Daily, Dignity & Dawn

My reason for doing this is my utter mind balk in yesterday’s Tarot Meetup about using a specific Tarot method.

I’ve decided to set myself a goal of doing daily readings for a period of thirty days. I may or may not post them here in my blog. Part of what I am going to work on is learning how Elemental Dignities come into play. This could mean that I will have multiple posts some days–oh the horror.

My reason for doing this is my utter mind balk in yesterday’s Tarot Meetup. One of our members had taken on the challenge of teaching us about Elemental Dignities. I found that I have a decided inclination towards positions. Just laying out three cards with no intention other than to see the Elemental Dignities at work was very hard for me.

I did learn a lot though! So you will see me trying to weave in more about the ED elements in my readings. I hope.

Using the Mary-El Tarot from Schiffer, I drew three cards. Because I am not ready to let go of my need for structure, i.e. positions, I laid the three for Body, Mind, Spirit. Body Mind Spirit is a spread I learned from Mary K. Greer’s Tarot For Yourself. That book remains one of my automatic recommendations to anyone who wants to learn how to read Tarot.

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  • Body is the Lovers which is Air.
  • Mind is the 3 of Disks which is Earth.
  • Spirit is the 9 of Wands which is Fire.

Fire and Air are friendly while Earth and Fire are enemies but Earth and Air are neutral. If I read this correctly, that makes the center card weak or ill-dignified. I went to Douglas Gibbs and Catherine Chapman’s Elemental Dignities Dictionary (http://www.tarotelements.com/elemental-dignities/how-you-can-turbocharge-your-tarot-readings-using-the-elemental-dignities-dictionary) who confirmed that this is a weak combination. Because Fire and Air are so strong together, they put out the Earth.

Now how does this relate to the spread?

Body is Lovers which is appropriate. I’ve started a week of 10 hour days so I can go see my honey this weekend. My body is thinking about that. πŸ˜€ [Noted from the book: 6th sepiroth Tipareth is associated with love, harmony, perfection and beauty.]

Mind is Three of Disks which can be a committee approach or a partnership in business. I’m really not wanting to be at work so I can see where that would be a weak card today.[Noted from the book: Take care to nurture the god given gift you have received.]

Spirit is the 9 of Wands which indicates defending one’s position (traditionally). I have had some issues come up where I feel a challenge is occurring so this is accurate.[Noted from the book: All of the challenges and trials and mistakes are part of the wisdom of the tiger.]

On a personal note, I tend to NOT refer to the book a deck comes with beforehand. I will look afterward though. I am really loving this deck a lot. In this spread, I love the white/black of the Lovers while the 3 of Disks makes me think of Dune. I know. I’m weird. I get that.

The 9 of Wands is intriguing simply because it came up several times in yesterday’s meetup. I see this as a woman magically conjuring her inner beast to protect her. Perhaps she is a Tiger shifter given the armband tattoo.

I added the Noted from the book part after I’d written the above. It confirms my thoughts on the tiger being a part of the woman and gives me more to think about with the Three of Disks.

So do you use Elemental Dignities? What do you like or dislike about them? What do you think of this Golden Dawn tradition?

Please note that I have added a white box for copyright purposes. I know it uglies up these beautiful cards, but there is no obvious copyright on the images otherwise. There is too much wholesale thievery out there. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Is that so hard to grasp?

13 thoughts on “Daily, Dignity & Dawn”

  1. Im in the throes of writing about EDs for my own blog because I think that it will be useful to recognise (for example) that four of the courts really struggle to reconcile their suit element and their rank element.

    Looking forwards to reading your posts, Arwen πŸ™‚

    Ali x

  2. I am looking forward to any reflection you offer publically. Working on Elemental Dignities was a rich part of our learning when we at Mass Tarot did our study group with 21 Ways to Read a Tarot card. You do have to work your mind out in a new way and I always like to think elementally. But I don’t know if I agree – gasp! – with the Golden Dawn about elemental designations for the Majors. I think of them as comprehensive expressions of energies so they include more than 1, maybe even in some ways all 4 elements. But it is certainly worth studying their system – you have to know the rules to break them perhaps πŸ™‚

    1. Carolyn, that’s a standard in the fiction writing community for sure. Know the rules then break them. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for your comments. I do tend to think elementally so that’s a plus. πŸ˜€

  3. Did you really draw thoose Tarot Cards?! Just have to say that I find them really beautiful and you really are talented in many ways!
    Looking forward to your next post πŸ™‚

    Arwen replies: I drew these as in pulling from the deck. The author/artist is Marie White. They are beautiful cards, aren’t they?

  4. I love that you noticed the resistance and decided to engage it. I’d love to hear about how it works for you.

    Carolyn I think each trump certainly lives in each of the four worlds and represents it’s own totality too. I think that in this way the trumps can be like the court cards in that they represent a sub element within an element. Hmmm I feel a blog post coming on.

    1. Andrew, I hope to keep this up. We shall see. The scanner on my printer doesn’t want to play well with others right now so I’m having to take photos with my phone. LOL, not the best quality for sure!

  5. I will look out for that blog post, Andrew! Maybe I’ll get inspired to do one, too. Look what you have spawned, Arwen .. te, he!

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