The Strength Card, Rider Waite Tarot | Lust Atu XI, Thoth Tarot

The Strength Card, Rider Waite Tarot | Lust Atu XI, Thoth Tarot

How do you interpret The Strength Card of the Tarot, or the Lust Card of the Thoth Tarot?

Following are my thoughts on this card. I’ve also included different ways that it might be interpreted in a reading, to help you understand it when it comes up in your own readings.

  • The human and the lion – make friends with your enemy or that which opposes, overpowers, threatens or preys upon you. Befriend your fears.
  • Are things really what they seem to be? Do you follow what has been taught to you in the past, or do you live by experience?
  • Is this card advising the querent to put mind over matter. Determination will pay off?
  • Is it truly a lion being tamed? Or is it the beast within? The card can refer equally to the inner struggle as it can to the struggles that the outside world throws at us.
  • Does this card tell us that change is coming? That yes we can stave it off, but only whilst we are applying sheer force. What will happen when force is removed? Will circumstances have changed? Will the lion be tamed?
  • Aleister Crowley renamed this card “Lust” in the Thoth Tarot. The reasoning behind it makes perfect sense… think of the imagery on the card, a woman taming a beast – or the masculine. Crowley reminds us that in the eyes of some, a woman’s greatest power over a man, is her sexual power – the stirring of desire in another.
  •  When interpreting this card who do you, or your querent identify with? the beast or the woman? Within a relationship reading this gives powerful insight into the power balances existing between the couple in question.
  • Is this card urging you to have the heart of a lion, to be brave and lion-hearted?
  • Are decisions being delayed? Are you being urged to stop delaying and choose from the heart? Go with your instinct as would the beast? In which case this is an instance where ignoring convention and follow your instinct may be necessary – but what is stopping you needs to be considered also. This could be social values, the feelings of others, and so forth. The Beast would not take into account any of these values, choice is quick and instinctive within the animal kingdom.
  • Strength – control versus impulse.
  • When I see this card I also wonder whether someone is trying to put words in another’s mouth. Is someone trying to word you up….? or manipulate you? Why would you allow that to happen? You are more than strong enough to turn away, so what hold does this person have upon you?
  • Are you foolhardy? Are you trying to prove something to others. Taking an unnecessary risk to impress… for in truth no one will ultimately conquer the beast – it is its own master. If the beast was to be seen as controllable, the card would depict a dog, or a horse or another animal that it is possible to domesticate.
  • If this card is your Outcome card – then things are at a stalemate right now. The person that you are waiting on is holding out… regardless of which path they are going to take, right now they are refusing to budge. It is not easy for them though – every ounce of their will power is required to be still and stand their ground.


The Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups

The Eight of Cups

The 8 of Cups, Card Interpretation and Meaning

February 19th-28th

Pisces in Saturn


  • Turning away from what is offered – rejection of that which you are a part of. For example, stability, opportunity. It is a turning away from something that is benign, something that does not imply an immediate threat. The figure in the 8 of cups is not running away, nor are they hiding. They are slipping away as they chose to, not in flight from imminent threat.
  • Inability or refusal to confront fears or phobias, possibly indicating excessive shyness also.
  • Relinquishing or refusing to take on responsibility or refusal to be accountable.
  • Hiding your true self, masking who you are, and revealing it only to the select few. A second or secret life. An inner life.
  • Personal insecurities, lack of self-esteem – do not be ashamed to let others see you for who you really are.
  • The party, or event that’s a flop …. ouch, if you get this card turning up around an event you’ve got planned – you’re in trouble, drastic changes are needed


  • Wealth material pleasures – security, money etc.
  • Depression – do not dwell in the gloom of the past when possibilities surround you… open your eyes, do not live internally.
  • Transcendence

The eight of cups shows a figure heading away to begin again elsewhere. This card is about a new beginning and a desire or need for change. It implies the necessity of giving something up, this something may be material – the house or life the figure is leaving behind, or it could be emotional – a fear, phobia, or situation that must no longer be hidden from…. a truth must be faced.

Often when this card comes up the querent or the person this card is relating to may be experiencing depression, or finding the circumstance the card talks about as very difficult and sad. In the Mythic Deck this card refers to Psyche’s visit to the underworld. The underworld is a place of mourning and therefore the theme of depression associated with the card is amplified.

We must also remember that in choosing to visit the underworld we are voluntarily giving up all hope of all hope for the future… which I see as in visiting the underworld we give up our autonomy and we have no choice but to accept what is presented to us, or ”the rules”. Our future, whilst we are in this realm is no longer one we can manipulate or make choices about.

Therefore, visiting the underworld, or having the 8 of cups present, can also be seen as voluntarily giving up hope for the future – or giving up the future as had thought it would be… this speaks to me especially in terms of one who is heartbroken has lost their ‘great love’ or is bankrupted and now the future looks nothing like they had pictured it.

On a lighter note; I also see in this card – the holiday that isn’t a holiday… Other’s might be thinking you’re going on vacation but to you – its ‘work’… and whilst you’re putting on a brave face about it all, you’d much rather be sticking with your normal routine than going on this ‘vacation’. Think Disney Land with the kids when you’d rather be on the beach in Tahiti!! Going camping instead of staying at a nice bed and breakfast….   Saturn in Pisces – weak Pisces being overpowered by Saturn’s rigidity and heaviness. Decan: 0 to 10º Pisces

Amber |

The Magician

The Magician

Tarot, Card Meanings, Insights, The MagicianArcheon Deck

In the recesses of my mind
the shadowed corners of my heart
I knew you always.
Your breath between my words
My mind between your hands.
There can be no other way.

Pray the dance will linger,
Indulge the illusion of a choice,
The gritty eyes,
Full of golden dust … your gift
To have longer before the end
Is every lovers’ wish
The magician is a wolf.If you want to get to know the Magician better,  ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you met The Magician before …?
    (you have, so many times!! he may be your next door neighbour, the car salesman, the woman who desperately want to get to know)
  • How did he/she initially greet you? and what were your first impressions?
  • What does he/she do for work, or study?
  • How did he/she affect or influence you? (or try to)
  • What do other people think of him/her?
  • What was your emotional response to him/her?
  • Is there a general consensus of opinion about this person? If so, what do the majority of people think about them?
  • What else do you want to know, or find out about them?

Amber |

Tarot Insights: Two Wands

Tarot Insights: Two Wands


With the Two Wands the world is your oyster, you have so much going on, and so many ideas. You are capable of anything you set your mind and heart to. Be strong, be determined go after what you want, and be true to yourself. Your inspiration is Mars the Warrior…

Tarot - 2 Wands

Two Wands

As with all the cards in the Tarot, the Two of Wands, conjures many different meanings, feelings, visions and interpretations. This card is typically or traditionally seen as representing the contemplation of the future, or that which is unseen (beyond the horizon), the recognition of one’s need to make choices and evaluate opportunities, as well as to take ownership of the power that lies in your hands. Personal Empowerment. The choices you make will become the reality you live, the Two of Wands reminds you, that you are the master of your destiny. This card is about you – and what is being presented to you, and what in turn is required of you.

Mars is the planetary significator of this card. He brings to it all his fiery, confident, wandsy male energy. Mars is a warrior and his sign of rulership powers the 2 wands, and those who follow him, with vibrant enthusiasm.  Self-doubt does not exist for Mars; he charges forward fearlessly, he will not be bound by worry.  His decisions are made quickly and with full of confidence and self belief.thoth 2 wands

The appearance of this card may indicate that one needs to stop over thinking things… stop the constant analysis, and respond from the heart. Stop putting  the needs of others above your own… At this moment, at least,  over analysis is to your detriment, you are encouraged to consider your needs and your desires and believe in your judgement. The Two of Wands is telling you, that you will fulfil objectives, if you act fearlessly; just as Mars would.

The Two Wands calls forth your primary responses; your likes, dislikes, wants and needs. It is encouraging you to reconnect with your true self and to be motivated by your honest, genuine, heart felt emotions. Don’t compromise who you are – ‘your integrity’, this is a key part of its message.

The honest but primitive side of Mars is often squashed with culture and etiquette. Sophistication helps people get along in the world, but it can also result in undeveloped personalities, an inability to make dynamic choices and a lack of self understanding. This card reminds us that knowing one’s self and pleasing one’s self, is, from a Mar’s standpoint,  not selfish, but self-fulfilling.

Amber |

Four of Cups

Four of Cups



Recently the 4 of Cups has been jumping out at me with the meaning or message “the morning after”. In it I see and feel the disillusionment and discomfort the querent or his/her friends are experiencing the day after their big night out.The Tarot; The Four of Cups - new insight and meaning

When I see the card this way, I feel that the querent has awoken had that “WTF did I do to myself last night?” moment…

They have already woken up with a throbbing headache, perhaps a dubious stranger in their bed, and the evidence of a night’s debauchery around them. They are experiencing the regret of excess – not just because of how hard they partied and the toll taken on their body. But also, because they have carelessly gone through all their party supplies. They are officially ‘out of supply’ and unable to top up in the foreseeable future. Therefore their pain of today is unavoidable. In this light what happened last night whilst fun doesn’t quite seem worth it anymore.

If The Devil or The Star turn up next to the 4 of cups, when being read this way, multiply the level of debauchery significantly and look carefully for indications of legal repercussions ensuing as a result of the festivities enjoyed.

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Two of Wands

Two of Wands

The Two of Wands, 2 Wands, Mars, Aries, Tarot

Two of Wands (Mars/Aries – ruler)

I love this slant on the Two of Wands, it gives great insights into less used interpretations of the card. I personally love the idea of the ‘childlike’ energy that the card has due to Mars – and the impulsive energy he endows the Two Wands with. What do you think?

Traditional divinatory meanings for this card waver between contemplation of the future to embracing new opportunities. The attribution of Mars, with all his fiery warrior energy, enthusiasm and bravery, charge this card, and those born to the sign of Aries, with his fiery impulsive disposition and vibrant energy. Mars is not just a warrior, he is a conqueror. I see him as a restless conqueror though, and somewhat of an “ideas” man. He loves the idea and the challenge – but the follow through and discipline, they can be delegated elsewhere. I also feel that Mar’s is restless and bores easily… that which he conquers, masters or seduces, only amuses him whilst its fresh and intense. Once bored he is off on his next adventure.

If you are acting on the energy of the Two Wands you are full of spontaneous vibrant energy. Your blood is pumping and you are ‘on Fire’ … it is truly great to be Mars! do not confuse him with facts, he will anger quickly. This fiery temper of his is another of the attributes that charge the Two Wands.

Mars has the vibrant enthusiasm of an infant and wants you to experience this wonderful intoxication with life too. When you feel this way, no thought is necessary; the light is green, and it‘s time to go. Infants operate with self-absorbed instincts. They reach for whatever looks interesting, and usually stick it in their mouths. Adults often lose the capacity for child-like wonder, curiosity, and experimentation; in this respect, the appearance of this card may indicate that the client needs to absorb the world around them in an untrammelled, child-like manner.


Amber |


Ten Swords

Ten Swords


The 10 of sword, the final number card of the sword suit, indicating your completed journey through this particular world of the tarot. This card shows us clearly an end from which there is no returning; the worst has happened, nothing can be changed or saved, nothing can be ‘fixed’. The idea, the thought, the dream, it’s over. A new beginning must be your focus, you cannot hold onto the old ways any longer.The Ten Swords, 10 Swords

I often make the point that in the swords suit, which correlates to air and thought, that in the majority of this suit you really are able to take control of your thoughts and perception and prevent yourself from suffering the points of the swords. What I mean is that in the swords its your thoughts that are hurting you, change your thoughts and you change the suffering. However, With the 10 of swords, it is too late. You have been pierced already and you are suffering. You will not find a way to avoid this. All you can do is prepare; think ahead and plan how to cope with the mental distress you will be facing.

I truly believe that the most important thing that I can share about this card is its gravity. You have to take it seriously. If this card appears in a reading, serious stuff is happening. You can’t gloss over it, you can’t play it down. You cannot think oh well, the 10 of swords is showing, but it won’t be too bad because there is a 9 cups, Ace pentacles near it. The 10 of swords will always always hurt. Trying to ‘fix’ or prevent this card, is an impossibility, and only sees more of your own energy poured into the cause of your suffering. Heed the message of the 10 of Swords well, and give this card the respect it deserves.

The 10 of swords is about endings, from which there will be no return. And perhaps the only relief you could equate with it is that it denotes the bottoming out. This is as bad as it is going to get… and you do seem to have survived. Therefore, from here on out it can only get better. If you must try to derive a bright side from this card, the only one seems to be that on the flip side of an ending is a new beginning, and that must be your focus. So your most positive or pro-active interpretation of the 10 of swords would be to start manifesting the ‘new beginning’, seeing it, believing in it and investing your energy and positivity in it.

The 10 of swords can refer to many different situations or events, but the circumstances are always serious. You are hurt, depressed, experiencing pain, everything is over… life as you know it, or have believed it will be, is no longer a possibility. Think along the lines of an end to a marriage, a life threatening illness, the death of a tangible dream (such as a marathon-runner injuring themselves and not ever being able to run distance again; something is over, ended, taken from you, and it was not your choice). A friendship may have been irrevocably betrayed, a promising career path blighted. It is always highly upsetting and disturbing and transformational; once again – life cannot be same again. No one is fine when they are hit by the 10 of swords.

This card can also indicate severe physical pain – particularly pointing to problems of the back and skeleton. A defeat of your opponents – if they are represented by the 10 of swords, then it’s all over for them, victory is lost and they have nothing left to bring to the table.

Amber |