At present time I own seven Tarot decks. The three I use regularly are the Radiant RWS, the Gilded, and the Sacred Rose. While using them I could not help but notice that my interpretation of the cards change somewhat depending on the deck I use.
Why is that?
I am well aware that I am not the first reader to notice this. There are after all books about comparative Tarot. None the less my curiosity is engaged now.
I understand the symbols portrayed in the cards are responsible for our shift in perception, and subsequent interpretation. I believe this is the reason why some decks speak to me and others do not.
As I look at the two cards in front of me, the 4 of Pentacles from the RWS, and the same card but from the Sacred Rose deck, I wonder…How much does my cards interpretation change from deck to deck? How much stays the same?
After all a four is a four, meaning foundations, stability and attainment. Yet the picture has a strong influence on me.
The RWS shows a well dressed men sitting comfortably with his back to a city. He hugs a pentacle in a way that shields his heart.
One Pentacle stands on top of his crown, and two are under his feet. The man wears red shoes.
I know that several books explain this card as greed and materialistic. I am sure those meaning can apply in the right contest.
When I look at this card I see a man with a peaceful expression. He seems in control and in no rush. To me he is someone who has worked hard for those Pentacles. He is proud of them and protective. He wants to make sure his money goes as far as it can.
The harsher meanings listed above, are in my opinion the extremes of the card.
When I look at the 4 of Pentacles in the Sacred Rose deck I am even less inclined to see the darker meanings.
Here a young person kneels or perhaps stands on top of four Pentacles. He smiles with his hands on his hips in a bold stance. He is on top of the World. I see success, achievement, satisfaction.
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