Tarot Blog Hop 29: What’s in a Name Part 1

Welcome to the Tarot Blog Hop for Lammas or Lughnasadh. I find names very interesting, in the sense of Numerology, changing a name alters its vibration. Through making a change to your business name or even your own name, the ripples of such an action can reap rewards or sow seeds of challenge. In looking up Lammas and finding that it is also known as Lughnasadh, got me thinking about Tarot…





… Within the realms of Numerology, when a name is changed it alters the vibration, so a name that resonated at the vibration of 2, suddenly resonates at 9 because letters are either added or indeed dropped. It got me wondering about Tarot, in the sense of Card Names, does a change of name alter the vibration of a card and its meaning, what could that mean for a client, who comes in and asks will changing my name make a difference? etc. I decided to work with contrasting decks, one that has the traditional meanings and one that has the meanings changed in some way.



The two decks that I am going to work with are… The Cathar Tarot by John Matthews and Wil Kinghan, and The Original Rider Waite Tarot Deck, Concieve by A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith (Card Designer).



My intention for this entry into the TBH is, to discuss this idea of vibration changes within the names of cards, particularly from the decks mentioned above. Starting with a compare and contrast between two cards, I will randomly select one of the Major and Minor cards from The Rider Waite and find the alternative in the Cathar. In the second half of the post, I will utilise both decks, posing them a question and compare/contrast the answer from each deck over three cards, again randomly selected.



So let’s get started… Quite a few very unusual and yet potent experiences occurred in terms of symmetry, numerology and the nature of things. In the ways of symmetry as you will see on page 2 of this entry the Star card is mirrored, which in itself is very potent with regards to the question. To get the picture uploaded I needed to resize, one of the first sizes for Cathar was 1250 x 666, so it caught my attention in respect to Numerology… Now let’s look at the first part of the post, the comparison in terms of names and vibration of the cards…


The cards I selected were The Hermit (IX) and The King of Pentacles, in the Cathar Tarot, these cards are reflected as The Grail Knight (IX) and The Lord of Wisdom. My first instinct without fact checking was to associate the Lord of Wisdom with Wands, which in themselves can be called Staves. The vibration for me, is completely different from the Cathar, compared to Rider; the sense from Rider is older than Cathar, even though Cathar is based on Medieval artwork and the Middle Ages generally.



This in itself does suggest something of an older more ancient vibration, which from my research into the Tarot, from books such as The Tarot, by Richard Cavendish (1988, first published 1975), Tarot Cards for Fun and Fortune Telling, by S.R Kaplan (2005, first published 1978) would seem to correlate. As the Rider Waite deck has ancient links to Divination and also Wicca/Pagan as well from what I can piece together. However, the changes to the name and the vibration also make sense, as during the middle ages it wasn’t the best time to be any form of soothe sayer, oracle or different in anyway, least ye loose a limb or life.



Even the depictions within the cards change the vibration as well. The potency of Cathar is there, it just feels sticky when trying to work with it in any form other than a quick glance. It is a slipper energy and vibe as if these cards are attempting to be two things at the same time. Trying to sense anything other than surface information is tricky as below that is the murky underbelly of history and the nasty stuff that occurred during this age of man. I sometime wonder if the Tarot of olde world, was a way of keeping a record or history of traditions, terror and ageless wonder that clerics, and megalomania would have otherwise destroyed…