Special Sub-Topic: Tarot Terror
|What suit of cards acknowledges feminine, spiritual, or emotional energies?|
Cups. Cards in the "cups" suit always indicate that the effects of the card will occur spiritually, emotionally, or psychologically. They are considered feminine in the yin/yang sense of feminine, not that they have anything to do with women.
|Which suit of tarot cards indicates practical, material effects?|
Pentacles. Pentacle cards always indicate practical, material, common-sense kinds of energies. You can think of them as "hobbit cards". The pentacle is used as a symbol of hardworking, practical energies because of the relationship of the pentacle to the earth in some forms of occult practice.
|Which series of cards indicate immediate action?|
Knights. Knights mean action. Simple as that. Every suit means a different kind of action. The Knight of Wands means aggressive/sexual action; Swords means an action requiring analysis or intellect, for example a court case; Cups imply an action requiring emotional analysis or empathy; Pentacles represent an action in the everyday, or suggests that the action should be approached from a common sense view.
|What is the name for the group of cards in the series' Kings-Queens-Knights-Pages?|
Court Cards. They are called court cards. They work a bit differently from other cards, often times implying events external to the person. Face cards are what you call them in a normal deck of cards; baccarat is a game, and the "Pecto regalis" I just made up. Sorry.
|What are the numbered cards called? I.e. the Four of Swords or the Nine of Cups.|
Minor Arcana. The answer is Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana are the "named cards" you are probably more familier with such as Death, Moon, and the Hanged Man. Optimus Prime is the leader of the Transformers.
|Which of these generally doesn't indicate something positive?|
Ten of Swords. The Ten of Swords is sometimes expressed with the hyperbole, "living death". It exemplifies self-defeat and over-rationalization. Not positive! In case you're wondering about the rest, the Six of Pentacles is sometimes called a "card of fortune", it sometimes refers to wealth and material power. The Hanged Man card refers to introspection and Death, despite what you may think if you saw "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors", doesn't mean death at all. It simply means a big change.
|What card is ruled by Sylph?|
The King of Swords. The ruling spirit of a card has to do with it's suit, not really with what kind of card it is. Sylph is an air elemental and rules the Sword suit. Pentacles are ruled by Gnome; Wands are ruled by Salamander; and Cups (though not appearing in the question) are ruled by Undine. Not all tarot decks or practitioners use elementals in their readings.
|Which of these is not actually a card in the Major Arcana?|
The Angel. The Fool is actually a card, it symbolizes the beginning of something. The Wheel of Fortune is good luck. The Devil is also a card, which symbolizes bondage (something holding you back), ignorance, or evil materialism. The Angel is the odd one out.
|If someone asks you about a fight they've had with their significant other, and they draw the Four of Swords - What should they expect?|
A rest.. The Four of Swords often depicts a soldier at rest after battle, dead, or meditating (depending on your deck). This card represents an absence of battle, a time to regain your strength and prepare for what is ahead.
|In a Celtic cross style reading, which card is significant of the distant past of the asker?|
Position 3 (directly below the center cards). In a Celtic cross, two cards are in the center, four cards are at each cardinal position around the two, and four others are on the right hand side. The four cards on the outside work in a clockwise pattern starting at the bottom, with the card furthest down being the distant past and the card at the right being the farthest in the future. The answer is Position 3, directly below the cards.
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