Horses in the Tarot (Rider Waite)

Inspired by the Knight of Wands exploration, I went through the entire Rider Waite deck and pulled out the cards featuring horses that are in addition to the four Knights.

I found three. Interestingly, all the horses have riders and all the pairs are traveling in the same direction, to the right (and future?). Two are Major Arcana, one is Minor. The Minor Arcana card was of the Wands suit.  ALL the horses are WHITE. There is an object in the shape of an orb and in similar placement in all three cards: the sun in the Sun card, the laurel wreath in the Six of Wands, and … what is apparently the White Rose of the House of York, in the Death card.

Also interesting, is the fact that these three could easily symbolize the three major phases of our biological life span: Childhood, Adulthood, and Older Age. 

Lined up numerically, they would be:

Since the originators of the Tarot cards didn’t do anything by accident, this is interesting to explore as well. The numbers are 6, 13, and 19. If looked at still as the three major phases of biological lifespans, the Sun would be in the Older Age and Endings placement. If we think about it, our infancy and childhood really is the beginning of our biological decay – our spirits are eternal but the bodies we incarnate into are not, and they begin dying the minute the leave the womb.

I suppose Death could be feasible in the Adulthood placement too, as it is possible it is meant to remind us that our entire lives are illusions of life, and that as adults, we are in full blown Death phase? Could be.

And the Six of Wands in the Childhood placement. When a child is born, it is generally celebrated and heralded with joy and adulation. That is true. So even though the figure in this card is an adult, the adulation he receives could be said to be reminiscent of the birth of a new baby. So I guess that could make sense.

Horses generally symbolize Freedom, so freedom is a theme that will be found somewhere, somehow in each of these cards, as well as in the cards of the Knights: says that “Although the horse was present in many different cultures, they represent the same concepts of freedom and power.  In some cultures, white horses stand for the balance of wisdom and power.  In others, like Christianity, the white horse is a symbol of death.  The horse is a universal symbol of freedom without restraint, because riding a horse made people feel they could free themselves from their own bindings.  Also linked with riding horses, they are symbols of travel, movement, and desire.”

All seven of these cards do indeed do mark a transition from one sate of being into another. The Six of Wands takes a person from obscurity to acclaim. Death, from one plane of existence to another; the Sun, from darkness to light. And the Knights are all about movement and change within their respective elements and suits.

And finally, its interesting that there are seven of these cards. Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, by Rachel Pollack separates the Major Arcana into sets of seven with each set representing a phase of enlightenment while on earth.

Could this set of seven cards as a whole also be representative of something important in the experience of a soul?


Knight of Swords traditional meanings

Knight of Pentacles traditional meanings

Knight of Cups traditional meanings

Knight of Wands traditional meanings

The Sun traditional meanings

Death traditional meanings

Six of Wands traditional meanings

Most-Famous 20th-Century Tarot Deck Features Death’s Banner Emblazened with the White Rose of the House of York


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The Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck (RWS) is arguably the most famous of 20th-century Tarot decks. For decades, I’ve been using the RWS as an aid to developing fictional characters. Only recently did I notice the Death card in the Major Arcana features a skeletal knight carrying a banner on which is imprinted the White Rose of the House of York. As far as I can tell, the image of the Yorkist Rose does not appear on any Tarot deck – medieval or modern – preceding the RWS.

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Who Designed the RWS?

Arthur Edward Waite (2 October 1857 – 19 May 1942), commonly known as A. E. Waite, was an American-born British poet and scholarly mystic who wrote extensively on Masonic, occult and esoteric matters. Coincidentally or not, he shared the same day of birth as Richard III…

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Conflicted: the Knight of Wands

This card may surprise you, because its not a card traditionally associated with feelings of conflict. That being said, its a card I have come to personally associate with those things. I think I first interpreted it this way for a client’s reading, but then later realized it applies to me with regard to certain things in my psyche as well.

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Radiant Rider Waite

It’s because of the conflict between the horse and its rider, the Knight. The horse is more than ready to go; the Knight not so much. The Knight is reining the horse in. The horse is fighting it. 

In my personal life, this applies to my journey through healing and learning to work around and work with, PTSD from various sources. And even to normal grief work. I tend to want things to be accomplished faster than they sometimes can. And when I push myself too hard or too fast, it backlashes on me and I end up struggling unnecessarily. I am learning to maintain a better balance in that. 

Some interesting imagery in the Rider Waite version of this card, which is the deck and the card I am basing this interpretation on, is the desert sand the Knight is traveling. Perhaps the horse is eager to get where he is going because the land is so barren here. Maybe he wants to get to where things can be planted, and grow, rather than just be moved through. But what the horse maybe doesn’t realize, is that all that barren brownness is also soothing to the eye and thus to the mind as well. Because there’s nothing to be done there but just keep moving, and appreciating the moment … there’s no additional stress to be endured. It’s just a relaxing walk or journey. Or can be, if permitted. Maybe they need to REST more than they need to DO.

Perhaps this is just an area of land that happens to be part of the journey to where the Knight and horse want to go, and it just has to be tolerated in order to get there. And there’s no use fighting it.

There’s also the point that, in a desert, where water can be far and few between, it’s probably a better idea to pace oneself rather than gallop full out and then fall down exhausted with nothing left and still far from water and rest. It is possible the Knight knows this and the horse needs to just trust him. Or at least trust his higher knowledge. 

The Knight is carrying his wand with new growth in it. He’s got what he needs for when he gets where he is going. And the Orion pyramids are behind him, watching over his journey. Maybe he doesn’t need to rush so much. Maybe Time is exactly what is needed, and the desert affords and gifts that to them. 

When I pull this card in answer to what’s going on with my Depression, Anxiety, or PTSD, it’s usually a call to slow down and stop pushing myself too hard or fast. And to not fall into the trap of thinking I have to take all action RIGHT NOW. To remember that it’s okay to let things unfold in their own time. To remember that I’m safer than I feel I am.

That there will be plenty of time later, to be here: knight swords radiant





And later, here:

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(I find it interesting that two of these knights are facing left, (the past? Left brain?) … and two are facing to the right. The two hell bent on running are the ones facing the left and the two controlled, measured ones are the ones facing the right. 

But that’s for another whole blog post.)

Thoughts welcome from you readers out there! And what does the Knight of Wands mean the most, to YOU?   


Knight of Wands traditional meanings

8 Days Til Christmas: The Advent Wreath from the Lutherans in Germany

Inspired by Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth by Dorothy Morrisonyule

Morrison’s book says the Advent Wreath “initially came from the Lutherans,” which I found to be very cool be cause that is the first church I can remember attending, as well as that is the church that I was confirmed in.

As she explains, the wreath is traditionally made of evergreen and has four candles arranged at each “side” of it. Four Sundays out from Christmas the church has someone light a candle, and one is lit each Sunday until Christmas occurs.


Something I did NOT know, and which was not in Morrison’s book (due to space considerations), was that the candle is supposed to burn all week long, “to welcome the Light of the world” (capitalization mine). I guess they can’t really do that now (and would they even have done it in the beginning?) due to safety issues, but that is a really nice tradition to think of. One source says that the very first Advent wreath had “twenty small red candles and four large white candles” in it (Richie). A Lutheran minister had made it for the kids to count down to Christmas. The little red candles were lit on the weekdays while the big white ones were the Sunday candles. But I still can’t imagine they would just leave them burning the entire day.

In present time the German colors are usually red for the four big candles, and sometimes a fifth white one in the middle to represent the birth of Christ, though colors sometimes vary according to different traditions. North American Lutherans use violets and blues and whites.

This is supposed to be a traditional German advent wreath:


And something else that Morrison doesn’t go into detail about is the symbolism of the individual candles themselves, which I REALLY think is cool:

  • The first candle symbolizes hope and is called the “Prophet’s Candle.” The prophets of the Old Testament, especially Isaiah, waited in hope for the Messiah’s arrival.
  • The second candle represents faith and is called “Bethlehem’s Candle.” Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, which is also the birthplace of King David.
  • The third candle symbolizes joy and is called the “Shepherd’s Candle.” To the shepherd’s great joy, the angels announced that Jesus came for humble, unimportant people like them, too. In liturgy, the color rose signifies joy.
  • The fourth candle represents peace and is called the “Angel’s Candle.” The angels announced that Jesus came to bring peace–He came to bring people close to God and to each other again.
  • The (optional) fifth candle represents light and purity and is called “Christ’s candle.” It is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Day.


Right from the Source’s Mouth, St. Matthews Lutheran Church, is an explanation of the Advent season itself as well as a much more poetic description of the candle meanings. Check it out if you get a chance.

When I was little, it was exciting as a child to see each additional candle get lit and then when all four were burning, we knew Christmas was near!

So, Thank You to the Lutheran branch of Christianity, for this awesome Christmas tradition!


Works Cited

Morrison, Dorothy. Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth. St. Paul, MN, Llewellyn
Publications, 2000.

Richie, Laura. “Advent Wreath & Candles: Understanding the Meaning, History &
Tradition. 22 August 2018,
meaning-history-tradition.html, Accessed 17.12.2018.



Drama, Much?

So I”m upstairs on my hands and knees (not as exciting as it first sounds) scrubbing away at the Revenge Pooper’s (a whollllllle OTHER blogpost!) latest “SPOT” on the rug …

And I’m NOT happy about it.

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This is like his 10th non-acccident.

I hate my house, family, pets, and life.

Fuck My Life, btw.

I stop to take a break and text my girlfriend of forty years Tamara Perrin Florea in Ohio.

“Do you ever wonder if maybe we are ghosts and that’s why no matter how much we clean, or how many times we clean the same thing, it never gets clean, ever? It just stays messy? If we are ghosts that would also explain why no one (kids, husbands, pets, whoever you have around you) ever HEARS us too! Maybe we’ve died but just don’t know it because cleaning is all we know and we don’t know how to stop???”

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Radiant Rider Waite

This, my friends, is the Ten of Swords energy.

The Ten of Swords can be about death and endings, but sometimes it’s just about so much drama, or so much more drama than is necessary.

Please note the TEN swords this person has been stabbed in the back with, as opposed to the ONE that would have done the trick just as easily!

So the next time you’re doing something you despise doing and you feel really, really, sorry for yourself and bitter about doing it?

You’re communing with this Tarot card’s energy!

Disclaimer: no humans were hurt during this blog post, and I felt better the minute I texted my girlfriend. I felt so good I left the rest of the nefarious “spot” for another day, bought some moscato coolers, and called it a day!


Ten of Swords traditional meanings


Tarot’s Not the Only Guidance Out There

“Learning to Pray”
taken from Treasury of Prayer: Prayers of Hope and Faith

by Marjorie Holmes

You know, Lord, how well You know, the years when I didn’t pray (or didn’t think I prayed). How could I pray to someone whose very existence I doubted? How could I ask for help from a force I spurned?
Yet all the while I was hungering for You, groping to find Your hand as I stumbled in the darkness of my needs . . . “If I could pray,” I thought. “If I could only learn to pray.”
But I felt foolish when I tried; I felt phony, insincere. My doubts seemed to rise up like a mockery between us. And You knew my follies and faults all too well. My tongue was inarticulate – it winced to form the words. My own self-scorn made me impotent, dumb.
I would get up from my fumbling so called prayers with an empty heart, feeling rejected, turned away. (Was there some secret rubric others had discovered? Some key that would make the heavens open, unlock the special doors?)

I was wrong. In a while, maybe from sheer persistence, something began to happen within me. A sense of being accepted, however unworthy. (no -not merely accepted, welcome, welcomed home!) And the deep excited stirrings of trust in a power I could not see.

Then I went to the formula You gave in the Sermon on the Mount.
“Our Father who are in heaven.” How kind that seems. “Hallowed be Thy name.” The gentle beginnings of worship . . .

“Thy kingdom come” (within me). “Thy will be done” (take over my life, I”m not doing so well) “on earth as it is in heaven.” (I like this earth. I don’t know about heaven, but it must be a wonderful place.)

“Give us this day our daily bread” (just enough for today, Lord, enough time and money and strength to get through this one day) . . . “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive” (are my trespasses blocking the road to You? and my lack of forgiveness for those who’ve hurt me?).

“Lead us not into temptation” (this I don’t understand – You couldn’t, You wouldn’t – just hang on to me when I am tempted, give me the will not to yield). “Deliver us from evil” (yes, yes, that’s what I mean – deliverance).

 “For Thine is the power and the glory forever and ever.” (It is, it is, it hast to be, and the more often I admit it, express it, the more I know it’s true!)
So in this way I began to get deliverance, Lord. The deliverance I sought. From self-doubt, which was so deeply enmeshed with my doubts of You.

And to learn the fundamentals of prayer: worship, submission, acceptance, plea, and then more worship to seal it. And I began to know then as I realize now that worship itself is the key. The magic key. Prayer brings You close when we come not merely seeking help, but because we want to be with You.


“Prayer of Praise”
by Saint Augustine

But let my soul praise Thee that it may love Thee,
And let it tell Thee Thy mercies that it may praise Thee.
Without ceasing Thy whole creation speaks Thy praise-
The spirit of every man by the words that his mouth directs to Thee,
Animals and lifeless matter by the mouth of those who look upon them.
That so our soul rises out of its mortal weariness unto Thee,
Helped upward by the things Thou hast made
And passing beyond them unto Thee who has wonderfully made them:
And there refreshment is and strength unfailing. Amen.


If you see the angel number 1144, it means that you should start thinking positive thoughts. This will play a very important role when you begin a new adventure in your life.

This number carries with the vibrations and energies of the Body, the Mind, and the Soul, as well as your divine spirits and angels in the spiritual realm. Your angels are sending you positive signals and vibrations that will affect your life.

They can influence how you make decisions or which direction to take when it comes to your career and life in general. It is a message that your angels are working with you to align your life with your spiritual path.

The angel number 1144 is a combination of the powers of the number 1 and the number 4. Both numbers appear twice, which magnify their influence and their power in your life.

The number 1 resonates with fresh starts and new opportunities. It symbolizes ambition and determination.

Similar to number 9, the number 4 vibrates the energies of efforts and personal choices. It resonates building strong foundations and working hard to achieve goals.

It’s about honesty and honour. It’s also about working for success and receiving the rewards for a job well done.

You will encounter many opportunities with the potential to change the course of your career, or elevate your status in life. With these new opportunities, you have the power to start over again and take your life to exactly where you want.

Your angels want you to focus on your dreams and ambitions. Now is the best time to start taking your dreams seriously, and to make the necessary steps to make them happen.

The angel number 1144 also wants you to know that you create your own reality. Whatever inhabits your thoughts can make themselves manifest in your life.

Now is the time to dispel any harmful, negative, dark, or unpleasant thoughts in your head. Be conscious of your thoughts and focus only on ones that can empower, inspire, encourage, and motivate you.

Envision yourself being successful and being abundantly blessed. The universe will acknowledge this and help you to make it a reality.

See yourself achieving all that you plan to achieve, and feeling a happiness that you’ve never known. This is what you’re throwing out in the universe, so this is what the universe will be throwing back at you.

The angel number 1144 wants you to know that nothing great is accomplished by being fearful or insecure. Get out of your comfort zone and prepare to amaze yourself.

The Hidden Meaning Behind Angel Number 1144

With the angel number 1144, it’s about looking for new ways to get your work done more smoothly. Look around and see what help is available to you, and don’t hesitate to call on your angels for assistance.

Listen to your instincts because your angels may be sending you help as we speak. Learn to usher in positive energies and vibrations that will help you figure out what you have to do next.

The angel number 1144 wants to remind you to keep your thoughts strong and positive. There are many new roles that you can perform and opportunities that you can try.

Thinking that you are not fit for the job, or that you will do an awful job, is not staying true to your highest ideals. You should picture yourself as being successful so that you will also manifest this in reality.

Trust in yourself more. Trust in your angels that they will send you aid when you need it.

The angel number 1144 serves as your encouragement to keep moving ahead. You are on the right path, so don’t let anything or anyone stop you

Don’t take no for an answer. Find ways to make it work and expect only the best results each time.

Keep working hard for your goals while keeping your life light and positive. This is the easiest way you can reach your spiritual awakening and spiritual enlightenment.

This is the best time to be your creative and inspired self. Your divine life purpose is aligning with your soul mission.

Congratulate yourself in advance for a job well done. This is just the beginning of a wonderful and enlightened life!

Are you ready to receive the life-changing energy that the angel number 1144 possesses? You should be, because you truly deserve it.

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What is the Tarot? My Take

*taken from my Certified Biddy Tarot Application

What is the Tarot? And how does the Tarot work?

 Tarot is (in my opinion)a science (as yet unrecognized) that works with the energies within and around us, helping us to access information that may or may not be consciously available to us. Tarot, in this respect, is a tool we use to access information that we seek.

Opinions on where the information comes from differs from belief system to belief system, but most agree that Tarot is a tool that unlocks it.

Tarot can then be used to gather information in order to make decisions where further, more in depth information may be desired … Tarot is a tool that can be used in Self Analysis or Self Help / Self Work, or to walk one’s spiritual path.

ENERGY the one

Physically, Tarot is a deck of cards consisting of images and symbols. Humans can access the information they seek by shuffling and handling the cards … in my belief system our Higher Selves guide where each card falls in the Shuffle. They may also be guided by spirits in the non physical planes in my opinion.

In my opinion, our brains are fully capable of accessing information but most of us are handicapped and cannot access it yet without tools of some kind to trick our consciousness into stepping aside and letting our super conscious and/or subconscious take the reins. It seems to me to be very similar to Dumbo and his feather, also to a young witch using an Athame or a Wand or candles until she learns the magic is within her and she can use her mind.

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The Tarot is not necessary … but it helps us at this point in our evolution. To get past the wall of our enforced societal belief systems that limit us.     

Ultimately, it is a key to our subconscious, our Higher Self, the Collective Consciousness, and esoteric information gathered and held by our ancestors.

As a side note, Tarot doesn’t just pick up on higher information. It also picks up on (or rather our hands transmit the information to the cards)… the briefest thought flitting through our minds. Hence, the importance of focus and concentration while shuffling.

I learned this first when I didn’t shuffle with the correct focus for my reader and mentor. (And she said “WHAT ON EARTH WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE SHUFFLING???”)

I learned it again a few months ago when I was shuffling for a casual question while I had YouTube on in the background. WOW. The cards very accurately reflected the energy of that show that was on. And I wasn’t even paying conscious attention to it. Tarot works with the electromagnetic energy of our very thought waves, however miniscule.       

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