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Combining Astrology With Tarot

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The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a 19th century British occult society created a system of magic that wove together the Tarot with astrology and Kabbalah. Each Major Arcana card in the Tarot deck was given either a planetary or astrological sign association. These signs can be useful in providing timings for an event asked about in a reading (I explain further below). The Tarot cards were given the following associations (Pluto was added later as it was not discovered until 1930):

THE FOOL: AIR, URANUS
THE MAGICIAN: MERCURY
THE HIGH PRIESTESS: THE MOON
THE EMPRESS: VENUS
THE EMPEROR: ARIES (March 21 to April 20)
THE HIEROPHANT: TAURUS (April 21 to May 21)
THE LOVERS: GEMINI (May 22 to June 21)
THE CHARIOT: CANCER (June 22 to July 23)
STRENGTH: LEO (July 24 to August 23)
THE HERMIT: VIRGO (August 24 to September 23)
JUSTICE: LIBRA (September 24 to October 23)
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE: JUPITER
THE HANGED MAN: WATER:, NEPTUNE
DEATH: SCORPIO (October 24 to November 22)
TEMPERANCE: SAGITTARIUS (November 23 to December 21)
THE DEVIL: CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 20)
THE TOWER: MARS
THE STAR: AQUARIUS (January 21 to February 19)
THE MOON: PISCES (February 20 to March 20)
THE SUN: THE SUN
JUDGEMENT: FIRE, PLUTO
THE WORLD: SATURN

Suits And Minor Arcana

There are four Tarot suits in the Tarot deck: Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands. Each suit is associated with one of the four astrology elements:

Cups with Water
Pentacles with Earth
Swords with Air
Wands with Fire

Each element is vital for life and they are designed to support each other to maintain balance: without Air, Fire will die; without Water, Earth cannot survive. The system of elements and their relationship to distinct energies, or personality types, dates from the 4th century BCE and Aristotle's theory on the ratio of opposites. Fire was associated with warmth, Earth was dry, Air cool, and Water moist. Even from these basic descriptions, we can see implicit character traits: cool-headed, intelligent Air signs reveal the nature of the logical Swords; receptive Water signs link with emotional Cups. In astrology, each element relates to the 3 signs of the zodiac that share that element. For example, Water is linked to the water signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. This system can be helpful when trying to identify the identity of a Court card. For example, the Queen of Cups is a woman born under Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces:

Cups: Water: Summer
Star signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces
Pentacles with Earth: Autumn
Star signs: Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn
Swords with Air: Winter
Star signs: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
Wands with Fire: Spring
Star signs: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius

Using Astrology To Time Your Readings

If you are using a Tarot spread which has a position to indicate timing, then you can use astrology to predict that timing. If a Major Arcana card falls in the timing position, and it is associated with an astrological sign, you can use this to predict timing. For example, the Hermit relates to Virgo, so the influence of this card may occur between August 24 and September 23. The influence of the Devil is linked to the time of Capricorn, between December 22 and January 20; interestingly, this relates to the Christmas and New Year period, when we are tempted to overindulge. You can also note if one Tarot element dominates. For example if you draw mainly Cups in a spread, this indicates the event in question is likely to occur in summer. Pentacles indicate autumn, Swords winter and Wands indicates spring.

About Astrology

Unless combined with Tarot, astrology is not generally meant as a divination (prediction) tool. Primarily it is meant to tell you the truth about yourself, although it can suggest a likely life course. It is like holding a mirror up to yourself, wherein all your talents, failings, prejudices and passions; as well as your probability for success are revealed. Whether this information helps you or not, depends on what you do with it. For example if your star sign suggests that you are mean with money, it implies you will also be mean in other areas of your life including love and affection. Knowing this, you can choose to fight and change your natural instincts (for the better), or to accept them as part of your life. There is always free will. Astrology is the study of the effects that the sun, moon and other planets have on the Earth and humans, plants and animals. It dates back to prehistoric times when people first noticed that the Sun and Moon had powerful effects on harvests, animals, seas and humans. Knowing your Sun or Star sign (as seen in typical horoscopes in magazines) is only a tiny part of astrology. Ideally you should ask a professional astrologer to create a birth chart (you will need to know the exact time/hour of your birth as well as location, town or city of your birth). This will provide a detailed diagram of the sky, showing exactly where all the planets were placed on the minute/hour of your birth in the year you born, and it also takes into account the geographical location of your birth. You will be amazed by the individual detail such a chart can provide about your character, strengths and weaknesses.

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