Muse Tarot Meanings The Devil

15. THE DEVIL

— Oh how tempting these vices can be. And oh how lovely the liberation from their pain. —

THE DEVIL TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE DEVIL TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

addiction, bondage, being manipulated or feeling stuck in the confines of your story, needing to loosen up and have fun, liberation

CREATOR MUSING

How on earth will you find your way home when you don’t allow yourself the responsibility of being the one to blame for the direction you’ve taken?

WORD PROMPT

Servitude

EXPERIENCING the Tarot DEVIL

Approaching their potential downfall, they began to play with the strings of temptation. 1, 2, and oh how wonderful it felt to let go… to break free from the monotony of the every day! They danced and sang, and stirred their mind with a delicious blend of testing and tasting all the things. Pleasure. Divine nectar, and a simple aphrodisiac of the Spirit. But when it was time to return, they realized that they didn’t want to let those strings go… nor to stop the music that they could finally hear. They wanted the whirling dervish to continue. So they went on. Too soon, their arms were tired. The slippery slope of adventure and desire came so quickly, and they found their arms lifeless… like puppets. Yet they had to keep moving. Swinging listlessly, wildly, they kept those strings moving up and down. They blamed the Muse of Liberation and Freedom for their plight. They blamed her for their endless game and dance. But they couldn’t see how bound she was to their actions and to their choices. Like them, she wanted nothing more than to rest. And she cried out from below, begging them to see – to notice – that they were the ones with the strings. They were the ones who could cut these cords and liberate unwanted attachments. Only they could say no, and peer into their own shadows. Below, she waited, endlessly, for them to free themselves from their shackles of ‘there’s nothing I can do.’ She waited, miserably even, for them to find sovereignty, freedom and hope – for them to rewrite their story and to step into the truth that they were the keepers of their soul.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Imagine yourself joining in the string puppeteering of your life, realizing that the strings only move when you pull them. Take some time in meditation and follow the strings of the card imagery… what are your strings connected to? What ‘vices’ do you allow into your life? What energies do you say yes to that hold you back or tie you down? What steals your energy and your happiness?


CREATIVE PROMPT

Rethink your ties and what you are bonded to with intentional string art. Find a thin cord or string, and make yourself a string of choices. Every time you knot it, remind yourself that you are bound only by your freedom to choose. You are bound by your ability to act on behalf of your highest good… bound by that which you decide. When you are done, decorate and hang your art magick, drape it on your altar, or wear it as a reminder that you are your own master.

Muse Tarot Meanings Death

13. DEATH

— Death of one thing creates fertile soil for
another. You are being offered a new seed. —

DEATH TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE DEATH TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

opportunities for rebirth, regeneration and new things, the death of a relationship… an idea… a belief or a career, the beautiful metamorphosis of letting go of parts of you that are no longer needed, making sure you are not holding onto dead dreams and wishes

CREATOR MUSING

What are you letting go of and what are you welcoming in? When you move towards new growth, where does it take you?

WORD PROMPT

Rites, passage and rebirth

EXPERIENCING the Tarot DEATH

(Cough) This dust. This ancient dust. My lungs reek of it. This stuckness. Oh, this sticky place. And my fragmented self wants to fight my way out of these self-made tethers that hold me back. And down. And I see…above… I see a light. I can see it with my heart. (And listen! My heart still beats. I am still awake. I am still alive! ) Sweet nectar. Florals. Faces. I would open my heart and my voice to see the truth… I would see the rebirth that I am being offered. I would see that I can just let it go… and allow the old to decay in order to create the nutrients for the new. The beautiful, fertile grounds will be the brewing pot for the things that I have dreamt of but not found. And for the things I have missed as I held on to old beliefs that have kept me stuck in the mud. I will be still enough… bright enough…. soft enough… fierce enough… I will be enough and I will rise in my rebirth and to awaken to the truth that everything I need is inside of me. And from this perspective of seeing new growth, we notice that a burial and a planting look a whole lot alike.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Pick a spot within the Death card – the mind of the Muse below, the stretching rebirth or the cocoon cave in the middle, the flight at the top or the final stages of consciousness and enter the card at that stage. Look for messages and meaning from the character you meet.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Work with something that is deteriorating. Fleeting.

It would be very glamorous to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Liz Taylor’s finger. – Andy Warhol

Muse Tarot Meanings Justice

11. JUSTICE

— Truth and integrity will be fairly and justly compensated —

JUSTICE TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE JUSTICE TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

the law of cause and effect, being responsible for your choices and actions, balance, equity, fairness, doing the right thing, karma, ethics, consequences, values, knowing right from wrong, legal matters, retribution

CREATOR MUSING

The rules of art and creativity are often meant to be broken. As are the rules of life. When is it okay to break the rules? What are the consequences?

WORD PROMPT

Karmic alterations

EXPERIENCING the Tarot JUSTICE

And all the things race through her mind as she approaches the gateway of Justice. Even though the destination is the same, the way she arrives has great bearing on her experience of the journey.
Have I done the right thing? Do I feel proud of my actions?
Have I been honest and fair? Do I walk with integrity?
Have I acted in alignment with my heart and with my values?
In the beginning, there is choice. In the middle, there is Justice. Law. Karma. And in the end, we meet our own hearts with great clarity. Sometimes, what’s ‘right’ or correct can be difficult to discern. And now, with the giant Muse of Justice in front of her, she questions her steps. She knows she has done her best to choose a path of love. Of right-ness. Of integrity. But she is imperfect and there are times when she falls into the grey. There is always the grey, the times when things don’t feel black or white, even though Justice seems to see two tones. She pauses and holds her breath while the giant Muse rises in front of her and watches her on the path. Lights shine down and spin from above. Two hands hold opposite energies, and they test and weigh her outcomes. And with a simple nod the two doorways flash day and night, and she walks the bridge on the right hand side, making her choice. She has been following the rules set by her heart and by society, and with her steps of love she has been set free.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

With a choice that lays before you, test the two doors of Justice.


CREATIVE PROMPT

What landscape lies in the third door, that sits above the door of right and the door of wrong? What space lies in the liminal, between the door of day and the door of night? Is there an emotion attached to that space? Experiment with a colour to express that in-between.

Muse Tarot Meanings The World

21. THE WORLD COSMOS

— Completion and full-circle joy are on the way! —

THE WORLD COSMOS TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE WORLD COSMOS TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

ending of a cycle, success, attainment, celebration, ascension, tying up loose ends, travel plans, a reminder to follow through

CREATOR MUSING

Isn’t it lovely how endings and beginnings can look the same when you’re happy with your progress?

WORD PROMPT

Vibrational attainment

EXPERIENCING the Tarot WORLD COSMOS

She remembers the little girl she used to be, jumping off the cliff and into these waters of the divine magic. And now, she lives here, totally at home in this ocean of creation, and she rises out of the Universe pond with her world in her hands – and everything is coming to completion. All the loose ends are being beautifully tied and braided into new beautiful endings of success and joy. She smiles, because the closure of fruition is sweet. 

You’ve made it.
Celebrate. All things.
The cycle ends. The circle closes. 

She enjoys the completion of this chapter, and prepares to become the Fool once more, poised and ready to dive into another new ocean of possibility. But first… a moment to celebrate this completion, and a deep breath in to see it through to the finish line.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Spend some time in the waters of completion. Bathe. Wade. Float. What needs completing? Ask The World Cosmos for insight, help and guidance.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Full circle. Open circle. Close circle. Rings and rounded things. What will you create with full-circle, full-cycle, completion rings as a method? Use loops and closed shapes, spinning and finished feelings. As you work, set the intention to bring your current tasks and desires to a beautiful, successful completion.

Muse Tarot Meanings The Sun

19. THE SUN

— A powerful message of positivity and successful, happy outcomes —

THE SUN TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE SUN TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

joy, happiness, celebration, family, forthcoming news of success or positive outcomes

CREATOR MUSING

‘When I’m successful, I’ll be happy’
‘When I’m rich, I’ll be happy.’
‘When I find love, I will be happy.’
When you’re happy, you will find these things.

WORD PROMPT

Jovial rumination

EXPERIENCING the Tarot SUN

In a world full of sun and shadow, she always finds a speck of time to pause, and a moment to stop and say hello to the sunlight. For the sun is life itself. Divine energy. The will to grow and to thrive, and the ability to do so. When she slows enough to really feel, and she reaches out with her mind to say hello to this massive surge of positive energy, she always finds her mind spinning beautifully, peacefully, hypnotically. And the dance it does is one of geometric shapes and of full flow from the divine. It’s a dance of ideas and of healing memories. Because oh, how the sun can heal. Her mandala mind kicks up its colours and adds a perfect jolt of freedom found… in her heart. She knows that this signals oncoming success. Total freedom. Joy and happiness. She floats, knowing that she will experience it soon, and that her life is about to get a whole lot better.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Find a spot to meditate where you can feel the sunshine on your face. (Or imagine the sunshine warming your face.) Imagine the photons… the little particles… the specks of light seeping into your pores. Each one, each particle a small bundle of joy with a light code that will regenerate healing, wellness and positivity. Allow the sunlight to enter your outer layer of skin, and allow it to deepen slowly as its vitamin energy roots blessings into your core. Feel the healing, and smile.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Happiness is a word that can be difficult to relate to for some. It can be an elevated, fictitious state that seems almost unattainable. Other people see happiness as simple. The small things. Laughter throughout the day. Where do you land? What is happiness? Commit to finding it by jotting down the small happy joys of one day. All of them. And then waking up the next morning to read them in gratitude.

“Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” –Walt Whitman

Muse Tarot Meanings The Moon

18. THE MOON

— Being unable to see in the dark means trusting your intuition and seeking to unveil what lies hidden in the shadows of the moonlight —

THE MOON TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE MOON TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

Illusions, hidden truths, shadows in the moonlight, obscured knowledge, that which you cannot see at this time, using your intuition, facing your fears, discernment

CREATOR MUSING

We cannot always force creations to grow quickly. Sometimes, they must remain in the dark to root and sprout, and find their way. Our job is to be the guardians of their spark.

WORD PROMPT

Confusing reflections

EXPERIENCING the Tarot MOON

Sweet watery goddess moon. I call on you when I am having trouble seeing what lays ahead of me. Two maidens light the way, yet both are blind to what happens down the road… for me. Both are oblivious to the next part of my path and offer little counsel, except to trust my intuition. Their shadows play tricks with my eyes, and without true clarity I find myself quieted. Afraid. Unsure. Sweet mothering goddess moon, help me to find my way in the dark, and discern illusion from reality. Please illuminate what is lost in the shadow. Please help me to see my best path.
{ And – She shifts. Slightly. Slowly. }
And the shadows bend and lengthen. A fog lifts and she casts streams of glistening light and truth on the landscape. Her silvery voice fills senses, “Moon child. I will dispel the illusions of the night. There is ancient wisdom down this road… and yet you must meander into my moonlit streams of unconscious trust, allowing your intuition to hear the gentle nudges of your knowing.” Her voice streams in, louder now, “find peace within the shadows and the unknowns, for there is deep magic there. Find deep truth in your own discernment, in the moment. Sometimes we cannot know until we walk the way.” I nod, knowing that my path is indeed a path of uncertainty at this time, and that fears will dissipate as the sun peeks over the horizon at dawn. I feel her gentle whispers as I walk, 

“You were written in stardust , and folded through time, and the seas of illusion, are your mountains to climb.”


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Go to the base of the moon card, and look up at this beautiful Muse of moonlight. Draw down her pink silvery hues, and allow them to fill you up with healing energy. As she arrives at your heart, your throat and your third eye, she will have a message for you.


CREATIVE PROMPT

What does the moonlight smell like? What incense could you light to represent her phases? What aroma does she use to enchant your memories and fill your senses with her otherworldly magic?

“There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.” – Rumi

Muse Tarot Meanings Temperance

14. TEMPERANCE

— Seek the middle path of moderation and flow with the energies that are around you —

TEMPERANCE TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE TEMPERANCE TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

finding purpose, alchemy, the Goldilocks zone, staying away from excess, moderation, a blend of energies, meaningful encounters, harmony, balance, yin and yang, turning a life lesson into spiritual gold, patience, healing

CREATOR MUSING

If you were to blend all of your gifts and all of your loves, what life would you be creating?

WORD PROMPT

Measured moderation

EXPERIENCING the Tarot TEMPERANCE

The gods took equal parts fast and slow, equal parts language and music, equal parts material and spiritual and equal parts she and he, all the things in equal measure… and they mixed them in their lotus cauldron as they stirred to life the Muse of Temperance. They needed this balance and malleability in the world, you see, as her voice of temperate reason would bring them together in a beautiful blend of oneness. Temperance doesn’t jump to excess. She doesn’t rely on the dark or the full moon. Instead, she is a mosaic of parts and she melts it all together in a way that spins the best of the best of the best into one. In her spinning, she weaves purpose and harmony into the lives of others. She gifts meaning and joy. She brings together emerging energies and makes them one. She makes them available, and understandable. And her greatest gift, amidst all of this alchemy, is to create the treasure of healing. She will turn despair into the gift of patience, and blend the need to thrive with the need to enjoy, as her middle path is one that favors simplicity over complexity, allowing hearts to simply be. What areas of excess need greater balance in your life?


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Visualize your middle path of moderation ahead of you. What are the things that are too much or too little in your life? Arrange them ahead of you so that you find the right balance as you walk the path towards your goal. Ask the Angel of Temperance to guide you.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Use middle-of-the road colours. Nothing over-the-top. Centered layout. Lines in the middle. Everything in perfect measure.

“The more I paint the more I like everything.” –Jean-Michel Basquiat

Muse Tarot Meanings Hanged Muse

12. HANGED MUSE

— Letting go of tightly held perspectives to see things anew —

THE HANGED MUSE TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE HANGED MUSE TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

in flow with the Universe, flipping your perspective, new vantage points leading to acquired knowledge, spiritual lessons

CREATOR MUSING

It’s easy to listen to the vox populi to the point of totally yielding to the whim and whimsy of others. If you let go of your reputation and what others would say, what would your artistic soul desire to create for yourself?

WORD PROMPT

Insightful exposure

EXPERIENCING the Tarot HANGED MUSE

“Freedom to swing, sweet Universe?”
Freedom Granted.
*
Yes! Pause time! She floated up to the top of the world, and hooked her knees around the timeline of life. Choosing a moment to sit with and swing with, she began to rock back and forth as she let out a huge sigh. So huge, it almost sounded like a mountain shifting. She was long overdue for this pause, and things below, in the right-side-up of her life… things had been gaining a great deal of out-of-control-ness, as of late. With a deep breath in, she sank into her timelessness to just enjoy this moment. This gift.
Full flow.
Deep breathing. A disconnected stop. And she let go of trying to control it all… she surrendered to the swing of the Universe and she allowed the truth to float to the surface.
And she promised herself, like all of the other times she would swing, that whatever wisdom she was gifted here would be wisdom that she would act upon. That was the only way that the insights would keep arriving. For in this position, above the mountain of the all-seeing eye, is where she would gain true perspective. Everything always looked so different up here, in this bird’s-eye view of her life. She shifted her range and looked out over her many-years-view. The long game. The things she cannot control… now, then, nor ever. She looked out over the view that belongs to others, and not to her. This flipped way of seeing the world always gave her knowledge beyond her own imagination. It made her realize that she was encased in her own suit of stories that was fashioned by her own perceptions. She realized that she was living in this suit without questioning her own reality… without questioning her ability to change her thinking. “One more swing,” she thought, “One more loosening of my mind, to let go of what I think I know.” She breathed in the beauty of the new, and felt her heart expand with new patterns of being and thinking. And with a final stretch she grew into something else. Something bigger. Better. And the wisdom flowed.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Take a moment to walk out on the tight-rope of the Hanged Muse. When you are ready, join her in a perspective shift and have a heart-toheart, upside down. Ask her what you may be missing, or not seeing. Ask her to open your heart to the beautiful possibilities that you simply cannot see at this time.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Spend some time looking at something upside down. Draw what you see, and pay attention to the details that you notice when things are flipped.

Muse Tarot Meanings The Hermit

9. THE HERMIT

— Going within in order to find your inner light —

THE HERMIT TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE HERMIT TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

a sage, mentor, wise elder, wisdom, guidance, introspection, meditation, taking time away, being anti-social, listening to your heart, a time-out, a pause

CREATOR MUSING

When you call on all of your inner gifts, and blend them together, what happens? When you listen to your one clear inner-voice, and meditate on your path, without the influence of others, what do you find?

WORD PROMPT

Sacred solace

EXPERIENCING the Tarot HERMIT

Oh sweet light, how it glows. I am finally ready to see you, miracle of luminosity… soft emanation from the ethers. I see you in my dreams, in my desires, and on the horizon when I am still. You are there in the sunlight and in the moonlight. And I know that it is with you that true wisdom lies. In your shimmers, I have walked, day and night, ruminating on your Source. Where does your knowledge come from? And how can I access you? Eventually, I spot your glow resting, blanketing a fountain of stillness in the distance. As I walk, mindfully, I feel you stir beneath my skin. A knowing comes over me. An instinct that I am almost there. I try to understand my own motivation for seeking you. I envsion my path now, whispering from beyond, in dreams and in ideas, and through it all, your light opens up the way of possibility. I see you, even stronger now, blazing in the fire of my passion to be whole, and I see you in in my tinkering Spirit, testing so many routes along the way. And after so much journeying, I realize I am quiet now. Alone. Listening to my own heart. My cloak flaps in the breeze, and I yawn deeply to stretch my soul. Rest. Now. By this beautiful tree. And when I close my eyes to sink into a deepened state, you are no longer there, yet you are here. So close in fact, that I realize that your light is coming from within me. And I have been chasing its glow all along. You are within me. You are the best of me, when I am present. And your wisdom only comes when I stop seeking beyond and start feeling within. And I smile myself to sleep.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Take a journey through the desert, step-by-step, feeling the sand beneath your feet and the grains between your toes. Walk towards the hermit tree where you will sit, and watch your auric light shine out in front of you. Here, you can ask your inner sage your question and listen for beautiful wisdom from its glowing light.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Candle flame casts beautiful shadows and light. Spend time watching candle light dance on mirrored and textured surfaces by placing a variety of small items with different shapes and textures around the candle. Your task is to just watch. Quietly. Record the shadows and shapes that you see. If you feel inclined, ask the Muse to send you dancing shapes and forms in the flickering candlelight, and see what small messages from the divine hide within. Or simply notice, log, and record the beauty.

Muse Tarot Meanings The Wheel

10. THE WHEEL

— A lucky time to move ahead —

THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE TAROT CARD MEANING

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THE WHEEL TAROT MESSAGE

KEYWORDS

luck, destiny, the ups and downs of life, seeking serendipity, spinning the wheel of fortune, fortuitous timing

CREATOR MUSING

We often desire to create change when we feel discomfort, lack or dissatisfaction. What do you desire to create when you are in a place of joy? When the wheel of fortune is spinning in your favor, do you use its momentum to expand?

WORD PROMPT

Cycling vicissitude

EXPERIENCING the Tarot WHEEL

She has been up here before. And down there. She has been all of these things, through her journey of discovery. No one, not even the Muse of the Wheel, has learned how to love life to the fullest without experiencing the absence of happiness from time to time. Yet she has learned to enjoy all the stages, knowing she will rise and fall like the moon. She spins and shifts, fluidly… wavering for a moment, and then she shifts again. She smiles down at the earth, knowing that we may find these ups and downs confusing. She reminds you to call on the Muse of the Wheel to spin some karmic beauty to move you ahead, as she will hear you when you need her. She especially loves to spin the wheel for those who carry memories of discomfort in their genes, as experiences or ancestral DNA are cycles that she loves to heal. Other times, she gifts us the seeds of luck and fate to carry with us, as she can use them to seed more serendipity on our paths. (Oh, how she loves to create serendipity!) If you seek to see the spinning fortunes that lie ahead, she always places her breadcrumbs of laughter and love within reach. Seek them, knowing that your destiny, your fortune and your fate are bubbling with positive magic lying dormant to be found, and that divine timing will guide them to the surface of your experience.


PATHWORKING VISUALIZATION

Imagine your ups and downs on the wheel of life. Like a spinning ferris-wheel, notice the cyclical nature of your journey. Learn from your feelings of climbing up and sliding down, and remember how many times you landed back on your feet, at the top. And then stay there, peacefully, as the wheel spins.


CREATIVE PROMPT

Draw the mandala wheel of your life. (Or your last few years. Or months.) Pinpoint the seasons. The ups and down. Make marks on the moments that felt good. Make marks on the seasons that didn’t. Are there any patterns? Can you see how beautiful your cycles are?