As a group within the Tarot Court Cards, Pages and Princesses represent youngsters. The age ranges can include very young children to adolescents; though I find this a loose association when working with the Princesses of the Crowley Thoth deck.
Often called the Minor Arcana, or the Pip Cards of a Tarot deck, they number 36 in total. I explore the actual cards in my tarot card meanings section. In this post, I want to show you how the numerology of the Minor Arcana works and how the numbers themselves have universal definitions that can be broadly applied to all cards and metaphysical situations. You will no doubt see relationships between the numbers here and the general definitions of the Major Arcana.
The Four Elements In Your Life
Considered by the ancients to be the building blocks of everything, the Four Elements can be seen and felt everywhere. While that may seem like a simplistic approach in this modern technical era, just take a moment to consider your own direct experiences with the elements.
I was very fortunate to be gifted with a Tibetan Singing Bowl a few years ago, though I never fully appreciated it or its uses until some time later. I never played it properly, and to be honest, I didn’t really know how or even what to do with it. I must admit to having a little fear of it too. I felt a little silly trying to get it to make the wonderful sound I had heard from other people and their bowls; and I also felt a little self conscious doing it too. Having teenagers in the house can seriously interfere with your spiritual pursuits!
Double Agent, sea Captain, Royal Navy Master, Lothario and bankrupt – Captain Joseph Hynson led a colourful and exciting life. Born in Maryland USA circa 1744, he died in London in 1817. Working secretly for both sides in the American War of Independence, Joseph stole 8 months worth of dispatches destined for the American Congress, and handed them to the British. His reward from the then Under-Secretary of State, William Eden, was £1,000 and a job with His Majesty’s Royal Navy.
Joseph was my great, great, great, great grandfather and I have been researching him for a while now. His story is one of intrigue, double dealings, questionable morals and tales of the high seas.
The Elemental Dignities Mini Series is a short tarot tutorial designed to be interactive and immersive to help you see elemental dignities in action. There are a few short rules that direct the interaction of the elements in this system and building on one tarot card at a time, you will be able to witness this interaction.
Using free association, tarot card meanings, numerology and the astrology associated with each card you will see the depth of tarot reading that can be obtained by applying elemental dignities to one, two and three tarot cards.
There are a number of ways to approach elemental dignities and this tutorial follows the Paul Hughes-Barlow approach.
Paul runs the expansive and well respected tarot website, Supertarot, and personally mentored me in his adaptation of this Golden Dawn system of tarot reading. For a deeper look at elemental dignities, and to see how the Golden Dawn practised this type of tarot reading, head to my Elemental Dignities Dictionary for a full colour explanation of their system and what all those elements mean in one, two and three card combinations. The Elemental Dignities Dictionary is an exclusive and one-of-a-kind exploration and presentation of elemental dignities anywhere on the internet.
The Elemental Dignities Mini Series was first presented as a three part series over three individual posts but has now been combined into one easy to access page with navigation links to enable swift movement throughout the post.
Elemental Dignities Mini Series Index
Pick a Card, Any Card…
Go on then, grab your tarot deck, shuffle and deal one card. Mine’s the 9 of Wands. What’s yours?
Take a good look at it and take note of what jumps out at you.
What does it say to you? What do you think when you look at it? Does the picture speak to you? Or the keywords? Are you thinking about the element it’s associated with? You should be, but we’ll come to that later.