.”
For one woman The Fool showed her decision to leave her marriage. “Everyone says that I ought to stay for the sake of the children,” she said. “But quite frankly the arguing and stress is making them miserable. We will probably be much poorer, but far happier if we don’t live with him any more.”

The Fool symbolises our ability to let go and be non-attached.

When reversed the Fool indicates clinging on to inhibiting and limiting patterns of action and reaction. In some respects it symbolises fear of the future and a lack of trust in life. People who have the Fool reversed are loathe to take risks and abide by the rules of life as dictated by early conditioning of oughts and shoulds.
For one man it represented an inability to drop commitments and have some fun, even though he was due holiday leave from work. “I can’t just leave my responsibilities,” he griped, and then stared wistfully out of the window as if freedom evaded him.

For one woman the Fool reversed quite literally showed her shackled to the drudgery of looking after her elderly mother. “I can’t just walk out of the door on my own anymore,” she moaned. “My mother can’t be left alone even for a minute these days.” When I asked if she had considered respite care the woman was horrified. “Never!” she said adamantly, “It has been offered but one really should take responsibility for ones own kin, I can’t leave her with a stranger!” Thus it transpired that it was not so much her mother who shut her in but her own limiting ideas about how one should or should not deal with the situation. Help was at hand yet she refused to even consider investigating various possibilities.

1 The Magician

The Magician tarot card sits at number 1. He is 1 and at one with himself and all creation.
The Magician symbolises new beginnings, initiative and the ability to perform right action at any given moment. He is master of his own destiny.
Adeptly he chooses from the tools at his disposal, the sword of discrimination, the baton of energy, the cup of emotion or the coin of wisdom and wealth.
He uses them so deftly that it is as if he performs magic.
By being wholly in tune with his environment and with others he never makes one error of judgment. He is precise, exact and therefore appears to perform tasks in a far more efficient manner than others.

To fully understand the Magician close your eyes and imagine a simple scenario. Let a scene unfold in your mind’s eye. Any situation that you like, either a real one that you have experienced or a total fantasy. Now bring the Magician into play. What is happening in your imagination? Are there other people involved or is it purely a personal quest? What choices are you making? Who is directing the scene? Yourself or some inner voice that inhibits a natural response? How does the Magician react?

Let me guide the meditation for you. Close your eyes and imagine that you walk into a room and come upon a small child that is distressed? What is your reaction? Do you use the cup of emotion and rush over to embrace the child and comfort? Or does the Magician in you quickly take in the entire scene and note that the child is screaming because the house is on fire? How does the Magician react now? Does he stop to cuddle or does he quickly scoop the child up and run from the building, not caring if the child yells or kicks?

In every scenario in our life we are constantly bombarded with choices that need to be made. This is where we need to use the sword of discrimination and choose right action. The sword is intellect but the baton is response, the energy to get on with the task in hand. The cups bestow us with compassion while the coins ground us, ensuring that amidst activity we remember to stop and eat or rest.

The Magician is calm but can also be feisty.
Go back to our imaginary scene with the small child. Let us now imagine that we have entered the wrong house by mistake and that the child is completely unknown to us. Does this change our perspective? What thoughts are running through your mind as you read this? In your mind’s eye are you dithering because the child is unknown and that the parents might be cross if you touch their child? Or are you enraged that the child is unattended while the house burns down? Do you still pick the child up and rush from the building, or do you also call out to see if anyone else is around?

When the Magician in us leaps into play we always perform correct action. Often we amaze ourselves.
“I just did it,” we find ourselves saying, and wonder how we achieved such a perfect rendition of a piece of music, or sailed through closing a complicated business deal without getting confused or stressed.
The only down side of living in harmony with the Magician within us is that lesser mortals are inclined to become envious of our apparent ease with which we handle complex situations. Never let them put you off. More worthy individuals will offer praise, applause and appropriate reward for our skills.
The Magician within us is self confident but never arrogant.

In practice during a reading the Magician symbolises not only new beginnings but also the questioner’s ability to take initiative in any projects in which they are currently involved.
I see the card well placed for many prosperous business men showing that they are literally *on the ball* and excellent decision makes and coordinators. They do not get stressed in their work but thrive on challenge, which is why they are so successful.
For one woman I saw the card wonderfully placed within the spread indicating renewed strength after a serious illness. “I have a true interest in life again,” she said excitedly. “My mind feels so alert, and my body isn’t tired any more.”

When reversed the Magician tells the opposite story.
The reversed card indicates an inability to act spontaneously and a sense of constantly *getting it wrong*. In its wake come feelings of failure and inadequacy.
Often the reversed Magician shows that the questioner does not know what to do next in their life, what action to take or which interests to pursue.
For one young woman it indicated that she did not know how to deal with the problems arising in her relationship. “I don’t know what to do next,” she admitted. “Trying to reason with him doesn’t seam to work. Not even sleeping with him helps. Perhaps I should leave him, but that doesn’t seam right at the moment either.”

2 The High Priestess

The High Priestess tarot card sits at number 2. She is the mystery of life, the great unknown. She symbolises in life all that we are unable to perceive. She sits in front of the veil to the portal to all answers to the universe. She represents the cause behind all actions and all creations.

When we fall still during meditation we are able to go beyond the veil and find answers to our questions regarding life and its meaning. Thus we gain insight and understanding.

In practice she symbolises one of mankind’s greatest mysteries-conception-the enigma of life itself. All life is created through the High Priestess, nothing passes into creation except through her.

In readings she often places a block on the seeker gaining answers to their question for she refers to things which they currently cannot perceive or are unaware of.

I saw this distinctly for one woman who was in the middle of a long legal battle. When the High Priestess was turned I suggested that certain information was being withheld, and that she would be wise to delve deeper and request more information from her opponent. At the time of the reading she very much believed that everything necessary had been disclosed, however several months later she phoned to thank me saying that she had pushed for further disclosures and been quite amazed by what had surfaced. She thus managed to win her case.

When reversed the High Priestess implies that the questioner does know something vital to their situation yet is unaware of it. Very often the answer to the problem we are struggling to resolve is right under our nose and we fail to see it.

Thus when the card is reversed it is a sign to trust ourselves.

3 The Empress

The Empress tarot card sits at number 3.

The Empress is Mother Nature. She is the life force that gives birth to all creation. She is abundant and fruitful. Everything in life is born through her.

In a reading she is nature itself and symbolises the client’s ability to connect with the planet on which we dwell. She therefore gives a love of plants and a propensity towards gardening and the arts when chosen in connection to career path.

She depicts the true nature with which we are born. When well placed during a reading she indicates that the questioner is using their talents to the full, and when reversed she indicates the opposite. Thus she symbolises a block to using ones inherent gifts and an inability to reach full creative potential.

The Empress also symbolises birth itself. Many women come for a reading to ask about pregnancy and future children. The Empress indicates easy childbirth and fertility, but only the High Priestess will show conception.

The Empress also depicts any project that we wish to give birth to, whether it be a business venture or a house move.

She is the creative power within us all.

4 The Emperor

The Emperor tarot card sits at number 4

The Emperor represents the feeling of “I AM” which we all possess.


When we possess a positive feeling of “I AM” then we conduct ourselves in an authoritative, easy manner. There is no ego conflict because we do not feel under threat or in competition with anyone else.

In a reading the Emperor depicts our confidence within our chosen field of expertise, In business it is the wise leader, the boss who can maintain control without losing popularity. At home it is the parent who guides their children with love coupled with assertiveness.

Only when reversed does the Emperor become bigoted and egotistical, refusing to compromise, and insisting that he is right at all costs.

Thus upright we find the authoritative director, the approachable parent and the natural leader: while reversed we come across stubbornness, egotism and tyranny.