Today’s Journey Tarot Key 17 Meditation – The Star

The Star card in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck is one of the most beautiful and inspiring of all the Major Arcana. It shows a kneeling woman with one foot in a pool of water and one on land. She pours water from two pitchers, one in each hand – one into the water and one onto the land. There is a large eight pointed star above her with seven smaller stars surrounding it. While this is a beautiful picture, the symbolism here is not apparent without further study. It is a card that inspires us to develop inner calm and peace. The card suggests that through this development we will find access to divine guidance. The Star is often referred to as the card of meditation. So, Today’s Journey Tarot simplified the symbolism to show a woman in a classic meditation pose and the card is titled, Meditation.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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Today’s Journey Tarot – Key 16 Intervention – The Tower

The Tower card in the Rider/Waite/Smith deck shows lightening striking a tower and two people, a man and a woman, are falling from its heights. The tower is topped with a crown, which has been blown off by the lightening. This symbolism is a bit easier than some cards because we all identify with what it is like to be “struck by lightening”, a metaphor for something that occurs out of the blue. That is the basic meaning of this card but it goes a little deeper than that as additional symbolism expresses. It is suggesting a sudden, life altering event that changes us forever. It is the proverbial rude awakening. Today’s Journey Tarot calls this card Intervention – which is exactly what the card means. Something happens, apparently outside of our control which changes things forever – spiritually, physically or in all ways. Key 16 shows a family escaping from their home after a tree has fallen on it. They appear unhurt – just terrified – but from this point on, everything will change. Their routine, the structure of their house, their memories of the event and many other things have changed and will never be the same as before.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

Intervention

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Today’s Journey Tarot Key 15 Materialism – The Devil

The Devil card is another of those cards that should be addressed right away when you are doing a reading. Even if the person you are reading for knows nothing about the Tarot – or maybe because they know nothing, a lot of assumptions are made when this card falls in front of them. It frightens them immediately. The Rider/Waite/Smith deck shows a rather imposing devil figure with ram’s horns, donkey ears, bat wings and clawed feet. His face is pink and his right arm is raised with the astrological glyph for Saturn in the palm – the planet of limitations. He is perched on a one-dimensional cube. There are two figures before him – a man and a woman – with cloven feet, horns and tails. They are chained loosely to the cube. This card’s symbolism suggests the perverse gratification humanity receives through material attainment rather than spiritual fulfillment. All evil in the world is enacted because somebody wants something someone else has – money, position, relationship, property, land, ideals, ideas, innocence, power. It is fueled by greed, jealously, desire, pleasure, escape, hate, or fear. Human beings are addicted to the material world. It is hard for us to identify with what we cannot experience with our senses – the spiritual. This addiction manifests on many levels but it is all tied to Materialism, Today’s Journey Tarot’s title for this card. Key 15 shows a party where the host is on a sofa preparing drugs for his guests – who are obviously in various stages of inebriation. It expresses the futility of excessive gratification in modern terms that we can all understand at a glance.

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

Materialism

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Today’s Journey Tarot Key 14 Discernment – Temperance

One of the issues with the Rider/Waite/Smith deck is that it is over one hundred years old. That does not diminish its beauty or effectiveness but a lot has happened in the last century that may change the way we view images and words. For example, the word temperance is often used to suggest a need for curbing a negative habit, like overindulgence. When I look at this beautiful card, that word is a distraction. We have the Archangel Michael glorious with outstretched wings pouring from one cup to another. There is something illuminated rising behind him – a light perhaps or a crown. He has one foot in the water and one on dry land. These symbols and the rest in the card suggest a need for balance and good judgment. Today’s Journey Tarot chose to symbolize this concept with a costumed acrobat walking a tightrope. We call the card Discernment. Walking a tightrope requires focus, balance of course, and very good judgment. She must put one foot in front of the other as we all do in life, but retain the qualities to maintain harmony. Her discernment keeps her balanced and safe. We indulged in a bit more symbolism in this card with the owl costume (wisdom) and the two toned balance bar (the esoteric and the mundane which she must also keep in balance).

Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”

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Today’s Journey Tarot Card of the Day 11-19-14

11-19-14 Today’s Tarot is the Seven of Air. Someone may be taking advantage of you and it will become perfectly clear today. It’s up to you if you want to let them. This card is about dishonestly and theft.

Teresa Sue McAdams

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