Absorb thyself in this great sea of the waters of life. Dive deep in it until thou hast lost thyself.
And having lost thyself, then thou shalt find thyself again. Even as it is written,
“She had her dwelling in the great sea and was a fish therein.”

Aleph am I: From my unfathomable will the universe hath it beginning.
In my boundless wisdom are the types and patterns of all things.

Changeless, this great deep of elemental water remaineth forever pure.
Because of this, it possesseth the quality of stability. From water do all forms have their beginning.

(Callisto/The Fool - The Bitter Suite)
(Originally from The Book of Tokens by Paul Foster Case)


 

0

The Fool - Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment. Reversed: Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity.

 

I

The Magician - Skill, diplomacy, address; sickness, pain, loss, disaster; self-confidence, will; the Querent, if male. Reversed: Physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet.

 

II

The High Priestess - Secrets, mystery, the future as yet unrevealed; the woman who interests the Querent, if Querent is male; the Querent is female; silence, tenacity; wisdom, science. Reversed: Passion, moral or physical ardour, conceit, surface knowledge.

 

III

The Empress - Fruitfulness, action, initiative, length of days; the unknown, clandestine; also difficulty, doubt, ignorance. Reversed: Light, truth, the unraveling of involved matters, public rejoicings; according to another reading, vacillation.

 

IV

The Emperor - Stability, power, protection; a great person; aid, reason, conviction. Reversed: Benevolence, compassion, credit; also confusion to enemies, obstruction, immaturity.

 

V

The Hierophant - Marriage alliance, captivity, servitude; by another account, mercy and goodness; inspiration; the man to whom the Querent has recourse. Reversed: Society, good understanding, concord, over-kindness, weakness.

 

VI

The Lovers - Attraction, love, beauty, trials overcome. Reversed: Failure, foolish designs.

 

VII

The Chariot - Succour, providence; also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble. Reversed: Riot, quarrel, dispute, litigation, defeat.

 

VIII

Strength - Power, energy, action, courage, magnamity. Reversed: Despotism, abuse of power, weakness, discord.

 

IX

The Hermit - Prudence; also and especially treason, dissimulation, roguery, corruption. Reversed: Concealment, disguise, policy, fear, unreasoned caution.

 

X

Wheel Of Fortune - Destiny, fortune, success, luck, felicity. Reversed: Increase, abundance, superfluity.

 

XI

Justice - Equity, rightness, probity, executive. Reversed: Law in all departments, bigotry, bias, excessive severity.

 

XII

The Hanged Man - Wisdom, circumspection, discernment, trials, sacrifice, intuition, divination, prophecy. Reversed: Selfishness, the crowd, body politic.

 

XIII

Death - End, mortality, destruction, corruption. Reversed: Inertia, sleep, lethargy, petrifaction, somnambulism.

 

XIV

Temperance - Economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation. Reversed: Things connected with churches, religions, sects, the priesthood; also disunion, unfortunate combinations, competing interests.

 

XV

The Devil - Ravage, violence, vehemence, extraordinary efforts, force, fatality; that which is predestined but not for this reason evil. Reversed: Evil fatality, weakness, pettiness, blindness.

 

XVI

The Tower - Misery, distress, indigence, adversity, calamity, disgrace, deception, ruin. Reversed: According to one account, the same in lesser degree; also oppression, imprisonment, tyranny.

 

XVII

The Star - Loss, theft, privation, abandonment; another reading says - hope and bright prospects. Reversed: Arrogance, haughtiness, impotence.

 

XVIII

The Moon - Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, error. Reversed: Instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error.

 

XIX

The Sun - Material happiness, fortunate marriage, contentment. Reversed: The same in a lesser sense.

 

XX

Judgement - Change of position, renewal, outcome. Reversed: Weakness, pusillanimity, simplicity, also deliberation, decision, sentence.

 

XXI

The World - Assured success, voyage, route, emigration, flight, change of place. Reversed: Inertia, fixity, stagnation, permanence.

Based of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck
Designed by Pamela Colman Smith under the direction of ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE
Descriptions written by ARTHUR EDWARD WAITE