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There are certain Tarot cards that my clients fear will turn up in their Tarot readings with me. When they see these cards, they want to skip over them and move on to the next less scary card. There are other cards that my clients already know what they mean thanks to Hollywood and society expectations. Society tells us many things. Some ideas that it plants the seeds for will grow to produce something different from the parent seed. Over time, the seed will change until it becomes completely different. It’s then that we wonder what the origins of that seed were. This is why I created the Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards.
Death has to open this list. No other card is more feared than this one. It is obvious why my clients dislike this card. A skeleton is riding a horse with still bodies on the ground below him. “Am I going to die?” I understand their concern, that is a valid question when this card turns up. But Death does not represent physical death. No, despite the garish ghoul, the message Death has is a bit more subtle. It represents the end of something. This end is final. For instance, we only have one childhood. Once that’s over, there will never be another. Death is the end of one chapter and the start of another.
2. The Devil
Second only to Death, The Devil is another cringe-worthy card. Here we see a man and a woman in chains before The Devil. This card could not be more dark and hopeless, right? Well, not exactly. The Devil does not represent the actual Devil or his eternal torment of humankind. Rather, The Devil indicates addictions and monsters of our own creation. (Not Frankenstein!) These particular creations were brought into being with the best of intentions, but now they are the ones running the show. When The Devil turns up, look at the things you cannot live without. Do you need the newest car, the best smartphone, or a six-pack every evening? Or can you do without these crutches? Free your mind and your body will follow!
Judgement could have been second on this list. This card is the most poignant reminder of our finiteness. Here we see an angel, the consensus is Gabriel, blowing a horn to rouse the dead from their sleep. (No it’s not the zombie apocalypse.) They summoned heavenward. Many believe this card is Judgement Day, the coming of Christ. It’s easy to see why they have this idea. Judgement does not represent the end of everything. It is a wake up call to rise above the mundane drudgery and dance to the sound of your own trumpet. To heed your true calling and live the life you were meant from birth to live. Life is short. Live it your own way without caring what others think of you!
4. The Lovers
“All right!” “Finally! My true love is coming at last!” My clients are always glad to see The Lovers card in their readings. They get excited for their one true love to appear. It’s wonderful! While this card does show two lovers united under an angel, Raphael, the message is not always so straightforward. To illustrate my point, here is the Marseilles version of The Lovers.
What would you say is the message of this card? In this rendition, I see a choice between two possible suitors. Angel Raphael is still overhead indicating a blessed union, no matter the which suitor is chosen. Sometimes The Lovers card is about the nest great love that is coming up. Other times, The Lovers shows a choice. Choose wisely.
5. 10 of Swords
The 10 of Swords causes concern for many people. A figure is face down and pierced by 10 swords. How did this figure end up in this position? She, or he, would not willingly allow this to occur. So what does it mean? This figure’s thoughts pin zem down. This happened because ze bought into the idea of thoughts competing with each other. For instance, Birth versus Death. But, birth and death are not opposites but two points on a continuum. It’s possible these traditional opposites to become balanced on a seesaw. This changes the entire meaning of the 10 of Swords! It opens the mind and allows for inclusiveness and not competition.
What do you think? Which 10 Tarot cards are the most misunderstood in your opinion?
Top 10 Most Misunderstood Tarot Cards (Part 2) is coming next week!
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