Major Arcana in Raider White tarot II

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot II

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The Lovers

Iconography

the lovers raider waite tarotThe card of The Lovers is represented by the imagery of Adam and Eve, standing in front of the apple tree and a snake, as their sin. The garden of Eden is shown with a field and a mountain in the centre. It depicts the moment when Adam and Eve commit the sin, where the divine being shows beneath the sun and reveals their shame. It is numbered with roman numeral six.

History

The card of The Lovers is often associated with the Gemini star sign, and it is usually shown as The Twins in some decks. The other associations made through history have been done with Mercury, Air and even the Hebrew letter Zayin.

Symbolism

The symbolism which stands behind this card represents love relationship, passion, sexuality, union. Also, it represents pleasure, desire, humanism and personal beliefs. In addition, it repreents individual values, connection and physical attraction. The important aspect of this card also symbolises individual values, connection and physical attraction.

Interpretation

The Lovers represent, in some traditions, the relationships and choices. Its appearance indicates the decisions related to an existing relationship, heart’s temptation or even a choice of potential partners. Often it indicates that bachelor(ette)’s lifestyle has to be sacrifised in order to gain a relationship, or it even indicates that one partner may be chosen for the relationship while other is turned down. The choice shouldn’t be made lightly, whatever the choice is, as the ramification would be lasting.

The Chariot

Iconography

the chariot raider waite tarotIn a swift chariot sits a princely, powerful figure, usually pulled by two horses or two sphinxes. A black and white motif is usually present, with one of the steeds black, while other white. The central figure may be helmeted or crowned and in some representations, it’s winged. The figure often holds a want or a sword, or any other masculine symbol. The four different animals represent the four elements in the Thoth deck.

History

The suggestion for the square on the chest of the charioteer is that it might represent the earth tattva. Yet, another view of this card relates it to the conquest characterization. This is a battle in which a querent should win it if enough willpower is included. It usually represents and external battle, with a clear plan of action and a goal. These qualities include righteousness, conviction, self-reliance and plain hard work.

Symbolism

There are many symbols which explain the symbolism of this card. The Chariot symbolises honour, conquest, energy and victory. As well, it represents self-confidence, conviction, egocentrism and anxiety. In addition, it symbolises willpower, hard control, self-assertion and discipline. Some of the other importat symbols are inflexibility, wealth, recognition and success.

Interpretation

It is one of the hardest cards to define and if the basic level is only taken in the account, it shows a war or a struggle, even an eventual, hard-won victory. It could be either over the enemies, nature, obstacles or beast inside you. In the more complex way, it is a union of opposites, represented by the black and white steeds. It shows control over opposing wants, needs, emotions, circumstances and people.

Justice

Iconography

Justicet raider waite tarotIt represents one of the earliest and one of the most popular tarot cards. It’s a part of Major Arcana, following The Chariot. It accompanies two of the other cardinal virtues represented in the Major Arcana: strength and temperance. Even though it should be number 8 in the Raider-Waite deck, it is switched with the card of Strength, so it is numbered with the numeral 11.

History

Justice is attributed to Athena, in many representations of tarot. She was the Athens patron goddess, bringing the initial idea of justice, therefore becoming a model for justice for her patron city. In many stories included in the Greek mythology, Athena is always represented as a justice figure and helps others to achieve the good outcomes when the certain feud is present.

Symbolism

The symbolism of the card of Justice could be represented by the single word itself, but the deeper meaning of the card represents impartiality, coldness and distance. Also, it represents criticism, objective mind, insensitivity, intellect, realism and analysis. Additional symbols are related to rationality, clear vision, logic and reason and responsibility.

Interpretation

The Justice card is usually represented by the goddess Athena or a feminine figure which holds a sword in one hand and scales in other, delivering justice. It sits on a throne, ready to deliver what it deserved to be delivered.

The Hermit

Iconography

The hermit raider waite tarotIn the Raider-Waite version, the card of The Hermit is represented by an old man who carries a staff in a hand, and a lit lantern which contains a six-pointed star in the other hand. Wasteland is represented in the background. But, beyond the wasteland, a mountain range emerges. A roman numeral nine is represented on the top of the card.

History

The story of The Hermit is attributed to Diogenes of Sinope, who was a founder of Cynic philosophy. Alternatively, it might be a depiction of old man or woman, whom we meet in our lifetime and who gives us the tools, training and insights to confront the problems. The depiction of The Hermit is also related to the Moon.

Symbolism

This card symbolises many things and could be represented by the introspection, guidance, reflection and silence. In addition, the symbols standing behind the meaning of the image are solitude, reclusion, inner search, deep understanding, isolation, distance, retreat and philosophical attitude.

Interpretation

The Hermit represents the lesson of life and he is a kind of shamanistic hero who has completed the journey, both the return and withdrawal. Two possibilities for interpretations exist. The first one is that The Hermit needs to withdraw from the society in order to become comfortable with himself. The second possibility is that he needs to return from his isolation, in order to share the knowledge with other people.

Wheel of Fortune

Iconography

wheel of fortune raider waite tarotThe iconography of the card has been modelled ever since the tarot has been widely introduced to the public in the 15th century, after a Rota Fortunae concept in medieval ages. It is based on the wheel of the Roman goddess of luck, Fortuna. It shows, usually, a six or eight spoked wheel, attended by an individual. It has four letter spelling either T-O-R-A or R-O-T-A, depending on the interpretation.

History

Wheel of Fortune is usually related to the Roman goddess of fortune, Fortuna. Even though the history goes all back to the Roman mythology, some of the symbols on the imagery show the influence of Judaism, with spelling such as T-O-R-A and Hebrew letterings which spell God on the wheel itself. The mythological beings are related to the Ancient Egypt mythology, so it includes various cultures and religions in one image of the wheel.

Symbolism

Similar to the other cards in the deck, The Wheel of Fortune is no exception when it comes to symbolism. It represents opportunities, possibilities and a possible turning point. It also symbolises destiny, superior forces, movement and fate, along with development, surprises, expansion and activity. It depicts interpretation, dissension, approachability and sudden change.

Interpretation

Raider-Waite deck has presented The Wheel of Fortune in the theological meaning, giving the theological symbolism specific to interpretation of its designer. Such meaning may not be associated with the variants present on the card, and it may not be referenced or acknowledged by any of the given readers.

Strength

Iconography

Strength raider waite tarotAcross the various tarot decks, the design of this card has stayed the same throughout the centuries. The key characters are lion and a woman, whereas woman looks gentle and calm, yet dominating over the lion. The woman clasps the lion’s jaws. Another thing present on the image is the lemniscate, which hovers over the head of the woman.

History

The original name of the Strength car is Fortitude, and it accompanies two other cardinal virtues present in Major Arcana, which are Justice and Temperance. The meaning of the card was different, depending on the card’s interpretations. It actually meant the moderation in attitudes, usually toward danger and pain, with neither being completely avoided.

Symbolism

The symbolism has multiple meanings and it usually means self-control, patience, compassion and stability. In addition, it represents perseverance, moderation, composure, gentleness and kindness. The additional symbols which complete the image are slowness, softness, comprehension, discipline, inner strength and serenity.

Interpretation

The modern interpretation of The Strength car shows control and discipline. The lion represents the primary part of the mind, while the woman represents higher, or more elevated mind part. It tells that both emotions and impulse need to have proper balance in life. This card indicates an urge for patience and calm, even though the situation may not be such to favour these two things. The tolerance that it preaches tells that a person has to be kinder and more tolerant and to have a calm approach, rather than a mindless one. The Strength shows that not all lies in the pure physical force, but that a psychical one controls the primary feelings.

Raider White Tarot Guide

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot I

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot II

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot III

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot IV

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Wands Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Pentacles Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Pentacles Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot I

Swords Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

 

 

 

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