Chariot from the Soulscapes Tarot

(Moon) Outward personality, heritage and family lines, childrearing, limelight, deep personal feelings, responsibilities, personal space. July (dog days Sirius rising)

On the Soulscapes version of the Chariot one of the first things that we notice is that the central figure is a warrior wearing armour, and a helmet, is carrying a spear and is poised ready for something.

Is it battle?

This particular figure is drawn by the power of two sphinx like creatures, one black and one white presenting a mystery that is to be solved regarding the opposing natures of war and peace.

The canopy behind the head with the stars upon it represents the state of bliss or nirvana that we can reach through deep meditation and the cube within which the figure sits is indicative of the four elements in which we live out our earthly existence.

On the Soulscape Chariot you can see the full moon emblazoned on the front of the chariot and underneath there is a solar disc with wings that has two ureas serpents coming out of it. This symbolism was used by the Egyptians and can suggest the need for balance between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and the awakening of hidden senses within.

If we understand the Solar aspect of personality being that which is awake or switched on, and the lunar aspect of consciousness as being that which is unconscious, or that we are unaware of it until we find a way to reach this information through meditation and ritual.

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6 Lovers

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Lovers from the Soulscapes Tarot by JadeM


(Mercury)

Thought, intelligence, quickness of mind, choices, communications, technology, cycle ending, visitors, interactions. June

In most images for the Lovers in the background there is a large sun behind an Angelic figure. The Sun representing the seat of the personality and the wholeness of being that can be achieved through inner work.

Sometimes it is necessary to go through a cleansing or detoxification process first before we can reach the stage of initiating the conversation with ones Holy Guardian Angel.

There is harmony, polarity and division all represented in the same image. The bow and arrow that makes an appearance in some images seeks to draw your attention to the tension of the string and the point before the arrow flies.
The two figures can be thought of as the perceived duality in human beings, male and female, yin and yang, light and dark. Etc.

The experience that I had when painting the lovers image for the Soulscapes Tarot was that of a deep connection with nature on a heart level, feeling the presence of something outside of the human experience and so much greater than our species and an understanding that we as humans are a very small part of a much greater consciousness, but connected nonetheless.

On the Soulscapes version of the lovers above the arrow there is an opening which looks like it is the navel of the Angelic being, this refers to the idea of polarity between the sexes which can be equalized and balanced in the union which is achieved between the lovers during the sexual act, and presents the idea that “something” is created during lovemaking that doesn’t always result in the birth of a physical child but instead can form an idea or a creation that germinates and grows into something. When I was painting this image I heard the term term “Kteis” whispered in my ear during the meditative state and found that upon investigation it means “vagina” or “shell” which was a commonly used phrase to portray the Great Mother or Goddess in the past.

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5 Red Merlin / Heirophant

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA5 Red Merlin, Heirophant, Archdruid

 

(Saturn/Venus) Systems of belief, spiritual guidance, rituals and rites of passage, male dominated institutions, talents, organisations, learning.

May, Taurus

On the Soulscapes image there is an ancient bearded figure dressed in long red robes with a naked lady standing in front of him wielding a sword. He is standing on a raised platform with the open sky behind him. Behind him is the sacred cow and his feet are in the middle of one of the interlocking circles which represent Isis, Osiris and Ra. He points towards the path we should take at this stage in the development journey and in the other hand he holds a set of keys with which he can assist us to unlock a door and release our imprisoned nature from its cage. There is a full moon behind the Red Merlin with a pentegram projecting out from within the Moon.

The Red Merlin is gesturing with his fingers after having drawn a golden hexagram in front of him. The hexagram intersects with the image of a divine child. Unlike the previous two Soulscapes images which had their eyes closed, his eyes are open but what does he see?

The green snake winds its way up the central figure representing life force or kundalini that is awakened within the teacher, and rising in front of him is a naked goddess / priestess figure wielding a sword. There are many names attributed to the power being presented here that describes the sleeping force or serpent power within each individual which awakens and is controlled by the priest / priestess through the Chakra or cakras sometimes referred to as psychic centres that contain the potential energy of each person waiting to be released through twin spirals of force which are masculine and feminine.

There cannot be polarisation of these sexual energies, or balance between the male and female without the opposing energy and this suggests that there is a way or a path that is a valid spiritual path that is dual by nature and is shared by both men and women and that they both play their respective parts within it, that is to say that it is not dominated by one or the other sex. The mysteries are not exclusive to one or the other sex and the difference between this image and one which represents simply a male religious leader is that it recognises the divine feminine as well as the divine masculine. The rest of the subtle imagery suggests that the figure is not inside a building but that he is somewhere outside and is standing upon some sort of stage or platform.

The red Merlins robe begins as red but once it has merged with the blue of the sky it changes at the hem to become a beautiful deep purple. If we consider for a moment the circles of colours on the body of the naked woman representing the Chakras, the second Chakra is Purple and the Root Chakra right at the bottom represents our connection with the Earth, the blue Chakra is our communication centre and when mingling together with the red of the Earth chakra and the blue of the communication Chakra we get the purple of the Third Eye Chakra or our awakening to second sight, or the gift of prophecy. The eyes are open but this prophet does not see with those eyes, instead he uses intuition and his third eye and instincts after gaining the gift of foresight, clarity and inner knowing through learning.

The three intersecting circles at the bottom of the Soulscapes image can be understood as representing three cyclic ages. The lady is standing in a red circle which represents the child God-conciousness or that of RA the divine child, the Green circle on the left represents the Mother, Goddess or ISIS consciousness and the Yellow representing the Father/God, or Osiris aspect of consciousness. As a race we have moved through cycles of Mother/Goddess Matriarchal or Father/God Patriarchal spiritual movements into that of the Child God – which we can understand as an age of awakening or revealing. The Bull has associations with the Astrological sign of Taurus and the fact that it is a female bull that he is sitting on gives us a hint towards the time of the origins of certain belief structures.

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3 Empress

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(Venus) Nurturing, receptivity, openness, unity with others, abundance and plenty, beauty, art, creative endeavours. March

Traditionally the Goddess/Empress is seated in this image on a throne as she represents sovereignty, in other words she is the throne. She is the doorway through which we enter this life in the first instance from the womb of our mother, and spiritually she represents the doorway that we must find within, open and journey through so that we may create ourselves anew.

We can also think of her as Gaia or the soul of our planet. There are two eagles on the Soulscapes card and when painting the image one of these was intentional which is the one that is above the head of the figure, however the yellow eagle head on the right hand side of the image just happened as I was scraping the red paint on the background with a palate knife. It wasn’t until the image was finished and I stood back to look at it that I saw the second Eagle.

In this Archetype there is a strong female figure whose opposite, partner or counterpart is the God, or Emperor, but neither have power over each other they simply compliment each other as it should be within all strong healthy human relationships. Think of the Yin and Yang in the oriental traditions and as humans having within both a feminine aspect and a masculine aspect. Depending on the maturity of our personality one of these archetypes may dominate and there may need to be some work done to achieve a balance between the dual natures.

In a reading this card may suggest someone who is very feminine and centred in their domestic life as a mother and carer. In old celtic oral traditions the triple forms of the Goddess and God each had their reflection that we encounter as characters in bardic tales such as the Vita Merlini.

In the Waite/Coleman Smith version of this image we see a shield emblazoned with a phoenix which suggests that she is the gateway through which one has to pass in order to live, and in a mystical sense being reborn through the Mother Archetype one is initiated or ‘born again’ into greater mysteries. In some tarot images she is stepping on a crescent moon and heavily pregnant suggesting again that she is regeneration.

©JadeM 2018

2 High Priestess

2 The Priestess (of the Silver Star) / High Priestess

(Dark Moon) Transitions, dreams, healing, wise women, prophetic dreams, mystical experiences.

Wake a world inside, old souls looking through new born eyes” – JadeM

The important symbols associated with the High Priestess are sleep, knowledge and everything that is ruled by the lunar tides, or the fluctuating currents that one cannot see but affect everything on our planet from the rising and falling of the sea to our moods on a daily basis.

The tiny sliver of light we see after the dark of the moon which heralds the beginning of a new lunar month in the agricultural calendar some believe is the time for thinking about starting new projects and retreating within to listen to ones own inner guidance, and certainly a time for sending out healing to those in need.

On the Rider Waite image of the High Priestess we see Isis veiled, crowned with stars and she has a solar cross on her breast and an open book on her knee. It is the book of the TORA or Tarot, wisdom and understanding and we can think of her as the virgin aspect of the triple goddess, or one who acts as an oracle through their connection to the infinite wisdom of the universe.

Peace, calm, inner world, seeing the unseen, light in the dark, study, knowledge, spiritual wisdom.
I also feel that this card presents us with the Ethereal world. A being we can seek out and who can give guidance to us that is both within ourselves and is a separate, spiritual, entity. She rests in the recesses of our souls to shed light on what is hidden from us. Illumination of shadows within ourselves.” (Christina Malarkey)

Apart from oceans and the sky, blue is the rarest colour in nature. Interestingly, Tarot scholar and artist Robert Place once said to me that the pigment ultramarine was used liberally in commissioned medieval art because it was derived from costly stone lapis lazuli. In this light, the blue robe suggests “concealing that which is precious” or even preciousness itself. Mother Mary is often enrobed in blue, suggesting spiritual beauty, purity and transcendence. Note that blue was rarely used in primitive art or among illiterate peoples, but is often connected with the elite (blue ribbon, blue blood, blue-chip stocks).” (Taschen, 650) Janet Baker Boyer

Sitting on the brink between a world of light and dark, the Priestess has overcome her inner turmoil and looks back to those in the dark offering a hand of guidance. Unwilling to walk into the light while others still suffer, she turns back towards the darkness, shining light to illuminate the world. She symbolises personal transition having walked the path of darkness seeking and finding the path of enlightenment. She also symbolises sacrifice and suffering as her willingness to carry others with her transcends her personal quest of walking in the light. With all that is magic in the world alive in her heart, the Priestess of the Silver Star offers a guiding light to seekers who wish to explore the deeper realms of mystic and magic as long as she is careful not to let the darkness engulf her.

Light – The Priestess can help you tune into your inner wisdom, strengthen your intuition and work with your dreams to explore the inner realms of the problems you face. Holding the lamp of the truth she provides the seeker with the strength they need to face the shadows and guides them to walk forward on their path courageously.

Shadow – Having walked a difficult path the Priestess can become exhausted and weak. At times of weakness she may slip back into the shadows of darkness and can be susceptible to anxiety and depression as she contemplates whether those in pain will ever be free to walk in the light. She encourages seekers to reconnect with their inner selves and the deeper mysteries at such times to regenerate and gain strength for the next stage of their journey. She also reminds the seeker that they are worthy and that in times when personal healing is required that a little self-indulgence can be just the trick to restore balance. “ (Rashelle Reid)

 ©JadeM 2018

1 The Messenger / Magician (Mercury)

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Directed will, focus, self employment, leaders, clarity of vision, brilliant minds.

Description:

On the Soulscapes Magician when you look at it a certain way there are two very owl like eyes peering at you from a background of ever moving energy that culminates in the eternity symbol, or if you look at it another way there is a being standing with arms upraised invoking the power within to emerge into the world, becoming self created.

Above the head of the magician in most traditional decks there the eternity symbol or lemniscate and in the Soulscapes image it is entwined onto the background becoming an integral part of the process of being, understanding the fluctuations and flow of information, the cyclical nature of time, the ebb and flow of consciousness which can be directed by the individual once they become aware of the processes within.

On the Rider Waite / Pamela Coleman Smith image the symbols or treasures are laid out on a three legged table. The cup, wand, sword and pentacle representing the minor Arcana, or tools of the trade of the magician and it is suggested that he / she understands and uses these forces.

In some decks the title of this card is the juggler and the very act of learning to juggle is a skill that must first be learned and then practiced and honed in order to be able to perform. Getting aquainted with our creative faculties and imagination requires the same process.

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4 Emperor / God

Soulscapes Tarot Jade M

4 God (Emperor)

(Mars) Masculinity, assertive behaviour, ambitious, energetic, assuming control, progression, setting goals for the future, high achievers. April, Aries

Rather than the double-headed eagle symbol often seen on other Tarot decks on the Soulscapes Tarot Emperor / God I painted two winged fire creatures either side of the head, and a radiant brow. The mythic figure Taliesin was said to have been born with a “shining” or radiant brow meaning that he is inspired so this image can be likened to that of the spiritual leader inflamed with passion of God, the Persona, or an outward projection of his personality or Ego. Coincidentally our financial year ends and begins anew in April with which this archetype is associated. The Emperor/God’s power wand that we find on most representations of this archetype has two ends that signify his status as an important leader, and the responsibility that comes with it. It is said though that absolute power corrupts so there is a real need to find and maintain balance  through our humanity and seeking to marry the god and the goddess within to become whole. 

This wise bearded face puts us in mind of an archetypical priest – kingly ruler,  benevolent and just, but a leader of men, but one who is guided by the seasons and tides of nature and is in direct communion with the land and its inhabitants.

Consider briefly the four directions or points on the compass, the four seasons, 4/4 time signature in music, four points on an equal armed cross etc. There is an equal armed cross in the bottom right corner on the Soulscapes image which is similar in nature to that of the Maltese Cross or the emblem of the Knights of Malta which subtly suggests a connection with religion or holy orders. 

We can associate this image with the idea of leaders whether of Church and state, lawgivers, educators, Religious icons, psychological movements, philosophical movements, spirituality, initiation, meditation, and contemplation.

As much at the Empress/Goddess is concerned with  domesticity, child birthing and child rearing and the mother figures in our lives the Emperor / God is concerned with parenthood and responsibility, businessmen, successful males and authority figures. 

Learning to be assertive and have the confidence of our own convictions, gaining mastery over our physical lives and creating firm foundations and security for the future are important factors to consider in this stage of the spiritual journey.

Phoenix symbolism on some versions of this card has the same implications as that of the previous archetype only this time the rebirth is through the archetypal father who wears the crown of the North Upon his head. In some decks his posture is that of one standing on one leg with the other crossed at the knee to signify the alchemical symbol for sulphur, and in some images carrying an orb in one hand and a scepter in the other, both of which are also symbols of power or rulership. On some decks we also find the solar and lunar symbology and rather than the head of the king facing the front we see that his face is in profile.

Exercise:

Take out the High Priestess (of the Silver Star), Magician / Messenger , the Emperor and Empress and lay them out on the table in front of you the High Priestess next to the Messenger and underneath the High Priestess place the Empress, and underneath the Messenger place the God. What relationship do you see between these images? 

Soulscapes Tarot Introduction

There are 22 Major Arcana in most Tarot decks and each of them represent a stage in the journey of self knowing, an initiation, rite of passage, or major life event that each practitioner passes through on their internal voyage.

The rest of the Tarot deck is split into four Suits with 1 to 10 pip cards and four Court cards associated with each suit to make up 78 cards altogether.

The four suits of the Tarot can be understood at the outset to represent four different “worlds” or states of being

(Wands / Clubs) Staffs – The Spiritual Realm.

(Swords / Spades) Storm – The World of thoughts or imagination.

(Cups / Hearts) Chalices – A World of emotions or desires.

(Discs / Diamonds / Pentacles – The World of physical things and sensations.

22 Major Arcana

Before we go any further with interpretations or explanations it would be a good idea to take out the Major Arcana from your deck and separate them laying them out in sequence before you. You can put them all side by side by side numerically from 0 – 21 so that they read like a cartoon strip. Spend a few moments just looking at each card in this way, and think about any connections that spring to mind as you allow your mind to wander and think about the images. Note down any intuitive thoughts you might receive while doing this a you might just surprise yourself.

The Major Arcana cards themselves are not gods or deities per se but each Archetype does have associations with divine beings or images that can be called upon in order that we may experience all these different facets of being in our waking lives. The images below set out in order tell a story of enlightenment and each part is one section of the whole, to show the whole process of enlightenment with the inner part and the outer part of the journey. The enlightenment process is a cyclical one and if we begin our journey by going within as we do at the beginning as the seeker after experience, then we jump into the unknown and travel through the underworld or the world of shadows as the second stage in the journey, then we come full cycle and emerge at the end of the process back to the beginning but with all of the experiences that we have had to work with on the rest of our journey in life.

During stages 0 to 10 of the internal Tarot journey we awaken each Archetype one by one by pathworking and connect with each in turn until we come to the pivotal or turning point of the wheel.

After the experience at the Wheel of Fortune we go through a transitionary phase at Trump 11 after which we set out to explore the shadow realms and journey through the recesses of the mind for clarity and perspective on our true nature and deal with anything that is lurking in our shadows.

When we come out of the introspective dark phase and begin to bring out our true selves into the world will be faced with the decision of whether or not to begin another cycle of enlightenment and begin again or use what we have learned on the journey so far to put us where we should be, and make sure we are heading in the right direction. The whole process allows restructuring or recreating our selves and our life in accordance with our whole being as we move through all of the different experiences which usually are at odds with the ones that we are used to, and after taking time to reflect over the journey as a whole only then can we make lasting changes to our personality, relationships, goals, and seek our true calling in life.

Take your 22 cards now and set the out in the Lemniscate or Infinity pattern that and what are the differences that you pick up on when you set the story this way instead of in a linear fashion one after the other? Note down your findings in your journal.

To study the Tarot effectively you have to become a part of it and as it becomes a living part of you as the wisdom is digested, imbibed and integrated into life and the only way it can be evaluated is from the inside.

Take out the Fool/Soliel Card from your Tarot deck and spend a little time studying the imagery on the card. You can use this as your entry point into an awakening journey using meditation over the specific imagery contained within the Tarot card.

Some systems ascribe this card to the act of breathing, the breath, or life itself.

The very act of meditation requires that you to focus your energy and attention on your breathing, how quickly or slowly we breathe has an almost immediate reaction on our emotional state especially when learning to slow down the breathing to use techniques such as the fourfold breath.

When we step on to the rainbow path we glow with a halo of possibilities and energies, the intellect in tune with the heart and the emotional intelligence, intuition, self guidance all waiting to spread forth to create ripples in the new world which the seeker after experience will create as they progress on the path.

0 Fool

Fool from the Soulscapes Tarot

The student is ready to take a leap of discovery with the appearance of this archetype in a Tarot consultation and if you have spent a significant amount of time meditating over the imagery and the meaning it evokes and the thoughts and feelings which arise within you, then you will know what to say to a client who has this card in their reading.

In some decks the fool is seen with a little white dog but in the Soulscape image the animal figure over the head of the fool shows a protective guardian that walked alongside me on the path as my familiar and not everyone will have the same beast as their companion but this is the beast who accompanied me at the outset of my journey.

On the Thoth / Lady Hariss Fool card there is a dove on an upward course also flying free, soaring into higher skies. In early Christian symbolism the imagery of a dove descending represented the descent of the holy spirit, similarly in this image it is that of the inner peace which radiates outwards from the very core of our being to affect all those who we meet on our journey along this path, but only after the acceptance of out own journey and turning our attention inwards to experience the worlds that lay within.

This is the archetypal image of freedom, being carefree, unburdened and the Thoth image proudly displays a physical Sun which has come to be understood as the symbol of generative life force or our energy source on the Earth as our celestial sun in the sky. I renamed the “Fool” image as “Soleil” in the Soulscapes deck and choosing the French word for Sun to bring attention to the importance of light, especially sunlight on our physical health and wellbeing, and the allegory of the Sun on its journey through the signs of the Zodiac, and this whole spiritual journey being akin to the birth of the sun god Ra as the resurrected part or self created soul that we bring into existence by stepping on to the Spiritual path and redeeming ourselves through Alchemical transformation of the Soul.

A prominent figure in the Crowley image is the alligator or crocodile which represents cyclical time, fertility and a warning of pitfalls on the path if one does not pay due care and attention to where they are treading. As we are turning the attention within and shining the light inside ourselves we illuminate everything and bring to life all that this light comes into contact with. What on this earth grows without sunlight? How can there be shadows to explore without the light of the sun? There has long been an association between light and enlightenment and here if we think about the allegory of the white light being split by a prism into the spectrum of colours, hence being able to see and investigate all the separate parts, or divisions of the soul as we seek in the shadows that have been cast by the light of our own consciousness.

Consider the Fool as a garment that we must clothe ourselves with in order to progress and understand he / she as our guide to lead us within so that we may begin to seek our destiny.

©JadeM 2018

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Using the Tarot for Meditation

The Soulscapes Tarot is a 78 Card Tarot Deck that can be used as a focal point during guided meditation as well as a tool for Divination so that you can read for yourself and others.

Each of the Major Arcana has a path working which I have written with the intent of introducing you to the Tarot Archetypes so that you can experience and work with them yourself. All 22 Pathworkings will be published along with a Tarot workbook that can be used with either the Soulscapes Tarot or the Initiates Way upon its completion, or any Tarot deck that you are connected to. If you would like to experience these guided meditations in Group Sessions please Contact me for dates and times when we will be holding open Circles to physically attend for these.

You can also join our Sacred Circle group on Facebook if you have any questions.

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To use the Soulscapes deck to read for others you will need to Pre-order a copy of the third edition from our webstore. I will be ordering another batch soon. Please email if you would like to be informed when the package of the Soulscapes Deck and Tarot Workbook is available to pre-order.

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