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Following these various threads of philosophy, history, and mysticism, it is possible to distill a very coherent, rational system of meanings for the pips and courts, based on authentic sources with, hopefully with a minimum of assumption, which is relatively free from the contradictions of the more common and popular tarot systems.

Here is how I've been using these authentic sources to help interpret the cards. Both the breadth and exactness of theses meanings is far beyond what I previously thought possible.

Obviously there is more than one way to collate even the same source material, so this is meant only to show how I've done it.

If we agree that the four suit emblems have qualities that parallel the qualities of the four classical elements, and that the simple numbers as well can be understood as having qualities, or behaviors which parallel the classical elements, then we can assume that specific meanings for specific cards (being combinations of number qualities and suit qualities) can correctly be deduced by a combination of the elemental quality of the number, and the elemental quality of the suit.



MELANCHOLLIC'S ELEMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS







Element - Fire/Fire
Temper - Choleric
Power - Hot/Dry
Timing - Fast/Long
Movement - Separating/Rigid
Direction - South
In the cycle of a year - July
In the cycle of a day - Noon
In the cycle of a life - Age 14~21
Sex - Male
Cards - 1 Swords, 7 Swords, King Swords
Keywords - Pos: Ambitious, dynamic, decisive, independent. Neg: Impulsive, short-tempered, proud, dictatorial, and unforgiving.



Element - Fire/Air
Temper - Choleric Sanguine
Power - Hot
Timing - Fast
Movement - Separating
Direction - Southeast
In the cycle of a year - May/June
In the cycle of a day - Late Morning
In the cycle of a life - Age 7~14
Sex - Male
Cards - 1 Cups, King Cups, 7 Cups, Knight Swords, 9 Swords, 5 Swords, 3 Swords
Keywords - Pos: Spontaneity, charisma, critical thinking. Neg: Impatience, impulsiveness, rashness.




Element - Air/Air
Temper - Sanguine
Power - Hot/Wet
Timing - Fast/Short
Movement - Separating/Flexible
Direction - East
In the cycle of a year - April
In the cycle of a day - Dawn
In the cycle of a life - Age 0~7
Sex - Male
Cards - 9 Cups, 5 Cups, 3 Cups, Knight Cups
Keywords - Pos: Friendly, sociable, pleasure seeking, light-hearted. Neg: Careless, inconsistent, restless, scatterbrained.




Element - Air/Water
Temper - Sanguine Phlegmatic
Power - Wet
Timing - Short
Movement - Flexible
Direction - Northeast
In the cycle of a year - February/March
In the cycle of a day - Late Night
In the cycle of a life - Age 70~Death
Sex - Female
Cards - 9 Coins, 5 Coins, 3 Coins, Knight Coins, 8 Cups, 6 Cups, 2 of Cups, Queen Cups
Keywords - Pos: Amicable, docile, diplomatic. Neg: Conformity, lack of self determination, unreliable.



Element - Water
Temper - Phlegmatic
Power - Wet/Cold
Timing - Short/Slow
Movement - Flexible/Unifying
Direction - North
In the cycle of a year - January
In the cycle of a day - Midnight
In the cycle of a life - Age 56~70
Sex - Female
Cards - 8 Coins, 6 Coins, 2 Coins, Queen Coins
Keywords - Pos: Accommodating, tolerant, frugal, and inoffensive. Neg: timid, sluggish, uncreative, unresponsive, unmotivated, and rather emotionally indifferent



Element - Water/Earth
Temper - Phlegmatic/Melancholic
Power - Cold
Timing - Slow
Movement - Unifying
Direction - Northwest
In the cycle of a year - November/December
In the cycle of a day - Evening
In the cycle of a life - Age 49~56
Sex - Female
Cards - 2 Batons, 6 Batons, 8 Batons, Queen Batons, 10 Coins, 4 Coins, Valet Coins
Keyword - Pos: Steadfast, nurturing, cooperate. Neg: Indecisive, careless, undiscriminating



Element - Earth
Temper - Melancholic
Power - Cold/Dry
Timing - Slow/Long
Movement - Unifying/Rigid
Direction - West
In the cycle of a year - October
In the cycle of a day - Sunset
In the cycle of a life - Age 28~49
Sex - Female
Cards - 4 Batons, 10 Batons, Valet Batons
Keywords - Pos: Introspective, hardworking, studious, penetrating, reflective, visionary. Neg: Critical, solitary, depressed, withdrawn, unforgiving



Element - Earth/Fire
Temper - Melancholic Choleric
Power - Dry
Timing - Long
Movement - Rigid
Direction - Southwest
In the cycle of a year - August/September
In the cycle of a day - Afternoon
In the cycle of a life - Age 21~28
Sex - Male
Cards - 4 Swords, 10 Swords, Valet Swords, 7 Batons, 1 Batons, King of Batons
Keywords - Pos: Firm, Unwavering authority, grounded. Neg: Dictatorial, strict.



Element - Air/Earth
Temper - Sanguine Melancholic
Power - all
Timing - random
Movement - random
Direction - East West axis
In the cycle of a year - none
In the cycle of a day - none
In the cycle of a life - none
Sex - both
Cards - 3 Batons, 5 Batons, 9 Batons, Knight Batons, 10 Cups, 4 Cups, Valet Cups
Keywords - These two temperaments are natural opposites, which are sometimes difficult to reconcile. Yet since there is also no lack of a quality, when they find a way to work together, they can be exceedingly productive, creative and energetic.




Element - Fire/Water
Temper - Choleric Phlegmatic
Power - all
Timing - random
Movement - random
Direction - North South axis
In the cycle of a year - none
In the cycle of a day - none
In the cycle of a life - none
Sex - both
Cards - 2 Swords, 6 Swords, 8 Swords, Queen Swords, 7 Coins, 1 Coins, King Coins
Keywords - These two temperaments are natural opposites, which are sometimes difficult to reconcile. Yet since there is also no lack of a quality, when they find a way to work together, they can be exceedingly productive, creative and energetic.





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Originally Posted by Melanchollic

Any combination of the opposite elements, say Air+Earth, or Fire+Water, result in a situation where all four powers (cold, hot, dry, wet) are present.

When this occurs with 'good' suits (Cups, Coins) it shows a situation were a balance of opposites has been achieved. With 'bad' suits, it shows a situation were oppositions can not be reconciled.


When one of these "opposition" cards shows up in a timing situation, if it is benefic, say the Ace of Coins, you might say,
"The timing is quite flexible, and could happen anytime, but will likely present itself when all factors are in balance. This will be beneficial for you, my sweet querent!"
If it is a malefic card, say the 2 of Swords, you might say,
"There seems to be contradictory factors at work here, and the likelihood of this happening is rather difficult."






"Let nature be thy guide"
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