Shining Sight – A Reading from the Book of Tarot for April 17, 2012

Illustrations from the Albano Waite Tarot@deck reproduced by permission of US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. Copyright c 1990 by US Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT. Further reproduction prohibited.

Two Tarot cards are profiled. These cards have been pulled to induce synchronicity and I must say the alignment of the archetypes with the date numerology this month is uncanny. The intention is for you to watch for the consciousness these cards represent to be reflected in the events of your day. This practice is known as Yoga of the West, it’s designed to build a bridge of intuition between your unconscious and conscious mind; a bridge to wholeness.


The first card is an archetype card chosen according to the numerology of the day. Each archetype card in the Tarot represents a path on the Tree of Life (Kabbalah). Today is 04, 17, 2012, or number 17: The Star.  See what I mean… uncanny. Number 9… the month and this year combined is corresponding with each date to reveal an archetype that matches the date of the month. The path on the Tree of Life that this card, the Star, represents is shaded on the diagram on the right. The consciousness on this path is known as ZADDI, it’s the path of Samurai like honor.

The Star is the path on which you become an example to others.  Successful realization of this path requires mastery of seven virtues, symbolized by the seven stars in the image surrounding the Archetype Star. These virtues are Faith, Truth, Purity, Kindness, Temperance, Strength, and Patience. The figure on the card is naked. She is the naked truth that all of us can break out of our self-imposed prisons of physicality to be Stars. The bird in the background repeats this naked truth. Some interpretations say the bird is a Phoenix, a symbol of rebirth.  The figure’s right hand is pouring water to water, sharing right example of emotional form. Her left hand is pouring knowing emotions into five rivers that represent our five senses, sharing right example of sensory knowing. To find wholeness on this path, to be a Star, requires the mastery of the seven virtues. These seven virtues are often called the Seven Sisters or the Seven Swans.

The second card is a face card. Each face card in the Tarot represents an aspect of personality. There are four personality types: feeling (cups), thinking (swords), intuitive (wands) and sensate (pentacles). Each personality type has four levels of consciousness that correlate to maturity, or level of consciousness: page, knight, queen and king.  Who is highest consciousness, the King or the Page is in contention among a few of the different cabals who study the Tree. All of us, male and female, have the capacity to realize all of these aspects of personality and levels of consciousness. We are all both male and female. The paths of the Tree are four-dimensional. Each level of personality travels its own dimension on each path simultaneously.  A whole human being fully conscious and one with rapture of creation will be all levels of all personality types on all paths

Today’s face card, The Page of Wands, is a random selection seeking the ideal aspect of personality to pay attention to in relation to today’s archetype. Watch for the personality aspects of the Page of Wands; watch for him either within yourself or in someone else.  Pages are the state of childlike wonder, ideal, clarity. Staying in touch with this state of being is to stay forever young. In the case of the Page of Wands we are dealing with air, (intuition).  This Page is the young mage. Note the figure is contemplating the tip of his wand. The Wand is libido, it is also our intuition: sexuality/creativity is being considered. This new mage is feeling out his power to “know.” The sky and background is clear and yet barren. This mage, we see by the salamanders on the tunic, has the fire that is the ability to transform reality. The wilderness is waiting for this page to unleash his/her magic. This figure’s Wand is raised straight up, and anchored with both hands. Change is in the air, and a new approach is at hand, this page can ‘see. This figure’s energy is new and untried, but the feather in his/her cap tells us that the neophyte power of a David over Goliath is at work. The Page of Wand’s personality aspect is the budding realization of the power to bring what’s seen into being. Wholeness for the Page of Wands is to heed the unconscious and to create.

Please note:

People also consult the Tarot as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to

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