The teachings found in the component Cards, the minor arcana-Ace to 10 only-focus on the lessons experienced in mundane or every day life. These lessons are presented as a “spirit walk.” As the spirit walk begins, we are standing at the foot of Tarot Holy Mountain. Each confront or side of the mountain is connected to an aspect of ancestral wisdom and spiritual evolution.
We begin our spirit walk by climbing Tarot Holy Mountain one step at a time, learning to analyze the four elements of our lives: mind, ego, emotions, and body. In the east we go into the scenery of the mind and meet the first holy component: air, represented by the Sword of Illumination. The suit of swords represents the Mind, the attitudes we keep up in life. Emphasis is placed on learning to balance this masculine energy by centering it and begin “feeling” with the mind. The ancestral wisdom of air reminds us that life experiences, whether of a supportive or problematic character, happen in pairs; if we can experience happiness, somewhere in our lives we will experience sadness; love-hate, success-failure, birth-death, gain-loss. By understanding this basic character of life, we learn how not to “lose” our “heads” to any given situation, but keep calm and centered.
The second confront of Tarot Holy Mountain is the lesson of fire/wands. Here we go into the scenery of ego- will strength. Wands represents willpower/ego or little self, placing emphasis on the masks we use and how we use our strength. This suit teaches us the ancestral wisdom to be aware of our control issues, learning how to find balance between ego and holy Self, warning against using excessive control, in addition as warning against surrendering personal strength.
On the west-confront of Tarot Holy Mountain we go into the scenery of the heart, connecting with the lesson of water/cups, which represents the emotional body. This feminine component is directed toward the heart center and relationships. The ancestral wisdom taught here is to learn to “think” with the heart, to unprotected to emotional balance, and move into holy relationship with self-first before others.
Lastly, the fourth side of Tarot Holy Mountain is the suit of earth, the scenery of instinct-the body, containing the coin, or “Faery gold”. The suit of pentacles embraces the lessons of the three other Elements by merging them in the ancestral wisdom of cycles. Here we learn the natural law of giving and receiving, moving into a mode of abundance, one based on character instead of extreme materialism. by the natural laws of this physical vicinity, issues surrounding wealth and poverty consciousness are explored, and respect toward character and our natural resources emphasized. We are reminded to get back in touch with the primal land.
To understand Tarot Holy Mountain better, let us look at it as if it were a wheel, one that is connected to the seasonal year. Using the compass or a course of action divided into four parts, each part is connected to one of the cardinal directions: east-south-north-west. Each component suit has a place on this wheel, in connection to a cardinal point of energy. In the East we have the component suit of air/swords; in the South we have fire/wands; the West is water/cups, and in the North is found earth/pentacles. Using correspondences with Tarot is very helpful because they give additional material to draw from when giving a reading.
For example: if you wanted to know what season an event might take place, the Ace of each suit could be used to determine the season, i.e. Swords would be spring, Wands-summer, Cups-autumn, and Pentacles -winter.
A predominance of fire/wands cards in a reading could give an indication as to something happening around mid-day, with air/swords cards suggesting early morning, water/cups cards suggesting evening, and earth/pentacles cards suggesting nighttime. Correspondences add thoroughness to a reading. They become food for the mind. They prompt deeper psychic attunement.
The system of Tarot is ideally a system designed for self-transformation. As already reviewed each side of Tarot Holy Mountain pertains to our basic life. We learn the lessons of each component suit and deal with what’s learned from our perspective of life, from “being there.” basically each suit represents an aspect of human relationship, whether with self, others, the planet, or Spirit.
The air/swords is a suit that has gotten a bum rap because it is presented as the more negative cards of the lesser secrets. This suit contains messages of danger, warnings, frustration, sorrow, depression, death, accidents, hostile forces, and setbacks. however, the swords contain a very important teaching, which is why they are the first suit of the Tarot. While they are what we might call our “wake up call,” when an air card comes up it’s because we’re saying to ourselves, break out of it. One is reminded that there is choice. One can either choose to experience the negative aspect of the card or look at options and make changes, thereby moving into a different direction.
The fire/wands deal with the basic understanding of strength-willpower, ego-politics, aspects of commerce. The wands represent conflicts, personality conflicts, successes and failures, winning or losing. Basically the wands represent the games of life, the confront we show to the world, the disguise we use, our pretenses, attitudes that we sometimes use to cover-up our own sense of insecurity or fear.
The suit of water/cups deals with the heart, emotions, about love and good feelings. however, sometimes cups will also highlight imbalance within our emotions, where we’re sinking, where we’re wallowing in self-pity. They also deal with relationship with self, relationships with other people, all the way from familiar relationships by romance by work relationships-children, romance, sex, love, marriage, and so on.
Earth/pentacles move into the physical, the possession aspect of life, money, inheritances, real estate, gifts, giving and receiving cycle, in addition as our stinginess, and our sharing ability. Understanding whether we function in abundance or shortagen consciousness.
Learning to Spirit Walk with the Tarot promises great insight into WHO you really are.