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Archetype & Alchemy: A Tarot Reading for Aldor

Happy Wednesday!

Today we present you yet another bewitching blog post, this week in the form of Tarot cards. Over centuries, the mystical deck has morphed from early playing card beginnings in France and Italy, into one of today's most powerful tools used in Divination.

The Tarot consists of two main parts: the 22 cards of the Major Arcana, and 56 of the Minor Arcana. While the Minor Arcana focuses on everyday choices and decisions that one is presented, the Major Arcana--perhaps the most important and recognizable of the Tarot deck--gives information on a person's archetype, or overall character.

These beautifully painted cards have long been rumored to hold future-telling abilities. It is my own understanding that, while this may true, the Tarot is most useful in telling a person (or creature) about the inner workings of her or himself. It can help clarify the meanings of our past, present, and future, and how we can better grasp our own realities with courage and hope moving forward.

Alas, the answers we seek are within. The Tarot simply helps us discover them.

Today, I did a three-card spread for Aldor, the brave young hero in author Casey M. Millette's Cursed: The Hunter Within.

The Major Arcana: The Wheel of Fortune

At twenty years-old, Aldor has lived more than half his life in the forest, and doing so has taken a great toll on him. He only has one friend, Prince Jon of Eldoran, and now that they've both entered manhood, Jon begins his own career and leaves Aldor behind as a mere figment of the past. Upon leaving his home in the woods, Aldor sets off on a quest to forge his own friendships and allies.

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