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The REAL High Priestess of the Tarot

“A most imaginative and abnormally psychic artist.”
— Arthur Edward Waite, English Occultist, speaking of Pamela Colman Smith

You’ll often see me refer to the popular “Rider-Waite” Tarot deck. But who created those images?

Well, it was the real high priestess of the Tarot: Pamela Colman Smith.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotPamela Colman Smith was born in London in 1878 to American parents. At age 15, she enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and studied drawing, painting and printmaking. After her mother’s death when she was 18, Smith left Pratt without a degree. Nevertheless, she found work as illustrator, doing the art for books by poet William Butler Yeats and “Dracula” creator Bram Stoker.

At 21, orphaned by the death of her father, she returned to England. Here she set up her own studio in London and worked as an illustrator and in theatrical design.

In London she joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, a secret society devoted to the occult, through which she met Arthur Edward Waite, a prolific writer on metaphysical topics.

Recognising her talents, Waite asked her to produce an artistic Tarot deck. Tarot decks had been invented in Italy in the 1400s by supplementing four-suited playing card decks with a fifth suit of 21 cards called “trionfi” (“triumphs” or “trumps”) and an odd card called “il matto” (“the Fool”).

Previous Tarot illustrations were simple in both colour and design. Smith’s imaginative new paintings showed the divination meaning of each card. And each card’s imagery was vibrant and exciting, displaying elements of French Symbolism and William Morris’s Arts and Crafts movement.

Her 78-card Tarot deck was printed in 1909 by William Rider & Son, and Waite wrote the companion volume, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot.

By the end of World War One, Smith had moved to Cornwall, where she lived until she died in 1951 aged 73. Her vision endures, and today her stunning artwork remains the best-selling Tarot deck of all time.

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I offer you single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross ten-card readings at various price ranges, all via email or face-to-face across Zoom or Skype.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a party – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!


Choose Optimism – Be Guided by the Three of Cups

“Choose to be optimistic; it feels better.”     

—The Dalai Lama

In troubled times, be optimistic. Take inspiration from the Three of Cups.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotA good omen, this card may forecast a happy reunion, a celebration, a rewarding job, or a new love entering your life.

In the traditional Rider Waite Tarot deck, the Three of Cups card shows three women dancing and toasting each other with golden chalices. They are partying; they are joyful. This card is sometimes called “The Chalices” or simply, “Yes!”

In the Tarot, threes stand for unity, harmony, and bonding. Threes carry a positive spiritual meaning – think of the Holy Trinity. Or, in the case of this card, consider the Greek goddesses known as the Three Graces.

The Tarot’s suit of Cups denotes “graceful” emotions: love, positive feelings, good relationships. Cups are also about making and keeping connections with people around you, o this reinforces friendship and companionship.

So this is a card about harmonious relationships, something we all need to pursue despite “social distancing” and the stresses of being “locked down” for safety.

Notice the oranges at the feet of the three women; interestingly, these can symbolise marriage. When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, instead of a tiara, a simple wreath of orange blossoms adorned her head. And the pumpkin in the foreground stands for a harvest, so the card may herald an upcoming raise or financial windfall.

The three dancers can also represent your community, the circle of family and friends you turn to for love, compassion, and support. These might be mates from your school days, colleagues at work, or anyone with whom you’ve shared a special relationship.

This card could also be telling you not to isolate too much. Can you do a better job of keeping in touch via phone, text messaging, videoconferencing, or social media?

Finally, bear in mind that the Three of Cups is one of most optimistic cards in the deck. It says the stress in your life will dissipate as you build and maintain positive relationships, regardless of whether those connections are romantic, business-related, among family or with neighbours and friends.

So no matter how isolated you are at the moment, be sure you stay connected, celebrate the little things, and enjoy life!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I offer you single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross ten-card readings at various price ranges, all via email or face-to-face across Zoom or Skype.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a party for the future – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!


In these uncertain times, the Five of Cups teaches us to focus on the positives

In this strange new reality we’re all living in, it’s inevitable that many people will feel depressed, miserable, caged in.  After all – our liberty has been snatched away from us. There’s so much to feel sad about – not seeing our friends, not being close to our families, possibly losing money from not being able to work. And for some, the pain and uncertainty of illness – our own or our loved ones – or worse.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotAt first glance, the image on the Five of Cups card in the Rider Waite Tarot deck seems to be one of sadness. A black-cloaked figure looks down at three cups whose contents are spilled on the ground. But behind and unnoticed by him are two more cups, standing upright and unspilled.

The Five of Cups, also known as the “Spilled Cups” card, advises you to focus on your blessings, rather than your misfortunes, and to feel gratitude. The Five of Cups is here to remind you that even in the devastation of grief, you still have resources left to you.

As a Tarot card suit, Cups deal with displays of emotions, love, feelings, relationships, connections, and with the roles that things play in your own life, especially with regard to the people and things around you. In the current world of instability and loss, we can find gratitude in the face of these charcteristics.

The negative side of this card is that you’re too focused on what you don’t have. Struggling to hold on to what is already gone, and spending too much time mourning past losses – these  only lead to suffering. Like the figure on the card, you may need to turn around and celebrate that fact that nearly half your cups are still standing upright!

The Five of Cups may also warn you to avoid a possible future loss, and to avoid focusing on loss in the present and losses of the past. Try to replace sorrow and regret with happiness and optimism. Every loss opens new possibilities for growth and change. Just think – every day we’re in social isolation is day closer to the pandemic ending and our world, hopefully, returning to normality.

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I offer you single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross nine-card readings at various price ranges, all via email. You’ll get a written overview of your personalised reading, plus a detailed explanation of each expressive card. You’ll also receive a photo of your card layout.

And, although the world is an uncertain place right now, if you’re planning a party for the future – whether it’s an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!


Is the Devil really evil?

“Sometimes the Devil is a gentleman.”

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Devil is, perhaps, one of the most frightening cards in the Tarot.

In the Rider Waite deck, the picture shows a scowling demon with wings and goat’s legs. Holding a flaming torch, he looms over a horned and naked man and woman, who are chained by their necks to his black perch.

In the Old English Tarot deck, the image has the protruding breasts of a woman, and the two chained figures are strange, mythical beasts. We love the Housewives’ Tarot – just take a look at the image to see why…!!

 

Given these images, it’s no wonder the card is so widely feared. But if the demon appears in your reading, know that this Devil does not necessarily represent an evil being. He does, however, indicate that something in your life needs your attention.

Like the Sun, the Moon, the Fool and the Empress, this is a Major Arcana card. These Tarot cards signify major issues in your life and lessons you need to learn. Therefore, Major Arcana card meanings can be complicated and profound.

This card often denotes a dysfunctional relationship – but not necessarily with a person.

Just as the man and woman in the picture are chained, the card may represent some kind of bondage or destructive connection. Are you a slave to your job, to a habit, to a family member, or to a desire for material things? The Devil may be saying you’re caught in an unhealthy or unproductive situation. The card can also be about addiction, whether to a person, a substance, or a behaviour, such as compulsive shopping or gambling.

Sometimes the Devil arrives to call attention to your rage. Have you recently had a spat with a loved one? Are you nursing a grudge against a friend or co-worker? Beelzebub on the card is saying it might be time to let go of your anger and forgive.

In addition, when the card appears in a positive position or is surrounded by more friendly-looking cards, it could be saying you need to break your bondage to others’ expectations, give a freer rein to your creativity, and release your inner imp!

So be aware that when the Devil pops up in your Tarot reading, he’s not there to announce doom, but merely to caution you about the importance of such things as introspection, forgiveness, or spontaneity.

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I offer you single-card, three-card, and Celtic Cross nine-card readings at various price ranges, all via email. You’ll get a written overview of your personalised reading, plus a detailed explanation of each expressive card. You’ll also receive a photo of your card layout.

And if you’re organising an intimate get-together or a large-scale event, consider adding the excitement of Tarot readings. I’d love to chat with you, so to find out more, please email info@tarotbyemail.com.

I am the Weekend Witch, and I can’t wait to help you meet your destiny!