By Susan Rennie, Sally Miller Gearhart
In 1976 A Feminist Tarot turned the 1st e-book of the newly-launched lesbian-feminist press in Watertown, Massachusetts, known as Persephone Press. From then till 1981 whilst Persephone ceased book, it went via 4 variations. Alyson courses (of Boston, and extra lately of la) has shepherded the booklet via extra versions (1981 and the current 1997 variation) as well as its Dutch translation released in 1985 by way of Uitgeverij Ankh-Hermes bv, Deventer. unlike the explosion of women’s Tarot decks and interpretations of the 1980’s and 90’s, A Feminist Tarot makes use of the pictures of the conventional Waite Tarot deck, providing and unveiling them from the viewpoint of cultural feminist idea. It casts an accelerated interpretation upon every one card of the most important and Minor Arcana, supplying either upright and reversed meanings, and a precis of conventional meanings besides. It encompasses a heritage of and a observation upon the Tarot itself, illustrated lay-outs and customary makes use of of the Tarot, in addition to a quick bibliography.
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36 The Major Arcana Traditional meaning: Change, transformation, renewal. Destruction which has a positive outcome - clearing the way for change. One removes what is outdated and superﬂuous from one’s life. Reversed: INERTIA also Stagnation An indication that whatever is happening will continue to happen. A feeling of no growth, no activity, either inner or outer. Stagnation. Deepening ennui. The querent’s life is not changing at this time. A relationship may be being taken for granted. The essentials of life may be assured.
Or the querent or someone close to her has an experience of increased good health - physical and/or mental. Perhaps a charging of the energy batteries through water or starshine or through some more unexpected source. She feels good. Traditional meaning: Hope, inspiration, bright prospects. Widening horizons. New life and vigor. A very favorable card. Reversed: ILL HEALTH also Pessimism Some cutoﬀ from life-giving sources. Malaise, lack of energy, doldrums, fatigue. Perhaps an experience of mental illness.
Successful union, fusion, bringing together. Reversed: FRAGMENTATION Attention to experience is not now necessary. Life can be sustained for a while without deliberate eﬀorts to integrate. More input is possible without reﬂection. But fragments of experience cannot remain too long unattended or they will claim attention in explosive ways. The querent is in a period of activity, of external and probably fastmoving functioning. There is no danger at this time or need now to stop and assess. For a while fragmentation is tolerable.