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The Spirit

Tags: archetypes, tarot analysis, trumps-20, spirit, trumps-6, trumps-14

Spirit is the fifth element, coming after Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.  It resides within each of us, and at its highest level is that which we call God.  At its lowest level, it takes the form of a ghost or apparition.

It often takes the form of a winged creature such as an angel.

Spirit uplifts us, makes us more than we are, and provides relief when things are at their worst.

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The Trickster

Tags: archetypes, trumps-0, trickster, tarot analysis

The trickster is an important figure in folklore.  Taking such forms as the Joker or Coyote, he embodies cleverness and wit, but also deceit and irresponsibility.  He appears to provide comic relief as a jester or clown, but also to humble us, never allowing us to become too full of ourselves.  Like a zen koan he makes us think in new ways about ourselves and our motivations. His mischief is most harmful when we take ourselves too seriously, but is neutralized when we learn to laugh at ourselves with sincere pleasure.

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