Learn how to apply timing to your tarot readings using the traditional method that uses the tarot suits and numerology to the more complex astrological associations refined by the Golden Dawn. Learn about thematic timing, degrees, the decans, zodiac timing, cardinal, fixed and mutable timing; the role of the Pages and Aces and how to find timing associated with the planetary trumps when they have no clear timing association. Follow seven colour coded tables that presents the information clearly including discussion around them that explain points you may be unfamiliar with.
In Timing Events Using Tarot and Astrology, I’m going to show you how to approach timing associated with tarot cards, from the traditional method to the more advanced Golden Dawn offering which focuses on astrology.
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Traditional Tarot Timing* talks about the seasons and numerology while the other titles explain the Golden Dawn and astrology method of tarot timing. This includes the zodiac, the planets and the ten day periods the Golden Dawn* applied to the Minor Arcana called the decans, or decantes. Finally, for simplicity, and ease of access, I have combined all the information into one table allowing you to look up any of the cards in your tarot spread for an idea of timing those events.
Certainly in predictive tarot readings, either face to face or over the phone on a psychic line, the question is asked: “when will xxx happen?” The association between tarot and astrology gives us the largest amount of information regarding timing events. As twelve of the 22 major arcana cards are associated with zodiac signs, their relatively fixed date positions help us with exacting time periods. It becomes a little trickier when we are left with the seven planets of ancient astrology and the primordial elements to help us time events in tarot readings, but as you will see, there is a way to derive timing from the Planetary Trumps.
Begin your journey into tarot timing with Traditional Timing and progress to the next table to the right, and so on, until you reach the final table, named after this post: Timing Events Using Tarot and Astrology.
Traditional Tarot Timing
Traditional tarot timing relies on a less sophisticated method than the Golden Dawn’s astrology model. It can touch on the zodiac signs for timing associated with the relevant major arcana cards. However, it mostly uses the aces, suits and numerology for timing events, with an addition of thematic timing – using the nature and characteristics of each card in a prominent or outcome position.
General Traditional Tarot Timing Correspondences
These are the traditional tarot timing correspondences I used when I began reading tarot. I moved to the Golden Dawn astrology and decan system but still refer to this system from time to time. It is a good place to begin and easy to remember.
The Tarot Suits, the Aces and the Seasons
Traditionally, the tarot suits represent the seasons and depending on which system you follow, you may see differences in their associations. I follow the method of the Ace bringing in the suit and these are the correspondences I have shown in the table above.
You can of course make any association you like, if it feels right to you. You can look to the fixed signs of the zodiac to determine which season is represented by which suit, or ace. For example, in the Golden Dawn system, the Ace of Pentacles covers Aries, Taurus and Gemini. Taurus is the fixed sign in that grouping and so you could say that Pentacles represent spring instead of Wands. The suit of Wands is associated to Aries, the cardinal part of the group. I go into a little more detail about the Qualities (cardinal, fixed and mutual signs) for timing further into this post.
When I was preparing my tarotscope for Virgo, hosted by Siobhan’s Mirror, it naturally made me think more deeply about the cards associated with my own birth sign. I’ve privately approached this before, as I’m sure many of you have also. In seeking to understand myself further I collated the cards related to Virgo through astrology and numerology and produced these cards:
Guest post by Mick Frankel
Gemini is the sign of the Twins. It’s the sign of Mutable Air. What sort of music might fit with this quick-minded sign?
The mutability suggests music that flows and changes. The air element means that there has to be a clear intelligence at work. And Gemini is ruled by Mercury so this reinforces the intelligent communication. Maybe some gentle humour and an overall lightness of touch as well.
…Introduction by Catherine
Working his way through the genres in search of music that is true to Scorpion depth and emotion, guest poster, Mick Frankel, finds this in 1960’s gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Mick does a grand job in showing the link between Mahalia’s music, her style, her personality and her Scorpio birth chart.
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.