Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Elements


The Elements



The obvious Elements of the Tarot that we learn as tarot readers are Earth, Fire, Water and Air. These are the 4 basic elements that are basic to life on earth. A Tarot deck has 4 suites in the minor arcana. Earth corresponds to Pentacles, Fire corresponds with Wands, Water corresponds with Cups, and Air corresponds with Swords. Each element also symbolizes something to the
suite. Fire – Creative, Water – Emotions, Air – Intellect, Earth – Material. But what came to my mind the other day was the fifth element! In Wiccan tradition the Pentagram (The 5 pointed star of the divine Feminine) each point of the star corresponds to an Element, but the fifth element is Spirit. I like how Spirit (God or the Divine) is all around us and thus is an Element of the World. So spirit in Tarot would be connected to the Major Arcana. The Major Arcana represents the archetypal figures in the world and also represents bigger influences in our lives that are beyond our control.



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