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Tarot Meanings

White Light Tarot TM

The Swords
The swords represent ideals, intellect, logic, breath and wind; theirs is the element of air. Thought is the essence of the realm of the sword because of its shining speed, lightening fast strike, and cutting clarity. It is appropriate that the lesser arcana start with this suit because this is not so much a suit of physical action, as one of decisive thought. If thought is action in meditation, right before manifestation, then the swords are an artistic representation of a state of mind right before the action occurs. As the synapse fires so strikes the sword, the mists part, and clarity of purpose and knowledge is found. Air circulates and motivates us to move with it. When the swords strike us we become swept-up in the moment. In anticipation of an action, we hold our breath, and when we finally breathe that sigh of relief the demands are over, we have landed where we are supposed to be.

Court Cards: King | Queen | Knight | Page
Pips: 10 | 9 | 8 | 7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | 2 | 1

The King of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKey Word: High Ideals
The King of Swords lives by high ideals. He will try to induce you into his way of thinking, in essence he is a proselytizer, but not in the religious sense. He’ll talk ‘til he is blue in the face making sure that you understood the finer points of his argument. He is a great story teller, a philosopher, erudite and intellectually intimidating. He is a go getter, a ‘type-A personality’, doggedly, he’ll get things done. He is not easy to satisfy, yet he is not a man of hasty actions. Never bored, he is intelligent, intellectual, and a just ruler, but he himself is ruled by the mind and refuses to be swayed by the heart. He is the great protector.
In the White Light Tarot image, the King of Swords is modeled after Batman. The DC Comics character insisted upon coming through when this card was painted. He stands amongst crystalline rubble, a huge sword in front of his open heart beating raw against the hilt. Symbolically, he has torn down the edifice of obfuscation with his sword of clarity. He makes use of his intellect, and expects the same of those closest to him. He is a man of science and technology, capable of physical prowess and intimidation. He does not rule with his heart, but with his head. He is not particularly in touch with his emotions, so it may take him longer than usual to understand his emotional responses to certain situations. Be patient with him. He needs help understanding his feminine side to which he has trouble relating. Rational, cool and collected under fire, he can blow through things that he perceives as details. The King of Swords makes a good lawyer or teacher, but don't forget to pass in your homework on time, no excuses will suffice.

Reversed: Logic has turned against the King of Swords and what remains is arrogance that has changed into megalomania. His wit slices and dices as he changes from a forthright and just man into a craven manipulator. He has lost his way and pits his wit against all takers, not for truth or justice, but simply because he can. Do not take him on in this condition, he craves power and has delusions of grandeur. He criticizes to assert his dominance, but his authority lacks conviction as it is founded more upon self loathing than anything else. Recognize that he is clinging to an outmoded way of thinking, and that he’ll need a push to change. If he can catch a glimpse of himself in another, perhaps he’ll change back into the moral, practical, capable man he used to be.



Orange - The sex center or sacral chakra: Svadisthana
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -sex center orange chakraSvadisthana: the sex chakra or the Sacral Chakra is located just below the belly button. It governs our creativity, our ability to give and receive, our sexuality, our sense of sensuality and fulfillment, and of course, procreation. Our sense of awe is also derived from this chakra. When it is working properly we are able to find fulfillment in our work and our relationships and we can give and receive without effort. If this chakra is too weak, we may have trouble feeling connected to our partner or to our work. We may find it hard to see the creativity that we bring to our job, and feel undervalued or unappreciated in some aspect of our lives. If this is the case, there are steps that we can take to help balance this area of our lives.
In a tarot reading, there are a number of cards that are associated with this chakra because they are associated with the creative process. If any of these cards come up, look for at the meaning that you associate with that card. Concentrate on the meaning and the image, and always use your own images as well. Meditate on how you can use the information and apply it to yourself. To open the chakra you may find it helpful to use the mudra (hand postures) associated with the strengthening of this chakra area. Keep your hands in your lap left hand under right hand palms up, and thumbs touching. As you sit, remember to pull your belly button towards your spine. This helps to circulate the energy in the sacral chakra area, and helps to open the area and make the lower back more flexible. You can do this in a meeting or on the bus, but if you are able to go into a meditative state all the better. Use the mantra VAM (Sanscrit for compassion and wisdom) to further enhance the experience.
REIKI CHAKRA ASSOCATIONS WITH TAROT CARD AND KEYWORDS
FOR THE SACRAL SEX CENTER CHAKRA - ORANGE
THE PRIESTESS: VIRGIN, BEGINNINGS
THE MOON: FLOW AND CHANGE
THE SUN: GROWTH AND CREATIVITY
THE KING OF SWORDS: HIGH IDEALS, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
THE SEVEN OF SWORDS: CUNNING AND DETERMINED
KNIGHT OF WANDS: CREATIVE ALCHEMY
SEVEN OF WANDS: ADVERSITY
EIGHT OF CUPS: SHARING
TWO OF CUPS: JOINING
SIX OF DISKS: STRIKING WHILE THE IRON IS HOT
THREE OF DISKS: WORK, ENERGY AND FLOW


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The Queen of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Beauty
The Queen of Swords is a woman of poise, distinction, and conscience. She has at her side a swan. The swan symbolizes light, femininity, and intuition, but the swan is also an emblem of power and transformation. In Norse mythology, the Valkyries morphed into swans when they swooped into battle to lead the fallen warriors to Valhalla. Zeus seduced Leda when he shape-shifted into a great swan, and Leda gave birth to Helen of Troy ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’ during the Trojan War.
The swan is also an alchemical symbol of ‘the marriage of opposites’, and possibly a hermaphrodic nature. At its crux, there is a mixture of light and dark in this card that is hard to disassociate. The Queen holds her sword balanced, ready for up-stroke or down-stroke. She represents intellectual perfection and beauty, but her power is in her perception. She can transform what seems ugly into something splendid. Her actions are acute and precise, as are her decisions. When you get the Queen of Swords allow her to help you see the inner beauty in yourself and others, she can help you transform your intuition and balance your emotions.

Reversed: Beauty has become vanity. Intuition has become suspicion. When the Queen of Swords is reversed you or someone close to you is being defensive, intolerant and overly discriminating. The Queen of Swords represents sorrow because she is too caught up in minutia to see the big picture. Her sharp, complex mind is racing. Too head strong, and not thinking clearly, she is ready to accuse, ready to blame and seemingly ready to face things head on, but actually she isn’t. She may seem ready for the fight of her life, but she’s quite vulnerable because of her agitated state.

As an analogy, think of the Queen of Swords in the forest which isn’t her element (earth). She ‘can’t see the forest for the trees’, so she assumes every tree (obstacle) in her way is testing her, something to be conquered. So she stands at the foot of the tree, frozen, and frustrated unwilling to go around the tree, trying to will the tree out of the way. When you get this card, know that you or someone close to you may need to back-off from the situation. Every tree is not an obstacle. To see the path, you have to change your thinking or your point of view. Turn around and you see the greater forest. If she would just look up, she’d see her element air, and feel a bit clearer and a little less frustrated and like her old capable self.

We can find a path around any obstacle but, we have to quit panicking and blaming others. It can be difficult to do, but if we’re willing to wait and become calm, a path will emerge in the forest of doubt and frustration, and we’ll finally see that the trees are part of a large green wonderful forest. And that the forest is only part of the interconnected metric or web of the world.

Violet - Crown chakra, spirit: Sahasrara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -crown, violet chakraThe crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the seat of higher consciousness and the master chakra of the body. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the thalamus. These glands control the central nervous system, and they are located in the center of the brain. Recent studies have linked them to consciousness, and new studies indicate that they actually respond to light, giving credence to the idea of our third eye. Release of old patterns, effortless manifestation, understanding others and ourselves intuitively, and renewed compassionate awareness is what concentrating on the crown chakra yields. As it has been said, we are spirits in human form, when we remember this essential truth and act on it we become truly aware. There is a very interesting article that backs-up esoteric history with scientific fact and further discusses the thalamus and pineal glands’ role in physiological-psychic phenomena. [http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1542.html]
Violet was once the color reserved for Roman, Egyptian and Persian royals, and it was considered the color of blood. Greek myth credits Hercules, or rather his dog with discovering the dye, when Hercules’ dog came back with his mouth stained purple from chewing on snails along the Levantine coast. In the last days of Rome, the mollusk Murex was becoming scare, due to over fishing. Dyers reputedly smelled like dead fish, according to written accounts, but cloth dyed that color was worth its weight in gold. So smelling to high-heaven became the smell of wealth. It is a color not only rich in hue but also in human historyIf this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble feeling compassionate toward others. We may not see our role in the greater creation of our world. Our worldview may be narrow in scope. Anxiety, not sleeping well, general feeling of persecution and anger indicate a possible problem in the crown chakra. Conversely, demanding that reason and logic dictate all outcomes and explain everything can also indicate that the crown chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to appreciate and understand our role in the world. Just as the beat of a butterfly’s wings can start a tsunami, we need to remember that our consciousness affects our world. A simple act of kindness can do wonders for developing your crown chakra. To develop your spiritual awareness and crown chakra you can try meditating outdoors in sun light or moon light. White Light is helpful in realigning this chakra. Sitting in the sun will restore and balance the violet spectrum. Be careful not to overdo and wear appropriate sun gear and sunscreen. Practicing peace, love and understanding are the ultimate aids in developing our higher consciousness. Make the choice to live by higher principles and see how your perspective changes.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Crown Spirit chakra. These cards are associated with compassion, enlightenment, and consciousness.

CROWN SPIRIT CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE FOOL, ONENESS
DEATH, LIMITLESS
THE STAR, INSPIRATION
THE UNIVERSE, DIVINE LIGHT
QUEEN OF SWORDS, BEAUTY
NINE OF SWORDS, CRUELTY
NINE OF WANDS, ZENITH
ACE OF WANDS, FURNACE
QUEEN OF CUPS, RAISING ENERGY
TEN OF CUPS, CONTENTMENT
KING OF DISKS, HEALER


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The Knight of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Duty
The Knight of Swords is the epitome of devotion and duty. Noble pursuits that lead to concrete action are inclined by this card. Idealism tempered by realism, and working within the system for the betterment of all, that is the charge of the Knight of Swords.
He is not one to back down from a challenge, nor is he dissuaded from mediation. You’ll find him working in places like Doctors without Borders, The Animal Rescue League, and Habitat for Humanity, or in homeless shelters, and first response units. He is motivated and a motivator. His motivation is for the betterment of society. He believes in the innate goodness of people and he finds the proof is in the pudding. The Knight of Swords has some of the qualities of King Arthur. He is mythical and represents our ideals and yet he may be a real man. New evidence has led investigators to connect the legend of Arthur with a tribe of Iranians called the Sarmatians. Interestingly, this tribe’s alter was a sword in a stone. The Arthur legend is where we get our courtly ideas about knights and chivalry. There isn’t a definitive list of manners but the seven virtues and a list from chivalrytoday.com is a good place to start: courage, justice, mercy, generosity, faith, nobility, and hope, are the primary virtues of chivalry. When you get this card, you or someone close to you is acting with great faith in humanity. Have faith and fealty in what you are doing and stay the course. Call upon the Knight of Swords to cut any cords that bind you to negative thinking. It is his duty to serve, and he is devoted to your cause.
Reversed: Are you shirking your responsibilities and duties? The ideals that you seek do exist. Find a way to demonstrate your ideals and bring them out in yourself. No one is perfect in their actions, we are perfect at our core, but we are human, and sometimes our reactions don’t live up to our ideals of how we see ourselves. That’s OK because we’re here to learn, and we’ll do better next time. The King of Swords reversed is just a reminder that we must still strive to live up to our ideals. He’s there to lend you a hand when you fall on your arse, he’ll pick you up and set you right. Don’t worry, he’s behind you one hundred percent, and he knows you’re trying your best. His message is one of encouragement. Face the battle he says, but if you’re out numbered then find a place to hold up and heal. He is not going to let you get out of doing your duty however, so if there is some facing up to a task or feelings to be done, he is there to genteelly but firmly nudge you along.

Yellow - Solar plexus, navel chakra: Manipura
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -solar plexus, yellow chakraManipura: the navel chakra or the Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the belly button. This is the chakra of “fire within the body or the life force.” It governs our self-esteem, our confidence in our selves, and our inner strength. Our ideas about how capable we are, and our ability to create abundance is derived from this chakra. When it is working properly, we are able to see ‘golden’ opportunities in every thing, regardless of what befalls us, we can find something good in whatever happens. We feel good about following our ‘gut instincts’, and we trust ourselves. We have confidence in our abilities, and our place in the world.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may physically have trouble ‘digesting a situation’, or understanding our role in it. We may have an upset stomach frequently or a queasy sense of fear or uncertainty in our gut. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance in the opposite extreme.
Either way, to harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. When we feel out of balance, there are steps that we can take to help stabilize this area.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Solar Plexus chakra. These cards are associated with self-awareness, inner strength, and power. What you probably most need to work on when you are stressed or weak in this area is self-appreciation to increase the circulation and power of this area.



SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPEROR FATHER, ACTION
THE CHARIOT JOURNEY, STRIVING
THE TOWER EXPLOSIVE, DESTRUCTION
KNIGHT OF SWORDS DUTY, VALOR
ACE OF SWORDS ACCURACY, EXACTING
PAGE OF WANDS AMBITION, ABILITY
FIVE OF WANDS IMPRISONED, ON HOLD
PAGE OF CUPS POETIC,INTROSPECTION
FIVE OF CUPS DISAPPOINTMENT,CONTROL
QUEEN OF DISKS RESCUE, SUSTENANCE
TEN OF DISKS DELIGHT, HAPPINESS


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Page of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Message
Akin to Hermes the messenger of the gods, this messenger is masked and he is known as a hermeneus, an interpreter who can bridge boundaries. Hermes gave us the art and science of “hermeneutics” which is essentially the art of interpretation. When we seek to understand our hidden inner experience or we try to understand something from another’s point of view, we are engaging in hermeneutics. To reveal the truth, the Page of Swords wears his mask for our protection, for what he may say and how the truth appears to us may be too harsh, bright or fantastic for us to understand. He communicates the truth in the best possible way for us to comprehend his meaning, with peace, light and loving intensions. He is urging necessary changes from within that will carry you to the next vibratory level. He is revealing what you already know, if you’ll only search your soul and listen to his message.
Like the players at the masked ball, he is interested in connecting with the real inner you, and not the exterior edifice that may or may not reflect your true inner beauty. Give way to your ability to practice hermeneutics or the art of interpreting hidden meaning. When you get this card, it means you should allow yourself to hear and see the messages that come to you throughout the day. Maybe it’s a feather floating by, or a penny in the street, maybe it’s a bird song noticed over the din of the city, maybe it’s this card reading, whatever it is that takes your attention for a moment, honor that as extraordinary, and a hidden message from the Page of Swords. If nothing else use these messages as a spiritual booster, and let the flow of loving messages from the universe filter through.

Reversed: The Page of Swords is an emissary, an envoy, an agent of change. He holds the mask to his face, representing that the change or message comes from within. When you get the Page of Swords reversed, it means you are not yet aware of the internal change in attitude or spiritual understanding that is taking place. Understand this is not something that is seen on the surface, this is something that happens in dreams, in imagery and symbolism. The message, like the messenger is disguised. When you look back on this time later, the connections that led you here will be clear, and you’ll realize that growth was inevitable. Change is good, welcome it.

Light Blue - Throat chakra: Vishuddha
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -throat, light blue chakraVishuddha: the throat chakra is the color of ice blue cough drops. It is the Communication Chakra located just below the Adam’s apple in the throat, and right around the thyroid gland which regulates our growth hormones. Associated with clarity and growth, this chakra governs our ability to express ourselves. We can strengthen this area by using sound. Our inner voice and our “abstract intuition” (instant problem solving without formal logic) are derived from this area. If this chakra is over stimulated, we may suffer sore throats, feel we have ‘something stuck in our craw’ or have a tendency to ‘run at the mouth’. If it is under stimulated we may not be able to express ourselves with ease, and we may have a tendency to speak too softly, or strain our voice when trying to get a point across. To regulate this area we can use the sound RAM or RANG in meditation. In Tibetan "Rang" means "self" and the goal is “rang tong” or to become "empty of self" to further enhance the experience of connection with all.
Benefits of a Balanced 5th Chakra
* Expression of the truth, one’s words hold weight with others
* A creative outlet via communication, spoken, written or otherwise
* Confidence in the ability to express oneself
* Access to the Etheric communication
“In our society it seems as though one is always struggling to get their voice heard. When one has balance in the 5th center, an interesting coincidence is that one may find that their need to communicate with frequency reduces, but the power of their word increases.” (Quoted from:Kundalini Yoga Blog)
Historically the color blue is associated with truth and fidelity as in the English idiom ‘he’s true blue’, or the folk rhyme ‘Married in Blue, your love will always be true’, which is where we get our something borrowed, something blue tradition. Hence, various shades of the color blue are used in advertising, business and the military to instill confidence in their message and ability to get the job done.
The tarot cards that are associated with the throat chakra will have to do with truth and communication, authority figures, archetypes, and actions always figure prominently.

THROAT CHAKRA ASSOCIATED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
THE HIEROPHANT WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE
JUSTICE FEARLESS, EQUALITY
BALANCE INTERCHANGE, HARMONY
PAGE OF SWORDS MESSAGE
TWO OF SWORDS TRUCE, TREATY
EIGHT OF WANDS EMIT, EMANATE
TWO OF WANDS STEADY
SIX OF CUPS FREEDOM
THREE OF CUPS UNION
KNIGHT OF DISKS DISCOVER
FIVE OF DISKS FLEETING


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Ten of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Disaster
This card is a clear departure from the standard tarot imagery for the Ten of Swords, but I believe it imparts the meaning of the card more clearly for modern users. Ten bombs are being dropped over a target. The saying “you dropped a bomb on me” comes to mind, and the notion of over kill is demonstrated. War is the escalation of hostilities brought about by economic or political insecurities. When this card appears, know that the peace process will be difficult to achieve, because in some measure, you’re fostering a hostile environment, and if you don’t come to an accord, chances are good that more battles will ensue.
War is rarely the answer to our problems. We all have our triggers, but we don’t have to act like Pavlov’s dogs, giving into the prompt. We are thinking and feeling human beings and generally people are compassionate, so let’s act accordingly. Think before you act. When you get the Ten of Swords, you might need to walk-a-mile in the other guy’s shoes, or you might need to walk away. In any event you should show a little compassion. For some reason you’ve come off as insensitive. Reacting too quickly can give way to acting defensively. Try understanding your opponent’s point-of-view to lessen any feeling of misunderstanding, fear, hostility and failure. Acknowledging the feelings involved, doesn’t mean that you’ve sanctioned the behavior. You can forgive the person without forgiving the action, and sometimes that is enough to move from a standstill to progressive understanding.
Usually, the Ten of Swords pictographically is either ten crisscrossed swords or the image of a man stabbed in the back by ten swords on a lonely beach. In my estimation, the conventional tarot image is similar to Jacques Louis David image of ‘The Death of Marat,’ painted in 1793. The Marat was a political statement to be sure, not only relative to the fact that the painting was rendered to ‘avenge the death of Marat’ at the time, but also due to the fact that the graphic nature of the image led to political upheaval. ‘In 1795, it was removed from the meeting hall of the Deputies by a decree forbidding the public display of any portrait whose subject had not been dead for at least ten years.’ (The History of Art, H.W. Janson) We’ve culturally lost that political context in the conventional tarot image, so White Light Tarot endeavors to recapture and communicate the feeling of political upheaval, helplessness, and fear that the Ten of Swords should engender. Hence the Ten of Swords becomes the Ten of Bombs. War and nuclear genocide is one of human society’s most devastating threats. It is something that only our modern consciousness is aware. This Ten of Swords indicates that too much mental activity has lead to despair and hostility. When you get the Ten of Swords in a reading, know that facing your greatest fear with compassion will make you stronger. Fear forces us to gather all of our strength together and face down whatever threatens us. Tired though we may be, we carry on, and if we face our threats with compassion, we may create an ally. Whether what we face is a failure in ourselves, in a situation, or something else, humiliation stings, but it also points out our frail humanity, and offers us a chance to practice compassion. Peace and forgiveness are the hallmarks of a mature spirit. Forgive yourself, forgive others, plant seeds of peace and they will grow.
Reversed:
When you get the Ten of Swords reversed, the meaning is essentially the same, but you may be feeling that you are the victim of hostilities rather than an active participant. It doesn’t matter, even if that is true, when you play the victim role, you set up the energy for abuse. You must act with compassion and find a way to bridge the gap, acting as neither victim nor perpetrator. You need only to forgive the person, not the action they have taken against you.

Red - Root or base chakra: Muladhara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -root base red chakra The base chakra is called MULADHARA, which means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’ in Sanskrit. Red is the longest wavelength of light that we can perceive. It is reputedly one of the first colors we see when we open our eyes as babies, and it is also one of the colors that can be restored to the color blind with laser surgery. The color red is a complex symbol of blood, birth, anger, passion, life and death in human psychology. In a vast array of Neolithic graves from various countries, red ocher has been found at the site. Either stored in pots, or dusted over the deceased, the red paint is an emblem of passing and a life of belonging. Red ocher or iron oxide was one of the first paints used by humanity. The root chakra is located at the tailbone - right at the end of the spinal column. This is where the three main nadis begin the Ida, Pingala and Sushumma combine to form the kundalini energy base. Tribal instincts form here, whom we feel most comfortable, our connections to our surroundings, and our grounding or stability, start with this chakra. Safety and fear of being hurt both psychologically and physically start in this region. Physically, this chakra governs our sense of smell, our large intestine and ability to process elimination, our bones and our adrenal glands i.e., our fight or flight response all derive from this chakra.

When this chakra is out of balance, you may find you are fearful of people or situations. You may feel or act flighty rather than grounded, and you may find that physical reality is boring. If you’re tired, suffer lower backaches, bloating or feel like you’re ‘carrying a heavy load’, it could be time for a chakra adjustment.

To harmonize this area, we need to listen to the beat of our heart, calm ourselves and allow our consciousness to affect the world. We belong where we are because we have something to learn from where we are. Try not to let painful events overwhelm you, rather remember that there is a cycle to all things. The passage of time will allow new growth and change to take place, concentrate on grounding where you are. Foster the health of your base chakra with a hearty meal. Pasta with tomatoes and red wine will help ground you. Share it with friends to help foster belonging, and learn to relax. You do belong, and belonging brings grounding.


A number of tarot cards are associated with the Root chakra. These cards are associated with grounding, tribal connection, health and security. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways to integrate the message into your daily activities.

BASE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPRESS MOTHER, PRIMORDIAL
STRENGTH CONNECTION, MANIFESTATION
DEVIL - OBSESSION DISRESPECT, ATTACHMENT
TEN OF SWORDS DISASTER
FIVE OF SWORDS DISILLUSION, DEFEAT, SHAME
KING OF WANDS PASSION
TEN OF WANDS FINALE
KNIGHT OF CUPS EXPANDING
ACE OF CUPS PROMISE
SEVEN OF DISKS LIMIT, RESTRAINT
FOUR OF DISKS RECHARGE


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Nine of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Vulnerable
Mental cruelty, pride, conflict, and politics: taking on a group mentality rather than thinking for oneself. Lacking self confidence, continuous internal and external power struggles ensue. White Light Tarot’s image is a departure from conventional tarot imagery and idiom. This Nine of Swords is based on Toshiaki Toyoda's 2001 Film, Blue Spring (Aoi haru). The film examines the power dynamics of a group of teenage boys, as they struggle to prove themselves. For youth culture, the film is a valid social commentary that demonstrates the grim reality that once locked in a peer-pressure dynamic there is no way to escape without alienation. In the film, cruelty is used by the tormented to perpetuate the cycle of brooding and suffering.
When you get this card, you or whomever the card represents is demonstrating a dependence on despondence. Aloof and detached behavior mutes intense feelings of anguish and despair which are only relieved by behaving brutally. The Nine of Swords image depicts the boys as the actual swords; each is a double edged blade, capable of great heartlessness. Alone in his thoughts, each boy is conflicted and about to participate in a death defying challenge to become leader of the gang, each in turn will hang off of the roof’s railing and claps his hands one more time than his opponent, if he is not quick enough he will plummet to his death on the concrete below.
When thoughts gang up on you they are a formidable force that is difficult to thwart. If you think of the boys as representing a downward spiral of thoughts, you’ll understand the group mentality that is associated with this card. Alone, even in a group, the Nine of Swords is about the aguish we feel when we cannot gain the acceptance that we crave.
In order to stop the torment of a tortured mind you will need to forgive yourself and those around you. Find a way to lift yourself away from the need for external approval. Try writing everything down that is disagreeable in your life and performing a ritual to release it, burning the paper, flushing it down the toilet, casting it out to sea, burying it, leaving it on the subway for someone to find, whatever seems appropriate. Release yourself from cycle of brooding and torment, don’t jump off the roof, it will prove nothing. Find a way to accept joy back into your life again. You’ll know you’re releasing when you can see the beauty in a painting, or a flower without pain, hear music without experiencing heartache, and eat and sleep without fear or worry. When you get this card, it is time to do something nice so that you’ll feel nice without the need of outside approval. Approve of yourself just the way you are, and let go of anguish.
Reversed Anger and resentment may be hidden, and you or whomever the Nine of Swords reversed represents is trying to practice tolerance, but manipulative behavior will not help in overcoming feelings of inadequacy or superiority. Pretending to be tolerant may seem to lead to acceptance, but it really only leads to separation from one’s true self. Don’t allow yourself to be manipulated, and don’t manipulate others for political gain. Be true to yourself, examine who you are, and stand up for your ideals, eventually, you’ll find others that will accept you for who you really are gladly. If you need to adjust your thinking to be more inclusive, or more tolerant, then find ways of being less judgmental. One definition of tolerance is “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own.” In order to accept others and appreciate their differences, you have to accept yourself and value your own differences, so start there and don’t try to change others, try to change yourself.

Violet - Crown chakra, spirit: Sahasrara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -crown, violet chakraThe crown chakra (Sahasrara) is the seat of higher consciousness and the master chakra of the body. It is associated with the pituitary gland and the thalamus. These glands control the central nervous system, and they are located in the center of the brain. Recent studies have linked them to consciousness, and new studies indicate that they actually respond to light, giving credence to the idea of our third eye. Release of old patterns, effortless manifestation, understanding others and ourselves intuitively, and renewed compassionate awareness is what concentrating on the crown chakra yields. As it has been said, we are spirits in human form, when we remember this essential truth and act on it we become truly aware. There is a very interesting article that backs-up esoteric history with scientific fact and further discusses the thalamus and pineal glands’ role in physiological-psychic phenomena. [http://www.book-of-thoth.com/article1542.html]
Violet was once the color reserved for Roman, Egyptian and Persian royals, and it was considered the color of blood. Greek myth credits Hercules, or rather his dog with discovering the dye, when Hercules’ dog came back with his mouth stained purple from chewing on snails along the Levantine coast. In the last days of Rome, the mollusk Murex was becoming scare, due to over fishing. Dyers reputedly smelled like dead fish, according to written accounts, but cloth dyed that color was worth its weight in gold. So smelling to high-heaven became the smell of wealth. It is a color not only rich in hue but also in human historyIf this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble feeling compassionate toward others. We may not see our role in the greater creation of our world. Our worldview may be narrow in scope. Anxiety, not sleeping well, general feeling of persecution and anger indicate a possible problem in the crown chakra. Conversely, demanding that reason and logic dictate all outcomes and explain everything can also indicate that the crown chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to appreciate and understand our role in the world. Just as the beat of a butterfly’s wings can start a tsunami, we need to remember that our consciousness affects our world. A simple act of kindness can do wonders for developing your crown chakra. To develop your spiritual awareness and crown chakra you can try meditating outdoors in sun light or moon light. White Light is helpful in realigning this chakra. Sitting in the sun will restore and balance the violet spectrum. Be careful not to overdo and wear appropriate sun gear and sunscreen. Practicing peace, love and understanding are the ultimate aids in developing our higher consciousness. Make the choice to live by higher principles and see how your perspective changes.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Crown Spirit chakra. These cards are associated with compassion, enlightenment, and consciousness.

CROWN SPIRIT CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE FOOL, ONENESS
DEATH, LIMITLESS
THE STAR, INSPIRATION
THE UNIVERSE, DIVINE LIGHT
QUEEN OF SWORDS, BEAUTY
NINE OF SWORDS, CRUELTY
NINE OF WANDS, ZENITH
ACE OF WANDS, FURNACE
QUEEN OF CUPS, RAISING ENERGY
TEN OF CUPS, CONTENTMENT
KING OF DISKS, HEALER


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Eight of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Afraid
Poor little one, indecision grips your heart making it hard to breath. The Eight of Swords is an image of a beating heart with icicles stabbing painfully into it. Fear has stopped you in your tracks. You’ve hesitated like a deer in the headlights, and if you don’t move soon, you’ll get hit.
When we’re afraid to make a final decision, the pain can be overwhelming. We feel uncertain because we’re afraid that we might make the wrong choice, or we’ll regret our decision later. Vacillation saps our energy, making it impossible to evaluate the best course of action. When this happens, consider stepping out of harms way, letting traffic pass by, and babying yourself until you’re calm. Allow yourself a little space to put aside the actual decision. Create scenarios in your mind that have various outcomes. Which one resonates with you the most? Which do you like the best? Do they lead to the same result or vastly different results? You may feel powerless right now, or feel there is no way out of a situation, but that is never the case. It may be painful, but you always have a choice. You can decide to take the necessary steps to change your circumstances. The icicles will melt away and you’ll be able to breath deep. Your heart still beats, though wounded. All wounds heal with time. Baby yourself to make sure your wounds heal thoroughly. You deserve the best, as do we all. But remember, we reap what we sow. Pay attention to planting seeds for the highest good of all possible. Till the soil of your mind, and don’t allow the seeds of doubt, fear and indecision to root, or you’ll lose the abundant fertile soil to weeds.
Reversed: A poor decision can have the domino effect, knocking down everything that you thought was stable in your life. The Eight of Swords reversed points out that just because the dominos fell, doesn’t mean they’re completely gone. Sometimes it’s difficult to overcome our decisions, but if we can view the decision as a lesson in humility, we might be able to move on from there. The one thing we should not do is continue to live in the past because that’s demeaning to our life now. When we continually berate ourselves for past mistakes, we disassociate ourselves from our higher purpose in life. We separate ourselves from our natural state of joy. If we’re willing to stop looking regretfully at the past, value what we have now, and decide from here forth to act with gratitude in our hearts rather than regret, we’ll be able to pick-up the pieces and carry-on, and maybe teach others by example in the process. Regret wears you down and doesn’t help you foster connections that will help you. You may find that you didn’t even need a lot of those dominos if you’ll just allow yourself a little time, things will change for the better, just give it half a chance. And stop regretting past decisions you’ll make better decisions next time. Practice forgiveness and gratitude, and the dominos will begin to reset.

Green (and Pink) - Heart chakra: Anahata
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -heart, green chakraAnahata: Green (and Pink) Heart Chakra
Romantic love, affection, caring and compassion, great strength, and the ability to change, this chakra governs our hands, heart, lungs and circulatory systems. It is our center of balance. If this chakra is under stimulated, we may suffer from indecision or anxiety, fear of rejection and clinginess. If it is over stimulated, we may not be able to express “love”, and we mistakenly identify lust, and longing with love, and arrogance with power. When this chakra is out of balance, we will experience the lower natures of man, versus man’s higher nature. To regulate this area we can use the sound YAM in meditation.
Benefits of a Balanced 4th Chakra
* Expression of the compassion, unconditional love for all
* A nurturing nature, a desire to befriend others
* Confidence in the ability to express love
* Mental layer of aura able to transmit and receive information effortlessly

A number of tarot cards are associated with the Heart chakra. These cards are associated with love, devotion, connection, and compassion. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways that you can associate with that card, such as situations in which you need to devote yourself, archetypes, and people you admire or love. Concentrate on the over all meaning of the spread, but always use your own images and associations that come to mind, as well. Trust your intuition.
HEART CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
The Lovers, Devotion
Hermit, Realization
Wheel of Fortune, Cycles
Eight of Swords, Afraid
Four of Swords, Harmony
Queen of Wands, Generous
Three of Wands, Bliss
King of Cups, Serenity
Nine of Cups, Fulfillment
Nine of Disks, Sustain
Ace of Disks, Prosperity


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Seven of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Cunning
What you are building toward is doomed to failure if you take too many short-cuts. You are only deceiving yourself and denying yourself the just rewards you seek if you continue to use inferior thinking and means to get to your desired outcome. In White Light Tarot’s Seven of Swords we see seven rusty nails that represent the meager tools that are being substituted for tools of truth and substance. In essence, the rusty nails represent deception and skilled use of cunning to manipulate a situation. When we kid ourselves about something being ‘good enough’, or ‘ok’ when we know in our hearts that it isn’t, we are engaging in dishonesty. Being genuine and real all the time is easier said than done.
If the Seven of Swords comes up in a reading you need to ask yourself some tough questions. It’s time for a little ‘tough love’, especially if you’re avoiding the truth and not whole-heartedly behind what you’re doing. You may need to figure out what you’re running away from, and why you’re avoiding confrontation, or you may need to figure out why you’re exacerbating a problem by sneaking around the issue.
Whatever it is you are up against, face it head-on, be honest with yourself, and acknowledge that being shrewd or cunning might be part of the problem. If you’re engaged in ‘pulling the wool over someone eyes’, or hiding something from yourself, or simply deluding yourself by not admitting something that you know is true, really acknowledging that, or admitting it, can be difficult. That’s the hardest bit though, admitting that you’ve not been truthful, or that you’ve not been crystal clear in a situation. Once you allow yourself to see your role in the problem, then the solutions will come much more easily.
Think of a builder using the wrong grade of nail or un-galvanized nails for exterior work. Using regular nails or old nails from another job might do the trick for now, and save the builder some time and effort, but in the long run, the job won’t last, and eventually the builder will be exposed for his shabby technique. Put another way, the Seven of Swords is saying, do your duty, quit your whining and do what you must to “straighten up and fly right” and compete with honor. Admit it, if you made a mistake. Face up to your responsibilities. Don’t expect others to read your mind, you may have to tell them where you stand, but by doing so, you increase your self-respect, and probably their respect for you. It’s okay to have a competitive nature, and a competitive edge, but if you’ve been coasting, don’t shirk your responsibilities and expect to get away with it for long. If you’re not up to the task, then drop out of the running and find a different way to accomplish your goals honorably. The Seven of Swords is a cautionary card, saying don’t take advantage of the situation because it may well come back and bite you in the arse.
Reversed: Be careful who you work with, they may not be a trustworthy as you think. If you think that you’ve been deceived, then you probably have. Subconscious motivations may come to the surface unexpectedly, in an embarrassing moment. Recognize that these frailties are human, and everyone has them. Don’t allow yourself to be victimized, but don’t force yourself upon another either. Endeavor to work together as equals.

Orange - The sex center or sacral chakra: Svadisthana
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -sex center orange chakraSvadisthana: the sex chakra or the Sacral Chakra is located just below the belly button. It governs our creativity, our ability to give and receive, our sexuality, our sense of sensuality and fulfillment, and of course, procreation. Our sense of awe is also derived from this chakra. When it is working properly we are able to find fulfillment in our work and our relationships and we can give and receive without effort. If this chakra is too weak, we may have trouble feeling connected to our partner or to our work. We may find it hard to see the creativity that we bring to our job, and feel undervalued or unappreciated in some aspect of our lives. If this is the case, there are steps that we can take to help balance this area of our lives.
In a tarot reading, there are a number of cards that are associated with this chakra because they are associated with the creative process. If any of these cards come up, look for at the meaning that you associate with that card. Concentrate on the meaning and the image, and always use your own images as well. Meditate on how you can use the information and apply it to yourself. To open the chakra you may find it helpful to use the mudra (hand postures) associated with the strengthening of this chakra area. Keep your hands in your lap left hand under right hand palms up, and thumbs touching. As you sit, remember to pull your belly button towards your spine. This helps to circulate the energy in the sacral chakra area, and helps to open the area and make the lower back more flexible. You can do this in a meeting or on the bus, but if you are able to go into a meditative state all the better. Use the mantra VAM (Sanscrit for compassion and wisdom) to further enhance the experience.
REIKI CHAKRA ASSOCATIONS WITH TAROT CARD AND KEYWORDS
FOR THE SACRAL SEX CENTER CHAKRA - ORANGE
THE PRIESTESS: VIRGIN, BEGINNINGS
THE MOON: FLOW AND CHANGE
THE SUN: GROWTH AND CREATIVITY
THE KING OF SWORDS: HIGH IDEALS, INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY
THE SEVEN OF SWORDS: CUNNING AND DETERMINED
KNIGHT OF WANDS: CREATIVE ALCHEMY
SEVEN OF WANDS: ADVERSITY
EIGHT OF CUPS: SHARING
TWO OF CUPS: JOINING
SIX OF DISKS: STRIKING WHILE THE IRON IS HOT
THREE OF DISKS: WORK, ENERGY AND FLOW


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Six of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Insight
The Six of Swords represents the direct insight that explodes in the mind when you “get it”. When you finally understand some concept that was difficult for you, and you have an “ah-ha” moment - that is what the Six of Swords is about: the Eureka moment, the sudden insight, the moment when everything is obvious, and everything falls into place. But more than that, the Six of Swords is about enlightenment and acceptance.
The image of someone at a computer with lightening bolts is used to demonstrate the instantaneous connections that burst into existence when we get new concepts. At the same time these moments can lead to feeling overwhelmed and getting too much information too quickly. Both ways leads to inner expansion and understanding but one way is sudden and clear, and the other way is slow and painful.
In the story of Siddhartha, part of the Buddha’s path towards enlightenment was helping mankind as a ferryman. As an old man Siddhartha ferries people across the river, and the river and the rocks have taught him about life. He has learned that the flow is more powerful than stability, i.e. the river is more powerful than the rock. And by listening to a river's murmuring, he finds the peace of OM and personal transformation. The Six of Swords is a powerful card and one that isn’t about sadness, unless the seeker refuses to accept that the path to enlightenment is different for everyone.

Buddha proclaimed the Four Noble Truths.
1. Life is sorrow
2. Cause for sorrow is craving.
3. Removing the cause of craving will end sorrow.
4. The way that leads to the ending of sorrow is the noble Eight-Fold path.


At the end of his life Siddhartha tells his friend who has been seeking enlightenment that too much searching can preclude finding the truth and that he at last had found his own enlightenment by listening to the river. Dogma or “…words and teachings may describe the truth but are not the Truth itself; being concepts, they trap you, since enlightenment means release from concepts.” [1] seek Karma and listen to your heart for your personal transformation and OM.
Reversed: Don’t go against the flow, you’ll only tire yourself out. You can close your mind, or open your mind. It is up to you. Try to sit still and listen to what you really need to hear at this time. You may find you can ignite your facility for understanding more quickly if you will quit seeking and just allow it to happen gracefully in its right time.
You’re working too hard. Ease up and relax your grip a bit, you may find you know more than you thought you did in an instant.
A few more comments and links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddhartha_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddartha
The art for this card is a departure from the standard Rider-Waite. Some interpretations of the standard Six of Swords read this as a sorrowful card, and read a sinister aspect into journeying against one’s will. The standard image is of ferryman ferrying a shrouded person across a waterway, often interpreted as the river Styx. The boatman is in control and knows the river’s ebbs and flows well, but there is no escape from passing into Purgatory and through the gates of Hell. The meaning of the card is usually one of redemption after a passage of time and a journey through mourning.
I would argue that the image of the ferryman could be interpreted as Siddhartha showing us the way to enlightenment if we would just uncover ourselves from our shroud and listen to the river. To support this, please note that the tarot is generally thought to have travelled through India as it was developing and was dispersed by the Romany a tribe that would have been familiar with Buddhist concepts. Buddhism applied to this card would be no farther a reach than Greek myth. In fact I would argue the concepts of the Four Noble Truths are played out in the Rider-Waite card as much as the myth of the river Styx. I’m not sure that the concept of crossing the river is ever attributed to an image of the Buddha as a ferryman. At least I’ve never seen it discussed when looking at the Rider-Waite deck.

Indigo blue - Third-eye, brow chakra: Ajna
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -third-eye, indigo blue chakraThe Brow or third-eye Ajna chakra center is called “the seat of the soul.” It governs our awareness, our ability to foresee things and visualize desired outcomes. It is the Clairvoyant-Intuitive part of our brain residing in the frontal lobe, which corresponds with our higher brain functions. Our ideas about reality and our ability to create that reality are derived from this chakra. The color associated with Ajna is dark midnight blue, or indigo. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” makes great use of that color. When it is working properly, we are able to visualize easily, our memory is sharp as is our ability to reason. We know almost instinctively how to help someone without their asking, and we trust our intuition and ourselves.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble understanding our role in the creation of our reality. We may chalk things up to fate or luck. We may not accept we control a lot of how things turn out. Freewill always plays a part in the creation of our circumstances, which are partly based on our worldview. Having headaches frequently or anxiety about social behaviors would also indicate a possible problem in the third-eye chakra. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. Psychic energy is very powerful. Focusing your mind on how good life is, even through the rough times, will help you to vanquish many psychic and physical aliments. To develop your intuition and third-eye chakra you can try meditating near the ocean or a lake. Large bodies of water help to develop and sooth the mind at the same time. We open up when we are in great natural spaces that are vast. Use a picture if you can’t physically get to a vast body of water, or just look up at the sky at night, it has the same effect. Expanse and expanding is the name of the game with this chakra.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Brow Third-eye chakra. These cards are associated with psychic ability, wisdom, and pure brainpower. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, meditate on the ideas presented. Find ways to expand your mind and to help others see their true nature.

BROW THIRD-EYE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE MAGICIAN, INTUITION
SACRIFICE (The hanged man), SELFLESSNESS
AWAKENING (Judgement), PSYCHIC
SIX OF SWORDS, INSIGHT
THREE OF SWORDS, SEPARATION
SIX OF WANDS, INWARD
FOUR OF WANDS, FORCE
SEVEN OF CUPS, INTUITION
FOUR OF CUPS, SELFLESSNESS
PAGE OF DISKS, PSYCHIC
TWO OF DISKS, INSIGHT


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Five of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Shame
The Five of Swords is about overcoming isolation and recognizing that your imprisonment is of your own doing. When we experience isolation and humiliation it is most likely because we are embarrassed by our past behavior. Psychological devastation has cut us to the quick, and it stings. Humiliation is a forced state of humility. Humility is the quality of being modest, respectful and having an unassuming nature. An unassuming nature means being down-to-earth, able to connect to others lovingly and joyfully, being sociable. When we get the Five of Swords, something has gone awry to make us feel ashamed. Maybe we’ve overstepped our boundaries, or made claims about how great we are that separated us from others emotionally. We sought approval a little too hard, and ended up alienated. We need to find a way to back down to earth, apologize, if that’s what it takes, or give-in to the non-inclusiveness of the situation and walk away. Whatever is going on, as it stands now, it’s a no-win situation. You may have bested you opponent, but the victory will feel hollow without compatriots to share it with. Find a way to reconnect with others who appreciate your efforts, but don’t be arrogant about your abilities or it will lead to further isolation.
Reversed: Don’t allow self-criticism to overtake your ability to see the situation clearly. Using your knowledge for gain rather than enlightenment or betterment of mankind, leads to fatigue, and defensive behavior, share with others and you’ll be able to overcome any social issue. You have nothing to be ashamed of if you are being who you really are. Be true to yourself, if others can’t accept you as you are, then you may need to move on. It is a painful situation perhaps, but one that will heal in time. As Eleanor Roosevelt so aptly put it, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Humiliation isolation (shame) A no-win situation. Using underhanded measures to out wit the opponent and win leaves one feeling a hollow victory. Using knowledge for gain rather than enlightenment or betterment of mankind. Fatigue and humiliation. Need for acceptance but refusal to give in, apologize or back down from a non-inclusive situation or opinion.

Red - Root or base chakra: Muladhara
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -root base red chakra The base chakra is called MULADHARA, which means ‘root’ or ‘foundation’ in Sanskrit. Red is the longest wavelength of light that we can perceive. It is reputedly one of the first colors we see when we open our eyes as babies, and it is also one of the colors that can be restored to the color blind with laser surgery. The color red is a complex symbol of blood, birth, anger, passion, life and death in human psychology. In a vast array of Neolithic graves from various countries, red ocher has been found at the site. Either stored in pots, or dusted over the deceased, the red paint is an emblem of passing and a life of belonging. Red ocher or iron oxide was one of the first paints used by humanity. The root chakra is located at the tailbone - right at the end of the spinal column. This is where the three main nadis begin the Ida, Pingala and Sushumma combine to form the kundalini energy base. Tribal instincts form here, whom we feel most comfortable, our connections to our surroundings, and our grounding or stability, start with this chakra. Safety and fear of being hurt both psychologically and physically start in this region. Physically, this chakra governs our sense of smell, our large intestine and ability to process elimination, our bones and our adrenal glands i.e., our fight or flight response all derive from this chakra.

When this chakra is out of balance, you may find you are fearful of people or situations. You may feel or act flighty rather than grounded, and you may find that physical reality is boring. If you’re tired, suffer lower backaches, bloating or feel like you’re ‘carrying a heavy load’, it could be time for a chakra adjustment.

To harmonize this area, we need to listen to the beat of our heart, calm ourselves and allow our consciousness to affect the world. We belong where we are because we have something to learn from where we are. Try not to let painful events overwhelm you, rather remember that there is a cycle to all things. The passage of time will allow new growth and change to take place, concentrate on grounding where you are. Foster the health of your base chakra with a hearty meal. Pasta with tomatoes and red wine will help ground you. Share it with friends to help foster belonging, and learn to relax. You do belong, and belonging brings grounding.


A number of tarot cards are associated with the Root chakra. These cards are associated with grounding, tribal connection, health and security. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways to integrate the message into your daily activities.

BASE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPRESS MOTHER, PRIMORDIAL
STRENGTH CONNECTION, MANIFESTATION
DEVIL - OBSESSION DISRESPECT, ATTACHMENT
TEN OF SWORDS DISASTER
FIVE OF SWORDS DISILLUSION, DEFEAT, SHAME
KING OF WANDS PASSION
TEN OF WANDS FINALE
KNIGHT OF CUPS EXPANDING
ACE OF CUPS PROMISE
SEVEN OF DISKS LIMIT, RESTRAINT
FOUR OF DISKS RECHARGE


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Four of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Harmony
Alone but not lonely, the Four of Swords is bathed in the harmonious vibration of its own creation. A guitarist listens to the notes he struck fall together melodiously. Rather than actual swords, this image uses the sound vibration of a guitar chord as the swords. When we say ‘you struck a chord’ we mean that something has resonated with us. That some feeling is sustained, and a type of stabilization is recorded in the fibers of our being. The musical imagery is not arbitrary; our lives are the interplay of tension and release that creates resolution in a final tune. The metaphor is apt, and the vocalization or vibratory representation of peace or discordance in a selected series of tones can be tracked through bio-feedback, among other instruments, and could literally record our actual physiological responses to stimuli. Regardless of whether it may seem tuneful to your ears, the notes of your life will eventually fall harmoniously together to create a symphony. Cooperation and sustaining stabilization are aspects of this card. See your life in harmony with what you want to achieve. You are a harmoniously vibrating being, remember that, and you will continuously raise your vibration.
Reversed: Wait and listen, when you get the Four of Swords reversed, it means you are feeling discordant, and not in harmony with your surroundings. Maybe you need to be alone for a while. Sometimes it takes time to not feel lonely when we are alone. We need to adjust our vibration and learn to appreciate who we are, and if we are not happy with who we are then we need to work on changing that. You should be able to sit with yourself in peace and harmony. If you’re having trouble doing that, then find someone with whom you feel safe, and feel comfortable, but try to figure out why you need them to feel OK about yourself. Do they see you differently than you see yourself? Try to see yourself through their eyes. Keep the comforting image in your thoughts when you are alone. Eventually, you may want to call on your higher self, Source, or God, whatever you want to call it, to validate that you are okay alone.

Green (and Pink) - Heart chakra: Anahata
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -heart, green chakraAnahata: Green (and Pink) Heart Chakra
Romantic love, affection, caring and compassion, great strength, and the ability to change, this chakra governs our hands, heart, lungs and circulatory systems. It is our center of balance. If this chakra is under stimulated, we may suffer from indecision or anxiety, fear of rejection and clinginess. If it is over stimulated, we may not be able to express “love”, and we mistakenly identify lust, and longing with love, and arrogance with power. When this chakra is out of balance, we will experience the lower natures of man, versus man’s higher nature. To regulate this area we can use the sound YAM in meditation.
Benefits of a Balanced 4th Chakra
* Expression of the compassion, unconditional love for all
* A nurturing nature, a desire to befriend others
* Confidence in the ability to express love
* Mental layer of aura able to transmit and receive information effortlessly

A number of tarot cards are associated with the Heart chakra. These cards are associated with love, devotion, connection, and compassion. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, look for ways that you can associate with that card, such as situations in which you need to devote yourself, archetypes, and people you admire or love. Concentrate on the over all meaning of the spread, but always use your own images and associations that come to mind, as well. Trust your intuition.
HEART CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
The Lovers, Devotion
Hermit, Realization
Wheel of Fortune, Cycles
Eight of Swords, Afraid
Four of Swords, Harmony
Queen of Wands, Generous
Three of Wands, Bliss
King of Cups, Serenity
Nine of Cups, Fulfillment
Nine of Disks, Sustain
Ace of Disks, Prosperity


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Three of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Separation
The Three of Swords is about feeling dejected and a separated from others. Feeling rejected, alone, hurt, and not seeing beyond the pain. The expression 'foiled again' springs to mind since three fencing foils are used instead of swords. The foils represent the three aspects of pain we often feel when we experience sorrow. We feel sorry for ourselves, we feel a loss of connection with others, and we often feel angry at life or “God” for our loss. When we experience sorrow or separation, we experience a depth of feeling we may not have known was possible to feel. It can hurt physically in our chest or heart, as well as emotionally, mentally and psychically. But the pain is also a measure of the joy and comfort that we have lost. The psychic blades are piercing and wounding the mind seemingly beyond repair, but whatever wrong has been done, it has ended. Look up, because it’s over. Healing can begin, and the pain will pass. In the long silence of reflection we slowly find joy again. In the Three of Swords we see the sky is getting lighter and slowly dawn will burn away the hurt.
In our separation and disconnection from others, we will eventually reconnect with ourselves which is the first step towards the healing process. First we need to reconnect with that quite place inside where we are safe and comfortable. Once that takes place we can start to move on. We can find the strength to rise and leave the foils behind. Healing can take time, and it can be difficult to reach out to others. If that is too hard to do, then begin by opening yourself to receiving from others, and the pain of being alone will being to subside. Start by remembering that you are not alone, we are all connected.
Reversed: When something is too painful to deal with, we run away or find a way to bury or forget the hurt and anger. We try not to think about it, but in so doing push ourselves further away for acceptance and healing. When the Three of Swords is reversed, we may need to face some aspect of our life head-on, one that has been causing us problems. If we continue to ignore the problem, life will eventually throw us a curve ball and force us to deal with it a little too rapidly. If you want to live life to the fullest then you have to learn to accept the good with the bad and integrate the problems into your life as a learning experience. Learning to love and to accept ourselves fully is part of why we are here.

Indigo blue - Third-eye, brow chakra: Ajna
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -third-eye, indigo blue chakraThe Brow or third-eye Ajna chakra center is called “the seat of the soul.” It governs our awareness, our ability to foresee things and visualize desired outcomes. It is the Clairvoyant-Intuitive part of our brain residing in the frontal lobe, which corresponds with our higher brain functions. Our ideas about reality and our ability to create that reality are derived from this chakra. The color associated with Ajna is dark midnight blue, or indigo. Vincent Van Gogh’s painting “The Starry Night” makes great use of that color. When it is working properly, we are able to visualize easily, our memory is sharp as is our ability to reason. We know almost instinctively how to help someone without their asking, and we trust our intuition and ourselves.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may have trouble understanding our role in the creation of our reality. We may chalk things up to fate or luck. We may not accept we control a lot of how things turn out. Freewill always plays a part in the creation of our circumstances, which are partly based on our worldview. Having headaches frequently or anxiety about social behaviors would also indicate a possible problem in the third-eye chakra. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance as well.
To harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. Psychic energy is very powerful. Focusing your mind on how good life is, even through the rough times, will help you to vanquish many psychic and physical aliments. To develop your intuition and third-eye chakra you can try meditating near the ocean or a lake. Large bodies of water help to develop and sooth the mind at the same time. We open up when we are in great natural spaces that are vast. Use a picture if you can’t physically get to a vast body of water, or just look up at the sky at night, it has the same effect. Expanse and expanding is the name of the game with this chakra.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Brow Third-eye chakra. These cards are associated with psychic ability, wisdom, and pure brainpower. If any of these cards come up in a tarot reading, meditate on the ideas presented. Find ways to expand your mind and to help others see their true nature.

BROW THIRD-EYE CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS & KEYWORDS

THE MAGICIAN, INTUITION
SACRIFICE (The hanged man), SELFLESSNESS
AWAKENING (Judgement), PSYCHIC
SIX OF SWORDS, INSIGHT
THREE OF SWORDS, SEPARATION
SIX OF WANDS, INWARD
FOUR OF WANDS, FORCE
SEVEN OF CUPS, INTUITION
FOUR OF CUPS, SELFLESSNESS
PAGE OF DISKS, PSYCHIC
TWO OF DISKS, INSIGHT


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Two of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Truce
The Two of Swords is the reluctant beginning of cooperation. It marks a truce agreement to end hostilities, but a watchful and cautious end. In medieval Europe, from the mid 12th century to the mid 16th century, the 'longsword' and the 'bastard-sword' were the common blades of choice. The name ‘bastard sword’ comes from the fact that the weapon could be used as a one-handed or two-handed weapon. It didn’t belong to either category so it was called ‘a bastard’. The longsword was a bit narrower and tapered, and it was a cross between a dagger and a broadsword. The late medieval period in Europe still had use for a battlefield blade, but one that was light and maneuverable, so these were the blades of choice.
In the Two of Swords we see the longsword and bastard blade are both blades of compromise, hence the use of this iconography. They serve our meaning on several levels. One meaning takes into account the ‘difficult to sell ideas’ represented by the broadsword combining with the ‘flurry of ideas that passes in and out of consciousness quickly’, represented by the dagger. Finding an elegant solution to an impasse is represented by peace lily in the center of the image. When getting this card, a leveling is taking place, a compromise is being agreed, an accord is in the offing, but be cautious, for these are two edged blades that can still cut, and ideas are only as strong as the mind’s ability to absorb and utilize them.
Reversed: The agreement is not to your liking and you resist it. If a compromise is not to be found, then you will have to fight. Are you willing to fight the forces surrounding you to get your way? Will it end in alienation if you win? What must you give up in order to achieve a compromise? Seeking a work around isn’t always a bad thing. When we allow other options to filter in, imagination is broadened and possibilities that we may not have recognized at first are visible. Don’t underestimate the value of cooperation, it will create allies.
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Light Blue - Throat chakra: Vishuddha
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -throat, light blue chakraVishuddha: the throat chakra is the color of ice blue cough drops. It is the Communication Chakra located just below the Adam’s apple in the throat, and right around the thyroid gland which regulates our growth hormones. Associated with clarity and growth, this chakra governs our ability to express ourselves. We can strengthen this area by using sound. Our inner voice and our “abstract intuition” (instant problem solving without formal logic) are derived from this area. If this chakra is over stimulated, we may suffer sore throats, feel we have ‘something stuck in our craw’ or have a tendency to ‘run at the mouth’. If it is under stimulated we may not be able to express ourselves with ease, and we may have a tendency to speak too softly, or strain our voice when trying to get a point across. To regulate this area we can use the sound RAM or RANG in meditation. In Tibetan "Rang" means "self" and the goal is “rang tong” or to become "empty of self" to further enhance the experience of connection with all.
Benefits of a Balanced 5th Chakra
* Expression of the truth, one’s words hold weight with others
* A creative outlet via communication, spoken, written or otherwise
* Confidence in the ability to express oneself
* Access to the Etheric communication
“In our society it seems as though one is always struggling to get their voice heard. When one has balance in the 5th center, an interesting coincidence is that one may find that their need to communicate with frequency reduces, but the power of their word increases.” (Quoted from:Kundalini Yoga Blog)
Historically the color blue is associated with truth and fidelity as in the English idiom ‘he’s true blue’, or the folk rhyme ‘Married in Blue, your love will always be true’, which is where we get our something borrowed, something blue tradition. Hence, various shades of the color blue are used in advertising, business and the military to instill confidence in their message and ability to get the job done.
The tarot cards that are associated with the throat chakra will have to do with truth and communication, authority figures, archetypes, and actions always figure prominently.

THROAT CHAKRA ASSOCIATED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS
THE HIEROPHANT WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE
JUSTICE FEARLESS, EQUALITY
BALANCE INTERCHANGE, HARMONY
PAGE OF SWORDS MESSAGE
TWO OF SWORDS TRUCE, TREATY
EIGHT OF WANDS EMIT, EMANATE
TWO OF WANDS STEADY
SIX OF CUPS FREEDOM
THREE OF CUPS UNION
KNIGHT OF DISKS DISCOVER
FIVE OF DISKS FLEETING


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Ace of Swords

White Light Tarot - The Light From Within DeckKeyword: Exact
Pin point accuracy. When you get the Ace of Swords, you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head. This card is like the big bang at the beginning of time. From one single point in time and space, the universe unfolds and expands outward. This is the start of something big. You’re in the right place at the right time so savor the moment. If you don’t act quickly, you may miss your chance, so stay alert and pay attention to synchronicity. Carpe diem. You are no longer disabled by doubt, confusion or indecision, whatever it is that you’ve had in mind to do, don’t delay, do it now; there is no better time than the present. You have aligned your thoughts and feelings, so go for it. Deciding is half the battle. Once you’ve decided, truly committed yourself to a decision, don’t second guess yourself, take action and watch as things fall into place. When you get the Ace of Swords, it is an indication that you should take immediate action to put your dreams into play.
Reversed: You are resisting making the decision and if you continue to resist making the decision, a decision will be made for you, and it may not be the one you would have chosen. Be careful that you don’t miss an opportunity. Admittedly not all opportunities need to be taken, but sometimes we have to meet our fears head-on and take the plunge. Fear can freeze us into a standstill where we don’t grow, and we begin to wither and die. Don’t let others decide for you, you know what is best for you. Even if you make the ‘wrong’ choice, you will learn from your mistakes. Do what you think is best for you.

Yellow - Solar plexus, navel chakra: Manipura
White Light Tarot - The Light From Within Deck -solar plexus, yellow chakraManipura: the navel chakra or the Solar Plexus Chakra is located just above the belly button. This is the chakra of “fire within the body or the life force.” It governs our self-esteem, our confidence in our selves, and our inner strength. Our ideas about how capable we are, and our ability to create abundance is derived from this chakra. When it is working properly, we are able to see ‘golden’ opportunities in every thing, regardless of what befalls us, we can find something good in whatever happens. We feel good about following our ‘gut instincts’, and we trust ourselves. We have confidence in our abilities, and our place in the world.
If this chakra is out of alignment, we may physically have trouble ‘digesting a situation’, or understanding our role in it. We may have an upset stomach frequently or a queasy sense of fear or uncertainty in our gut. Conversely, needing to dominate or to control situations and others can indicate that this chakra is out of balance in the opposite extreme.
Either way, to harmonize this area, we need to practice self-appreciation, tolerance and love. When we feel out of balance, there are steps that we can take to help stabilize this area.
A number of tarot cards are associated with the Solar Plexus chakra. These cards are associated with self-awareness, inner strength, and power. What you probably most need to work on when you are stressed or weak in this area is self-appreciation to increase the circulation and power of this area.



SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA ASSOCIACTED TAROT CARDS WITH KEYWORDS

THE EMPEROR FATHER, ACTION
THE CHARIOT JOURNEY, STRIVING
THE TOWER EXPLOSIVE, DESTRUCTION
KNIGHT OF SWORDS DUTY, VALOR
ACE OF SWORDS ACCURACY, EXACTING
PAGE OF WANDS AMBITION, ABILITY
FIVE OF WANDS IMPRISONED, ON HOLD
PAGE OF CUPS POETIC,INTROSPECTION
FIVE OF CUPS DISAPPOINTMENT,CONTROL
QUEEN OF DISKS RESCUE, SUSTENANCE
TEN OF DISKS DELIGHT, HAPPINESS


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