She says "You are in the presence of Isis, queen of all Goddesses. Bow down before me. I am the guardian of occult knowledge and magic. I am mystery, intuition and female counsciousness"
Card no 2, The High Priestess
Isis is a goddess in Egyptian mythology. She was most prominent mythologically as the wife and sister of Osiris and mother of Horus, and was worshipped as the archetypal wife and mother.
Her name literally means "(female) of throne", i.e. "Queen of the throne", which was portrayed by the emblem worn on her head, that of a throne. However, the hieroglyph of her name originally meant "(female) of flesh", i.e. mortal, and she may simply have represented deified, historical queens.
Her origins are uncertain but are believed to have come from the Nile Delta; however, unlike other Egyptian deities, she did not have a centralised cult at any point throughout her worship. First mentions of Isis date back to the Fifth dynasty of Egypt which is when the first literary inscriptions are found, but her cult became prominent late in Egyptian history, when it began to absorb the cults of many other goddesses. It eventually spread outside Egypt throughout the Middle East and Europe, with temples dedicated to her built as far away as the British Isles. Pockets of her worship remained in Christian Europe as late as the 6th century.
This whole community is aimed at allowing one to begin learning about the tarot through scrutinizing the artwork as well as its relevant symbolism in tarot cards. Of course, fawning over cards is greatly encouraged, as we also appreciate the effort and artistic accomplishments of the designers behind the lovely decks we have. :)
Seriously though, we shall conduct it in such a manner. We begin reviewing one card each week, running through them with the relevant mythologies and symbolism. Since we are currently using tylim's Universal Goddess deck, we shall talk about the relevant goddesses and its relevance in each card, as well as how they are being portrayed.
One major tarot resource I shall be referring to, because it is online, is http://www.learntarot.com/. It is a relevant, and comprehensive site which provides basic information and knowledge on tarot cards and how to do readings. Another resource which will be cited will be "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot" by Rachel Pollack, which helped me start out with tarot readings.
Myself, I have been a student of the tarot for 4 years. Though I have yet to receive direct and implicit instruction from experienced guides, I believe that currently I have amassed enough knowledge to impart the basics to those starting their journey as well as discuss with fellow readers.
So, I shall wish you a safe and enlightened journey into the mysteries of the art of tarocchi. :)
Origin - Chinese
Statement - "Am I a goddess or a god? My name is Lan Tsai-Ho and I am one of the Eight Immortals of China. I am lighthearteedness, fantasy, folly and eccentricity"
The journey through the major arcana begins as the fool embarks on a miraculous journey of the soul like a newborn child. The fool represents the life challenges we shall face.
Lan Caihe (藍采和; pinyin: Lán Cǎihé; Wade-Giles: Lan Ts'ai-ho) is the least known of the 8 immortals. Lan Caihe's age and sex are unknown. The deity could be a hermaphrodite, but in the form most well-known he is a young effeminate boy or youth carrying a bamboo flower basket
He was from Tang Dynasty. His/her behaviour was out of norm and known for its bizarreness. He wore only shorts and thin shirts in winter, and thick jacket and long pants in summer He walked with one foot bare and another with shoe.
He is variously portrayed as a youth, an aged man, or a girl; in modern pictures generally as a girl. His distinctive emblem is a flower-basket, often carried slung on a hoe over his shoulder. The basket contains various flora associated with ideas of longevity.
She says " I am Eos, Greek Goddess of Dawn. Climb onto my chariot. I take you away from darkness and I illuminate the path. A dark night ends, a bright day begins".
Eos ("dawn") was, in Greek mythology the Titan Goddess of the dawn, who rose from her home at the edge of Oceanus, the Ocean that surrounds the world, to herald her brother Helios, the sun. As the dawn goddess, she opened the gates of heaven (with "rosy fingers") so that Helios could ride his chariot across the sky every day. In Homer (Iliad viii.1; xxiv.695), her yellow robe is embroidered or woven with flowers (Odyssey vi:48 etc); rosy-fingered and with golden arms, she is pictured on Attic vases as a supernaturally beautiful woman, crowned with a tiara or diadem and with the large white-feathered wings of a bird. The Greek worship of the dawn as a goddess is inherited from Indo-European times; Eos is cognate to Latin (Aurora) and to Vedic (Ushas).
1. The mods of this community are tylim and coffee_plunger
2. This community is dedicated to tarot decks (currently the Universal Goddess Tarot other decks to follow up soon)
3. Images and definition will be loaded up regularly
4. Anyone are asked to share their thought about the cards
0. The Fool - Lan Tsai-Ho (Chinese)
1. The Magician - Demeter (Greek)
2. The High Priestess - Isis (Egyptian)
3. The Empress - Astarte (Greek)
4. The Emperor - Athena (Greek)
5. The Hierophant - Aditi (Hindu)
6. The Lovers - Venus (Roman)
7. The Chariot - Eos (Greek)
8. Justice - Maat (Egyptian)
9. The Hermit - Hecate (Greek)
10. The Wheel - Arianrhod (Welsh)
11. Strength - Ishtar (Assyrian)
12. The Hanged Man - Frigg (Scandinavian)
13. Death - Kali (Hindu)
14. Temperance - Anahita (Persian)
15. The Devil - Lilith (Sumerian)
16. The Tower - Morrigan (Celtic)
17. The Stars - Pleiades (Greek)
18. The Moon - Selene (Greek)
19. The Sun - Amaterasu (Japanese)
20. Judgement - Ceridwen (Welsh)
21. The World - Gea (Greek)
Well, for the moment we will focus on the major arcana of the Universal Goddess Tarot. All are welcome. Cheers!!
tylim (mod and proud owner)