6 - Clouds
Astrological Symbol Significance
Jupiter in Pisces.
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries boldly and adventurously takes action
to head where it wants to go. The fiery sky is symbolic of the energy of
this fire sign. The ram symbol represents the willingness to butt heads with
what this card comes up against. The ram is not one to back down in a
A traditional name for this card is Alexander II (or III depending upon the
source) of Macedonia, who was also known as Alexander the Great. He is
remembered for his military genius and his conquest of many lands and brings
to mind the energy of Aries.
Playing Card Symbol Interpretation
King of Clubs
As befitting Alexander the Great, we have the leadership of a king. The
King of Clubs is known to be a reliable friend, but independent.
Artists Personal Symbol
Two clouds, equal in size, one is black and the other is white. The black
cloud appears dominant because it covers nearly half of the white cloud.
The two clouds together symbolize movement and change. Depending upon which
way the wind blows and the atmospheric conditions that are present, clouds
can either form and become darker, or dissipate and become lighter. The
darker the cloud, the more it obscures the view of what is just on the other
side of it. The darker cloud is to the right in the symbol to match the
position of the darker clouds on card image.
This is the evening western sky at sunset. The mountains are behind the
viewer leaving a large open expanse visible to the west. The far horizon is
mostly cloud-free but the near sky has many clouds. During sunset, there is
a short period of time where the angle of the setting sun hits the
underbelly of the clouds and lights the sky with a fiery orange glow. It
highlights contours in the clouds that would not otherwise be noticed due to
the minimal color contrast within the cloud.
Clouds are formed when water droplets aggregate in the atmosphere. As the
droplet density increases, the clouds darken and block light from passing
through them. This causes shadows on the ground below the cloud. This
darkening often is a precursor to the storms that clouds can produce.
In a single card reading, this card can indicate that facts pertaining to
the issue are hidden from view or may become hidden from view. The facts
are clearly present as evidenced by the sun lighting the sky but the sun
will soon be beyond the horizon leaving the situation under the cover of
darkness. But do not despair, although it may take time as Aries is
stubborn, the storm clouds will eventually burst and wash clean that which
was hidden, or they will blow away in the wind. In either case, that which
was hidden will again become visible. Notice in the card that there are a
few small patches of blue sky visible representing hope as the darkness will
not last forever.
In a multi-card reading, cards either above or to the right of Clouds will
signify elements which are being cast into the shadow of the clouds. These
elements may have an air of mystery or secrecy attached to them. They could
represent something which might pop out unexpectedly from behind the clouds.
Conversely, those cards to the right or below Clouds are elements that are
coming into view.
If there are cards on both sides of Clouds (above and below, or to the right
and to the left), the card to the left or below will be the element which
helps shed light or uncover that which is mysterious on the card to the
right or above. In this configuration, Clouds is a bridge to link the two
cards on either side of it.
Enlightenment, clarity, shadowy, obscured, movement, change.
Digital camera photograph from the artist's personal
collection. This photograph was created while standing on the balcony of her
home in northern Idaho, USA. Copyright zannamarie ~ May 2006.
The photograph was cropped and compressed to fit the card dimensions using
Microsoft Picture It! Express 7.0. Symbols and the borders were created and
added also using Picture It! Express.
zannamarie resides in northern Idaho, far enough from the coast
that the winter storms are snow and not rain. She loves traveling to
photograph the colorful beauty of nature's artwork, and then sharing that
art with others. She also enjoys unusual oracles and has been known to toss
animal crackers for divination and then subsequently consume them.
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