“Thunder roar and lightning crack
Snakes of fire dance up and down my back
A long, long road is behind me now
Too late to be afraid of the
choice that I have made
But there's one thing I know
Where my spirit says to go,
you know that's where I must go
When the golden ray
Of the dawn signifies a new day
The adolescent of fire is preparing to encounter her first life alteration; she waits, breathless at the entrance. Her hair is adorned with sunflowers and a veil and is dressed all in white; she carries two lit candles to the boundary before initiation.
All of the adolescents should be considered as being in the state of being a terrible teen. They are grown up in some ways and still innocent of experience in the world.
The adolescent of earth, “the RUNAWAY” is changing every moment and this means that he can never catch his breath. He doesn’t like the state he is in and thinks that to runaway is his only option. He may appear to trust you but when your back is turn he runs away again.
The adolescent of fire, “the INITIATE” has prepared herself to go into the next part of her life. Her elders have told her what to expect but not how to feel about it. Only when she finally experiences her initiation will she finally know. She trusts only her experiences.
The adolescent of water, “the PIRATE” is quite self-indulgent, the whole world revolves around him and he thinks nothing of taking what he wants. This narrow view of the world leads him into doing some petty crimes so to get what he wants. He is not to be trusted as he will have a convincing act.
The adolescent of air, “the JAILER” feels out of control mentally, constantly worrying about everything. Since she cannot control her own mind to concentrate, she tries to entrap others to try and control what others think. She will lie to get people to do what she wants them to and if you can catch her with her true face on you will see how truly manipulative she is. She will try to gain your trust, but tell her as little as possible.
While adulthood beckons, the adolescent yearns to be over that threshold [to be old enough to do the things that are forbidden to her now] and may not be able to understand what giving up her childhood really means, only to fully comprehend it once over the threshold into young adulthood. This is why many young adults cherish their childhood films, heroes and toys. Walk down the hall at a university dorm and you will notice how many images that decorate those rooms that are in fact the icons from the students’ childhoods.
This tarot embraces the anticipatory energies around the moments of chosen or inevitable initiation---whether it is from a first kiss or joining a club or from a first deepening crack of the voice, this is all about the the exciting but somewhat fearful moments of waiting for it to begin.
Also realise that initiations do not change the adolescent all at once, rather gradually, so there really is no magic number or future time that will mean that the initiate has developed into a full-fledged member of the group. It will happen naturally, but not immediately at the point of initiation.
The initiate yearns for experiential knowledge. She does not yet realise there are many more levels to mastery than she had anticipated. Her innocent musings will turn out to be something other than she’d imagined.
When you meet the Adolescent of Fire, you will notice her tendency to wear many unusual accessories that may remind you of many diverse religious traditions. She is polite, especially to her elders. She acts before she thinks because her excitement and inspiration tends to overshadow her reasoning processes. The initiate may be in the process of looking for a mentor or guru and she has yet to realise she possesses all the guidance she requires within.
When you encounter this tarot, the Initiate could represent you or someone in your life or that your life will be going through an initiation of sorts shortly. This card is fleetingly creative so you may start some new projects, but may not complete them all. It reminds you to play and to enjoy this experience.
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Gabrielle Elliot, 2011