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 – Nine of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Nine of Pentacles.

A person wearing a robe decorated with a floral motif stands in their garden, where a bloom of pentacles have come in. They hold a hooded bird on their gloved hand, admiring the bird’s beauty.

The suit of Pentacles has a rather clear series of events towards the end of its cards. The Seven and Eight of Pentacles lead to the Nine, where the hard work and patience those cards portray is rewarded with a gorgeous garden in full bloom. Patience and dedication lead to riches. But what is most interesting in this card is the hooded hawk the wealthy one has on their hand: As it is hooded, it is clearly a trained bird used for falconry. This hooded bird represents the bondage that living in the conditions the Nine of Pentacles promotes comes with. Though you are wealthy, you’re still blinded by the desires of other people.


Today’s card is the Six of Wands.

A horseman wearing a laurel and riding a white horse rides with their entourage, carrying a staff with another laurel upon it. The rider and their horse are richly decorated, as well are the footmen on the ground.

The Six of Wands is one of the Minor Arcana cards that can be directly compared to a Major Arcana card; in this case, the Chariot. Both signify triumph and driving action, but the Six of Wands focuses more on the after effects of such events. The Six of Wands emanates a sense of victory and pride. After a successful show of force, one almost always feels prideful and self-confident in themselves. With the Six of Wands, you are being told your time in the sun is coming.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – King of Wands

Today’s card is the King of Wands.

The King of Wands is on his throne, emblazoned with images of salamanders and lions. He holds his wand and sits upright, his free arm held up slightly with a clenched fist. Standing on the base of his throne is a wild salamander.

The King of Wands is a dark figure, whose magnetic personality makes him the ideal leader. His greatest failing is that he lacks the good humor of the other Wands court cards. Though not without his charms, the King is a somewhat dour figure who prefers to take a more realistic outlook on a situation. Humor is another tool to him, to be used where appropriate. The King of Wands is more focused on the long-term goal, and how he can work with others to achieve it. The King of Wands in a drawing is a sign of letting yourself take the lead, and remembering to stay charismatic.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Three of Swords

Today’s card is the Three of Swords.

Three swords pierce a disembodied heart, as a cold rain pours down from grey clouds.

Heartbreak – what else? The Three of Swords is one of the most clear-cut cards in the deck. The symbolism of a heart being pierced by swords couldn’t be clearer – but even then, we must look deeper. The cause of these heartbreaks would take books to list: a breakup, a betrayal, a longing… But there is a darker side here, involving the heartbreak of others. Sometimes the Three of Swords is one of the most violent cards in the deck – a command to pierce someone through their heart in vengeance.