Lisa Vanin, Katherine Verhoeven, Jessie Durham and Erin Ornstein are working together to create a tarot deck. Once a week we'll update with a new card, taking our interpretations from the classic Rider-Waite tarot. Updates on Thursdays.
Three of Wands:
A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff’s edge at a ship passing over the water. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.
The Three of Wands in the past position of a reading represents a situation in which you had hope. The reading may indicate that this has changed or is being reinforced depending on the card or cards in the present position. When the Three of Wands appears in a reading representing the present it reflects that you have invested a lot of optimism into some venture or relationship. Knowing whether this is a rational judgment or blind optimism can be ascertained. It will take an analysis of the cards surrounding the Three of Wands. The best position for the Three of Wands is the Future. When the card is drawn for here it shows that hope will spring eternal concerning all of the matters in which you are currently invested.
Wands Suit by Jessie Durham

Three of Wands:

A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff’s edge at a ship passing over the water. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.

The Three of Wands in the past position of a reading represents a situation in which you had hope. The reading may indicate that this has changed or is being reinforced depending on the card or cards in the present position. When the Three of Wands appears in a reading representing the present it reflects that you have invested a lot of optimism into some venture or relationship. Knowing whether this is a rational judgment or blind optimism can be ascertained. It will take an analysis of the cards surrounding the Three of Wands. The best position for the Three of Wands is the Future. When the card is drawn for here it shows that hope will spring eternal concerning all of the matters in which you are currently invested.

Wands Suit by Jessie Durham

Four of Pentacles
A man holds tight to his four pentacles in this card. The man in  3/Pents, who got work, money, luck, health is, in this card, holding on  tight to what he developed. He is not investing it or spending it or  sharing it; he is not trying to get more work or add on a new room to  his house. He is just trying to keep things still and unchanging.     
This is sometimes called the miser card, but that may be too  harsh a judgment on it. There are times when it’s good to hold onto what  you have and this card can be read as advice that there are currently  no good investments, so hold onto your money, or that this is not a time  to change jobs or take on new projects. Just keep doing what you’re  doing. It may even suggest that you don’t talk about your work. A  non-disclosure agreement.
On the positive side, this tells the Querent that they’re in a  position of status, health, money, even comfort. Business is good and  stable, work is steady, money is in the bank. There is, however, a  negative to this card in that the Querent might be holding on too tight.  They might be too afraid of to spend any money, too afraid to take on  any new work.
In the most extreme negative, this is the card of hoarders and  packrats. Also the card of jealous relationships where one person views  the other as their property and won’t let them leave the house. This can  be the card of the shut-ins and agoraphobics.
So while this card can be good advice to the spendthrift or  shopaholic that they need to hold onto their money, or to the workaholic  to not take on more jobs, it can also be the opposite, advising the  miser to be more generous with good luck and good fortune. It is a card  that can be telling the querent to enjoy what they have because holding  still leads to stagnation.

Pentacles suit by Katherine Verhoeven.
Description via Aeclectic.net.

Four of Pentacles

A man holds tight to his four pentacles in this card. The man in 3/Pents, who got work, money, luck, health is, in this card, holding on tight to what he developed. He is not investing it or spending it or sharing it; he is not trying to get more work or add on a new room to his house. He is just trying to keep things still and unchanging.

This is sometimes called the miser card, but that may be too harsh a judgment on it. There are times when it’s good to hold onto what you have and this card can be read as advice that there are currently no good investments, so hold onto your money, or that this is not a time to change jobs or take on new projects. Just keep doing what you’re doing. It may even suggest that you don’t talk about your work. A non-disclosure agreement.

On the positive side, this tells the Querent that they’re in a position of status, health, money, even comfort. Business is good and stable, work is steady, money is in the bank. There is, however, a negative to this card in that the Querent might be holding on too tight. They might be too afraid of to spend any money, too afraid to take on any new work.

In the most extreme negative, this is the card of hoarders and packrats. Also the card of jealous relationships where one person views the other as their property and won’t let them leave the house. This can be the card of the shut-ins and agoraphobics.

So while this card can be good advice to the spendthrift or shopaholic that they need to hold onto their money, or to the workaholic to not take on more jobs, it can also be the opposite, advising the miser to be more generous with good luck and good fortune. It is a card that can be telling the querent to enjoy what they have because holding still leads to stagnation.

Pentacles suit by Katherine Verhoeven.

Description via Aeclectic.net.

A young man rests on a pallet, three swords above, one under him. Though  this card (in the Rider-Waite deck) makes the young man look dead, he  is really resting. This is the “meditation” card and it advises the  querent that they need to rest, reflect, recuperate and find their way  back to themselves. Being that Swords are emblems of fighting, of  anxieties and arguments, the stillness of the number four is usually a  welcome respite. This is a time for everyone to “put up their swords”  and allow wounds inflicted in these mental or verbal battles to heal.
There is a fascinating story behind this image of the young man on  the coffin (credit to Mojo for this history lesson): Before knights went  off to battle or on crusade they would commissioned a sarcophagus for  themselves in case they died. Those that returned safe and sound, if  truly chivalrous, would literally lie down in their coffin in a show of  humility and contrition. They would meditate on whether they’d been true  to their mission, their king and god. Also on how easily they could  have ended up in this coffin as a corpse rather than alive and offering  up prayers of thanks for being spared.
Thus, this card usually indicates that the querent has survived a  time of arguments, misunderstandings, mental or verbal abuse, even a  nervous breakdown. They could be recuperating from a physical illness or  injury as well. The Four of Swords is that time they need to heal,  clear their head, just think about what they did and what they need to  do differently from now on.
The suit of Swords takes a much-needed mental breather in this  card. It can signal that the querent has retreated, or should be advised  to literally or figuratively retreat from what they’ve been thinking  far too much about in order to rest their brain and re-evaluate their  position.
Swords suit by Lisa Vanin.
Description via Aeclectic.net.

A young man rests on a pallet, three swords above, one under him. Though this card (in the Rider-Waite deck) makes the young man look dead, he is really resting. This is the “meditation” card and it advises the querent that they need to rest, reflect, recuperate and find their way back to themselves. Being that Swords are emblems of fighting, of anxieties and arguments, the stillness of the number four is usually a welcome respite. This is a time for everyone to “put up their swords” and allow wounds inflicted in these mental or verbal battles to heal.

There is a fascinating story behind this image of the young man on the coffin (credit to Mojo for this history lesson): Before knights went off to battle or on crusade they would commissioned a sarcophagus for themselves in case they died. Those that returned safe and sound, if truly chivalrous, would literally lie down in their coffin in a show of humility and contrition. They would meditate on whether they’d been true to their mission, their king and god. Also on how easily they could have ended up in this coffin as a corpse rather than alive and offering up prayers of thanks for being spared.

Thus, this card usually indicates that the querent has survived a time of arguments, misunderstandings, mental or verbal abuse, even a nervous breakdown. They could be recuperating from a physical illness or injury as well. The Four of Swords is that time they need to heal, clear their head, just think about what they did and what they need to do differently from now on.

The suit of Swords takes a much-needed mental breather in this card. It can signal that the querent has retreated, or should be advised to literally or figuratively retreat from what they’ve been thinking far too much about in order to rest their brain and re-evaluate their position.

Swords suit by Lisa Vanin.

Description via Aeclectic.net.

 
Three maidens with three overflowing cups celebrate. The creation here, springing from the investment of emotion, is “family” meaning either family members that you’re reunited with, or a young friendship with people who are like family. 
In the Rider-Waite deck autumnal fruit surrounds our three ladies, suggesting that they are celebrating the abundance of the harvest to sustain them through lean times. Or, perhaps, this relates to the great, Elysian mysteries, which celebrated the return of Persephone from the underworld and, with her, the return of abundant grain and fruit. Either way, they interlock arms as they lift their cups, toasting each other, united in joy and love.
This card can signify parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays or a holiday dinner. What it signals most strongly, however, is being with those who are emotionally in tune with you and you with them. If this card comes up regarding a question about a new relationship, it usually means that you’re either discussing it with friends/family, or introducing this new person to friends/family. You’re taking the next step in strengthening your emotional bond with the person. That is to say, you’re feeling serious enough about them to let them meet those who are important to you-and let those who are important to you meet them. 

 

Pentacles suit by Erin Ornstein.

Description via Aeclectic.net

 

Three maidens with three overflowing cups celebrate. The creation here, springing from the investment of emotion, is “family” meaning either family members that you’re reunited with, or a young friendship with people who are like family. 

In the Rider-Waite deck autumnal fruit surrounds our three ladies, suggesting that they are celebrating the abundance of the harvest to sustain them through lean times. Or, perhaps, this relates to the great, Elysian mysteries, which celebrated the return of Persephone from the underworld and, with her, the return of abundant grain and fruit. Either way, they interlock arms as they lift their cups, toasting each other, united in joy and love.

This card can signify parties, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, birthdays or a holiday dinner. What it signals most strongly, however, is being with those who are emotionally in tune with you and you with them. If this card comes up regarding a question about a new relationship, it usually means that you’re either discussing it with friends/family, or introducing this new person to friends/family. You’re taking the next step in strengthening your emotional bond with the person. That is to say, you’re feeling serious enough about them to let them meet those who are important to you-and let those who are important to you meet them. 

 

Pentacles suit by Erin Ornstein.

Description via Aeclectic.net

A craftsman shows off his work of three pentacles to his patrons.  This is sometimes known as the “craftsman’s card,” and it relates to  doing a job so well or uniquely that it gains patronage.
The focus of the Three of Pentacles isn’t on the  craftsman. It’s on the investors. We might well be reminded of two young  men who created one of the first desktop computers in their garage.  They weren’t master computer-makers at the time, but their product  caught the attention of investors and they were able to put their work  and time into making more.
This is what the card is all about. The querent is or will be  given the money or opportunity to nurture and develop something. A  friend might give them funding, or their boss might give them more time  to work on a project. Health wise, this card can also indicate positive  results from a new exercise program or therapy. That initial bout of  work has paid off.
Pentacles suit by Katherine Verhoeven.
Description via Aeclectic.net.

A craftsman shows off his work of three pentacles to his patrons. This is sometimes known as the “craftsman’s card,” and it relates to doing a job so well or uniquely that it gains patronage.

The focus of the Three of Pentacles isn’t on the craftsman. It’s on the investors. We might well be reminded of two young men who created one of the first desktop computers in their garage. They weren’t master computer-makers at the time, but their product caught the attention of investors and they were able to put their work and time into making more.

This is what the card is all about. The querent is or will be given the money or opportunity to nurture and develop something. A friend might give them funding, or their boss might give them more time to work on a project. Health wise, this card can also indicate positive results from a new exercise program or therapy. That initial bout of work has paid off.

Pentacles suit by Katherine Verhoeven.

Description via Aeclectic.net.

The Three of Swords                  represents sudden pain, suffering and betrayal. The situation                  that the seeker is facing is now at its worst. If the seeker doesn’t                  know in what this is in regard too, then this card is serving                  as a warning - there is something going on that you don’t know                  about or don’t want to acknowledge. This card can also represent                  that it is the seeker who is the one responsible for causing the                  pain to others.
This is a card of heartbreak,                  loss and disappointment. An emotional outburst. Tormenting ones                  self with visions of disaster. You need to end the cause of your                  pain. Sometimes it is by letting go and then the real healing                  can begin.
An argument with a                  friend. l Fear of losing the affections of others. Anticipating                  the disapproval of others and allowing one’s self to be held captive                  by fear of other’s criticism.
This can be in terms                  of health (especially in terms of cardiac health) or relationships.
Reverse - Alienation.                  Disorientation. Mistakes made amid confusion. Incompatibility.                  A broken promise. End of an alliance. Distraction. Confusion.                  Error. Mental anxieties.
Swords suit by Lisa Vanin.
Description via bewitching ways.

The Three of Swords represents sudden pain, suffering and betrayal. The situation that the seeker is facing is now at its worst. If the seeker doesn’t know in what this is in regard too, then this card is serving as a warning - there is something going on that you don’t know about or don’t want to acknowledge. This card can also represent that it is the seeker who is the one responsible for causing the pain to others.

This is a card of heartbreak, loss and disappointment. An emotional outburst. Tormenting ones self with visions of disaster. You need to end the cause of your pain. Sometimes it is by letting go and then the real healing can begin.

An argument with a friend. l Fear of losing the affections of others. Anticipating the disapproval of others and allowing one’s self to be held captive by fear of other’s criticism.

This can be in terms of health (especially in terms of cardiac health) or relationships.

Reverse - Alienation. Disorientation. Mistakes made amid confusion. Incompatibility. A broken promise. End of an alliance. Distraction. Confusion. Error. Mental anxieties.

Swords suit by Lisa Vanin.

Description via bewitching ways.



To understand the Two of Cups, you have to look at the image. A man and a woman stare into each other’s eyes, sharing their emotions by way of the cups. The wings and snakes form a Caduceus, and with the lion head present, the elements are similar to the Chimera and suggest danger or heroism in the transaction.
There is romance between them, a sexual attraction. The Two of Cups shows power that is created when two come together. This is the card that lovers want to see, and, in fact, the Two of Cups is the minor arcana equivalent of the Lovers in many ways. The Two of Cups has a deeper meaning as well. Whenever two forces are drawn together, there is the potential for bonding. This card can stand for the union of any two entities - people, groups, ideas, or talents. In readings, the Two of Cups tells you to look for connections in your life, especially those that are one-on-one. Now is not the time to separate or stay apart. It is the time to join with another and work as a partnership. If you are in conflict, look for truce and the chance to forgive and be forgiven. If you are struggling with two choices or tendencies within yourself, seek to reconcile them.
Usually, the Two of Cups is welcome in a reading, but it can also sound a note of warning. The energy of Two can be very compelling. They create between themselves a world of their own that can feel exclusionary to outsiders. “Two’s company; three’s a crowd.” Make sure that the tendency to pair off is not creating disharmony in your situation.
Description: Partnerships and unions are represented by the Two of Cups. Much like the Lovers card in the Major Arcana, energies come together to create a mutual bond. Beauty, power, and electric vibrations occur, bringing romance and sexual energy to the scene. Platonic relationships also benefit from the Two of Cups. This is the card that signifies reconciliation. Struggles come to an end, and harmony is restored to even the most hostile of relationships. Inner conflicts also come into play when this card appears. An inner peace is created. Expect to feel strongly connected to others, but also to other entities that bring two together like ideas or talents. Reversed, this card indicates that pairing off to the exclusion of all other people and situations is happening. Take the time to bring balance into life by including other factors. Unhealthy relationships that consume all one’s energy need to be examined, and a new course of action decided upon.

Cups suit by Erin Ornstein.
Description via wikipedia.

To understand the Two of Cups, you have to look at the image. A man and a woman stare into each other’s eyes, sharing their emotions by way of the cups. The wings and snakes form a Caduceus, and with the lion head present, the elements are similar to the Chimera and suggest danger or heroism in the transaction.

There is romance between them, a sexual attraction. The Two of Cups shows power that is created when two come together. This is the card that lovers want to see, and, in fact, the Two of Cups is the minor arcana equivalent of the Lovers in many ways. The Two of Cups has a deeper meaning as well. Whenever two forces are drawn together, there is the potential for bonding. This card can stand for the union of any two entities - people, groups, ideas, or talents. In readings, the Two of Cups tells you to look for connections in your life, especially those that are one-on-one. Now is not the time to separate or stay apart. It is the time to join with another and work as a partnership. If you are in conflict, look for truce and the chance to forgive and be forgiven. If you are struggling with two choices or tendencies within yourself, seek to reconcile them.

Usually, the Two of Cups is welcome in a reading, but it can also sound a note of warning. The energy of Two can be very compelling. They create between themselves a world of their own that can feel exclusionary to outsiders. “Two’s company; three’s a crowd.” Make sure that the tendency to pair off is not creating disharmony in your situation.

Description: Partnerships and unions are represented by the Two of Cups. Much like the Lovers card in the Major Arcana, energies come together to create a mutual bond. Beauty, power, and electric vibrations occur, bringing romance and sexual energy to the scene. Platonic relationships also benefit from the Two of Cups. This is the card that signifies reconciliation. Struggles come to an end, and harmony is restored to even the most hostile of relationships. Inner conflicts also come into play when this card appears. An inner peace is created. Expect to feel strongly connected to others, but also to other entities that bring two together like ideas or talents. Reversed, this card indicates that pairing off to the exclusion of all other people and situations is happening. Take the time to bring balance into life by including other factors. Unhealthy relationships that consume all one’s energy need to be examined, and a new course of action decided upon.

Cups suit by Erin Ornstein.

Description via wikipedia.

TWO OF WANDS: Most often, the Two of Wands card means courage and daring. It has the message of striking out on a journey or new path. The time is right to be bold and creative. If you are in a moment of doubt, this card tells you to make your move. You have the power in your hands; now is the time to find courage to use it.
WANDS suit by Jessie Durham

TWO OF WANDS: Most often, the Two of Wands card means courage and daring. It has the message of striking out on a journey or new path. The time is right to be bold and creative. If you are in a moment of doubt, this card tells you to make your move. You have the power in your hands; now is the time to find courage to use it.

WANDS suit by Jessie Durham

Standing before the waves of an ocean, a fellow deftly juggles two  pentacles. The meaning is pretty straightforward. This is the juggling  finances, jobs, responsibilities card. We pay one bill, and don’t pay  the other (which is up in the air). When it comes down and we can’t put  it of any longer, we pay that and let the other one be up in the air.
The querent may be doing this because they want to or may need to do  this. They may feel they’ve worked so hard on both that they haven’t the  heart to put either one aside. And so they switch off put “work” or  money into one thing while neglecting the other, keeping both alive, but  allowing neither to thrive.
Yet this juggling may be a good idea. Having two jobs or projects  also allows there to be a fail-safe, something to fall back on if the  other goes wrong.
As with the swords, there’s no keeping this up forever, but it  may suffice while you’re waiting for your luck to change or  circumstances to help make the decision for you.
Pentacles suit by Katherine Verhoeven.
Description via Aeclectic.net.

Standing before the waves of an ocean, a fellow deftly juggles two pentacles. The meaning is pretty straightforward. This is the juggling finances, jobs, responsibilities card. We pay one bill, and don’t pay the other (which is up in the air). When it comes down and we can’t put it of any longer, we pay that and let the other one be up in the air.

The querent may be doing this because they want to or may need to do this. They may feel they’ve worked so hard on both that they haven’t the heart to put either one aside. And so they switch off put “work” or money into one thing while neglecting the other, keeping both alive, but allowing neither to thrive.

Yet this juggling may be a good idea. Having two jobs or projects also allows there to be a fail-safe, something to fall back on if the other goes wrong.

As with the swords, there’s no keeping this up forever, but it may suffice while you’re waiting for your luck to change or circumstances to help make the decision for you.

Pentacles suit by Katherine Verhoeven.

Description via Aeclectic.net.

A female figure sits blindfolded, as she calmly balances two swords  across her shoulders. Behind her is a large body of water and above her  is the moon.
The woman’s seated position, in combination with the crescent moon, recalls the High Priestess card, and we find a link as well in this card’s representation of the  characteristic feminine strength of intuition. The woman’s blindfold and  the sea show a necessity to rely not on immediate stimuli but on deeper  thoughts and feelings, that part of the unconscious mind that we call our higher self.
Her seated position, when conceptually paired with the balanced swords and the blindfold, may also recall the Justice card. Yet here the concept of justice is not one of retribution, but of  making decisions that are balanced, moral and that we trust to be  harmonious within and without ourselves.
Unlike the “hoodwinked” woman held captive on the Eight of Swords,  this card depicts a woman in control. The scene and the discipline of  her pose do more to suggest that she has placed the blindfold on  herself, as is done in many cultures, ritualistically, to encourage  reliance on the other senses (for example the use of blindfolds in  martial arts).
The woman is blind in her situation, but she is safe, not only  unafraid, but centered. She wields powerful weapons, but they are not  held in a position that is threatening to her or anyone else. The moon  and the sea reinforce this sense of calm and equanimity.
This is a card of meditation, not of action. The crossed swords point  to different possible directions, but for the moment the character is  looking inward rather than outward and in the possession of an awesome  power that protects her until she finds the direction to apply it.
Sword suit by Lisa Vanin.
Description via wikipedia.

A female figure sits blindfolded, as she calmly balances two swords across her shoulders. Behind her is a large body of water and above her is the moon.

The woman’s seated position, in combination with the crescent moon, recalls the High Priestess card, and we find a link as well in this card’s representation of the characteristic feminine strength of intuition. The woman’s blindfold and the sea show a necessity to rely not on immediate stimuli but on deeper thoughts and feelings, that part of the unconscious mind that we call our higher self.

Her seated position, when conceptually paired with the balanced swords and the blindfold, may also recall the Justice card. Yet here the concept of justice is not one of retribution, but of making decisions that are balanced, moral and that we trust to be harmonious within and without ourselves.

Unlike the “hoodwinked” woman held captive on the Eight of Swords, this card depicts a woman in control. The scene and the discipline of her pose do more to suggest that she has placed the blindfold on herself, as is done in many cultures, ritualistically, to encourage reliance on the other senses (for example the use of blindfolds in martial arts).

The woman is blind in her situation, but she is safe, not only unafraid, but centered. She wields powerful weapons, but they are not held in a position that is threatening to her or anyone else. The moon and the sea reinforce this sense of calm and equanimity.

This is a card of meditation, not of action. The crossed swords point to different possible directions, but for the moment the character is looking inward rather than outward and in the possession of an awesome power that protects her until she finds the direction to apply it.

Sword suit by Lisa Vanin.

Description via wikipedia.

Round one, done!

It’s been a fun month- and our first round of cards is done! All the aces look super amazing if you ask me, and I know things are only going to get better from here (I’m DYING to get to the major arcana).

I wanted to take a second to say THANK YOU to everyone watching, faving and reblogging! I know we only post once a week, so it means a ton to see the support.

Stay tuned for Thursday when we move on to the twos!

-The Queen of Coins

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