In Part One of this Elemental Dignities Mini Series, Pick A Card, Any Card… we looked at one card – the 9 of Wands.
Here in Part Two, we’re going to add another card and see what difference it makes to the 9 of Wands. So, Tarot deck at the ready, time for another card..
Draw one for yourself, what did you get? This time I drew the Lovers.
Using our example of yesterday, a quick analysis will look like this:
Keywords And Attributes
Free association: togetherness, partnerships, the bringing together of opposites, family life, 2.4 children!
Keywords: love, partnerships, marriage, a union, a choice.
Numerology: 6 – movement, balance, solutions, harmony, healing, empathy.
Astrology: associated with Gemini, the Twins. Quick witted with a sharp mind. I know a couple of Gemini’s and they can be indecisive too – stuck in two minds? I think so. At least they have the power to reason though, a saving grace for all you Geminis out there 😉
Element: Air – the intellect, logic, reason. We have a lot of a lot of mental activity going on with this card despite its stand out theme of love and union.
What we need to do now is look at how the Lovers affects the 9 of Wands. Side by side, they look like this:
Your first thoughts would be to see how the divinatory meanings interact each other, so using our lists above, we could say that we’re now looking at a strong relationship, not just a union, but one of tremendous strength; that these two people bring out the best in each other and are very supportive of each other. A match made in heaven it would seem. To add more depth to this analysis though, we need to look at how the elements are interacting with each other. Before we do that, there are a couple of rules we must take into consideration when we work with Elemental Dignities
Elemental Dignity Rules
- Fire and Air are friendly and active
- Water and Earth are friendly and passive
- Fire and Water are enemies, they weaken each other
- Air and Earth are enemies, they weaken each other
- Fire and Earth strengthen each other but are neutral
- Water and Air strengthen each other but are neutral
For now, we’re just concerning ourselves with bullet point one – Fire and Air, as these are the elements of our two cards.
Being friendly to each other, they’re supporting each other, strengthening each other. In plain English, it simply means that both cards have remained relevant to our reading, their divinatory meanings have been reinforced by the other. There is also another attribute applied to this pairing of elements – they are both active. Again, simply put, it means the message of the cards is actually happening now, or is going to very quickly.
Applying Elemental Dignities To Our Questions
Let’s go back to our questions from Part One of this Mini Series, and see how they are now being answered by the Tarot with two cards.
I had a job interview today, how do you think it went? I would say it went well. The interviewer was impressed with your strength of character and your confidence. You came across as a team player, but also as a dynamic person capable of leading the team, bringing them together and coping well under pressure.
What do the next three months hold for me? I feel you may be facing some difficulties ahead that will test your relationship. It’s coming under the spotlight and you may find that things will change very quickly. You need to try and remain grounded during this time so that you can respond to these quick developments as opposed to reacting. Passion can also be destructive. Despite feeling you have no control, please dig deep as you have the personal resources and resolve to not only get through this, you also have the ability to make your relationship stronger once this period passes.
My partner wants to take our relationship further, I don’t feel ready yet. What’s the best way to handle this? You have to do what’s right for you, and if you’re not ready for this relationship to go to new depths, then you must communicate that to your partner. There is no doubt he may be upset and even persist in his desire to get what he wants, but this is where you must show strength. Be firm but gentle in your response to him. Your relationship with him is very good and will be able to withstand this period of uncertainty you both face, so long as you both try and keep your feet on the ground and remain focused on what’s important here. Though things are moving too quickly for you, if you can ride this turbulent period, you will come through this to find a calmer, more settled time will follow.
A Quick Recap
So to recap, adding an extra card made quite a difference to our questions. Elemental Dignities added a layer to the reading that we wouldn’t have seen before, in that both cards were equally important, their meanings became blended and interactive. Note that no positions were applied to the cards, they were allowed to tell their own story. The active nature of both cards also showed us that any issues or outcomes would occur quickly, along with the appropriate resolutions. It’s also possible in these situations for things to blow over just as quickly as they began.
Look at the two cards you have drawn from your Tarot deck and follow the simple rules shown above. Can you see any immediate changes to the meanings of those cards? Did you draw cards with elements different to mine? Did you draw cards with elements that are enemies and you’re a little confused? Then great! Check out Part Three of this Elemental Dignities Mini Series, Three Is A Magic Number,to see some real magic in action, and how those enemies can actually enrich your readings…