I’m really excited about this new series. Over the next three posts, Catherine Chapman of Tarot Elements and I propose to present to you a complete reference work of all possible Elemental combination’s.
This awesome idea all started a couple of weeks ago when Catherine and I started to discuss how we both approach Elemental Dignities. We quickly realised that we both approach this technique differently. It was a lot of fun seeing how someone else uses this method; but very quickly we started to discuss the possibility of writing a complete reference guide for other people to use. We went through several possible ways in which to present the information but we finally decided to provide a complete compendium for all possible two card, three card and four card Elemental combinations.
What we propose to do
We propose to provide you with a reference work to assist your learning of Elemental Dignities. Although these series of articles do not teach Elemental Dignities as such, what they do provide is a reference guide that will help you study Tarot. In a sense, this is very much like the divinatory definitions or keywords that are provided to assist you when learning the individual Tarot cards. Although the keywords help get you started, and are certainly useful as a point of reference, they are only meant to be used as a companion to your own growing understanding of what the 78 Tarot cards represent. Likewise, the definitions that we will be providing are to be thought of as a launch pad to your own understanding of Elemental interactions.
This is a great Tarot resource that will help you get the most out your Elemental Dignities study.
A Visual Guide
Although the articles that both Catherine and I have collaborated on are a shared work, we have decided not to simply reproduce the same identical article on both blogs. This is for two reasons; the first – search engines don’t like duplicate content and the second, Catherine and I want to put our own unique perspective on what we have produced. However, we have purposely incorporated a lot of consistencies between the posts to help ensure that the spirit of collaboration remains throughout. The main consistencies you will notice will be the use of imagery.
Images selected to represent the Elements
We have decided to represent the Elements using a combination of visual colour and shapes. For the shapes we have chosen to use Platonic solids. Plato theorized that these shapes constitute the most fundamental components of matter. Although Plato’s theory is rather strange, given how science has moved on, it’s still remarkably similar to how we view the building blocks of everything. Essentially, simple numerical ratios are represented by tiny shapes whose fluctuations constitute the fabric of the perceived world.
It was important for both Catherine and I that we select images to represent the Elements that visually remind people that the Elements are not simply contained within the Tarot, but rather, their interactions with each other represent (on a theoretical level) the very fabric of space. In science, the concept of space-time and the elastic nature of Time, as proposed by Einstein can be represented by the Tarot – not as an individual card, but as a combination of Elemental interactions.
One of the most exciting aspects of my collaboration with Catherine is how we view the Elemental interactions differently. We both agreed that it would be really beneficial for people to see those differences, therefore, when both Catherine and I have a different interpretation for a particular Elemental interaction, we clearly display the differences to help enrich your understanding and also, to reinforce the most important factor when reading Tarot cards – everyone reads differently; uniqueness and variety are things to be valued, and having confidence in your own unique perspective is one of the first steps to becoming a great Tarot reader.
Great Elemental Dignity Resources
Below is a selection of great articles that will help you learn how to use Elemental Dignities. I would recommend reading these articles and incorporating them into your Tarot practice. The Dictionary definitions for all Elemental combinations that Catherine and I have created will act as a great companion to these articles. I would recommend starting with Catherine’s Part One of the Elemental Dignities Series from Tarot Elements.
Elemental Dignities Articles on Tarot Eon
- An Introduction to the Elements
- Elemental Dignities
- The Element Fire In A Tarot Reading
- The Element Water In A Tarot Reading
- The Four Elements In Tarot
- The Element Air In A Tarot Reading
- The Opening Of The Key – The Cut
Elemental Dignities At Tarot Elements
- Part One of the Elemental Dignities Series from Tarot Elements
- Part Two Of The Elemental Dignities Series From Tarot Elements
- Part Three OF The Elemental Dignities Series From Tarot Elements
- Using Elemental Dignities and Elemental Bases in your Tarot Readings
- Being Creative With The Significator And The Question In Your Tarot Readings Using Elemental Dignities And Elemental Bases
Elemental Dignities on Mary K. Greer’s Tarot Blog
Elemental Dignities on Supertarot
This is the first part to the Elemental Dignities Compendium.
- An Introduction To The Elemental Dignities Compendium
- The Elemental Dignities Compendium – Two card combinations
- The Elemental Dignities Compendium – Three card combinations
- The Elemental Dignities Compendium – Four card combinations
I’d love to hear your thoughts, questions or ideas on this series of articles. Do you think this will be useful? Do you think it’s a good idea to collaborate with other Tarot bloggers? What would you find useful when learning Elemental Dignities? I look forward to reading your comments .