BY JEFFERY FRY
tarot deck consists of 78 cards
that you lay out in any one of a
number of spreads. Each card is
symbolic of an energy or spiritual
truth, its relevance depending upon
its position in the spread. There
are so many possible outcomes that
tarot readers spend decades mastering
the meanings of all the cards in
all the different combinations.
There are twenty-two spiritually
archetypal cards in Tarot, called
the Major Arcana, and four suits
(wands, swords, cups, and pentacles)
of more ordinary cards. These "ordinary"
cards referred to as the Minor Arcana
can be further broken down into
"royalty" and "numeric."
The tarot deck Sofie uses are a
French language Rider-Waite deck.
The deck used in the opening credits
of Carnivale appears to be a fictional
deck created entirely for the credits.
Moon This card represents
the ever-changing moods and
cycles of life. The Moon is
closely related to the feminine
aspect as well as the tides
of the ocean. What one tide
brings in may have little impact
on us, while another tide may
bring significant change and
enlightenment. The moon works
strongly with inner intuition
which has a subtle influence
on our everyday lives. The Moon
always has an affect on life
as many lives are attuned directly
to the cycles that the moon
presents. While the Moon is
subtle and inconsistent, it
has one constant and that is
of cycles. The Moon reinforces
that life refreshes and rejuvenates
through the use of cycles and
the more we attune to nature
the more prosperous we can become.
The single most misconstrued
card in the tarot deck. When
most people see this card they
immediately associate it directly
with a physical death which
it almost never means. Death
represents change and more specifically
change for the better. Death
also represents a releasing
of spirit or a releasing of
an old outdated way of thinking.
Only when the caterpillar is
completely ready will it spin
a cocoon and make its change.
Likewise, people will naturally
change when they are ready and
life will provide the means
in which to initiate this change.
Trying to force someone's system
of belief should be considered
just as unwarranted as trying
to take someone's life physically.
The Death card represents positive
change into a higher state of
consciousness, one that is much
more understanding and considerably
The presence of The Magician
reversed in a reading may indicate
the use of ones creative energy
or wisdom for destructive purposes.
It can signify the attainment
of goals through manipulative
or controlling means or it can
depict the lack of awareness
of one's true inner potential.
General qualities associated
to the Magician reversed are
fear, shyness, or the inability