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Six of Swords


Card position:


The Querent

This card represents the querent in the relationship. These are his or hers concerns, emotions, hopes or fears. Possibly, this is his or hers obstruction of the relationship dynamic.

Card interpretation:


Description

A ferryman carrying passengers in his punt to the further shore. The course is smooth, and seeing that the freight is light, it may be noted that the work is not beyond his strength.

Divinatory Meanings

journey by water, route, way, envoy, commissionary, expedient.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, confession, publicity; one account says that it is a proposal of love.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The voyage will be pleasant.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

Unfavourable issue of lawsuit.


Six of Swords


Card position:


The Querent

This card represents the querent in the relationship. These are his or hers concerns, emotions, hopes or fears. Possibly, this is his or hers obstruction of the relationship dynamic.

Card interpretation:


Divinatory Meanings

Six of Swords - Envoy, Messenger, Voyage, Travel.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Declaration, Love proposed, Revelation, Surprise.


Six of Swords


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The Querent

This card represents the querent in the relationship. These are his or hers concerns, emotions, hopes or fears. Possibly, this is his or hers obstruction of the relationship dynamic.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Route, way, path, envoy, journey by water, emigration, manner, expedient. Reversed: Proclamation, declaration, publication, avowal, knowledge, charter, constitution, bill, ordinance, discovery, vision, revelation, apparition. A proposal of love, says another rendering.

Theory

This is the element of Earth on the Sixth house, and the Virgo-particulars expressed in 'earth' become the 'ways' that carry the message from the centre, the heart, to the parts of the system. So it is the nervous system and the arterial system in the animal and human body. Thus it must be the way or path leading out into the world from our house or living place. This explains what tradition says about envoy and emigration, though the latter is somewhat far-fetched, and not in every instance will the way lead so far as that, nor the path be trodden until we meet with a 'proposal of love.' But it is true, that the effect of that which this card represents may go far and in general signifies the message in the sphere of matter (Mercury is lord of this house), the message materialised. And this explains why tradition says it means 'apparition'--'publication'--'constitution' etc. It is quite correct therein. The message is conveyed by means of the way, path, canalisation, etc., and appears in some effect or other. So it may even be a vision or materialisation from the 'other side.' It may also, however, be the passing over to that side, the crossing of the Styx, which seems to be indicated by the picture of this card. The cusp of the seventh house in the horoscope is 'the end,' in the same way as the ascendant is 'the beginning.' Though tradition has not rendered it so, this card must in many instances have the significance of passing away.

Conclusion

Route, way, canal, conveyance, nervous system, arterial system; experiment, order of service, practical prescriptions for any service, rules and measures of internal service. It warns that care must be taken for health and the internal service of the body must be cleared, in order to avoid intestine troubles. There may be something of a course, a voyage to be made, a cure or even emigration, if other indications confirm it. If in connection with Venusian influences, sensuality and the expressions of it. If badly aspected: serious illness and probability of the passing away of the patient.


The High Priestess - reversed


Card position:


Relationship Dynamic

This card represents the relationship dynamic. This is how the two partners are interacting at present; their common concerns, emotions, hopes, fears or obstacles; any external influences.

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Divinatory Meanings

Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if male; the Querent herself, if female; silence, tenacity; mystery, wisdom, science.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Passion, moral or physical ardour, conceit, surface knowledge.

Inner Symbolism

She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands is inscribed with the word Tora, signifying the Greater Law, the Secret Law and the second sense of the Word. It is partly covered by her mantle, to shew that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars--J. and B.--of the mystic Temple, and the veil of the Temple is behind her: it is embroidered with palms and pomegranates. The vestments are flowing and gauzy, and the mantle suggests light--a shimmering radiance. She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world; she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the borrowed light, but this is the light of all. She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the Supernal Mother.

In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself--that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah--the co-habiting glory. According to Kabalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is MaIkuth--that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.

Description

2. The High Priestess, the Pope Joan, or Female Pontiff; early expositors have sought to term this card the Mother, or Pope's Wife, which is opposed to the symbolism. It is sometimes held to represent the Divine Law and the Gnosis, in which case the Priestess corresponds to the idea of the Shekinah. She is the Secret Tradition and the higher sense of the instituted Mysteries.


The High Priestess - reversed


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Relationship Dynamic

This card represents the relationship dynamic. This is how the two partners are interacting at present; their common concerns, emotions, hopes, fears or obstacles; any external influences.

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Divinatory Meanings

The High Priestess - Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Conceit, Ignorance, Unskilfulness, Superficial Knowledge.

Symbolism of the Keys

The High Priestess, or Female Pope - A woman crowned with a high mitre or tiara (her head encircled by a veil), a stole (or a solar cross) upon her breast, and the Book of Science open in her hand. She represents Science, Wisdom, or Knowledge.


The High Priestess - reversed


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Relationship Dynamic

This card represents the relationship dynamic. This is how the two partners are interacting at present; their common concerns, emotions, hopes, fears or obstacles; any external influences.

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Description and Meaning

The second stage in macrocosmic evolution is the polarity of the omnipotent might of Self, omnipotent possibility of the field of manifestation, universal passive richness, the Kamaduk or Most Beloved Wish-Cow of the Hindus. This macrocosmic field is the Temple of the Great Magician or Architect, in potency at least. It is the Bull, Taurus, of astrology, the house of sound, art, faith and richness. To speak truly, it is not so much sound as the principle of the soundbox, sound itself having its origin in the next step. Therefore Papus may well compare this card with the hieroglyphic meaning of the Hebrew letter Beth, which relates to "the mouth of man as the organ of speech." But it is not "God the Son" as he says elsewhere. It might be called 'God the Woman,' the Divine Mother, the 'Eternal Feminine.' As the passive richness of the Universe awaiting him that will be able to see it and appreciate it, this principle may well be symbolised by the image of the High Priestess, sitting in an attitude of waiting, between the pillars of the Temple, B and J, standing for the Two, from which will spring the worlds of spirit and of matter. Being Supreme Objectivity, it is the symbol of receiving, of possessing, of cult and adoration. It symbolises womanhood in general, as the first card symbolised manhood.

Mr. Waite has restored in his images the original picture of Isis, reposing on the crescent moon, which indeed I should say must be regarded as the best representative of the goddess of Taurus, in which sign the moon is 'exalted,' as astrology teaches. But Isis is not so much to be regarded as representing "Science, Wisdom, Knowledge" (Mathers)--as the goddess "of Nature, whose veil must not be raised before the profane." (Papus) and of supreme consciousness, because 'consciousness' is the faculty committed by Earth.

Waite calls her "Second Marriage of the Prince" and says, that in divination she stands for the querent if female. Now I should say, this cannot be altogether true, as in the horoscope the first house indicates the personal temperament, etc., for a man as well as for a female querent. So in cards the Magician must always bear the meaning of the querent personally, but if a female she will be largely influenced by the High Priestess, as this is the representative of the feminine in general and female properties. It may be true, more or less, that for a man this card represents "the woman who interests the querent" (Waite), just as on the other hand the Magician represents the man who interests the querent if this happens to be a woman.

The High Priestess symbolises constancy, fidelity, repose, stability, but also dumbness, laziness, resistance, endurance as well as passive opposition. It rules everything in connection with art and the artistic abilities, with wealth and with the masonic lodge.

Astrological Correspondence

Taurus


Ace of Pentacles - reversed


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The Querent's Partner

This card represents the querent's partner in the relationship. These are his or hers concerns, emotions, hopes or fears. Possibly, this is his or hers obstruction of the relationship dynamic.

Card interpretation:


Description

A hand--issuing, as usual, from a cloud--holds up a pentacle.

Divinatory Meanings

Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches. In any case it shews prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.

Additional Divinatory Meanings

The most favourable of all cards.

Additional Meanings - Reversed

A share in the finding of treasure.


Ace of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


The Querent's Partner

This card represents the querent's partner in the relationship. These are his or hers concerns, emotions, hopes or fears. Possibly, this is his or hers obstruction of the relationship dynamic.

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Divinatory Meanings

Ace of Pentacles - Perfect Contentment, Felicity, Prosperity, Triumph.

Divinatory Meanings - Reversed

Purse of Gold, Money, Gain, Help, Profit, Riches.


Ace of Pentacles - reversed


Card position:


The Querent's Partner

This card represents the querent's partner in the relationship. These are his or hers concerns, emotions, hopes or fears. Possibly, this is his or hers obstruction of the relationship dynamic.

Card interpretation:


Tradition

Perfect contentment, felicity, happiness, ecstasy, perfect joy, perfect remedy, fulfilment of what has been asked in prayer. Reversed: Capital, riches, opulence, treasure. Something of principal value or valuable, dear, expensive, rare, highly esteemed.

Theory

The element of Fire, of the nature of the Sun and Venus, on the house of the Sun, the Fifth: indeed this card has been well defined by the traditional renderings, which give it all as very benefic. How could it be anything else? The aces are all more or less a commencement, new prospects, etc. If you get the ace of pentacles or hearts on one of your houses in the horoscopic figure, you may be pretty sure that the matters to which the house in question relates will be beneficial and, on account of the fiery element, irresistible. It means the commencement of that what is wished for, desired, and this is what man calls his happiness. It is the spark of the Ego demonstrated in the practice of daily life; and this is what may well be called the note of good, which also brings good luck to other people. So there is creative energy in this card. Not yet worked out into details, but originally decided and fairly sure to work out in the future in lucky events and prosperous happenings. So there is promise in it and it is above all a card of good augury of a new and prosperous beginning. It is like a bright spark. Even among very bad cards it is the bright spark of hope and good-will, though of course in such cases it may be too weak to conquer adverse circumstances immediately. It may mean further a person or thing of first ranking. A child. A speculation.

Conclusion

Creative energy, fulfilment of hope, wish and desire, good luck, bright prospects, beginning of a new era in life, happiness, good augury; a child; a speculation. As to material effects it is benefic without being in itself the indication of riches or gold. It may be a present, a donation. Profit. Promise. Goodness. Favour. It may indicate the person, who is chiefly of interest, and of benefic influence.