Using The Wild Unknown Tarot with Blue Sapphire
Using The Wild Unknown Tarot
with Blue Sapphire
Blue Sapphire is our crystal of the week here in the Crystal Inner Circle! So, here in the Crystal & The Tarot Community we are going to discuss where to find it in the Tarot. We’ll talk about the cards it’s connected to as well as the healing benefits this beautiful stone can offer. Today, we will be using The Wild Unknown Tarot.
Before we jump right in, let’s first discuss some brief history and uses of this rare and collectible crystal.
HISTORY OF BLUE SAPPHIRE
To the ancient and medieval world, Sapphire of heavenly blue signified the height of celestial hope and faith, and was believed to bring protection, good fortune and spiritual insight. It was a symbol of power and strength, but also of kindness and wise judgment.
According to ancient Hebrew legend, King Solomon and Abraham both wore Blue Sapphire talismans. The Tables of the Law, or Ten Commandments, that were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, were said to be made of Sapphire. The Greeks wore sapphire amulets for wisdom to the Delphi sanctuary on Mount Parnassus. This was the home of the Oracle at Apollo’s Shrine.
Sapphires in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity
Buddhists believed it brought devotion and spiritual enlightenment. David Rankine, esoteric author and folklore researcher, wrote, “In Buddhism Sapphire is known as the ‘stone of stones’ and is said to promote devotion, tranquility, happiness, serenity, and spiritual enlightenment.”
Hindus considered Sapphire as one of the “great gems” used in offerings in the temples for worship and to align astrological influences. According to ancient Indian texts, sapphires were grouped into four ‘varnas’ or classes. Hindus were only allowed to wear sapphires with the color designated for their caste. The highest caste, the Brahmins, which constituted those in the priesthood, wore sapphire stones of whitish blue. The Kshatriyas’, who constituted the ruling and military elite, worn one of a reddish blue. The Vaishyas’, the caste of landowners, traders and moneylenders, was yellowish blue. The Sudras’, which constituted the hereditary laboring class serving others, wore sapphires of a dark or blackish blue.
In Christianity, it was used in ecclesiastical rings, and was cherished by kings and nobility for its powers of protection and insight. References to sapphires are made twelve times in the Bible. They are mentioned in Exodus and Ezekiel as” representing the Lord’s Divine Nature and His Holy Character.” The sapphire was also believed to be one of the stones in the second row of the Breastplate of the High Priest, Aaron. It is hard to tell in all of these references, however, if it is Lapis Lazuli or the true Blue Sapphire.
As a talisman, Sapphire was thought to preserve chastity, discover fraud and treachery, protect its wearer from poison, plague, fever and skin diseases, and had great power in resisting black magic and ill-wishing. It healed ailments of the eyes, increased concentration, and would lose luster if worn by an intemperate or impious person.
- assists in healing all parts of the body
- soothes insomnia
- Used externally or as an elixir, Sapphire water is considered a good purifier and should be used as the seasons change
- curative for eye infections and improving eyesight
- used to relieve headaches and fever,
- helps with nosebleeds, and
- assists in issues of the ears, including hearing, infection, inner-ear imbalances and vertigo
- beneficial to the thyroid and swollen glands
- treats problems related to speech and communication
- considered helpful to the nervous system
- treats blood disorders
- helps with dementia and degenerative diseases
- exceptional for calming and focusing the mind
- releases mental tension and unwanted thoughts
- Stone of Wisdom-a royal stone of learning, mental acuity and psychic activation
- a seeker after spiritual truth
- use for assistance in matters of self discipline- routine daily tasks or actions requiring extreme focus
- symbol of integrity
- highly effective for the speedy and positive resolution of legal matters and issues concerning justice
- effective for channeling healing powers from an angelic or higher source into the healer- popular with Reiki healers
- stone of love, commitment and fidelity
- symbol of wise and honest leadership- especially in lighter shades
- an ideal tool for anyone needing assistance in grounding their ideas into reality and who requires extra energy to bring things through to completion
- frees us from our “inner prisons” and psychic suffering that can cause us to shut down emotionally
- an effective aid in treatments for neuroses or psychosis
- releases depression and lightens the mood
- restores balance within the body
- excellent healing crystals for those with an inferiority complex, are afraid of socializing or speaking out, or who have been told they were useless
- lend support in following a childhood dream or ambition that seems almost impossible
- provides awareness of higher principles in archeologists and historians
- stimulates the mind and wisdom in executives, ministers and writers
- increases discernment and good judgment in journalists and lawyers
BLUE SAPPHIRE IN THE TAROT
As you may know, certain Angels are connected to each tarot card. Here, we look at the Angels that prefer Blue Sapphire and their connected tarot card.
If you are looking to connect to one of the below cards (or the Angel associated with it), placing a Blue Sapphire on top of it and then meditating, or using it during a reading, can be very beneficial.
Also, based on the Blue Sapphire’s metaphysical qualities, I have chosen several more cards that would pair nicely with it.
Protection, Stability, The Father
The Angel, Sharahiel, is the Master of the 4th Tarot Card, “The Emperor.”
“The Emperor is the father. He’s the tarot’s perfect counterpart to the Empress. He represents the side of you that’s protective, decisive, and truly stable. He brings clarity of mind, and this in turn leads to actions or decisions. Sometimes this card is literal and points to a paternal relationship in your life. At other times, it suggests reconnecting with the part of you that stands strong and tall and knows just what to do. With help from the sun, the Emperor can see for miles and miles.”
In the Wild Unknown Tarot deck, the Empress and the Emperor are represented by trees. Unlike the deciduous Empress, the Emperor is an evergreen. Whatever rough weather, whatever time of year, the evergreen tree remains solid. The Empress will grow new leaves, blossoms, fruit, and go through cycles. The Emperor will remain consistent.
There is a black sun in the background, radiating gentle orange and yellow, the only color in the card. The colors are a throwback to the Magician – but instead of emanating widely, this sun is a concentrated ball of energy. The Magician’s energy is expansive and creative; The Emperor’s energy is firmly rooted, sensible and logical.
While the Empress was surrounded by the night sky, the Emperor’s domain is the clear light of day. He is a commandeering figure who dominates the landscape and can see all that is around him. He offers shelter and protection from the stark surroundings.
The Emperor forms a natural pair with the Empress. The Emperor shows us the power of structure and consistency. He is a masculine (yang) balance to the feminine (yin) energy of the Empress. He may come across as harsh, and she may come across as soft. They work together to show us ‘the middle way.’
The Emperor reflects rules and regulations. He establishes law and order by applying principles or guidelines to a specific situation. He likes to operate within a defined structure with set boundaries. He respects routine and follows a specific regimen or discipline.
Domination of the mind over the heart is sometimes unwanted or best avoided but with the Emperor, it is necessary and even welcomed. If you are facing difficult choices, you must maintain your concentration and focus. Enjoy the assertiveness and confidence that this self-control and focus brings. Push ahead and do what you know is best. Know that if you can master yourself then you should have little problem mastering the world and everything in it.
Mentor, Seeking Knowledge
The Angel, Asmodel, is the Master of the 5th Tarot Card, “The Hierophant.”
“In its simplest form, the Hierophant represents a mentor or teacher. This card signifies a hunger for knowledge, whether it is in the practical or the spiritual realm. You’ve come as far as you can on your own, now it’s the time to deepen your practice. Don’t hesitate- join a class, go to a workshop, don’t be afraid of new experiences. A new ceremony or ritual may prove to be both comforting and rewarding. Open your heart, and your teacher will soon appear.”
This Hierophant is a crow, or perhaps a raven, perched upon a key. His beak is open as if he is preaching to us. He seems to have a lot to say! His wings and feathers are ruffled, giving him an air of restlessness. He is unable to relax until he has delivered answers and implemented systems.
The key symbolizes the systems, structures and answers that the Hierophant values so highly. He believes he has THE key – the one thing that will unlock what we all need. But will this key really unlock the universal answers? The Hierophant seems to be convinced that it will. He may not have considered the possibility that we each have our own individual ‘keys’ to our own truth.
A jagged stream of red and yellow descends from the sky, culminating at a point as it enters the key. These are the colors of vitality and knowledge. This symbolizes the power bestowed upon the key. It is charged with energy from a higher plane. The Hierophant wants to teach us things, and he has faith that his teachings are infused with ultimate knowledge.
The background of the card is filled with vertical, evenly spaced lines. This stands out as a contrast to the horizontal lines we saw in the Fool, and the spiraling lines of the Magician. The vertical lines convey a heavier energy, there is a sense of rigidity and weight. This is a card of structure, tradition and order.
In Tarot readings, the Hierophant card often stands for institutions and their values. The Hierophant is a symbol of the need to conform to rules or fixed situations. His appearance can show that you are dealing with a force that is not innovative, free-spirited or individual but is instead fixated on the ‘way we have always done things around here’. Groups can be enriching or stifling depending on circumstances. Sometimes we need to follow a program or embrace tradition, while at other times we need to trust ourselves.
The Hierophant Tarot card indicates that you may feel compelled to join some sort of group or institution. It may be as significant as joining a new church or religious group, or as simple as joining a gym. This Tarot card is about identifying with a group and a way of thinking that will have benefit for you and will prompt further learning.
In his focus on sharing knowledge through an institution, the Hierophant represents education and the pursuit of knowledge. This Tarot card can indicate a period of increased studying and learning, through formal mechanisms. You seek to understand a field of study that has been widely explored and documented, and so you may go to a well-known or established teacher to find out more.
The Hierophant may also appear in your life as a psychotherapist, a wise counsellor, a priest, or a spiritual mentor to whom you will turn for wisdom and knowledge. He may be an authority or a kind and generous mentor who nurtures a spiritual awareness. You will learn new skills from this helpful teacher as he has the wisdom to provide good counsel and advice.
THE HIGH PRIESTESS
Mystery, Psychic Wisdom
“The High Priestess sits in stillness. From there, she’s able to access realms others pass by without noticing, the vast world of intuition, dreams, and mystery. She uses silence and non-action to harness this power. Sometimes this card appears to remind you to listen more closely to the voice within. Other times, it’s a sign to look past the obvious, to find what’s being kept secret or hidden within a given situation. Acknowledge the shadows.”
The Wild Unknown High Priestess tarot card shows a tiger. She sits under a black sky and a crescent moon – the first of many crescent moons we will see in this deck. Before her chest sits an sphere colored with blue and purple. This provides the only splash of color in the otherwise black and white card.
Her expression seems both serene and alert as she gazes to the left of the card. The Magician looked to the right. In one symbolic interpretation, the ‘right’ direction represents light and objectivity. The ‘left’ direction of the High Priestess, in this interpretation, represents dark and subjectivity. This interpretation seems even more apt when you consider that the Magician was surrounded by glowing, sun-like rays, while the High Priestess is enveloped in a dark sky.
The sphere contains swirling blues & purples, colors that represent spiritual receptivity & intuition. This brings to mind the ethereal energy of dreams, mysteries, and spiritual knowledge. Instead of the energy emanating from without and being channeled, as in the Magician, the energy is channeled inward and concentrated in this sphere.
The High Priestess does not try to ‘pin down’ the sphere. Rather, her paws are spread out around it, suggesting complete confidence in her inner knowing. Notice again the contrast with the Magician, who rested his paws on the pentacle. He also stood upright on his haunches, with his neck turned. She is laying down with a relaxed posture.
This shows that the High Priestess knows how to be immersed in dreams, visions and the world of the psyche without letting them overcome her – but also without her needing to overcome them. While the Magician’s ultimate ideal is “doing,” we see here the ultimate ideal of the High Priestess is “being.”
The High Priestess Tarot card represents a link to the subconscious mind, which cannot be accessed through the everyday world but only through dreams and symbols. When this Tarot card appears in a Tarot reading, pay attention to your dreams and intuition. Look for areas in your life that may be out of balance or that require greater foresight and wisdom. Knowledge of how to fix it will not come through logic or intellect but through your intuition so put aside a time when you can meditate and listen to your own inner voice. Your intuitive sense right now is providing you with useful and helpful information and is assisting you to become more in touch with your subconscious mind.
For a male especially, the High Priestess Tarot card indicates that he must learn of his ‘anima’ or female side, or he will fail to grow. For a woman, the High Priestess suggests that she must learn to trust herself and to be truly feminine, rather than succumbing to the pressures of having to act more like her male counterparts.
Union, Desire, Joy
“The Canadian Geese are mates for life, traveling partners within an expansive sky. The Lovers card is a welcome sight in any reading, a sit suggests a beautiful and strong relationship on the horizon. Yes, you’ll experience all the thrills of desire and romance, but meanwhile you’ll be building a solid foundation together. The Lovers honor and respect each other,and with that they can go anywhere. If you’re already in a relationship, it’s time to be grateful and nourish this rare and precious gem.”
In The Lovers card we’re greeted by a pair of geese, flying in unison. There is harmony in their parallel wingspans, their parallel necks, and the parallel black and white of their markings. Everything is exactly how it should be.
The geese are effortless in their soaring – they aren’t flapping their wings frantically, they’re simply letting the wind carry them. This gives the card a sense of flow, ease, grace. The Lovers here trust that they naturally live in line with their values.
In many depictions of the Lovers, the two face each other. However, in the Wild Unknown, the geese both face forward. I love the symbolism here. They are on a journey together, no doubt. But at the same time, each also travels their individual path. In the Lovers, we have radiating lines, giving the card an expansive energy.
The Lovers represent perfection, harmony and mutual attractiveness. Their trust in one another gives them strength and confidence to overcome the obstacles in life. The bond that the two lovers has created is incredibly strong and is often reflective of a marriage, soul mate connection or very intimate and close relationship.
On a more personal level, the Lovers card represents the establishment of a personal belief system and becoming clearer about your own values. This is a time when you are figuring out what you stand for and what your personal philosophy on life is. Having gone through the indoctrination of the Hierophant, you are now ready to establish your own belief system and make up your own mind about what is and what is not important in life. This is also a time when you need to stay true to yourself and be as authentic and genuine as possible.
Nicole Farmer, community coordinator of the Crystal and the Tarot Community in the Crystal Inner Circle.