reply to post by arpgme
While I'm sure a lot of people have quickly skimmed this, and concluded that you're doing an ad hoc version of Tarot, minus the Tarot cards
themselves, I see several key differences. Specifically, 5, 6, 8, 9 are different than standard Tarot packs. As well, the court cards are different.
In Tarot the 5's represent obstacles, difficulties, self-deception, and things which, generally, have to be overcome in order for advancement to be
made. The 5 of Wands is the Lord of Strife; the 5 of Cups is the Lord of Disappointment; the 5 of Swords is the Lord of Defeat; and the 5 of Disks is
the Lord of Worry. In your schematic you associates the fives with freedom.
Also, you attach "responsibility" to the 6s, while in Tarot they actually represent a momentary reprieve from activity. The successful end of an
undertaking. The 6 of Wands being the Lord of Victory; the 6 of Cups being the Lord of Pleasure; the 6 of Swords being the Lord of Science
(understanding); and the 6 of Disks being the Lord of Success.
In the case of the face-cards, or Court Cards... the Jack, equivalent to either the Knight (prince) or the Knave (princess) often deal with messages,
travels, and a journey of self-discovery. In your scheme they represent playfulness.
My point being, people need to not be so quick to judge your system as just Tarot, minus the symbolism. Yes, while the standard playing cards are
based on Tarot, any type of introspective-archetypal system which offers insight to the user is well-worth taking the time to understand. Tarot, when
used properly, is a mighty deep well of archetypal energies. This method seems much more applicable to every-day life situations.
I like what you've done, and plan to try it out later.