The Evolutionary Tarot Blog

July 29th Eight of Swords

It is easy to look at the world and think you are seeing the truth. Sometimes what you are seeing is the absence of the truth rather than the presence of truth. Truth is the ONLY thing that you really see, but your mind will interpret what it sees and draw inaccurate conclusions. That is why it is so important to keep your heart engaged. Spirits love surrounds us always even when we fail to notice because we are being blinded by our thinking.

7-15 Two of Wands

Your passions will ebb and flow as you move from one project or relationship to another. Work on letting go of the past and embracing the future. The new direction is not strong enough to stand on its own and the old one no longer is stable. Pay attention to why you are investing your energy is it in the past or on the future? Allow your vision to change on short notice

7-9 Judgment

Judgment is an easy card to mis-interpret. It looks like and reminds us of the last judgment of biblical fame. How and why would that card have meaning for us on a day to day basis? The answer is, that it represents how the new understanding that the Sun card grants us, frees us from previous limits. The boxes that the people are rising out of represent old limited thinking. The Angel calls to us to USE what we have gained. The people are naked representing the innocence of new understanding. One figure is male representing how we can use our new understanding, the female represents how we can be receptive to seeing the new idea in our world now that we cognize its exitance. The child represents the regain of our youthful enthuasiasm that a new idea gives us

7-2 Nine of swords

This is a card that many people mis-read. Upright it indicates unnecessary worry but reversed it indicates a very real threat outside of yourself is making its presence felt. There may be nothing that can be done directly but that does not mean that you are powerless. Sometimes the most important thing we can do is ask for help. Remember that spirit does not always answer our prayers directly. Keep your heart and mind open for new revelations.

6-25 The tower reigns supreme

Well the last two days have been totally chaotic. I will not bore you with my personal details but it all relates to the tower. I drew the card yesterday and decided to not post it on facebook. I personally had something occur that I thought related to the Tower but I was wrong. The tower blew apart another part of my life and I am still picking up the pieces. Sometimes the tower brings a needed change but it rarely is a pleasant experience. When we are in our ivory Towers we are not seeing ourselves or the world clearly, that is why the Tower event is called for. In the long run we will all be better off when we face the truth that the tower reveals

4/2 The Magician and The Teacher

In the first row of the Major Arcana in the Evolutionary Tarot deck there is The Magician card at one end of the row and The Teacher card at the other. Understanding the difference between these two archetypes is essential for anyone on the path of self-realization. Each of these two archetypes, the Magician and the Teacher, represents a significant power to Manifest. The key differences between the two is the motivation for what manifests.

The Magician is motivated to manifest his desires. While there is not anything wrong with that, the benefit of what manifests may be largely for himself and for those close to him. With the Teacher, something larger is at work. The Magicians motivation comes from his ego and his ego desires while the Teachers motivation comes directly from the soul. The Teacher is hearing a call from a deeper place. The call of the soul is a call to participate in the realization of truths that contribute to the evolution of our collective consciousness.  With the Teacher, the ego and the soul are working together to realize universal laws and principles. The Magician may be manifesting something that others may not be fully aware of; thus, it appears to be magical to them, but it is something that has already been discovered. The Teacher on the other hand is largely motivated to bring forth a new truth, to develop a new understanding that represents an expansion of our collective consciousness. The Teacher serves evolution and evolution benefits the collective.

A Teacher does more than just teach, Like the Magician he is an example for others. A Teacher teaches by the example of the way he or she lives. The Teacher example is that of being the implacable hunter, never satisfied with just manifesting the known. The Teacher serves the collective good. The work may be beneficial to generations yet unborn. The pioneering efforts of Einstein for example, has benefited scientists who came after more than they benefited Einstein himself. The Teacher is involved in doing the Magnum Opus, better known as the great work. He is involved in the Alchemical practice of turning lead into Gold.

This does not mean that the work is done with some rare material; just the opposite. The Gold is found in the dense lead of everyday life. Our lives hold the potential for each of us to reach into deep spiritual mysteries when we see the significance hidden in daily living. That is why the Buddha says, before enlightenment: chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment: chop wood and carry water..


Todays card is Justice.  When we have an insight, we must figure out how to apply the new awarenss to our lives.  If we do not integrate it into  our world, we will lose what it offers us.  Rise up out of the limited thinking of the past and realize there is more that life is offering you.  


We all struggle with the emotion of sadness. It is worthwhile to ask, what purpose does this emotion serve? All emotions do serve a purpose whether we recognize that or not. Sadness is one of the feelings that is most difficult to understand. We need to start by acknowledging the truth that an emotion will not be rationalized away. But if we open our awareness and allow the emotion in, it will bring us a hidden gift. This gift will only come when we are gentle and accepting. In Greek Mythology the goddess Artemis has strong associations with the moon. In the Tarot, it is the High Priestess who sits above the Moon. Artemis is a huntress and is very active, while the High Priestess is very passive. There is a paradox here. We need to remember both Artemis and The High Priestess to deal with our emotions. Like the High Priestess we must be accepting and passive in the sense of not trying to avoid our feelings, but like Artemis, we must be willing to wander in the moon light, i.e. wander in our emotional state being feminine (Artemis is a female after all) waiting for something to show up.. As I said its paradoxical. What will show up is a new awareness, a new sense of appreciation for the gifts of life, all of which are transitory.


Todays card is the seven of swords reversed. WIth the number seven it is essential for us to observe with neutrality. .This card can represent the courage to follow your own guidance even when others do not support you OR..It can represent stealing other peoples ideas. When its reversed, it may represent the inability to think for yourself or a lack of courage.


Todays card was the Death card reversed. No one likes to see this card regardless of its orientation. .We need to remember that we are part of evolution and for evolution to move forward, old forms must die so that new ones can be reborn. When the death card is reversed, it may be indicating that we are refusing to change. What old forms are we holding onto? -Are we refusing to trust that new forms will be as fullfilling as what worked in the past? . Trust is key. .Do your best to go with the flow. Hang loose and enjoy the ride.

© Richard Hartnett,H.W.,M. 2017