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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!


The forceful Knight of Swords brings rapid change

One of the most dynamic cards of the entire Tarot, the Knight of Swords shows a rider charging across a landscape as the wind rages and storm clouds gather overhead.

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotSwords Tarot cards have to do with forcefulness, courage, and change, as well as with the negative qualities of power-seeking, oppression, ambition, conflict, and even violence. Unlike many Swords cards, however, the Knight carries cheerful energy. The Knight of Swords also may point to your physical, emotional, and spiritual energy being at a peak.

This Knight may be telling you that someone or something desirable is coming your way. If reversed or poorly aspected, the card may mean you need more balance of your energy—becoming less forceful, for example.

A knight can stand for abstract qualities, or for a person. If it indicates qualities, it may mean reality, bluntness, plain talk. Perhaps there’s an overabundance of these coming from yourself or others in your current situation.

If it represents a person, he is likely to be an adult male under thirty with brown or light brown hair and blue, green, or hazel eyes. He is probably a Gemini, Libra, or Aquarius and he embodies the dynamic qualities of the card. If he’s not already in your life, rest assured that he is about to seek you out.

Overall, the Knight of Swords suggests that rapid changes are about to occur. These can be life-altering events, creative thoughts that race through your mind, or problems that are quickly solved.

Whatever might lie on your horizon, this card assures you that life will be stimulating and exciting, so brace yourself for a wild ride!

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!


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!


Choices, choices. The Two of Swords waits for your decision

tarot | tarotbyemail | emailtarot | tarot readings | tarot reader | Tarot London | corporate tarot | business tarotIn these strange times many of our normal choices are limited. We’d usually choose where to go, what restaurants to eat in, what to see at the cinema – even what clothes to wear. Some days don’t you just feel like staying in your jimjams?

For many, business decisions have been curtailed – and decisions on who we see, meet or date have been postponed.

To a certain degree it’s nice not to have to make decisions.

Yet all too often, despite the circumstances – whatever they may be – we often feel blinded by indecision, unable to choose between two alternatives. Do you ever feel that? If so, welcome to the world of the Two of Swords.

The card in the Rider Waite deck shows a rigid, blindfolded figure wearing white and seated before a large body of water with a crescent moon in the sky behind her. She holds two swords in her crossed arms.

Swords can carry negative meanings such as hunger for power, oppression of others, or blind ambition. However, they can also designate the positive qualities of thinking and communication. Twos obviously communicate dualities as well as dilemmas, two extremes, or a need for patience.

If the Two of Swords appears in your reading, especially if it’s reversed or positioned negatively, it may suggest that you’re blocking your emotions or refusing to accept a truth. You may also be ignoring the factors that can help you make an important choice, resulting in a stalemate situation.

The Two of Swords can relate to partnerships or balance. It may also indicate a need for give and take in a relationship.

The lesson of this card is the need for moderation and openness. If you’re in a conflict of any type, it’s time to resolve it. If you’ve been putting off a decision, it’s time to make it. As you do, be patient and gentle with yourself, and you’ll be more likely to find the peace of mind that we all hope for.

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. 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!