Princess of Arrows
The Princess of Arrows is this deck’s version of the Page of Swords. In the Lover’s Path Tarot set, the Princesses are represented by famed goddesses, and this particular card references the Greek Goddess Psyche.
Psyche was naive, immature, curious and capricious. Also quite beautiful. But she was born a mortal and only became a goddess after many trials and tribulations. Her story is one of ultimate growth and redemption, but not without wreaking havoc at almost every turn.
In this version of the card we see a young Psyche holding an arrow and surrounded by butterflies. The Greek word for butterfly is Psyche (also the word for “Soul’). The arrow comes from Cupid, who accidentally pricked himself, thus binding them together for eternity.
The Pages / Princesses all represent the first sign of their related element: in this case Air and therefore Gemini. As they’re also all very youthful, we often see the more immature and unbridled energy associated with those signs. With Gemini those qualities — curiosity, skepticism, rash words and impulsivity — are the very things that got Psyche into trouble.
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Today you will be called upon to integrate opposing areas of your life into one big calm, peaceful and harmonious medium.
The Temperance card speaks of searching within yourself for that wellspring of inner grace and finding a way to bring the good and bad, light and dark, happy and sad back in to balance.
The Temperance card is called “Art” in some decks. It speaks of the unique creative forces that each of us possess. It speaks of seeking out symmetry and harmony.
In what areas of your life are you too inflexible, too rigid and too unwilling to hear another’s point of view? Your challenge will be to overcome those impediments and to integrate the opposing forces in your life.
In this version of the card we see an angel standing in a field and pouring fluid from one vessel into another. The grass is green and abundant at her feet, the sky is clear and the Sun shines behind her. The rainbow that is usually seen in this card is actually a part of her in this version. In her gown, in her wings and in the landscape behind her.
Her demeanor is calm and peaceful — almost trance-like, as if she’s mesmerized by the process. This is the essence of this card: there’s a calm and graceful symmetry in taking one’s time, going with the flow, and becoming one with all that surrounds you.
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Knight of Cups
Today would be a good day to put all rational thinking aside and indulge instead in your wildest romantic dreams and fantasies.
As with all the Court cards, the Knight of Cups may be someone presently in your life (or someone resurfacing from your past), or he could represent certain facets of you or of events taking place in your life.
If he’s someone in your life now, you will know him by his gentle, soft-spoken demeanor. He’s a lover not a fighter and can therefore be a bit passive. He’s governed by his feelings and may be given to flights of romantic fancy.
He often appears as a messenger — professing his feelings, offering an invitation or making a proposal. An unexpected contact or message, happy news from a loved one, or someone reaching out to you from your past are just a few examples.
In this rendition of the card we see a Knight and a fair maiden on an ornate wooden horse, flying high above his Kingdom. In the story that is the basis for this card – found on the Sacred Texts website — the horse was a gift to the King of Persia, meant to procure his daughter’s hand in marriage. Through many ups and downs, the story continues with the Prince (her brother) traveling the world — and finding love — on his wayward horse.
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Ace of Pentacles
You’re starting to manifest more abundance and prosperity into your life.
The Ace of Pentacles — like all Aces — represents the start of something new, and in this case it happens to relate to money. As in new financial opportunities coming your way. While you probably won’t see a windfall, it’s a positive affirmation that you’re putting your energy into the right areas.
You may have recently gotten a raise, started a new job or become the benefactor of someone else’s generosity. You could also be starting to see returns on your earlier investments. Either way, you should have more opportunities and more financial resources at your disposal than you’ve had in recent months.
You may also feel that your luck is changing. As the Ace of Pentacles is associated with a change in fortune — a positive change as I also see Aces as “Yes” cards — as long as the “yes” answer is a positive affirmation. It’s telling you to keep up the good work, to go after your dreams, and to see the bounty that’s coming your way as confirmation from the Universe that you’re on the right track.
In this rendition two brightly colored Japanese-style Koi or “lucky” fish encircle a single coin. Another fish is imprinted on the coin, assuming an almost Ouroborus-like configuration. The coin itself and the fish surrounding it, contain all of the colors of the rainbow. The idea that there is a limitless supply of money (or material resources) is well-depicted here.
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Six of Wands
Today may see you getting some much-deserved approval or recognition from your peers. The Six of Wands refers to support, approval and acclaim, brought about by something you’ve worked hard to achieve.
You may have been putting a lot of effort into your work and not even realizing that others have taken notice. Or you could be unexpectedly pulled aside by a loved one, just to tell you how much you’re loved and appreciated.
In this version of the card we see a beautiful blue butterfly emerging from a sparse landscape of dried-out brush. She may have just emerged from her cocoon and is now taking her maiden flight. This simple rendition perfectly depicts both the sense of “standing out in a crowd” and of “rising above triumphantly” that is so much a part of this archetype.
The Six of Wands is a card of appreciation and admiration. You “win” something and have earned the right to be satisfied with the spoils of your victory. This isn’t about ego or conceit and it’s never at someone else’s expense. There’s a strong sense of being supported and lifted up by others who rejoice right along with you.
You could be in line for a promotion or award at work. You could be given the ok to go ahead with a project you’ve been excited about. Or it may be as simple as pat on the back and some words of encouragement by those who look up to you.
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You may be on the verge of closing the door on an important chapter in your life today and preparing to open another.
The World card — called the Universe in some decks — completes the Fool’s journey and as such, speaks of fulfillment, integration and completion.
For example, you could be finishing a course or internship, tying up lose ends on a project that you’re ready to launch, putting a failed relationship behind you and getting back into the dating scene, finishing (and feeling good about) a self-improvement regimen, etc.
The possibilities are limitless, but in all of the above scenarios the World card does not signify an ending as much as it does a new beginning. You’ve put something behind you in order to begin anew, a little higher up on the rungs this time.
In this version of the card — which is not a part of a specific tarot deck but an image that depicts this archetype beautifully — we see a woman suspended in the night sky. Stars twinkle all around her as she stares off into the distance. A globe is imprinted on her skirt and she holds two more in her hands.
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Today you may be putting to rest something that is no longer conducive to your growth.
The Death card is not a literal death — it refers to an ending and a letting go of something that you no longer need — whether you realize that or not. Sometimes this is a painful ending — as in the end of a relationship, the loss of a job, a friend that moves away, etc.
So there are tears and mourning and a period of recovery, but also a rejoicing in the new opportunities that this loss affords you.
The Death card is more about transitions than it is about endings. But we tend to not see it that way when we lose someone (or something) we love. Additionally, we usually don’t consider something we give up willingly to be a “loss.” In this respect it’s not a happy transition — at least not until what’s been taken has been restored.
The woman in this card appears to be floating in a sea of blood. A Vulture stands near ready to pick her carcass clean. As macabre as this may seem, it aptly describes what the most excruciating losses feel like to those who’ve experienced them.