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Transpersonal Synthesis: Procession of the Archetypes (Minor)

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Fifty-Six Minor Arcana Pips in the Tarot. Imagery used in this analysis was drawn from the Universal Waite Tarot Deck; distributed exclusively by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Intuitive interpretations by Joseph H. Bryan-Royster, Ph.D. Qualities of Character for Metaphysical Counseling...

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King of Wands - Honesty

This is generally a positive image when it is considered in a counseling session. This archetype represents the quality of honesty. A person who is conscientious, mature in the wisdom of life, and also friendly in nature. He is sympathetic and his educational background, through the experiential process of life-learning, enables him to share the fruits of his wisdom with others. He is devoted and known by his fatherly image. His appearance in a counseling session may signify some good news concerning other people and/or an inheritance in the near future. This image is considered to be favorable. The King of Wands is prosperous in his own right, and therefore is a good example for monetary management. His honesty proves that his acquisition of this material wealth was done according to "The Golden Rule." Should this image be representative of an individual in the life of the client, the person is usually married and may be considered to be a gentleman in how he functions socially. He is generous in his nature and so does not hesitate to give aid when it is needed by another. He is active in all of his positive qualities and is a person upon whom the Client may rely when it comes to matters of honesty, sympathy, devotion, prosperity, generosity, etc. He sets a good example.

State of Mind: Honesty, Mature, Wise, Devoted, Friendly, Sympathetic, Educated, Married, Conscientiousness, Severity, Dogmatic, Deliberate, Austerity, Excessive and exaggerated ideas

Queen of Wands - Sympathy

Corresponds in nature to her counterpart, the King of Wands, yet with added magnetic aspects signifying a business acumen and success drive. She is quite honorable in her endeavors and upholds "The Golden Rule" in her business dealings. She is adaptable and persistent; calm in her manner with a strong power to attract. She is practical, yet she is generous. She is gracious as a hostess and she also shows a sincere desire to be honorable, friendly, sympathetic, and understanding. If the Queen represents a person in the client"s life, he/she can turn to this woman for advise. She will be there as an assist, and her influence will be positive. The only qualifier to this would be the interaction with other archetypal images in a detracting manner. But, one must always remember that during a counseling session this pertains to present conditions and tendencies, so a change in direction by conscious will within the mind of the client always is able to turn a negative situation into a teaching tool for bringing forth a positive outcome in the end. The Queen of Wands radiates a persistent energy, and her appearance in a session may signify a good harvest, in the metaphysical sense of the word. She may be dark-haired, if indicative of a person in the client"s life, and for the most part shows good will toward the client. Depending on the interaction with other archetypal images, she may be romantically interested in the client. The Queen of Wands has a certain charm about her, expressed via her magnetism.

State of Mind: Sympathy, Understanding, Friendly, Loving, Chaste, Practical, Charm, Grace, Sincere interest in others, Worthy, Jealousy, Deceit, Infidelity, Unstable emotions

Knight of Wands - Errand

The archetype shown in this image is one of motion. The rider is directing his horse away from its point of origin, into the unknown. This is the archetypal image of transit, departure from that which has been in preparation for that which will be. Alteration of the client"s situation, or flight from something which appears insoluble or cannot be handled at the present time, could also be indicated. Also, the absence of someone or something which relates to the client"s situation. If the image is representative of a person, a young man of strength and speed is described. The person suggested could be impetuous; impulsive by nature. The design of this image suggests an errand or purpose regarding the rider"s journey, and change of residence or inner direction of the client could be on the horizon. The pyramids shown in the lower left-hand corner of this archetype"s image indicate the power of personal transformation available to the client regarding the departure, absence, flight, change of place, alteration of circumstances, etc. represented by this image. Whatever is indicated, the client must remember that good can be drawn from the results of any unsettling situation which may be signified by this archetype in a counseling session. At any given time, the client always possesses the power to alter personal direction or thought processes that affect outcome and turn negative situations positive.

State of Mind: Journey, Advancement into the unknown, Alteration of circumstances, Flight, Absence, Change of residence, Departure, Undertaking, Interruption, Unexpected change, Quarreling, Break-up of personal relationship, Rupture, Impulsiveness

Page of Wands - Emmissary

The emphasis on this image is news. The figure is in the process of conveying a message of importance, i.e. a proclamation, so therefore tidings of value to the client, for better or worse depending upon the interaction with other archetypes, may be soon forthcoming. Otherwise, the Page could signify a friend whom the client can trust, or else a stranger with good intentions, or someone who is consistent. This individual may be the member of the client"s family with some intelligence, and therefore has insight, regarding specific situations being considered during a counseling session. If this Page is interacting with the Page of Cups, i.e. followed in sequence, a dangerous rival may be indicated. Certain archetypal images could show a situation of instability and indecision on the part of the client. A lover who is faithful, and who can be counted upon to stand beside the client in good times and in times of misfortune may be indicated. The messenger significance of the Page is very strong, and the postman"s role is is often the means by which this image relates during a session. It also could be a young man with dark hair in the client"s life, or may be a person who is individualistic, brilliant of mind, and also possessing a great deal of personal energy as the Element of Fire permeates the Suit of Wands. The pyramids are seen behind him, like unto the Knight, and to a lesser degree, the Queen, so the concept of transformation regarding news conveyed is indicated.

State of Mind: Envoy, Faithful, Loyal, Trusted friend, Stranger with good intentions, Consistent person, Bearer of important news, Confidence, Indecision, Reluctance, Instability, Gossip, Bearer of bad tidings, Person who may break someone"s heart

Ten of Wands - Weight

The weight of the ten staves being carried by the individual depicted in this archetypal image generates the meaning in multiple ways. To move this weight requires great effort on his part so it is thus a burden and entails a certain amount of difficulty in the process of accomplishing this task. The carrier is headed toward a village, representative of the client"s goals. Therefore, when this archetype is present during a session, a measure of difficulty is being faced by the client. Oppression, i.e. feeling great weight regarding a particular situation is indicated. The struggle involved may or may not be worth the effort, depending upon interaction with other archetypes. The goal, or objective, of said struggle may be affected either positively or negatively, depending on the nature of the circumstances involved. There is determination in the mind of the carrier of said rods. This archetypal image may also show a time period of dealing with oppression, burdens, difficulties, etc. which will definitely pass - This being shown by the time factor indicated in the carrier"s distance from the point depicted on the image and his destination in the village. Wands, representing the Element of Fire, reveal the spiritual significance. This may indicate a struggle with spiritual matters as they interface with life in the material world. Striving to maintain a goal in the face of heavy opposition may apply. Excessive pressures, problems, doubts, etc. may burden the client. A steady, determined effort is required to overcome this situation.

State of Mind: Excessive pressures, Problems soon to be resolved, Striving to meet a goal, Striving to meet a certain level or position, Using power for selfish ends, Overburden, Oppression, Decisions, Difficulties, Intrigues, Traitor, Deceiver, Subterfuge, Losses

Nine of Wands - Defense

The individual depicted in this image stands ready, in anticipation of an onslaught of opposing force. The bandage on his head indicates that he has survived a previous assault, if not many successive ones. The line of staves behind him shows a formidable barrier which the figure has erected to protect his domain from the next attack. Strength of will, i.e. determination to prevail against all odds thrown at him, is indicated. In a session, the client is shown to have the ability to endure circumstances of adversity, and not lose the will to succeed in the process. The essence of the struggle, as it may apply to an individual"s faith in life, is - delay, opposition, success after a battle with failure, recovery from ill health, obstacles able to be overcome, disaster averted effectively - causing an interruption, but not abandonment, regarding one"s soul purpose. The facial expression of the figure shown in this image is a look of expectant confrontation, yet a manner of personal confidence in ultimate victory shines through his eyes. He will not be moved. Though plans might be delayed, they are not going to be abandoned. No matter how long defense of his realm may take, the figure is prepared to wait almost indefinitely, so when the force of opposition has exhausted its energy he will have gained strength, increased via his personal resolve, and may proceed with the intended plans of implementing success in his life. This archetype definitely builds character.

State of Mind: Expectation of difficulties, Expectation of changes, Anticipation, Hidden Enemies, Deception, Discipline, Order, Pause in a current struggle, Strength, Confrontation, Obstacles, Adversity, Delays, Barriers to overcome

Eight of Wands - Speed

Velocity directed toward a particular goal in the life course or undertakings of the client is indicated when this image is present during a counseling session. In the case of the romantic plunge into involvement with another person, i.e. the experience of "falling in love," this card is quite descriptive. The staves are in perfect alignment, though at different points in their trajectory, shown by the illustration of some being slightly ahead of others, yet traveling at such speed as to make one wonder what will happen when they land. A journey undertaken by the client is also a valid interpretation of this image. Specifics of such travel, and possible results thereof, will come from interaction with other archetypes. Haste is a feature of this image, so the client should be then advised to "look before leaping" into situations to which this archetypal image may be pointing. A messenger, with either a letter or news of particular importance to the client, could be forthcoming when this image appears is present. Motion is the driving quality behind any specific interpretation given to the Eight of Wands. If other archetypes are affecting the meaning of this image negatively, too much velocity or force could be in play regarding the particular situation in question, and in the case of a specific romantic inclination, i.e. falling in love when another contender or else an existing partner opposes such affection, jealousy is strongly indicated by the presence of this archetype.

State of Mind: Swift activity, Sudden progress, Sudden movement, Speed, Hastily made decisions, Too rapid advancement, Haste, Suddenness, Separation, Thorns of dispute, Jealousy, Harassment, Stagnation, Domestic

Seven of Wands - Advantage

This image indicates a position of advantage in a contested situation. Victory is within reach, as depicted by the firm determination of the figure to stay on top of this situation, which is revealed by his actions. The concerned expression on his face is testament to the reality that vigilance must be maintained in order for the character to remain in an advantageous position long enough to witness the victory pictured in his mind become manifest in physical reality. That which is being defended here is of great importance to the combatant and every ounce of his strength is being used toward that effort. This archetypal image, when it is present during a counseling session, shows the mechanics of success, i.e. the struggle that often precedes realization of one"s ambitions, with regard to the client"s situation. Anxiety may be indicated, if interaction with other archetypes in the session point to a need for improvement or a directional change on the part of the client. The range of specific interpretations of the Seven of Wands is a broad one as the particulars could involve business dealings, individual circumstances, personal emotional experiences, intellectual problems, etc. Negotiations with another party or competition with someone in the client"s life may be indicated, and a very positive mindset on the part of the person being given the reading is essential for victory to be the end result. All things are possible, so the removal of doubts and fears from the mind is of utmost importance to clear the way for success.

State of Mind: Success, Gain, Overwhelming odds surmounted, Advantage, Victory, Obstacles overcome, Consternation, Anxiety, Embarrassment, Hesitancy, Losses, Perplexity, Vigilance, Struggle

Six of Wands - Triumph

Positive news is suggested by the imagery in this archetype, as the laurel wreath affixed to the horseman"s staff indicates that this may very well be a victory or a triumph over obstacles being realized by this conveyance. The footmen walking astride the mounted messenger show the importance of that which is being delivered. In a session, enforced by other positive images, the Six of Wands depicts restoration of balance, i.e. after strife, struggle, deprivation, suffering, etc. Correction has been brought into effect and celebration of this event occurs within the body, mind, and spirit upon receipt of such glad tidings. On the other hand, should the archetypes affecting the Six of Wands be detrimental to the client, directional change or improvement on this person"s part may be required. The imagery could suggest a victorious enemy at the client"s gate, or treachery concealed by supposedly good news, i.e. the "Trojan Horse" scenario, whereas said gate may be unexpectedly opened to the enemy. Yet, an alteration of the underlying conditions can reverse this energy, thus bringing the client"s life back into a positive zone thus placing this archetype in its correct quality as an indicator of good news, desires realized via the fruits of personal effort, etc. With a person"s life in balanced perspective, the king"s courier shown in the Six of Wands rides in a person"s favor, and the energy of this image is truly positive.

State of Mind: Conquest, Triumph, Good news, Advancement, Expectation, Desires realized as result of efforts, Restoration of balance, Progress, Indefinite delay, Fear, Apprehension, Disloyalty, Superficial benefit, Inconclusive gain

Five of Wands - Contention

A situation of contention, whereas opposition is being faced, whether involving other people, a particular problem, or a set of circumstances. Anywhere in life the conscious force of an individual quests to overcome external forces to achieve a specific outcome, a struggle or competition occurs and this card is relevant. The figures are locked in this struggle. The game which the figures play, or this "sham" fight, does not necessarily represent a mock situation. The strife, turmoil, competition, struggle, etc. most often is a very real experience in the client"s life. The interaction with other archetypes during a session will shed light on the specifics of the state of contention indicated by this image. Any form of opposition may fall under the symbolism of the Five of Wands, and the client must always remember that the power to overcome any obstacle in life comes from the Source within us. Metaphysically, we are all channels of the infinite wisdom of the God-Mind inside of our souls, and one may tap into this energy for seeking resolution of the conflict in which one is engaged. Nothing is predestined, i.e. "cast in stone," and a change in focus, whether it is a mental attitude or change in direction, can alter the situation, and thus in a subsequent session the configuration of images would reflect such improvement. The power of the Universal Mind of God within us is greater than that of anything, or anyone, opposing us at any given time.

State of Mind: Unsatisfied desires, Struggle, Labor, Violent strife, Obstacles, Endeavors, Strenuous competition, Trickery, Contradictions, Complexity, Involvement, Caution against indecision, Contention, Opposition

Four of Wands - Fruition

This archetype signifies the results of labor completed. That which has been visualized in the mind is now manifest in physical reality, i.e. all of the effort focused upon this goal, whatever it may be, has brought forth a materialization for the seeker. True peace and tranquility, and the prosperity and the sense of personal happiness that is inherent in this archetype, are shown in its pictorial image. The structure is built of the four staves with a garland of nature"s bounty, i.e. fruits of the earth, indicates a gateway created as the result of long labors in the field and culminating in a good harvest. The two figures who are holding uplifted nosegays before them represent an acknowledgement by those who have experienced the process of manifestation that what they see before them is a direct result of concentrated effort. Others in the background at lower left show that the client not only may be at rest upon his/her achievements, but others will share in this rest and know indeed the period of struggle is past and the harmony, tranquility, and peace so earnestly sought has come to pass. This is a very positive image in a counseling session and the energy therein shown the reward for perseverance and determination. Nothing is impossible if it is based upon Universal Life Principles and also benefits others as it benefits the one who is seeking it. This is a celebration of accomplishment.

State of Mind: Romance, Society, Harmony, Newly acquired prosperity, Tranquility, Fruits of labor, Rest after strife, Haven, Refuge, Peace, Contentment, Insecurity, Tarnished beauty, Incomplete happiness

Three of Wands - Enterprise

This is the archetype of assistance, whereas one who has a keen aptitude for business and is successful in his/her own right is able and willing to help the client to do likewise. The merchant prince, symbolized in the archetype"s pictorial image, oversees a fleet of commercial trading vessels, which have come to do business and seek his aid, from a high vantage point. This image could also indicate a person in the client"s life, or an inspiration which turns out to be helpful regarding improving the life or goal of the client. Where there may have been a struggle or opposition, the adverse circumstances have ceased and troubles are ended. Some practical knowledge may be received from an outside source which is helpful, and if one is entering a business venture, assistance of promotion or development by a person who is in a position to do so may be thus indicated. Depending upon the interaction of other archetypes, the quality of the help offered can be determined, i.e. beware of the Three if other images indicate a warning regarding it. Assistance with an ulterior motive is a case in point. Established prosperity and personal strength as a result of determined commitment represent the character of the person indicated by this image. If the person shown during a counseling session is one whom the client knows, and is involved in negotiating directly with him/her having nearby archetypes being favorable, the outcome will then be positive and this particular person will prove to be quite helpful.

State of Mind: Practical knowledge, Business acumen, Enterprise, Negotiations, Trade, Commerce, Strength, Assistance with an ulterior motive, Diminishing adversity, Beware of help offered, Assistance, Personal strength, Established prosperity, Helpful inspiration

Two of Wands - Assessment

The duality inherent in possession of great wealth is signified by the figure shown on the ramparts with the globe in his hand. He surveys his realm, both locally and at a distance, and though the world is at his feet there is yet something lacking. This image reveals the meaning behind the statement, "What profit is it to gain the whole world if in the process you lose your own soul." One may have it all on the physical plane, yet be emotionally or spiritually impoverished within oneself. So, when this archetype is present during a session it acts as a two-edged sword. On the surface there is physical wealth, or rather a comfortable material lifestyle and possibly a successful career or public image, etc. But within this person doubts abound, i.e. a sense of "Is that all there is to life?" A deeper, inner craving for something more may be revealed as the Two of Wands interacts with other archetypes. The "Hollywood duality" is a perfect example of how this image relates, whereas the successful actor or actress may possess a material fortune, but also the emotional turmoil, i.e. marriages which seldom last, is part of the price of fame and wealth acquired. Alexander the Great is symbolized by the character in this archetype, because even though his Macedonian Empire which he conquered for himself stretched across much of the known civilized world, he was troubled and for good reason. Upon his death it could not be held together, and his Empire was soon divided among his successors.

State of Mind: Mature individual, Ruler, Attainment of goals or needs, Boldness, Courage in undertakings, Dominant personality, Control, Sadness, Troubles, Restraint caused by others, Loss of faith, Surprise, Duality, Assessment

Ace of Wands - Invention

This archetype is representative of manifestation, i.e. the infusion of Spirit into matter via the primal creative act known universally as birth. This is point Genesis - the origin of an idea, which is to materialize physically once it has been visualized, is thus indicated here. The commencement of a new venture or direction in one"s personal life is shown in the Ace of Wands. The radiant glow emanating from the hand holding the staff conveys the concept of initiation or commencement; the entry of something new into the world. In a counseling session, this image could indicate an actual birth of a human being into this life, or else it could even be a more abstract form of birth. A personal experience laced with meaning could be beginning for the client, should this archetype be present during a session. Depending upon interaction with other archetypes, is the endurance or longevity of the new energy issuing forth, i.e. detrimental interaction could represent a beginning of something which never reaches full realization; an aborted try at a new direction and the personal disappointment which accompanies this event. Plans and preparations may not even reach materialization in this instance. The overall positive quality of this archetype should be emphasized. In the event of a negative impact, the client is thus reminded that a change in outlook, i.e. perception, and subsequent course of action will set the stage for generation of a positive energy flow that will allow creation to flow freely.

State of Mind: Creation, Beginning, Invention, Start of an undertaking, Fortune, Enterprise, Gain, Inheritance, Birth of a child, Beginning of a meaningful experience, Adventure, Escapade, Destiny, Commencement


King of Swords - Authority

Legally reinforced power is represented by this archetype. A person of high office, i.e. politician, doctor, or lawyer, may be indicated to be the instrument of purpose by the way he fits into the client"s life during a counseling session. The person described by this image possesses great determination, and holds a presence of authority over those with whom he has contact. For the most part, in sessions, the King of Swords represents a male figure, but a domineering woman could also be indicated. The person depicted is professional in his field and spreads influence, i.e. has control over those around him or the "powers that be" relative to his particular office. Stern and commanding in stature, the King of Swords is indeed master of his realm. Should this image be adversely affected by other archetypal images, this person may represent cruelty, tyranny, oppression, evil intentions, or ambition tainted with lust for personal power. Selfish interest and conniving to reach goals at the expense of others could be signified. The dark side of power that is revealed in the image of the unsheathed sword is counterbalanced by the light side, i.e. the correct use of it in the name of justice and equality. Even a disturbing session can point in a positive direction with regard to changing one"s course of action to influence the outcome. No matter how one views the King of Swords, one thing is sure. He does represent authority.

State of Mind: Active person, Determined person, Experienced, Authoritative, Controlled, Commanding, Professional person, Highly analytical person, Justness, Force, Superiority, Person having many ideas, thoughts, and designs, Aggression, Cruelty

Queen of Swords - Absence

The figure seated on the throne represents widowhood, i.e. having enjoyed the fullness of relationship and intimate pleasures with a life mate companion for many years, yet now she has been left behind and is alone. Sadness is shown in the image, whereas her left hand is raised and the facial expression appears to project, "What good is this realm that surrounds me, now that the one whom I loved so dearly had departed?" This image in a session could indicate a woman who is suffering loneliness, sadness, a true sense of loss, misfortune, etc. The person may indeed be very perceptive and possess intuitive powers resulting from her perspective, which could assist the client. Sterility, or the condition of not having the ability to alter her present situation may be indicated. Negative influences of the Queen of Swords could be narrow-mindedness, malice, deceit, or basically the presence of a woman with evil intent, or possibly a person of ill temperament. Note the orientation of the past regarding the image of this archetype. The figure is facing a barren landscape as she sits on the throne with sword in right hand, hilt resting on the arm of said throne, yet behind her is is a scene depicting a river and shade trees. She chooses to remember the Earth"s beauty as part of the days when she was one with her other half, yet the barren landscape before her, colored by her present sense of loss, is all that she is able to perceive in her blindness.

State of Mind: Quick-witted, Intensely perceptive, Subtle person, Widow or woman of sadness, Mourning, Privation, Sadness, Absence, Loneliness, Separation, Great happiness followed by anxiety of misfortune and reversal, Narrow-mindedness, Treacherous enemy, Ill-tempered person?

Knight of Swords - Bravery

The ambition of youth with the strength and thrust to cut through opposition with ease, is shown by this image. Bravery in actions, and the skill to carry them to completion, is also shown. There is a headlong rush indicated in the figure"s directional movement depicted in this archetype, whereas the knight appears to show no fear, yet beneath the surface there could be some apprehension regarding the unknown. Impetuousness is apparent, as this knight has jumped into combat, possibly giving little thought to the particulars to the battle which awaits him. In a session, a young man full of ambition and aggressiveness in how he views the world may be indicated. This person may very well possess a real intellectual capacity, be clever, and have a dominant personality, yet may lack stability or continuity of purpose. The adverse effects of interacting archetypal images could reveal impulsive mistakes, harshness, and a degree of malice in his behavior. Fanaticism and unreliability could also be traits described by such interaction. Opposition and war; the conditions of battle and the need to defend one"s values may also be shown. Destruction is in the air, as this knight tends to "slay as fast as he creates." Thus rivalry with another, possibly the client, could be revealed in a counseling session. Watch out for unreliability. Here is seen the tendency of youth to act prior to consideration of the given situation in careful thought, therefore putting into play the consequences of "leaping before looking."

State of Mind: Bravery, Skill, Capacity, Strength and dash of a young man, Heroic action, Opposition and war, Impetuous rush into the unknown without fear, Master in the art of action and warfare, Gallantry, Enmity, Incapacity, Imprudence, Dispute or ruin over a relationship, Impulsive mistakes

Page of Swords - Vigilance

The figure is poised for dealing with whatever may appear to challenge him on his watch. He is ever on his guard, so this image represents the sentry - the quality of vigilance, a wary feeling about his surroundings, espionage, uncovering something which is presently unknown. Symbolically, he is the ferret. If the truth of the matter is hidden, it is the Page of Swords who will keep his eyes open, searching until he discovers where it is being concealed and then reveals it. Overseeing is indicated here. This could be a person in the client"s life who is able to be a guardian of something, whether physical or emotional, to keep the "thieves from breaking in" and upsetting the balance. The detrimental aspects of this archetype could turn the qualities of the sentry against the client"s interest, i.e. this individual prying into personal affairs, breaking trust, and revealing your inner secrets to undesirable parties. Indiscretion; the dark side of vigilance is indicated. The image could also reveal an unprepared state during a counseling session, either on the part of the client, or a person represented by this image. An imposter could be uncovered, laying bare some deception by another person before excessive damage is done to the client"s material prosperity, emotional security, or psyche. Powerlessness in the presence of opposition could be suggested. A manifestation of this aspect could be illness. No matter how the image is interpreted, the client can always choose to make a directional change that transforms a negative situation into a positive one.

State of Mind: Vigilance, Agility, Spying, Discreet person, Active youth, Lithe figure, Adept at perceiving, Adept at discerning, Adept at uncovering the unknown, Insight, Alertness, Imposter revealed, Powerlessness in the face of stronger forces, Lack of preparation

Ten of Swords - Affliction

This image represents the proverbial "dark night of the soul," whereas the Spirit within one"s soul tests the personality (ego) with opposition, disaster, plague, privation, disaster, loss, etc. The suffering of Job in the Bible is signified by this card, but it is most important to remember, like unto the experience of Job, that there is indeed light shining beyond the darkness and through faith one can be brought through such a trial to be stronger than ever before. Death may be shown pictorially in the Ten of Swords, but it is not intended to be physical. Rather, it is describes the separation of false (external) from true (internal) orientation, whereas the pursuits of the ego are set aside for those of the soul. Outside influences which were once valid have become chaotic, and can only confound a person more. Only by turning inward to the flame of Spirit illuminating the individuated soul can life purpose be discovered, in the context of oneness with the Universal Mind of God. A reverse, or a double-negative indication with this archetype during a counseling session could be interpreted as a positive lift, i.e. temporary success in one"s pursuits, but such gains do not have the staying power to survive in the long term. Use this archetype as a teacher, for by learning the lessons of life inside the improvidence zone, one can receive the wisdom necessary to understand the true providence of God, and how a complete trust in divine guidance will lead one away from the desolation of wilderness and into the spiritual Promised Land.

State of Mind: Ruin, Pain, Affliction, Mental anguish, Desolation, Misfortune, Disappointment, Sadness, Tears, Trouble, Temporary gain, Improvement, Passing success, Momentary advantage

Nine of Swords - Despair

Whereas the Ten of Swords represents the onset of affliction, the Nine of Swords then impresses one with the experience of being afflicted. Herein is life within the "nightmare of the soul" which is part and parcel to the "dark night" described in the previous image, i.e. agony, pain despair, fright, terror, or hopelessness. Death is thus indicated here - as symbolized in the process of dying whereas the flame of faith within a person"s soul has dwindled so low, it appears that even a light gust of wind could extinguish it completely. Depending upon the interaction with other archetypes, fear of the outside world or the dark, murky depths of the human subconscious mind or imprisonment, either physically or psychologically imposed could be indicated. When this archetype is representative of a person in the client"s life, suspicion results and a shady character could be revealed within the heart of this individual. Or this archetype could express the client"s anxiety or concern for the welfare of this person. Intuitive discernment in the light of all archetypes present in perspective is required to fully interpret the Nine of Swords. Metaphysically, when this image appears, and especially if its effects are an overpowering influence upon the client"s outlook, it is important to remind the client to search diligently within his own soul via meditation. When one is centered thus, the peace, wisdom, and understanding of the divine Source will reveal the reason why this archetypal image is present. Then the faith to endure and overcome this despair shall arise.

State of Mind: Concern, Miscarriage, Anxiety over a loved one, Despair, Misery, Quarrel, Disappointment, Suspicion, Slanderous gossip, Shame, Scruple, Timidity, Shady character, Reasonable fear

Eight of Swords - Bondage

Within the image of this archetype lie the parameters of the "nightmare" (Nine of Swords) and the "dark night" (Ten of Swords) of the soul. The nature of the woman"s affliction depicted in this archetypal image is one of bondage, but this type of confinement is not permanent, because, in time, she will understand that all she needs to do to is to rub her restraints along the blade of any one of the swords behind her and the bonds will be cut. Then, by turning around and removing the blindfold, she can face the cause of her being shackled in the first place, i.e. the swords stuck into the ground. Then she can pull one free to enable passage beyond the barrier, back to her castle in the heights as depicted in the background of this image. The pool of tears at her feet needs not to have been cried at all, but sometimes only passage of time is required for this realization to illuminate an individual"s imprisoned mind of its genuine state of freedom. Crisis, scandal, conflict, adversity, strife, opposition, difficulty, accident, domination, turmoil, imprisonment, etc. are some of the kinds of limitations which might be represented when this archetype is present in a session. Illness could also be indicated. One thing is definite - this condition of reversal or setback is temporary and will pass. The client thus has the capacity within himself/herself to rise beyond the shackles of this limiting situation. Seek within, through meditation upon the Source of all life, and the answer will be found. The key to release from bondage shall appear.

State of Mind: Crisis, Conflict, Domination, Imprisonment, Turmoil, Bad news, Criticism, Sickness, Calumny, Calamity, Criticism, Treachery in the past, Difficulty, Hard work

Seven of Swords - Attempt

The figure is attempting to accomplish a task, but is incomplete in his effort. The method employed is uncertain, as the way he carries the swords is precarious, i.e. by the blades in awkward symmetry whereas they could slip and cut him at any time. Two swords are left behind him, as he is having enough difficulty trying to balance the five. His face shows confidence, like unto a juggler, but it may well be short-lived as he appears to be putting on a display, i.e. showing off his talents, signified by the encampment to his rear in the background. Here is indicated partial success, or hope that efforts planned will come to fruition. However, the real possibility of failure exists as a result of how the task is being attempted, and the mental state of the doer as well. Performing a task physically yet supported only partially by faith, i.e. clouded by doubts, will create circumstances which could upset the process and ultimately confound the effort. The "silver lining" of this is the good advice which could evolve from such an experience, i.e. counsel of others who observed the futile attempt and might lead one to have the right frame of mind, use the proper tools, etc. when undertaking the task next time. It is very important to discern the difference between wise action and folly. Universal laws must be obeyed in order for success to be complete. Contradictory mindsets doom even valliant attempts to failure. One must understand that positive thinking, union with divine purpose, and unwavering faith in the power within us all is required for success. Then, when undertaking a task, it will be done correctly.

State of Mind: New plans, Wishes, Fortitude, Perseverance, Endeavor, Hope, Confidence, Fantasy, Partial success, Attempt, Arguments, Uncertain counsel or advice, Circumspection, Slander

Six of Swords - Crossing

Symbolic of the crossing from materialism to a oneness in the Universal Life Spirit; the ferryman is the individuated soul and the figure being given passage is the personality (ego). The ripples on the right side of the boat signify the rough waters experienced by the ego as it releases control of the mind and body of an individual during an incarnated life cycle. The oar of the helmsman, moved by the Spirit of God within the soul, is the means of traversing the wide river of perception change required to break the cycle of rebirth. The six swords driven point-downward into the boat and positioned vertically represent the experience of this transformation, i.e. the purification of the incarnated being through trials and are necessary to break the bonds of illusion (maya) - belief in the separation of Spirit from the physical realm and division into multiple aspects thus lost in the belief that they are each separate entities. In a counseling session, the Six of Swords represents the transfer process, or in a more limited sense could mean a voyage or journey by water, or the process of overcoming a particular difficulty. It could also be the conveyance of a message by an envoy, or a courier. Adversely interacting with other archetypes, this image could represent an attempt to make a crossing, i.e. overcoming a difficulty, but opposition may be too great. A confession, declaration, or announcement regarding love or other matter could also be indicated by this image.

State of Mind: Trip or journey, Headstrong attempts to overcome difficulties, Expedient manner, Success after anxiety, Voyage, Stalemate, Unwanted proposal, Confession, Declaration, Transfer process, Conveyance of a message, Announcement, Perception change, Purification through trials

Five of Swords - Degradation

The agony of defeat is signified by this archetype, yet it is not the result of chance, but rather the effect of misdirected pride. Herein lies the true meaning behind the proverb: "Those who choose to live by the sword shall die by the sword." If you choose to take from someone else it will be taken from you, or "what goes around, comes around." The client will experience a sense of defeat, i.e. his goals or ambitions are thus conquered by external events, or other persons beyond his control, if the present course is not altered - especially if the attitude is one of spite, malice, greed, subjugation of others, etc. The time has come to turn from such a path; either voluntarily repay those whom have been exploited to your profit, or the re-balancing of the scales will become involuntary. This is indicated by the image of this archetype: Something, or someone, will come along and cut you down in the midst of your pride and set you straight. Failure to heed the warning in this card will precipitate your downfall. Some manifestations of this include: poverty, anxiety, loss of honor, degradation, revocation, destruction, or conquest. Also possible is a direct assault on the fortune of the client. Separation from providence of the Source, for the purpose of teaching humility and a respect for others, is suggested. This image could reference the past during a session where the client has learned this painful lesson through karma and can say, "Never again!"

State of Mind: Conquest, Defeat, Destruction of others, Degradation, Adversary may arise, Revocation, Infamy, Dishonor, Seduction, Burial, Uncertain outlook, Chance of loss or defeat, Weakness, Misfortune befalling a friend

Four of Swords - Repose

This archetype is symbolic of withdrawal into the internal realms of consciousness to regroup after a period of chaos or anxiety. It is the proverbial Hermit"s refuge, a retreat inward, leaving the turmoil of the physical world to whirl around oneself yet no longer affect the incarnated soul. This is the archetype of meditation, where the soul plugs into its Source and integrates fully with its divine purpose of physical incarnation. This is where the chrysalis is envisioned within the mind and metamorphosis of the personality, under direction of the soul, can truly pass through transformation from "caterpillar" to "butterfly." This is a state of peace. During a session, the client is in receipt of instruction to step back and put the confusion, disorientation, anxiety, disruption, discord, struggle, illness, etc. behind himself/herself and focus on the wellspring of inner peace and an acknowledgement of the true link between an individual ray of the Universal Spirit, i.e. incarnating soul, and the very Source of all created life. God and all of his individuated manifestations, i.e. created beings, are one. This energy is the same which emanated from the original "spark" or First Cause. By going into a state of meditation, a person is replenished, given direction on how to effectively solve problems, and is better equipped afterwards to mentally and spiritually face any challenge that may be presented. When this archetype is present, take heed, and look inward to the Source for the answer. Let the solitude of meditation restore balance.

State of Mind: Respite, Rest after illness, Repose, Replenishment, Solitude, Exile, Retreat, Abandonment, Activity, Circumspection, Precaution, Economy, Guarded advancement, Desire to recover what is lost

Three of Swords - Separation

To experience the true significance of this archetype is to enter an emotional wasteland, whereas the "left hand path" of love is then encountered. Rupture of a person"s romantic relationship, or that of a deep friendship, causing immeasurable pain and suffering is an indication of the kind of energy representative of the Three of Swords. Melancholy and unhappiness, underscored by tears, are part and parcel of this effect. Three swords pierce the heart in this archetype"s image, revealing the spiritual, mental, and physical repurcussions of this type of personal experience. Cases of division, delay, dispersion, absense, sorrow, disruption, diversion, opposition, and separation are some of the emotional results of this condition. In a counseling session, suffering is indicated, not only by the swords penetrating the heart, but also by the clouds and rain behind this image. The situation described in a particular circumstance could be specific or general, depending upon the perspective and interaction with other archetypes. But, regardless of its interpretation, this condition is correctable by right action on the part of the client. The pierced heart, i.e. ruptured emotional state, can be healed. A root cause exists within the past of the client, whether consciously understood or buried deep in the subconscious mind. It may either be the result of misguided action in the current life, or stem from an act done during a previous incarnation which was repeated partially or totally in this lifetime. Yes, there is a way to counterbalance this energy and emotionally repair the damage. The client must make a conscious decision to seek it.

State of Mind: Absence, Sorrow, Disappointment, Strife, Removal, Dispersion, Diversion, Opposition, Separation, Delay, Distraction, Confusion, Disorder, Incompatibility

Two of Swords - Division

The archetype shown here symbolizes choice; i.e. a state of counter-balanced opposing paths and the indecision regarding which one to take. The client"s option, when the Two of Swords is present during a counseling session, is to discern internally, i.e. intuitively, not analytically, which road will further personal growth and thus produce a positive outcome. This archetype depicts a woman seated with crossed swords, a representation of cross-purpose, or confusion of direction, which is also indicated by her blindfold. If the blindfold were removed, she would realize that the swords were crossed and she would know which path to take, figuratively speaking. Also, by turning around, she could see the ocean behind her; a symbol of collective knowledge within the Universal Source at her disposal. The art of meditation is the key to tapping into this pool of creative intelligence to reveal which path leads to uplifting oneself and which one leads to more problems and negative experience. The saying, "There are two paths one may travel, but there is still time to change the road one is on...." is the heart of the meaning in this card. In specific counseling sessions, the meaning becomes compartmentalized to situations described by the client. Examples may be: balanced force, deceit, division, discord, dishonor, disloyalty, duality, duplicity, misrepresentation, offsetting factors, stalemate, treachery, etc. - equal opposing energies, or contradictory characteristics of the same nature. Also, the process of evolution in a soul"s progress, i.e. adversity leading to strength; pleasure after pain; peace after quarreling; light after darkness.

State of Mind: Balanced force, Harmony, Firmness, Concord, Offsetting factors, Stalemate, Affection, Duplicity, Misrepresentation, Dishonor, Treachery, False friends, Lies, Division

Ace of Swords - Power

The "sword of power" is indicated in this archetypal image, and the blade is two-edged, i.e. it cuts both ways - either for good or for ill, depending upon interaction with other archetypes. The element of force, invoked either by individuals or circumstances in the client"s life, is depicted with all of its specifics: determination, thrust, initiative, conquest, etc. An emotional significance regarding deep feeling could also be conveyed. There is definitely a capacity for weilding great power for positive or negative ends, so it could portray a "sword of justice," i.e. karmic results whereas the client is reaping the fruits of negativity which had been previously sown, and is obligated to pay off a debt. Or, it could represent a "sword of wrath" whereas the client"s consciousness is being raised through affliction, i.e. pain and suffering, so knowledge of the karmic imbalance may be revealed. The two edges described here depict voluntary vs. involuntary, i.e. conscious understanding vs. blindness in the waking state regarding the root of the problem. The Ace of Swords is the "great separator," whereas the proverbial veil is rent from top to bottom, so that which has been obscured is now revealed through dynamic action on the particular situation being explored during counseling. Extremes may be represented by this image, i.e. great prosperity or abject poverty; true peace and fulfillment or misery and listlessness. The key to putting this archetypal image to use for positive ends is to remember that it is a directional for restoration of balance that illuminates where this act is required.

State of Mind: Great determination, Initiative, Strength, Force, Activity, Excessiveness, Triumph, Power, Success, Prosperity, Deep emotional feeling, Championship, Conquest, Obstacle


King of Cups - Generosity

This archetypal image is a professional individual, quite knowledgeable in the arts and sciences, who is learned in the ways of equity; signified by the short sceptre in his left hand and the large cup in his right. This person is fair in his dealings, considerate, kind, and one upon whom an individual may rely to fulfill any commitment made. The King of Cups, in a counseling session, could represent a lawyer, business person, religious figure, or an artist. This person is helpful and weilds considerable influence. In the event that this image adversely interacts with other archetypes, the qualities can reverse, i.e. double-dealing and dishonesty may be revealed in this person. The results of such may be loss, ruin, injury, scandal, and injustice, among other things. Balance vs. imbalance is again shown, and a course correction on the part of the client can transform a negative influence into a positive one. Therefore, foreshadowing during a particular session is thus able to be altered for the better, and the portent need not be manifested physically. The sea upon which the throne is situated indicates the watery, or emotional, qualities which are inherent in the King of Cups. So, positive interaction of this image reveals balance. Conversely,negative interaction shows imbalance and an emotional sea churning within a person can bring a typhoon into the emotional environment of the client via the person indicated by this image. Yet, when placed in a positive frame of reference, the King of Cups has mastered the power of the sea, which is also symbolized by the fish talisman around his neck.

State of Mind: Responsibility, Creativity, Learned person, Professional, Business person, Lawyer, Religious person, Scientist, Considerate person, Kind and reliable, Liberal manner, Artist, Generosity, Double-dealing

Queen of Cups - Adoration

Here the Piscean or Neptunal quality of emotional, intuitive, and dreamy perception is inherent in this archetype, as it appears that the figure is meditating upon the ornate cup in her hands and receiving visions thereof. For the most part, this image is representative of an honest woman who is warm-hearted and fair in her dealings with others - so she can be a good friend, wife, or mother. Symbolically she contains the female aspects of the energies of her male counterpart in the deck, which is the King of Cups. Elementally speaking, this image emphasizes the watery nature of the Suit of Cups, and the person who is represented by it has a reflective capacity like unto a mirror. Therefore, she is able to absorb the surrounding influences like a sponge and then reflect them back to the observer; the client. This means that the Queen of Cups is suseptable to interaction by other archetypes, for positive or for negative, depending upon the situation. Adverse aspects of this image could be: A distinguished woman, but one who is not trustworthy; or a perverse woman. Qualities of detriment could be unreliability, vice, dishonesty, or depravity. A rich marriage, externally prosperous yet internally void, is merely a sample description of a negative situation during a counseling session involving the Queen of Cups. By a course correction on the part of the client, the positive attributes of an image with such a reflective nature may be obtained so the gift of imagination and vision can be used to mirror the uplifting qualities broadcast telepathically by the client and relayed back via the Queen of Cups.

State of Mind: Warm-hearted, Fair, Beloved and adored, Good friend, Devoted spouse, Practical, Loving, Intelligent, Honest, Gift of vision, Admired, Dishonesty, Unreliability, Vice

Knight of Cups - Approach

The symbolism of this archetype is that of the relayer, or messenger, bearing news or insight for the client. By the focused gaze upon the cup in his hand, the rider seems to be transfixed in his visions coming forth as a result of the tidings that he is bringing with him. Specifically this news could be the opening of a new door, i.e. an opportunity for the client. Or, it could be the arrival of a person or circumstance which will have an impact on the client"s perspective. There also could be an attraction relative to this particular situation; once again this is a reference to the rider"s relationship with the contents within the cup. A challenge to the client"s way of thinking, or business dealings or a proposal related to such matters could be suggested. Negative influences of the Knight of Cups show the dark side of the relayer, i.e. the "trojan horse" concept. The appearance of the approaching horse and rider masks the true motive beneath the surface. Trickery and the duplicity of the swindler may be apparent. Also, fraud is indeed possible. Trust that was initially established is violated and therefore broken, by the sly and cunning nature of the person who appeared on the surface to be helpful. The emotional quality of Cups indicates the positive and the negative characteristics of energy that influence water, i.e. the calm ripples on a pond during a light breezy day as opposed to a violent churning of currents whipped up by gusts of high wind on the same pond. May one"s intuition reveal how to best read the intent indicated by this archetype.

State of Mind: Invitation, Opportunity, Arrival, Approach, Advancement, Attraction, Inducement, Appeal, Challenge, Proposal, Request, Artifice, A sly and cunning person, Person capable of swindling

Page of Cups - Loyalty

This image is representative of ideas and abstract concepts taking mental form, i. e. the art of meditation. Herein lies the quality of being intent or studious in one"s efforts and being reflective in nature. Should this archetype indicate a person when it is present during a session, this individual is impelled to be of service to the client, and is possibly willing to use his/her efforts in moving toward a specific goal. This could be someone who is helpful or a trustworthy worker. News or messages are also valid interpretations for the Page of Cups. Application to a task at hand, particularly in business, is another aspect of this image. Adverse meanings of this Page could possibly represent seduction or deception on the part of a particular individual. Also - deviation, being suseptible to another"s influence, or being distracted from purpose by an external situation. Artifice and flattery are indicated here, as they pertain to an ulterior motive. For the most part, the Page of Cups is a positive archetype. By the symbolism of the fair youth gazing intently at the fish emerging from the cup in his hand, the emphasis of the image in on introspection, contemplation, reflection, and meditation. By looking beyond the externals of a fish in a cup, one can discern the metaphysical interpretation of human intuition as it pertains to emotion, relating to the astrological water signs and to Pisces in particular. Meditation puts these aspects in balanced perspective and brings forth a true sense of inner peace to one who practices it on a daily basis, while this person goes about the process of everyday life.

State of Mind: Studious and intent person, Reflective, Meditative, Loyal, Willingness to offer services and efforts toward a specific goal, Helpful person, Trustworthy worker, Inclination, Deviation, Susceptibility, Temporary distraction, Seduction, Flatterer, Contemplation

Ten of Cups - Contentment

Herein is a representation of "the good life" having come into fulfillment, i.e. home and family in a true state of contentment and peace with a sense of prosperity. The rainbow of cups symbolizes passage through a period of testing, i.e. a stormy timeframe of turmoil now gone. The upraised hands of the intertwined couple shows thanks being given to God, the Universal Source, for deliverance through the tempest and also for preservation of themselves and their children so they might see a brighter day for which they are now grateful. The children are happy and content but, being young, do not yet have the keen understanding that the parents have regarding the good life they now experience and thus do not see the rainbow in the sky. In a session, this image reveals: the perfection of human love and friendship, a happy marriage, a bright future, the hope for which one has waited is now received. The true time element, however, depends upon its interaction with other archetypes, i.e. past, present, or future. If it is referenced as the past, then the benefits have been obscured or upset by karma, so one must seek an alteration of course to restore the conditions, and when they do they will find the "brighter day" even more brilliant than before - so do take heart. If this image points to the future, then the client is presently traveling on his/her way through the storm toward experiencing benefits of the rainbow. Some of the negative aspects, i.e. this image in adverse interaction with other archetypes, may reveal the following: quarreling, loss of friendship, unhappiness, family discord, indignation, violence, etc. Any imbalance is able to be set right by the client choosing to change his/her course from negative thinking or action to positive thinking or action, so the portent changes as well.

State of Mind: Home, Joy, Pleasure, Peace, Love, Contentment, Good family, Honor, Esteem, Virtue, Happiness, Loss of friendship, Family quarrel, Difference of opinion

Nine of Cups - Satisfaction

This is a positive image showing satisfaction and contentment in one"s abundance in life, whether it be physical or spiritual. The figure portrayed in the imagery is of one who has consumed his fill of personal emotional elixer and has plenty more cups of it behind him to fill him in the days ahead. The figure is like unto King Henry VIII of England in his manner of attire and, yes, this individual is in command of his own world, as the English monarch portrayed was in control of his nation"s destiny. In a session, the client has contentment in his/her life, concord regarding interaction with others, victory regarding confrontational situations, success in personal and financial pursuits - note the look of wealth in the attire of the figure. Also, advantage regarding others who cross one"s path. Well-being and good health are also positive aspects which can be of benefit to the client. Happiness and pleasure abound as well. Should this image interact adversely with other archetypes, mistakes and material loss may be indicated, along with imperfections and misplaced trust, false freedom, and opposition. Note this, as it is relevant to the character of Henry VIII. When he sought a divorce and the Pope refused to grant him one, he pulled his subjects away from the Roman Catholic Church and then set up the Church of England. This institutional separation persists even unto the present day. Note also, the stubbornness of character which might surface in this image"s interaction it relates to other archetypes; a mental state arising from differences. There is a danger of vanity, self-praise, conceit, and over-indulgence. An alternate interpretation shows loyalty, truth, and liberty.

State of Mind: Success, Material attainment, Advantage, Well-being, Abundance, Good health, Difficulties surmounted, Mistakes, Material loss, Imperfections, Misplaced trust, False freedom, Opposition, Differences

Eight of Cups - Abandonment

This archetype is a significator of personal perspective change, whereas that which once contained importance or value for the client is no longer seen in the same light or validity, and the individual has mentally or physically moved onward to find something else. This could be relevant with regard to a career change or that of a relationship. The pattern shown by this archetype"s imagery could be one which is repetitive in the client"s life, i.e. indicative of wandering, or always moving from one place or set of values to another after only a short time of involvement. Discontinuance of effort due to disappointment or failure to overcome obstacles may be indicated, should the Eight of Cups be presented during a counseling session. An abandonment of previous plans is a possible description. Metaphysically speaking, leaving material success to seek a higher spiritual fulfillment is another. Other interpretations may be: mildness, timidity, modesty, shyness, etc. In the transformative sense, though, there might be a bit of sadness and a sense of loss with regard to making the decision to move onward, as is indicated by the posture of the traveller as he walks away from the arrangement of cups in the foreground and also by the expression shown on the face of the moon. This could translate into a brief period of instability or anxiety until the client has anchored himself/herself in the new perspective or pursuit in life. This is indeed an archetype of change, and one must realize the central importance of change in the process of life experiences. The past is gone, the future is not yet, but the present is now.

State of Mind: Discontinuance of effort, Disappointment, Abandonment of previous plans, Shyness, Modesty, Abandoned success, Decline, Effort continued until full success is attained, Festivity, Gaiety, Mildness, Timidity, Career change after short involvement, Relationship change after short involvement

Seven of Cups - Illusion

This image relates to the astral plane of existence in multiple forms; inclusive of the lower and also higher realms of evolutionary growth. From this collective energy of unlimited imagery come the seeds of imagination and fantasy. Seven cups are portrayed, each one displaying a differing visionary representation. In a state of meditation, such symbols may appear. Depictions of personality projection, spiritual preconceptions, ideas of evil and temptation, desires for wealth and property, greed for money or precious jewels or treasure, recognition and fame, basic instinct and animal cravings - all such visions are shown in the contents of the cups displayed to the observer who has brought all of these offerings of diversionary delusions forth from the depth of his/her own subconscious mind. So fantasizing, daydreams, wishful thinking, delusion, intoxication, drug addiction, whims, and the realm of imagination having an influence upon the client, are all possible definitions of this image"s significance in a counseling session. When the client"s mind tends to project fantasy scenarios about any given person or a situation, and entertains them through wishful thinking in the hope that they might come to pass, is the time that these archetypal energies representing the Seven of Cups come into play. Another side of this archetype"s interpretation indicates desire on the part of the client, determination even if not correctly applied, willpower, and focus of project. Also: promises unfulfilled, illusionary success, a goal nearly reached yet not quite completed. The key to a positive application of this image is putting the visions into proper perspective, as application is the difference between fantasy and reality.

State of Mind: Fantasy, Imagination, Daydreams, Foolish whims, Wishful thinking, Illusory success, Unrealistic attitudes, Desire, Determination, Strong willpower, A goal nearly attained, intelligent choice, Personality projection, Spiritual preconceptions

Six of Cups - Nostalgia

Here is the archetype representative of nostalgia, i.e. memories of the past; in particular, the times of one"s youth or childhood. The two children in the image are interacting over the cup of flowers that one is presenting to the other. This picture is thus symbolic of the image recall stimulated when, as an adult, one returns to the home of their childhood for a visit. The old manor house in the background on this card is the present physical image representation, and the action in the foreground is the mental construct of past action in this same place as drawn from personal memory. In a counseling session, this archetype speaks of enjoyment and happiness in the past tense, i.e. younger days, or childhood. Faded images, in the case of an adult who is now overburdened with personal problems - things that have vanished, events and experiences which are no more. Pleasures and influences in the past, that are of a positive nature, are recalled in the mind of the client in areas illuminated by interacting with other archetypes. Another interpretation of the Six of Cups shows the reverse principle, whereas this image refers to the future, a renewal, or opportunities which lie ahead of him/her in the timeline: coming events, new vistas, or something that will shortly arrive, etc. Plans that may fail also come into play, in the light of this card showing the transitory state of the happiness experience. Reference is also made to an inheritance, also drawn from the archetype"s pictorial image, i.e. that which originates from a source within the place which generated childhood"s happy memories. This inheritance may manifest quickly for the client.

State of Mind: Memories, Past influences, Things that have vanished, Childhood passed, Nostalgia, Faded images, The future, Opportunities ahead, Coming events, New Vistas, Plans that may fail, That which will shortly arrive, Return to childhood home, Inheritance

Five of Cups - Regret

The image shows three cups emptied of their contents in front of the robed figure, with two more behind him which he cannot see. His focus is on the "down side" rather than on the "up side" of circumstances. If he would only turn around, he might realize his situation in a different light. He would see that even though he has experienced loss or a disappointment, he finds the loss only partial and that the disappointment has a "silver lining" after all. In a reading, this type of situation could be in regard to an inheritance which is disappointing in its overall light, but a person must remember to "count one"s blessings." Also, it could be regret in the case of friendship or love, i.e. a relationship without any real meaning. This is the archetypal image of the incomplete, metaphysically speaking, personal karmic imbalance has brought about only a partial precipitation, or dispensation, to the client. It indicates that, upon receipt, part of what was to be given has been withheld or perhaps spent or distributed elsewhere. Herein lies the significance of the three spent cups and the two full ones left. By restoring one"s own karmic balance through corrective action, the precipitation does not have to be an incomplete one, but is able to materialize in its entirety. A reversed, or positive, interpretation of this image shows: a possible reunion, news, alliances, affinity, return of an old friend, ancestry or geneaological insight revealed, etc. All in all, the Five of Cups relays a genuine sense of disappointment, but this is a matter of perception, because the hidden plus within this archetype lies in the significance of the cups behind the figure. All he needs to do is turn around and see them for himself.

State of Mind: Partial loss, Regret, Friendship without real meaning, Marriage without real love, Diminished inheritance, Incomplete union or partnership, Ancestry or genealogical insight revealed, Imperfection, Hopeful outlook, Favorable expectations, New alliances, Return of an old friend, Possible reunion, Disappointment with a silver lining

Four of Cups - Aversion

This is an archetype that shows dissatisfaction with the present situation or conditions in one"s life, and resignation with regard to any positive changeforthcoming as being illusory at best. This feeling is clearly indicated by the figure"s facial expression in reaction to the offering of a fourth cup from a hand appearing from within a cloud. He figures that it will bring no more consolation than the three already consumed that stand at his feet. In a counseling session, the client is weary of a certain situation or circumstance within which he/she must contend. Aversion, disgust, bitter experience, and personal disappointment are indicated. This image could represent, on a much larger scale, the "dark night of the soul" experience of being lost in a financial or emotional wasteland, whereas the contents of cups consumed or the one offered are unable to "fill the Cup of the human soul." This condition also indicates the results of decay which issued from the fruits of pleasure not in accord with universal purpose, symbolized by the effects of drinking wine. This is a demonstration of the axiom, "You reap exactly what you sow." An adverse meaning of this image with respect to interacting archetypes, could indicate a new relationship, new approaches to old problems, new knowledge, new insight, or new instruction. There is a way to deal with the problem side of this archetype, and that is to change the course of direction or action taken.

State of Mind: Weariness, Aversion, Disgust, Disappointment, Bitter experience, Stationary period in life, Disdain, New Possibilities, New relationships, New approaches to old problems, New Knowledge, New insight, Financial privation, Emotional wasteland

Three of Cups - Plenty

The three maidens depicted in this archetype symbolize a great abundance, whereas the participants experience times of plenty, i.e. the physical and emotional pleasure identified with a fruitful harvest and the rewards thereof. There is a sense of celebration, whereas fulfillment is indicated. In a session, the Three of Cups shown in positive representation is a very good archetype. The client has thus come to the resolution of a problem, the conclusion of a struggle or labor - i.e. the harvest, either literal or symbolic. This could be a satisfactory result regarding efforts expended. Being "full of life" and experiencing the fertility thereof is another. A positive aspect of this image is hospitality; freely sharing the bounty of one"s own personal harvest with others can be indicated. Love, kindness, merriment, the good things in life, , and sensuality are also aspects. The imbalanced side of this archetype, as revealed in an adverse interaction with other images, brings forth a tendency for excess, i.e. the overabundance of pleasures, where human sensuality could express itself in the form of an orgy. Things become superfluous. There is a loss of luster or importance, i.e. prestige. Delays can be quite apparent. and there is a definite lack of appreciation. The "horn of plenty" aspect of the Three of Cups must thus be taken in a balanced perspective, whereas providence does not spoil or obscure reality of the truth regarding the Source of all creation; God. Failure to remember this important fact brings excess and imbalanced perspective, along with the misuse of God"s bounty and waste thereof.

State of Mind: Resolution of a problem, Conclusion, Solace, Healing, Satisfactory result, Fulfillment, Compromise, Mending, Excessive pleasures, Overabundance, Superfluity, Loss of prestige, Delays, Lack of appreciation

Two of Cups - Union

This is an archetypal image of love and harmony. The maid and youth depicted in this picture are seen toasting upon their common ground, which could literally or figuratively represent marriage. So, whatever the specific application, the Two of Cups stands for unity. The Hermetic Caduceus is a significator of balance - which is why it serves as a symbol of health for physicians" practice even up to the present day. During a counseling session, various interpretations of union or balance then can be derived, such as: love, devotion, friendship, passion, engagement, understanding, cooperation, partnership, or marriage. Favorable circumstances in business or in pleasure could also be indicated. Harmony of the male and female elements interpreted as broadly as possible gives true insight into a metaphysical or esoteric interpretation. Intense joy and ectasy, pleasure, or warm friendship are possible attributes of this image. An adverse aspect could indicate: unsatisfactory love, false friendship, a relationship in trouble, a separation or divorce, cross-purposes or desires, opposition or misunderstanding - these are all dependent upon upon the nature of the session and interaction with other archetypes. For the most part, the Two of Cups is a very positive archetype and reflects themes of love, union, harmony and balance in the life of the client. This is an archetype representative of good emotional and spiritual health when it is positively highlighted.

State of Mind: Love, Beginning or renewed friendship, Passion, Union, Engagement, Understanding, Cooperation, Partnership, Marriage, Unsatisfactory love, False Friendship, Separation, Divorce, Crossed desires

Ace of Cups - Fulfillment

Esoterically, this archetype is symbolic of the true significance behind Christ"s passion - and the heart of what coming to His table to partake of the bread (body) and the wine (blood) of union with him means; specifically his death and resurrection - a very vivid demonstration of the Phoenix principle. The five streams indicate the five senses which are outpouring from the concept of divine love, that is underlying the whole purpose of creation in the first place - to demonstrate through experience the true power of love. Separation brings evolution of consciousness during the process of one"s reunion with the Source. Herein lies the mystery behind the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes and Christ rising from the tomb. In a counseling session, the Ace of Cups represents: love, joy, contentment, great abundance, fulfillment, perfection, fertility, beauty, pleasure, productivity, goodness overflowing, and favorable outlook. When in a positive light, the client is partaking freely of the fruit of the proverbial "Tree of Life" which is located in the center of the garden; the reverse aspect of this same tree being the "Knowledge of Good and Evil." The Cup of Love is filled to overflowing through spiritual means - the client is the recipient of blessings from on high, i.e. deep within the very center of his/her being, where God dwells. Adverse interaction with other archetypes indicates: change, erosion, instability, sterility, clouded joy, unrequited love, a false heart, inconsistency, mutation, or revolution - a situation of love off balance.

State of Mind: Great abundance, Perfection, Joy, Fertility, Opulence, Productiveness, Beauty and pleasure, Goodness overflowing, Favorable outlook, Change, Erosion, Instability, Unrequited love, Clouded joy


King of Pentacles - Success

This archetypal image is one of successful enterprise, where experience and character have gone hand-in-hand in the process of developing courage. Both mathematical and intellectual aptitude are indicated, as well as the ability to acquire money and material posessions. Here is the symbol indicative of the Merchant Prince, whose ability in these areas created the faboulosly wealthy Renaissance city-states of the stature of Florence and Venice. In the positive sense, a person who is represented by this archetype in a counseling session is a loyal friend and also a reliable marriage partner. This individual is clear when it comes to material affairs, yet might be dull and appear to be preoccupied with these matters to the extent of being removed from other interests. In an adverse situation, corruption is apparent - whereas the use of any means, moral or immoral, to achieve the goal of acquiring great wealth - is not beyond him. Unfaithfulness could also be a trait. Sometimes this personification is of an old, or vicious, and perhaps very evil individual who is a jealous or grasping type of person. The dark side, however, can be countered by the client"s restoration of a sense of in his/her direction which can alter the outcome of adverse circumstances for the better. Here is revealed the symbolism of the wise use of material wealth, where one"s bounty is shared among those individuals who are in need, rather than being hoarded for reasons of personal greed and therefore denied to others. The King of Pentacles is liked unto a two-edged blade.

State of Mind: Experienced leader, Successful leader, Person of character, Person of intelligence, Business acumen, Mathematical ability, Loyal Friend, Reliable marriage partner, Wise investment, Ability to acquire money and valuable possessions, Intelligence, Aptitude, Corruption, Using any means to achieve the desired end

Queen of Pentacles - Security

Prosperity is indicated, yet this Queen has the depth of understanding to realize that the means to perpetuate its benefits is to be generous with her abundance of material wealth. The female figure in this archetypal image is thus contemplating her symbol, the Pentacle, which shows the truth of her being a noble soul. There is definite security and liberty in this right use of the fruits of providence. In an interpretation, attributes of personal well-being, magnificence, grace, opulence, extreme comfort, generosity, and prosperity are noted. The person in the client"s life is most likely a woman who is clever and sensuous; ambitious in a practical and useful direction, yet quiet and domesticated, affectionate and kind, charming - and she also might appear to be timid in her approach. In an adverse situation, this understanding of the underpinnings of true prosperity is corrupted, whereas a woman with evil intentions or suspicious temperament could be indicated. Suspense, fear, and mistrust come part and parcel with the individual represented in such a manner. False prosperity, i.e. a front for misuse and trickery, meaning that this person is not to be trusted - is another personality description. Responsibilities neglected and a fear of failure are also indicated. Interaction with other archetypes thus determines whether or not the Queen of Pentacles is of benefit to the client during a session. The direction indicated by archetypal images can be altered, i.e. changed from the negative to positive via course correction on the part of the client, so the outcome can also be transformed. Once again, like unto her mate, the King, as well as some of the other archetypes, the image is "two-edged" in meaning.

State of Mind: Prosperity and well-being, Abundance, Opulence, Extreme comfort, Generosity, Security, Liberty, Magnificence, Grace, Dignity, A rich person but generous and charitable, Noble soul, False prosperity, Distrustful person

Knight of Pentacles - Responsibility

Here is the archetype of responsibility and service. Note that this image reveals a rider methodically moving toward his destination, his eyes fixed upon completion of this task in hand. He is carrying the symbol of his suit, but does not look upon it. In a metaphysical counseling session, the Knight of Pentacles represents a mature and responsible person in the life of the client; one who is reliable, with the ability to conclude a task which has been started. This person is also patient and thus persistent in his efforts, as well as being laborious and organized. This would be a person who is capable of bringing great energy to practical matters; a dependable manager and a steadfast worker. A responsible and conventional person is in this archetype"s positive aspect. The adverse side of this image reveals: stagnation, inertia, a lack of determination or direction, without any purpose to carry a task to its end. Narrow-mindedness, whereas limits are established by dogmatic views, can also be a trait. Idleness and inertia, plus carelessness and discouragement, could be part of the adverse effects of this image during a counseling session. Interaction with other archetypes make the determination whether or not this image may be positive for the client. A personal course correction on his/her part can bring a 180-degree turn in circumstances and thus transform a negative outcome into a positive one. The sense of duty and that of responsibility, inherent in the specific symbolism of this archetype is able to transcend the stagnation and carelessness of its negative side.

State of Mind: Mature person, Responsible person, Reliable, Methodical, Patient, Persistent, Ability to conclude a task, Laborious, Organized, Serviceable, Stagnation, Inertia, Lack of determination or direction, Limits set by dogmatic views

Page of Pentacles - Application

This is the archetype of study and application of new ideas to solve problems; the image of reflection and the desire for new ideas to arise for the purpose of application - as well as scholarship and the ability to dream, which allow for the creation of novel ideas. In a counseling session, this archetype indicates that the client is studying new ways to solve old problems, or will encounter an individual who can offer insight with this regard. Or, the person entering the client"s life could be a messenger bringing some news which will effect the client as it pertains to his/her particular destiny. A negative interpretation of this image, when present during a session, would be for the bearer to bring bad or unsettling news to the client. Also, some unrealism on the part of the person or quality represented, i.e. being a dreamer to the point of contemplating such fantasies which run counter to the precepts of Universal Laws, in other words, inability to recognize the obvious facts in a particular matter. Dissapation of ideas, i.e. wasted thought processes, or totally illogical thinking, rebelliousness, or wastefulness in general. Liberality and luxury as they refer to life being off balance also lend themselves to an adverse interpretation. The nature of an application of the Page of Pentacles within a particular session depends upon the client"s course of action, whereas a positive reflection is generated through correct observance of Universal Laws and so a negative reflection can be transformed via the client making an individual change of course, i.e. following rather than violating said Universal Laws. Deep concentration, in the proper perspective, brings forth the best in this archetype.

State of Mind: Deep concentration, Application, Scholarship, Reflection, Desire for new ideas, Do-gooder, Bearer of news, Study, Unrealistic person, Failure to recognize obvious facts, Dissipation of ideas, Illogical thinking, Rebelliousness, Wastefulness

Ten of Pentacles - Inheritance

This is an archetype of material prosperity, symbolized by the image of the archway and manor house beyond it. The family figures within the archway - father, mother, children, and grandfather, plus dogs - represent one"s geneaological continuity of ancestry, so this could be a clan or family home passed down through several generations. All the living generations reveal the length of abode in this place, i.e. the grandfather figure built it. All this, however, is symbolic. In a counseling session, the Ten of Pentacles indicates wealth, riches, family matters, archives, ancestry, and inheritance. The client could very soon be a recipient of windfall monetary gain or property from a recently deceased relative, or a circumstance involving the client"s family could have developed where his/her presence is necessary - or else the client may have to deal with disposition of a situation involving the home environment of his/her family. With regard to plans for the future, the creation of a stable home environment for his/her own family could be indicated, or else habitation of the parents" or ancestral home could also be shown. A genuine sense of material wealth or financial gain accompanies this image"s positive aspects in many cases. In a negative situation, a person"s potential for loss or a robbery is apparent. Also, the dissapation of an inheritance, or else the destruction of home by fire or other natural disaster, i.e. flood, tornadoes, earthquake, etc. Unfortunate odds and therefore loss of fortune by gambling or personal mismanagement is the more common form of an inheritance dispersal or loss indicated.

State of Mind: Riches, Safety, Family matters, Ancestry, Inheritance, Home, Prosperity, Security, Gain, Bad odds, Loss of inheritance, Hazard, Robbery, Gambling

Nine of Pentacles - Harvest

This is an archetype of fulfillment and accomplishment. Here is presented the successful results of proper planning, symbolized by the abundance of grapes that adorn the vines beyond the woman, who thus appears satisfied with her cultivation thereof. Good luck, providence, and foresight are indicated regarding material concerns whereas increase is shown by this image. Discernment and discretion has brought, or will bring, the client into a sense of completion regarding material gain. The garden-like setting of this archetypal image shows a love of nature as an aspect which could be revealed when this archetype is present in a counseling session. An adverse interpretation inverts the aspects whereas bad faith, danger, storms, theft, etc. could result in disappointments and possible loss of that for which the client has worked so hard to gain. The loss of a valued friendship is a possibility, just as much as the possibility of losing a treasured posession. Vain hopes of the client, or a voided project - either abandoned intentionally or else ruined by failure - could be indicated. The negative aspects of this or any particular archetypal image can be altered for the better simply by the client choosing to make a personal effort toward changing the present course or direction indicated during a counseling session. Thus, a negative situation can be turned into a positive one. The Nine of Pentacles would then be able to show its balanced aspects of safety and material well-being.

State of Mind: Accomplishment, Discernment, Discretion, Foresight, Prudence, Material well-being, Love of nature, Vigilance, Roguery, Danger, Storms, Bad faith, Loss of a valued friendship, Loss of a treasured possession

Eight of Pentacles - Work

This archetype represents skill in business and craftmanship - the process of profitable work or steady employment. It could be an apprenticeship in a trade, which is a rather literal translation, or it could signify personal effort which results in profit. Industriousness on the part of the individual indicated is shown, whether it be the client or a person who is influencing the outcome of this situation, i.e. interaction with another archetypal image. Prudence is also a possible interpretation, as well as a quickness to learn. In regarding business dealings, this image could point toward preparatory efforts, i.e. the stonecutter is working on the pieces prior to being shown to the person who has commissioned this work. Adverse interpretation of this archetype in a counseling session could be: voided ambition whereas a personal or a commercial undertaking is abandoned, vanity, conceit, disillusionment, "penny-wise and pound foolish" attitudes, hoarding, greed, usury, and hypocrisy. It is quite possible that the client could be compromised in matters of money lending. Also, flattery and a sense of the cunning and intrigue issuing from an ingenious mind. Positive implications of this archetype, however, show intelligence being applied to material affairs, and the result being an appreciation of the quality effort displayed with just compensation given. This is the archetype of commission and enterprise. When in a positive light during a session, the Eight of Pentacles will profit the client.

State of Mind: Apprenticeship, Craftsmanship, Quickness to learn, Candor, Modesty, Handiwork, Personal effort, Preliminary learning, Lack of ambition, Vanity, Conceit, Disillusionment, Usury, Hypocrisy

Seven of Pentacles - Investment

This is the archetype of transactions or speculation with regard to liquid assets; money in particular. The image shown is that of one who has grown a vine bearing this suit"s symbol, the Pentacle, which could be translated as a "money tree." Successful dealings in making contracts, partnership arrangements, borrowing sums of capital for investment purposes, etc. are indicated. Growth of seed money toward accumulation of material wealth is possible. The representation of precious metals, jewelry, or treasure may also be considered - as well as successfully being able to make a barter transaction. In all manner of speaking, whether for good or for ill, the Seven of Pentacles operates specifically in the realm of investments. In cases where adverse effects of this image shadow a counseling session, uneasiness and impatience on the part of the client could manifest with possible money problems being the result. An investment gone bad and significant loss of money is a more severe aspect of this. Also: hopes deceived, imprudent actions, or allowing oneself to be duped by a huckster who is conjuring a scam for the purpose of separating a fool from his money - are all negative impacts of this image. Little gain from much labor, i.e. producing a supposedly marketable item only to have the public fail to show demand for said product and useless inventory result, is an example of this archetype being negatively applied. A change in course can reverse this situation.

State of Mind: Ingenuity, Growth, Hard work, Progress, Successful dealings, Money, Treasure, Progress, Craft, Adeptness, Impatience, Imprudent actions, Loss of money, Unwise investments

Six of Pentacles - Philanthropy

Herein lies the balanced perspective of material success and philanthropy in response to the blessings bestowed. This image shows one representative of a wealthy merchant sharing a portion of his bounty with those who are in need. Symbolized here is the Law of Tithing. Some positive aspects of the Six of Pentacles in a counseling session are: generosity, charity, kindness, gifts, and the experience of sharing one"s abundance with others. The sense of well-being, whereas God has provided for one"s needs to the fullest measure is indicated, and the knowledge that this providence is to be passed around so that others might also share in the benefit thereof. The negative aspects of this image during a session show the opposite traits, i.e. one being a miser and so greedy that parting with even a small portion of the wealth is hard to do. Jealousy or insolence regarding material posessions, and/or downright avarice could also manifest. Fear of losing what one has by dissapation makes the miser cling to his/her money - and this poor soul indeed suffers from improvidence perpetuated by personal failure to let go of material posessions. The Law of Circulation is indicated whereas the Biblical saying, "Give, and it shall be given to you" holds true here. Philanthropy is a noble gesture which is necessary for filling the needs of those who are not able to fend for themselves. Generosity is the key to this archetype.

State of Mind: Generosity, Philanthropy, Charity, Kindness, Gratification, Gifts, Material gain, Avarice, Selfishness, Envy, Jealousy, Bad debt, Unpaid loans, Miser

Five of Pentacles - Destitution

Here is the archetype which represents destitution. Poverty has hit hard and the image shows two lost souls left outside in the cold, unable to get inside the cathedral which they pass. They are unable to reach the lighted warmth within its walls; only the colored light from the stained glass window above them casts a little ray of hope upon them, yet they see it not. The window"s image, like unto the "money tree" in the Seven of Pentacles, is just an illusion to them - for they do not know how they could possibly prosper from the vantage point of their present position in life. In a counseling session, this image indicates: personal impoverishment, loss, failure, separation from providence, lack of hope, etc. Here we have a case of ruin, where that which once was prosperous in one"s life is now poor. Disharmony in love relationships and marriage is a distinct possibility. The taking of a lover or a mistress may also be suggested. Deception by one who was once trusted relates to this situation. An adverse interpretation could bring: disorder, chaos, ruin, discord, or could simply indicate waste. Unhappy love situations might be in play here. Also, there could be a turn of events where a bad trend is reversed, i.e. the "silver lining in the dark cloud" signified by the stained glass window that shines upon the impoverished twosome. In such circumstances, overcoming matters of one"s personal improvidence - by rising beyond ruin, poverty, and destitution - is indicated.

State of Mind: Destitution, Loss, Failure, Error, Mistress or lover, Material trouble, Fallacy, Reversal of bad trend, New interest in matters, Overcoming ruin, Disharmony in marriage, Disharmony in love interests, Disorder, Waste

Four of Pentacles - Legacy

This is the archetype which shows the image of one cleaving to that which he has in the way of material posessions. Such is the case, more often than not, when the wealth is inherited from a relative who has labored hard to gather it all together. Therefore, the Four of Pentacles represents a legacy, and the recipient tends to hoard this wealth in an attempt to prevent its dissipation. This is why the Pentacle symbols are: perched atop his head, clutched tightly between encircling arms, and held fast beneath both feet. This person could be said to be a skinflint, i.e. one who does not have the ability to share wealth. The reverse meaning of this image is delay; postponement of events or rewards which should otherwise be forthcoming. Setbacks in material matters are another manifestation for an adverse interpretation of the Four of Pentacles. Opposition from forces beyond one"s control regarding further material gain could also be a prospect that is presented during a session. Also, the tendency to be a spendthrift is indicated in a reverse interpretation of this image. Another aspect of this image could be power, or law and order, and/or gain of money and influence. Earthly power, nothing supernatural, but rather in the form of success, rank, and dominion are all possible. Skill regarding physical forces is another way of interpreting this image. Prejudice, suspicion, and lack of originality may be indicated.

State of Mind: Love of material wealth, Hoarder, Usurer, Skinflint, Inability to share, Miser, Legacy, Postponement, Setbacks in material matters, Opposition to further gain, Suspense, Delay, Spendthrift, Skill regarding physical forces

Three of Pentacles - Mastery

Where the Eight of Pentacles shows apprenticeship in a trade or personal craftsmanship, the Three of Pentacles reveals one"s mastery. Here, skill has been perfected to the point of renown for the artisan - skilled labor or a trade, but within the realm of aristocracy or nobility. Fame and glory are part and parcel of the positive aspects of this archetype. Interpretation of this could mean artistic ability, dignity, renown, rank, or power. Also, it could mean the manifestation of works to the highest degree - business, paid employment, commercial transactions, and commencement of matters which will be established later. In an adverse situation, this image has the opposite effect whereas the skill and craftsmanship are diminished rather than exalted. This could be: mediocrity in work, or commonplace ideas, a lack of skill, or pre-occupation with things that sidetrack endeavors to the point that progress is severely hampered or stalled altogether. Also, pettiness and weakness, as well as a person being quite greedy, selfish, or narrow in mind, or one who is seeking that which is impossible. Obscurity, or the opposite of fame, is the fate of one who will not take heed of the signs of a negative situation and make changes. The potential for turning an adverse situation into a positive one is always there. If the client decides to make a course correction upon receipt of such an indication, a negative outcome can be changed for the better.

State of Mind: Great skill in trade or work, Mastery, Perfection, Artistic ability, Dignity, Renown, Rank, Power, Sloppiness, Preoccupation, Mediocrity, Money problems, Commonplace ideas, Lack of skill

Two of Pentacles - Alternation

This archetype represents the pendulum swing, or sine-wave of life; the ups and downs of experience and the continuity of changes. The figure of the juggler with both poles of emotional and physical possibilities looped in the infinity sign, shows the perpetual alternation between gain and loss. In a counseling session, the client could be experiencing the shifting emotions of elation and perhaps even of melancholy, or the physical variant between weakness and strength. There is a social aspect to the Two of Pentacles whereas visits to friends and pleasant changes could be in the offering. However, a sense of of enjoyment could be somewhat illusory; i.e. enforced gaity or else simulated pleasure. Letters or messages may also be indicated. With the alternation aspect so strongly accented via this image, difficulties in launching new projects could arise. Notice the rough seas that are tossing the ships behind the figure. There may be difficult situations and new troubles on the horizon. Embarrassment is distinctly possible. Because of the alternating energy of the Two of Pentacles there is a fine line between the positive and negative aspects of this card in a session. Exchange of letters and messages from one individual to another reflect this alternating principle. Obstacles, trouble, and embroilment are on the downside yet on the upside troubles may be more imaginary than real, or the image could simply indicate recreation.

State of Mind: Difficulty in launching new projects, Difficult situations, New troubles, Embarrassment, Obstacles, Troubles, Literary ability, Agility in handling matters, Simulated enjoyment, Enforced gaiety, Letter, Message, Shifting emotions of elation and melancholy, Embroilment

Ace of Pentacles - Prosperity

This is considered by many metaphysicians to be the most favorable of all archetypes in Tarot imagery. The pinnacle of perfection and of personal attainment; prosperity and happiness abound. The beauty of this garden full of lillies in bloom with the archway and path clearly showing an upward access to the mountain heights in the distance are all parts of this archetype"s image surrounding the hand issuing from a cloud showing the suit"s symbol. In a counseling session: perfect contentment, ecstacy, and possibly a great material wealth could be indicated. Gold, or valuable coins, or artifacts and treasures put to the right use - whereas there is a balanced combination of spiritual and material riches. To summarize this archetype when favorably present during a session, it is very positive and indicative of great good fortune for the client, in some aspect, depending upon interaction with other archetypes. Adversely indicated, this image reveals wealth which corrupts the mind of the one posessing it; or prosperity without happiness - also wasted money and unused wealth. Being a miser and overcome with greed can also be a manifestation of this image. Bad intelligence may also be a factor. All in all, the Ace of Pentacles shows prosperous and comfortable material conditions. Yet, whether or not such can be of help to the client depends upon the interaction of this image with other archetypes during a session.

State of Mind: Perfection, Attainment, Prosperity, Felicity, Bliss, Gold, valuable coins, or artifacts, Wealth, Contentment, Treasures, Combination of material and spiritual riches, Ecstasy, Prosperity without happiness, Misused wealth, Corruption by money

The 56 Minor Arcana cards reveal aspects which elaborate on the principal attributes of the 22 Archetypes of the Major Arcana. Significant teachings pertaining to a person"s Life Path are indicated by the Trumps, whereas the Court Cards and Pips of the Four Suits show the influence of people in the Querent"s life and supporting lessons.

Author Bio :
Joseph H. Bryan-Royster received his Doctoral degree in Metaphysical Science and also a Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the University of Metaphysics. His specialization in this field is Archetypal Metaphysics, Research & Synthesis, which examines symbolic imagery emanating from higher planes of existence and how it can affect the physical manifestation of events.

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