Often called the Minor Arcana, or the Pip Cards of a Tarot deck, they number 36 in total. I will explore the actual cards in another page. In this section, I want to show you how the number sequencing is applied across all of the suits.
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.
We looked at the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread in detail in the previous post The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread – Looking Deeper. In this last lesson, Part Four of the Tarot Elements tutorial series, I’m going to show you some other systems and techniques that will enrich your reading style; which in turn will give your client’s more information and make you look and feel like a Celtic Cross Tarot Spread pro. In fact, applying the following techniques to any of your favourite Tarot card readings will enrich them, empower your client and increase your confidence as a tarot reader.
Welcome to Part Three, the penultimate post in this Tarot Elements tutorial series, the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread – Looking Deeper.
Having established the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread positions and explored their meanings in the previous post, we’re now going to take a closer look at some of those positions to see how we can further assist our client during their tarot reading, including exploring cause and effect, intention and the Law of Attraction.
From the introduction into this Tarot Elements tutorial series in Part One: How to Read the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread, I discussed the variations found in the Celtic Cross Spread, and indeed questioned the need for a significator at all; today’s tutorial will focus purely on the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread positions and their meanings. While we’re going through them, I will introduce an example tarot reading so you can see how the positions and tarot cards affect each other.
Welcome to the Tarot Elements tutorial series on How to Read the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread. I will be dissecting the reading process in detail so you can see for yourself how in depth it can be, but also essentially, how simple it is once you have a few insider tricks up your sleeve.
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.
Elemental Dignities Mini Series
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.