One of the most powerful aspects of ritual work is invocation. To invoke an element, a spirit or a deity is to bring their energy to your circle, and to bring their healing magickal power to yourself.

Many Pagans use statues, images and altar tools to help with the process of invocation. To have the image of a deity on your altar not only honors the deity, it assists in invoking the energy of that deity.

 We choose specific deities to invoke for specific reasons. Some of us invoke specific deities on certain holidays.  It is also helpful to invoke a deity based on your specific need. A mother Goddess like Quan Yin might be helpful if you are doing fertility magick, for instance. A God associated with animals, like Cernuous, might be helpful in the healing of a pet. A Goddess of prosperity like Lakshmi might help with financial issues.

Whether you are looking to heal grief, attract a lover, lose weight or get a new job, there are deities from many cultures who can help you in your magick. And your tarot deck offers images to invoke them.

There are many tarot decks that actually depict particular deities. There are a few Goddess tarot decks, including Kris Waldherr’s classic favorite. Lisa Hunt’s Animals Divine Tarot has a Major Arcana full of deities. The newly reprinted Ancestral Path Tarot has deity images for the Minor Arcana court characters. The Spiral Tarot has deities for its Major Arcana characters.

Even your standard Waite Rider Smith deck can offer you basic images that will help you invoke many deities. The associations you can make between deities of many cultures and the Major Arcana archetypes are unlimited.

For instance, The Magician is often associated with Hermes. The Empress can be any mother Goddess. Justice is associated with Maat. The Hanged Man is associated with Odin. Use the Wheel of Fortune to summon any deity of luck. Use the Moon to invoke a moon Goddess like Artemis.

The Court Cards also invoke deities. The Queen of Wands is easily Brigid. The Page of Cups makes sense as Eros.

This is another way that your tarot deck is  a box of magickal tools. Each card is waiting to help you invoke your deity and raise the energy you need. Whether for ritual holiday celebration, worship or magick, the sacred images of tarot are powerful tools of invocation.

-Christiana