In earlier days of tarot reading a significator was cognitively chosen by the reader to represent the querent. The choice of the significator did not add to the interpretation of the reading in any way. It may have been simply part of tradition. It may have been seen as a way for the reader, the querent, the cards and the Universe to connect.
Significators were chosen from the sixteen Court Cards based on age, gender and hair color.
Only a few modern tarotists continue this tradition today.
Many tarot spreads have a significator position. The card that randomly falls into this position describes who the querent is at the moment of the reading. This can be very helpful information in a reading.
Significators have an important place in tarot magick, too.
I’ve been thinking about all of the different blogs that are out there, especially ones about tarot. There are many wonderful tarot blogs but I want to do something a little different. One of my specialties as a tarot reader and a Reiki healer is helping people discover and heal their shadows. For those of you not in the know, the shadow is that part of yourself that makes itself known in the most inopportune ways after suppressing aspects of ourselves that that we do not want others to see. These things can be either positive or negative and can come out in a number of ways, many of which are not very flattering. In order to come to terms with these shadows, we must bring them into the light and work with them rather than against them. The dark is as much a part of us as the light is and to be a person that is completely balanced, we must work with our shadows in order to make peace with them.
Sometimes we bury our shadows so deep that it is difficult to determine where the shadows came from in the first place. A lot of detective work goes into shadow work. We have to fist figure out what the shadow is, then we need to decipher how the shadow came to be in the first place and then we need to take the actions required to retrain ourselves to rework the shadow. This is where tarot can come in. Within the cards, there are clues to our shadows. The cards have a way to delve into the subconscious when we are giving readings, so why not use that information with ourselves to do shadow work? There are many people who already use tarot to help others but never even thought to do so for them. It takes courage to want to do shadow work. You have to be willing to come face to face with your shadows and it can sometimes be very painful. I will tell you that it is a very rewarding and fulfilling experience and well worth the effort and pain that can come with it.
Our open Yule ritual run by my coven never usually falls on Yule (December 21st this past year). We had ours on December 8th, and it was a beautiful ritual but I didn’t truly see/feel that until afterward. As a member of the ritual team, I had my “eye of the prize” of helping to lead a ritual that would be beautiful and potent for the attendees, which led to me not recognizing the beauty of the actual ritual during it. My natural tendency is to go into extreme planning and practical mode when being a helper bee.
There are many tarot spreads and techniques that we use to make predictions for the coming year. We can also use tarot magick to create the coming year.
You can incorporate this tarot magick technique into any kind of ritual, or simply perform it as a magickal working on its own.
While those who follow the Wheel of the Year celebrate October 31st as the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new, many of us also celebrate the calendar New Year as well. This magickal working is appropriate for either New Year celebration, or both.
First, remove the Hermit and the Sun from your deck. These cards have a specific place in the ritual. In this magickal working the Hermit and the Sun represent the old year and the new year, respectively.
The four tarot Aces are potent magickal tools. In some tarot decks, their images are similar to the traditional altar tools used in many Pagan traditions. This is no accident. The four Aces are the Four Tools of Magick, and you can use them as such.
In divination, each tarot Ace can represent a new beginning. The Ace is the essence of its element as well as the beginning of a journey inspired by its element.
My card of the day pulls last week had a very similar theme. They related directly to the weather phenomena we were experiencing in New York. If you’ve been living under a rock, you are one of the few people that haven’t heard of Superstorm Sandy that tore through many places (including the Eastern Coast) a few weeks ago.
This direct correlation of card interpretations to the weather surprised me, because usually when I pull my card of the day, it corresponds to more intellectual or personal situations and not what Mother Nature is doing. Normally I select my card of the day when I’m sitting in front of the computer…
When I met Mari Powers in Mimosa, a downtown gift shop in Madison, WI, I had been a nameless customer who could read the tarot to a limited point but remained curious about the ability of others who claimed they read the tarot – especially others who read for a fee. With no small amount of skepticism and plenty of time on my underemployed but not quite poorly paid hands, I shrugged oh, what the hell and marched into the softly lit room. On a corner table, eleven decks with beautiful artwork hypnotized me. Any mesmerism gave way to frustration when Mari Powers directed me to choose a deck for my reading. As it turned out, this wasn't a session in which the querent sat back and listened to what influences impacted her life in the past, present, and future. Mari expected the client to take notes on a lay-out sheet during the session, take the sheets home, and think about how the influences manifested in her or his life. The idea of doing any work hadn't exactly appealed to me. Mari impressed me, nevertheless. She seemed to care about whether or not the questioner understood the reading. She didn't shy away from offering advice on any problem area that plagued the seeker.