Friday, June 12, 2009

Its been a long time

Hello everyone

Been too long since we've updated this blog but have no fear. We have returned and shall be bringing your more! So stay tuned next week for the last of the suits and then we will start in on the individual cards.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Flowing Passions - Cups

Our third suit is Cups. This suit is usually presented as cups, sometimes called Chalices, and its equivalent in the playing cards deck is the suite of Hearts. Color associated with this suit is pink and blue and its element is Water. The animal associated with Water is the eagle and the elemental of water is the Undine. Astrological signs attributed to Cups are of course the water signs, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. Cups are associated with the West, the femine, the months of September, October, and November (making its season Fall), and the time of day between 6pm and midnight. The general meanings of this suit are reflections, love, romance, subconcious, psychic ability, emotion, beautry, art, fertility, and calmness. If occupation is a part of the question, these cards usually indicate clergy, doctore, therapits, chemists, psychics, artists (of any sort) and actors. The temperment of Water and Cups includes, emotional, deep feeling, dreaming, imaginative, psychic, moody, pessimistic, sensitive, nurturing, and at the worst depressed, emotionally unstable and disturbed.

Cups in general are a happy sort of suit, a lot of these in a reading gives me a good feeling.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Airy Thoughts - Swords

The second suit for discussion is Swords. This suit is usually presented as swords and its equivalent in the playing cards deck is the suite of Spades. Color associated with this suit is yellow and its element is Air. Something important to be noted is that there are many decks out there that give the Swords a fire association. There is no right answer for this for arguments both for and against associating fire with this suit are good ones and not easily dismissed. All that can be said is for you to look at your deck, think about the meanings and decide if it works for you. The Celtic Dragon Tarot is one such deck that makes this flip and it is Tir's primary deck of choice. She fought long and hard with her deck before coming to terms with which element to use. In the end, she decided to retain the original elemental association but do what feels right for you. We will discuss Fire and its properties when we come to Wands.

The animal associated with Air is the Man and the elemental of air is the Sylph. Astrological signs attributed to Swords are Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Air and Swords are associated with the East, the masculine, the months of March, April, and May (making its season Spring), and the time of day between 6am and noon. The general meanings of this suit are mental processes, communications, worries, thoughts, anxieties, sickness, stress, loss, problems, and legal matters. If occupation is a part of the question, these cards usually indicate nobles, military, politicians, police, lawyers, and anyone involved with the judicial system. The temperment of Swords and Air includes, thinkers, verbal communicators, intellectual persons, readers, argumentative, controlling, indecisive, witty, and sometimes abusive persons.

Whenever you see a lot of these cards in a spread it probably means your querent is worried about something. Alot of the Swords cards look pretty bad but one must remember that there is always hope in the cards. Take a look and see what we mean.

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Earthly Treasures - Pentacles

The suit we will discuss first is the suit, Pentacles. This suit can be seen in different decks represented as coins, pentacles, disks, etc. It's equivalent in a playing card deck is the suit of Diamonds. Colors associated with this suit are green and brown, earthly colors, as the element of this suit is Earth. The animal associated with Earth is the Bull, however, the Gnome is the elemental of earth. Astrological signs attributed to Pentacles are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn.
Pentacles are associated with the North, the feminine, the months December, January, and Februrary (making is season winter), and the time of day between midnight and 6am.

The general meanings of this suit are money, tangible possessions, material values, income, home, real estate and other things physical possessed. If occupation is a part of the question, these cards usually indicate merchants, bankers, business men, sales and trades people, mathemeticians, financial advisors and technicians.

The temperment attributed to this suit follow along the traits associated with the astrological signs it represents, stubborness, practicality, business-like, methodical, analytical, cautious, dependable, accurate, frugal, and at the worst knit-picky, greedy, materialistic, extravagant, insecure and possessive.

We won't discuss the meanings of individual cards just yet but looking at the number of each suit in a reading will give you a general idea of where the querents question is coming from. It can also give you an indication that maybe their subconcious is asking something else. For instance if you are asked, "Will I meet a man?" and all pentacles come up, it might be love is not their question. But we'll discuss that later as well.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Major vs. Minor

Hello again! Our first step along the tarot path will be to learn about how the deck is seperated into the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana is further divided into suits but that will come in a few moments. Remember, I am discussing the traditional tarot deck, there are many other kinds of divinatory cards with different symbolism and meanings.

Twenty-Two cards make up the Major Arcana, all with a name along with their number, such as The Fool, The Magician and The Tower to name a few. When these cards come up in a reading they are pointing to, as their name implies, major points or spiritual issues. We will discuss later these cards and their significant meanings.

The Minor Arcana deal with everyday, mundane life happenings and are divided into four suits of fourteen cards each. The suits are Swords, Wands, Pentacles (sometimes called Coins), and Cups. Each suit has its own element, meaning, quality, etc associated with it, which will be discussed in turn. Starting next week with Pentacles.

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Friday, July 25, 2008


Ok so I know we said we would be updating this weekly but we kinda got sidetracked. But have no fear, it will happen! Tune in next time for overview of the suits!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A little about us

Thought we'd take a moment and introduce ourselves, the ladies of ToC.


Phoenix received her first Tarot deck, the Rider-Waite, from her father at the age of 13. She's been reading cards and collecting divining decks ever since. Although she owns many beautiful decks, she always returns to that ratty, yellowed Rider deck. In addition to the occult, Phoenix enjoys reading, making crafts, singing to her dog, Mary, (Mary's deaf, she doesn't mind), and belly dancing. Her day job is at a Fortune 500 company as a computer applications trainer.


Pid is a 29 year old scorpio. She's avid movie watcher and thinks that she has paid for the vacation homes of the Best Buy and Regal Cinema CEO's. She calls herself an email queen and can't imagine communicating without it anymore! She currently works for a homeless outrach program as a team leader and finds that experience both rewarding and frustrating. She recently learned how to interpret her own tarot card readings by using the universal deck, but she has been intrigued by astrology and tarot cards all of her life.


Tir is a 29 year old avid reader, writer and lover of all things dragon. She works in a lab for Johns Hopkins, where she is orchestrating the Zombie Apocalypse. She is currently working on a series (a fantasy/sci-fi/romance about dragon shifters) that she hopes to publish in the near future. She has been reading tarot cards since college and after a long search and much frustration she has found a deck that speaks to her, the Celtic Dragon Tarot.


Phoenix and Tir are both fire signs and rely on Pid's water nature to keep them in check at times. They are a silly and fun loving bunch, who hopes to spring board from this blog into a tarot business, so keep your eyes peeled.