By Stefan Stenudd
I'm a Swedish author. In addition to fiction, I've written books about the Tarot, Taoism, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com
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How predictions are done by classical astrology and the full horoscope chart, with many examples.
I Ching Online
The 64 hexagrams of the Chinese classic I Ching and what they mean in divination. Try it online for free.
Book by Stefan Stenudd:
Your Health in Your Horoscope
What your horoscope says about your health, according to the old tradition of medical astrology. You learn what the planets, the Zodiac signs and the other ingredients of the horoscope reveal about many health issues. Click the image to see the book (and Kindle ebook) at Amazon.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
Qi, prana, spirit, ruach, pneuma, and many other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Tarot Minor Arcana
The Four Suits of the Tarot Card Deck and Their Meaning
The Tarot card deck consists of two parts - the Major Arcana (also called Trumps) with 22 cards and the Minor Arcana with the remaning 56 cards in four suits: Wands, Pentacles, Cups, and Swords. Here the four suits are presented, with links to all their cards and what they mean in divination.
The Minor Arcana is close to regular playing card decks, but with one card extra in each suit: the Page. So, each suit has 14 cards from Ace to King. Also, each suit represents its own perspective on life, indicated by the symbol of that suit.
The four suits of the Tarot differ from regular playing cards in one more way: they deviate slightly in names, although they are historically connected. Wands of the Tarot are Clubs in the normal deck of playing cards, Pentacles are Diamonds, Cups are Hearts and Swords are Spades. Their similarities are still evident, also in the symbols used for them.
In playing card decks, only the court cards have images whereas the pip cards only have the appropriate number of the symbol of the suit. That's actually true for most of the historical Tarot card decks as well. But for the last hundred years or so, many Tarot card decks have images on all the cards. So does the Rider-Waite deck that I use on this website. The images are symbolic representations of what the cards mean in divination.
Here are the four suits and what they mean in Tarot card divination:
Wands correspond to Clubs in a regular deck of cards. Their Greek element is earth. They stand for everything earth-bound and concrete. In the four classes of feudal society, this suit is linked to that of agriculture, the peasants.|
When a Wands card appears in a reading, its message is concrete: something to do or something done, work and struggle but also their reward in palpable results.
Read about the 14 cards in the Wands suit here.
Pentacles correspond to Diamonds in a regular deck of cards. Their Greek element is air. They stand for monetary matters, everything about economy, but also thought, communication and other things of the mind. In the four classes of feudal society, this suit is linked to that of trade, merchants and businessmen.|
When a Pentacles card appears in a reading, its message regards matters of economy, but also thoughts, study, plans - anything abastract, present in the mind but not yet in one's hands, either not yet or because of its nature never.
Read about the 14 cards in the Pentacles suit here.
Cups correspond to Hearts in a regular deck of cards. Their Greek element is water. They stand for everything emotional - what we feel, whether or not we actually live it. In the four classes of feudal society, this suit is linked to that of the clergy, since the church and religion is all about emotions.|
When a Cups card appears in a reading, its message is always about things of an emotional nature: Worries, delights, temptations, hopes, affections, disappointments, and so on. Events or situations that primarily affect the heart.
Read about the 14 cards in the Cups suit here.
Swords correspond to Spades in a regular deck of cards. Their Greek element is fire. They stand for forceful action, power, and firm decision. In the four classes of feudal society, this suit is linked to that of the aristocracy, the warriors and rulers.|
When a Swords card appears in a reading, its message is about action needed or already commenced, drastic change because of necessity or circumstance, ambition, competition, defense, and other things that demand resolve and bold activity.
Read about the 14 cards in the Swords suit here.
This book by Stefan Stenudd presents an imaginative reading of the divination cards, i.e. focusing on what impressions the images and their symbols give. Several spreads are introduced, as well as the meanings of all the 78 cards and their pictures. Also, it gives many examples of symbolic and allegorical imagery within and beyond the Tarot. This book will help you find your own intuitive way of making inspired Tarot card readings. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.