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elemental dignities on a reading?

Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 13 Sep 2003, and now archived in the Forum Library.

earthdance  13 Sep 2003 
I found a website with a tarot course in it that teaches how to interpret cards according to their element. I will show some examples taken from the website to show you guys, maybe you have some ideas to share about this. I'm not sure if I can post URLS here so Ill just post the examples for now:

Air - Fire - Water - Air on Fire Position

Water is weak - friendly but neutral to Air, while an enemy to Fire. The Air cards are strengthened, but since Fire and Water are still enemies, we would expect some coercion or pressure to act in a certain way. Odds are that action takes place, but with some misgiving. The absence of Earth suggests impracticality, or that whatever action is taken, it does not last, or the results do not happen.

Air - Fire - Water - Air on Water Position

The Air cards are still very strong, so there is a lot of thought going on, probably exploring emotional issues. The likelihood of action is diminished. Someone thinking about doing something, but unlikely to do so. A man and woman arguing over nothing.

Air - Fire - Water - Air on Air Position

Excessive Air. Conflicts arising on whether to act or not. A committee meeting where nothing is resolved.

Air - Fire - Water - Air on Earth

Enemies abound. Air on Earth is weakening. Earth shows solidity, certainty, security, while Air is literally making cracks. Even though Fire and Water are friendly with Earth, they are surrounded by weakened Air, so Fire has no confidence in what to do, while Water is very unhappy. Everybody runs for cover and nothing happens.

does anyone use them in their readings? 

Macavity  13 Sep 2003 
Paul Hughes-Barlow's site, by chance? ;)

Yeah, It's something that appeals greatly to me personally and I am incorporating this technique into my learning... or perhaps ultimate aspirations? I think it certainly has it's merits, notleast because it would seem to be THE way in which some Golden Dawn members (esp. Crowley) intended their cards to be read (as evidenced by terms like "ill-dignified" etc.) A number of spreads also imply/refer to such use. (see appendix of the Book of Thoth) I think, if your going for literal and historical accuracy, it's certainly the way to go! :)

Others, perhaps less into such mechanistics, also incorporate these ideas to add accents or nuances to readings, with or without other methods, such as reversals? If you use the search facility here, looking for suitably related words or phrases, you will find a LOT of threads (including some very recent!) in which these very matters are discussed.


full deck  13 Sep 2003 
You can read this thread for one: 

The elemental dignities on a reading? thread was originally posted on 13 Sep 2003 in the Using Tarot Cards board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the threads in Using Tarot Cards, or read more archived threads.

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