Posts Tagged ‘major arcana’


Today’s card is The Devil.

The Devil! Satan himself perches atop a post, posed in the traditional Lévian “as above, so below” motif. Attacked to the post is a ring with chains that lead to the necks of demons, one male and one female, both totally nude. Though chained, the bondage of the demons is voluntary; the neck holes of their chains are more than large enough to simply slip out of.

Though the Devil is one of the more ominous cards in the deck, it is by no means the worst. Its primary meanings involve bondage, being tied down, and a sense of being stuck. You are being held in darkness and ignorance with little hope of escape. However, you’re only a prisoner inside your own head. Once you realize that you are holding yourself down, you have the power to free yourself.

As well as these meanings, the Devil is a card of the more base pleasures. Sex, good food, drink; the Devil encourages these to an excess. It is tempting to interpret this as a license for wild abandon, but one must remember that is what the Devil would want.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The Hierophant

Today’s card is The Hierophant.

The Hierophant sits in his finery and is attended by two monks. In his left hand he holds a triple cross scepter, and in the other he makes the hand sign of the cross. On the base of his throne are the keys of the Catholic church.

Though the easiest connection to make with regards to the Hierophant is the pope and the Catholic church as a whole, his meaning extends much deeper than that. The Hierophant represents institution as a whole. Whether it be church, school, or government, each one is headed by a little Hierophant of its own. The Hierophant stresses the importance of following the rules, staying safely within your lane, and – stressing this the hardest – obeying the Hierophant.


Today’s card is The Emperor.

The Emperor sits in a ram-embellished throne, holding the scepter and globe. Behind him is a tall mountain range, underneath which a river flows. Underneath his red robes, he wears a suit of plate armor.

Taking it as literally as possible, the Emperor represents worldly authority. Aside from the emperors of the world, it represents all kinds of leaders, authority figures, and people who are capable of taking charge of a situation through force of personality. Looking deeper, the Emperor also represents masculine energy; destructive forces, the formation of structure, and authority over others. The most essential attribute of the Emperor is his will, through which almost anything can be accomplished.


Today’s card is Judgement.

An archangel blows their trumpet, signalling the final judgement of mankind before the new reign of Heaven. A man, a child, and woman rise from their tombs, completely naked, ready to be raised to their final reward.

Judgement is the end of all things. Is is not the ending itself, however. It is the beginning of the end, when the cast takes their final bow before the curtain falls for the last time. Judgement shows up when a long-standing cycle is about to fall in on itself. Never let the end of things take you by surprise! You will find that the end is always closer than you expect.


Today’s card is The Sun.

A naked child rides a white horse while bearing a red standard. The Sun, at its zenith, rises above a wall of sunflowers. The child wears a garland of flowers on their head, and sits exultant, riding in total triumph.

The Sun! What more can be said? The Sun represents the total, final victory – the dawn breaking after the inglorious night. When you draw the Sun, understand that you are on the precipice of your greatest wishes being granted. All will be revealed in the sun’s light – no more secrets, no more lies, and no more mysteries. You will be born anew, gleeful like a child, and bare of anything weighting you down.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The High Priestess

Today’s card is The High Priestess.

The High Priestess sits serenely, reading the Torah, between the pillars of Boaz and Jachin. At her feet is a crescent moon, and behind her is a tapestry of pomegranates in the shape of the Tree of Life.

The High Priestess represents secrecy, hidden knowledge, and serenity. Her attitude is stolid, she says little, but her actions speak deeply for her. When the High Priestess comes into play, there is a deep secret inside the situation at hand that only a select few can know about. What does she know that you don’t?


Today’s card is The Moon.

A face in the moon glares down, critically. At the edge of the water, at the beginning of a long path between two towers, a dog and a wolf howl. Between them, a crustacean crawls from the waters onto land.

The Moon represents mystery, secrets, and the oddities of the mind. The three animals represent the three Freudian partitions of the mind: the wolf is the Id, the unrestrained needer of pleasure; the crustacean the Superego, pure alien logic; and the dog the Ego, a synthesis of logic and emotion that brings greater thinking. These three creatures stand at the start of a long, long path that leads over the horizon. The Moon drives us to begin our journey on this path, to free ourselves from the fears of the unconscious mind, and to become something greater than a mere animal: a Person.

OCCULT: Daily Draw – The Hanged Man

Today’s card is The Hanged Man.

A young person is hanging upside-down from a cross, their arms and legs folded behind them. Though in quite the predicament, they show no sign of worry – in fact, a golden halo emanates from their head.

The Hanged Man is a complicated card. Though on one hand it is clearly about being strung up and left to dry, it represents the situation where that is exactly where you want to be. When the Hanged Man is drawn, it is best to let go, close your eyes, and let the world pass by you. You’re tied up and hanging upside-down – what’s the use of worrying futher?

OCCULT: Daily Draw – The Tower

Today’s card is The Tower.

Ah, shit, it’s the Tower! A divine bolt of lightning strikes a rectangular tower, knocking the crown off of it and sending its inhabitants flying. Mysterious orbs of flame hover around it, as flames ravage its surface.

No one wants to see the Tower! Sure, the joke goes “oh, Death just means change” and all but THIS is card you should make you run out of the psychic’s parlor when she flips it over! Okay, seriously, it’s not THAT bad. Though the Tower promises bad times coming up, it’s almost always for a good reason. The tower in the card is being felled for its hubris, and when you draw the Tower in a reading, expect a taste of humble pie.

OCCULT: Daily Draw – Temperance

Today’s card is Temperance.

Temperance, at its simplest, is about harmonizing between two extremes. The androgynous angel pours water between their goblets, but note that the water pours up from the bottom chalice to the top.

To demonstrate temperance, try to find the connection between the extremes in your daily life. Where do you feel pulled and pushed? What are you doing that feels contradictory to who you really are? By finding the right compromises between your actual and idealized self, you too could make something as impossible as water flowing up happen.