Be quiet, stranger. I do not wish to harm you… but if you value your life – make no sudden moves. You will not speak before I speak.
When you come to me, you must remember that with light comes shadows. Darkness follows light, and light follows darkness. Here, you will find both.
My name is Deandra, The Duchess of Dunsinane, and I will help guide you through both the light and the dark of your mind.
Please, for your own sake – maintain complete silence until I give you a sign.
The Duchess of Dunsinane will delve into the very depths of your soul to bring forth your deepest desires.
Come, sit down. Let’s reveal your destiny.
THE LOVERS INTERPRETATION
In this tarot spread the card has complementary explanation: I could forget about everything when I was with him. I was in love. That’s the only thing that mattered.
Original description of the card by the author – Arthur Edward Waite: The sun shines in the zenith, and beneath is a great winged figure with arms extended, pouring down influences. In the foreground are two human figures, male and female, unveiled before each other, as if Adam and Eve when they first occupied the paradise of the earthly body. Behind the man is the Tree of Life, bearing twelve fruits, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is behind the woman, the serpent is twining round it. The figures suggest youth, virginity, innocence and love before it is contaminated by gross material desire. This is in all simplicity the card of human love, here exhibited as part of the way, the truth and the life. It replaces, by recourse to first principles, the old card of marriage, which I have described previously, and the later follies which depicted man between vice and virtue. In a very high sense, the card is a mystery of the Covenant and Sabbath.
The suggestion in respect of the woman is that she signifies that attraction towards the sensitive life which carries within it the idea of the Fall of Man, but she is rather the working of a Secret Law of Providence than a willing and conscious temptress. It is through her imputed lapse that man shall arise ultimately, and only by her can he complete himself. The card is therefore in its way another intimation concerning the great mystery of womanhood. The old meanings fall to pieces of necessity with the old pictures, but even as interpretations of the latter, some of them were of the order of commonplace and others were false in symbolism.
5 OF WANDS INTERPRETATION
A special insight for love: The course of true love never did run smooth.
Original description of the card by the author – Arthur Edward Waite: A posse of youths, who are brandishing staves, as if in sport or strife. It is mimic warfare.
WHEEL OF FORTUNE INTERPRETATION
In relation to love and feelings, this card has additional arcanum: Fortune favors the bold. One doesn’t win glory by hiding behind the lines.
Original description of the card by the author – Arthur Edward Waite: In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Eliphas Lévi, who has furnished several variants. It is legitimate—as I have intimated—to use Egyptian symbolism when this serves our purpose, provided that no theory of origin is implied therein. I have, however, presented Typhon in his serpent form. The symbolism is, of course, not exclusively Egyptian, as the four Living Creatures of Ezekiel occupy the angles of the card, and the wheel itself follows other indications of Lévi in respect of Ezekiel’s vision, as illustrative of the particular Tarot Key. With the French occultist, and in the design itself, the symbolic picture stands for the perpetual motion of a fluidic universe and for the flux of human life. The Sphinx is the equilibrium therein. The transliteration of Taro as Rota is inscribed on the wheel, counterchanged with the letters of the Divine Name—to show that Providence is implied through all. But this is the Divine intention within, and the similar intention without is exemplified by the four Living Creatures. Sometimes the sphinx is represented couchant on a pedestal above, which defrauds the symbolism by stultifying the essential idea of stability amidst movement.
Behind the general notion expressed in the symbol there lies the denial of chance and the fatality which is implied therein. It may be added that, from the days of Lévi onward, the occult explanations of this card are—even for occultism itself—of a singularly fatuous kind. It has been said to mean principle, fecundity, virile honor, ruling authority, etc. The findings of common fortune-telling are better than this on their own plane.
The wisdom I impart comes from your sacred energies. Close your eyes, keep silent. Arrive open to the power that is bestowed upon us as we feel the cards for their divine intervention.
I will not give you the answers. I will guide you to your inner power, strengthen your intuition, and help you trust your own wisdom. We work with the power of the moon. The moon’s influence will help you to reflect on your own natural magic.
The phases of the moon will provide you with the healing powers of both darkness and light.
Be prepared as I read with a dark deck. I aim to unlock the deepest layers of your soul. I encourage you to delve deeper than your comfort level to find the depths of your desires. It is not easy to peel your own layers hence my involvement with the help of the dark and wise.
Everyone has a dark side. Embrace it and learn from it. You can’t deny your emotions, but you can learn to harness them and accept that they exist.
Though I am not a witch, I hold the wisdom of one. I have been appointed custodian of the witches’ oracles and given access to their prophetic insight. I can reveal the mystical realms to you and what is required to bring positive change into your life. The spells and magic that connect you to the elements are in my power to reveal. I draw on the power of the witches, the moon, and the mystical realm to reveal your desires.
My Dome of Discovery is near the village of Collace in Perthshire, Scotland. Dunsinane Hill has been my home all my life. It is my sanctum of solitude where I do my best work.
Duchess Deandra of Dunisnane