Major Arcana in Raider White tarot III

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot III

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The Hanged Man

Iconography

the hanged man raider waite tarotThe modern versions of the card, such as Raider-Waite deck, represent The Hanged man as a man who hangs upside-down by one foot. Usually, the hanging male figure is suspended from a wooden beam (as it would be in a gallows or cross), or even a tree. Interesting thing is that the card could be viewed inverted. It has Roman numeral twelve above the picture.

History

The Tau cross is the form of the gallows from which he is suspended, while the figure itself forms a fylfot cross. A nimbus about the head suggests that it might be a martyr. The tree of sacrifice represents a living wood, with the leaves present, which must be noted. Yet, the face expresses the joy rather than suffering and the hanging figure doesn’t represent death, but life in fact.

Symbolism

The symbolism of this card talks about different attitudes present in human life. It represents sacrifice, letting go, passivity, surrendering. It can also represent suspension, renunciation, patience and acceptance. In addition, it symbolises new point of view, contemplation and inner harmony, conformism, waiting or giving up.

Interpretation

The card symbolises points to divinity, usually linking it to the passion present in Christianity, especially crucifixion. As well, it could be related to the Osiris’ narratives in Egyptian mythology, Mithras in Persian mythology and Roman mythology. All of these stories represent the destruction of self, which brings the life to humanity.

Death

Iconography

the death raider waite tarotThe card of The Death shows a skeleton that rides a horse, but in the most cases, it wields a sickle. Surrounding the skeleton are the dying or dead people from classes, including bishops, commoners and kings. The most popular card deck, Rider-Waite, represents a skeleton carrying a black flag which has a white flower. The Sun rises behind them in the present background. Roman numeral thirteen is shown in the top of the picture.

History

The Death is usually represented as a skeleton with a weapon, riding a horse in most of the cases. Back from earlier historic times, a living skeleton has always been a symbol for death so many artists have represented The Death in this manner.

Symbolism

This card symbolises the loss, sadness, conclusion and end of a certain cycle. It could also mean a transition into a new state, psychological transformation, regeneration, elimination of old partners of finishing up. It could also represent good-byes, deep change and being caught in the escapable.

Interpretation

The king is falling to the knees, which represents the critical even or that death takes all lives equally. A black banner which has white mystic rose symbolises rebirth or life. The presence of bishop is usually related to the faith in the death’s face and that God works in mysterious ways. The sorrow and great pain are represented by the maiden, while the child may represent curiosity or bewilderment.

Temperance

Iconography

temperance raider waite tarotThe card of Temperance is usually depicted as a person who pours liquid from a receptacle into another receptacle. In the historical meaning, this symbolised the virtue of temperance, which was one of the cardinal virtues, represented by the dilution of wine with water. In many popular decks, the person who represents the temperance is winged person, or angel, usually represented as a female or androgynous person. This person stands with one foot on water and with the other foot on land.

History

As stated, the historical meaning of the card shows a female or androgynous figure who symbolises the virtue of temperance. This virtue is one of the cardinal virtues, and is usually represented by the wind dilution, usually with water.

Symbolism

The symbolism which stands behind the card can be represented by many attributes. It can symbolise temperance, as it says, harmony, health and balance. It can also represent moderation, well-being, recovery or joining forces. The card of Temperance also shows the equilibrium, unification, healing and transcendence. The synthesis, bringing together the opposites and feeling secure are also the attributes which apply to this card.

Interpretation

The appearance of this card suggests that the moderation is needed in certain aspects of life. The interpretations given by this card may indicate that the balance should be brought to a life. In other interpretations, it speaks about the compromise, usually between two incompatible options.

The Devil

Iconography

the devil raider waite tarotThe Devil is, in Rider-Waite-Smith deck, represented as a being who has ram horns, bat wings, harpy feet and a reversed pentagram on the forehead. A raised right hand, along with the lowered left hand with the torch represented the directions of Heaven and Earth. The Devils squats on square pedestal, while the two naked human demons, of which is a man and another is female, stand on his left and right side. The demons have tails which are chained to the pedestal.

History

The figure of Devil has always been represented as a satyr figure in history. The inverted pentagram is a symbol for the things which go out of order. Such depiction present in the earlier period hasn’t change to this point, in modern times.

Symbolism

The card of The Devil symbolises materialism, ignorance, self-bondage and stagnation. In addition, it symbolises egoism, lust, obsession, anger and anxiety. It can also represent hedonism, passion, racist, instincts, sexuality, doubt, vice and temptation. This card can also symbolise futility, physical attraction, insight and pessimism.

Interpretation

The Devil, as a being, can be interpreted as a person bound to indulgence, who prevents a person from becoming health and growing. The example for such action could be found in alcoholism. On the other hand, the card could be interpreted as a calculated, restrained or even dispassionate person who never allows wild, ambitious or rash moments. The Devil of Major Arcana is presented as the 15th card, associated with Capricorn and Earth. The usual presentation of The Devil is a stereotypical figure of Satan. It usually represents a bondage to material things, rather than an evil person. It indicates obsession, or even an addition to fulfilling some of the earthly desires. If this card should represent a certain person, then it would be a person who is aggressive, persuasive and controlling.

The Tower

Iconography

the towerl raider waite tarotIn the classic decks, the card of The Tower follows The Devil card and by some people, it is considered as an ill omen. Some of the early decks do not contain this card, yet some other tarot deck variants omit it for the game playing. The early printed decks, which preserve the cards in the complete form, contain The Tower card. In these decks, this card has a number of various designs and numbers. Raider-Waite deck is based on the Tarot of Marseilles, where two people are fleeing from the tower being struck by the lighting, and with fire balls falling from the building.

History

There are many stories and explanations which provide the historic evidence behind this card. For an example, the card may be a reference to the Tower of Babel, biblical story in which God destroys a tower built by humans who wanted to reach the Heaven. In the late medieval liturgical drama, the harrowing of Hell has be a common subject, where the Hell would be depicted as a gate knocked by Jesus Christ, with the accompanying pyrotechnics. In the Minchiate version, the card of The Tower is presented as Adam and Eve’s expulsion, after their committed sin in the Garden of Eden.

Symbolism

The symbolism, as for the other cards in the deck, is variable and various so that it could be represented by the different attributes. It symbolises chaos, sudden change, hard times and impact. In addition, this card symbolises crisis, disruption, realizing the truth and revelation. It could also represent the disillusion, burst, crash and uncomfortable experience. The downfall, ruin, ego blow and explosive transformations are also the attributes represented by The Tower card.

Interpretation

It could symbolise and interpret failure to some, as well as catastrophe and ruin. To the others, The Tower represents the ego driven paradigms, and sum of the total of schemas which mind constructs in order to understand the universe. Therefore, it is truck by the lightning, when the reality doesn’t conform to desired expectations. The symbol of tower could be understood by the moment in trance, in which the mind changes its direction, from alpha to theta condition, or from mindward point to stageward point. Since all the cards relate to their previous ones, after the self-bondage of The Devil, comes the self-correcting of The Tower. This means that the one for whom the cards are read must make certain changes or the changes will be made for themselves. The one for whom the cards are read ight be holding on to pretenses or false ideas, where the new approach to thinking about the problems is needed. The truth might not be obliged by the schema so that the person must re-examine the ideologies, belief structures and paradigms. It could also mean that the higher education should be found.

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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