All tarot decks have their own personality and their own strengths. The Tarot of the Hidden Realm, being inspired by the world of the fae, has a flavor all its own. The artist, Julia Jeffrey, has a special gift for interacting with and capturing the wisdom of faerie in images, particularly portraits. As I wrote the text, I used shamanic journey techniques to discover many of the messages. It is our hope that you will experience the power and wisdom from the Hidden Realm as you work with these cards.
While the images are, like all art, evocative and can be interpreted intuitively, like all tarot decks there is a structure in the Hidden Realm. Understanding the underlying foundation will make interpreting and understanding the cards even easier. In addition, understanding the energy intended by the suits and the numbers will help with interpreting spreads as a whole. (See the article "Scanning A Tarot Reading" for more information on this.)
Here we will look briefly at the energy of the suits and the numbers in the Hidden Realm, then explore an example.
In addition to being familiar with elemental energy, tarot readers and (even more so) the inhabitants of the Hidden Realm are aware of the energy of numbers. All the cards except the court cards are numbered. Numbers also have their own energy. The numbers along with the suit combine together to create the essential energy of a card. While we like to use numbers for counting, ordering, and calculating, the fae also feel the numeric energy that exists in the world. Just as the elemental energies swirl around, interacting with each other, numeric energy is in the air and can be felt, like music. The broader energy of the elements is shaped by the energy of the numbers, like sounds given nuance by tempo and type of note. The number and element of each card creates its essence. The numeric energy you'll find in the Hidden Realm is similar to traditional tarot and is as follows:
Ace: the seed, a beginning, potential
For our example we will look at the 8s of each suit to compare and contrast how the different elements are expressed when combined with different numeral energy.
The energy of the eight vibrates with determination, purpose, and strength. An effect of these characteristics is a sense of the moment before movement or action that is expressed in the demeanor of the characters in the cards.
In the 8 of Wands, the energy of fire, which itself is an expression of boldness and courage creates a very taut energy. It is like a tightly wound spring. One slight touch will release power that will be difficult to stop or alter once in motion.
In the 8 of Cups, the energy of water, which for the fae is a more accurate reflection of truth than logic, is made more active by the energy of eight. The gentle, healing, and yet revealing power of water nourishes and purifies determination, purpose, and strength. It compels action that will be life changing but that will be taken with the quietness of an exhale.
In the 8 of Swords, logic galvanizes the determination, purpose, and strength of the eight. While the energy of fire vibrates in the eight, the energy of air becomes very still and very quiet. It swirls in a whirlwind, perhaps even an infinity symbol shape, becoming almost a solid, unbendable thing.
In the 8 of Pentacles, the energy of earth, solid and stable, becomes purified. Determination, purpose, and strength of the eight burns out impurities and increases the desire for perfection.
The Hidden Realm's structure is designed to highlight the wisdom of the tarot from the point of view of the fae. This wisdom can help guide us as we traverse our world and our lives. Our wish, mine and Julia's, is that in these cards the Hidden Realm is revealed along with the guidance you seek.
Barbara Moore (Northern California) has studied and read tarot since the early 1990s. She wrote the bestselling Tarot for Beginners and more than a dozen other books, and she has contributed to many bestselling tarot kits, ...