Promoting the study and application of Elemental Dignities in Tarot readings was one of the reasons I began writing my Tarot blog. I was fortunate enough to be personally tutored on them and even with that assistance there were times when it proved a little difficult. During my time of study it became apparent that what I needed was a visual guide to all of the possible combinations of Elemental Dignities – every single one of them, in one place.
What I needed was a visual Elemental Dignities (ED) Dictionary that contained keywords or short guides to all the combinations possible – something I could easily look up and reference. It was something that would have benefited me as a beginner and as I progressed with my learning. I thought about creating the ED Dictionary for a long time, but always shelved the idea because of the enormity of the task.
Bringing The Dream To Life
During recent conversations with Douglas Gibb at Tarot Eon, it became apparent that he’d had similar ideas, that a visual guide to learning the various Elemental Dignities combinations was necessary to help others learn to recognise the elements and apply them in their Tarot readings; to further assist in established and future Tutorials and How To lessons on his Tarot blog, Tarot Eon; and of course the lessons and tutorials here at Tarot Elements. Two heads are better than one they say and before long we had decided to create and produce this work as a joint effort, for the benefit of our readers and our Tarot blogs and the continued promotion of Elemental Dignities in Tarot readings.
The ED Dictionary will be published, simultaneously, over the next three posts, in the following order:
- Two Card Combinations
- Three Card Combinations
Douglas and I did have some slightly different ideas about the definitions of some of the combinations. We did agree however that the ED Dictionaries should work exactly like a dictionary or reference guide – you won’t find any theory or lessons contained within them – they are a purely complimentary work to our Tutorials and Lessons, and of course, to your own studies. Think of the ED Dictionary like the Tarot Cards and Their Meanings section – a place where you can begin your studies, add definitions and layers without being confined to my own way of thinking. The benefits of keywords as I point out throughout the site is that you may ‘grow your own’ divinitory definitions that mean something to you personally; the ED Dictionary will provide you with the same flexibility in your ever growing Tarot vocabulary.
On various ED combinations and throughout the entire work, you will be able to see where Douglas and I had a different definition for that combination. We thought it would be a great idea for our readers to be able to see those differences and read them there and then, so underneath my own ED definitions, you will be able to read Douglas’ take on that particular ED combination, and vice versa.
A Visual Guide To The Elemental Dignities Dictionary
The following graphic is to help you gain an understanding of the visual approach we have taken and used throughout the whole of the ED Dictionary. The 3-d shapes contained within the coloured squares represent the Platonic Solids as defined by Plato to represent the Four Elements of Nature. All ED combinations will be shown in this format, for consistency:
I’m really excited about this project. The Elemental Dignities Dictionary is the learning tool I know would have made things a lot easier for me when I was learning to read and apply Elemental Dignities, and would have helped me to apply this branch of Tarot study a lot quicker.
I hope you enjoy it and learn a great deal from it.
The Elemental Dignities Dictionary Index
- Introducing the Elemental Dignities Dictionary – A Visual Guide to Elemental Dignities
- The Elemental Dignities Dictionary – Two Card Combinations
- Elemental Dignities Dictionary – Three Card Combinations