Tarot: The High Priestess

Tarot: The High Priestess



The High Priestess is a card of duality and an option between two choices.  Many decks refer to the High Priestess as the moon goddess.  You will see she sits between dark and light colored columns.  These columns can be seen as negative/positive, good/bad, strength and wisdom.

She holds the Tora in her arms which represents the wisdom and knowledge within.  The night sky with a crescent moon which represents the cyclical way of the moon also cycles into a daytime scene.  This card is all about duality while having the wisdom to see the commonality.


Most of the time if we listened to our instincts we would already have the answer.   Other times we are torn between the choices and need guidance to come back to our natural instinctual certainty.  Meditate on this card to find an answer to something that is holding you back in life or when you have the choice between two options.  The guidance will come from looking inside oneself and respecting both sides of the duality of any given choice.

From “A Guide to the New Palladini Tarot” by Susan Hansson

Numeral 2: Knowledge. Holding Pattern.  Gentle, passive, artistic.
Hebrew Letter: Gimel: wisdom.  The holding place of knowledge as yet unrevealed.
Cabalah: Path 3: Kether (God) to Tifereth (son)
Astrological Influence: The moon.  The moon controls the tides and thus the emotions, imagination, moods, and rhythms.  It reflects the light of the sun.

Tarot The Empress

Tarot The Empress


The Empress is the card that represents mother Earth, abundance, fertility and fulfillment.  On her head she is crowned with 12 starts which represent the 12 zodiacs.  She is the matriarch the giver of abundance and flowing with blessings.

You see the waterfall behind her flowing down into the earth.  She is compassionate and giving and never without the harvest.  Though she has her scepter and shield they are not raised in defense.  She is aware of her purpose and completely satisfied with sharing that purpose.

This card can be used during meditation to bring compassion, productivity, security and abundance into your life.  When this card shows up in readings it can also mean pregnancy or represent the person’s mother.


From “A Guide to the New Palladini Tarot” by Susan Hansson

Key 3
Numer 3: Product, what has been created by union.  Object of creation.
Hebrew Letter: Daleth: door.  The door through which life enters the world.
Cabalah: Path 4: Hokmah (father) and Binah (mother)
Astrological Influence: Venus.  Note the planet’s symbol on her shield.  Venus stands for love, creativity, harmony, and productivity

Tarot: The Hanged Man

Tarot: The Hanged Man



The Hanged Man is a card representing sacrifice.  This man wasn’t put up against his will he was hung up knowing beforehand what was to happen.  The peaceful look on his face and the fact he has a limb untied shows his willingness to be put there because of the path he has chosen.

This card has a lot of christian symbolism.  The 3 points of the holy trinity, the divine illumination of the holy spirt behind his head and the shape of the cross his legs make.  It symbolizes the sacrifice Jesus made for what he was meant to do.


Often we are at crossroads in our lives on where to go.  At times we need to stop, evaluate, sacrifice our control and allow divine intervention take us where we need to go.  The man hanging has given up on his ego and is ready for spiritual intervention.

This card is a great one to meditate on when you feel you are out of control or need a higher force to intervene in your life.  It’s the ultimate hands tied, ready for the universe to lead you where you need to go.  If you feel you are wavering in your faith or what you feel you truly believe in this card will bring you back to a path of self awareness and peace.

From The New Palladini Tarot by Susan Hansson:

Key 12
Numeral 12: Beginning of reasoning and completion
Hebrew Letter: Mem: primordial waters.
Cabalah: Path 13: Geburah (strength) to Hod (splendor)
Astrological Influence: Neptune. Neptune rules the sea, the imagination, and intuition.  He is associated with the mystics and has both spiritual and escapist trends.



Tarot: The Chariot

Tarot: The Chariot


The Chariot is a card of self importance and of control of one’s destiny.  Often in Tarot night scenes and the moon represent emotions and psychic abilities.  This card is the opposite of that and shows a bright sun, a sun shield and armor.  This card is about strength, certainty and the ability to direct your life in the way you know best.

On the shoulder of the warrior is his moon sign.  Even when in the physical realm of masculine energy your moon/emotional side is always there to guide you.  This card shows someone who knows who they are, what their strengths are and what their purpose is.

the-chariot-tarot-illuminatiOn his shoulders sits a bird which I see as your spiritual animal, your soul so to speak along with your moon sign that guides you.  This is your intuition and your passion which are always the best tools you have to forge forward and achieve what you are meant to achieve.  This is a great card to meditate on to find purpose and be certain of your choices.

Below from the “A Guide To The New Palladini Tarot” by Susan Hansson:

Numeral 7: Soul development, fate, destiny.  Security.  Luck.
Hebrew Letter: Cheth: sight.
Cabalah: Path 8: Binah (mother) to Geburah (strength).
Astrological Influence: Cancer. The crab is a receptive water sign with a tough exterior concealing and protecting his interior.
Motto: “I feel/I brood.”

The Fool

The Fool


Starting my Tarot discussion I like to start with the 1st card in the Major Arcana.  The Major Arcana cards I feel are cards that are certain in their individual meaning.  They can change when placed next to other cards but their meaning is concise and certain.

I was listening to one of my favorite authors Sonia Choquette speak of The Fool.  Her view is that The Fool represents the Soul before it enters physical form.  He represents unlimited energy and potential.

foolHe carries a golden rod on his shoulder one that represents intuition and strength.  In Tarot you will often see a daytime sun or moonlit night.  The sun in this card represents that heavenly strength and masculine energy that nothing can stand in his way.  Yet he carries the white rose or flower in some decks.  This flower represents purity of heart as the soul is about to or has just entered physical form.

When I pull this card it represents abundant potential and intuition.  It is a whirlwind of energy that is about to enter your life and shape your near future.  In ancient times fools were considered insane or disconnected from reality.  Not having worries or concerns about earthly issues allows the fool to come in and not be affected by your daily troubles.  In reverse orientation The Fool can be reckless and get you into trouble.

I like to meditate on this card and draw in the intuition and potential energy this card offers to start me on a path of new beginnings.



Key 0
Numeral 0
Hebrew Letter: Aleph: air, bull, ox, man.  Air is the vehicle for communication
Kabalah: Path 1: Kether (God) to Hokmah (father).
Astrological Influence: Uranus.  The planet known as “the awakener”, it has great potential to be constructive or destructive.  Uranus is erratic and unpredictable; it stimulates ideas, change, and freedom.

*Tarot images and attributes from Reading Tarot Cards by Susan Hansson