The Magician

Recently I wrote about the 4 elements and looked at the Wheel of Fortune and the World card. Here is the blog piece:

I ended it off by saying that I would be looking at another card with the 4 elements in it. It is another major arcane card. Do you know which one it is? Yip, the Magician.

The RWS Tarot Magician

The RWS Tarot Magician

After I wrote the above-mentioned blog post, I got thinking about how the Magician has the 4 elements and how much like aces they could be. The Magician has all the potential of the 4 elements at his disposal and he just has to use them.

So, how are you incorporating the elements into your life? Do you feel strongly drawn to one of them in particular? We could be this way because even the zodiac signs are connected to the 4 elements.

The Fire signs are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.

The Air signs are Libra, Aquarius and Gemini.

The Water signs are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces and then lastly

The Earth signs are Capricorn, Taurus and Virgo.

You may find because of this that we are often drawn to people who may be of the same sign (or element) as us (we can relate easier to similar signs and elements) or who are complete opposite (opposites do attract and complement each other well too). For example, 3 of my very good girl friends are the same zodiac sign as me which is Cancer and a water element and a lot of my family are Libra and then an air element and my partner is also Libra.

The elements are present in our lives in so many ways – look out for them and see in an average day how they are active with you. It may surprise you.

Reading Tarot cards

Reading Tarot cards intuitively.

Reading the meanings directly from memory.

I have noticed how interesting it is to combine both of these methods because to some degree I feel that both methods are unique and important.

Intuitively, I feel that having enough confidence to believe in yourself makes a hell of a difference and as far as studying the cards is concerned, it is important to give yourself time and to not rush yourself. It is important to trust that inner voice and gut feeling / s.

However you go about it, is not wrong because we all do things differently.

Fire, water, Air and earth

I want to share something about the 4 elements (fire, water, air and earth) in Tarot today with you.

The first thing I want to talk about is the connection to Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh. This are is not something I work with normally (to be honest) and I am sure there are those of you who feel the same but what I want to share with you also appears on one of the Major cards too so it’s interesting to know.

I am going to present this very basically as I am not normally this way inclined and as such, I understand that there could be a lot more to be added than I am presenting here so feel free to add or correct me if you so desire.

Here I have a little help from Rachel Pollack and her book Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom, page 156.

Each of the 4 elements can connect to Gods name Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh as follows:

Yod and Fire is the beginning of that creative enterprise and it possesses the energy we need to begin it with.

The first Heh is water. There is a myth that this refers to God’s fire touching the Waters of the deep which is seen as the chaos before God began to order the universe. The combination of these first 2 points is that our plans and hopes may remain vague and formless until this fire energy (of Yod) appears and starts us doing something.

The third letter Vav connects to the Air element and is symbolic of the development of the plan. As you know, Air connects to Swords and the intellectual energy of this suit is very handy here.

The fourth letter Heh connects to the element of Earth and represents the finished creation. In religious terms it means matter, the physical universe that God created through the process of the other letters. In human terms, it is the completion of a goal.

It is nice to think of this process of working through something and successfully reaching the desired end result.

Now, the question is what other Major card have you seen “YOD-HEH-VAV-HEH? The Wheel of Fortune, beginning at the upper right corner, reading anti clockwise. I am open to correction here but the way I understand it is this is that the Wheel of Fortune is basically about risk taking and we don’t neccesarily know when beginning a new project how it is going to turn out so using the Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh as above as guidelines could be a place to start.

The RWS Wheel of Fortune Tarot card

The RWS Wheel of Fortune Tarot card

There is another Major card where these 4 elements are similar – the World card which is the attainment and culmination of all the things you have done to reach the culmination of your goal (like the last letter Heh).

The RWS World Tarot Card

The RWS World Tarot Card

In my next blog, I will discuss the 4 suits on another Major card.

The Practical plane, The Mental plane and the Spiritual plane in Tarot as well as Triads

The RWS Major Arcana

The RWS Major Arcana


After my post yesterday about the number of the World and the Death cards, I decided to look at where they were positioned anyway.

Rachel Pollack in her book Tarot Wisdom, page 6 and 7 has a picture of the Major Arcana. The Fool alone at the top and then 3 rows of 7 (as I have shown you here).

Rachel has the First Row as the row that concerns the outer problems and concerns of our lives (the Practical plane in the picture) – growing up and all the experiences we deal with and is the conscious.

The second row (pictured here as the Mental plane) Rachel describes as involving self-knowledge and transformation and can be seen as the Unconscious. I love how Rachel talks about there being there being a modern and ancient model this transformation. I quote: “The modern version is Therapy, in which we realise that the self we have built up in life is not working and is not who we truly are so we seek to find our essential self. The older is initiation in which a person goes through a spiritual death and rebirth.” Line 2 goes from card 8 to 14 and the last 4 cards in this row (including death), highlight this process very well.

The bottom row (pictured as the Spiritual plane) is what Rachel refers to as Superconscious and this row deals with things beyond our own goals of self-improvement and I feel that because of this, the World card is in its rightful place here. It is almost like even though we all have this process to deal with; we all together can create so much more. We are all part of something big.

Looking at the Majors in the picture as they are, you will notice how there are then traids (3 cards – one above each other in the 3 rows). An example taken from Rachels book is the Chariot, Temperance and the World card which are all victories – the Chariot (in the practical plane) concerns victory over the challenges of life; Temperance (in the Mental plane) is victory over our fears and limitations and then the World (in the Spiritual plane) is victory in reaching Spiritual understanding.

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Why is the Death card numbered 13 and not 21?

I write my blog about the things that interest me. I am not the most knowledgeable person of that I am sure so I may not appeal to everyone and as such I am hoping that there are some people out there who connect with me at some level. If there is a higher level or something that I have missed or over looked here in this particular blog piece, please let me know and feel free to comment.

So, here is another thought on the Death Tarot card:

Why is numbered 13 and not 21? Why is it basically just about half way through the journey of the Fool in the Major Arcana and not at the end? Surely, Death is the end not the World card? Did someone get this wrong?

No, this is right (whatever the divine purpose, I present my own take on it).

Death is part of the Fool’s Journey and our own personal journeys too. I have certainly experienced the physical death of people close to me – my Grandfather, family, friends and people who I know and this has allowed me to experience emotions and pain that other experiences would not open me up to.

It is not just the physical death of people that encompasses death either.

If the Death card was numbered 21, it would be like a never ending loop of reaching the Death card and then a part of me dying / a stage of my life dying only to be faced by its replacement and starting all over again, wouldn’t it?

Death can appear in your life in so many ways. Here I look at Death as symbolising the end of something which can ultimately allow other things / new experiences to naturally follow.

Some examples are:

Ending of a particular job but starting a new one.

Ending of a relationship and ultimately making way for a new one (assuming that you are able to move on and want to move on).

Ending of a school / studying career as a student or university student making way for your working career to begin.

Your best friend moves town. You can keep in touch somehow.

You get married – this is death to ones single life and the beginning of your adult life.

You give birth to children – death to one’s self again but this time to become something new – a mother (or father).

So, death is like a door being opened up to allow progression and adaption.