Major Arcana in Raider White tarot I

Major Arcana in Raider White tarot I

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Fool

Iconography

the fool raider waite tarotRider-Waite tarot deck describes a card of Fool as a young man who was unknowingly toward the precipice’s brink. Such depiction of Fool is present also in other esoteric decks which are meant for the cartomancy. In addition of a young man to this tarot card, a small dog is also portrayed with a young man. A young man holds a white rose, which symbolises a freedom from baser desires, in one hand, while in other he holds a small bundle of possessions, which represents an untapped collective knowledge.

History

The decks before Waite-Smith represent a Fool usually without a number, but there are still few exceptions. The card of Fool is almost always apart from the trumps’ sequence in the historic decks. The traditional numeration in Major Arcana is done with the Roman numerals, except for the Fool which is numbered with zero, according to the Arabian numerals.

Symbolism

The Fool represents a spirit in search of experience and the mystical cleverness. The sun which shines behind him is the divine nature of his exuberance and wisdom. He wears all the possessions which he might need and the flower in his hand depicts the appreciation of beauty. The dog which accompanies him reflects the animal desires, which might distract him. He is both the beginning and end, neither and otherwise, somewhere in between, or liminal.

Interpretations

The Fool is usually interpreted as a protagonist of certain story, which actually tells that he goes through many great mysteries of life and main human archetypes. It’s is traditionally known as Fool’s journey.

The Magician

Iconography

the magician raider waite tarotThe illustration present in the Rider-Waite tarot deck depicts The Magician as a man who has an infinity symbol over the head, with an ouroboros belt. The both of these things symbolize eternity. The central figure stands among the flowers in the garden, which implies the cultivation and manifestation of desires.

History

The Magician card can also be called The Magus or The Juggler, depending on the various interpretations. It represents the first Major Arcana trump card in the most traditional deck of tarot. It could be used in divination, as well as in game playing. It is considered that it succeed The Fool card, which is often numbered with number zero. The numeration of The Magician card is one, written in Roman numeral.

Symbolism

There is a wand in the right hand of The Magician, which is raised towards the heaven, while the left hand is pointed towards the earth. The iconographic gesture has different meanings, but it generally symbolizes divine immanence, or the ability to bridge the gap between earth and heaven. The table in front of The Magician, there are four Tarot suits which symbolize the classical elements of air, earth, water and fire. Beneath the table are lilies and roses which show the culture of aspiration.

Interpretation

According to the main interpretation, the card signifies the divine motive which is in the man. It also represents a unity of individual, especially thought with other individual’s aspects. The number eight is a sign of life, representing the infinity.

The High Priestess

Iconography

The High Priestess raider waite tarotThe card of The High Priestess is identified with Shekhinah, a female which represents the divine. She wears blue, plain robes and sits, with her hands in the lap. A lunar crescent is at her feet, as well as the horned diadem which is similar to the crown of goddess Hathor, present in ancient Egyptian mythology. The scroll in the hands bears the letters TORA and she is seated between the black and the white pillar. The Temple’s veil is behind her, embroidered with pomegranates and palm leaves

History

The tarot card had the original title La Papessa, or “The Popess”. In some decks, the card shows a woman wearing triregnum, also known as Papal Tiara.

Symbolism

The High Priestess represents a divine being, who wears blue, plain robes and holds her hand in the lap. The lunar crescent connects her to the goddess Hathor, popular in ancient Egypt. The scroll, which she holds in the hands, says TORA, which connects her to Judaism, while the black and white pillar on her side represent a Temple of King Solomon.

Interpretations

The card is associated with the querant, or the card reader, because it also focuses on the secrets interpreted when certain secret is revealed or kept, especially when you’re holding on certain truth or revealing it. The card is associated with mystery, when feminine figures were powerful and supportive in the querant’s force. It may also represent a perfect woman which shows in a man’s life, while for a woman it represents power and independence, especially without man.

The Empress

Iconography

The Empress raider waite tarotOn the card image, The Empress sits on the throne, wearing a starry crown and holding a sceptre in a hand. The Sceptre represents a power over life, while the crown, which has twelve stars, represents her dominance over twelve months, or the year. Her throne is in the middle of the grain field, which represents her fertility and dominion over the growing things. She is a representative of the subconscious’ productivity, which is seeded by ideas.

History

It seems that The Empress had uneventful five centuries. Waite, as well as the other occultists, are responsible for the crown which represents Venus, as well as the waterfall, vegetation and wildlife. In the historical decks, The Empress sits on her throne, and almost always hold an orb or a shield in one hand, while the other hand holds a sceptre. The shield presented on the card has an eagle, representing Holy Roman Empire. A historical person which might be connected to the card is Empress Adelaide, beatified by the Catholic Church.

Symbolism

The card symbolises feminine power, a fertility and above all, sexuality. She is a strong feminine figure, which has power and controls material prosperity and comfort. She is the ruler of nature, health, beauty, sensuality and pleasure.

Interpretation

She represents a mother, nurturer and creator. In many present decks, she is shown as pregnant. She’s the representation of life’s creation, or creation of business, art or business. She can also represent a germination of ideas before it’s completely born. The Empress is also associated with Venus.

The Emperor

Iconography

The Emperor raider waite tarotHe sits on a throne which is ram-adorned and represents a symbol of Mars. He holds a sceptre, specifically an Ankh sceptre in his right hand, while in his left hand, he holds a globe which represents a domination symbol. He sits atop a stark, a barren mountain, which symbolizes the unyielding power and sterility of regulation. As the top of secular hierarchy and ultimate male ego, The Emperor is the absolute world’s ruler.

History

Through the centuries, the essential features of The Emperor card’s design have changed very little. He is sometimes caught up in censorship placed on Pope or Papess.

Symbolism

The Emperor is a true representation of stability, fathering, authority and power. He is a figure which symbolises control, discipline, command and common sense, while on the other hand, he represents status quo, order, structure and egocentrism. He is also the representation of tradition, leadership, rigidity and experience, but on the other hand, he represents inflexibility, conservative ways and organization.

Interpretation

He is a symbol of the rule and the appearance suggests that everyone should accept the fact that some things might be controllable, while others may not benefit from the state of being controlled. The Emperor is the masculine principle and many individuals relate to the cards as they would relate to their father.

The Hierophant

Iconography

The Hierophant raider waite tarotThe Hierophant is represented with his right hand raised above the head and represents the blessing or benediction. The two fingers point skyward, while the two point down, which forms a bridge between Earth and Heaven. Thus, he is a true pontiff, building a bridge between humanity and deity. He is typically male and is known as the teacher of wisdom.

History

The papacy didn’t only represent the religious force, but also a military and political force as well. When the tarot structure was invented, The Pope didn’t only control the religious world but also a large portion of the central Italy.

Symbolism

In the most present iconographic depiction, the Hierophant is represented as a seated man on the throne between the pillars which represent liberty and law, or even obedience and disobedience, according to the various interpretations. He wears a triple crown and the keys to the heaven are at his feet.

Interpretation

The card represents religion, especially orthodox theology. It also symbolises the traditional education, or a man of high social standing. The interpretations merely scratch the card’s surface. The card of The Hierophant can also represent the God’s creation of woman and man, depicted in Biblical story. He is also associated with the Power over others and the Deceiver. The card interprets wisdom, education, status quo, institution, discipline, constitution and experience. It is a sign of traditional beliefs and culture.

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

 

Cups Minor Arcana of the Raider-White tarot II

 

 

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