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Tarot Lessons: Introduction to the Basics: Getting Suit Specific, Part 1



by Jo-Anne Penn-Kast August 24, 2009 12:46 PM EST

Greetings!

Welcome again to Tarot with a Twist!

Last time we went over the basics of the Minor Cards and Court Cards.  This time we'll break it down into a multi-part series and briefly review the specific suits and some of their interconnected relationships between environments, influences, and personality.

Part 1 - If the Suit fits...

For the sake of simplicity, the four Suits which divide and unite the Court and Minor Cards each have two self-generated, reciprocal face value "sides" that make up the one. These components are contained and revealed in the symmetry between its essential power and potential for corruption relative to The Ace, which represents both the initial and full measure of the suit's embedded duality by The Paradox of One.

For now, just know that any one suit itself can also only be described or appreciated relative to its own indivisible, organic relationships to the other three components; including all their respective self-perpetuating symmetries and any hybrid relationships or conspicuous absences contained and revealed by the connections -- existing, potential, and hypothetical.

By way of an example the four Orders and their dual approach, circum-navigable natures are: Pentacle, or Means=Investment/Return; Sword, or Opportunity=Right/Vindication; Wand, or Method=Test/Validation, and Cup, or Motive=Please/Satisfaction.

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Let's start by looking at the Pentacles first. 

Pentacles

The Pentacles are the state of body or being within the environment. They refer to your resources, physical health and welfare, or role in society, and are all things material, tangible, manual or obvious but which may also represent symbolically or substitute for something else.

They harvest or withhold the fruits of your labor to sustain and perpetuate the stuff of LIFE and they produce results, goods, services, and pleasures that can be tested or experienced by means of the five senses, plus the gut.

Pentacles are also hunger, want, and comparative satisfaction relative to the bounty or "prize" a la mode.  They grow, die, gather dust, or evolve, and are uniquely compatible with Swords for securing your slice of the American Pie, or as evidence that Wands have or have not fed Cups.

The Pentacles are also embedded in the language of any equation or reading that departs from the point of view of The Queen, particularly as regards proof of access to the King's standards, as sustained or validated by the Knights, or according to how they fuel or fulfill expectations of their Pages.

Coming up; Part 2: Swords, or Slicing the Pentacle Pie

Salutations until next time...

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