Archive for April, 2018


Today’s card is Justice.

A judge sits upon their station, holding a sword and scales – the symbols of the ancient goddess Justitia. The sword represents the reach of the law, and its ability to punish wrongdoers, while the scales represent fairness and equality.

Justice is blind, or so the saying goes – and the card Justice lives up to that as well as it can. Justice is concerned with equality, fairness, and making sure that those who take advantage of others are put back in their place. On the other hand, Justice concerns itself with responsibility, making important decisions, and “doing the right thing”. When Justice comes up in a drawing, it is a sign that you must be forthright in all of your dealings, fair to others, and ready to make the hard choices in life.


Today’s card is the Ten of Wands.

A person carries ten wands, a burden clearly too heavy for them to bear. A town is nearby, presumably their goal; will they even make it in time before their encumbrance overwhelms them?

The Ten of Wands is another clear-cut card, representing overwhelming burden and struggle. The subject of the card is labored in the extreme, bend nearly in double by the weight of their wands. It appears, from the angle of their walk, that they are even coming close to tumbling over. When you see the Ten of Wands, it is a sign that you are putting too much pressure on yourself. Whether the responsibilities be reasonable or not, you must look to lighten the load, for your own sake.


Today’s card is Death.

When Death rides on its pale horse, no one is spared. Royals, clergy, and common folk alike; there is no escaping from Death’s black banner, no bargaining, and no mercy. Far in the background, the sun sets between a pair of towers – or is it rising?

In the common consciousness of tarot, there is no worse card than Death. Tarot enthusiasts know that isn’t true – the card worse than Death is the Tower, naturally – but Death isn’t all sunshine and roses. Death is the card of change; a metaphorical death, the end of one state and the beginning of another. This isn’t a pleasant state to be in, but its march is unstoppable. You will end up changing over your life, one way or another. How you want to deal with it is up to you.


Today’s card is The Fool.

A young man walks by the cliffsides, admiring the beautiful sky above him. He carries nothing but a small purse tied to a stick, a flower, and the clothing on his back. A small dog accompanies him, barking at his heels, trying to warn him of the obvious that he is missing: He is about to step off the edge of a cliff.

The Fool occupies a unique position in the tarot deck: it is the unnumbered, or zeroth card in the Major Arcana. It exists – depending on who you ask – outside of, before, or after the rest of the Major Arcana as a whole. This card stems from the trick-taking tarot games the occult deck is derived from, where it is a special card that will always lose a trick; henceforth, it is numbered zero, even lower than the first trump. The most typical meanings assigned to this card (aside from literal foolishness) is that it represents new beginnings. The Fool doesn’t care where he is going, only that he is going somewhere new. Though this is a most dangerous endeavor, the Fool hardly even notices. He’s just glad he’s out here.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Page of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Page of Pentacles.

A pentacle hovers above the hands of the page. They are enraptured, walking aimlessly, marveling at the spectacle before them. They wear a red turban and a green tunic, and walk through a grassy plain.

The Page of Pentacles is a nouveau riche, someone who has come into money for the first time in their life and has no idea what to do with it. When a genuine windfall enters your life, it’s impossible to know what to do – even spending it on frivolities doesn’t seem like enough. For the first time, you feel stability, and are able to get what you want. But the Page of Pentacles isn’t the kind of person who would mindlessly spend their money; they’re wise enough to hold on to it for as long as possible, to invest wisely, and develop further to become much, much wealthier.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Four of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Four of Pentacles.

A king clutches four pentacles very close to himself: one between his arms, one balanced on top of his crown, and two underneath his feet. He’s dressed in rich red robes, but his throne is upon the edge of town.

The Four of Pentacles represents one thing: Greed! The Greedy Man, as I like to call him, is fiercely protective of his golden pentacles. There is no limit, no length that he would not go to in order to protect his wealth. But in his selfishness, he’s completely lost himself. Notice that he guards two of his pentacles by firmly planting his feet upon them – not a very respectful way to treat his most treasured possessions! He balances one of the pentacles atop his head, as well – an excellent way to have it snatched. Don’t be like the Greedy Man!

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Six of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Six of Pentacles.

A wealthy man, dressed fancily and holding a set of scales, distributes gold coins between two beggars. The beggars kneel on the ground with their hands outstretched; one beggar receives gold, while the other remains empty-handed.

The fundamental purpose of the Six of Pentacles is the divide between have and have not. The wealthy man is carrying a set of scales with him, as if he has meticulously measured the amount of gold he will be giving to the needy today. Only one beggar is receiving a donation, however. Even in the realm of rock-bottom beggars, there are gaps between the rich and the poor. The Six of Pentacles is a reminder to consider our finances, and to beware that one could change their status at any time. Who knows when, one day, the wealthy man might join these beggars?

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Queen of Cups

Today’s card is the Queen of Cups.

The Queen’s ornate throne is positioned by the seaside, but she prefers to gaze at her incredibly decorated cup. It’s massive, embellished with all kinds of accessories, but she sees nothing pleasureable in it. Instead, she glares at it critically, carefully appraising its true value.

The Queen of Cups is the kind of person who somehow can see past the nonsense to the truth of any matter. They aren’t impressed by flash or fluff – nothing but the centermost kernel of the issue interests them. Don’t think this makes them a bitter-hearted person; on the contrary, it provides them great compassion and tenderness to those who are in need of help but refuse to acknowledge it. In a drawing, the Queen of Cups wants you to look deeper in the issues at hand and figure out what’s really going on.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Base Set Charizard

Today’s card is Base Set Charizard.

Charizard is depicted using its legendary Fire Spin attack, printed in glorious holofoil. It is surrounded by glowing flame, with lines of power radiating outwards. It leans forward in a ferocious howl, ready to burn anything that would even dare to confront it to ash.

The Base Set Charizard was once considered the most sought after card in the TCG. With an overwhelming 120 HP, a devastating 100 damage attack, and an ability that allows any Energy cards attached to it to be used as Fire energy, it’s easy to see why. Its rarity aside, Charizard is an impressive card that guarantees huge quantities of damage – but at what cost? A staggering four Energy cost, along with a mandatory two Energy discard, severely undercuts Charizard’s ability to be a viable card. Add in the fact that Charizard is a Stage 2 card, requiring both Charmander and Charmeleon to be added to the deck, makes getting Charizard out in time to win unlikely. When drawn in a reading, Charizard is a reminder of the penalties of greed, the benefits of overwhelming power, and a reminder to go through your Tarot deck and make sure you didn’t get any other weird cards mixed up in there.