This lesson follows on from Tarot Lesson Week 6: The Ladies
Similar to the Ladies, the Gents do not represent actual people. Rather, they represent masculine energy. They also nicely balance out the Ladies. As they should, because too much of one kind of energy creates confusion and chaos.
The Gents are:
- IX The Hermit
- V The Hierophant
- VI The Emperor
Remember our Maiden Star all ready to heal the world? She is probably yakking in excitement to anyone who will listen about all her dreams and hopes. Her counterpart, the Hermit, knows that there are times you need to be silent. While the Star is shining light into all the dark spots of the world, the Hermit knows you also have to shine light inside to your own dark spots. And while the Star avoids being alone, the Hermit knows there is value in solitude.
The High Priestess goes inside herself for answers using her intuition. The Hierophant, however, loves answers that come from traditions of faith and philosophy. He uses reason and logic to come up with answers. He loves to learn as much as the High Priestess does, but he likes the structure associated with dogma and prior learning.
While our creative Empress is throwing out ideas left, right and centre, her partner the Emperor is grabbing hold of them and actually building something. He is the Empress’s general contractor with the authority to enforce rules so that the something solid is built.
1. Put the Hermit on the table in front of you. While you look at him, think of times in your life that were really dark. In your journal, write about how you felt. What light shone through to help you climb out of the darkness?
2. Now put the Hierophant in front you. In your journal write about life rules you live by. Big rules and little rules. For example:
- It is rude to interrupt someone while they are talking
- Never chew with your mouth open
- Good people never steal
- Never drink alcohol before 5 p.m.
3. Now put the Emperor in front you. In your journey write about the following:
- What are your responsibilities and duties?
- What areas of your life do you try to keep organized? Do you find it easy or difficult?
- Which areas of your life have firm foundations?
Along a similar vein of Tip#6, chances are pretty good there will be one card in a deck that you never get. I call these types of cards Problem Child.
In the Rider-Waite deck my problem child is the 7 of Swords. In my favourite oracle deck it is the Dark Lady.
Maybe it is deep and complex, like those cards represent some dark part of you that you don’t want to face. Or, it can simply mean the card image just doesn’t do it for you.
Don’t fight it. Just laugh when that card comes up and haul out your Tarot book, or do a search on the internet, and remind yourself what that card means. Slap yourself on the forehead (gently!), say “Ah yes”, and carry on.
You have a particular challenge you want to address, but what card layout do you use?
Do searches on the internet. There are multiple ways to go about this.
By number of cards
I find this approach handy when I know a) how much time I have for the reading or b) how complex I want the reading to be.
Try searches like ‘5 card tarot spread’ or ‘12 card layout’.
Searching by subject is excellent when you want to address a key issue.
Try searches like ‘Tarot reading for grief’ or something broader like ‘relationship Tarot layout’.
There are also great books out there with layouts. My ultimate favourite is Tarot Spreads by Barbara Moore. It is chock full of readings for every scenario.
Stay curious, my lovelies!
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