A tarot deck is composed of 22 Major Arcana (arcana refers to “secret knowledge”) cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. Without getting too esoteric on you for our first post, the 22 Major cards follow an allegory of the ascent of man into enlightenment, based on romantic Renaissance ideals and neo-Platonic philosophy. The cards start at 0 with The Fool and end at 21 with The World – which is the summation of knowledge, wisdom and spiritual mastery. Each card in-between is a lesson or step in the process, and karmically, we cycle through all of these steps (learning, relearning, moving forward, stepping back and starting over).Mine for this year is:
A fun exercise is to figure out where you are in the cycle for each year. To do so, add up the digits of your birth month and day and the CURRENT year (2011). So for example, mine would be:
June 25, 2011
06 + 25 + 2011 = 2042
Now reduce this number by adding each digit and keep any number between 1 and 22 (22 would represent 0 The Fool).
2 + 0 + 4 + 2 = 8
[explanation above, complete with example, c&p'ed wholesale from the Flock post -- my birthdate is not June 25]
11 – Justice – making choices and judgments, legal issues, impartiality, fairness, equality and balance – “I bring balance into my world through careful consideration of the impact of my choices.”My immediate response was, "Is this ever NOT me?" Which is of course a bit of an overstatement.
Someone else got 11 and posted in comments:
Before I did this, I was thinking that this year would be my year of balance, of getting back into my body and honoring my physical surroundings after too many years of being stuck in my head and heart. So this resonates with me, but for some reason it also frightens me. I think it’s this interpretive sentence from http://aeclectic.net/tarot/learn/meanings/justice.shtml that worries me: “The sword suggests that sometimes this won’t be pleasant. Justice pares things down with that sword so that the scales end up equal. The message is to do what’s necessary, no matter how hard, how disagreeable, in order to gain, or re-gain equilibrium. It is not a nice card, but in its way, it is a very wise card.”This made me think of processing I've been doing recently, and feels appropriate for the work ahead of me this season. In reading the full link the commenter posted, I really like the idea of balance -- of not living our whole lives in one sphere (since of course we inhabit multiple spheres, and we should honor that by living into them all with integrity). And again re: my processing -- "One thing to remember about the Justice card is that it is not about punishment, good, bad, right or wrong. It is about adjustment." Adjusting to realities which may not be the realities we would have chosen for ourselves but which are the ones we have to live with.