Daily Tarot::6 of Scepters


Tarot of Vampyres

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There’s a theatrical quality about this Vampyre…from his eye makeup (reminiscent of traditional court Jesters) and headband, to the rich materials which make up his princely garb. The Scepter is also held dramatically; closely cradled against his cheek. Only the Black Panther seems representative of the card’s energies.

Astrologically, Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth and optimism; symbolizing good luck and fortune. In Leo, Jupiter dares you to un-selfconsciously shine your light into the world.

The 6 of Wands encourages you to move towards your dreams instead of away from your fears; and represents new opportunities, triumphs, and breakthroughs.

As the Lord of Victory and aligned with Jupiter in Leo, the 6 of Wands embodies victory, determination, passion, and courage.

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Daily Tarot::Strength


Tarot of Vampyres

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In the Tarot of Vampyres, a Black Panther is often depicted in cards linked to the element of Fire – like this one. If the Vampyress had dark hair this could be me and Diego, albeit on sterioids. (Who needs a pit bull when you have a ferocious panther at your command!)

There is as much beauty and grace here as there is fierce power. The instincts and lusts within are held in check by the mastery of inner strength and will. Strength tames the savage beast by diffusing the attack with charm and seduction instead of brute force.

The Vampyress is exalting her integration with the panther in a sensual dance of rapture, holding aloft a grail overflowing with Life’s Blood.

(Ruled by Leo, Strength is also known as the Daughter of the Flaming Sword. It embodies strength, courage, passion, energy, and action.)

As with other Tarot cards, Strength speaks of balance achieved between two seemingly opposing forces. This can refer to a situation, other people, conflict within yourself, or any combination of the three. Master the beast by employing the Strength you have inside you: confidence, composure, benevolence, power, and creativity.

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Daily Tarot::The Sun


Tarot of Vampyres

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In the Tarot of Vampyres, two figures (male and female) embrace against a backdrop of red roses and a fiery sun. My first question: Why isn’t the Vampyress turning to dust? Did drinking blood from her horned lover (Wiccan Horned God?) grant her immunity from the Sun’s destructive power? In any event, she’s not letting anything extinguish her light – including the sun!

These two are in a deep state of passion, forming a harmonious union of light/dark, male/female, action/inaction, heaven/earth, spirit/flesh. I also get a sense of Romeo and Juliet; of illicit love between the high-born princess and the low-born beast.

(As the Lord of the Fire of the World, The Sun is linked to Leo and represents vitality, powerful creative energy, self-confidence, great potential, and the Ego.)

This is the dawn that follows the darkest of nights; the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Hidden talents might surface, deceits may be revealed, and synchronicities may appear everywhere. The Sun appears to remind you to not let anything – or anyone – diminish your spirit; the radiance emanating from within you.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

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Daily Tarot::Ace of Skulls


Tarot of Vampyres

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The Ace of Skulls is one of the most beautiful cards in the Tarot of Vampyres. Roses in shades of purple (my favorite color, next to black) dance around the skull of a vampyre. This skull is decorated with metal which has been shaped into loose coils and large spirals, purple gemstones (one being an upside-down heart positioned over the sixth chakra), and a large pentagram gracing the frontal lobe region. (I’m getting ideas for some new jewelry designs…)

chakra
n. (in Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number

Did you notice the symbol beneath the pentagram? It looks like a variant of the dyet (Latin “d” with stroke), although it may have Arabic roots. Since the artist’s last name is Daniels, perhaps this was his way of incorporating a signature into the card (perhaps he’s an Earth sign?).

(Also known as the Root of the Powers of Earth, the Ace of Pentacles is representative of material force, endurance and power, and emotional stability.)

Aces point to new beginnings; and Pentacles are symbolic of the element of Earth and material things. Together they portend of financial and material prosperity and abundance. This may manifest itself in the form of new business opportunities or financial support coming from an unexpected source. To help you stay grounded, the Ace of Pentacles suggests you focus on the natural world around you. In relationships, money is definitely an important consideration in the deciding factor.

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Daily Tarot::10 of Knives


Tarot of Vampyres

Image © Ian Daniels

While the Vampyress has been wounded by a Sword, notice it’s piercing her solar plexis – not her heart. One must assume, therefore, she is not mortally wounded but will undergo a transformation of some kind. This death/rebirth is further emphasized by the Death Head Hawk Moth fluttering nearby, as the change from larvae to moth then back to larvae is the quintessential model of metamorphosis. The blood flowing from her wound also appears to be restoring one of the black roses to its original (red) color. More evidence of a renewal taking place.

The Sun is representative of the Ego, while Gemini covers the Mind. This shows a tendency towards egocentricity and to over-analyze, which in turn causes needless anxiety, stress, and pain. Maintain your perspective and equilibrium; and do not become overly sensitive to problematic situations. In addition, any action taken should be done with much careful forethought.

(Associated with the Sun in Gemini, the 10 of Swords is known as the Lord of Ruin. It symbolizes the manifestation of thought, rebirth/transformation gained through conflict or strife, and the end of a chapter.)

Drawing the 10 of Swords can also point to one’s personal drive toward self-realization (rebirth-renewal-regeneration).

self-realization
n. fulfillment of one’s own potential

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