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Nefertari Tarot: The Wheel (10)

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Visual Card Description:  A wheel sits at the top of a staff and is flanked by blue lotuses, and a vulture is mounted on it with its wings spread wide.  At the foot of the wheel is a rampaging animal with the body of a lion, the head of a hawk, and on its head are the horns of a ram and two large ostrich plumes.*  It is trampling one person while about to strike the head of another who is trying to flee.

Free Association:  Fate, Destiny, Lack of Control, Cycles of Life, Ups and Downs

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Wheel of Fortune tells you that in general, it looks as though things are changing. In most cases, this indicates positive, needed changes but for some people, change itself is very difficult and can almost be traumatic. This is a very spiritual and "Karmically" oriented time. Change is part of the cyclical nature of life.

This card always reminds us that "this too shall pass." Whether that’s good times or bad times, it passes. If suddenly you find yourself "sitting on top of the world," keep your perspective, as that too, like everything else, changes. Live in the now, count your blessings, and just realize that much of life is outside of your control, but that even that is okay. Roll with any changes, and think positively.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Undeserved success, casually born advantages, unforeseen events, grasped occasions.  Measurable time, natural cycle.

My interpretation:   This card brings in some kingship imagery (the hieracosphinx and the Nekhbet) to repeat the sense of consequence and duty that was explored in the Emperor card.  If one does Ma’at, the logical consequence Is to reap the benefits.  However if one doesn’t live in Ma’at, the consequence will be to suffer.  I assume that those who are being punished by the hieracosphinx are those that have attempted to cheat fate.  While the message of this card is almost identical to the Emperor card, it refers more to the events and their culmination, rather than the idea itself (or a person who represents the giver of justice).


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May 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Nefertari Tarot: The Lover (6)

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Visual Card Description:  A couple is embracing each other and looking at one another, as if they were about to kiss.  The female is on the left and the male is on the right.  To the right of the male there are some hieroglyphs.  At leg level, there is a flying vulture with a sun disk on her head who is holding an ankh with her feet.  This may be Nekhbet, who was associated with mothers and childbirth among her other associations.

Free Association:  Passion Fate, Commitment, Deep Connection, Feeding of the Ka

Rider-Waite/Traditional AssociationsThe Lovers is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini, "The Twins." It almost always points to partnerships with just one other person; generally, and not surprisingly, this indicates a romantic partnership, but of course this is not always the case. Less frequently, it points to the duality that all of us have inwardly – between male/female, yin/yang, approach/avoidance, and the like.

It’s possible when this card appears that you are feeling ambivalent about a relationship or situation in your life. It could be that your heart is telling you one thing, and your head, another. In general, the thing to do is (within the bounds of your morality) to follow your heart. Some people say there are only two modes that any of us are operating under at any time; and that’s "fear" or "love." When you can: choose love.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Trial, exam, attempt.  Important choice in both the love or professional sphere.  A decision that cannot be put off.

My interpretation:  The lovers have made a commitment to each other that is as strong as the bonds of family; those who decide to marry call each other “brother and sister” as a term of endearment.*  The act of embracing someone feeds their Ka.*  It is as important to feed the Ka as it is to eat, drink and breathe.  This card urges one to consider one’s choices carefully, because once they are made, they can’t always be unmade, and even may become a bond.  Yet if this decision incites your passion, it can feed your Ka with Ma’at- all that is good and right.

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May 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm