Sunday Tarot ~ Contemplation, Courage, and Awakening — Stepping Aside
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The Haindl Tarot deck is complex and full of rich imagery and esoteric influences. The Major Arcana cards include an associated Hebrew letter, a rune from the Younger Futhark, and an astrological glyph. The Minor Arcana includes a hexagram ( gua) from the I Ching, and the Court has been replaced with iconic individuals from humanity’s history.
The cards in today’s reading include two cards from the Major Arcana, and one from the suit of Wands: The Hermit, the 7 of Wands, and The Sun. The overall numerology is 8 signaling strength, leadership, self-confidence, and recognition from material achievement. The borders of the cards tell us the element that influences each card with Earth (yellow) influencing The Hermit, and Fire (red) influencing both the 7 of Wands and The Sun, so there is a heavier weight placed on expressions of will, success, and awakening.
Beginning with The Hermit, we see an old shepherd with a flowing beard standing atop a mountain holding a curved staff in his right hand and a lantern in his left. The lantern appears to draw in light from a white emanation above his head. Yod, the Hebrew letter for hand, appears in the upper left suggesting the Creator’s hand influencing the shepherd’s awareness, while Is/Isa, a rune from both the Elder and Younger Futharks signifies ice, the stillness within, alignment, and becoming. The glyph for Virgo appears at the lower right of the card suggesting earthly tradition. Birds surround the shepherd symbolizing wisdom and spiritual awareness. Gnomes, symbolize the elemental energies of our earthly existence. And an eye surrounded by a triangle signifies the all-seeing eye of the Creator observing creation.
Next, the 7 of Wands is titled, Courage. 7 flame-tipped spears rise up from craggy rocks, as they reach for a white sphere above representing divine awareness. This card depicts integrity and having the courage to rise up against challenges in a manner that reflects spiritual awareness instead of ego. The…