In the image a bolt of lightning strikes a thinking person, the strike acts like an x-ray machine so we can see the skull of the thinker. This represents bringing what is inside, out into the light of manifestation. The eyes glow with aspiration and expanded understanding.
INTERPRETATION: You have just had or will have shortly an idea or inspired thought. You must utilise this as soon as you can, you will not have time to hesitate. Strike out as soon as you feel the inspiration, act on impulse, do not allow it to become a memory of what might have been. “Carpe Diem”!
“'Carpe diem' is usually translated from the Latin as 'seize the day'. However, the more pedantic of Latin scholars may very well seize you by the throat if you suggest that translation.
'Carpe' translates literally as 'pluck', with particular reference to the picking of fruit, so a more accurate rendition is 'enjoy the day, pluck the day when it is ripe'. The extended version of the phrase 'carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero' translates as 'Pluck the day, trusting as little as possible in the future'.
The meaning is similar to that of many proverbs that we continue to use in English and is a warning to make the most of the time we have, with the implication that our time on Earth is short. Other such proverbs are 'Strike while the iron is hot', 'The early bird catches the worm', 'Gather ye rosebuds while ye may', and so on.
The original source for the Latin phrase is the lyric poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC – 8 BC), more widely known as Horace. The term is first found in Odes Book I: Dum loquimur, fugerit invida
Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
Which translates as:
While we're talking, envious time is fleeing: pluck the day, put no trust in the future
Many authors have quoted the Latin original, but it was Lord Byron's use of the phrase that first began to integrate it into English. He included it in his 1817 work 'Letters', which was published in 1830 by Thomas Moore:
"I never anticipate, - carpe diem - the past at least is one's own, which is one reason for making sure of the present."
The noble George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron, is better known as a womaniser than as a Latin scholar, but he was well versed in the language and was a Horace aficionado. He was taught Latin as a child by the son of his bootmaker and went on to write his version of Horace's Ars Poetica(The Art of Poetry), as 'Hints from Horace', in 1811.
All aces in all of the suits indicate an opportunity presenting itself to you and it is up to you to do something with it. If you don’t want that kind of opportunity, do nothing and nothing will happen, but if you need a change then act upon the opportunity and you should be pleased with the outcome
· In Ace of earth “Birth” an opportunity to bring about a new life is around you, normally coming in the forms of a new outlet for earning income, a new job, a new home, a new baby, etc.
· In Ace of fire “Inspiration” an opportunity to bring about a new idea or an inspiration that can cause you to have a break through, an eureka moment changing your upcoming actions. If you are an artist or work in a creative field Ace of fire will bring a different and valuable mindset to complete and compliment your projects
· In Ace of water “Abundance” an emotional opportunity comes along, generally in the form of a new love or friendship. It can also involve some longed for revolution in an artistic or craft endeavour.
· In Ace of air “Revelation” an opportunity arises through communications, thinking, learning, research and development. For one who studies or teaches, this tarot would indicate the opportunity to learn a related subject or earn a grant for research you are working on, and so on.
What has presented itself to you is only a possibility at the moment, it is up to you to transform it into a concrete reality. Do not hesitate, if you do, you will lose the opportunity.
You will feel passionate and have much energy when working to bring the inspiration to life. It may feel compulsive [and this will power your need to complete your tasks], you will be focused once you decide to act on this new idea. This image represents a time when your imagination and creativity is quite powerful, and can be helpful when you try to bring your ideas into a concrete form.
You will be given opportunities to improve something in your life and if you take the opportunities that arise, you will expand your confidence and your self-esteem. Also you will be inspirational and a cheer-leader for others. This in turn will cause you to bring others to you and your creative energies will build with each of these encounters. If you like being with other creative types, drawing this tarot will expand your popularity and influence with others.
All aces represent opportunities coming to you, but you will have to take them up or they will disappear. You do not have to do anything and leave it alone if this is not something you are interested in and no harm will come to you in any way. If, however, you are interested in having a creative life, embrace this image with both arms.
Not only will you have good new ideas or inspirations, but also enough focus and concentration to see through a project you decide to make from your eureka moment. You may find you have much more energy than you have had, and the more you work on your projects the more it energises you.
This card has a masculine/positive influence and thus you will have to do something with it, you cannot sit on what comes to you or it will be of no values in the long run. Get a little pad of paper to carry with you [or a smart phone or suchlike] so as ideas come to you, you will have something to record them with so you can use them later.
If you are male, you are particularly potent right now, so if you want no children, take precautions. Regardless of your gender, it will probably be a quite sexy period for you.
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Gabrielle Elliot, ©2011