Muse Tarot Meanings 5 of Inspiration

5 OF INSPIRATION

— Competition and rivalry —

FIVE OF INSPIRATION (WANDS) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE 5 OF INSPIRATION TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

challenges, competition, “comparisonitis”, a need to collaborate, can signify fighting or trying to out-do one another

CREATOR MUSING

Competition can be our best friend when we allow it to push us to better ourselves.

WORD PROMPT

Bouts of discord

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 5 OF INSPIRATION

The Muse looks down at the challenges and the rivalry below. The pushing and the pulling. The comparisons. The not-enoughs. Sometimes she sees rivalry that hurts, and sometimes she witnesses rivalry that seeds goals and dreams. She sees its many forms, and she hopes to help all of us to see the positive and negative effects that competition can have on our lives. She illuminates opportunities to work together, and she shares ways that we can engage in friendly competition so that it serves as a catalyst for our successes, rather than a road map to our losses. So she gifts us mirrors. Mirrors to see the things that are similar, and to see those that are dissimilar. She gifts us mirrors to look at the way we show up and compete. Some of us push our ideas, some push forward our feelings, others compete using their charm, some with depth of conversation, some with sexuality – and these mirrors are meant to help us discern and distinguish the types of competition that make us better from that which make us worse. These mirrors help us to see the many faces of our own internal struggle to find category, rank and place, and they allow us to better understand ourselves based on the world around us. But most of all, the Muse offers mirrors so that we can realize that the most important person we can compete with is our own self, and that all of the conquests and successes could never teach us her most important lesson: We must always see ourselves as deserving of our own highest accolades, and love.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Take a journey into the desert and find the Five sisters of inspiration. Take a peek into their mirrors and see what they have to tell you about how you compete, challenge and push yourself, and where comparison or friendly competition could do more good than harm.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Mirrors. Every time we look into them we judge ourselves, by ourselves. The lines. The hips. The eyes. The nose. The stomach. The lips. Look in the mirror and draw a self-portrait. Feel free to exaggerate the features you spend too much energy focusing on, and then name it ‘The mirror that distorts and that teaches.’

“I’m a mirror. If you’re cool with me, I’m cool with you, and the exchange starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don’t like what you see, then you’ve done something. If I’m standoffish, that’s because you are.” – Jay-Z

Muse Tarot Meanings 4 of Inspiration

4 OF INSPIRATION

— Enjoy a milestone event and time with loved ones —

FOUR OF INSPIRATION (WANDS) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE 4 OF INSPIRATION TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

an event or gathering, community, time with friends and family, a celebration, constancy, a happy interval, can signify marriage or another important milestone

CREATOR MUSING

When we hold each other as sacred, we become more attuned to the energy of the dance. Are you holding those around you – both participants and witnesses, colleagues and clients, friends and family – as a sacred part of your story?

WORD PROMPT

A gala of stability

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 4 OF INSPIRATION

They have been preparing for this celebration – this ascension into other ways of being – for years. They have been walking towards this since they began. One for each of the four elements, this quartet of creators sits quietly, taking in the moment. The lights have been hung… and in a few moments the moon, the sun and the stars will align. And they gaze into other’s smiles, the tears of joy begin to flood their senses. This is it. Some experience goosebumps (spiritbumps) and others feel their hearts expanding. These are the moments on the journey that important occasions are marked; when the points on the path become ingrained in our hearts and into our cellular memory. And they know that today, right now, they are living in such a moment. They reach out, hold hands, and the world drops away. The initiation begins and they feel their bubble of energy rise. They glow proudly, expectedly… and they revel in the experience of the now. They stay in this picture-perfect milestone for as long as they can, wanting to capture it in their mind’s eye, forever.

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

(Can be done alone or in a group.) Imagine yourself with 3 other soul-siblings (or energies / guides) marking out the corners for the four directions. Take time to get settled, then allow the four elements to lift you up. Send energy into the center of your circle from your hearts, and then see what message the light in the middle holds for you.


CREATIVE PROMPT

What element are you? What element do you most feel aligned with? Imagine being the water, the earth, the sky and the sea… and decide which corner suits you best, today. Who sits at the other 3 corners? Who in your life feels like each element, to you? And why? You can dance your way through this exercise if you want to really FEEL the elements moving through your system.

Muse Tarot Meanings 3 of Inspiration

3 OF INSPIRATION

— After taking the initial steps towards your goal, your dreams are on the way —

THREE OF INSPIRATION (WANDS) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE 3 OF INSPIRATION TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

progress, waiting for things to click into place, expansion of ideas, business opportunities, your dream is on the horizon, clarity on ambitions and goals, breathing into any frustration or pause that you are experiencing, knowing that things are lining up

CREATOR MUSING

When you’ve taken action, take the time to congratulate yourself! Even if the fruition isn’t apparent yet, you’ve moved your chess piece and things are aligning around the energy that you’ve moved. How do you honour your own courageous attempts and the strong foundations you are building?

WORD PROMPT

Fragments of performance

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 3 OF INSPIRATION

Beautiful alignment. She has amazing new ideas, lofty goals and giant dreams, and sometimes, when we dream this big it can take some shifting to get things to line up and spark to life. This time –between the first sparks of belief and seeing dreams realized – can feel frustratingly slow. Sometimes, this pause can derail belief, because it is often the moment when doubt creeps in and seeds delay. The 3 of Inspiration has been at this doorway before, manifesting and waiting. And she knows that she needs to stay true to her vision. She continues to do the work, while actively seeking the signs that her future is on the way. She dances, allowing the warm winds to move her limbs… allowing the energy to flow around her doubt. She knows that she can only perceive her immediate future, and yet she believes with her knowing heart that the dominoes are lining up beyond any limits that she can currently see. There is a pause now, as she waits for things to arrive, and she trusts that, eventually, that last domino will fall into place. Everything will begin to flow effortlessly. In the meantime, she moves and breathes and dances her dream into being.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Arrive at the gates of the 3 of inspiration, and see the trail of dominoes behind you that you’ve built with your intentions and your actions. Also notice the trail that are being built backwards, towards you… by the Universe. When you get to the place where one domino is left to complete the chain, ask the 3 of Inspiration what that domino is, and what you can do to move it into place.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Dots. It’s time to connect the dots. Draw a map of your world and see which dots are disconnected, uninspired, or missing links of support. Your map is a beautiful thing.

Muse Tarot Meanings 2 of Inspiration

2 OF INSPIRATION

— You could travel and see so many things, but it would be just so easy to stay, here, where you already know what to expect. —

TWO OF INSPIRATION (WANDS) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE 2 OF INSPIRATION TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

Seeking new paths for yourself, the activation of potential, deciding between staying in your comfort zone or experiencing what it’s like elsewhere, wanting to experience new things, travel and adventure, home and family, a heart full of ideas that desire expression

CREATOR MUSING

You create your reality. Your life. People who seem to live extraordinary, exciting lives have made extraordinary, exciting choices. What life do you dream about? And what stops you from choosing to live it?

WORD PROMPT

Dreamy complacency

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 2 OF INSPIRATION

The 2 of Inspiration sees the places she wants to travel. She begins to manifest the desire and the opportunity in her heart, and in her thoughts. She is taking the first steps, but she still has one foot cleanly rooted in her old life. She peeks her head out, which is more than some people dare to do, and she opens her heart to possibility. Sometimes it feels destined. Sometimes it feels wild. And on occasion, like today, she realizes that all the thinking and dreaming will never replace the doing. The going. So she grabs her bags, her tickets, her trinkets, her talismans and her baubles and she steps onto the path of the unseen. Her heart beats a little faster today – a little more excitedly, because she knows that taking this one step will forever change her trajectory. She has finally decided to move in the direction of her dreams.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Imagine yourself in your current room, or studio, and settle in for meditation. Notice a ball of light appear in the corner that opens up a temporary window to a new dimension – or a temporary glimpse into your best life. Step through it and look through the telescope of time to see the opportunity that presents itself.


CREATIVE PROMPT

We only see the smallest slice of our reality. We always live our lives as if we are looking at the world through a straw. If you were to map out the things that your ‘straw’ focuses on, each day, what would you see?

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

Muse Tarot Meanings 8 of Materials

8 OF MATERIALS

— Working and perfecting your craft —

EIGHT OF MATERIALS (PENTACLES) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE 8 OF MATERIALS TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

a skilled artisan, taking pride in a job well done, building mastery over time, being an ‘expert’, dedication and pride, not cutting corners, effort vs. laziness, soul purpose

CREATOR MUSING

Perfection. Our healthy relationship with this word can drive us to create beautiful things to the best of our ability, and our unhealthy relationships with it can stop us dead in our tracks when we fall into compare and despair. How’s your relationship with the Muse of Perfection?

WORD PROMPT

Craftsmanshipping your destiny

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 8 OF MATERIALS

She spins her roses with the skill of a master weaver, stringing together their beauty and her craftsmanship in a tale of success and satisfaction. Finding zen in work, and taking pride in a craft is the life and breath of this Muse. She helps seekers to stay the course, to pay attention to the details as they persist and persevere so that they can build the skills they need. Your body of experience will be necessary to create and to live the life of your dreams. Your consistency and your patience matter. Your efforts, and your hard work matter. Every time you seek to improve your creation, it matters. Continue to build and expand. This Muse can get so caught up in her spinning roses that she can forget to remind you to take a break, so take time to smell the flowers sweet spinner, and be sure you don’t get so lost in the petals that you miss the other things you love about life.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Visit the 8 of Materials in her studio. She is deeply enthralled in her work, in her joy, in her service…. in her soul’s purpose. She seems aware of you, but continues to work as she invites you into her sacred space. She invites you to ask her questions about soul purpose and living a dedicated life.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Play with imperfection today. Markings that are just unfinished marks. Imperfect words that are only half written. Half finished. What comes to life on your page today, when perfection is banished from the canvas of your creation?

Muse Tarot Meanings Muse of Voices

MUSE OF VOICES

— Communicating truth and purpose with your strategic, intuitive knowing  —

MUSE OF VOICES (SWORDS) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE MUSE OF VOICES TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

truth and integrity, accessing the intelligence and movement of the wind, directness, clear speech and communication, honest leadership, diplomacy, finding spiritual truth and purpose, bird’s eye view of the full picture, blending strategy with intuitive knowing

CREATOR MUSING

Harness the wind as you create, beautiful creator! Use its gentle nudges and its massive gusts to push you up the mountain and slide you into joy. Have you been walking against the wind lately? Or actively turning in the direction that it whispers?

WORD PROMPT 

The walkway of consciousness

EXPERIENCING the Tarot MUSE OF VOICES

The Muse of Voices dances freely at the Gates of Enlightenment, shifting between what she knows and what she remembers… and she remains present in this dance of calling on past and future simultaneously. Drawing heavily on both experience and clarity, she knows that what her mind creates and what it receives from the world are all based on her perception of the truth, and yet… she also knows with great surety that collective truth… our agreed upon reality is what we must use to lead others into the dance of moving joy. She whispers to speak clearly, and to step into your position as a truth-telling leader. Allow the wind at your back to whisk you through any voices that seem to stand in the way of you and your dream. Be authoritative when it comes to honesty and integrity, and blend diplomacy and intellect on the way to transcendence. Seek impartiality and steer clear of any displays of manipulation or showy displays of beautiful smoke and mirrors. Focus on the art of the mind, put your head in front of your heart, and find your voice as you speak the tools of truth.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Approach the gates of Enlightenment, and the Muse will pass you a kite. Write a message on the kite and let it fly into the clouds, passing all the winged things on the way. How do they react to your message, or question? And what do they speak in return?


CREATIVE PROMPT

Put on music that will make you move, and float into a Muse of Voices dance, calling on past and future experiences in order to bring yourself into a state where the truth about your present will arrive. Show up honestly.

Muse Tarot Meanings 4 of Emotions

4 OF EMOTIONS

— Don’t miss out on the wonderful things you have, while searching for something better —

FOUR OF EMOTIONS (CUPS) TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE 4 OF EMOTIONS TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

boredom, dissatisfaction, seeking better, missing opportunities, missing the bigger picture, a time for contemplation and meditation

CREATOR MUSING

‘She was never bored because she was never being boring.’ – Pet Shop Boys 

Sometimes we can’t see our biggest talents and gifts because they are so much a part of us… so ‘in us’ that they seem completely normal. What are the things you do really well, but take for granted?

WORD PROMPT

Apathy and magick

EXPERIENCING the Tarot 4 OF EMOTIONS

Hum-drum. She sits in a giant energetic cup – her fourth cup – her best cup – but whenever she counts her blessings she only sees three. Other people have told her she needs four to be happy. Other people have four goblets that she can clearly see. And here she is, stuck in a life of having only three. She sighs, hoping she will someday find a fourth. She closes her eyes and asks the Muse to help her find her magic blessings. No answer. Nothing but the waves. She relaxes, giving up the quest for now, and quiets her mind as she listens to the waves lap up against…. lap…. lap.. lap…. what is it that they are lapping up against? She hears giggles in the distance. The Muse laughs and bubbles, and she changes the sunlight just a little… just enough to clearly illuminate the fourth cup in the glistening rays. ‘Daughter, you are the fourth cup. You are the blessing. You are living within your own blessing, you just need to change your perspective to see it. Enter the deep, and you will find all the whispers of love and joy you will ever need.’

“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” – Vincent van Gogh


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Enter the invisible cup from the 4 of Emotions and spend time meditating on what things in your life are creating this barrier of vision. What holds you back from seeing your potential? Your possibility? Your light? When you are ready, take a dive down into the cavern below and see what treasures you find.


CREATIVE PROMPT

What kind of goblet of blessings are you? Create your own goblet of emotional joy by grabbing a photo of yourself from the side, and trace out your profile. Trace once facing left and once facing right, and then bring the two sides together to see your cup of Spirit.

Muse Tarot Meanings Awakening

20. AWAKENING

— Awakening to your divine nature —

AWAKENING TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE AWAKENING TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

Judgement, facing the music, ascension, accepting and forgiving your beautiful soul

CREATOR MUSING

When we accept our true paths – our purpose – our truth – we create from a place of true joy

WORD PROMPT

Intrinsic expansion

EXPERIENCING the Tarot AWAKENING

Rising above the clouds we find clarity. In ourselves. In our pasts. In our actions. And when we are called forth to look at the timeline of our own lives, we find a judgement day that can help us to ascend beyond the limits of ourselves if only we are keen to learn, expand, and to grow. The key to this judgement… this reckoning of the heart and memory, is to be able to dish out radical self-compassion and forgiveness. And to see yourself as the beautiful spark of inspiration that you are. You are divine. Love. Mystery. And when you open yourself up to this beautiful truth you will see that your flaws are rooted in your human-ness and that your fears are rooted in your desire to always do a better job than last time. Beautiful soul. Bright shiny light. Awaken to the magic you possess in your heart, and look at your past as an incredible lesson. A history… a story… of beautiful and broken things that have brought you right here, to this moment, to this place where you can awaken to your own magnificence. Where the only judgement to be laid is by your own honest heart, and where a forgiveness of the Spirit – by the self – is the remedy for futures cherished.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Begin your meditation and imagine your day of judgement. Before you, in the starlight, is a mirror. And you see your actions – your life… your motions, and you realize that you are judge and jury. What lessons do you learn?


CREATIVE PROMPT

Starlight. Create something from starlight and sunlight.

Muse Tarot Meanings The Star

17. THE STAR

— Renewed hope. Your dreams are on the way! —

THE STAR TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE STAR TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

expectations, hope rewarded, positivity, renewed hope, dreams manifesting, having faith in divine timing, seeing the beauty in your situation

CREATOR MUSING

A hopeful heart finds all the opportunities that are showered down. This week, look for an amazing new seed to sprout, one that you hoped for in the past. Log its arrival.

WORD PROMPT

• Optimistically collected
• The gravity of shadows
• Birth place of starlight

EXPERIENCING the Tarot STAR

The Star Muse hears her name being called across the Cosmos… and she rises to hear the beckoning hopes of those who allow her energy to root, and grow – and indeed live – in their hearts. One foot in the water and one on land, she is able to draw on the power of the sea and the stars, and use them to nourish dreams. She sends her energy out in stardust and waves of healing and cooling nourishment, and she feeds desires, deep selfdiscoveries, and bright wishes for a better future. With the brightest of lights and with clarity she offers you a powerful message of fulfillment– you are ready for this beautiful journey. Along with a joyous wink filled with the patience of hopeful expectations, she assures you that everything is in perfect order. Take a sip of her fountain of faith and believe in your incredible power to reach your goals. Open your heart to her starlight and sunshine, knowing that her magic is here for you today and that it brings with it a promise of renewed hope and trust in your ability to shine.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Take a journey up the mountain to the Star, and ask her about the thing you hope for. Tell her wishes. What you would like to see happen in your life. Dream as big as you can dream. When she is finished, she will gift you something from within the starlight.


CREATIVE PROMPT

• Have you tried painting or sketching an emotion? What would hope look like? What texture does it have? Where on the page does it sit?

• Instead of a ‘to-do’ list, create a ‘to-hope’ list.

Muse Tarot Meanings The Tower

16. THE TOWER

— Expect the unexpected, as massive change is shifting your way. —

THE TOWER TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE TOWER TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

unexpected change, beliefs shattered, paradigms flipped, an opportunity to rebuild your life in new ways, being flexible when much needed change arrives, finding the light in the chaos

CREATOR MUSING

In the chaos of the tower you will find all the shards of light you need to find a brighter future. Sometimes, that which was hidden is finally revealed, and you can use these broken realities as foundations for a beautiful life.

WORD PROMPT

A rift in reality

EXPERIENCING the Tarot TOWER

Hello, fragility. Oh-so-soft-and-sweet and cracking, as everything seems to crumble into a million little fragments. When life seemingly falls apart and everything is breaking into pieces, this Muse can be called upon to powerfully clear any situation and to carefully… oh so carefully, pick up the slivers of broken dreams and of mismatched ingredients. She finds herself drawn to these moments of breaking down, to lives filled with large, stagnant blocks of energy. When they become loose they offer opportunities to create a whole new foundation from the shattered bits, and like a cosmic puzzle- maker she creates from this chaos and moves heavy, outgrown fractures in order to force-fit the new. She is the re-builder of stories, dreams and souls… the seemingly ruthless teacher who sees the possibility long before you do. And she is not afraid of change. She revels in it, actually, as lives stuck in the mud always have diamonds hiding just beneath the surface. She knows that she would not be drawn to any situation that was already perfectly balanced, or whole. She knows that sandblasting is needed prior to polishing, and she knows you can handle the discomfort while you work with her to create the new. She is only called in to sweep up the mess when things are already failing and shifting uncontrollably in the background. She does the final bulldoze, knowing that it may feel painful. Or scary. So she does it as lovingly and as peacefully as she can. Yield to her musings and allow shifting to happen as she sets things into re-alignment. Resistance is futile. And painful. And she hopes you will welcome her with open arms, and see what’s possible when you find adventure in the unknown of the unexplored.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Begin your meditation as the small character who is falling from the rock at the bottom of the card. Then grow into the powerful Muse of the Tower. What feels do you feel? What can you learn from her chaotic yet beautiful destruction?


CREATIVE PROMPT

Deconstruction and reconstruction time! Throw paint around. Rip up a painting or drawing or poem (or bill!) you dislike, and reconstruct it any way you see fit. It may become a creative mess. A beautiful cacophony… or maybe you will decide to self-correct and change what you see in the mess.