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RIDER WAITE DECK

TRUMPS 0 - IV


The Fool THE FOOL--0
(Air)

Openness, unaffectedness, youthful light-heartedness. Life is an art, experimenting, exploring, non-conforming. Receptivity, spontaneous feelings, intuition, ideas. Pure heart and right motives. Transcendence. Dreaminess, instability, being out of touch with reality. Recklessness, lack of insight into people. Disillusionment with a person one has placed great hopes in. Folly, eccentricity, idealism, failing to use creative powers, inability to see projects through. Mania. Consider carefully a decision you are about to make, a journey (metaphorical or otherwise) you are about to embark upon, etc.

The Magician THE MAGICIAN--I
(Mercury)

Sovereignty, willpower, effective and determined action. Drive, energy, talent. Inspiration borne of self-motivation. Someone who is convincing, innovative and very original. A penetrating mind and highly developed communication skills. Trickiness, deception, back-stabbing. Wisdom. Message. Learning, business skill, craftiness, shrewdness, initiative. Charisma. Politician. Writer. Timidity, hesitation, speech impediments, delayed messages.

The High Priestess THE HIGH PRIESTESS--II
(Moon)

A mysterious woman. Something coming into manifestation. Intuition, empathy, sudden insight. Security due to inner clarity. Wisdom, knowledge of human nature. Chastity. A-sexual love. Change, fluctuation, increase and decrease. Mysteries, secrets, unknown influences. Flexibility. Spirit-guides. "Follow your intuition." Or, lack of foresight. Problems with women. Misogyny. Arrogance, rigidity, ignorance; following the wrong people's advice. Allowing emotions to cloud judgment.

The Empress THE EMPRESS--III
(Venus)

Beauty, happiness. A project bears fruit. Remuneration for one's efforts. Completion. Cycles. Elegance. Fertility. Stability at home. Sometimes pregnancy, marriage, love. Reaping what one has sown. Friendship. "Do what you love, and the money will follow." Enjoying life. Material and emotional comfort. Fickleness. Sensuality. Debauchery. Promiscuity. Unwanted pregnancy . . . all depending on dignity.

 The Emperor THE EMPEROR--IV
(Aries)

Solidity, stability, and reliability. Organizing one's life; adding structure to fledgling projects, relationships, ideas. Government. Ambition, victory, ego, enterprise, self-promotion, good public relations. Maturity and self-control Vigor. "Full steam ahead!" Father, husband, lover. Logic. Perseverance. Campaigns. Rashness, violence, stubbornness, restriction (too much organization). Abuse of power, loss of control, chaos. Avoidance of power. Rebellion. Imposing one's will on others. Bad planning.


Trumps V - IX
Trumps X - XIV
Trumps XV -XIX
Trumps XX-XXI

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