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Symbolon Card Meanings -- An English-Translation of the Official Guidebook!


This was originally from the German-language guidebook published on Symbolon's official website. You can find a PDF of the original, untranslated document here: http://www.symbolon.de/books2005/Kartenbuch.pdf
Mind you, this is not the entirety of that guidebook. This is my edited, reformatted, cleaned-up edit of Cindy Figueroa's English translation she has uploaded to Scribd. You can only view a preview of the whole document there unless you have a premium Scribd membership (which, I happen to have, and that's how I was able to access it), though here is a link to the page regardless: https://www.scribd.com/doc/119004851...on-Deck#scribd
In Cindy's own translation, there were numerous missing portions, which, I have tried my best to find in the original German version, and translate myself.
Note that I have not thoroughly checked this all over to make sure every bit of grammar and the like is perfect. I have, however, made sure that this was more neatly organized and accessible than Cindy's version, that it is fully comprehensible, and that missing chunks were added in to make this more complete. There will more than likely still be some errors in my edit, though, I am certain that this is still very usable.
Credit for the authorship of the guide goes to Peter Orban, Ingrid Zinnel, and Thea Weller, who wrote the guide in the first place. Credit for 90% of the English translation goes to Cindy Figueroa.
I hope someone (besides myself) will find this helpful whilst studying the meanings of the Symbolon deck.
Please, please: if you spot any mistakes or issues within my translation, let me know! I would gladly revise it, and post the new, updated version(s) after I finish doing so.

1. The Warrior (Aries/Mars)
Aggression; Capacity to Achieve; Conquest; Instigator; Phallic Power; Energy of a New Beginning
PROBLEM: Underlying the problem is the anger and aggression you have not yet perceived and acknowledged. What has happened to this persona? Why do you hide its feelings? Perhaps you think they are inappropriate, that you are too refined and everything must be governed by reason. Or perhaps you don't want to confront your own cowardice.
WAY: The task ahead of you involved becoming more instigative. You are being asked to act in order to unravel the Gordian knot holding you captive. You won't progress any further without acquiring the resolve to act.
OUTCOME: You regain your ability to act. You have the strength to regenerate (now). The conclusion of the process heralds an absolute new beginning in which you gather strength and the warrior in you can embark upon a new round in the game of life. Underlying the problem is the anger and aggression you have not yet perceived and acknowledged. What has happened to this persona? Why do you hide its feelings? Perhaps you think they are inappropriate, that you are too refined and everything must be governed by reason. Or perhaps you don't want to confront your own cowardice. The task ahead of you involved becoming more instigative. You are being asked to act in order to unravel the Gordian knot holding you captive. You won't progress any further without acquiring the resolve to act. You regain your ability to act. You have the strength to regenerate (now). The conclusion of the process heralds an absolute new beginning in which you gather strength and the warrior in you can embark upon a new round in the game of life.

2. The Lover (Taurus/Venus)
Worth; Attraction; Possession; Sociability; Physical Attraction
PROBLEM: You are a prisoner of your own feelings of worthlessness deep down inside. This under-estimation of your self (the words "I don't like myself") must be allowed to come to the surface. It's no longer enough to use other people's labels or seek their attention in regard to whether they still like you or can be won over (will go to bed with you.)
WAY: As much as esoteric circles propagate "letting go" of body and matter, your path ahead involves thinking about Venus. That means becoming her friend. Learn to see life as a sensual experience and to respect the value your body as the residence of the soul without exaggerating its importance or wasting your energy.
OUTCOME: Your path has led you to gather self-esteem. You have learned to judge things realistically and to see them for what they are: material things. You are a prisoner of your own feelings of worthlessness deep down inside. This underestimation of your self (the words "I don't like myself") must be allowed to come to the surface. It's no longer enough to use other people's labels or seek their attention in regard to whether they still like you or can be won over (will go to bed with you.) As much as esoteric circles propagate "letting go" of body and matter, your path ahead involves thinking about Venus. That means becoming her friend. Learn to see life as a sensual experience and to respect the value your body as the residence of the soul without exaggerating its importance or wasting your energy. Your path has led you to gather self-esteem. You have learned to judge things realistically and to see them for what they are: material things.

3. The Mediator (Gemini/Mercury)
The Messenger (of the Gods); Intellect; Contact; The Onlooker; Ease
PROBLEM: You are unhappy with your position in life at the moment. You find it too boring, banal, superficial. You don't want to identify with the meaning and demands of Mercury; you have blocked and dispelled the messenger. You have lost his wings -- his lightness.
WAY: Mercury offers his help in leading you to a solution. His message reads: "Give yourself some distance and take a quiet look at your present situation, speak your true feelings and face matters with a detached and objective attitude."
OUTCOME: Regardless of how difficult the road may be, you will be able to use "Hermes wings" to unite the unconscious with the conscious and then observe yourself from a neutral position -- in hindsight, maybe even with mischievous smile. You are unhappy with your position in life at the moment. You find it too boring, banal, superficial. You don't want to identify with the meaning and demands of Mercury; you have blocked and dispelled the messenger. You have lost his wings -- his lightness. Mercury offers his help in leading you to a solution. His message reads: "Give yourself some distance and take a quiet look at your present situation, speak your true feelings and face matters with a detached and objective attitude." Regardless of how difficult the road may be, you will be able to use "Hermes wings" to unite the unconscious with the conscious and then observe yourself from a neutral position -- in hindsight, maybe even with mischievous smile.

4. The Mother (Cancer/Moon)
Femininity; The Family; The Infant; Feelings; Devotion; Acceptance; The Spiritual Past
PROBLEM: Your feelings -- the waters of your soul -- are being dried up by the inner child which says "NO" and the "NO" which closes off your inner being. You are frightened of feeling your own self, scared of your feminine aspect and the powerlessness it might generate.
WAY: This card clearly advises you to follow the path of your feelings. Discard reason for a moment and act intuitively. Look for the child within and let this child live and express itself.
OUTCOME: Your journey will lead you to embrace the inner child and live in harmony. You reach a homeland of your own, return home to your feelings and your feminine aspect. You find security in yourself. Your feelings -- the waters of your soul -- are being dried up by the inner child which says "NO" and the "NO" which closes off your inner being. You are frightened of feeling your own self, scared of your feminine aspect and the powerlessness it might generate. This card clearly advises you to follow the path of your feelings. Discard reason for a moment and act intuitively. Look for the child within and let this child live and express itself. Your journey will lead you to embrace the inner child and live in harmony. You reach a homeland of your own, return home to your feelings and your feminine aspect. You find security in yourself.

5. The Ego (Leo/Sun)
Power; Desire; Uniqueness; Glory; Fertility; Creativity; Sexuality In you for the moment a lack of aliveness exists. You lost the entrance to your Kraft. Where did the life remain? You must begin, your identity, yours be, to express. At the end of this enterprise you live. Kraft, which to aliveness, those you miss for the moment, return a little more to you. The sun goes, a new day begins. You are then also again with the heart with the thing.
PROBLEM: You lack vitality, joy, and a necessary form of hard-heartedness deep down. This means you cannot put your energies to use. You might be trying to compensate for your impotence and lack of power through dominant behaviour. You need to ask yourself where you can still find life.
WAY: The path ahead involves learning to express yourself, your identity and your being. You need to live the way YOU are, even if this hurts others. All this may not be as easy as it sounds: just live your life!
OUTCOME: Your path leads you back to life. Strength and vitality -- perhaps lacking at the moment -- return to you. You put your heart and soul back into things. You lack vitality, joy, and a necessary form of hard-heartedness deep down. This means you cannot put your energies to use. You might be trying to compensate for your impotence and lack of power through dominant behaviour. You need to ask yourself where you can still find life. The path ahead involves learning to express yourself, your identity and your being. You need to live the way YOU are, even if this hurts others. All this may not be as easy as it sounds: just live your life! Your path leads you back to life. Strength and vitality -perhaps lacking at the moment -- return to you. You put your heart and soul back into things.

6. The Servant (Virgo/Mercury)
Reason; Accepting Reality; Rationality; Sobriety; Spiritual Balance
PROBLEM: This card says you refuse to accept your current position in life. You like to keep a clean image by blaming others, leading you to become caught up in your own projections. But the finger ultimately points back at you.
WAY: It's no use now: although it's a bitter pill to swallow, you have to accept yourself; set your sights lower and adjust to the conditions of life.
OUTCOME: The result of your learning process is not the gold at the end of the rainbow, but quiet, unprepossessing order and a knowledge through which your soul finds composure and resumes its rightful place. This card says you refuse to accept your current position in life. You like to keep a clean image by blaming others, leading you to become caught up in your own projections. But the finger ultimately points back at you. It's no use now: although it's a bitter pill to swallow, you have to accept yourself; set your sights lower and adjust to the conditions of life. The result of your learning process is not the gold at the end of the rainbow, but quiet, unprepossessing order and a knowledge through which your soul finds composure and resumes its rightful place.

7. The Partner (Libra/Venus)
The Other; The Relationship; Balance; The Symbolon; The Mirror; Supplementation; "The Better Half"
PROBLEM: You are not yet prepared to look into the mirror of the other and recognize what you see there as part of yourself. You refuse to understand that the other is only expressing your own otherness.
WAY: The path involves learning to understand yourself in others. This means mutual exchange and offering your hand to the other in reconciliation (or understanding). It is vital to meet someone along the way who opens your eyes.
OUTCOME: You have rediscovered yourself in the other, found balance and harmony between the inner and external partners. Now the symbolon has been reunited. The pieces have been put together. You are not yet prepared to look into the mirror of the other and recognize what you see there as part of yourself. You refuse to understand that the other is only expressing your own otherness. The path involves learning to understand yourself in others. This means mutual exchange and offering your hand to the other in reconciliation (or understanding). It is vital to meet someone along the way who opens your eyes. You have rediscovered yourself in the other, found balance and harmony between the inner and external partners. Now the symbolon has been reunited. The pieces have been put together.

8. The Seducer (Scorpio/Pluto)
The Devil, The Imagination; The Idea; Suicide; Obligation; Fixation; Fanaticism; The Underworld
PROBLEM: You have become obsessed with an idea; now you are stuck. You therefore give away part of your soul in the hope of receiving something better. You are ruled by underworld forces; you are gambling with the Devil. Find out what idea it is you're obsessed with at the moment. Do nothing more and nothing less than you need to.
WAY: You can only reach the light at the end of the tunnel by tackling the landscape of the underworld and crossing it. Nothing more can be done; nor can it be "bettered" (avoid looking for improvements -- that's one of his favorite ideas). Only Virgil's words can help you now: "Look closely and go on!"
OUTCOME: A metamorphosis will take place. Old images must be shattered, just as Moses destroyed the Golden Calf long ago. These images will ultimately dissolve like a morning fog in sunlight (because they never really existed!). You have become obsessed with an idea; now you are stuck. You therefore give away part of your soul in the hope of receiving something better. You are ruled by underworld forces; you are gambling with the Devil. Find out what idea it is you're obsessed with at the moment. Do nothing more and nothing less than you need to. You can only reach the light at the end of the tunnel by tackling the landscape of the underworld and crossing it. Nothing more can be done; nor can it be "bettered" (avoid looking for improvements -- that's one of his favorite ideas). Only Virgil's words can help you now: "Look closely and go on!" A metamorphosis will take place. Old images must be shattered, just as Moses destroyed the Golden Calf long ago. These images will ultimately dissolve like a morning fog in sunlight (because they never really existed!).

9. The Preacher (Sagittarius/Jupiter)
The Priest; The Missionary; The Inner Therapist; Belief; Insight; Philosophical View of the World
PROBLEM: Where is your sympathy, the memory of your own spiritual past? You presume to impose your opinions and knowledge upon others while your own soul remains infertile.
WAY: Remember! That's what this card tells you to do. Look for an inner therapist (a person, if need be, who acts as a mirror). And above all, retrace your steps. Solutions can only be found in your past.
OUTCOME: You will continue to grow, to become more open-minded and tolerant. Mnemosyne, the Goddess of memory, has a treasure waiting for you at the end of the journey: insight is the wealth of the soul. Where is your sympathy, the memory of your own spiritual past? You presume to impose your opinions and knowledge upon others while your own soul remains infertile. Remember! That's what this card tells you to do. Look for an inner therapist (a person, if need be, who acts as a mirror). And above all, retrace your steps. Solutions can only be found in your past. You will continue to grow, to become more open-minded and tolerant. Mnemosyne, the Goddess of memory, has a treasure waiting for you at the end of the journey: insight is the wealth of the soul.

10. The Master (Capricorn/Saturn)
Legitimacy; Responsibility; Fate; The Old Man; Death; The Merciless Taskmaster
PROBLEM: You have become hard, retreated into a shell where no one can communicate with you or reach your soul. It is as if you have withdrawn to a fortress of loneliness high in the mountains. The fortress is part of you. Take a close look and try to accept responsibility for having built it.
WAY: The way through the problem is to learn to take life's gravity into account. The game's over -- now you have to confront your problems honestly. It's all about becoming an "adult".
OUTCOME: The outcome is that you now realize an objective destiny prevails over you, a power (the power of fate) no one can influence, one you accept and acknowledge. Now you are responsible for yourself. That means responding and accepting responsibility with a firm "yes". You have become hard, retreated into a shell where no one can communicate with you or reach your soul. It is as if you have withdrawn to a fortress of loneliness high in the mountains. The fortress is part of you. Take a close look and try to accept responsibility for having built it. The way through the problem is to learn to take life's gravity into account. The game's over -- now you have to confront your problems honestly. It's all about becoming an "adult". The outcome is that you now realize an objective destiny prevails over you, a power (the power of fate) no one can influence, one you accept and acknowledge. Now you are responsible for yourself. That means responding and accepting responsibility with a firm "yes".

11. The Jester (Aquarius/Uranus)
Deliverer; Freedom; The Outsider; The "True" Hero; Steppenwolf
PROBLEM: You have forgotten the original meaning of the world "freedom". You might believe you need to escape the prison of your situation in life, but you shake helplessly, in vain, at the bars of external conditions. You don't understand the real message of The Jester: human beings have to work on every opportunity, every spiritual path, in order to grow from a situation.
WAY: Try to find spiritual space beyond your present complications. The path to freedom involves nothing more than release, letting go of your current problem -- even if this now seems paradoxical. Try to come in contact with your own Jester and learn to laugh at yourself.
OUTCOME: Conditions have catapulted you out of outdated and superseded ways of approaching things. Your path of development has given you wings -- and you didn't even notice it. So fly! You have forgotten the original meaning of the world "freedom". You might believe you need to escape the prison of your situation in life, but you shake helplessly, in vain, at the bars of external conditions. You don't understand the real message of The Jester: human beings have to work on every opportunity, every spiritual path, in order to grow from a situation. Try to find spiritual space beyond your present complications. The path to freedom involves nothing more than release, letting go of your current problem -- even if this now seems paradoxical. Try to come in contact with your own Jester and learn to laugh at yourself. Conditions have catapulted you out of outdated and superseded ways of approaching things. Your path of development has given you wings -- and you didn't even notice it. So fly!

12. The Angel (Pisces/Neptune)
The Truth; The Divine Spark; Wisdom; Intuition; The Dream; The Illusion
PROBLEM: You have lost your way. Your view of truth has become clouded by illusions. You hide from yourself and fall for your own tricks. You try to repress and avoid problems, you shy away from facing reality. You are nowhere near solving the problem and there is still a long way to go before you being to deal with it. WAY: You need to take the word "release" quite literally. Release yourself from the outer world, be more contemplative and look within yourself. Your problem has no bearing in the world outside. You can only look more closely at yourself.
OUTCOME: At first you don't recognize the end of your journey as it is invisible in the outer world. But the star of a learned truth will illuminate within your soul. You have lost your way. Your view of truth has become clouded by illusions. You hide from yourself and fall for your own tricks. You try to repress and avoid problems, you shy away from facing reality. You are nowhere near solving the problem and there is still a long way to go before you being to deal with it. You need to take the word "release" quite literally. Release yourself from the outer world, be more contemplative and look within yourself. Your problem has no bearing in the world outside. You can only look more closely at yourself. At first you don't recognize the end of your journey as it is invisible in the outer world. But the star of a learned truth will illuminate within your soul.

13. Defiance (Cancer/Aries, Moon/Mars)
The Destructive Child; Rage; "Runaway Johnny"; Seething Anger; Hatred for the Mother; Rejection of Femininity
PROBLEM: Your belly aches because a little child within you is throwing a tantrum, beating its fists angrily against the depths of your soul and crying to get out. The whole world is "evil", it plots against you. Accept that you are a small child at the moment and still a long way from being a sensible adult.
WAY: Years and years of anger want to be let out. First of all, you will have to go through a painful labor which brings the deepest part of yourself into the world. Your energies will not begin to flow again unless the pent-up anger can be released and experienced. Find your own (perhaps therapeutic) terms by which it becomes possible to freely express your rage without hurting other people.
OUTCOME: It is only possible to be at peace with the "little tyrant" once we have lived out our childhood, those feelings of defiance, anger and annoyance. One day you will have to embrace the child. Your belly aches because a little child within you is throwing a tantrum, beating its fists angrily against the depths of your soul and crying to get out. The whole world is "evil", it plots against you. Accept that you are a small child at the moment and still a long way from being a sensible adult. Years and years of anger want to be let out. First of all, you will have to go through a painful labor which brings the deepest part of yourself into the world. Your energies will not begin to flow again unless the pent-up anger can be released and experienced. Find your own (perhaps therapeutic) terms by which it becomes possible to freely express your rage without hurting other people. It is only possible to be at peace with the "little tyrant" once we have lived out our childhood, those feelings of defiance, anger and annoyance. One day you will have to embrace the child.

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14. The Two Faces of Eve (Cancer/Taurus, Moon/Venus)
Role Conflict; Ambivalent Feelings; Two Souls Within One Body; Wife and Lover
PROBLEM: You face a difficult decision, you can't make up your mind. A sacrifice is called for one way or the other, and this sacrifice is too great. So you remain hesitant. That's the heart of the matter. Two souls are living within the feminine aspect of your breast. Do you want to be mother or lover (or for a man: have a mother or a lover)? A decision only serves to repress the problem. The card urges you to acknowledge your indecision. Nothing more!
WAY: Your path should lead you to identify two conflicting and -- on the whole - mutually intolerant forms within yourself. Each one says "take me!". In essence, this means you are unable to perform the role of any single one.
OUTCOME: You discover ultimately that both aspects deserve a place in your soul; both have their time and place, they feel close to you but not to each other. You accept the distance they keep from one another. You face a difficult decision, you can't make up your mind. A sacrifice is called for one way or the other, and this sacrifice is too great. So you remain hesitant. That's the heart of the matter. Two souls are living within the feminine aspect of your breast. Do you want to be mother or lover (or for a man: have a mother or a lover)? A decision only serves to repress the problem. The card urges you to acknowledge your indecision. Nothing more! Your path should lead you to identify two conflicting and -- on the whole -- mutually intolerant forms within yourself. Each one says "take me!". In essence, this means you are unable to perform the role of any single one. You discover ultimately that both aspects deserve a place in your soul; both have their time and place, they feel close to you but not to each other. You accept the distance they keep from one another.

15. Articulation (Cancer/Gemini, Moon/Mercury)
Discussing Feelings; Psychotherapy (Psychoanalysis); Making Contact with Feelings; The Connection Between Mind and "Belly"
PROBLEM: You prefer to remain on the surface and ignore your feelings. You do everything to avoid perceiving or having to express them. But you have known for a long time what needs to be addressed. You need to understand that unexpressed feelings prey on the mind and, by their very nature, can trigger off illness.
WAY: The time has come to express what's happening in your life and what you feel. There's no progress without discussion -- only backsliding. Find a friend to talk to, or a psychologist if no one is prepared to listen.
OUTCOME: Reason and instinct come in contact with one another. You neither let yourself to be terrorized by feelings (and terrorize others) nor allow them to be silenced. You can express them as they arise. And you don't need to make a big thing of them; they are not that important. You prefer to remain on the surface and ignore your feelings. You do everything to avoid perceiving or having to express them. But you have known for a long time what needs to be addressed. You need to understand that unexpressed feelings prey on the mind and, by their very nature, can trigger off illness. The time has come to express what's happening in your life and what you feel. There's no progress without discussion -only backsliding. Find a friend to talk to, or a psychologist if no one is prepared to listen. Reason and instinct come in contact with one another. You neither let yourself to be terrorized by feelings (and terrorize others) nor allow them to be silenced. You can express them as they arise. And you don't need to make a big thing of them; they are not that important.

16. Incompatibility (Cancer/Leo, Moon/Sun)
Expulsion from Paradise; The Double; Marriage; Day and Night; Yin and Yang
PROBLEM: The heart of the matter is a failure to understand the incompatibility between man and woman. As a man you do not understand the "woman in you"; as a woman you do not understand the "man in you". Try to see things from the other's perspective for a change.
WAY: Your path takes you through a phase where it becomes necessary to devote more attention to the neglected aspect of your self than you have already done (you know best which part that is). You have to demand acceptance of your femininity from your masculine aspect, or vice versa.
OUTCOME: The path has led to both aspects having equal importance. Although this alone cannot resolve their incompatibility, you are aware of both sides now and value each accordingly. You have an inkling of what Paradise is, and that moment of mutual recognition (at the beginning and end of the day) causes your heart to beat a little faster. The heart of the matter is a failure to understand the incompatibility between man and woman. As a man you do not understand the "woman in you"; as a woman you do not understand the "man in you". Try to see things from the other's perspective for a change. Your path takes you through a phase where it becomes necessary to devote more attention to the neglected aspect of your self than you have already done (you know best which part that is). You have to demand acceptance of your femininity from your masculine aspect, or vice versa. The path has led to both aspects having equal importance. Although this alone cannot resolve their incompatibility, you are aware of both sides now and value each accordingly. You have an inkling of what Paradise is, and that moment of mutual recognition (at the beginning and end of the day) causes your heart to beat a little faster.

17. Caring (Cancer/Virgo, Moon/Mercury)
Sympathy; Watching over Someone; Caring; Grief; The Problem Child; Helper Syndrome
PROBLEM: You have forgotten there is someone dependent on your sympathy and care. The one waiting for you to care for him or her in the world outside only mirrors the small child within who wants attention.
WAY: Take care of yourself. Look after your own emotional well-being. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by others' feelings. The small child in you is crying and seeks attention.
OUTCOME: The mother/child relationship has been restored within you. You don't feel so frightened, nor so helpless and at the mercy of others now that you have learned to look after yourself. You have forgotten there is someone dependent on your sympathy and care. The one waiting for you to care for him or her in the world outside only mirrors the small child within who wants attention. Take care of yourself. Look after your own emotional well-being. Don't allow yourself to be distracted by others' feelings. The small child in you is crying and seeks attention. The mother/child relationship has been restored within you. You don't feel so frightened, nor so helpless and at the mercy of others now that you have learned to look after yourself. 1

18. The Family (Cancer/Libra, Moon/Venus)
The Third Force; Spiritual Contact; "WE"; Confession to a Relationship; Compound; Cohesion
PROBLEM: You have contributed to the creation of a third force but refuse to become involved. You refuse to accept it spiritually, choosing to give the third force over for adoption instead.
WAY: The way through the problem will demand a confession. But a confession means spiritually accepting something more troublesome because the generation of a third force presents its own challenges.
OUTCOME: A common entity will arise, a third force which is greater than its individual components. Rather than belong to you, it has a life of its own which needs both adults for a while to nourish its spiritual energies and allow it to grow. You have contributed to the creation of a third force but refuse to become involved. You refuse to accept it spiritually, choosing to give the third force over for adoption instead. The way through the problem will demand a confession. But a confession means spiritually accepting something more troublesome because the generation of a third force presents its own challenges. A common entity will arise, a third force which is greater than its individual components. Rather than belong to you, it has a life of its own which needs both adults for a while to nourish its spiritual energies and allow it to grow.

19. Abortion (Cancer/Scorpio, Moon/Pluto)
Selling the Soul; Sacrificed Femininity; Imagining Feelings; Spiritual Dependence; Depression; Concept of Motherhood
PROBLEM: The God of the Underworld has you firmly in his clutches. You have sacrificed your soul to the enemy of the living and now seek comfort in others. You cling to the hope that someone can free you from darkness. The path that leads you to light is long - you must first descend into the depths, into the world of the shadow, before you find your way back to the living.
WAY: You have to descent into the underworld with your feelings, just as Persephone did before you. That's where you frankly admit that it will take all you have before you can buy back your feelings and surface from the depths.
OUTCOME: You have sacrificed a lot: images and imagined feelings which were surrogates and self-delusions. A lot had to be "torn from your soul". The wounds will hurt for a long time but now you have more freedom and independence. You are no longer bound by what you have sacrificed; it has no power over you any more. The God of the Underworld has you firmly in his clutches. You have sacrificed your soul to the enemy of the living and now seek comfort in others. You cling to the hope that someone can free you from darkness. The path that leads you to light is long - you must first descend into the depths, into the world of the shadow, before you find your way back to the living. You have to descent into the underworld with your feelings, just as Persephone did before you. That's where you frankly admit that it will take all you have before you can buy back your feelings and surface from the depths. You have sacrificed a lot: images and imagined feelings which were surrogates and self-delusions. A lot had to be "torn from your soul". The wounds will hurt for a long time but now you have more freedom and independence. You are no longer bound by what you have sacrificed; it has no power over you any more.

20. Mnemosyne (Cancer/Sagittarius, Moon/Jupiter)
Memory; Therapy; Insight into the Soul; Personal Truth; The Muses
PROBLEM: The waters of Lethe flow through your soul, leaving no chance to remember. You deny the (feminine) healer within you and suffer from a spell of forgetting. Daylight fades around you. But Mnemosyne would like to make contact with you, let you know that your problem can only be solved by remembering.
WAY: Therapy of one form or another will be needed to help you get through the problem. It does not have to be in the form of a (paid) "worldly" therapist, although this would also be useful.
OUTCOME: As difficult as it was, the process has given you an important insight. That's what it was all about: you descended and remembered. The waters of Lethe flow through your soul, leaving no chance to remember. You deny the (feminine) healer within you and suffer from a spell of forgetting. Daylight fades around you. But Mnemosyne would like to make contact with you, let you know that your problem can only be solved by remembering. Therapy of one form or another will be needed to help you get through the problem. It does not have to be in the form of a (paid) "worldly" therapist, although this would also be useful. As difficult as it was, the process has given you an important insight. That's what it was all about: you descended and remembered.

21. The Ice Queen (Cancer/Capricorn, Moon/Saturn)
Hardened Femininity; The Lonely Child; The Strict Mother; Feelings of Guilt; Depression
PROBLEM: The underlying cause of your problem is an inner persona which has closed off its feelings. You have curled up like a hedgehog, built a wall around your feelings ("a shell"), and now your reactions are cold and distant. The task is to take responsibility for your hardness instead of attributing it to the world.
WAY: It's time to be more adult. You might ask what is left of all your tears. The feminine aspect of your self can only surface if you deal with tears arising from loss or hurt feelings (not to be confused with tears of self-pity -- they're easy to come by).
OUTCOME: Your path leads you to take more responsibility for your own insensitive feelings. Then you stop blaming other people for your own callousness. It comes from you! Only this knowledge can bring about a thaw. The underlying cause of your problem is an inner persona which has closed off its feelings. You have curled up like a hedgehog, built a wall around your feelings ("a shell"), and now your reactions are cold and distant. The task is to take responsibility for your hardness instead of attributing it to the world. It's time to be more adult. You might ask what is left of all your tears. The feminine aspect of your self can only surface if you deal with tears arising from loss or hurt feelings (not to be confused with tears of self-pity -- they're easy to come by). Your path leads you to take more responsibility for your own insensitive feelings. Then you stop blaming other people for your own callousness. It comes from you! Only this knowledge can bring about a thaw.

22. Deliverance (Cancer/Aquarius, Moon/Uranus)
Emotional Release; Leaving Childhood Behind; Cold Freedom; Insecurity; Exile from the Homeland
PROBLEM: You don't want to accept the passing of a secure phase. Growth is long overdue and it is high time you hatched from the egg. The protective shell may well have to be broken open from outside because you are too frightened to choose to leave narrow boundaries.
WAY: You already know that the shell has deep cracks, that you need to give birth to something new. A certain theme in your life has aged. Your path involves pecking away the remaining pieces of the shell, and that takes a lot of strength and hard work -- but you know there is no turning back now.
OUTCOME: You've hatched from the shell -- it's cold outside. But you know it is all part of becoming an adult. Time will give you strength; the soul will grow its "feathers". And this, according to Plato, is the most important thing that can happen. You don't want to accept the passing of a secure phase. Growth is long overdue and it is high time you hatched from the egg. The protective shell may well have to be broken open from outside because you are too frightened to choose to leave narrow boundaries. You already know that the shell has deep cracks, that you need to give birth to something new. A certain theme in your life has aged. Your path involves pecking away the remaining pieces of the shell, and that takes a lot of strength and hard work -- but you know there is no turning back now. You've hatched from the shell -- it's cold outside. But you know it is all part of becoming an adult. Time will give you strength; the soul will grow its "feathers". And this, according to Plato, is the most important thing that can happen.

23. Sleeping Beauty-Slumber (Cancer/Pisces, Moon/Neptune)
The Dream; Longing; The Unborn; The Bewitched Soul; Intuition; Woman in the Realm of Oblivion; Waiting
PROBLEM: You are homeless, insecure and expectant. A wave of longing is unleashed in you and there is no one who can really ease it. This might be a sweet kind of pain, but it is also deeply disturbing because you hide yourself away. Feelings like these cannot be changed -- they can only be endured.
WAY: It's true that you feel lonely, but you also realize how the heavens can only address you in homelessness. Look at your dreams (take flights of fancy) so you can feel the messages inside you more clearly. If you keep looking outside yourself, the search will be in vain.
OUTCOME: You discover a more profound, invisible world next to the visible one, and there you will find a guide. For the sake of "intuition", this guide will show you the miracles of the objective world and let you forget your loneliness. You are homeless, insecure and expectant. A wave of longing is unleashed in you and there is no one who can really ease it. This might be a sweet kind of pain, but it is also deeply disturbing because you hide yourself away. Feelings like these cannot be changed -- they can only be endured. It's true that you feel lonely, but you also realize how the heavens can only address you in homelessness. Look at your dreams (take flights of fancy) so you can feel the messages inside you more clearly. If you keep looking outside yourself, the search will be in vain. You discover a more profound, invisible world next to the visible one, and there you will find a guide. For the sake of "intuition", this guide will show you the miracles of the objective world and let you forget your loneliness.

24. The Battle (Leo/Aries, Sun/Mars)
Power Struggle; Victory of Pyrrhus; Self-annihilation; An "Own-Goal"; Shadow-Boxing
PROBLEM: You have become tangled up in your own aggressions. You believe you have identified the enemy in the world outside, and now, despairing, seek victory whilst failing to realize you are fighting yourself. You are your own worst enemy. The more vehemently you try to win, the more energy you waste -- ultimately, it leads to self-annihilation.
WAY: The task ahead is to seize territory and win ground for yourself. No one is going to just hand it over. It's a tooth and nail battle. There is something to be learned, even from close victory or defeat: a little courage and you will learn how to face up to your opponents and fight.
OUTCOME: You have discovered that an outside enemy is only ever a reflection of an inner persona and a part of yourself. That doesn't mean, however, that you should not take up arms when need be: it's up to you to decide whether or not to fight. You have become tangled up in your own aggressions. You believe you have identified the enemy in the world outside, and now, despairing, seek victory whilst failing to realize you are fighting yourself. You are your own worst enemy. The more vehemently you try to win, the more energy you waste -- ultimately, it leads to self-annihilation. The task ahead is to seize territory and win ground for yourself. No one is going to just hand it over. It's a tooth and nail battle. There is something to be learned, even from close victory or defeat: a little courage and you will learn how to face up to your opponents and fight. You have discovered that an outside enemy is only ever a reflection of an inner persona and a part of yourself. That doesn't mean, however, that you should not take up arms when need be: it's up to you to decide whether or not to fight.

25. The Ruler (Leo/Taurus, Sun/Venus)
Feminine Power and Strength; Grandeur and Splendor; The Queen; Using Sensuality and Erotic Charm
PROBLEM: You alienated yourself from your ego; it can only be (or has been) reached by means of other people. You are prepared to "sell out" by clinging to someone whose power and strength you suppose will help you. Your intrinsic sense of self-esteem lacks foundation.
WAY: You have to learn to use your own charms to achieve what you want now. Try to view charm and the powers of attraction as part of a game you play, things you use to help satisfy desired and achieve your aims. The ego game is one we all play -- there's scarcely any other.
OUTCOME: You have realized you're not a sovereign Queen but someone who is dependent on others -- and that includes your subjects. You use your position in a friendly and loyal manner, without false modesty, and without feeling the need to hide your borrowed feathers. You alienated yourself from your ego; it can only be (or has been) reached by means of other people. You are prepared to "sell out" by clinging to someone whose power and strength you suppose will help you. Your intrinsic sense of selfesteem lacks foundation. You have to learn to use your own charms to achieve what you want now. Try to view charm and the powers of attraction as part of a game you play, things you use to help satisfy desired and achieve your aims. The ego game is one we all play -- there's scarcely any other. You have realized you're not a sovereign Queen but someone who is dependent on others -- and that includes your subjects. You use your position in a friendly and loyal manner, without false modesty, and without feeling the need to hide your borrowed feathers.

26. The Actor (Leo/Gemini, Sun/Mercury)
The Role; Self-portrayal; The Assumed Identity; "Theater"; Stage Backdrop; Intellectualism
PROBLEM: You fail to understand that you only act a role in present situation. The real person is hidden behind the "role"; it may be a while before you accept responsibility for it. For the time being, it's enough to know that your importance is borrowed or acted out. Of course, you are afraid of someone removing the mask. But who exactly could be revealed?
WAY: Play the role. Walk on-stage and start acting. Don't be concerned if the character isn't really you. The stage is your world now -- so act as well as you can. Does all this sound a bit false? Don't let it bother you. This is what your path demands. Only take yourself as seriously as the role asks of you.
OUTCOME: You act the role now without having identified with it. You don't take it seriously: you know it's just a game -you can even say as much. You can admit it to yourself and to others. Who could remove the mask now? You fail to understand that you only act a role in present situation. The real person is hidden behind the "role"; it may be a while before you accept responsibility for it. For the time being, it's enough to know that your importance is borrowed or acted out. Of course, you are afraid of someone removing the mask. But who exactly could be revealed? Play the role. Walk on-stage and start acting. Don't be concerned if the character isn't really you. The stage is your world now -- so act as well as you can. Does all this sound a bit false? Don't let it bother you. This is what your path demands. Only take yourself as seriously as the role asks of you. You act the role now without having identified with it. You don't take it seriously: you know it's just a game -- you can even say as much. You can admit it to yourself and to others. Who could remove the mask now?

27. The Ailing King (Leo/Virgo, Sun/Mercury)
The Patient; The Joylessness of Everyday Life; Exhaustion; Fleeing to Illness; Forbearance
PROBLEM: You flee into a state which could be misinterpreted as illness. Your ego rejects life because no one rolls out the red-carpet. But you refuse contact and retreat back to bed even before your "royal toes" can touch the pavement of reality.
WAY: This hails the arrival of everyday life for your ego. Your days have the same gray and colorless tone. You go through a phase which demands resilience and adjustment. The theme here is "the long run".
OUTCOME: You have learned to be patient in the sense of the word's original sense "patientia": forbearance of exigencies, enduring trivialities and ordinariness in everyday life. You flee into a state which could be misinterpreted as illness. Your ego rejects life because no one rolls out the red-carpet. But you refuse contact and retreat back to bed even before your "royal toes" can touch the pavement of reality. This hails the arrival of everyday life for your ego. Your days have the same gray and colorless tone. You go through a phase which demands resilience and adjustment. The theme here is "the long run". You have learned to be patient in the sense of the word's original sense "patientia": forbearance of exigencies, enduring trivialities and ordinariness in everyday life.

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28. The Wedding (Leo/Libra, Sun/Venus)
Love (Falling in Love); The Couple; The Climax; Euphoria; Lucky in Love; Unity of Opposites; Dependence on The Relationship
PROBLEM: You try to realize your own happiness through other people. You expect someone else to love you. You want to bask in their warm rays. Did you just say you've also got something to give? Well good, so it's a fair exchange. But have you already discovered love in yourself, independent of others? You see!
WAY: The path can only be travelled with someone else. It's all about making mutual plans, as your sun can only shine with someone by your side. Together you can discover for yourselves the road leading to the heart.
OUTCOME: You are already on the way to achieving togetherness. Love is the womanly guide to whom you will return. You find love in yourself through someone else. You try to realize your own happiness through other people. You expect someone else to love you. You want to bask in their warm rays. Did you just say you've also got something to give? Well good, so it's a fair exchange. But have you already discovered love in yourself, independent of others? You see! The path can only be travelled with someone else. It's all about making mutual plans, as your sun can only shine with someone by your side. Together you can discover for yourselves the road leading to the heart. You are already on the way to achieving togetherness. Love is the womanly guide to whom you will return. You find love in yourself through someone else.

29. The Magician (Leo/Scorpio, Sun/Pluto)
Efforts to Create Life (Test-Tube Life); Black Magic and White Magic; Positive Thinking; Perfectionism; Genetic Engineering
PROBLEM: You are under a magic spell. But don't take this the wrong way: your own magical past returns to you even if you may feel the victim of "sacrifice". You are trapped in spiritual chains and live according to an image of life which consumes a lot of strength and life energy.
WAY: You live life in a bubble, like homunculus inside a testtube. You have invested a lot of energy into its conception, and the time has now come to make a sacrifice which will again release pent up energy. Remember: it's only an image being destroyed. The truth knows no destruction.
OUTCOME: You have understood that you are not the creator but the created. You will find peace and move into an orbit around your true star. You know that all other stars are the work of Hollywood -- a few pretty pictures, some glamor up-front, but it's all made of cardboard. You are under a magic spell. But don't take this the wrong way: your own magical past returns to you even if you may feel the victim of "sacrifice". You are trapped in spiritual chains and live according to an image of life which consumes a lot of strength and life energy. You live life in a bubble, like homunculus inside a test-tube. You have invested a lot of energy into its conception, and the time has now come to make a sacrifice which will again release pent up energy. Remember: it's only an image being destroyed. The truth knows no destruction. You have understood that you are not the creator but the created. You will find peace and move into an orbit around your true star. You know that all other stars are the work of Hollywood -- a few pretty pictures, some glamor up-front, but it's all made of cardboard.

30. Fortuna (Leo/Sagittarius, Sun/Jupiter)
Luck; Spiritual Depth; Tolerance; Reaching for the Stars; Seeking Admiration; Optimism; Inner Healer; Trust
PROBLEM: You suffer from a serious lack of trust deep within you. You have lost your optimism and don't trust your own insights any more. Your ego no longer heeds the (omnipresent) inner healer -- the bridge to Religio has been destroyed. The process could lead to megalomania.
WAY: You only need to find the confidence along the way that you are a "recipient", that you will be guided by everything "good" in the heavens. The heavens are your therapy.
OUTCOME: The effort is worthwhile. The cornucopia is overflowing again. Insight returns and you can again experience what we call "luck". You suffer from a serious lack of trust deep within you. You have lost your optimism and don't trust your own insights any more. Your ego no longer heeds the (omnipresent) inner healer -- the bridge to Religio has been destroyed. The process could lead to megalomania. You only need to find the confidence along the way that you are a "recipient", that you will be guided by everything "good" in the heavens. The heavens are your therapy. The effort is worthwhile. The cornucopia is overflowing again. Insight returns and you can again experience what we call "luck".

31. The Burden (Leo/Capricorn, Sun/Saturn)
Toil; Conscience; Enduring Fate; Ethics; Guilty Feelings; Responsibility
PROBLEM: A burden weighs down your soul. It weighs heavily on your conscience. You still haven't accepted that removing it requires a long, painful and tiring process. You are responsible for yourself. You have to rely solely on yourself, something which makes life all the more difficult.
WAY: The problem looms ahead of you and the path to its solution is steep. It demands commitment and effort. You are the only one capable of doing the job. Be prepared for an exhausting process and count on having a few setbacks.
OUTCOME: The view from the summit has given you a clear perspective. Law and conscience have become the measure of your life. As Kant said: The "starlit sky overhead and the conscience within" will determine your actions. A burden weighs down your soul. It weighs heavily on your conscience. You still haven't accepted that removing it requires a long, painful and tiring process. You are responsible for yourself. You have to rely solely on yourself, something which makes life all the more difficult. The problem looms ahead of you and the path to its solution is steep. It demands commitment and effort. You are the only one capable of doing the job. Be prepared for an exhausting process and count on having a few setbacks. The view from the summit has given you a clear perspective. Law and conscience have become the measure of your life. As Kant said: The "starlit sky overhead and the conscience within" will determine your actions.

32. The Fall (Leo/Aquarius, Sun/Uranus)
Palace Betrayal; Overthrow; Change; Fall of the Ego; Loss of Power; Disloyalty
PROBLEM: You have suffered a fall and can neither understand nor come to terms with it. You have no idea that a betrayal comes from above. Instead, you accuse others of having deceived or betrayed you. But the overthrow is justified and satisfies a higher need. You have to accept it, even if this hurts your ego.
WAY: Somewhere along the way you have to relinquish your throne and the kingdom you worked so tirelessly to create. The task now is to seek the jester within yourself. But only if you are prepared to pack your belongings and get away for a while.
OUTCOME: In the end you realize that you too are the fool and that now you are better able to do justice to the role. You identify less with the king now and all the more with the joker. You have suffered a fall and can neither understand nor come to terms with it. You have no idea that a betrayal comes from above. Instead, you accuse others of having deceived or betrayed you. But the overthrow is justified and satisfies a higher need. You have to accept it, even if this hurts your ego. Somewhere along the way you have to relinquish your throne and the kingdom you worked so tirelessly to create. The task now is to seek the jester within yourself. But only if you are prepared to pack your belongings and get away for a while. In the end you realize that you too are the fool and that now you are better able to do justice to the role. You identify less with the king now and all the more with the joker.

33. Retreat (Leo/Pisces, Sun/Neptune)
Loss of Ego; Contemplation; "Deidentification"; Inconspicuousness; "Dis-realization"; Existential Crisis; A Feeling of Nothingness
PROBLEM: There is nothing ore to do, it's time to take your leave from the stage. Your world becomes barren, gray and colorless. Don't look for causes -that's just how it is. You have no role to play at the moment (in both senses of the word). Try to accept this fact.
WAY: Don't waste your energy, you have to cross a no man's land now. You are not at the helm of a boat, you drift on a raft far from shore. So just relax and let yourself be carried along. Don't interfere -you will only become confused. Learn to let matters run their course. Refraining from action is the best course of action.
OUTCOME: You learn from the outcome that solutions are only found within yourself, not in teh world outside. You also understand now what it means to close your eyes to the world and to open them up within. You take a step forward in your growth which will make your ego smaller and your existence far richer. There is nothing ore to do, it's time to take your leave from the stage. Your world becomes barren, gray and colorless. Don't look for causes -- that's just how it is. You have no role to play at the moment (in both senses of the word). Try to accept this fact. Don't waste your energy, you have to cross a no man's land now. You are not at the helm of a boat, you drift on a raft far from shore. So just relax and let yourself be carried along. Don't interfere -- you will only become confused. Learn to let matters run their course. Refraining from action is the best course of action. You learn from the outcome that solutions are only found within yourself, not in teh world outside. You also understand now what it means to close your eyes to the world and to open them up within. You take a step forward in your growth which will make your ego smaller and your existence far richer.

34. Eros (Aries/Taurus, Mars/Venus)
Attraction of the Sexes; Sex; Flirtation; Body Contact; "Cher-Chez La Femme"
PROBLEM: The card would like to remind you of the theme (and problem) of your sexuality. It wants to tell you: "Human beings can't live from the spirit alone; we have a body too". It can mean two things: either this theme was allowed to run on so long that you have dried up, or you focus on nothing but the theme itself and have become closed to everything else (surely you know which one is true). In both cases the car says: "Take more care of your sexuality". Cupid is finding its target.
WAY: The way ahead involves finding the courage to be sensual again, learning to understand your own inhibitions (or excesses) and discovering that Amor has its own way of uniting the pieces.
OUTCOME: You understand the scope of the sexual game without overestimating or underestimating its significance. Sexuality, as someone wise once said, is the best frivolity. The card would like to remind you of the theme (and problem) of your sexuality. It wants to tell you: "Human beings can't live from the spirit alone; we have a body too". It can mean two things: either this theme was allowed to run on so long that you have dried up, or you focus on nothing but the theme itself and have become closed to everything else (surely you know which one is true). In both cases the car says: "Take more care of your sexuality". Cupid is finding its target. The way ahead involves finding the courage to be sensual again, learning to understand your own inhibitions (or excesses) and discovering that Amor has its own way of uniting the pieces. You understand the scope of the sexual game without overestimating or underestimating its significance. Sexuality, as someone wise once said, is the best frivolity.

35. The Stocks (Aries/Gemini, Mars/Mercury)
Gossip; Defamation; Destruction with Words; Moaning; Wailing Willy (Yapping); Character Assassination; A Sharp Tongue
PROBLEM: You are about to propagate a vicious lie or become the victim of lies yourself. Neither of these -- whether you are victim or culprit -- is any more noble than the other as both show you are susceptible to gossip and lies, that you have not understood the whole meaning. Whatever the case, you believe you are not implicated in it being spread. That's a mistake!
WAY: Your journey will not spare you the ignominy of the stocks. Your actions will be made public and it would be a good thing to prepare yourself -- yes, even help the process along (if you don't find it too difficult). Otherwise you will be taken by surprise. The easiest way is to go public. That's what we call "outing".
OUTCOME: The matter you hid has come to light -- now acknowledge it. Standing at the stocks means admitting to your most unsavory characteristics and, most importantly, to aggression. You are about to propagate a vicious lie or become the victim of lies yourself. Neither of these -whether you are victim or culprit -- is any more noble than the other as both show you are susceptible to gossip and lies, that you have not understood the whole meaning. Whatever the case, you believe you are not implicated in it being spread. That's a mistake! Your journey will not spare you the ignominy of the stocks. Your actions will be made public and it would be a good thing to prepare yourself -- yes, even help the process along (if you don't find it too difficult). Otherwise you will be taken by surprise. The easiest way is to go public. That's what we call "outing". The matter you hid has come to light -- now acknowledge it. Standing at the stocks means admitting to your most unsavory characteristics and, most importantly, to aggression.

36. Guilt (Aries/Virgo, Mars/Mercury)
The Unintentional Act; Acting in Good Faith; Projection; VictimCulprit Relationship; Guilt and Innocence
PROBLEM: The perpetrator in you fight for his life, for his very innocence. He is on a voracious search for defence. You cannot acknowledge the act and grant those redeeming words: "I was the one!" The threads holding victim and perpetrator together are a noose around your heart which steals your breath and freedom.
WAY: Guilt is unavoidable. Someone is going to be hurt no matter which solution your path leads you to choose. Only one thing can help you: confess!
OUTCOME: Why do you bother asking anyway? Mankind is doomed by fate. These words taken from the Oracle of Delphi are written upon the walls of the temple at your journey's end. You accept that the theme of guilt is part of life: a state beyond guilt and innocence existed only in Paradise before the fall, before knowledge of Good and Evil, when victim and culprit were one. The perpetrator in you fight for his life, for his very innocence. He is on a voracious search for defence. You cannot acknowledge the act and grant those redeeming words: "I was the one!" The threads holding victim and perpetrator together are a noose around your heart which steals your breath and freedom. Guilt is unavoidable. Someone is going to be hurt no matter which solution your path leads you to choose. Only one thing can help you: confess! Why do you bother asking anyway? Mankind is doomed by fate. These words taken from the Oracle of Delphi are written upon the walls of the temple at your journey's end. You accept that the theme of guilt is part of life: a state beyond guilt and innocence existed only in Paradise before the fall, before knowledge of Good and Evil, when victim and culprit were one.

37. Disagreement (Aries/Libra, Mars/Venus)
Battle of the Sexes; Clash; The Hatchet; Breaking the Symbolon
PROBLEM: You don't want to perceive a relationship conflict. That could mean a conflict with your partner, a neighbor, friend or family member. You are afraid to argue and clash. Your partner, placed in the position of having to enact your aggressions, has become your enemy. This pressure -- which you want to repress with counterpressure -- could just as easily surface on the bodily plane (as cramps, pain, fever, or agitation).
WAY: The one and only thing you can do is remove the bone of contention. You can only progress through open discussion. This path offers you very little harmony in the relationship.
OUTCOME: You have learned to live with the irreconcilable difference between the sexes. If you follow your ego's power to assert itself, you will inevitably lose the "we". If you give in to togetherness, you will sacrifice a part of yourself. You can't have your cake and eat it too. You don't want to perceive a relationship conflict. That could mean a conflict with your partner, a neighbor, friend or family member. You are afraid to argue and clash. Your partner, placed in the position of having to enact your aggressions, has become your enemy. This pressure -- which you want to repress with counter-pressure -- could just as easily surface on the bodily plane (as cramps, pain, fever, or agitation). The one and only thing you can do is remove the bone of contention. You can only progress through open discussion. This path offers you very little harmony in the relationship. You have learned to live with the irreconcilable difference between the sexes. If you follow your ego's power to assert itself, you will inevitably lose the "we". If you give in to togetherness, you will sacrifice a part of yourself. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

38. The Vampire (Aries/Scorpio, Mars/Pluto)
Penetration of the Soul; Rape; Bondage; The Victim; The "Undead"
PROBLEM: Part of you has died. This means you have attached yourself to someone else, chosen this person as your perpetrator, and may now consider yourself to be a victim. You hope to be blessed with life; you want to share this person's energies, and now you are surprised by his or her control over you. You turned yourself into the victim by calling on the intruder. Now both of you are embroiled in "Dangerous Liaisons"
WAY: Acknowledge that one part of you is heteronomous. Discover which of your personae has descended into the realm of the shadow and the underworld and invades alien lifeforms. Identify this parasitic creature, it creates shackles which hold you down.
OUTCOME: The vampire will die. This frightens you, but it is the cure. It doesn't mean a complete death: the vampire stealing part of your life will surface and die in the light of consciousness, creating space for a new beginning. Part of you has died. This means you have attached yourself to someone else, chosen this person as your perpetrator, and may now consider yourself to be a victim. You hope to be blessed with life; you want to share this person's energies, and now you are surprised by his or her control over you. You turned yourself into the victim by calling on the intruder. Now both of you are embroiled in "Dangerous Liaisons" Acknowledge that one part of you is heteronomous. Discover which of your personae has descended into the realm of the shadow and the underworld and invades alien lifeforms. Identify this parasitic creature, it creates shackles which hold you down. The vampire will die. This frightens you, but it is the cure. It doesn't mean a complete death: the vampire stealing part of your life will surface and die in the light of consciousness, creating space for a new beginning.

39. The Crusader (Aries/Sagittarius, Mars/Jupiter)
Religious Controversy; Resilient Defence of a Mission; Fight Against Dissidents; The Power of Persuasion (Upholding Convictions)
PROBLEM: You act against your own good judgement (repress the insights you have gained) and turn your sword on those who (you think) dissent. You want your "correct" opinions to prevail, not noticing that they are only the pretence to wage war and destroy.
WAY: Sometime you will have to stand up for your convictions, even if that means a fight. It is not enough just to achieve insight and knowledge if you are not prepared to back them with deeds.
OUTCOME: Ultimately, your actions are guided by insight and understanding. Deeds are no longer dictated by blind aggression; your well-thought out actions are driven by conviction. Now you know how easy it is to start a fight -shadow-box -- with yourself. You act against your own good judgement (repress the insights you have gained) and turn your sword on those who (you think) dissent. You want your "correct" opinions to prevail, not noticing that they are only the pretence to wage war and destroy. Sometime you will have to stand up for your convictions, even if that means a fight. It is not enough just to achieve insight and knowledge if you are not prepared to back them with deeds. Ultimately, your actions are guided by insight and understanding. Deeds are no longer dictated by blind aggression; your well-thought out actions are driven by conviction. Now you know how easy it is to start a fight -- shadow-box -- with yourself.

40. Prevention (Aries/Capricorn, Mars/Saturn)
Fruitless Effort; The Ban; The Power of Destiny; Blockage; The Bridle; Defeat by Authority
PROBLEM: You try to charge head-first into things at the moment, failing to realize that your efforts won't get you anywhere.
WAY: Give up! It's not up to you to decide. You can't draw your sword from the sheath because, frankly, it isn't your sword. So stop trying.
OUTCOME: You will learn to harmonize your energies with the demands of fate. That means subjective desires give way to a higher aim and your energies can be made to flow again (in a new direction). You try to charge head-first into things at the moment, failing to realize that your efforts won't get you anywhere. Give up! It's not up to you to decide. You can't draw your sword from the sheath because, frankly, it isn't your sword. So stop trying. You will learn to harmonize your energies with the demands of fate. That means subjective desires give way to a higher aim and your energies can be made to flow again (in a new direction).

41. The Spiteful Troublemaker (Aries/Aquarius, Mars/Uranus)
Trouble-Making Brat; Rumpelstilzchin; Pain in the Neck; The Irritant; The Exorcist; The Menace; Trickster; The Ally
PROBLEM: One of your inner personae is exploiting you or some other person without being noticed. It has a tremendous power to alienate; it's a traitor working behind your back, a trouble-maker, or a menace which comes between you and the world.
WAY: Look for your "Rumpelstilzchin". Discover the secrets this wizened little fellow guards in himself (and therefore yourself), find out what motivates him. One of his aims is to deliver you from something in the past.
OUTCOME: At the end of your journey you will have made this persona an ally. You are not dependent on the opinions of others any more. You can go your own way and no longer feel obliged to accept or ask for charity. One of your inner personae is exploiting you or some other person without being noticed. It has a tremendous power to alienate; it's a traitor working behind your back, a trouble-maker, or a menace which comes between you and the world. Look for your "Rumpelstilzchin". Discover the secrets this wizened little fellow guards in himself (and therefore yourself), find out what motivates him. One of his aims is to deliver you from something in the past. At the end of your journey you will have made this persona an ally. You are not dependent on the opinions of others any more. You can go your own way and no longer feel obliged to accept or ask for charity.

42. The Absolute Fool (Aries/Pisces, Mars/Neptune)
Tilting at Windmills; The Loser; The Tramp; Guilelessness; The Sleeping Soldier; Lethargy; Dreams of Heroics; Perceval
PROBLEM: At the moment you are unable to accept not having enough energy to come to terms with the world. You are a loser. Your body, tired and weak, might well reflect this listlessness.
WAY: As part of this process you have to learn to reject competitiveness and fighting. The task is to take an inconspicuous, independent path without seeking the confirmation of others.
OUTCOME: You have learned to honor both worlds. You neither wear yourself out, tilt at windmills, nor build castles in the air which are destined to collapse. At the moment you are unable to accept not having enough energy to come to terms with the world. You are a loser. Your body, tired and weak, might well reflect this listlessness. As part of this process you have to learn to reject competitiveness and fighting. The task is to take an inconspicuous, independent path without seeking the confirmation of others. You have learned to honor both worlds. You neither wear yourself out, tilt at windmills, nor build castles in the air which are destined to collapse.

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43. The Golden Girl (Taurus/Gemini, Venus/Mercury)
Cinderella; Feminine Competition; Presentation of Values; Grimm's "Pechmarie"; The Bluestocking; The Beautiful and the Ugly
PROBLEM: Deep down you feel inferior. You suffer from low self-esteem because you think someone either makes you appear plain and inadequate or that this is how you really are. Both suggest you get hung up on making comparisons (competition), something that can only make you lose in the long term. As long as you try to increase your self-esteem by appearing attractive, you will remain a prisoner on the plane of self-portrayal -- in essence, you don't believe in yourself. You feel inferior.
WAY: An essential part of the journey is to take a good look at your competitive behavior. How or in regard to what person do you dress yourself up to appear better than you really are? Take an honest look at how your lack of self-esteem surfaces.
OUTCOME: When the problem is over you see that portraying self-esteem is just a theatrical role. It is up to you to decide whether you continue the role or bid it farewell. Neither one is of great consequence, no matter what you decide. Deep down you feel inferior. You suffer from low self-esteem because you think someone either makes you appear plain and inadequate or that this is how you really are. Both suggest you get hung up on making comparisons (competition), something that can only make you lose in the long term. As long as you try to increase your self-esteem by appearing attractive, you will remain a prisoner on the plane of self-portrayal -- in essence, you don't believe in yourself. You feel inferior. An essential part of the journey is to take a good look at your competitive behavior. How or in regard to what person do you dress yourself up to appear better than you really are? Take an honest look at how your lack of self-esteem surfaces. When the problem is over you see that portraying self-esteem is just a theatrical role. It is up to you to decide whether you continue the role or bid it farewell. Neither one is of great consequence, no matter what you decide.

44. Clinging (Taurus/Virgo, Venus/Mercury)
Greed; Gaining Weight; The Material World as Protective Wall and Prison; Assurance as Safeguard
PROBLEM: At some point you built a wall around yourself and, seeking security (and in fear), became your own incarcerated slave. "Excess" plays an important role here. You think, "The more, the better", but this will only make you less flexible and trap you even more in the end.
WAY: Look at how you hope to find support in external values which may later become obstacles and make progress more difficult.
OUTCOME: The material world undoubtedly has its time and place -- it can make good sense. You find a balanced (and nonrestricting) approach to this theme. Security has its intrinsic value, but it is no end in itself. At some point you built a wall around yourself and, seeking security (and in fear), became your own incarcerated slave. "Excess" plays an important role here. You think, "The more, the better", but this will only make you less flexible and trap you even more in the end. Look at how you hope to find support in external values which may later become obstacles and make progress more difficult. The material world undoubtedly has its time and place -- it can make good sense. You find a balanced (and non-restricting) approach to this theme. Security has its intrinsic value, but it is no end in itself.

45. The Gilded Cage (Taurus/Libra, Venus/Venus)
The Relationship as Imprisonment; The Partner as Possession; Jealousy; Bribing Your Partner; Devotion
PROBLEM: "Buying" and "being bought" are bitter aspects in your relationship. Relationships of this kind are doomed to "possession" and "jealousy". You are trapped no matter whether you are the "possessor" or the "possessed". You are the prisoner of the gilded cage who grows more passive and less flexible over time. You paid a high price for "security".
WAY: The task at hand is to make your relationship (or friendship) more meaningful. You have to "invest" in it and accept a possible loss of freedom. Otherwise it will continue to lack the foundation and the fertile soil to grow.
OUTCOME: The journey leads you to a realization that the door of the cage was never closed. Two people who belong together and provide warmth for one another should not isolate themselves in "mutual reassurance". Devotion is a natural part of a relationship only when mutual growth and development are possible. But loss of freedom might be the price to pay. "Buying" and "being bought" are bitter aspects in your relationship. Relationships of this kind are doomed to "possession" and "jealousy". You are trapped no matter whether you are the "possessor" or the "possessed". You are the prisoner of the gilded cage who grows more passive and less flexible over time. You paid a high price for "security". The task at hand is to make your relationship (or friendship) more meaningful. You have to "invest" in it and accept a possible loss of freedom. Otherwise it will continue to lack the foundation and the fertile soil to grow. The journey leads you to a realization that the door of the cage was never closed. Two people who belong together and provide warmth for one another should not isolate themselves in "mutual reassurance". Devotion is a natural part of a relationship only when mutual growth and development are possible. But loss of freedom might be the price to pay.

46. The Marionette (Taurus/Scorpio, Venus/Pluto)
The Barbie-Doll Syndrome; Remote-Control Sensuality; The Perfect Appearance; Being Possessed by the Material Form; Eating Disorders
PROBLEM: You hang by invisible threads. You don't realize you are trying to conform to an image. Expressed metaphorically, you want to become a larva. The God of the Underworld seduces you so perfectly that you are unable to distinguish between image and reality. It's like a virus with such a long incubation period that you don't remember where and when you were infected.
WAY: Try to find out how this alien virus turned you into a doll. The task is to escape, to emerge from the chrysalis and get back to your true individuality. This isn't easy as there is always the risk of moving on to another image (unwittingly) after metamorphosis.
OUTCOME: You find the self-esteem your personality needs. The strings are no longer controlled by your (and other's) self-image. The path leads you away from the controlled images of others, superficialities, and values which don't suit you. You hang by invisible threads. You don't realize you are trying to conform to an image. Expressed metaphorically, you want to become a larva. The God of the Underworld seduces you so perfectly that you are unable to distinguish between image and reality. It's like a virus with such a long incubation period that you don't remember where and when you were infected. Try to find out how this alien virus turned you into a doll. The task is to escape, to emerge from the chrysalis and get back to your true individuality. This isn't easy as there is always the risk of moving on to another image (unwittingly) after metamorphosis. You find the self-esteem your personality needs. The strings are no longer controlled by your (and other's) self-image. The path leads you away from the controlled images of others, superficialities, and values which don't suit you.

47. Matter and Spirit (Taurus/Sagittarius, Venus/Jupiter)
Spirit as Function; "New Age" Business (The Spiritual as Product); Buying Your Happiness; The Sect
PROBLEM: You are about to buy important insights (or sell them to someone else). That means the spiritual property which you carry around does not really belong to you. It has not yet begun the journey through the soul. What you possess is still a piece of merchandise you like to use as decoration for the ego.
WAY: New insights usually involve having to let go of something (valuable) which was either trapped within you or kept you yourself captive. The journey demands a sacrifice, and this sacrifice is something material.
OUTCOME: You know that your own insights (spiritual creations) are only true for you. No one can buy them, and nor can they be sold to anyone else. They like to be self-styled; "handmade", so to speak. You are about to buy important insights (or sell them to someone else). That means the spiritual property which you carry around does not really belong to you. It has not yet begun the journey through the soul. What you possess is still a piece of merchandise you like to use as decoration for the ego. New insights usually involve having to let go of something (valuable) which was either trapped within you or kept you yourself captive. The journey demands a sacrifice, and this sacrifice is something material. You know that your own insights (spiritual creations) are only true for you. No one can buy them, and nor can they be sold to anyone else. They like to be self-styled; "handmade", so to speak.

48. Responsibility For Creation (Taurus/Capricorn, Venus/Saturn)
Responsibility for the World; Creator and Nature; Care and Attention; Usufruct; Looking after the Dependent and the Weak.
PROBLEM: There is a creature in your immediate environment (an animal, a plant or even someone in need) which is weak and somehow dependent on you. You are careless, you don't realize this lifeform will wither and die unless it receives attention. The task ahead of you is to care for it, look after it.
WAY: You are being asked to intervene on behalf of someone else, the world or the environment. Your journey involves learning to accept responsibility for the weak (lifeforms which depend on you). That could mean an animal, plant or human being in need of your protection. Your journey will never end unless you care for them and relieve their burden.
OUTCOME: Now you are acquainted with the "Francis of Assisi" in you. A part of you which seeks to do good in the world will awaken almost unnoticed (or unintended). You are ready to accept responsibility; you feel in harmony with nature. There is a creature in your immediate environment (an animal, a plant or even someone in need) which is weak and somehow dependent on you. You are careless, you don't realize this lifeform will wither and die unless it receives attention. The task ahead of you is to care for it, look after it. You are being asked to intervene on behalf of someone else, the world or the environment. Your journey involves learning to accept responsibility for the weak (lifeforms which depend on you). That could mean an animal, plant or human being in need of your protection. Your journey will never end unless you care for them and relieve their burden. Now you are acquainted with the "Francis of Assisi" in you. A part of you which seeks to do good in the world will awaken almost unnoticed (or unintended). You are ready to accept responsibility; you feel in harmony with nature.

49. The Farewell (Taurus/Aquarius, Venus/Uranus)
Exiles From the Homeland; Exile; Sudden Material Collapse; The Outsider; Change of Place; Break-up of a Friendship (Betrayal of a Friend)
PROBLEM: You would like to remain in the protective shell of your surroundings but some aspect of your life has become too "hard". There is a danger of your roots driving down so deep that you can never find the strength again to free yourself. That's why fate has ordained deportation. It assists in your passage to freedom and personal growth.
WAY: You will have to give up your security or perhaps even your friends (or important groups of people). Certain affiliations and aspects of your life have become too antiquated to support you; there is nothing more you can learn from them.
OUTCOME: Innumerable departures have taught you that security cannot be found in material forms. You accept freedom and change of affiliation, the natural rhythm of ebb and flow, "bonding" and "letting go". Everything has its time and place. You would like to remain in the protective shell of your surroundings but some aspect of your life has become too "hard". There is a danger of your roots driving down so deep that you can never find the strength again to free yourself. That's why fate has ordained deportation. It assists in your passage to freedom and personal growth. You will have to give up your security or perhaps even your friends (or important groups of people). Certain affiliations and aspects of your life have become too antiquated to support you; there is nothing more you can learn from them. Innumerable departures have taught you that security cannot be found in material forms. You accept freedom and change of affiliation, the natural rhythm of ebb and flow, "bonding" and "letting go". Everything has its time and place.

50. The Garden of Spirits (Taurus/Pisces, Venus/Neptune)
The World Behind the World; Homelessness; Rootlessness; Cinderella Syndrome; Disregard for the Material World; Allegory of the Visible World
PROBLEM: You have drifted unwittingly into a reverie. You flee from reality by waiting for your dream to be realized. These kinds of dreams are like a drug, alienating you all the more from the world and those you find difficult to leave. They have lulled you into a false sense of reality. Above all else, they make you passive.
WAY: The important step in your development is to embark on a journey at some point which takes you away from your homeland. Material things are too restrictive, so that means freeing yourself of most of your belongings. You can only dream with such an enormous millstone about your neck.
OUTCOME: "Each manifestation on earth is just a metaphor." Ultimately, you have understood what this means. So you don't really need to play power games any more, but can take your time to look at the metaphors and learn to understand yourself in them. You have drifted unwittingly into a reverie. You flee from reality by waiting for your dream to be realized. These kinds of dreams are like a drug, alienating you all the more from the world and those you find difficult to leave. They have lulled you into a false sense of reality. Above all else, they make you passive. The important step in your development is to embark on a journey at some point which takes you away from your homeland. Material things are too restrictive, so that means freeing yourself of most of your belongings. You can only dream with such an enormous millstone about your neck. "Each manifestation on earth is just a metaphor." Ultimately, you have understood what this means. So you don't really need to play power games any more, but can take your time to look at the metaphors and learn to understand yourself in them.

51. The Strategist (Gemini/Virgo, Mercury/Mercury)
The Intellectual; Control; Tactic; Science; Life from the Head; The Diplomat; Causality (Law of Cause and Effect)
PROBLEM: Your life is in dry-dock at the moment. A virus keeps you trapped and it's called "reason" or "rationality". You only know the waters of feeling from books, using your head to try to control the world.
WAY: Act intelligently and only after careful consideration. Plan your moves carefully -- don't get carried away by feelings. Take your time, get things into perspective. First of all, remember that everything has its consequence.
OUTCOME: A lot of things will have been clarified and rearranged. The point is to learn to understand more about the direction your life is taking. You will start seeing cause and effect as a whole. Now you understand and adjust to the causes which have to produce certain effects. Your life is in dry-dock at the moment. A virus keeps you trapped and it's called "reason" or "rationality". You only know the waters of feeling from books, using your head to try to control the world. Act intelligently and only after careful consideration. Plan your moves carefully -- don't get carried away by feelings. Take your time, get things into perspective. First of all, remember that everything has its consequence. A lot of things will have been clarified and rearranged. The point is to learn to understand more about the direction your life is taking. You will start seeing cause and effect as a whole. Now you understand and adjust to the causes which have to produce certain effects.

52. Vanity Fair (Gemini/Libra, Mercury/Venus)
Seeing and Being Seen; Relationship as Ego Trip; Passing the Time; Being With Someone; Staging Togetherness
PROBLEM: Your relationship (or the relationship you seek) is hollow and empty at the moment because it is an ego-wish. Either you have become someone's "ornament" or you use your partner to inflate your own ego. Instead of achieving deep togetherness in your relationship, you find boredom and disinterest which you try to overcome with "games".
WAY: Your partnership is going through a very ordinary, unremarkable phase: no highs, no lows. You are both simply coexisting. It's the only way to solve your problem at the moment. This way, you might create the peace and quiet you need to unwind and relax, give yourself the distance you need to be more objective.
OUTCOME: Appearances are a normal component of life and relationships. They are part of the game, and you will have learned to join in without placing too much importance on them. Your relationship (or the relationship you seek) is hollow and empty at the moment because it is an ego-wish. Either you have become someone's "ornament" or you use your partner to inflate your own ego. Instead of achieving deep togetherness in your relationship, you find boredom and disinterest which you try to overcome with "games". Your partnership is going through a very ordinary, unremarkable phase: no highs, no lows. You are both simply co-existing. It's the only way to solve your problem at the moment. This way, you might create the peace and quiet you need to unwind and relax, give yourself the distance you need to be more objective. Appearances are a normal component of life and relationships. They are part of the game, and you will have learned to join in without placing too much importance on them.

53. The Pied Piper (Gemini/Scorpio, Mercury/Pluto)
Being Tricked; The Suggestion; The Propagandist; The Con-artist; Buying Addiction; Advertising (Images Designed to Seduce You)
PROBLEM: You don't realize you have fallen for someone or some idea. You are a prisoner now, confused by the alluring and (admittedly) beguiling tones of the flute. Unfortunately, there was no one who could have tied you to the mast -- as Ulysses was in his time -- to prevent you being harmed by the Sirens' sweet songs.
WAY: It is impossible to avoid being attracted by the sounds of the flute, even if they become empty promises. The more you find out about life and what's best for you, the less often you will fall for seduction in the future.
OUTCOME: Ultimately, you will miss out on what was promised. That means you realize someone was dangling a carrot under your nose. You might even feel like a donkey now. But the truth is, you've finally left your armchair and got yourself moving -- and that's what it was all about. You don't realize you have fallen for someone or some idea. You are a prisoner now, confused by the alluring and (admittedly) beguiling tones of the flute. Unfortunately, there was no one who could have tied you to the mast -- as Ulysses was in his time -- to prevent you being harmed by the Sirens' sweet songs. It is impossible to avoid being attracted by the sounds of the flute, even if they become empty promises. The more you find out about life and what's best for you, the less often you will fall for seduction in the future. Ultimately, you will miss out on what was promised. That means you realize someone was dangling a carrot under your nose. You might even feel like a donkey now. But the truth is, you've finally left your armchair and got yourself moving -and that's what it was all about.

54. Master and Disciple (Gemini/Sagittarius, Mercury/Jupiter)
Learning and Teaching; Spiritual Difference; Eternal Student; Con-man; Spiritual Noncommitment
PROBLEM: You have lost your way and become caught somewhere between the role of teacher and pupil. You can't see yourself as the pupil, but nor can you find the courage to teach. This no man's land is robbing you of intellectual energy and makes you feel trapped between "no longer being" and "having become". The knowledge you gained still lacks responsibility -- you are not growing spiritually at the moment.
WAY: You will have to "beat" two different paths. On the left path you remain a pupil, on the right path you will have become the teacher. Both belong to your current development with equal time and measure.You will be on your way twin "drive" them.
OUTCOME: You have become a spiritual "medium". You impart and accept knowledge according to need and your designated group. You can do both now. Your knowledge has acquired therapeutic powers and entails responsibility, reaching into the depths of existence and becoming a river which enriches the soil. And now you can accept how long it will take the river to flow into the sea. You have lost your way and become caught somewhere between the role of teacher and pupil. You can't see yourself as the pupil, but nor can you find the courage to teach. This no man's land is robbing you of intellectual energy and makes you feel trapped between "no longer being" and "having become". The knowledge you gained still lacks responsibility -you are not growing spiritually at the moment. You will have to "beat" two different paths. On the left path you remain a pupil, on the right path you will have become the teacher. Both belong to your current development with equal time and measure.You will be on your way twin "drive" them. You have become a spiritual "medium". You impart and accept knowledge according to need and your designated group. You can do both now. Your knowledge has acquired therapeutic powers and entails responsibility, reaching into the depths of existence and becoming a river which enriches the soil. And now you can accept how long it will take the river to flow into the sea.

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55. Affliction (Gemini/Capricorn, Mercury/Saturn)
Impairment; Learning Difficulties; Lack of Contact; The Invalid; Reflection; Clarity of Thought
PROBLEM: You have lost your agility at present. Your movements are inert and lame; you cannot advance. You still haven't understood why this point in your development is so important that you have to stay there for a long time.
WAY: You have to take more responsibility for your thoughts as well as your actions. The path involves coping with handicaps and encouraging yourself to be more patient.
OUTCOME: The person is sent on his or her way. There are periods of wandering alone in the desert and moments of elation when he or she may dance and leap with joy. You will get to know both phases and have learned to accept responsibility for this moment in life's journey. You have lost your agility at present. Your movements are inert and lame; you cannot advance. You still haven't understood why this point in your development is so important that you have to stay there for a long time. You have to take more responsibility for your thoughts as well as your actions. The path involves coping with handicaps and encouraging yourself to be more patient. The person is sent on his or her way. There are periods of wandering alone in the desert and moments of elation when he or she may dance and leap with joy. You will get to know both phases and have learned to accept responsibility for this moment in life's journey.

56. Dreaming Johnny (Gemini/Aquarius, Mercury/Uranus)
Dream Dancer; Reaching for the Stars; Stumbling; The Freudian Slip; Recklessness; The Free-thinker; Insignificant Cause and Momentous Effect
PROBLEM: You are neglecting something, you want to walk before you can crawl. You have disturbed the natural flow of events and now your rash and hasty actions have led you to the edge of a precipice. A piece of the path is missing between the first step and the third. You want to pluck success out of thin air without going through the effort of taking one step at a time. Now you are literally suspended in thin air.
WAY: You can't get ahead using the usual ways and means. Conditions call for unconventional and spontaneous action.
OUTCOME: You have broken free of everyday life, escaped from functional neutrality. You will have learned to read the signs of the heavens. You can learn more from the butterflies than pure "logic" will ever teach you. You are neglecting something, you want to walk before you can crawl. You have disturbed the natural flow of events and now your rash and hasty actions have led you to the edge of a precipice. A piece of the path is missing between the first step and the third. You want to pluck success out of thin air without going through the effort of taking one step at a time. Now you are literally suspended in thin air. You can't get ahead using the usual ways and means. Conditions call for unconventional and spontaneous action. You have broken free of everyday life, escaped from functional neutrality. You will have learned to read the signs of the heavens. You can learn more from the butterflies than pure "logic" will ever teach you.

57. Silence (Gemini/Pisces, Mercury/Neptune)
Invisibility; Speechlessness; "Silence is Golden"; Keeping a Secret; Uselessness; Disinterest
PROBLEM: You try in vain to make your world function properly but things are beyond your control. The world doesn't respond to your efforts any more; chaos seems to conspire against you. Your words don't explain what you want to say. You still haven't learned to remain still. You are not yet familiar with the "world of silence" (Max Picard).
WAY: Along the way you have to learn to keep things to yourself. The angel forbids you to swap or betray secrets. Your path only concerns you, so don't try to describe or explain it, or make embellishments to impress others.
OUTCOME: The golden treasure of silence waits for you only at the end of the rainbow. You know there is nothing more to say now, that you no longer seek the fool's gold of self-conceit and self-image, but... You try in vain to make your world function properly but things are beyond your control. The world doesn't respond to your efforts any more; chaos seems to conspire against you. Your words don't explain what you want to say. You still haven't learned to remain still. You are not yet familiar with the "world of silence" (Max Picard). Along the way you have to learn to keep things to yourself. The angel forbids you to swap or betray secrets. Your path only concerns you, so don't try to describe or explain it, or make embellishments to impress others. The golden treasure of silence waits for you only at the end of the rainbow. You know there is nothing more to say now, that you no longer seek the fool's gold of self-conceit and self-image, but...

58. Everyday Life in the Relationship (Virgo/Libra, Mercury/Venus)
Lack of Thrill; Dullness; Relationship Obligations; Sameness; Erosion; Lack of Incentive
PROBLEM: One of your relationships has lost its spice and begun to pale. Neither partner does anything to restore its color. This could mean a relationship between lovers, a married couple or even a relationship at your workplace. What was once so promising, now involves adjustment, obligation and self-imposed demands.
WAY: Relationships create forces which ask you to conform. It is important to look closely at your illusions during the heyday of the relationship (the fact that you dream of a never-ending honeymoon) and learn to restore value in everyday life.
OUTCOME: Ultimately, you will have understood how the togetherness of "we" is more significant than the "I" of the ego. The next step is to understand everyday life as an activity -- not as a "challenge", but as something you "practice. One of your relationships has lost its spice and begun to pale. Neither partner does anything to restore its color. This could mean a relationship between lovers, a married couple or even a relationship at your workplace. What was once so promising, now involves adjustment, obligation and self-imposed demands. Relationships create forces which ask you to conform. It is important to look closely at your illusions during the heyday of the relationship (the fact that you dream of a never-ending honeymoon) and learn to restore value in everyday life. Ultimately, you will have understood how the togetherness of "we" is more significant than the "I" of the ego. The next step is to understand everyday life as an activity -- not as a "challenge", but as something you "practice.

59. Castigation (Virgo/Scorpio, Mercury/Pluto)
Self-punishment; Compulsion to Rid Yourself of Guilt; Flagellation; Compulsive Neurosis; Exorcism; Serving an Ideal
PROBLEM: You suffer from the spell of a (perhaps mild) compulsive image. You are trapped somehow in a vicious circle of compulsive "innocence and cleanliness". You think you can ward off evil -- in thought or deed -- with constant selfpurification. These rituals are occasionally so subtle and selffulfilling that you consider them as part of everyday life. But they in fact rob you of an important element of your lifeforce and control you unconsciously, just like a puppet on a string.
WAY: There are times in the life of every human being when it is necessary to forego desires in order to serve a higher ideal. The path ahead involves submitting to the ideal.
OUTCOME: Rituals are energy fields which are generated by the constant repetition of actions (or sometimes a combination of these actions). You have learned to distinguish meaningful rituals (of subjugation) from meaningless (possessive) rites. You suffer from the spell of a (perhaps mild) compulsive image. You are trapped somehow in a vicious circle of compulsive "innocence and cleanliness". You think you can ward off evil -- in thought or deed -- with constant self-purification. These rituals are occasionally so subtle and self-fulfilling that you consider them as part of everyday life. But they in fact rob you of an important element of your lifeforce and control you unconsciously, just like a puppet on a string. There are times in the life of every human being when it is necessary to forego desires in order to serve a higher ideal. The path ahead involves submitting to the ideal. Rituals are energy fields which are generated by the constant repetition of actions (or sometimes a combination of these actions). You have learned to distinguish meaningful rituals (of subjugation) from meaningless (possessive) rites.

60. The Inquisition (Virgo/Sagittarius, Mercury/Jupiter)
Interrogation; Intolerance; (Political) Hypocrite; Disregarding Differences of Opinion; The Security of Feeling Right; The Search for the Guilty Party
PROBLEM: You are like the hypocrite who tries to prove his innocence by being intolerant and dismissive of other people's ideas and beliefs. You renounce their beliefs and pursue your own. You are so convinced that you just can't be told.
WAY: You will be subjected to severe interrogation (and perhaps prosecution). Fate will use the powers of force and the inquisition to squeeze the truth from you. It's not a matter of guilt or innocence (although it may seem that way on the surface), but of the process unleashed by the pressure (or blackmail). This process allows you to take another step forward.
OUTCOME: Trust in achieving belief and a deep spiritual (and religious) experience at the end of your journey. You have become more tolerant (of yourself and others) and no longer feel compelled to prove you are the only one who knows. You are like the hypocrite who tries to prove his innocence by being intolerant and dismissive of other people's ideas and beliefs. You renounce their beliefs and pursue your own. You are so convinced that you just can't be told. You will be subjected to severe interrogation (and perhaps prosecution). Fate will use the powers of force and the inquisition to squeeze the truth from you. It's not a matter of guilt or innocence (although it may seem that way on the surface), but of the process unleashed by the pressure (or blackmail). This process allows you to take another step forward. Trust in achieving belief and a deep spiritual (and religious) experience at the end of your journey. You have become more tolerant (of yourself and others) and no longer feel compelled to prove you are the only one who knows.

61. Fear (Virgo/Capricorn, Mercury/Saturn)
Fear of Life and Death; Fear of Darkness; Being Subject to Fate; Death as Friend; The Irrevocable
PROBLEM: You block your lifeforce at present and are almost paralysed. One part of your soul stands in stony defence at a threshold, refusing to accept its arrival. You repress the very thing you need to do, and therefore repress (or try to repress) your own fear.
WAY: Your path leads you to an important encounter with the fear of dying. Now is the right time to read the Books of the Dead, to look at those rituals which can make you more familiar with death and teach you how it can be your friend. By learning to die, you also develop the courage and strength to outlive and survive those numerous litter (ego) deaths which shape our existence.
OUTCOME: You are not afraid of death any more. You have died a number of deaths and learned the need to let go. The Grim Reaper is by your side, an ally who can be relied on to accompany you wherever you go. You block your lifeforce at present and are almost paralysed. One part of your soul stands in stony defence at a threshold, refusing to accept its arrival. You repress the very thing you need to do, and therefore repress (or try to repress) your own fear. Your path leads you to an important encounter with the fear of dying. Now is the right time to read the Books of the Dead, to look at those rituals which can make you more familiar with death and teach you how it can be your friend. By learning to die, you also develop the courage and strength to outlive and survive those numerous litter (ego) deaths which shape our existence. You are not afraid of death any more. You have died a number of deaths and learned the need to let go. The Grim Reaper is by your side, an ally who can be relied on to accompany you wherever you go.

62. The Furies (Virgo/Aquarius, Mercury/Uranus)
The Spirit of Revenge; Paranoia (Persecution Complex); Madness; Discarding Conventions; Being Haunted by the Furies; Extreme Restlessness
PROBLEM: You are burdened by a guilt which is now manifested as repressed fear. You think no one will notice it unless it is disturbed. But you personalized your "guilt" a long time ago and now it makes you restless.
WAY: It's about time to build a house for your guilt and everything it has made you do. There can only be one home for your actions: in your consciousness. Your conscience can only (gradually) find peace once you have clarified and worked out the bearing that an action has upon your soul.
OUTCOME: You have stopped fleeing from the furies and wisely accepted being unable to escape "punishment". The furies can only transform themselves once you have assented to their judgement. Then they can curtail their wrath and turn into the gentle Eumenides. You are burdened by a guilt which is now manifested as repressed fear. You think no one will notice it unless it is disturbed. But you personalized your "guilt" a long time ago and now it makes you restless. It's about time to build a house for your guilt and everything it has made you do. There can only be one home for your actions: in your consciousness. Your conscience can only (gradually) find peace once you have clarified and worked out the bearing that an action has upon your soul. You have stopped fleeing from the furies and wisely accepted being unable to escape "punishment". The furies can only transform themselves once you have assented to their judgement. Then they can curtail their wrath and turn into the gentle Eumenides.

63. Deception (Virgo/Pisces, Mercury/Neptune)
Self-Deception; Foul Play; The Swindle; Sleight of Hand; The Real Crook; Order in Chaos
PROBLEM: You are tricking yourself. You deceive yourself and project the self-deception onto someone else, creating a selffulfilling prophecy by "forcing" this person to betray you. It is difficult to see yourself in this mirror, but the longer you try to avoid your reflection, the cloudier and more opaque it will become.
WAY: Your path is in chaos and confusion. You cannot see a way out any more. However, this confusion can be healing as it forces you to distinguish between dreams and your need for security, obligation and ideals. You need to work for a balance between conforming (caused by fear) and letting the future to unfold.
OUTCOME: A sham existence has been exposed -- the truth has been revealed. You have the courage to submit to the unthinkable, to the chaos of life. You have learned to live with insecurity... yes, that all you can count on is unpredictability. You are tricking yourself. You deceive yourself and project the self-deception onto someone else, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy by "forcing" this person to betray you. It is difficult to see yourself in this mirror, but the longer you try to avoid your reflection, the cloudier and more opaque it will become. Your path is in chaos and confusion. You cannot see a way out any more. However, this confusion can be healing as it forces you to distinguish between dreams and your need for security, obligation and ideals. You need to work for a balance between conforming (caused by fear) and letting the future to unfold. A sham existence has been exposed - the truth has been revealed. You have the courage to submit to the unthinkable, to the chaos of life. You have learned to live with insecurity... yes, that all you can count on is unpredictability.

64. Disaster (Libra/Scorpio, Venus/Pluto)
Chains; Relationship-Hell; Contact With Magic; The Black Wedding; Enslavement; Sado-masochism; Pornography
PROBLEM: You have been seduced by an image and now you are its prisoner. You have devoted yourself completely to your partner -- either in reality or in your imagined world. You will be chained together until you remember the magic which led you to this predicament in the first place.
WAY: You won't be spared the path leading into the underworld of your relationship. You have become trapped by serious commitments but will emerge more mature and continue on your way.
OUTCOME: Emotional bonding and sharing in the challenges of personal growth can only take place with your partner of destiny -- not with someone you conjured up. You have been seduced by an image and now you are its prisoner. You have devoted yourself completely to your partner -- either in reality or in your imagined world. You will be chained together until you remember the magic which led you to this predicament in the first place. You won't be spared the path leading into the underworld of your relationship. You have become trapped by serious commitments but will emerge more mature and continue on your way. Emotional bonding and sharing in the challenges of personal growth can only take place with your partner of destiny -- not with someone you conjured up.

65. The Symbolon (Libra/Sagittarius, Venus/Jupiter)
The meaning of the Relationship; Lucky in Love; The Marriage Vows; Partnership as Process of Understanding; The Golden Anniversary
PROBLEM: At the moment you repress any knowledge of the "relationship agenda". Either you imagine you have already done what you need to in relationship or that there is no such thing as the perfect partner. Whatever the case, your inner relationship persona still has a thing or two to learn. It lacks an understanding of what partnership is all about.
WAY: You are confronted by the stairway to the temple of meaning in your relationship. Don't hesitate to climb it. Your path is clear now. Instead of looking for faults in your partner (that would be a step backwards), look consciously ahead and foster the vision of a higher goal: not a goal which serves to fulfil your subjective wants, but one leading to the birth of spiritual togetherness.
OUTCOME: Coming at your journey's end, this card has the meaning of "luck". This means happiness which can grow from spiritual togetherness. Therefore you understand the significance of a relationship and the meaning of the sacred vows of marriage. At the moment you repress any knowledge of the "relationship agenda". Either you imagine you have already done what you need to in relationship or that there is no such thing as the perfect partner. Whatever the case, your inner relationship persona still has a thing or two to learn. It lacks an understanding of what partnership is all about. You are confronted by the stairway to the temple of meaning in your relationship. Don't hesitate to climb it. Your path is clear now. Instead of looking for faults in your partner (that would be a step backwards), look consciously ahead and foster the vision of a higher goal: not a goal which serves to fulfil your subjective wants, but one leading to the birth of spiritual togetherness. Coming at your journey's end, this card has the meaning of "luck". This means happiness which can grow from spiritual togetherness. Therefore you understand the significance of a relationship and the meaning of the sacred vows of marriage.

66. Sadness (Libra/Capricorn, Venus/Saturn)
Being Abandoned; Loneliness Within the Relationship; Sadness and Mourning; Fates Powers to Separate; The Widow
PROBLEM: You have strayed far from your truth. You repress the pain and (unconsciously) prevent the wound from healing. You urgently need to find someone close to you who can help you come to terms with your sadness (concerning a relationship). Time heals all wounds if you are prepared to cleanse them with tears.
WAY: Your journey involves having to say farewell to a relationship or a partnership. A period of sadness and loneliness lies ahead of you. It will help you keep your courage in this time of darkness if you remember that all things pass.
OUTCOME: You have sole responsibility for the relationship. At the end of your path of growth you will have recognized that your dependence on the reactions and moods of your partner was only illusory. You have strayed far from your truth. You repress the pain and (unconsciously) prevent the wound from healing. You urgently need to find someone close to you who can help you come to terms with your sadness (concerning a relationship). Time heals all wounds if you are prepared to cleanse them with tears. Your journey involves having to say farewell to a relationship or a partnership. A period of sadness and loneliness lies ahead of you. It will help you keep your courage in this time of darkness if you remember that all things pass. You have sole responsibility for the relationship. At the end of your path of growth you will have recognized that your dependence on the reactions and moods of your partner was only illusory.

67. Separation (Libra/Aquarius, Venus/Uranus)
Liberation; Divorce; Escaping a Relationship; Taking Leave; Being Unattached; Inability to Form a Relationship
PROBLEM: You don't want to accept that two parallel stretches of track have been cut by new plans, that your paths take separate courses. You do everything in your power to force the trains to keep running together. Just as water and oil can only be (temporarily) mixed by a lot of stirring, you try to stir yourself so that you can remain together. You should just let things run their course...
WAY: Your path through life involves too much "we" and too little of yourself. The task now is to spread your wings and develop your own ideas about life.
OUTCOME: You have created your own freedom both within and without the relationship and can now live. You can always feel your wings. You don't want to accept that two parallel stretches of track have been cut by new plans, that your paths take separate courses. You do everything in your power to force the trains to keep running together. Just as water and oil can only be (temporarily) mixed by a lot of stirring, you try to stir yourself so that you can remain together. You should just let things run their course... Your path through life involves too much "we" and too little of yourself. The task now is to spread your wings and develop your own ideas about life. You have created your own freedom both within and without the relationship and can now live. You can always feel your wings.

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68. The King's Two Children (Libra/Pisces, Venus/Neptune)
The Romantic Relationship; The Dream Partner ("Dual Soul"); Unrelatedness; Illusion of Becoming One; Dreaming of Love
PROBLEM: You are caught in the illusion of a relationship. Your longing poisons the fertile earth of your soul.You close your eyes to loneliness and continuously weave a magic carpet which can neither carry you nor keep you warm.
WAY: Disillusion awaits you on the path ahead. Your longing for love and partnership is just a carrot before the (donkey's) nose which is meant to motivate you and bring growth. If you don't burst the bubble yourself, you will become lost in illusion.
OUTCOME: You know now that unfulfilled longing has a specific purpose. It lets you feel the thing you miss and propels you into the world to find it. This puts you on the trail of life's secret: that we are all part of the greater whole and painfully miss unity. You are caught in the illusion of a relationship. Your longing poisons the fertile earth of your soul.You close your eyes to loneliness and continuously weave a magic carpet which can neither carry you nor keep you warm. Disillusion awaits you on the path ahead. Your longing for love and partnership is just a carrot before the (donkey's) nose which is meant to motivate you and bring growth. If you don't burst the bubble yourself, you will become lost in illusion. You know now that unfulfilled longing has a specific purpose. It lets you feel the thing you miss and propels you into the world to find it. This puts you on the trail of life's secret: that we are all part of the greater whole and painfully miss unity.

69. Black Mass (Scorpio/Sagittarius, Pluto/Jupiter)
Idol Worship; Religious and Esoteric Dogma; Unshakeable Belief; Positive Thinking; The Sublime Fanatic; Total Conviction
PROBLEM: You have become lost in a particular insight and now believe you have found the truth. But you are only being fooled by a subtle notion (of the truth). You are trapped spiritually.
WAY: You need to commit yourself for a while along the way: that means following a theoretical model (eg. of enlightenment). Unless you find a model, there will be no insight or links to the whole at all. But you should also realize that (after a period of time) you can become inflexible and trapped in this model.
OUTCOME: You have understood how you held onto something (spiritually) dead. That in itself is the insight you need to break the connection. All you need to do is realize you have stagnated. The ghost will then disappear of its own accord. You have become lost in a particular insight and now believe you have found the truth. But you are only being fooled by a subtle notion (of the truth). You are trapped spiritually. You need to commit yourself for a while along the way: that means following a theoretical model (eg. of enlightenment). Unless you find a model, there will be no insight or links to the whole at all. But you should also realize that (after a period of time) you can become inflexible and trapped in this model. You have understood how you held onto something (spiritually) dead. That in itself is the insight you need to break the connection. All you need to do is realize you have stagnated. The ghost will then disappear of its own accord.

70. Depression (Scorpio/Capricorn, Pluto/Saturn)
Being Trapped; Petrification; The Chamber of Lethe; The Seat of Forgetting; The Dark Side of the Soul
PROBLEM: An important part of your life is presently in a stage of petrification. There is nothing you can do except become aware of the process and identify with the inner persona which is responsible. You have been lulled into resting upon the "Seat of Forgetting". You called for it yourself in order to be spared the truth. There is something specific you don't want to accept, and the price you pay is darkness and emptiness.
WAY: You won't be spared the trek through the inner realm of petrification. Your path leads through the chamber of forgetting. This makes you remember. No matter what you see, think about Virgil's words as he led Dante through the underworld: "Look ahead and go on".
OUTCOME: You have been through hard times and now see light at the end of the tunnel. Old structures have been transformed by a slow, prolonged life process. A new lease on life now awaits you, apparently born from nothing. An important part of your life is presently in a stage of petrification. There is nothing you can do except become aware of the process and identify with the inner persona which is responsible. You have been lulled into resting upon the "Seat of Forgetting". You called for it yourself in order to be spared the truth. There is something specific you don't want to accept, and the price you pay is darkness and emptiness. You won't be spared the trek through the inner realm of petrification. Your path leads through the chamber of forgetting. This makes you remember. No matter what you see, think about Virgil's words as he led Dante through the underworld: "Look ahead and go on". You have been through hard times and now see light at the end of the tunnel. Old structures have been transformed by a slow, prolonged life process. A new lease on life now awaits you, apparently born from nothing.

71. The Phoenix (Scorpio/Aquarius, Pluto/Uranus)
Metamorphosis; Liberation of the Spiritual Bird; Death and Resurrection (Dying and Being Reborn); Disorientation; Sloughing
PROBLEM: You cling to ideas and thinking patterns which are old and doomed to die not noticing how antiquated they have become. In a certain sense, you are clinging to something "dead".
WAY: Nothing in your life will remain the same. Your journey leads through a process of dying from which -- like Phoenix from the ashes -- you will rise if you have the courage to let old situations decay. A rise can only follow a fall.
OUTCOME: Phoenix rises from the ruins of the past in brilliant colors -- a phase of life is over. Your soul has freed and liberated itself from obstinacy. You cling to ideas and thinking patterns which are old and doomed to die not noticing how antiquated they have become. In a certain sense, you are clinging to something "dead". Nothing in your life will remain the same. Your journey leads through a process of dying from which -- like Phoenix from the ashes -- you will rise if you have the courage to let old situations decay. A rise can only follow a fall. Phoenix rises from the ruins of the past in brilliant colors -a phase of life is over. Your soul has freed and liberated itself from obstinacy.

72. The False Halo (Scorpio/Pisces, Pluto/Neptune)
Good and Evil (Polarity); Conception of Heaven; Hypocrisy; A Fallen Angel
PROBLEM: You've fell hook, line, and sinker, for a dark Angel's treachery. Of course he has clothed himself in a wonderful coat of lights and proclaimed your work, your guru and the new relationship to be noble, holy and God-fearing. But he is only dangling a carrot in front of your nose so that you will trot along in his direction. You therefore don't realize that an eagerness to do Good has left you at his mercy.
WAY: Your path leads you through a painful learning process: in short, that "thou shalt not create an image". Every image, noble as it might be, is balsam for your ego and poison for your soul. Now is the time to get to work on your shadow and remove the mask from images and ideas.
OUTCOME: You will understand that there is no light without its shadow "darkness", that no darkness can exist without the shadow of light. It's time to stop being so biased as you see one in the many and many in one. The dark angel is tricking you at the moment. Of course, he has clothed himself in a wonderful coat of lights and proclaimed your work, your guru and the new relationship to be noble, holy and God-fearing. but he is only dangling a carrot in front of your nose so that you will trot along in his direction. You therefore don't realize that an eagerness to do Good has left you at his mercy. Your path leads you through a painful learning process: in short, that "thou shalt not create an image". Every image, noble as it might be, is balsam for your ego and poison for your soul. Now is the time to get to work on your shadow and remove the mask from images and ideas. You will understand that there is no light without its shadow "darkness", that no darkness can exist without the shadow of light. It's time to stop being so biased as you see one in the many and many in one.

73. Confession (Sagittarius/Capricorn, Jupiter/Saturn)
Confession; Purification of the Subjective; Therapist's Responsibility (The Priest); Insight into Destiny; The Bridge Between Subjectivity and Objectivity
PROBLEM: Your soul carries a burden which needs to be acknowledged in the world outside. You have to confess. But do you think this would only diminish your greatness? You're absolutely right. Others will notice that you are not as enlightened as you would have liked them to believe.
WAY: It's not enough just to talk about guilt: it has to be portrayed as your own guilt. And that's what the journey asks of you. You have to confess to every transgression you so presumptuously made along the way. This means risking glory.
OUTCOME: You know now that you have sinned, and you know this occurred just to allow you to confess. Each admission diminishes the ego and increases the glory of God. Your soul carries a burden which needs to be acknowledged in the world outside. You have to confess. But do you think this would only diminish your greatness? You're absolutely right. Others will notice that you are not as enlightened as you would have liked them to believe. It's not enough just to talk about guilt: it has to be portrayed as your own guilt. And that's what the journey asks of you. You have to confess to every transgression you so presumptuously made along the way. This means risking glory. You know now that you have sinned, and you know this occurred just to allow you to confess. Each admission diminishes the ego and increases the glory of God.

74. The Quantum Leap (Sagittarius/Aquarius, Jupiter/Uranus)
Change of Paradigm; Leap Into the Unknown; The Sanyassin; Liberation from Religious Dogma; The Fool on the Roof; The Knowledge of Knowing Nothing
PROBLEM: You are confused and disoriented; you can hardly hold onto the old, clearly feel the need to take the leap (from the old), but lack courage.
WAY: You will have to take the leap somewhere along the way. You land on a new plane of consciousness and leave the old one behind. This leap always involves an element of risk, perhaps even risking that (old) friends will think you are mad and not want anything to do with you.
OUTCOME: You find a new meaning which is radically different from the old one. You discover new realms of life, and perhaps friends who make more sense than the old ones. You will have made the leap! You are confused and disoriented; you can hardly hold onto the old, clearly feel the need to take the leap (from the old), but lack courage. You will have to take the leap somewhere along the way. You land on a new plane of consciousness and leave the old one behind. This leap always involves an element of risk, perhaps even risking that (old) friends will think you are mad and not want anything to do with you. You find a new meaning which is radically different from the old one. You discover new realms of life, and perhaps friends who make more sense than the old ones. You will have made the leap!

75. Pythia (Sagittarius/Pisces, Jupiter/Neptune)
Intuition; Priestess of the Oracle; Fortune Telling; Astrology (Interpretation of the Horoscope)
PROBLEM: You cling to specific advice or a prophecy someone has made. You've fallen into a trap. The source of your own intuition has run dry because you have diverted the waters of your soul to a foreign riverbed. You will never solve the puzzle this way.
WAY: You will receive a sign - perhaps not immediately comprehensible -- somewhere along your way. The serious thought needed to solve the puzzle will lead you (almost unconsciously) to true spiritual awareness. In future, this can be an important step for the soul if you try to find the solution in your own intuition -- that is, through your inner Priestess -- instead of in the world outside.
OUTCOME: There is an old esoteric saying which goes: "When something is asked what it means, it won't let on". It won't tell you in words, but now you can understand it through images. You will have learned to trust your intuition, to rely on yourself as much as you presently do on your intellect. You cling to specific advice or a prophecy someone has made. You've fallen into a trap. The source of your own intuition has run dry because you have diverted the waters of your soul to a foreign riverbed. You will never solve the puzzle this way. You will receive a sign -perhaps not immediately comprehensible -- somewhere along your way. The serious thought needed to solve the puzzle will lead you (almost unconsciously) to true spiritual awareness. In future, this can be an important step for the soul if you try to find the solution in your own intuition -- that is, through your inner Priestess -- instead of in the world outside. There is an old esoteric saying which goes: "When something is asked what it means, it won't let on". It won't tell you in words, but now you can understand it through images. You will have learned to trust your intuition, to rely on yourself as much as you presently do on your intellect.

76. Captivity (Capricorn/Aquarius, Saturn/Uranus)
Excess Pressure; The Stone Which is Cast; Tension; The Impending Explosion; "Ex-tortion"
PROBLEM: The problem is that deep down you are a prisoner and the stress caused by this situation continues to grow. The more you shake the bars to free yourself, the greater the pressure becomes.
WAY: Along the way you have to accept the impossibility of choosing between responsibility and freedom. Have faith in times like these being right for you, look for their meaning within yourself instead of in the world outside.
OUTCOME: You can now see that you are the "stone which was cast". You will only remain free and at the same time on track by realizing your flight path is fixed and unalterable. The problem is that deep down you are a prisoner and the stress caused by this situation continues to grow. The more you shake the bars to free yourself, the greater the pressure becomes. Along the way you have to accept the impossibility of choosing between responsibility and freedom. Have faith in times like these being right for you, look for their meaning within yourself instead of in the world outside. You can now see that you are the "stone which was cast". You will only remain free and at the same time on track by realizing your flight path is fixed and unalterable.

77. Moira (Capricorn/Pisces, Saturn/Neptune)
Appeasement With Fate; Wisdom; Embitterment; Powerlessness in the Face of Destiny; Thaw
PROBLEM: You are on a path leading to war with destiny. You have to realize that the path you are about to take will harden you and steal your breath. You are so hostile now that no one can appease or approach you.
WAY: You now have to struggle with an inner choice. There are two ways of tackling the current problem. One involves reconciling yourself to the conditions of life -- i.e. acceptance. The other suggests rejection and becoming hard. You could miss a chance to forgive (yourself, someone else or your destiny). The forces of wisdom and bitterness are fighting for control of your soul.
OUTCOME: You yourself have become Moira. You look around at the world knowingly and graciously, filled with sympathy and gentle remorse for those who fight their destiny so relentlessly. Your wisdom can now become a model of hope which serves as a reminder in their darkest hour. You are on a path leading to war with destiny. You have to realize that the path you are about to take will harden you and steal your breath. You are so hostile now that no one can appease or approach you. You now have to struggle with an inner choice. There are two ways of tackling the current problem. One involves reconciling yourself to the conditions of life -- i.e. acceptance. The other suggests rejection and becoming hard. You could miss a chance to forgive (yourself, someone else or your destiny). The forces of wisdom and bitterness are fighting for control of your soul. You yourself have become Moira. You look around at the world knowingly and graciously, filled with sympathy and gentle remorse for those who fight their destiny so relentlessly. Your wisdom can now become a model of hope which serves as a reminder in their darkest hour.

78. The Question of the Grail (Aquarius/Pisces, Uranus/Neptune)
The Question of Salvation; Eternal Search; Lost Knowledge; The Objective Unconscious; The Depths of Archetype; The Original Cause; Search for God.
PROBLEM: You are pursuing the wrong question, and that means you often end up falling flat on your face. You stare into the colorful lights of subjectivity and want to use this question to arrive at a specific (convenient) answer. This can only mislead you -- i.e. cause you to run in circles. Clarify the fact that you have to find a question which doesn't focus on you any more.
WAY: You will have to readjust the focus of "light" on the way. Subjectivity is not your problem, it's objectivity and having been expelled from Paradise. You need to find the courage not to want an answer to the question any more, just to ask it all the more firmly. This helps you get to your feet each time you fall.
OUTCOME: You know now that you have reached a point where there are no answers. Calmness settles around you. You are guided, you trust in greater powers (objectivity) and discover once more (you learned it when you were one ... You are pursuing the wrong question, and that means you often end up falling flat on your face. You stare into the colorful lights of subjectivity and want to use this question to arrive at a specific (convenient) answer. This can only mislead you -- i.e. cause you to run in circles. Clarify the fact that you have to find a question which doesn't focus on you any more. You will have to readjust the focus of "light" on the way. Subjectivity is not your problem, it's objectivity and having been expelled from Paradise. You need to find the courage not to want an answer to the question any more, just to ask it all the more firmly. This helps you get to your feet each time you fall. You know now that you have reached a point where there are no answers. Calmness settles around you. You are guided, you trust in greater powers (objectivity) and discover once more (you learned it already when you were one year old), that one must fall before they learn to walk.

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I'm... really confused. I skimmed what you posted and it's almost word-for-word the LWB that comes with every Symbolon deck? :S Were cards being sold without it? I thought there was a bigger guidebook than that in German that was never translated into English. I guess not?
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I'm... really confused. I skimmed what you posted and it's almost word-for-word the LWB that comes with every Symbolon deck? :S Were cards being sold without it? I thought there was a bigger guidebook than that in German that was never translated into English. I guess not?
I got the cards used without a guidebook. I didn't know. D:
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Thanks a lot!


Hi, synescanta,

Thanks very much for the English translation : I bought the German one and even though I studied german at school as 1st foreign language, I must admit that this psychological approach is very complicated when you don't understand all the meanings!!!
So I copied yours and will help me a lot!!!!

However the other issue with this deck is that in the German version, it's very long to find the meanings of the cards you choose because they're classified at the beginning with the page but it's very long to find quickly the card you want, and it's in black and white!!!
Very tiring.
Thanks to the English translation I'd feel more comfortable in using it!
I'll give you my feedback later when I read all the meanings but it seems very interesting and rich!
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Just wanted to let you know how much I love and appreciate this thread. Thank you! Oh my stars, thank you =)
(Mine are also pre-loved and naked without a guide lol)
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