Last night I was reading “Golden Dawn, An Encyclopedia of Practical Occultism – Book 8: Divination” and found an excellent example of two card combinations and Card Pairing. I really enjoyed the author’s approach, and felt that my own understanding of card pairing deepened. In this article, I’m going to reproduce the exact two card combinations that I read last night along with the author’s interpretations. I hope it has the same impact on you as it did on me.
In the article that Catherine of Tarot Elements and I collaborated on, Two Card Combinations – Elemental Dignities Compendium, we illustrated the ‘card pairing’ technique; this was accomplished through the use of an example Tarot reading. We started the reading by interpreting the cards in the classical manner, and then, once we had developed our “story”, used card pairing to add greater depth. This is exactly the same method that the Golden Dawn used; before they paired the cards, they read them first.
In order for the card pairing section of the reading in the Golden Dawn Encyclopedia to make sense, I’m going to provide a brief overview of what was already interpreted in the Tarot cards before the author began pairing them.
The client is a young man who works very hard, but doesn’t have much money. However, things are beginning to improve. He enjoys socialising and visiting friends. He lacks in perseverance and energy, though notwithstanding this, his business and money transactions will begin to improve. Although, he will lose interest in his business due to his love of pleasure and society. He has recently fallen in love which causes him much anxiety. Gossip and slander surrounding the client has reached this woman, but his improving financial and business success has lead her to view him with favour. However, she feels anxious about all the gossip she has been hearing (which is not without foundation) and he begins to neglect his business, and turns his attention towards pleasure.
The Page of Wands and the 6 of Swords, “She is anxious about this.”
The Knight of Wands and the Ace of Disks, “And he begins to neglect his business which yet is fairly good.”
The 3 of Cups and the 2 of Disks, “And instead throws aside his business for pleasures.”
The Knight of Cups and the 5 of Cups, “The consequences of this is that the engagement between them is broken off.”
The 10 of Disks and the 8 of Cups, “Still his business does fairly well though he is losing interest in it.”
The 5 of Swords and the 10 of Cups, “The matter is the subject of much gossip.”
The 9 of Wands and the Queen of Cups, (These two cards are enemy Elements and therefore of little importance) “Among their acquaintances.”
The King of Cups and Page of Cups, “He moreover, begins to pay attention to another girl of not quite so fair complexion…”
The Wheel of Fortune and King of Swords, “who, however, prefers a dark man, who is much admired by the fair sex.”
The 6 of Wands and the Page of Disks, “But he has already gained the affections of a girl with dark brown eyes and hair.”
After the card pairing, we can add this additional information to the “story”:
The engagement is broken off, still his business does fairly well though he has lost interest in it. This whole situation has become the subject of much gossip amongst their acquaintances. He, however, soon begins to pay attention to another woman.
Did you find this article useful? Did you enjoy reading another authors approach to card pairing? Did you agree or disagree with these interpretations? I’d really love to read your thoughts on this. I’ll see you in the comments section below