Today’s card is Transcendence, number twenty of the Major Arcana. In a traditional tarot deck this card is known as Judgement. The Major Arcana are used as a teaching tool to introduce the initiate to the principles of occult worship. Each represents a point along our evolutionary path as magickal beings and discussed the science, and the mysticism, that work in tune to guide our journey as spiritual seekers. As in any tarot deck, this journey begins with Initiation (The Fool), representing innocence and new beginnings. But while the Major Arcana have a finite number, the journey through them continually begins again as the spiral of our existence play out.
The keywords for this card are Renewal and Awakening. The seekers pictured here, both man and woman, have come to the point in their spiritual awakening that their eyes have opened to the reality of all levels of existence. With joy they express the knowledge and wonderment they have discovered. The butterfly/woman has freed herself from the cocoon of limited physical thinking and so called reality and is soaring upward to levels of yet higher consciousness. The butterfly is an ancient symbol for the soul; in many cultures, the word ‘butterfly’ and the word ‘soul’ are one in the same. The man here has freed himself from the cocoon of common Western cultural images of the male; he is seen here creating music as his softer, more feminine side merges with his stronger masculine one. His cloak sweeps back as wings, representing spirituality, imagination, and enlightenment, transcending earthly levels through spiritual thought.
The harp is another ancient symbol; it signifies the bridge between the Upperworld and Earth; it is the manifestation of magickal and spiritual will. Around the couple twirl butterfly dancers; their movements are building necessary energy to strengthen the contact between these shifters and deity. The noonday sun illuminates everything in brilliant light, casting no shadows of illusions, but bringing everything into clear focus. Crystals float through the scene, reconciling all opposites and balancing through spiritual thought.
This card foretells of a tie of renewal as the seeker has progresses into a new cycle of life. You are standing on the verge of a change in personal consciousness, a change that will alter the way life is lived and how you perceive/view your goals and desires. You may well awaken suddenly from a time of non-spiritual thinking and an unhealthy way of living. The opportunity for rebirth is upon you; it is up to you to make the positive changes necessary to complete your Transcendence.
May your rebirth open the door of true spiritual awareness and may you find a better life unfolding at this time!