Per Bastemhet

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Nefertari Tarot: The World (21)

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Visual Card Description:  Geb and Nut are pictured, being pushed apart by Shu.*  Some hieroglyphs are also featured in the background.

Free Association:  Tension, Unseen Forces, Separation, Heartbreak, Hard Decisions, Support, Eternal Love, Opportunities, Fulfillment

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The World can signify that you are figuratively feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders, which is not an easy place to be. It’s an excellent time to review how well you do at "asking for help" when you need it. Remember you don’t have to do everything on your own.

This can often be a card of completion. You’ve worked hard, and you are almost to the "finish line" in some way. Don’t quit now that you’re almost finished! You’re almost definitely in need of some well deserved rest and relaxation; don’t be afraid to take it. You are getting closer to "who you really are," at your deepest levels.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Perfection, full result, achievement of any enterprise and reward. Inheritance, present, unexpected promotion.

My interpretation:  This card can mean two different things.  There are some very hard decisions being made for you for which you suffer, but at the same time, the results will open a whole new world of possibility and enrichment.  The support and happiness you felt that was taken away will have to change into a different type of feeling, but it won’t disappear completely.  This will feed your strength for any trials to come.  Meanwhile, the fruits of your labors will be abundant.

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May 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

Purification 6

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail Pair of Lions, coming from Heaven, I do not distort speech (khebet).

Rev. Siuda clarifies the symbolism behind the Pair of Lions:

Purification Six invokes the blessing of the "Pair of Lions of Heaven," Who are Shu and Tefnut in Their Names of "Yesterday" and "Today. Their symbol, a pair of lions seated with Their backs to each other, echoes the hieroglyph for "horizon" (a pair of hills matching the rims of the Nile Valley). Each lion oversees one part of Ra’s journey: either the rise into a new day ("today") or the set into the end of a day ("yesterday"). Being the movement of time rather than gods of any city or state, a purification dedicated to Yesterday and Today under heaven is very powerful.

A further clarification of the word distort is to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to, or to misrepresent.  These are some of the ways that lies manifest.  One can lie by not only saying untrue things, but also by implying a different meaning to what you say than what another person understands.  I think this is not only an admonition to not lie, but also to be careful with one’s speech that it ring true in its simplicity, rather than be elusive with speech or make outright falsehoods. 

We come to know each other through words.  Let us not mask ourselves, but rather be true to one another.  With this purification I will not distort my speech, and will deliver the necessary words in their time.

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August 15, 2010 at 11:17 am