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The Tarot Meets Astrology

Post by mammothboot on Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:53 am

Astrology and the tarot are two ageless, powerful tools for divination and reflection. Combined, they form the ultimate pair for self-discovery.

Did you know that each sign of the zodiac corresponds to a Major Arcana tarot card? Knowing your personal card can enhance your astrological knowledge. In addition, you can deepen your self-understanding by learning the card's characteristics, strengths and symbolism.

If you have a copy of your natal chart, try the following technique to experience the powerful interaction of astrology and the tarot: First, look at the sign ruling each of the 12 houses in your birth chart. Next, write the name of the corresponding tarot card next to each house cusp. Now, picture the symbol or character of the card "living" in that house, and see your chart really come alive!

For a quick introduction to astrology and the tarot, read on for a sign-by-sign correlation. The connections just may surprise you!



Aries
(March 21 - April 19)
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, which begins on the Spring Equinox. Those born under the sign of the Ram are marked by a heated determination to take control. Equally as passionate as they are intelligent, Aries are born leaders with incredibly strong wills.

Tarot Card Associated with Aries: The Emperor
As expected, the Emperor of the tarot is an illustration of the authoritarian side of Aries' personality. The stern commanding figure depicted in the Emperor card represents that same leadership trait common to Rams, as well as their love of power and order. The Emperor carries a vision through the action stages and toward fulfillment.

Taurus
(April 20 - May 20)
Notorious for being practical, determined and extremely focused, Taureans can be amazingly stubborn. Usually quite stable, their preoccupation with security can be overwhelming. As a general rule, Bulls enjoy living well, and make excellent educators, teachers and guides.

Tarot Card Associated with Taurus: The Hierophant
The Hierophant is a teacher or sage, and deals with belief systems, social structures, and established organized groups. Typical of Taureans, with their strong sense of remaining true to themselves, the Hierophant is the epitome of ordered things that do not alter over time. This is most apparent in the arena of guarding universal spiritual truths.

Gemini
(May 21 - June 20)
The most elusive sign of the zodiac has to be Gemini, the Twins - the sign of duality, complexity and contradiction. Consistency is not one of Gemini's strong areas, yet flexibility and agility are their forte. Although excellent communicators in speech and writing, they can have mercurial moods that change rapidly.

Tarot Card associated with Gemini: The Lovers
With duality so strong in the Gemini personality, the Lovers card is the perfect match. This card signifies the art of making decisions and crucial life choices, where both sides of the picture must be seen. The Lovers applies not only to love relationships and marriages - it pertains to any relationship where people may be drawn together. It is also the card of uncertainty - a familiar Geminian trait.

Cancer
(June 21 - July 22)
Cancer, the least clear-cut of the astrological signs, can be imaginative, sensitive, moody, creative and home-loving. Known for being easily hurt, those born under the sign of the Crab tend to be highly receptive to others, and can recall events with great detail. Cancers never forget, and rarely forgive an insult.

Tarot Card associated with Cancer: The Chariot
The Chariot represents the ego and the ability - with the passionate desire - to make dreams or wishes real. Victory over adversity is what the Charioteer races for in the end. Determination, assertiveness, and persistence are all qualities that Cancerians possess, but may not expose publicly. The Chariot also reminds us of the importance of balancing conflicting emotions, triumphing over obstacles, and sustaining an effort to reach a goal.

Leo
(July 23 - August 22)
Leo, like the king or queen of the jungle, is proud, dominant, and easily the most forceful of all signs. As expected, Lions are extremely extroverted. Ambitious and courageous, they know what they want, and they thrive on adversity. On the negative side, they tend to be arrogant and stubborn.

Tarot Card associated with Leo: Strength
The Strength card, depicting a gracious queen-like figure and a wild lion, shows that real strength has to be combined with graciousness and gentleness to become a force. It symbolizes inner strength, determination to overcome obstacles, self-knowledge and self-discipline, as only when we know ourselves and act in a responsible manner will we be able to deal with challenging situations and overcome difficulties successfully. In every way, the Strength card corresponds with what it means to be a Leo.

Virgo
(August 23 - September 22)
The only sign represented by a woman, Virgos are creative and highly refined. Often they appear as remote, even cold. Calculating and observant, they are shrewd and aristocratic in temperament. Reliable, refined Virgos are patient teachers, and excellent with children.

Tarot Card associated with Virgo: The Hermit
Contrary to popular belief, the Hermit is not solely about isolation. This card represents the search to find one's self. The Hermit also encourages one to seek the truth without interruptions, or pursue a vision without distractions. Like Virgo's temperament, the Hermit symbolizes deliberation about which path to follow, careful assessment of achievements and goals, and taking the time to diligently reflect and plan.

Libra
(September 23 - October 22)
Libra is the only sign that is an inanimate object. Considered by some astrologers as the most desired sign, those born under it are perceived as kind, generous, knowledgeable and mellow. They enjoy living well, and place a great value on aesthetics, even if they are quiet about enjoying luxury.

Tarot Card associated with Libra: Justice
The scales represent weighing options (and decision-making is always hard for Libras). The scales on the Justice card are all about making choices. The Justice card is equally concerned with making the right ones with respect to all involved. Based on the realization that life is ultimately fair and just, the Justice card symbolizes balance, harmony, and fairness in our lives - right in line with the karmic destiny of Libra.

Scorpio
(October 23 - November 21)
Hands down, Scorpio is the most profound sign of the Zodiac. Although they may appear controlled by their amazing minds, it is their emotions that rule. Like a volcano, the Scorpion can go off without warning. Incredibly deep, Scorpio natives usually have penetrating eyes and magnetic personalities that make them highly desirable.

Tarot Card associated with Scorpio: Death
Initially a nameless card, the Death card very seldom literally means death. Instead it is the image of profound transformation, the ending of one cycle, and the transition into a new state. It symbolizes sudden and inevitable change, death of the old self so that the new consciousness can emerge. Scorpios are driven by their emotions and their demands, and deep, intense, life-altering changes are often the result.

Sagittarius
(November 22 - December 21)
With a reputation for being enterprising, energetic, versatile, and willing to experience whatever comes their way, Sagittarians are ambitious and optimistic. They are also trustworthy, and as a rule generous. With a strong sense of right and wrong, Archers have short fuse, but high principles.

Tarot Card associated with Sagittarius: Temperance
Moderation is the key for temperance. This card represents compromise, cooperation and finding a balance, an area that is a sore spot for those born under the sign of Sagittarius. Not overdoing it is the purpose of this card. In Temperance, an angel between heaven and earth blends different elements into a harmonious substance, which represents a bridge between polarities like heaven and earth, masculine and feminine, beginning and end.

Capricorn
(December 22 - January 19)
Stability is a feature common to Capricorns. Serious, independent, rock steady, Sea Goats are confident and hardworking. They finish what they start no matter what happens. They are fair, but can be demanding. Capricorns, ruled by Saturn, are also the keepers of tradition and structure.

Tarot associated with Capricorn: The Devil
Accepting the shadowy side in us can help channel the energetic powers that the Devil represents. By understanding that the chains that tie us down can indeed be lifted by confronting our dark side, and not letting self-hatred and shame take over, we are empowered to be free. Like Capricorn traits, the Devil card warns us that excessive ambition, rigidity, and abuse of power in the emotional as well as the material realm can lead to our downfall.

Aquarius
(January 20 - February 18)
Aquarians come in two types. The first type of Water Bearer is lively and outgoing, nearly exhibitionist. The other type is shy and patient. Capable of being very deep, the latter hide their shyness behind an air of frivolity and lightness. Social settings are a natural for Aquarians, and they like attention.

Tarot card associated with Aquarius: The Star
If Aquarians are hopeful and like to shine, the Star card couldn't be a better match. The Star card is not about rational actions or practical reality. It is about knowing, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that your dreams are attainable, desirable and worth pursuing. Like the encouraging Water Bearer, the Star protects the future and gathers the forces necessary to expand our knowledge and develop emotionally and spiritually.

Pisces
(February 19 - March 20)
Pisces are incredibly popular due to their patient, gentle personalities. Easygoing Fishes tend to be more concerned with others than themselves. They can be prone to living in worlds of their own imagination. Intuitive and versatile, they listen well and are open to new ideas.

Tarot card associated with Pisces: The Moon
Wishes and dreams, imagination and illusions are the subjects of the Moon. On the flip side, the Moon can indicate hidden fears, or continued anxiety. Much like Pisces, who is concerned with things that are beyond the here and now, the Moon card represents those things we desire, and our apprehension in obtaining them. The lessons of the Moon lie in patience, understanding cycles, and trusting one's intuition.

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Post by mammothboot on Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:58 am

Taurus
(April 20 - May 20)
Notorious for being practical, determined and extremely focused, Taureans can be amazingly stubborn. Usually quite stable, their preoccupation with security can be overwhelming. As a general rule, Bulls enjoy living well, and make excellent educators, teachers and guides.

Tarot Card Associated with Taurus: The Hierophant
The Hierophant is a teacher or sage, and deals with belief systems, social structures, and established organized groups. Typical of Taureans, with their strong sense of remaining true to themselves, the Hierophant is the epitome of ordered things that do not alter over time. This is most apparent in the arena of guarding universal spiritual truths.

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Virgo
(August 23 - September 22)
The only sign represented by a woman, Virgos are creative and highly refined. Often they appear as remote, even cold. Calculating and observant, they are shrewd and aristocratic in temperament. Reliable, refined Virgos are patient teachers, and excellent with children.

Tarot Card associated with Virgo: The Hermit
Contrary to popular belief, the Hermit is not solely about isolation. This card represents the search to find one's self. The Hermit also encourages one to seek the truth without interruptions, or pursue a vision without distractions. Like Virgo's temperament, the Hermit symbolizes deliberation about which path to follow, careful assessment of achievements and goals, and taking the time to diligently reflect and plan.

i thk i should start seek the truth without interruptions...haha..

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