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Renaissance Tarot--Major Arcana 22 pairs

P. 8-11 has a write up by Jane Lyle on matching the 22 majors into 11 pairs.


There are 22 images, forming 11 pairs. The first 11 cards represent the outer world, the first stages, tests, challenges and rewards. Their partners, followin g on after e Wheel of Fortune (X), represent the second stage of initiation, deeper knowledge and profound inner experiences. For the purposes of divination, all cards may indicated circumstances in the inner worlds or represent actual events in the outer world. Often, these are simultaneous- inner changes affect teh tangible world outer events give rise to contemplation, analysis and change. The pairs are connected with the structure of the Major Arcana as a whole entity, a description of the inner and outer worlds it mirrors. Should a pair appear in a reading, it would indicate the emergence of a strong theme, described by the particular pair, in the reading. The rest of the reading will strengthen or weaken this theme, according to the nature of the cards.

The initiatory journey of the tarot trumps reflects life itself--a spiritual challenge can appear in the form of a job, relationship, child or friendship, just as these everyday matters can bring blessings and a sense of rebirth. Where spirit and matter are one, as the philosophy behind the tarot teaches, divisions eventually become meaningless.

For the Renaissance Tarot, we have included subtle design links between these pairs, to highlight their mysterious partnership and to enhance your sense of the Major Arcana as a complete entity, rather than just a jumbled sense of images. Here is a rief outline of their story, their position on the Wheel of Infinity and their relevance to one another.

I'll flesh this out later (my fingers are tired), but here is the pairing:

0 The Fool * Judgement

I The Magician * XIX The Sun

II The High Priestess * XVIII The Moon

III The Empress * XVII The Star

IV The Emperor * XVI The Tower

V The Hierophant * XV The Devil

VI The Lovers * XIV Temperance

VII The Chariot * XIII Death

VIII Justice * XII The Hanged Man

IX The Hermit * XI Strength

X The Wheel of Fortune * XXI The World

I'll return later with the notes

The Wheel of Infinity is a figure eight with XXI and X forming the intersection (which mirrors the X-XXI pairing above.)...if you take out your cards and see a subtle mirroring of design elements, this is what Jane Lyle meant in pairing the majors of the designs by Helen Jones.


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