Opening 78 Tarot Doorways

Meet 78 Australian Women

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Examining Tarot through the Aperture of Significator Cards and Real Life Stories

This project is for those people who have not bought into the idea that Tarot is only used by fortune tellers who offer readings in small tents set up at esoteric events. Not only does every Tarot card have its own story to tell, but each card tells something about each of us. Tarot contains 78 Muses or mentors depending on your need. The pictures depicted on the cards are totally open to one’s personal interpretation and rarely do two people see the same thing.

Despite what purists might have you believe, no matter what “meaning” experts or books may ascribe to a particular card, no one definition is correct for everyone or every situation. Tarot cards may help to explain a situation, describe a person and offer perspectives about the innovative ways in which others have triumphed after facing, for example, Tower moments.

In this case a significator Tarot card has been consciously chosen to represent an individual and real life situations they have faced. Prominent Australian women, who have contributed to Australian culture, may just us to keep striving and adapting.

The cards chosen for these women seemed appropriate at a moment in time. The point is that the reader may well differ, dispute the connection being made and, not only offer meaningful alternatives, but suggest that other cards better represent their dominant personae.

The Fool – Germaine Greer
The Magician – Elizabeth Blackburn Scientist
High Priestess – Barangaroo
The Empress – Catherine Helen Spence
The Emperor – Elizabeth Macarthur
The Hierophant – Two Extraordinary Women
Lovers – Aunty Oodgeroo Noonuccal
The Chariot – Judith Durham
Strength – A Test of Endurance
The Hermit – Bronwyn Oliver
The Wheel of Fortune – Julia Bishop
Justice – Elizabeth Andreas Evatt
The Hanged Man – Charmian Clift
Death – Lets Talk Death
Temperance – Women’s Christian Temperance Union Australia
Jessie Ackermann
The Devil – Anne Hamilton Byrne
– Lola Montez
The Tower – Ultimate Tower Moment
The Star – Fay Catherine Howe
The Moon – Joan Lindsay Picnic at Hanging Rock
The Sun – Olivia Newton John
Judgement – Annie Lock Missionary
The World – Nancy Bird Walton

associated with the emotional realm. Connection, love, dreams and wishes. Happiness as well as sorrow and vulnerability.

Ace of Cups – The Promise of Happy Ever Afer
Two of Cups – Soulful Connections
Three of Cups – An Artistic Collective
Four of Cups – Ash Barty
Five of Cups – Red Flags to Address
Six of Cups – Custodians of Memory
Seven of Cups – Smorgasbord
Eight of Cups – Picking up the Pieces
Nine of Cups – Dame Nellie Melba
Ten of Cups – Miles Franklin Award
The Page of Cups
The Knight of Cups
The Queen of Cups
King of Cups – Sandra Pankhurst Trauma Cleaner

associated with the material realm. Physicality, the body, work, environment. Abundance as well as scarcity and greed.

Ace of Pentacles –
Two of Pentacles – Poh Ling Yeow
Three of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
Five of Pentacles – The Lady of the Swamp
Six of Pentacles – Ruby Hunter
Eight of Pentacles – Productivity
Ten of Pentacles – Mary Reiby
The Page of Pentacles – Teal Independents
The Knight of Pentacles
Queen of Pentacles – Margaret Fulton
King of Pentacles – Christine Holgate

associated with the mental realm. Rationality, logic, communication. Useful thoughts as well as anxieties and fears.

Ace of Swords – Catherine Hay Thomas
Two of Swords – Julia Gillard.
Three of Swords – Grace Tame
Four of Swords – Monica Tan
Five of Swords
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords – Christina Macpherson and Jessie Hickman
Eight of Swords – Lindy Chamberlain and Schapelle Corby
Nine of Swords – Trails of Trauma
Ten of Swords – Catherine Folbigg
Page of Swords
Knight of Swords
Queen of Swords – Mary Gaudron
King of Swords – Marcia Langton

associated with gusto and life force. Excitement, exploration, creative pursuits. Passion as well as grandiosity and impulsiveness.

Ace of Wands – Tilly Aston
Two of Wands
Three of Wands
Four of Wands
Five of Wands – Warrior Spirit
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands – Charlotte Allingham
Page of Wands – Inventive Creatives
Knight of Wands
Queen of Wands – Margaret Throsby
King of Wands – Margaret Olley

The following is a directory of alternative responses to some of the cards presented here.

Directory of Additional Posts