The final element, Earth, also shows characteristic similarities in the lessons offered by both Astrology and Tarot.
The Earth Signs in Astrology, Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, challenge us to understand the material world in all the ways possible so that we can use this world as a template to enhance our lives and achieve our fullest potential.
In the same way, the Suit of Pentacles in the Tarot echoes this sentiment. From the Ace of Pentacles to the King and Queen of Pentacles, the lessons are hard and unforgiving, but beneficial and rewarding in the long run. Values and virtues such as diligence, persistence, determination, focus, concentration, and self-reliance are absolute qualities to have in order to succeed in the material realm.
These same lessons have long been articulated by Astrology. Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn all encourage us to work on our weaknesses, harness our strengths, focus our talents, and diligently work on our goals if we are to succeed in the long run.
Once more, Astrology and Tarot are on the same wavelength in their advocacy to teach mankind the rudiments of long-term success. Such advocacies can only benefit a human in the long run, whether financially, professionally or socially. These same lessons are also the same postulates long held by psychology, management, and the social sciences as the paths to success and self-fulfillment.
Astrology and Tarot, as esoteric systems, both unfold Order from within Chaos. But they do so in slightly different ways. Astrology is a linear system of absolute logical consistency. It has an alphabet, a grammar to understand the ways of combining these different alphabet forms and a system of prediction to understand how the alphabet influences the dynamics of individuals as they unfold their lives through space and time.
The alphabet of Astrology is, of course, the twelve (12) basic zodiac signs: Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. These are twelve possibilities which can be combined in infinite ways to present more possibilities in space and time. The permutations of the zodiac signs in Astrology are truly immense.
The twelve zodiac signs are simply templates of a very basic kind. Enter the planets, and the aspects between the planets, and the narratives and plotlines that can ensue from the combinations of these planets in the various signs, with the aspects between them, are truly staggering. A natal chart is a unique representat6ion of reality, individuality and potential all merging together in one moment in time.
On the other hand, the Tarot is also an esoteric system of vast proportions. It is a cathedral with an almost infinite number of mansions.
The Major Arcana of the Tarot alone is a system with 22 archetypes, beginning from the Fool archetype and culminating in the World Dancer archetype. Add to this the Minor Arcana of the Tarot with is 56 symbols of self-transformation and we have a living nonlinear system with an almost infinite number of permutations.
The tarot reading environment, which is actually a contemplative and counseling environment, is an intersection of Art, Symbology, Philosophy, Metaphysics, Hermeneutics, Quantum Physics, and Linguistics with a dash of Music. The moment is charged with awesome potential, whereby the Tarot counselor and the client unfold timeless lessons from the mysteries of the Cosmos.
In conclusion, Astrology and Tarot are both extremely powerful esoteric systems for self-understanding and self-realization. Astrology is sequential, logical and mathematical. Yet within its boundaries of sequential thought lie uncharted areas on Nonlinearity whereby the art of the astrologer can derive valuable lessons for a client.
On the other hand, the Tarot is nonlinear, existential and symbolic, but within its manifold chambers, we can find areas of structure, logic, and reason. As esoteric systems, both Astrology and Tarot continue to present Humanity with alternative ways of understanding itself. They are doors to the Wisdom of the ages, the legacy of thousands of years of Seeking and Pathfinding.