Excerpts from the book and deck:
Both Druidry and Wicca are Mystery Schools: traditions that involve initiations of increasing depth as the candidate moves from the Outer to the Inner Mysteries, and for this reason it makes a great deal of sense to approach the Mysteries of the Tarot in the same way. By developing your knowledge of the cards’ meanings with the sequence presented here, you may have a very real sense of slowly penetrating to the heart of the Mysteries. In this way the journey of learning about the cards becomes part of the journey of your own spiritual development. …

The Court Cards
Imagine four tribes, four families, converging from four different directions to arrive at the mead-hall of Tara, or at the great circle of Stonehenge, or for a celebration in a forest grove or beside a coven hearth. Each family of mother and father, son and daughter come from North, South, East and West. When they are gathered they are sixteen people, who in symbolic terms represent sixteen personality types, or sixteen facets of that single mysterious entity - the human being. From the North, the realm of Earth and hence Pentacles, come practical, earthy, sensuous people…

Take the 16 court cards and lay them out in front of you: imagine them as these four tribes, four families, that are gathering…

THE PRINCESSES, sometimes called Pages in other decks, symbolise youthful potential as yet unfulfilled, or projects in their infancy. Sometimes they can indicate actual children or babies, or they may signify a young person, or someone young in spirit, a student, or someone starting out on a new venture. Keywords: Potential, Beginnings, Exploration, Study.

THE PRINCESS OF SWORDS – A person represented by this card will tend to take a detached view of life. Sometimes this can be helpful, since it offers an objectivity that allows for clarity and discrimination. At other times, though, this approach can prevent the person fully experiencing the world in all its depth and passion. The detachment of the Princess of swords can separate her from her feelings, and others may experience her as isolated or distant. If this applies to you, it is perhaps time to develop an awareness of when your detachment is beneficial and when it is counter-productive and a denial of your full potential…

THE KINGS - symbolise wisdom, maturity, accomplishment, success, authority and social responsibility…

THE KING OF WANDS – is the ideal person to be in charge of an organisation. He can hold the vision, and with the dynamism, enthusiasm and optimism that come so naturally to him, he can inspire others to co-operate with him. Decisive and strong-willed, he can sometimes fail to appreciate others’ points of view, and may even appear unsympathetic or intolerant when relating to others peoples’ negativity, weakness or despair, since he experiences these feelings so rarely. With maturity, however, comes wisdom and compassion, and as a King of Wands gains experience he may well learn to temper his wilfulness and tendency to be a ‘know it all’. His natural ability to be a leader, combined with his affinity for the element of Fire, and hence dragons, reminds us of the Pendragon of Arthurian legend, and of Druid ritual…

7 of penticles
8 of swords
Seven of Pentacles
Eight of Swords

 


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