This is the first time that conflict has made a significant appearance in each suit. Yes, we’ve had moments of conflict, but the Fives are defined by it. When we move from the realm of non-incarnate potential (the Aces) and into the world of duality (the Twos), we have bound ourselves to the experience of contrast. Perhaps conflict is inevitable. Perhaps what we do with it is not.

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In tarot, Four enables something to come into balance more easily than its predecessors. It is a moment of suspended animation — as if there is a call to gather reserves, because they will be required soon enough as we move on again into the action and increasing complexity of the Fives.

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Each Ace has a different quality, but they all share the same idea: that of initiation, as in ‘the beginning of everything’. Each represents the purest potential that its suit offers to us; each is a blueprint. Each heralds the arrival of a thought, a feeling, a creative spark, a new method.

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Did you know I have a YouTube channel? In the first video, called Tarot and the Unconscious, I give a brief introduction to the unconscious, how we can identify when it’s present, and where tarot comes into the picture.

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