The Seven Stations is a method of looking at the tarot in relation to the seven stations of Origin - Inspiration - Power - Turning Point - Transformation - Epiphany - Destiny. The full thread can be explored here
The Outer Path represents the material world – one’s environment and the events that happen to a person. What helped for me was to look at this as the physical realm.
As Origin, the Magician
says that one should begin by gathering the tools that one needs in order to mold one’s environment as one likes. As Inspiration, the Emperor
suggests the idea/desire to overcome physical restrictions through the use of one's own physical resources. As Power, the Chariot
suggests that having control over conflicting impulses and emotions allows on to achieve the victory and triumph that puts one in charge. As Turning Point, the Wheel of Fortune
shows the vicissitudes and changes that are part of life, the cycle of ups and downs that everyone goes through. As Transformation, Death
represents letting go of that which doesn’t move one along the path toward one’s goal and transitioning to something that does. As Epiphany, the Tower
suggests an external event that causes one to experience that AHA moment that brings clarity, illumination and revelation. As Destiny, the Sun
represents a successful outcome, material happiness and a clear perspective on what one has accomplished in life.
The Inner Path represents the psychological world – lessons learned from and reactions to the Outer Path. What helped for me was to look at this as the mental realm.
As Origin, the High Priestess
suggests coming face to face with that which is unknown. As Inspiration, the Hierophant
represents turning toward that which is orthodox, regimented and conventional, conforming to the path taken by the masses. As Power, Strength
suggests the self-discipline and internal fortitude needed to break away from the masses so that one can face one’s fears on one’s own. As a Turning Point, Justice
represents reaping what one has sown, experiencing reactions to one’s actions, and seeing the effects of what one causes. As Transformation, Temperance
suggests taking all of one’s disparate and sometimes conflicting experiences to date and blending them together until they form a mixture that’s right for that particular person. As Epiphany, the Star
represents the clarity of thought and vision that confirms that one is on the right path. As Destiny, Judgement
suggests moving on from earthly concerns and transcending to another level.
The Hidden Path
The Hidden Path represents the eternal world – spiritual ramifications and deeper meanings of the other paths. What helped for me was to think of this as the spiritual path.
As Origin, the Empress
represents birth or the beginning of one’s spiritual quest. As Inspiration, the Lovers
highlights the importance of one's choice of which path to pursue. As Power, the Hermit
represents the result of overcoming one’s subconscious, irrational fears and ignorance through the wisdom, knowledge and logic gained from the Hermit’s journey. As Turning Point, the Hanged Man
is the realization that one must give up something in order to receive something else. As Transformation, the Devil
represents the casting off of the material concerns that have kept one from advancing on their spiritual path. As Epiphany, the Moon
suggests the realization that one’s path is clearly laid out before them and is easy to traverse as long as one follows the true light of illumination and not the reflected light of (dis)illusion. As Destiny, the World
represents perfection and completion, the joining of one’s spirit with the Universe and the attainment of harmony.