Major Arcana in Raider White tarot IV

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot IV

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The Star

Iconography

the star rider white tarotThe image of the card shows a naked woman who kneels by the water, with one foot in the water, while with the other one on the land. Above the woman’s head, shines a star. She holds jugs in each of her hands, with one pouring liquid into the water, while with other pouring liquid onto the land. The liquid, by its colour, might represent a water, but this information is unknown. In other decks, a woman figure, or a man figure, simply looks towards the viewer and gestures at the large star appearing in the sky.

History

As any other card in this deck, The Star also holds a historic interpretation. For example, a tree which is nested on the tree depicts Ibis, bird venerated in the ancient Egyptian mythology as the symbol of one of the gods, Thoth. There were together 8 starts at the time the decks was made, which excludes Pluto, unknown to the public before 1930. The woman figure pours the liquid equally into the pool and upon the ground. The first represents universal consciousness, while other depicts physical matter. The liquid flows freely, symbolising perpetual creation.

Symbolism

The image of The Star has many symbols, of which the most important are calmness, free-flowing love, trust, tranquillity and peace of mind. Also present symbols are pure essence, hope, serenity, inspiration, generosity, optimism, joy and faith.

Interpretations

The pool of liquid refers to the universal, or the subconscious. On the other hand, the land refers to the present material world. The woman figure represents the goddess of Nature, or natural woman, or even both in one. The jugs are the integration of the two opposite nature sides. They are divided as hope for the future, indicating that good things must come. The Star is the symbol of a moment of renewed hope, discovery and inspiration.

The Moon

Iconography

the moon rider white tarotRaider-Waite tarot shows some specific iconography on its cards, including The Moon. The tarot card of The Moon very clearly shows the frowning figure of the moon, showing displeasure. This waxing moon contains 16 main rays and 16 secondary rays. On the image, there are two beasts represented: a dog and a wolf, representing the fears of the natural mind. A symbol of conscious awakening is crayfish, which crawls from water onto the land. A pathway is also represented which goes into the mountainous distance. This represents man’s progress, both upward and onward.

History

According to The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, it represents the life. Actually, the imagination which is apart from the life of spirit. The beasts presented on the image represent the natural mind’s fears. The fear is depicted when there is only a reflected light to guide it. This light represents intellectual light, and it is a mere reflection with mystery beyond it, which cannot be revealed. So, this illuminates our animal nature, represented by the dog and the wolf.

Symbolism

The symbolism behind this image shows lack of clarity, tension, doubt and fantasies. It also reflects deception, psychological conflict, obscured vision, confusion and illusion. In addition, the card represents fear, imagination, worry, romanticism, anxiety, apprehension and unrealistic ideas.

Interpretations

This card also can be related to sleep patterns. This can also mean dreaming and nightmares. If an individual gets the card, it may mean that the person goes through a difficult emotional time. Instead of losing in overwhelming fantasy and imagery, it is more important to overcome the difficulties through creative arts, such as writing, painting or dancing. The Moon can also represent the uncertainty about the future paths, fantasies, dreams and mysteries which this cards interprets.

The Sun

Iconography

the sun  rider white tarotIt is suggested that the card is related with attained knowledge. The iconography of the card shows an infant who rides a white horse. The two figures are placed under the anthropomorphized sun, with the sunflowers standing in the background. This child, also called the child of life, holds a red flag. The red flag represents the blood of renewal. The sun smiles and shines down on the child, which represents accomplishment. The conscious mind is the one which prevails over the unconscious, while the innocence is renewed through the discovery. This brings the hope for the future.

History

There is no historic resemblance behind this card. In the earlier times, The Sun represented the hope, which is in the image presented as the smiling anthropomorphized being. It reflects the accomplishment of the one who bears this card. For example, it is related to the child who rides a horse.

Symbolism

The symbolism is important for this card, as for any other in the Raider-White tarot deck. It reflects optimism, expansion, being radiant and positive feelings. It also shows the enlightenment, vitality, innocence, non-criticism, assurance, personal power and energy. On the other hand, the card also symbolises happiness, splendour, brilliance, joy and enthusiasm.

Interpretations

The card of The Sun is generally considered as the positive card. It talks about the positive aspects of life and each person. It is said that the card reflects contentment and happiness, self-confidence, success and vitality. Some people consider it the best card in the Tarot, because it represents all the good and positive things. Actually, it also talks about the positive outcomes of the current struggles.

Judgement

Iconography

the jugdement raider white tarotThe card is modelled after the Christian resurrection, before the Last Judgement. An angels blows a great trumpet, possibly Gabriel. From the trumpet hands a white flag with a red cross, which might represent the St. George’s cross. A group of people, men, women and children, spread their arms and look up at the angel in awe. It is apparent that the people emerge from the graves or crypts. The huge tidal waves or mountains are in the background, looking almost as the glaciers, being all white and blue. This might be a reference to the Book of Revelation reference, where the sea gives up the dead on the Judgement day.

History

The appearance of Judgement in reading is usually a signal of the impending judgement, or even postponed decisions. The card symbolises the resurrection and the promise of life which comes after the death. If the reading occurs, especially near the Six of Cups, it might mean that there is a preoccupation with the past. But, it can also suggest a new beginning and the clearing out of the haunting past.

Symbolism

The symbolism which stands behind the card resembles the judgement, rebirth, inner calling absolution, restart, and accepting the past actions and mistakes. It also symbolises release, forgiveness, end of repression, reconciliation, renewal. In addition, the symbols are also decision, salvation, new beginning, hope and redemption.

Interpretations

This card might be considered as positive, because it talks about the rebirth and accepting the past actions and mistakes, in order to start all over again. This card talks about the renewal and salvation, and that the new beginning awaits the one who bears this card. It could also represent redemption and new hope, desired by the one who owns this card. Overall, the card symbolises the new start which might be a positive aspect for an individual.

The World

Iconography

the world raider white tarotThe iconography of the card shows a naked woman who dances or hovers above the Earth, holding a staff in each of her hands. She is surrounded by a green wreath, and is being watched by the various creatures. These creatures are a lion, an eagle, an ox and a human head, each depicting four Evangelists: Mark, Luke, Matthew and John. In the astrological meaning, the human head depicts Aquarius, the lion’s head represents Leo, the ox is Taurus while the eagle is Scorpio. These four signs allude to the four earth’s corners, or the four elements. It is also connected to the Book of Revelation, 4:7, where these beasts are described as the creatures near the throne of the God.

History

The four beasts, have the reference in the Book of Revelations, and they represent a fourfold structure present in the physical world, framing the sacred world’s centre. The dancing woman in the centre might be Sophia, or Wisdom or Prudence. She represents the fifth element and is thus a symbol which mystical seekers tend to accomplish. In other, older decks, the central figure is usually Christ, or even Hermes. The appearance of this card shows what truly is desired by the bearer.

Symbolism

Since it is the last card in the Major Arcana, The World represents fulfilment, accomplishment, integration and success. It also symbolises involvement, prospering, satisfaction, good feelings, wholeness and contentment.

Interpretations

The World actually represents the end of a life’s cycle, or a pause in life before the next enormous cycle which begins with the fool. It is at once female and male, below and above, suspended between the earth and the heavens. It represents completeness. It could be considered as consciousness, perfect union with the power of universe. It means that we have to share with the world what we have gained or learned.

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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