About the Author
Joseph Ernest Martin (California) has been a professional Tarot reader for more than fifteen years. He is also a professional artist and art director, with more than sixty-three design awards.
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the stars, planets, and constellations The astrological aspects in the Quest Tarot follow traditional interpretations. What follows is a shorthand guide to the essence of the planets and their configurations. You can easily look up the cards by referring to the first few words in each paragraph. Also, the planetary associations have been highlighted in bold to make them easier to find. Pictures of the actual cards have been included so that you can become familiar with the symbols as they appear on the cards. The planets and stars move like a grand machine above us. They have been considered magical ever since we could raise our heads and look up. Astrology has been through quite a renaissance. The planets tell us their stories using symbols, glyphs, and circles. If we watch the planets carefully, we will realize that they shed their light upon us as influential energy. Imagine that a planet or star is a colored light. When that light is in the right position, it influences how we see our surroundings and therefore how we react to our surroundings. We still have free will and those who are enlightened are probably the least affected by the energy of the stars, though they cast their influence anyway. It is important that we become aware of the movement of our little planet through the universe. We are all traveling so quickly (around 700 miles per hour around the sun) that we forget to stop and contemplate how our existence is a miracle. By taking the time to look up and even to learn about what we see in the heavens, we open ourselves up to the divine guidance the heavens offer us. 9 Planets Signs Moon s Aries 1 Sun a Taurus 2 Mercury d Gemini 3 Venus f Cancer 4 Mars g Leo 5 Jupiter h Virgo 6 Saturn j Libra 7 Uranus È Scorpio Neptune l Sagittarius Õ Pluto Capricorn 0 Chiron c Aquarius - Pisces = the suit of wands Ace of Wands The Ace in each suit does not have any planetary connection. The Aces contain time references. Two of Wands Mars in Aries. Strength and assertiveness. Running over the tops of others. Not caring about others as you climb the ladder. Three of Wands Sun in Aries. Fierce determination to succeed. Selfcenteredness. Disregard for others. High energy level. Restlessness. Leadership. Four of Wands Venus in Aries. Passion and energy. Risk taking. Love of physical intimacy. Excitement. An enterprising person. Impulsive. 10 The Stars, Planets, and Constellations Five of Wands Saturn in Leo. Kingly and prideful. Great strength. Serious attitude. Refusal to accept limitations. Extreme effort. Too much pride and willfulness. Six of Wands Jupiter in Leo. Outgoing personality. Blowing your own horn. Tendency to be bombastic. Noisy. Showoff. Love of life. Overly optimistic or rash judgment. Seven of Wands Mars in Leo. Dominant leader. Encouraging attitude. Dramatic actions. Courageous and vigorous. Great physical vitality. Strength. Eight of Wands Mercury in Sagittarius. You become more and more negative. Its time to think. Be serious in your current tasks. Avoid scattering your energy. Nine of Wands Sun in Sagittarius. Love of physical and intellectual journeys. Self-improvement. Philosophical. Great curiosity. Visionary. Ten of Wands Saturn in Sagittarius. Improving your mind. Continuing education. Sharing your thoughts. Curbed enthusiasm. A love of teaching. the suit of cups Ace of Cups The Ace in each suit does not have any planetary connection. The Aces contain time references. The Stars, Planets, and Constellations 11 Two of Cups Venus in Cancer. The intense desire for a stable and long-lasting relationship. Dont sacrifice yourself. Romance. Nurturing energies. Sentimental. Strong family ties. Three of Cups Mercury in Cancer. Dont dwell on the past. Emotions may stop you from progressing. Exaggeration. Difficulty thinking. Four of Cups Moon in Cancer. Self-protection. Hard outer shell. Appearing different from who you really are. Mysterious presence. Need for emotional security. Five of Cups Mars in Scorpio. High sexual drive. Intense. Penetrating to the essence of things. Inner strength. Situations are difficult to understand. Beware of jealousy. Extreme. Six of Cups Sun in Scorpio. Examining the inner self. Searching for the meaning of life. Introspection. Contemplation. Seven of Cups Venus in Scorpio. Creating harmony among your many and varied intense relationships. Possible resentfulness. Eight of Cups Saturn in Pisces. Humane. Afraid to be in public. Lack of self-confidence. Caution around self-expression. Shy. Vague fears. Nine of Cups Jupiter in Pisces. A kind and sympathetic nature. Caring deeply about people. Taking care of those...(Continues)