13. Death – Major Changes are Coming

Mythic Tarot
Get ready for major changes, and a new way of doing things.

Hades the son of Cronus and Rhea was rescued by his brother Zeus and given the kingdom of the underworld over which to rule.   He now stands shrouded in a black cloak, his face covered by a helmet,   his hands open ready to receive the gifts offered by the three figures below.  The small child offers a flower the woman offers a crown and the man offers coins.

When someone enters Hades kingdom they do not return.  This card represents the end of a cycle.  However there is no reason for fear, when you get this card it means that an old way of life is ending and leaving the way open for new opportunities.

General

You are about to experience significant changes in your life some may occur unexpectedly.   You need to accept these changes and understand they are a necessary part of life in order to make way for change.

Once you let go of any unhealthy attachments that no longer serve you, you can make way for new energies to come in.  Let go of old ways of life and any bad habits that no longer serve you.

Love

If you are looking for love there is a major change coming, however it is time to purge yourself of baggage you are still carrying from a previous relationship.    Once this happens you will be truly open to accepting new love into your life.

Relationships

In a new relationship both you and your partner have come into this new partnership after a period of change.  You are both ready to explore new possibilities as a couple.

In a struggling relationship it is time to explore new ideas together to make it work.  Unless both parties are willing to work on the relationship it will not survive and you will have to face the possibility of your relationship ending.

Work

There are significant changes about to occur in your work place.  It could be a restructuring at organisation or team level.

You may be considering a new direction yourself; this card signifies that it is time to make preparations for this new change.   This card may be telling you to take a new approach to job hunting.

Finances

You may have had a significant loss in terms of income.  Learn from this situation and you will be ok in the long run.

Health 

You may be struggling with a new phase of your life the stress of which may cause anxiety.   Try to deal with the emotional side of life and the physical side will improve as well,

People

This card represents someone very open to change; they have probably been transformed through some traumatic event or major lifestyle change.  They are more likely to take a risk on a new venture to pursue a new goal.

12. The Hanged Man

A time for waiting.

Prometheus is a titan who sympathised with humans; he defied Zeus by taking the element of fire and giving it to humankind even though he knew he would be punished for his deed.  He gave humans the gift of fire so they could experience enlightenment.

Zeus punished him by chaining him upside down to cliffs.  For the next 30 years Prometheus hung suspended.  Every day the eagle flew down and devoured Prometheus liver, each night his liver regenerated.  After 30 years he was rescued by Ares and given the gift of eternal life.

This card speaks of inner sacrifice.  It is telling us it is time to wait patiently and without foresight, for the next chapter of our life to unfold.  Sometimes mystics refer to this time as the ‘Dark Knight of the Soul’.

If this card appears it is telling you it is time to let go of something meaningful, it could be an attitude, value or even a material object, it is a time for waiting for the next chapter in your life to unfold.

It may be time to take a new path however this path has not yet been revealed, so wait patiently be mindful of what is going on around you.

General

Decisions or plans may be delayed or postponed.   This may seem frustrating, however these delays will be beneficial for you.  In fact if you are able to delay any decisions at this stage it will be beneficial to you.    If you are feeling stuck or restricted let go and surrender to your current circumstances.  Accept that somethings are out of your control.  Once you let go of old ideas and values new pathways will present themselves.

Love

If you are looking for love it is time let go of the idea that love and relationships must be a certain way, in order for them to be fulfilling.   Be open to love where ever you are and with every one you meet.

Relationships

In a relationship this card represents that you or your partner are in a state of suspension.  You may have been on and off for some time, and in a holding pattern while one or both of you decide what you want.    Perhaps one or both of you have had to make some sacrifices.

It is time to pause listen to find out if the relationship has a future.

Work

You may feel like you do not have enough work to sustain you, or you may feel that the work you are doing has little or no value.  It is time to take a step back and reassess your goals.

If you are looking for work you will experience delays and setbacks.   You many need to make sacrifices to find fulfilling opportunities.

Finances

It is time to scale back spending in order to reassess your financial situation.  Funds you are owed may also be suspended for time, however you will eventually receive them.

Health 

If you are experiencing health issues you need to take some time out and find some peace and acceptance.

People

The hangman describes someone with the patience and the ability to make sacrifices for the higher good.  This person is also very giving of their time; you may find them working in voluntary organisations serving others.

11. Justice – Mythic Tarot

Something needs to be dealt with diplomatically

Athena, Zeus’ favourite daughter, sits on her throne holding a sword in her right hand.  An owl sits on her left shoulder.  Owls represent wisdom and femininity, reflecting Athena’s clarity of vision.   In her left hand she holds the scales representing the ability to weigh up both sides of an argument and make an impartial judgement.

Athena is a warrior and a master strategist.  She has high principles and recognises that war is sometimes necessary to preserve truth.   She is logical and diplomatic and known for her services to humans.

The Justice card represents the Fool’s first moral lesson.  He must now build his character ready to deal with life’s experiences and travels.  It is time for him to plan and learn diplomacy and tact rather than aggression.

In a reading the Justice informs you that there is something that needs to be dealt with diplomatically.

General              

Justice is an indicator that the fairest decision will be made in a situation that concerns you.   For example if you were in the middle of a legal problem the outcome will be fair and balanced.   Events will work out as they are meant to for you.

Decisions have consequences on your present and future circumstances.   It also indicates that your future can be changed by re-evaluating your current situation.

This card tells you that you need to play fair as do others around you in order to achieve the best outcome.   If you do not, you cannot expect a just outcome for you.

If this card appears you will have something that needs to be dealt with.  Ensure your decision making is rational, objective and balanced.  Search your conscience before making any decision.

In legal matters speak the truth it is important to be open and honest, as justice will prevail and you will be held accountable for your actions.

Love

If you are looking for love you will soon find it.   Ensure you are very clear about what you want from a relationship and look for these in a potential partner.

Relationships

You may be looking to legalise your relationship in some way this may include marrige, a defacto agreement or buying a property together.

If there is negativity in this relationship you may be weighing up the pros and cons of staying or considering divorce.

Work

You are one for following the rules in the work place.  If this card comes up in a reading it is warning you to check that you are maintaining a work life balance.    The types of careers you are most suited for are lawyer, or negotiator.

Finances

Manage your finances carefully.  Excess spending may lead to financial problems in the future.

Health

Be aware of how you are treating your body.  Remember this card tells you that you will face the consequences of your actions. If you do not eat healthy food or perhaps you smoke then there will be consequences for these actions.

People

 This card describes someone who is honest and fair, and objective.  However they can sometimes be rigid, and a stickler for the rules making them inflexible at times.

10. The Wheel of Fortune

You are on the right track

Three women cloaked in black, surround a spinning wheel.  One sits on the floor with a ball of twine feeding it to the one standing on the left of the card, an older woman stands on the right the holding shears.   These tree women (referred to as Moirai) are the goddesses of fate (representing growth fear and death).

In the centre of the card is a golden wheel.    On the wheel are four men one at the top, one on his way down, one underneath and one on his way up.  These four figures represent four levels of fortune from success to down on his luck to moving climbing up or falling.

The wheel is in a dark cave representing the womb that gives us life and the grave to which we return.  We can see the entrance of this cave.  Outside the sun is shining on the lush green hills, representing the clarity of vision needed on our journey through life.

When the wheel appears in a reading it could be an indicator that there is a karmic reason behind a seemingly random event.  This could indicate a sudden change in your fortunes or an event in your which will lead to personal growth.  The event could be positive or negative depending on the position that it appears in your reading.   Check the surrounding cards to work out where on the wheel you are.

If you are on the upside of the wheel.   You will experience change perhaps which brings about abundance and good fortune.

If you are on the downside you may experience a loss of some kind, but this is because the universe has a new plan for you.    Try not to dwell on negative events instead find ways to move past them and onto the new.

General

The Universe is currently throwing challenges at you to help you grow.  You must accept that life is full of up’s and downs. If you are on the down side accept that adversity is part of life, and check the surrounding cards to find solutions to your problems.   Remember every problem has a solution and an opportunity to grow.

On the positive this card indicates the worst is now behind you.  You are likely to have a new experience that will lead to change and personal growth.

The overriding message here is that it is now time to make changes to ensure you are on the right path in your life.

Love

A new person will come into your life that can lead to long term love relationship.  Be open to new experiences and allow fate to run its course.

Relationships

In an established relationship you may find that you are on the down side of the wheel.   It is time to have an open discussion with your partner about how to fix this.

If you have recently ended a relationship you may have felt that it was sudden or that there was a number of unrelated events that led to the demise of this relationship.    Circumstances may have been beyond your control, however take heart that the wheel continues to turn and you will experience another up cycle.

Work

Be open to feedback from peers; watch out for possible errors in your work even if you have been on a good run lately.    Focus on your achievements and successes.

If you are looking for work or a promotion expect a new opportunity to be presented shortly.

Finances

You may receive money from an unexpected source.    However remember it is important to save for the future to mitigate future ups and downs.

People

The wheel of fortune represents someone who is extremely lucky, flexible adaptable and open to change.  A generous person who always looks on the bright side of life.

9. The Hermit

Wisdom comes from patience and time

The Hermit card features Cronos the youngest child of Uranus (heaven) and Gaea (earth).  Shrouded in a grey robe, his face partially hidden.  In his right hand he carries a lamp which symbolises clarity and direction which comes from time alone in reflection and patience.  In his left hand he holds a scythe representing the eternal cycles of time.  On his left shoulder perches a crow a symbolism of change or trial.

According to Greek Mythology Cronos’ brothers had been imprisoned in the underworld by their father.  Cronos used the scythe to castrate his father and free his brothers.  Once free the Cronos became sovereign of the earth.

This card serves as a reminder that wisdom comes from the patience and time.  It is the Fools final lesson, to have deep respect for his own limitations and the passage of time.

When this card appears in a reading it is telling you that it is time for solitude and searching the depths of your own inner wisdom.  Patience will bring you opportunities to build strong foundations for the future.

General

You are in a time of solitude and introspection, looking for answers about why life is the way it is at a deep level.  You understand the answers that you seek are buried deep within.  Shut off your devices connect with your inner soul, ensure you are present in every moment.  Step back from your daily life and reflect on your personal values and beliefs.  Be prepared to walk away from others who are not one your level.

Love

If it’s long term commitment you are seeking this card tells you to take a step back and think about what you truly value in a long term relationship.  This is a time for solitude in order to get a greater understanding of your motivations.

Relationships

You or your partner may wish be alone, to contemplate the future of this relationship.

If you feel your partner pulling away it is important to allow them some space even if it feels painful to you.  It is an incredibly important part of their journey.

Work

If you are working on a project in which you are in a hurry to complete, this card warns you that you need to slow down and think things through in order to avoid making mistakes.

Now is the times to pursue projects alone steer away from others and pursue your own goals.

 Finances

You are on a minimalist path at the moment.  Perhaps you are letting go of you materialistic ideas and values in order to follow a more spiritual path.

Health  

Physical health is often linked to emotional well-being this is a time for time out relaxation and a deeper understanding of the effects of your psychological well-being on your physical self.

People

This card represents a spiritual teacher or wise mentor that can offer you guidance on your own spiritual quest.  He or she is likely to be introverted and unlikely to attend social events.  They are confident in their intellectual ability and are more likely to be on a quest for knowledge rather than material gain.

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8. Strength – Mythic Tarot

Hercules kills the lion with his bare hands.

Heracles is a muscular man, who is standing in a cave fighting the lion.  His hair is dark ginger his beard untamed and wild.  Killing the lion which had been terrorising the countryside was a task set for him by King Eurystheus for the crimes he committed.  After attempting to kill the lion with a number of different weapons and failing, he resorted to trapping the lion and killing him with his bare hands

Unlike Ares in the Chariot Hermes knows he does not need to exert physical aggression in order to take control of a situation, he has learnt to use tenderness in order to persuade the lion.   He acts from a place of inner strength not fear.

The Fools Lesson – The Fool has now moved  through two challenges of youth: Sexual Desire portrayed by the Lovers Card, and Aggression portrayed by The Chariot.

When the Strength card appears in a reading you may be facing a situation in which creative handling of your own pride and desires are paramount to a good outcome.

General

This card tells you that you already have the strength within you to move through to the next stage of your life.  It is time to let go of lower level aggression and use your intuition and inner strength in a situation.

Sometimes it feels like success is slow to come, but this card tells you that you have the strength and courage to see this situation through to the end and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

Love

If you are struggling to find new love ask yourself are you so desperate for this to happen that you are willing to compromise your own inner strength?   This will make it difficult to find a stable relationship.  People are drawn to your confidence and inner strength, be open to love in any situation and let your inner strength and confidence shine.

Relationships

This card is confirmation that you are in a good relationship.  You are confident in your partner and have dealt with your own insecurities and you are ready to move this relationship forward.

Work

This card is a confirmation that you are on the right path.  If you are looking for work you will soon find it.

If you are currently employed you will find that you may be considered for a promotion soon.

Finances

You will be experiencing a positive financial cycle.

Health

You are healthy and strong, this is a good time to start a new health regime.

People

This card represents someone with immense courage and inner strength.  He or she faces every situation with a calm demeanour.

7. The Chariot – Mythic Tarot

Ares the god of war prepares for battle

Ares the god of war is on the move –  dressed in a gold helmet and gold tunic he is ready for battle.  Ares is violent, quick tempered and has an aggressive personality, which he struggles to control.  His horse’s one white and one black, represent the fear and terror  pulling him in opposite directions.  Behind Ares are reddish brown hills and the ground is hard and dry. The clouds suggest there is a storm brewing.

In a reading the Chariot can represent a struggle either our own inner conflicts or conflicts outside our selves. One thing is certain when the Chariot shows up in a reading the conflict must be faced. Once we come through this battle we will be stronger.

The Fools Lesson

If the Chariot appears at the beginning of a reading you may feel you are ready and raring to go with a new idea, however be cautious if you proceed with too much haste then you may make a mistake.  If the Chariot appears at the end of a reading you have learned this lesson and you are moving ahead. You need to overcome your emotions, and the struggles within using hard work and discipline over your emotions.

General

You are facing an emotional test, you are feeling as if you are overloaded or being pulled in two different directions. You need to have faith in yourself and your assertiveness in order to deal with this situation.

This is a time to face conflicting priorities. These could be work priorities or just chores around the house. If you can do this the outcome will be successful. Assert yourself and be bold.

This card can also predict up and coming travel by car on an important journey.

Love

Stick to your relationship ideals. Do not lower your standards in order to avoid being alone. In time you will attract the right partner.

Relationships

There are a number of commitments that are imposing on your time which are causing tension in your relationship.   Although your bond is strong you know that it is time to make a commitment to each other if you want the relationship to continue.   It is time to make a decision to repair the relationship by accepting the need to change or to just let it go.

Work

It is time for you to take control of the reins at work. There is going to be incredible movement forward for you. You will be taking on new responsibilities possibly taking on a management role. You will be very successful as long as you are prepared to take control.

If you are looking for work you need to be very clear on the type of role you are looking for and ensure the organisations you apply for meet these criteria. In interviews be sure to take some control ask questions do research and make sure they are the right organisation for you.

Finances

It is time to take control of your finances, make sure you stick to your budgets and ensure you have funds for unexpected issues.

Health

Time to check in on yourself and ask if you are feeling OK. If you are taking any medication that does not feel right check with your doctor.

People

The Chariot represents people who are very determined and action orientated or a blond man. However he has a tendency toward aggression if things do not go his way.

6. The Lovers – Mythic Tarot

The lovers is a card of desire and choice – not always happily ever after.

The Lovers Card in the Mythic Tarot depicts three Greek goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite.   They ask Zeus to settle their dispute over which of them is the fairest.   Zeus couldn’t do it so he asked Hermes to find someone who could.  Hermes approached Paris a young teenager who was tending his stepfather’s garden to award the golden apple to the fairest goddess.

The three goddesses offered Paris a bribe.   Hera said she would make him king of Asia, while Aphrodite offered him power in war.   Aphrodite offered him marriage to the most beautiful sensual woman in the world.   Paris was young and chose beauty over all else, he married Aphrodite but later left her for Helen of Troy – sparking the Trojan wars.

This card is about choice, and for those of you hoping for happily ever after, look very closely at the surrounding cards in order to see the full picture.    This could indicate a relationship based on sexual desire, or being part of a love triangle in which you may not be the chosen party.

What Happens if You Choose the Lovers Card?

General

You will be faced with a dilemma which you will be unable to avoid.  This is a decision that will change the course of your life.   Although things may look negative on the surface a lot of good will come.

If you have been avoiding making a decision you can no longer bury your head in the sand it is time to take action.

Love

You have a strong desire to find someone special, and you may find you have a strong connection to another.  However card warns you not to be hasty when considering the long term viability of a relationship.  You must carefully examine your own personal values and those of a potential partner before deciding whether to make a long term commitment.

Sometimes a person may appear in your life and you feel and instant  soul mate connection, however this does not mean it is meant to be.  There are a number of different types of soul mates, and they don’t all end in marriage:

  • Twin flame is a soul mate sent so that you can unite to serve god.
  • A true soulmate sent to you at birth who may be a close friend and someone you instantly bond with.
  • A karmic soulmate. This is someone who you may have unresolved karma with from a previous life; however you are only meant to be with this person a short time in order to repay karmic debt.   This could lead to a lot of pain.

Be aware if you are feeling passionate about someone you should take your time if it is a karmic soul mate you may find that you there will be something blocking this relationship  from moving forward   such as a third party.  They are here to teach you something and it is likely to end badly.

 Relationships

If you are in a relationship the Lovers card signifies the relationship is strong and built on similar goals.  This could be a true soulmate if you feel you are deeply connected and nothing is blocking you.

Alternatively you may be faced a choice regarding your relationship such as whether to engage in an extra marital affair or save your marriage.   This card  has a high sexual element to it and often signifies a struggle between your sexual desires and knowing what is right for you.

Work

You may be faced with a decision regarding your career.  You can continue the way you are going, or you have the option to change your career path completely.

This is a difficult decision as remaining where you are means more of the same and continuing with the status quo, however moving into a new area may involve less money but more opportunity for fulfilment.

Financial

Financial partnerships and investments with an intimate partner or a business partner will be successful.

People

This card represents someone who is very clear about his or her personal values.  They are in touch with their emotions.  They are very open and caring.  There are no hidden agendas what you see is what you get.

5. The Hierophant – Mythic Tarot

The Hierophant is represented by a centaur – half man half horse.  He stands in a cave holding a scroll in his left hand, representing wisdom and understanding.  The pointing finger and little finger on his right hand are pointing toward the roof in the old fashioned sign of a blessing.

The Hierophant represents a religious figure of the beginning of a spiritual quest, judging by the light shining through the roof of the cave if it is a divinely lead.  The Hierophant represents a time when The Fool emerges from the underworld to seek enlightenment.   This card often appears when the seeker is starting a spiritual quest to understand the deeper meaning of life.

The negative aspect of this card could be related to the negative side of organised religion such as power, greed and corruption.

General Reading

This card is very clear you need to follow the code of conduct for any organisation or group you are a part of, otherwise you risk being a rebel or out cast.    This is a time to follow the status quo.

It may be time to find a group of like-minded individuals in order to progress work or social opportunities.

You may take up studying in a formal institution such as a university, or about to embark on a spiritual quest to find your own understanding of god.

If you are going through a challenging time this card suggests you find a mentor, counsellor or spiritual advisor to guide you.

If this card falls in a negative position it is a warning that if you do not follow the status quo whether it is in work, relationships or social groups you are at risk of being shunned.

Financial

Invest money in safe shares such as banks and financial institution for the best return;    this is not a time for speculative investing.  Seek out professional advice from a banker or financial adviser.

Work

This is a time to conform to status quo.  If you enjoy your work and want to get ahead you need to conform to hierarchy and structures of an organisation.  It is not a time to argue with your boss that your way is better.  Join professional networks and strategically align yourself with people and power.

Love

If you are looking for love this card suggests a you may meet a potential love interest at a social event or even a friend’s wedding.

Relationships

If you are dating this is an indication that it is time to take your relationship to the next level.

If you are already married and your marriage is struggling this card can indicate you are staying together for the kids.

Health

Although alternative therapies can be great to ease symptoms and enhance relaxation when it comes to your health and well-being it is time to follow traditional methods of medicine.

Person

The Hierophant represents someone who is conventional but also has a lot of spiritual wisdom.  He or she likes to help others and is often seen as a leader.

4. The Emperor – Mythic Tarot

The Emperor sits on a throne holding a globe of the world in one hand and lightening in the other.  He has a reddish brown beard.  He is dressed in a royal purple robe that covers his feet and wears a crown upon his head.   On his left shoulder sits a brown eagle.  The eagle is looking to the left (an invitation to follow his gaze), while the Emperors gaze is direct (a challenge).

The Hawk represents the ability to see a situation for from a higher perspective.  In this card he gazes toward the future.    He is inviting you to do the same, by trusting your own intuition.

The throne sits upon a creamy white rock like marble.  Behind him are snow-capped mountains, with a dark blue gully in between, representing the cool fresh mountain air.

This is a powerful confident man that holds the world in his hand.

General Reading

The Emperor represents an authority figure, or a father figure.  He is a protector and is extremely loyal to those that are loyal to him.  In a general reading this card indicates someone in a position of authority is looking out for you or protecting you in the situation.   Whether it indicates someone protecting you now or in the future depends on where it falls in the spread and the cards surrounding it.

If you are seeking help you will receive it from the highest source.

At the beginning of a reading this card indicates change will occur because you are in a hurry.  As an outcome card there are new opportunities coming that will lead to success.

In a positive position this card indicates you are in control of your situation.   You are feeling very content or you are working out how you may reach a state of contentment in the future.

In a negative position this card can indicate a lack of focus leading to paralysis and disruption. The Emperor’s need for power may lead him or her to disregard the feelings of others.

Work

If you are looking for work a new opportunity will come your way soon.

In a career reading an opportunity or promotion is coming your way that could mean more money and more authority.  This card also warns those who are a position of power to watch their ego.

If you work for yourself this card indicates that your business is or is about to become very successful.  However you need to continue to work hard keep your empire together.

Love

A new love interest is coming into your life.  It may not be someone who sweeps you off your feet with gifts and romantic gestures; however he or she will be very stable, practical and dependable.

Relationships

This relationship is stable and works very well on a practical level.  The Emperor can be a very dependable and solid partner however at times can be very overbearing.   He will protect those he cares for as long as they are loyal to him.

Finances  

You will hear about money coming to you either in the form of a bonus or a tax refund.

Person

This card represents a person of great knowledge; however they can also be egotistical.  If this person is you  it is important you know when to be firm and when to be kind.  If this is someone you work for he or she will be very loyal and supportive of their work force so long as employees show the same loyalty in return.