Q. What is your favourite card (both in terms of deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)
The Tower – The Arthurian Deck
I adore this card. Most often the Tower is viewed quite negatively but in this particular deck it’s a beautiful expression of the real meaning behind the Tower. As you can see from the card, the lightening bolt has stuck the physical tower but the SPIRIT of the tower is whole and energised.
The Tower follows the Devil. It’s through the Tower that we break out of hell. Where there was once only darkness, now there is now light – brilliant and shocking. Yes the Tower doesn’t mince its words so to speak. When it appears in a reading, it is a harbinger of irrevocable change and even when change is positive, it can still be stressful! But the ‘shock to the system’ is sometimes necessary to catapult us from the shadows into the light. Traditionally, this card is associated with Mars but whenever I see it, I think of Uranus. Because the spirit of the Tower shines so brightly in this pack, I often receive The Tower in combination with the Ace of Wands to mean ‘psychic knowing’.
Lastly, on a personal level, I love this cards because I have a strong spiritual connection to owls and of course the starry zodiac symbols appeal to the astrologer in me 🙂
Two of Cups
Generally, my favourite card in any deck is the Two of Cups. The one I am showing here is from the Legend Arthurian Tarot. For me, the Two of Cups generates that wonderful feeling of being in love and having someone at your side. It reminds me of the meaning behind everything which is only love. It is love – mind, body and soul. The Ten of Cups of course is second favourite. Whilst for many people, it is the Lovers card that they refer to for romantic love, the Lovers has never meant that in a reading for me. The Lovers alone tends to be about platonic love or an important decision or choice between two paths. That said, the Lovers and the Devil card together does come up to show sex pure and simple, so it retains some of its traditional meaning!
Ace of Wands
I also love the Ace of Wands as for me it represents clarity. The image shown here is from the Radiant Rider Waite deck. When the Ace of Wands appears in a reading, it’s like someone just switched a torch on in the dark. Often it represents that something has come clear, a previous confusion has been clarified. It can also show up to represent the enthusiasm of that great idea for a novel or something you want to do in your life that gives you a real thrill even to just think about it! There are occasions when the Ace of Wands can represent something more difficult, like finding out your partner has been having an affair or getting dreaded test results back from the doctor that finally give a diagnosis. Whilst these latter examples are stressful, the essence of the card remains the same – the way ahead has been cleared now that you have all the information to hand. So despite any difficulties, at least now you know exactly what is happening which is a much better starting point!
The Guiding Star
And lastly, whenever I investigate a new deck, I always turn to the Star card first. Much as the card itself offers up the concept of being guided, I look at the Star to guide me as to whether I can work with a deck. This gorgeous Star is from the Gilded Tarot deck.
What are your favourites?