Strength and the Star, Part 1: From Innocence to Mastery

Jack Chanek

Tarot is structured in a series of delicate dualities, sets of polar opposites that overlie each other and, in their interactions, create an extremely nuanced view of the world. Some of these dualities are in the surface-level meanings of the cards, as with the Emperor and Empress or the Sun and Moon. Some are elemental, and the suits of Wands and Cups are often considered to be opposites (although I’ve shared my thoughts on that matter elsewhere). And some, going yet a level deeper, are based on the more arcane correspondences of Tarot, things like astrology and numerology.

Today, I’d like to talk about one of those arcane polarities.

In esoteric Tarot, twelve cards of the Major Arcana are linked to the twelve signs of the Zodiac. I don’t often use Zodiacal correspondences in my readings, but understanding the relationships between the signs of the Zodiac can help illuminate…

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