I bought The Windows of Tarot written by F.D. Graves in 1973 at a time when few books were written about the cards. The Aquarian Tarot deck illustrations used in the book were created by David Palladini in 1970. As you can see my original box shows much wear & tear. This was the second deck of Tarot I bought after the famous Rider deck. The cards are in mint condition considering that they are nearly 38 years old.
If you get a chance to get a copy of this book it is well worth it. F.D. Graves describes in full the symbolic interpretation within the images of the Aquarian Tarot. In my opinion this book was a pioneer in the “new” way of reading the Tarot. David Palladini was one of the first artists to add his own unique blend of symbols in the traditional Tarot.
1970 Aquarian Tarot published by Morgan Press, Dobbs Ferry, NY. Illustrated by David Mario Palladini. “An authentic interpretation of the medieval Tarot.” Palladini, when he was still a student, was one of the artists of the Linweave Tarot (1967).
I will be using the Aquarian Tarot to demonstrate the Celtic cross reading today.
QUESTION- what is the prognosis of “Joe” the family member who had open heart surgery Nov 29th?
(image2) Cards #1 & #2. STRENGTH, 3 OF SWORDS.
STRENGTH is a powerful card to have in position #1. Leo is associated with this card and Leo rules the heart. How appropriate. What does it mean to have “strength”? The Aquarian card is very different from the usual connections to the lady with the lion as depicted by many other Tarot systems. Here we see a man ready for action. He is fully clothed in anticipation of a fight (symbolism of the sword in his right hand). We see the taming of the beast within (symbolized by the dog on the right side of the card). He holds the dog and has control of it. You almost get the feeling that if he lets go of the dog it will attack or at his command.
“Joe” the man who had the surgery a few days ago went into the operating room, ready for the fight- the fight for his life. This card suggests that Joe has reserve energy and power both in his body & mind. At this time balance is important for him – to keep his energy within control.
3 OF SWORDS as the crossing card. Is this card an opportunity or a challenge? When you look at the two cards in image2 you can see the struggle of emotions. This is a card of pain, mostly intellectual but it feels like emotional. When our ego gets pricked it hurts. I have written about the 3 of Swords in another post. It is almost eerie how the Aquarian Tarot is illustrating piercings in the heart when the actual situation involves the heart being operated on.
Does the 3 of Swords point to more problems ….?….involving the power/strength/energy of the STRENGTH card in position #1. Will the recovery process run into delays. Was the surgery a betrayal in that it will not help?
[UPDATE: JOE suffered a serious stroke Dec 6/07. There is a 17% chance of stroke in all open heart surgeries]
Card 3 – King of Swords. BASIS OF QUESTION.
This King is known as the man in uniform and in this reading represents the surgeon. He is in command in his field of expertise- medicine. There are 2 Kings in the Celtic spread indicating a meeting between men…. other doctors. Also, in the past the personality of Joe was one of self sufficiency and he was a man to be reckoned with. He was not easily swayed and was firm in his opinions.
Card 4 – 4 of Pentacles. PASSING INFLUENCE .
When you look at this card you can see 1 large pentacle covering the chest area which contains the heart. This card is known for it’s security/money connections. Joe had been preoccupied in a project that put additional stress on him both physically and materially. He is a builder of homes.
Card 5 – King of Cups. PROBABLE FUTURE.
This King promises a softening of the King of Swords if it is used to represent Joe’s personality. His role as a father will come under serious focus. The King of Cups is traditionally the father card or issues around fatherhood. In some cases this King can be a counsellor or lawyer who has the person’s best interests at heart.
[UPDATE: Dec. 7th- Joe's role as a father has been severely challenged in that his prognosis is not promising due to the stroke]
Card 6 – 7 of Wands. IMMEDIATE FUTURE
The card of advantage falls in the imminent future spot, usually within 1 month. Of Palladini’s image, F.D. Graves explains that the man is protecting the other 6 budding wands/rods with the one he is holding with both hands. This picture sheds a different angle on the typical scene where the man is opposed by the staffs. This card can be a challenge but shows the person holding on to their position. For Joe, it means he will take responsibility for his recovery-
Card 7 – 5 of Swords. JOE’S ATTITUDE.
In the spot of the attitude, one can see that a battle has been fought. The image illustrates a man with two swords against his shoulder while holding on to the one that appears to be in the ground. Joe has taken the information(swords) from what has occurred and is shouldering it. Also he is pondering on some other news(sword in ground). Two swords lay to the side of the man in the image. These 2 swords represent past thoughts and the figures in the background are aspects of Joe, the parts of him that were battling after receiving the news of the heart attack & pending open heart surgery and…. whether to agree to surgery or not.
Card 8 – TEMPERANCE. EXTERNAL INFLUENCES.
A great card to have in position 8. The card of moderation. Tempering positive and negative influences. The image in the card is in perfect balance. There is a strong suggestion that Joe will slow down and make the appropriate modifications to promote further healing. Position 8 rules the environment and other people as well. It seems as though he will get co-operation during his time of adjustments.
Cards 9 & 10. Knight of Rods (Wands) & Knight of Swords.
Two knights – a deal or some negotiations in planning….a legal situation. Both Knights face into the center of the layout. They look straight at the King of Cups. These men are communicating. Knights represent the need for action. There will be a legal situation that might arise. Legal things do not have to be bad, they can be helpful- like finding out your right to medicine, compensation for time off work, etc.
[UPDATE: Dec 7th- the doctors and nurses in conference after the stroke]
Card 9 – IMMEDIATE INFLUENCE. HOPES & FEARS.
The Knight of Rods/Wands strongly suggests a change in environment. There is speed involved in this matter or a decision. Could Joe be fearing that he will lose his home or business? He will not be able to return to work in the same capacity for a very long time but the Knight suggests that he will make an attempt.
[UPDATE:- Dec 7th- the change of residence was the re-admitting to the hospital]
Card 10 – POTENTIAL FUTURE. OUTCOME.
The Knight of Swords as the result card strongly suggests that the prognosis involving Joe will certainly demand that he defend his well being. It shows that Joe is not about to give up without a good fight. The Knight(Joe) is inexperienced in this type of battle (heart operation & recovery) but will risk his life to follow his King’s (surgeon)orders.
The only card that unsettles me is the 3 of Swords falling as the crossing #2 card. Is the operation a betrayal of hope?
[UPDATE: Dec 7th- the 3 of Swords left me with an uncomfortable feeling when I did this reading- yes the operation was a betrayal of hope because now Joe faces............ I really don't know yet and am very distraught at the news. PLEASE PRAY for Joe]