Next to consider is the elemental dignity that the four tarot suits relate to, this theory was first used by Empedocles a Greek philosopher.
The elemental dignities are
Each of the four elements is associated with a compass point – the following directional quotes adhere to the Northern hemisphere, therefore if you are in the southern hemisphere please do the opposites…
Now to consider the elemental dignity of the four tarot suits and how they interact with each other…this require a simple set of formal rules using the four elements. Ok we already know that an excess of water cards – cups, for example, show an emotional picture and that things are generally passive. So the next stage is to start using the rules of elemental dignities. So consider the elemental dignity of the four tarot suits and how they interact using simple and easy to learn rules:
1. Fire and Air are friendly and active
2. Water and Earth are friendly and passive
3. Fire and Water are enemies; they weaken each other
4. Air and Earth are enemies; they weaken each other
5. Fire and Earth strengthen each other but are neutral
6. Water and Air strengthen each other but are neutral
So taking a broad view on how to read tarot time we can see that Earth is relating to North on the compass point. Air is relating to the East on the compass point. Fire is relating to the South on a compass point and finally Water is relating to the West on the compass point.
So what are the characteristics of earth in the tarot?
Earth is related to the suit of Pentacles or Coins.
The characteristics of earth in the tarot believe that the earth is thought to represent the absolute feminine quality, it is fertile and settled the earth is connected to the Goddess Gaia. The earth is nurturing it is fertile, it sustains and gives life, it is strong and stable. The earth our planet evolves turning all through the year, on this earth we all share we witness all aspects of life from birth through our life cycles and eventually to death, and rebirth.
So what are the characteristics of air in the tarot?
Air is related to the suit of Swords
The characteristics of air in the tarot associates with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict, typically action is both positive and/or negative. Air is the element to focus on. Air blows away your troubles, and carries positive thoughts to those who are far away.
Air deals with the intellect and thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. The sword – air is double-edged as and symbolises the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil.
So what are the characteristics of fire in the tarot?
Fire is related to the suit of wands/batons
The characteristics of fire in the tarot associates with our primal energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition, creativity, ambition and expansion, fire can create and it can destroy, it symbolizes the fertility of the God. Fire can bring forth new growth or destroy the old and worn. Fire is associated with that at the core of your being your passions what makes you tick.
Fire implies movement, action and initiatives and the launching of new ideas.
So what are the characteristics of water in the tarot?
Water is related to the suit of cups
The characteristics of water in the tarot associates with emotion, love, feelings, creativity, fantasy, relationships and connections, water is a feminine energy and connected with the aspects of the Goddess. Water heals, cleanses and purifies. Water relates to expressions of emotion, it indicates thinking with your heart and it reflects your spontaneous responses and reactions to situations.
Hope you have enjoyed this article on a broad view on how to read tarot time – How to consider the elemental dignity of the four tarot suits…
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