While preparing for the Symbolism in Judgement video for the Bundle course, the card took me back to several previous cards in the deck. I realised I had missed one of the biggest clues to WHY the Judgement card got its deepest meaning. The Meaning of Judgement is Spiritual Awakening thus it often leads to your Highest Calling. You will have to watch the video to find out what this clue is, however, you might already know it. When I discovered it, I was like: How did I miss this… it is so obvious. :) To give you a hint, you can look at the High Priestess, the Chariot, the Lovers, and the Devil card. Look where the feminine vs the masculine is situated. Watch the video above to learn more.
Judgement is also a card for your Faith and the importance to have Faith. If Judgement is next to Death tarot card, it might mean you will experience a Near Death Experience. Judgement is also a card for a renewal. If you are asking about love, it can be a renewal in the relationship. Perhaps the relationship nearly ended, and it got saved when you thought all was lost. Learn more about Judgement in a love reading here.
The moon tarot card has had many transformations from the Gringonneur pack with two astrologers measuring the moon to the Bembo pack where the Goddess Diana is holding the Crescent Moon in her right hand and a snake in the left hand. The Moon is part of the Three Celestials, the other being the Star and the Sun, each a bit brighter than the other. This symbolises the increase in enlightenment and awareness.
The significance of Triple Moon Goddess Diana, Selene, and Hecate
The woman in the image below is holding a Moon in one hand and a Snake in the other, referencing her to triple Lunar Goddess of Diana, Selene, and Hecate. Hecate is the Greek Goddess for witchcraft, Moon, doorways, night-animals, serpents, and ghosts. In Greek Mythology, Selene is the Goddess of the Moon. In some earlier tarot decks, the Moon was shown as the Goddess Selene driving her chariot across the sky. Goddess Diana is also the Goddess for hunting, wild and domestic animals, the moon, and nature. Is the face of the Moon in the Rider-Waite deck, Goddess Diana, Selene, or Hecate?
The Moon’s connection to Water.
In the Gringonneur deck, the Moon was an image of two astrologers measuring the crescent moon with dividers. Ancient astronomers discovered the connection of the moon with the tides. It was believed that the Moon exerted tidal influences on the liquid of the brain and the Moon was linked to madness, turning people into LUNAtics. Thus, the Moon is also a symbol of uncertainty. Water is in itself a symbol of uncertainty. Who knows what lurks under the surface. This is how Water became a symbol for the depth of the Human mind and all the unknown beliefs and programs influencing us in unknown ways.
The Moon is the Ultimate Symbol of our Emotions
In the 1JJ Swiss deck (see image above), you can see a man wooing a woman on a balcony. There is moonlight, there is music, there is the hope of everlasting love. The Moon is very much a symbol of the hope of love, and it is the kind of love where we lose ourselves in the music, in the soulful conversations, in the unknown and the promises made, even in the dangers that lurk when our hopes and wishes get the better of us.
The Moon in Astrology
In Astrology, The Moon speaks of our emotional needs. In your natal chart, you can see what sign resides in your Moon. This speaks of what you need Emotionally. In a partner, it is ideal to have someone who matches your emotional needs in their Moon sign. The Moon is connected to Pisces and Cancer. Pisces is ruled by Neptune. Pisces is the final sign of the zodiac. Here we find all things in life that we most want to avoid, so we push them deeper into the depths of the subconscious in the hope that we can avoid them entirely. It is also a place where we will find ourselves creatively. We can perhaps face our fears by creating/interacting with art, films, and books. Moon people tend to be very Creative and Mysterious. I also believe Moon people become very Good Detectives. Cancer is also connected to Moon astrologically. The crab has a hard shell, symbolising the need to be in control over your emotions. With the crab comes claws that tend to grab things to hang on to, especially the home, family, friends, and possessions. How do you know if you are a Moon person? If you have a strong Cancer and Pisces connection in your chart, that is one, or if your Atmakaraka (soul’s desire sign) is the Moon. If you are a 2 life path, you are most likely also very influenced by the Moon, as 2 is ruled by Moon. Find your Life Path Number here.
The 15 Yods ~ Samech
The Yods are also seen in The Tower tarot card. The yods are a reference to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. There are 15 yods in the Moon. The 15th Hebrew letter is Samech, meaning Endless Cycles or Eternal Cycles of God. You are part of something bigger than yourself, and when the Moon shows up in your reading, you most likely cannot see the highest meaning of what is going on. Something is to be revealed, thus, the Sun is the next card. The Sun is the symbol of truth.
The Moon as a Symbol for your Human/Divine Nature
The Moon represents our nature, good and bad. With all the cycles of the Moon, new emotions and emotional situations are triggered and surfaced, thus giving us plenty of opportunities to ‘find ourselves’. That is, of course, unless you begin running away from yourself. Running away means you will always be running. Instead, stay with the Moon for her face will again change, symbolising ‘this too shall pass’. The Hound and the Wolf are also a symbol of our Civilised vs our Primal nature. The lobster or crayfish coming out of the ocean signifies that even our most Primal instincts are subject to Divine influence. We can change. It is impossible not to.
There is so much symbolism in all the Rider-Waite cards, especially in the Major Arcana cards. This deck was illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith. She used religious symbols from many world religions, and also mythologies. You can see images from revelation in High Priestess, Wheel of fortune and Temperance. You will also see many other Christian symbols throughout the deck, and even a tantric symbol of Shiva and Shakti in the Chariot tarot card. Many symbols also connect the tarot cards together. For example, the red feather in the Fool and the Sun tarot card. The Benediction in the Hierophant has quite the contrast in the perverted benediction in the Devil card. In the Emperor, we see the same river that began in the Empress from the waterfall. Due to the religious symbolism of a Ram’s head, could perhaps the river behind the Emperor be the river Ulai from the book of Daniel? Speaking about rivers, is the river in Death card the river goddess Styx from Greek Mythology?
Emperor tarot card meanings
Emperor stands for power, wealth and influence. How did Pamela Colman-Smith communicate these meanings in the symbolism? The body language of the Emperor where he is facing straight at you is an obvious clue, but there is so much more. He is wearing red clothing over his armor. He is passionate and ready to fight and defend. He protects and conquers when he has to and wants to. Another big clue is the Ankh in his hand. Together with the Ram’s heads, we are taken back to the Egyptian God Amun-Ra. Amun and Ra actually got merged together and was the Chief God in the Egyptian Empire. Amun-Ra was thought to be the King of Gods and had a temple built in Karnak. Karnak was at this time at its most wealthy and influential. No wonder Pamela Colman-Smith added this symbolism in the Emperor card.
In the Emperor’s left hand, he is holding a Sovereign Orb. A Sovereign Orb is a symbol of Christian Sovereignty on Earth. The Ram in Christian symbolism means protection and sacrifice. The Ram protects his herd. Abraham sacrificed a Ram instead of his Son Isaac. Perhaps a Ram symbolizes a sacrifice you can live with. Sovereignty, Protection, Sacrifices, Wealth, and Influence are all meanings of the Emperor. The Ram’s Horn also means having a fighting Spirit, which the Emperor Archetype most definitely possess.
What does it mean when the Emperor shows up in your reading?
The Emperor often shows up in the Seeker’s life when there will be more structure, control, influence, self-determination, and abundance coming in, however, it won’t happen without some kind of sacrifice. To rise to the top, other priorities might get tossed to the side. Make sure you can live with the sacrifices you make. In career, Emperor can mean working for yourself or rising to the top of an organization. It can also mean government jobs and politics. It can of course also mean a military career. In love, the Emperor can mean someone who has a lot to offer you but also want a Big Commitment in return, and who will demand a lot of your time. The Emperor as a relationship can mean you will run a family enterprise (or empire) together.
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Of the 4 cardinal virtues, Prudence, Temperance, Courage and Justice, it is easy to assign Temperance to Temperance, Courage to Strength, and Justice to Justice in the tarot deck. But what about Prudence. Court de Gebelin decided that the Hanged Man is in fact Prudence. According to the book: The Tarot: how to use and interpret the cards by Brian Innes, the Hanged Man was meant to display the Seeker with one foot forward in a lifted position. The card maker made a man suspended by his foot instead of one foot raised examining where to safely put it. In the Grand Etteilla Tarot Deck, the 12th card is called Prudence and shows a woman stopping before a snake, symbolising taking caution. You can learn more about Etteilla here.
Etteilla is the pseudonym of the French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette (Etteilla being his last name in reverse), who popularised Tarot in the 18th century. One of the traditional meanings of the modern Hanged Man is to take a step back and review everything. This works well with Prudence. The hanged man is also linked to Odin in Norse mythology who hung from Yggdrasil to learn the wisdom of the Runes. This has giving the Hanged Man the additional meaning of sacrifice. To be still to gain something is a paradox the Seeker encounters in the Hanged Man. To see something from a new perspective is sometimes the only way to move forward. There could be a warning as well as symbolised by the Prudence version in the Etteilla decks. There could be some snakes in your garden so to speak. If you look low enough you might see them, thus taking a step back and keeping to yourself could be good advice until you see what is going on around you. There could be dealings with low morale people and situations, even people masking themselves as quite the opposite of who they truly are. The hanged man also warns us not to get so involved in the drama of life. Focus on what is important to you and on the people you love.
Hanged Man as a Thief
In other decks, the hanged man has been denoted as a thief who hung in punishment.
In the Oswald Wirth’s deck, the hanged man is hanging with coins falling out of the money bags he stole. This does point more to the meaning of the hanged man reversed when the more exploitative personality traits are at play. Joseph Oswald Wirth was a Swiss occultist from the late 19th century. He created a tarot deck that consisted only of the 22 major arcana which he connected to the Kabbalistic system. His deck was inspired by tarot de Marseilles.
Who is the Hanged Man?
The Hanged Man is perhaps the most mysterious of all the tarot cards and when you look at these two cards (from Etteilla’s and Wirth’s tarot decks) they could not be interpreted more differently. I believe the Hanged Man is a good contestant for both Prudence and the thief. This is because the Hanged man upright vs reversed is at complete odds with itself. I explain this in detail when I did the hanged man in a love reading video tutorial.
On top of it all, the Hanged man is ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusions. No wonder this card is the most talked about in regards to what its actual meaning is. When Neptune is well placed, it denotes dreamers, inventors, writers, magicians, psychics, psychologists, and musicians. Poorly placed, Neptune unfortunately represents psychopaths, personality disorders, and sociopaths. This card represents the cautious dreamer on one side and the ruthless destroyer on the other.
The Star tarot card is all about hope and making your dreams come true. Make your dreams your goals and never stop dreaming of good things to come. If you have experienced ill-health, it is even more important to make plans for the future.
This tarot spread will tell you if you are on the right path to make your dreams come true.
Shuffle and cut the deck. Lay out the cards in an eight-pointed star. Keep laying the cards out until the Star tarot card shows up in a card position. Read all the cards in the card position together.
Card 1. Chariot Position. If the star falls here it means you will reach your goals after some twists and turns, starting and stopping. You learn from all the unexpected turn of events and grow quickly into your successful role. Nothing can stop you.
Card 2. Fool Position. If the Star Falls here, it can mean you could face some problems with authoritative. Your lesson could be to take advice from someone and to look before you leap. You are most likely a very spontaneous person who acts on your impulses. You will need to re-evaluate a situation and create a structured plan. On the positive, you are full of hope and enthusiasm and combine that with structure, and you have the recipe for success.
Card 3. Temperance Position. If the Star falls here, your lesson is to work in a team for desired success. You will combine several elements of your life to reach your goal. You are leading the way for people who lack the confidence for themselves. They could be leaning on you as you guide them.
Card 4. Four of Cups Position. If the Star falls here, you must work on your motivation. You could be over-worrying and care too much what others think. Someone could have said hurtful things to you to stop you in your track. A wise person will enter your life and give you much needed support. Be around supportive people and ignore the bullies and the haters.
Card 5. King of Swords Position. If the Star falls here, you are the expert and you can handle whatever is thrown your way. You could be making some changes to your plans that will make reaching your goals a lot easier. Don’t drop your standards and work with people who share your vision for the future.
Card 6. Five of Swords Position. If the Star falls here, you will have to learn to fight back. Don’t be knocked down so easily. You could have a lot to defend and the vultures could be circulating. Strong boundaries are needed and trust no one at this stage.
Card 7. Queen of Cups Position. If the Star falls here, your heart will guide you to your goal and it can be wise to keep your plans to yourself at this stage. Your family is the most important thing and you will make a good decision that benefits yourself and your family.
Card 8. Two of Pentacles Position. If the Star falls here, you could be feeling overwhelmed by the demands of life at this stage. Focus on what you want and don’t procrastinate so much. Don’t let your emotions rule your decisions so much, and make decisions that will benefit your security. You can become very abundant, especially when you begin to heal your emotions.
When you read a major arcana card next to a minor arcana card it is a good idea to start with the minor arcana card. The minor arcana card is telling you what the Seeker is going through, and the Major Arcana is telling you why. The Major Arcana is also telling you how you can get more out of the situation or perhaps what is limiting the situation.