The Lion in Strength

Added by Pam Richards at 13:01 on 24 July 2021

Within Strength’s card, we have a maiden, gently holding the head of a lion. Who is the lion? The lion is the self, the ego, the personality. Those parts of us who could run amok if we let them destroy our lives and, in turn, at times, those of others with our actions or reactions. A lion is a...

The Crayfish within The Moon

Added by Pam Richards at 14:13 on 04 July 2021

Within The Moon, we see, emerging from the dark waters, a crayfish or lobster. It starts to crawl back to land, prompted by the moon. The water is symbolic of our emotions, our feelings, and here in the dark, our fears. The crayfish can also be seen as a lobster, which was once linked to the sign of...

The Aces

Added by Pam Richards at 13:01 on 26 June 2021

The four Aces of the deck are all gifts being delivered to us from the heavens. Each one is shown to be on or in a pure white angelic hand. These are given to us as gifts; raw energy, a slice of the element they represent. They are not absolutes, nor do they guarantee any outcome or defined path, bu...

3 Elementals within the Rider Waite Smith Court Cards

Added by Pam Richards at 12:36 on 09 June 2021

Hidden with three of the Rider Waite Smith tarot deck are elementals, fairies, or nature spirits. The King of Swords' throne has three, although barely visible, they appear as a few lines which are not that distinguishable about his head; two on the right of the card, and one on the left. This e...

The Knight of Cups & the Horse's Foot

Added by Pam Richards at 11:44 on 05 June 2021

The Knight of Cups is an intrepid and romantic soul. He seeks love, follows attractions and desires intimacy. He is one who is in love with love but not too eager to be hurt. Some of this is echoed by his horse’s foot raised; it is impatient, held in mid-air of the ground, yet also not moving ...

The Star within The Hermit

Added by Pam Richards at 14:37 on 24 May 2021

When you look at The Hermit card, not just within the Rider Waite Smith deck but most depictions of the card, you will see that within his lantern is a star. The Hermit is one who seeks, by personal choice or force, peace of mind. It is a card of searching for answers, deep personal insights, an und...

Five of Cups: Regret

Added by Pam Richards at 11:19 on 12 May 2021

Taking this card always reminds us that there is hope, if not for the full repair of a situation, then for things to start again on a new level. For example, an intimate relationship breaks, now being a friendship. There is always more to come with the Five of Cups. It plunges us into grief. We mour...

Nine of Swords & her Astrological Bed Cover

Added by Pam Richards at 12:45 on 09 May 2021

Have you ever wondered why the bedspread in the Nine of Swords was so decorative? If you have the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck, you can see that it is intermixed with red roses on a yellow background and astrological symbols. The roses with their yellow background show that the desperately unhappy l...

The Ace of Pentacles

Added by Pam Richards on 01 May 2021

The first card of the suit of Pentacles is not just a coin. Within it, most decks depict a pentacle, a five-pointed star within a circle. This is a symbol for Earth. The circle shows us our world, our place within the universe, our lives. The pentangle itself shows the human body, head and four limb...

The Hierophant/Pope & Religious Difficulties

Added by Pam Richards on 14 April 2021

A lot of people can be put off by this card because of its title and appearance due to its religious components. For those who have been brought up with an unhappy view of religion, this can be a bit of a hurdle, as well as those who simply feel at odds with such an imposing, rigid male influence ar...

The Seven of Cups Regarding Conflict & Tension.

Added by Pam Richards on 12 April 2021

If this card pops up when you're struggling to deal with conflicts and questioning how to deal with such tense issues in general, it can show a need to keep your feet on the ground at such times. The Seven of Cups can leave us with our heads in the clouds, pondering what should have been said, w...

Three of Wands: Dawn or Dusk?

Added by Pam Richards on 26 March 2021

The yellow sky in the Three of Wands can be either dawn or dusk; there is no set rule as to which is which. The man waiting, overlooking the bay, is either waiting for his ships, which are his decisions, ideas, or pursuits in action, to come in with results, answers, or solutions. Or he is watching ...

Landing on the Doorstep of The High Priestess & The Empress

Added by Pam Richards on 19 March 2021

The High Priestess & The Empress can be hard for some to determine the difference between. They are both "mother" cards & very strong female energies, which is why they get confused. The Empress is the earth mother, while the High Priestess is a spiritual mother figure. This is a ...

Why the Five of Wands can leave us frustrated

Added by Pam Richards on 19 March 2021

The Five of Wands can leave us frustrated. Being fire & a 5 brings a lot of enthusiasm for communication. Yet, that enthusiasm only seems to be with the person expressing themselves, for the most part & in most situations. The nature of the card offers us many people who all feel the same ab...

The Ace within the Four of Cups

Added by Pam Richards on 19 March 2021

Have you ever noticed the Ace of Cups within the Four of Cups? The hand from the heavens is offering the man, who is full of woe & focused on the past happiness of the Three of Cups in front of him, the Ace of Cups. Not only does this represent all that the Ace of Cups has to offer, but that it ...