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Significator Cards in a Tarot Reading

Tarot Significators: What are they? Who uses them? How are they chosen?

What Is a Significator?

In a Tarot reading, a Significator is a card that stands for the subject of the reading.

tarot | zoomtarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotDo All Readers Use Significators? Why or Why Not?

Some readers always use them, believing they help focus the energy of the reading.

Other readers don’t use them at all, believing it’s not good to remove from the deck a card that could appear and add meaning.

I personally don’t use them.  I believe that the first card drawn in a traditional Celtic Cross spread indicates the nature and tone of the reading.

What Exactly Does the Significator Represent?

Sometimes the Significator stands for the person who requested the reading.

Other times, it denotes the question behind the reading. For example, if someone has an upcoming court case, the Significator might be the Justice card.

How Is the Significator Chosen?

Most readers who use Significators choose them based on the age and appearance of the subject.

· Kings and Queens stand for older men and women, usually those above 40

· Knights and Pages signify younger subjects

The Significator suit is often chosen based on the querent’s appearance:

· Blonde hair; fair skin; blue eyes—Cups

· Ginger or auburn hair; fair skin (possible freckles); green or blue eyes—Wands

· Brown hair; medium complexion; brown, hazel, dark blue, or grey eyes—Swords

· Black or dark brown hair; dark or olive complexion; dark eyes—Pentacles

So if the subject is a 50-year-old female redhead with blue eyes, her Significator will be the Queen of Wands.

Are Alternative Methods Used to Choose the Significator for a Person?

Yes. Some readers select the suit based on the subject’s sun sign element:

· Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)—Cups

· Fire Signs (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)—Wands

· Air Signs (Aquarius, Gemini, Libra)—Swords

· Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)—Pentacles

Any Other Methods?

Sometimes a card may “jump” or fall from the deck at the first shuffle, and the reader might feel this card has jumped because it stands for the subject.

I always acknowledge a “jumper” card but not necesarily as a significator; it wants to be read, and often fits in to the overall story at the point at which it leaps out. I don’t select a specific card – it selects itself!!

Sometimes the Tarot reader may get a feeling about a subject and select a card based on clairvoyant intuition. For example, perhaps the King of Pentacles captures the essence of a wealthy CEO.

Final Words

Most Tarot experts agree that using or not using a Significator is simply a personal preference. The important thing is the talent within the reader!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I’m pleased to offer 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 future 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!

 


The Tarot and Seven Hexes from an Irish Witch

The Irish occultist Tara Tine has a YouTube blog called “Diary of a Ditch Witch.” Here’s intriguing material from her recent video, “7 Excellent Irish Curses,” and some correspondences to the Tarot.

tarot | zoomtarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarot1. “May your house fall upon you.” This curse reminds me of the Tower card in the Tarot, which in many decks shows a turret struck by lightning. If you’ve got a leaky roof or a troublesome boiler, perhaps your ex sent this spell your way.

2. “My cat curses you.” This calls to mind the black cat at the feet of the Queen of Wands. This Queen epitomizes a witch: determined, self-confident, sexy, and powerful. You don’t want her cat to curse you. In addition, Gaelic folklore includes a figure called “Cat-sìth” (pronounced “Cat Shee-ha”), a black feline with a white chest who is a shapeshifting witch.

3. “May you be badly positioned on a windy day.” It’s the opposite of the Irish blessing: “May the wind be always at your back.” In the Tarot, the entire suit of Swords comprises the element of air, and some Swords cards carry negative meanings, especially if positioned badly.

4. “Six cartloads of graveyard clay upon you.” Several Internet pages tell how to use cemetery dirt in spells. The Tarot’s Death card typically shows no graveyard, but Judgement depicts bodies rising from coffins. These two cards aren’t always threatening, however; the former can mean the death of something negative, such as a divorce from an abusive husband, and the latter stands for new beginnings.

5. “May you have red diarrhoea.” This one is almost humorous until you consider that bloody diarrhoea is a symptom of illness, including bubonic plague. Some say the Fool card has to do with sickness, especially for those foolish or careless about their health.

6. “May the Devil make a ladder of your backbone, while picking apples in the Garden of Hell.” Of course, this calls up (literally) the Devil. That card warns against entrapment; the couple on the Rider-Waite card are in chains. It also cautions against a lack of moderation.

7. “The trees have been felled in the woods where your race lives.” Sounds like an environmentalist warning against abusing our planet’s resources. I’m reminded of the Two of Wands, which in the Rider-Waite deck shows a man standing between two sprouting staves and contemplating a globe. Fortunately, this card holds the promise of growth and prosperity—the opposite of any curse!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I’m pleased to offer 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 future 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!


Four Fascinating Facts about Tarot Cards

Number 3 Might Amaze You!

tarot | zoomtarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotThe philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said, “Boredom is the reverse side of fascination.” If you’re bored due to the lockdown or anything else, here are four fascinating facts about Tarot cards.

1. Tarot Cards Weren’t Banned by the Medieval Church

It’s often claimed that the Tarot was specifically forbidden by the Medieval Catholic Church. During the Inquisition in Spain careful records were kept about what the Church did and did not label as heresy. Interestingly, the Tarot is never mentioned. The reason for this may have been financial. Printing was an important industry. Printers depended in part on printing cards for their livelihoods. The money they made contributed to local economies and supported tithes to the Church. So the Church, benefitting from the printing of cards, was reluctant to ban them.

2. The Hierophant and the High Priestess Cards Came Later

Because of the connection to gambling, playing cards were sometimes banned by communities, but there’s no evidence that was the case for Tarot cards. This probably had to do with their popularity among the wealthy nobility, who of course wielded power with both the Church and the State. However, after the Reformation the Church did object to cards depicting the Pope and Papess, two Major Arcana cards at the time. Therefore, card printers substituted the Hierophant — who still looks like a Pope in most Tarot decks — and his female counterpart, the High Priestess.

3 Tarot Cards Weren’t Designed for Fortune Telling

The original Tarot cards were meant for gaming. These games included “tarocchini” in Italy, “tarot” in France, and “königrufen” in German-speaking areas. Some of these original Tarot card games are still played today. For example, in 2001 “königrufen” was Austria’s third most popular card game. It uses a deck like a Tarot deck, with an extra face or court card and the Major Arcana. Tarot decks began to be used for fortune-telling on the continent by 1750. The cards were popular as divination aids later that century in France, when the Tarot of Marseilles was being printed.

4. No Card Is Truly “Bad”

Some cards — such as Death, the Devil, and several Swords cards — might look scary, but no card is inherently “bad.” For example, the Death card could mean the death of a habit such as smoking or overeating, which is certainly not a negative thing. It shows that something is ending to make way for something better ahead.  A Tarot reading points out the things you need to pay attention to in your life, and whether a card is negative depends on how the card is placed and what other cards accompany it.

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? I’m pleased to offer 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 future 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!


Some Fool-ishness for 2021

According to the UK government’s Office of National Statistics, during the coronavirus pandemic, nearly one in five adults has experienced some form of depression.

So let’s change things in 2021. Let’s indulge in some foolishness!

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotThe Fool is the first card in the Tarot deck — actually he’s even before the first, as his card’s number is zero — so he’s appropriate for the New Year.

Most Tarot decks show the Fool as a young man with a knapsack over his shoulder, standing on a precipice, full of joy. Often he has a white rose in his hand, representing his purity, and a dog at his feet, a symbol of loyalty. This peron is like a historical court jester who mocks the king or queen, but loyally, and with pure intentions.

The card stands for happy new beginnings, spontaneity, impulsiveness, and even living in the moment. He tells us that our new year brings endless possibilities — as well as a few surprises. He also reminds us to believe that, regardless of how things might seem, we need to have faith that life is good.

If you let him, the Fool can guide you to an adventure and a time of unprecedented personal growth. His number, zero, stands for unlimited potential. So this may be a time to embark on a path that others say is foolish:

  • You might take up art, for example, even if you can’t draw and have never held a paint brush. 
  • Perhaps there’s an online cooking class for you, even if your usual dinner involves the microwave. 
  • Maybe you should start creating poetry, even though you can barely write a coherent sentence.

The Fool counsels you to have confidence and pursue your heart’s desire, even when the impulse seems, well, foolish.

When he appears in a reading, it’s often the sign of a change of direction, a new beginning. But take note – it can be a sign to ‘look before you leap’ so think about informed decisions before you take a leap if it’s a life-changing one!

So, let this Fool guide you towards joy and away from any barking dogs in the New Year. May your 2021 be healthy, happy and prosperous, with perhaps a fair share of foolishness, as well.

Happy New Year!

Want more information about Tarot cards and readings? As well as coaching, I’m pleased to offer 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 future 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!