Tarot Time Frame Reference System (c) Cheryl Lynne Bradley 1993-2009


Tarot Time Frame Reference System
Cheryl Lynne Bradley 1993-2009


Time frame is a concern rarely addressed by Tarot books or readers. This is a very simple and, a someone I once knew said, elegant Time Frame Reference System that I have developed over the course of my professional career. I have found it to be accurate to within 3 days either way. You will need a calendar which shows the stages of the moon to utilize this system effectively. If the card is upright is represents the coming date, if reversed the previous one. As a further note of interest and time frame reference, I have also found that a Celtic Cross reading will actualize itself in approximately 3 1/2 weeks.

This system uses the Major Arcana without Key 0 The Fool (the leap of faith) and Key 21 The World (dancing the dance of life at the centre of the universe) as I feel they are not fixed in time or space. I have also included the 12 Zodiac signs and applicable planets, governing Angel and Day of the Week for each specified Major Arcana and a very, very brief definition. This is also helpful when dealing with planetary aspects, retrogrades and movements. Reversals can be highly indicative of retrograde, eclipse or void of course activity.

Key 1 The Magician


(ability to manifest desire into reality)
January 1, New Moon
Planet: Mercury
Angel: Raphael
Day of the Week: Sunday

Key 2 The High Priestess


(ability to know without knowing),
February 2, Crescent Moon
Planet: The Moon
Angel: Gabriel
Day of the Week: Monday

Key 3 The Empress


(fertility, Mother)
March 3, Full Moon
Planet: Venus
Angel: Haniel (ambition)
Day of the Week: Friday

Key 4 The Emperor


(he controls the interaction in the relationship, Father)
April 4, Quarter Moon
Planet: Jupiter
Angel: Tzadiqel (past lives)
Day of the Week: Thursday

Key 5 The Hierophant


(all or nothing, wait and see),
May 5, December 21,
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Planet: Venus
Angel: Haniel (ambition)
Day of the Week: Friday

Key 6 The Lovers


(a choice),
June 6, June 21,
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Planet: Mercury
Angel: Raphael
Day of the Week: Sunday

Key 7 The Chariot


(success),
July 7, September 21, December 7,
Astrological Sign: Sagitarrius (my way)
Planet: Jupiter
Angel: Tzadiqel (past lives)
Day of the Week: Thursday

Key 8 Strength


(the problem is not with you),
August 8,
Astrological Sign: Leo
Planet: The Sun
Angel: Michael
Day of the Week: Wednesday

Key 9 The Hermit


(truth),
September 9, a matter of days,
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Planet: Mercury
Angel: Raphael
Day of the Week: Sunday

Key 10 The Wheel of Fortune


(you just won't believe it),
within the year
Planets: Venus, The Sun, Pluto (Mars) and Uranus (Saturn)
Angels: Khamael (invisibility), Michael, Haniel (ambition)
Days of the Week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Key 11 Justice


(what should be, will be),
October 11,
Astrological Sign: Libra
Planet: Venus
Angel: Haniel (ambition)
Day of the Week: Friday

Key 12 The Hanged Man


(you have to let go of something to have what you want),
24 hours, December 12
Planet: The Sun
Angel: Michael
Day of the Week: Wednesday

Key 13 Death


(change comes in three ways: a crisis, a choice or a chance),
November 13, Easter, 3 days for a Resurrection,
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Planet: Pluto (Mars)
Angel: Khamael (invisibility)
Day of the Week: Tuesday

Key 14 Temperance


(wise patience),
July 14,
Astrological Sign: Cancer (my way)
Planet: The Moon
Angel: Gabriel
Day of the Week: Monday

Key 15 The Devil


(testing in the relationship area),
January 15,
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Planet: Saturn
Angel: Tzaphiqiel (defender)
Day of the Week: Saturday

Key 16 The Tower


(sudden unexpected change, good or bad),
June 16
Planet: Mars
Angel: Khamael (invisibility)
Day of the Week: Tuesday

Key 17 The Star


(faith rewarded),
February 17,
Astrological Sign: Aquarius
Planet: Uranus (Saturn)
Angel: Tzaphiqiel (defender)
Day of the Week: Saturday

Key 18 The Moon


(latent psychic ability, sleep on it),
March 18, March 21, one month, next menses,
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Planet: Neptune
Angel: Gabriel
Day of the Week: Monday

Key 19 The Sun


(a joyous union),
April 19,
Astrological Sign: Aries
Planet: Mars
Angel: Khamael (invisibility)
Day of the Week: Tuesday

Key 20 Judgement


(everything has been said and done, the news is good),
November 20
Planet: Pluto (Mars)
Angel: Khamael (invisibility)
Day of the Week: Tuesday

The Minor Cards (1-10) of the individual suits can also be used to represent time according to their numbered value, i.e. Ace is one unit. The Cups represent the days, the Coins measure the weeks, the Wands indicate the months and the Swords measure the time in years. Again, if upright they are looking to the future and if reversed they are looking towards the past. A more detailed system for the minors will be forthcoming.

For the purpose of instruction and the enhancement of Astrological understanding, in particular if Court Cards present in your reading, it is worth noting the following information: The twelve signs of the Zodiac are divided into four groups. Each three sign group is called a triplicity. They are grouped by their element - Earth (Coins), Air (Swords), Fire (Wands) or Water (Cups). Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are Fire signs. Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are Earth signs. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are Air signs. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are Water signs.

The twelve signs of the Zodiac are also divided into three groups. Each of these groups is called a quadruplicity. Each of the quadruplicities indicate a quality of the sign. The three qualities are Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable. These qualities denote the sign's interaction with the outside world. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn are Cardinal signs. They are outgoing, creative and entreprising. Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius are Fixed signs. They are resistant to change and perfectionists. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces are Mutable signs. They are flexible and adaptable to change.

If you have taken some dramatic action to try and force the outcome of a reading, i.e. "Well the cards said he/she was going to call next week and it was going to be okay so I'll just go ahead and call him/her tonight or maybe I'll just go over there and see what's happening.", you will change the outcome of the reading and learn a hard lesson about impatience. We always have the power to change our future in either a positive or a negative way. Our thoughts, words and deeds in relation to information gleaned from a reading can change the probable direction shown in a reading and, therefore, any time frame which may have been indicated. Our futures are not carved in stone or tattooed on our foreheads.

Have some fun with this and see how it works for you.

Time Frame Reference for Minor Arcana

This page was updated 03-04-2009


 



This page was created January 7, 2004 and updated on September 14, 2006.