Apart from the Aces and Pages of the Tarot, all the other cards have astrological significators that can help elucidate their meaning in a Tarot reading.
A note on the Aces: All Aces represent the force of spirit -they represent radical forces and are said to be a link between Yetzirah and the Material Plane of the Universe.
The following paragraphs feature the keywords and concepts channelled by the famous occultist and Tarot diviner, Aleister Crowley along with my own thoughts and observations. These are by no means definitive descriptions of the cards and should merely be used as "diving boards" to help expand your own interpretations of the cards.
Suit of Wands
Ace of Wands: "The Root of the Power Fire"
Root of Fire. Primordial Fire. Fire in its natural, untamed, untempered state. The creative imagination, the Spark. Inspiration -note that inspiration means to be "In spirit". No astrological significator -the Element of the signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Planetary affinities include Mars, Sun, Jupiter. The Ace of Wands symbolises force, strength, rush, vigour, energy. It suggests natural as opposed to invoked force.
2 of Wands: Mars is Aries "The Lord of Dominion"
Mars rules Aries, so it should come as no surprise that in most Tarot decks, the 2 of Wands usually portrays a favourable circumstance in which the Hero leaves his parental roots behind to start a new life -it heralds a call to adventure so that he may come to the core of who he is. It is a card that suggests boldness, courage, restlessness, ambition, authority and power.
3 of Wands: Sun in Aries "The Lord of Established Strength"
The Sun is exalted in Aries and the 3 of Wands usually portrays an established strength and realisation of hope. It also suggests the initial completion of a creative project and success after struggle. It also suggests pride, obstinacy, generosity, wealth, power, conceit and nobility.
4 of Wands: Venus in Aries "The Lord of Perfected Work"
This card suggests the completion of a project after initial struggle. The way that it differs from the 3 is that there is a suggestion that you will be recognised and celebrated for your efforts. This card also symbolises beauty, rest after labour, cleverness, success in completion and subtlety. It also portrays a good reasoning ability that has come from experience and also settlement, an arrangement, unreadiness, unreliability, insincerity. It represents self (Aries) gratification (Venus).
5 of Wands: Saturn in Leo "The Lord of Strife"
This card usually portrays a loss of faith in oneself but also a struggle with the outside world. It is usually a struggle that comes about when creative vision has collided with earthly reality. It suggests being unable to acknowledge the limitations of ordinary life and the limitations of one's inertia. This card symbolises trouble on the concrete level, which often coincides with or is caused by a fear of failure. It speaks of the struggles that arise in the course of creative endeavours. A compromise between inner creative vision and outer reality must be reached if we are to move beyond this stage. Reality (Saturn) collides with our creative self-expression (Leo).
6 of Wands: Jupiter in Leo "The Lord of Victory"
The 6 of Wands represents an experience of triumph, recognition by other and public acclaim. It suggests a eurphoric moment for the individual who has been striving to express a new idea or creative vision to the outside world for. It represents validation by the collective for our efforts. It represents a victory after the strife represented in the 5 of Wands. It is love and pleasure gained by labour. It is also pride of riches and success. The domain of creative self-expression (Leo) expands its sphere of influence (Jupiter).
7 of Wands: Mars is Leo "The Lord of Valour"
The various meanings attributed to this card are quarreling, conflict, stiff competition, a struggle, We are plunged into a contest, which challenges us to try even harder. We cannot rest on our laurels otherwise someone will come along and steal the limelight. The positive message of this card is that it represents a period where we are challenged to become a better stronger version of ourselves; to become experts in our fields, to create new and better forms. It ultimately comes down to faith in oneself and shows us how hard we are willing to fight for the thing we have worked so hard to achieve. There is a possible victory indicated here but the victory depends on how hard we are willing to work and on the energy and courage exercised. Valour, opposition, obstacles and difficulties yet courage to meet them head on. The fiery ego drives of Mars couple with Leo's strong desire for recognition and expression of Self.
8 of Wands: Mercury in Sagittarius "The Lord of Swiftness"
This is generally interpreted as a positive card but can also indicate too much force applied too suddenly. It can indicate a rapid rush but quickly passed and expended. Swiftness, rapidity, boldness, courage, confidence, freedom, love of the open-air, the open road, sports, gardens, wide expanses Generosity, eloquence, untrustworthiness, theft and robbery. It can represent a release of creative energy after the anxieties and struggles of the 7 have been overcome. Conflict stimulates the imagination and if we have honestly been able face it and see it through, the the 8 of Wands represents a period of smooth sailing. It can also represent our plans proceeding towards their goal at a very rapid pace. There is generally a feeling of buoyancy and confidence with this card. The unblocking of energy that it represents comes after tensions have been released. Triumph gained in overcoming obstacles. A period of creative inspiration, after suffering from a creative block. We need conflict in our lives in order to create. Mercury is traditionally in its detriment in Sagittarius but in this case it shows that the power of positive thoughts and the expansive, buoyant quality of the mind that can be used to help us get ahead. Envisioning future possibilities.
9 of Wands: Moon in Sagittarius "The Lord of Great Strength"
This card represents tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken. It symbolises Herculean strength that is brutish and animalistic yet can also be applied in a more calculated and scientific fashion. Great success but with strife and energy. Victory preceded by apprehension and fear. A period of recovery. Curiosity and generous questioning. Intractable, obstinate. Strength, power, recovery from illness. It is the card of strength in reserve. It portrays the tremendous power of the creative imagination, for just when we cannot fight one more fight or confront one more difficulty, somehow in the midst of this stress the ideas and the energy become available to take on this final challenge before the goal. The ability to rise to the challenge - a strength that can help us push through when we are at our lowest ebb. This card suggests a sudden injection of new energy: new hope, new ideas, new horizons. A time when at the point of exhaustion, a final challenge arises to stop us from reaching our goal; and where, somehow, mysteriously, we find the strength in reserve to meet the challenge. Our biological (Moon) determination and need to succeed and overcome obstacles through the intuitive awareness of future possibilities (Sagittarius).
10 of Wands: Saturn in Sagittarius "The Lord of Oppression"
The 10 of Wands portrays a state of oppression. It can suggest boredom and depression.It can sometimes indicate failure in a creative endeavour as well as self-sacrifice, apathy and inertia. It can represent a time when the querent is holding to tight onto what is familiar. Imprisonment of the spirit. Dampening of creative spirit and spontaneous self-expression. Reality (Saturn) collides with our creative vision (Sagittarius).
Knave of Wands: "The Princess of the Shining Flame; The Rose of the Palace of Fire"
Princess and Empress of the Salamanders. Throne of the Ace of Wands. Brilliance, courage, beauty force, sudden in anger or love, desire of power, enthusiasm, revenge. If ill-dignified she is superficial, theatrical, cruel, unstable and domineering. She rules the heavens over one quadrant of he portion around the North Pole.
Knight of Wands: "The Lord of the Flame and the Lightening; The King of the Spirits of Fire": Sagittarius
King of the Salamanders. He is active, generous, impetuous, sudden, fierce. If ill-dignified he is bigoted and cruel. He rules the celestial heavens from above the Twentieth Degree of Scorpio to the First Two Decans of Sagittarius and this includes a part of the Constellation Hercules.
Queen of Wands: "The Queen of the Thrones of the Flame": Aires
Queen of the Salamanders. Adaptability, steady force applied to an object, steady rule, great attractive power, power of command yet liked notwithstanding. Kind and generous when not oppressed or opposed. If ill-dignified, obstinate, revengeful, domineering, tyrannical.
King of Wands: "The Prince of the Chariot of Fire" or, "The King of the Salamanders"
The Prince and Emperor of Salamanders. Swift, strong, hasty, rather violent, yet just and generous, noble and scorning meanness. If ill-dignified -cruel, intolerant, prejudiced and ill-natured. He rules the heavens from above the last Decan of Cancer to the second Decan of Leo.
Suit of Cups
Ace of Cups: "The Root of the Powers of the Waters"
Root of Water. Primordial Water. Untamed, untempered feelings and emotions. A new beginning in ones' relationship or feeling life. The Source of all life. Watery signs include Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces and their planetary affinities, the Moon, Pluto and Neptune. It symbolises beauty, fertility, pleasure and happiness.
2 of Cups: Venus in Cancer "The Lord of Love"
Harmony of masculine and feminine united. Harmony, pleasure, mirth, subtlety, Like all twos, it represents a polarisaton of the raw energy of the Ace and the polarisation in the suit if Cups, represents the attraction between a male and female -the seeking of the soul for its own completion. When a new potential begins to emerge from the unconscious it starts by first projecting itself onto something or someone outside. It usually suggests the beginning of a relationship or a reconciliation within a new relationship. It can even imply a business agreement. Emotional (Cancer) fulfillment and contentment in our relationships (Venus).
3 of Cups: Mercury in Cancer "The Lord of Abundance"
Abundance, plenty, success, pleasure, sensuality, passive success, good fortune, love, gladness, kindness, liberality. It suggests, like all of the 3s in the Minor Arcana, a stage of initial completion -of a new dimension of life unfolding, It is a card of celebration, representing a period of emotional fulfillment and a completion of the initial attraction indicated in the 2. The couple have come together and are in the "honeymoon stage" of their relationship. This card is an initiation into life and is full of hope and promise and can sometimes be indicative of a birth, engagement, wedding or pregnancy. It is a card of transition, heralding further developments. The desire to make emotional (Cancer) connections (Mercury) with friends and loved ones. Joining together with other people for emotional contentment and feelings of joy, celebration and belonging.
4 of Cups: Moon in Cancer "The Lord of Blended Pleasure"
Success or pleasure approaching their end. A stationary period in happiness, which may, or may not, continue. It does not represent perfectly complete happiness as in the 3 of Cups for it is too passive. It suggests an inner restlessness that is not being acted on or acknowledge leaving the querent feeling uncomfortable. Can sometimes indicate receiving pleasure or comfort from others but being uncomfortable with that. Although everything seems happy and rewarding there is a creeping doubt and suspicion that there is something that is not being dealt with. It is a period where we have to face more deeply and honestly, what is at the core of our emotional dealings with others. Discontented feelings, emotional dissatisfaction for no apparent reason. Anxiety, resentment. The Moon rules Cancer and seeks comfort and security by blending and merging with its environment. Here, our emotional natures cannot be satisfied because our lack of boundaries have collided with another persons' reality, with another persons' boundaries. This is the anxiety produced by not getting our innate needs met in the outside world -the unconscious, uncomfortable realisation that other people are not extensions of us but have their own separate realities that cannot always be penetrated by our neediness.
5 of Cups: Mars in Scorpio "The Lord of Loss in Pleasure"
Death, the end of pleasure: disappointment, sorrow and loss in those things from which pleasure is expected. Sadness, treachery, deceit, emotional betrayal, ill-will, detraction, trouble and anxieties from unsuspected and unexpected sources. The 5 of Cups is suggestive of a time in a relationship when one experiences regret over past actions. Separation in a relationship can occur. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio and suggests a confrontation (Mars) of our desires (Scorpio) with the desires and reality of another person.
6 of Cups: Sun in Scorpio "The Lord of Pleasure"
Commencement of a steady increase, gain and pleasure. Affront, detection, knowledge and in some instances contention and strife arising from unwarranted self-assertion and vanity. Amiable, patent, It is a card of nostalgia. It is usually a very tranquil card, which is suggestive of the period of calm and stillness after the sorrow and crisis reflected in the 5 of Cups. Can sometimes indicate a patch-up in a once broken relationship. A positive turn in our journey towards a goal -a goal, which is normally emotional in nature. Scorpio is the "strong silent type" where "still waters run deep". Powerful feelings and memories surge like an underground river beneath a calm exterior. An urge to purge (Scorpio) our pasts. The transformation of our inner lives, a deepening of our emotional natures paves the way (Sun) in this card.
7 of Cups: Venus in Scorpio "The Lord of Illusionary Success"
Possible victory but neutralised by the energy of the querent. Illusionary success, deception in the moment of apparent victory. Lying, error, promises unfulfilled, drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust, fornication, selfish dissipation, deception in love and friendship. Often success gained but not followed up. It represents the boon -and problem- of being confronted with too many possibilities in the realm of the heart. The intuition perceives all kinds of possibilities for the future but these visions and possibilities must be made real and concrete by a great deal of hard work. This is a card that depicts a moment where we feel that anything is possible and this can often lead to confusion and lack of initiative. It coincides with that feeling that anything is possible in the future. When we have connected with an important part of ourselves, the future seems beautiful and bright but we do not temper this view with a realistic assessment of how to actualise things in practical terms. We feel that possibilities are endless but we need to anchor any of the intuited possibilities into concrete forms. Venus is in its detriment in Scorpio -the passionate intensity and strong desire nature of Scorpio wants what it wants when it wants it, which rather threatens Venus' desire for harmonious relationships.
8 of Cups: Saturn in Pisces "The Lord of Abandoned Success"
Temporary success without further results. Thing thrown aside as soon as it is gained. Something unlasting. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Instability. Giving up hope for the future, letting go of hope. All the tasks so meticulously performed, suggested by the eight neatly stacked cups, have been to no avail. Seeing the situation as it truly is. Walking away from past hopes. A stage in a relationship that is utterly painful because nothing more can be done. Giving up and starting again. Relinquishing control, the acceptance of an ending. A submission to something greater than ourselves. The fantasy-prone, idealistic nature of Pisces is not suited to the worldly limits of Saturn.
9 of Cups: Jupiter in Pisces "The Lord of Material Happiness"
Complete and perfect realisation of pleasure and happiness, almost perfect; self-praise, vanity, conceit, kind, lovable, high-minded, not easily satisfied with small and limited ideas. Complete success, pleasure and happiness, wishes fulfilled. The satisfaction and the fulfillment of an emotional dream. This represents an ecstatic moment of fulfillment, gaining something which has been truly earned, not by force or will or emotional manipulation but from an unwavering commitment to ones own feeling values suggesting an inner and outer union. Satisfaction, pleasure, fulfillment of a cherished wish, rewards for efforts made, validation of one's commitment. Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces and here it suggests positive expansive feelings that lift us out of the dross and drudgery of mundane life.
10 of Cups: Mars in Pisces "The Lord of Perfected Success"
Permanent and lasting success and happiness, because inspired from above. Pleasure dissipation, debuachery, peacemaking, kindness, pity. A state of permanence and on-going contentment. The ecstasy of the reunion of two lovers. The erotic, personal, sensual, mundane and spiritual dimension of love and commitment. Loving another, which opens up the heart to loving life itself; life has meaning and purpose. A larger, brighter world appears before one's vision. Love which connects us with our own souls. Feeling of permanence, meaning and rightness in life. Contrarily, I find that oftentimes the 10 of Cups in a reading can mean the end of a relationship or that the individual's will (Mars) is drowned in a primordial soup of amorphous chaos (Pisces) and he/she cannot think or act for himself/herself. It can indicate suffocation at the level of the soul.
Knave of Cups "The Princess of the Waters; The Lotus of the Palace of the Floods"
Princess and Empress of the Nymphs or Undines. Throne of the Ace of Cups. Sweetness, poetry, gentleness and kindness. Imaginative, dreamy and at times, indolent yet courageous if roused. When ill dignified she is selfish and luxurious. She rules a quadrant of the heavens around Kether.
Knight of Cups "The Lord of the Waves and the Waters; The King of the Hosts of the Sea": Pisces
King of Undines and Nymphs. Graceful, poetic, idealistic, Venusian, indolent but enthusiastic if roused.
Queen of Cups "The Queen of the Thrones of the Water": Cancer
Queen of the Nymphs or Undines. This Queen is imaginative, poetic, kind-hearted. Coquettish and good-natured, dreamy in appearance. Imagination stronger than feeling. Very much affected by other influences and therefore more dependent upon dignity than most symbols.
King of Cups "The Prince of the Chariot of the Waters" : Scorpio
Prince and Emperor of Nymphs or Undines. He is subtle, artistic, poetic and crafty: a fierce nature with a calm exterior
Suit of Swords
Ace of Swords: "The Root of the Powers of the Air"
Root of Air. Primordial Air. Can represent a very great power for good or evil -remember, the mind is man's double-edged sword. It represents a whirling force and strength through trouble. It is the affirmation of Justice upholding Divine Authority; and it may become the Sword of Wrath, Punishment and Affliction. The signs governed by Air are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius and their planetary significators are Mercury, Venus and Uranus, respectively.
Two of Swords: Moon in Libra" The Lord of Peace Restored"
Contradictory characters in the same nature, strength through suffering, pleasure after pain, sacrifice and trouble, yet strength arising therefrom. Arrangement, peace restored, truce, truth and untruth, sorrow and sympathy, aid to the weak, justice, unselfishness, injury when meaning well, tact. The sign LIbra is often associated with Full Moon phase of the lunar cycle. This is because the Sun and Moon are in opposition when the Moon is full and shows an inner struggle between balancing (Libra) what we want (Sun) with what we need (Moon). There is a desire to reach a fine balance between these two modes of expression. Sometimes we can side with one side of our natures to the detriment of the other. A need for inner harmony and making peace with warring components of the psyche.
Three of Swords: Saturn in Libra: "The Lord of Sorrow"
Disruption, interruption, separation, quarreling, sowing of discord and strife, mischief-making, sorrow and tears, mirth in Platonic pleasures, singing, faithfulness in promises, honesty in money transactions, selfish and dissipated, yet sometimes generous, deceitful in words and repetitions. Saturn is exalted in Libra and here it suggests balance, a respect for the law, justice and refinement of social life. Compromise is another theme as is acknowledging responsibility. Here, it is the field of responsibility being challenged through interpersonal relationship -placing the individual within the wider context of society and other people. Saturn is about structure, that is, the Law of Right Relationship. The theme of separateness is implicit in the sign of Libra. It is an air sign, not a water sign, but the lesson of interpersonal relationships, of a variety of different kinds, is a main theme. Libra is about learning how to appreciate the differences you see in another person, and to be in a relationship to something or somebody, not merged with it. In that sense the process is very Saturnian. That can mean, awareness of the possibility of loss, abandonment, anxiety, isolation and so on.
Four of Swords: Jupiter in Libra: "The Lord of Rest from Strife"
Rest from sorrow, peace from and after war, relaxation and anxiety, quietness, rest, ease, abundance, convalescence, recovery from sickness. change for the better. Expansive Jupiter in relationship-oriented Libra indicates a re-polarisation of energy -an inflow and outflow rather than just an outflow -balancing (Libra) the extremes of flamboyant, larger-than-life Jupiter.
Five of Swords: Venus in Aquarius "The Lord of Defeat"
Contest finished and decided against the person; failure, defeat, anxiety, trouble, poverty, avarice, grieving after gain, laborious unresting; loss and vileness of nature; malicious, slanderous, lying, spiteful, tale-bearing. A busy-body and separator of friends, hating to see peace and love between others. Clever and quick in thought and speech. Venus is the planet of pleasure, of self-worth. Aquarius is too inclusive to see that it's own desires are being tended to. Venus signifies one-on-one relationships while Aquarius is concerned with the brotherhood of man. "We" becomes "Us". Sacrificing own desires for the peace and harmony of the group.
Six of Swords: Mercury in Aquarius "The Lord of Earned Success"
Success after anxiety and trouble; self-esteem, beauty, conceit, but sometimes modesty therewith. dominance, patience, labour, work, journey by water, short trip. Mercury is well-suited to being in the air sign Aquarius. Noble ideas, powerful use of the mind. Intelligent patterning of the world.
Seven of Swords: Moon in Aquarius "The Lord of Unstable Effort"
Partial success. Yielding when victory is within grasp, as if the last reserves of strength were used up. Inclination to lose when on the point of gaining through not continuing effort. Love of abundance, fascinated by display, given to compliments, affronts and insolences, spying on others. Inclined to betray confidences, not always intentionally. Vacillatory and unreliable. Dishonesty, betraying confidences. A change of heart, a change in character. Slyness, underhandedness. Journey by land. The instinctual Moon in the rational-minded Aquarius can indicate a time when when has to cut off from one's feelings or when one doesn't really know how one feels about a situation. The feelings (Moon) must be analysed and sifted through the intellect (Aquarius).
Eight of Swords: Jupiter in Gemini "The Lord of Shortened Force"
Too much force applied to small things: too much attention to detail at the expense of the principal and more important points. When ill-dignified these qualities produce malice, pettiness, and domineering characteristics. Patience in detail of study; great care in some things, counterbalanced by equal disorder in others. Impulsive, generous, clever, aimless. Admires wisdom yet applies it to small and unworthy objects. Jupiter is in its detriment in Gemini -Jupiter represents a wide, all-encompassing energy and Mercury-ruled Gemini likes to pigeon-hole things. Pushing a hippopotamus through the eye of a needle.
Nine of Swords: Mars in Gemini "The Lord of Despair and Cruelty"
The nightmare card. Despair, cruelty, pitilessness, malice, suffering, want, loss, misery. Burden, oppression, anxiety, labour, subtlety and craft, dishonesty, lying and slander yet also obedience, faithfulness, patience, unselfishness. Be careful what you wish for. The mind tormenting the individual with negative thoughts. Can indicate illness and pain. Mars represents our potency and the will expressing itself to the outside world. Instinctual ego assertion (Mars) is intellectualised in Gemini. The needs and desires of the instinctual self are driven upwards into the realm of the mind and intellect creating a lot of power therein. This is the card of the monkey-mind -of the mind's power to create its own reality.
Ten of Swords: Sun in Gemini "The Lord of Ruin"
Undisciplined, warring force, complete destruction and failure. Ruin of all plans and projects. Ruin, death, defeat, disruption. Disdain, insolence and impertinence. Someone who loves to overthrow the happiness of others, a repeater of things. Imprisonment of the mind. The sharp, insightful nature of Gemini pierces through barriers. This card shows the destructive quality of the human mind, man's double-edged sword.
Knave of Swords "The Princess of Rushing Winds: The Lotus of the Palace of Air"
Princess and Empress of the Sylphs and Sylphides. Throne of the Ace of Swords.
Wisdom, strength, acuteness, subtlety in material things, grace, dexterity, frivolous, cunning. She rules the quadrant of the heavens around Kether.
Knight of Swords "The Lord of the Winds and The Breezes: The King of The Spirits of Air": Gemini
King of the Sylphs and Sylphides. He is active, clever, subtle, fierce, delicate, courageous, skilful, but inclined to domineer. If ill-dignified, deceitful, tyrannical and crafty.
Queen of Swords "The Queen of the Thrones of Air": Libra
Queen of the Sylphs and Sylphides. Intensely perceptive, keen observation, subtle, quick and confident: often persevering, accurate in superficial things, graceful, fond of dancing and balancing. Can be cruel, sly, deceitful, unreliable though with a good exterior.
King of Swords :The Prince of he Chariot of the Winds" : Aquarius
Prince and Emperor of Sylphs and Sylphides. Full of ideas and thoughts and designs. Distrustful, suspicious, firm in friendship and enmity, careful, observant, over-cautious. He slays as fast as he creates.
Suit of Pentacles
Ace of Pentacles "The Root of the Powers of the Earth"
Root of Earth. Primordial Earth. Materiality in all senses, material gain, labour, power, wealth. It represents a soul-urge to relate to world of material forms.
2 of Pentacles: Jupiter in Capricorn "The Lord of Harmonious Change"
The harmony of change, the alternation of gain and loss; weakness and strength; ever-changing occupation, wandering, discontented with any fixed condition of things, industrious yet reliable, fortunate through prudence of management yet sometimes unaccountably foolish. Can indicate a pleasant change or a visit to/from friends. Jupiter is in its Fall in Capricorn and suggests that one must put extra work into achieving the gift of material bounty.
3 of Pentacles: Mars in Capricorn "The Lord of Material Works"
Mars is exalted in Capricorn and denotes channelling the fiery energy of Mars to achieve concrete goals -the perfect marriage of the ego with the will. Strong will-power and determination. Good work ethic. Working and constructive force, building up, creation, erection, realisation and increase in material things, initial completion of the first stages of a project, gain in commercial transactions, increase of substance, influence, cleverness in business relations, selfishness, commencement of matters to be established later, keen in matters of gain.
4 of Pentacles: Sun in Capricorn "The Lord of Earthly Power"
Assured material gain, success, rank, dominion, earthly power, completed but leading to nothing beyond. Prejudiced, covetous, suspicious, careful and orderly. Could mean gain of money or influence; a present. Could indicate an overly-serious nature or an overly cautious and shrewd outlook in business or financial dealings. Aligning our goals (Sun) with material gain and status (Capricorn).
5 of Pentacles: Mercury in Taurus "The Lord of Material Trouble"
Loss of money or position. Trouble about material things. Poverty, shrewdness, carefulness, unimaginative, obstinate. Loss of profession, loss of money, monetary anxiety. Lack of confidence in oneself, loss of faith in oneself. Taurus is not an ideal placement for Mercury because they are antithetical in nature. Mercury is quick-witted and effervescent while Taurus is cautious and slow to get moving.
6 of Pentacles: Moon in Taurus "The Lord of Material Success"
Success and gain in material undertakings. Power, influence, rank and nobility, rule over the people. Fortunate, successful, liberal and just. Prosperity in business. The Moon is exalted in Taurus, suggesting a grounded, earthy nature, which has an innate knack at nourishing and encouraging nascent potentials. The Moon rules all earthly forms and tactile life. It presides over biological responses and fertility -the bull, symbol of Taurus, is seen in many cultures as a symbol of fertility and virility and Taurus reigns in springtime -it speaks of blossoming flowers, of the earth gently being warmed by the sun. The sign of Taurus is the soul becoming aware of its physical nature.
7 of Pentacles: Saturn in Taurus "The Lord of Success Unfulfilled"
Promises of success unfulfilled. Loss of apparently promised fortune. Hopes deceived and crushed. Disappointment, misery, necessity. A cultivator of land and yet a loser thereby. Sometimes it denotes slight and isolated gains with no fruits resulting therefrom, and of no further account, though seeming to promise well. Unprofitable speculations and employments, little gain and much labour. Saturn in Taurus suggests a poverty-conscious personality, so concerned with its material well-being that it doesn't flow easily with life or trust in its bounty.
8 of Pentacles: Sun in Virgo "The Lord of Prudence"
Over-careful in small things, "penny wise and pound foolish", gain of money in small sums, industrious cultivation of land. Can also mean hoarding, mean and lacking in enterprise. This card can mean single-pointedly pouring one's energy into a new project, suggested by the Sun in Virgo. Virgo is the sign of the specialist and craftsman.
9 of Pentacles: Venus in Virgo "The Lord of Material Gain"
Complete realisation of material gain, goods, riches; inheritance, covetous, treasuring of goods, though sometimes theft and knavery, much increase of goods. Traditionally, Venus is in its Fall in Virgo, but in this card the positive attributes of this placement are highlighted -concentrating our energy into that which brings us joy.
10 of Pentacles: Mercury in Virgo "The Lord of Wealth"
Completion of material gain and fortune; but nothing beyond. The very pinnacle of success. Old age, slothfulness, great wealth yet sometimes loss in part, heaviness, dullness of mind, yet clever and prosperous in money transactions. Riches and wealth. Mercury rules Virgo and highlights the clever, crafty component of this mutable earth sign. In his Virgoan guise, Mercury is quick-witted and inventive; in myth he is credited for inventing the first musical instrument. In this sense, it shows his ability to endlessly produce things on a material level.
Knave of Pentacles "Princess of the Echoing Hills: Rose of the Palace of Earth"
Princess and Empress of the Gnomes. Throne of the Ace of Pentacles. She is generous kind, diligent, benevolent, careful, courageous, persevering, pitiful. She can be wasteful and prodigal. She rules over one quadrant of the heavens around the North Pole of the Ecliptic.
Knight of Pentacles "The Lord of the Wide and Fertile Land; The King of the Spirits of Earth": Virgo
King of Gnomes. Heavy, dull, material, labourous, clever and patient in material matters. Uncourageous, shrewd, practical, analytical, careful, methodical.
Queen of Pentacles"The Queen of the Thrones of Earth": Capricorn
The Queen of Gnomes. Impetuous, kind, earthy intelligence, good at handling practical affairs, has the Midas-touch with material affairs.
King of Pentacles "The Prince of the Chariot of Earth": Taurus
Prince and Emperor of the Gnomes. Increase of matter. Increases good or evil, solidifies practically applied things. Steady, reliable. Materialistic, selfish, good with money.
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