Meaning in Tarot
Arch meaning in the Tarot is always speaking to us about openings, beginning and stepping through certain perspectives to see what's on the other side.
Arch meaning also deals with initiation and ceremonies of renewal in many cultures. Walking through an archway represents the sloughing off of the old and moving into a new phase of life.
Aches are also symbolic of the expansiveness of sky. Indeed, arches were symbolic of Greco-Roman sky gods Zeus and Jupiter.
Arches also talk to us about opportunity. I'm wild over doors, windows, arches because they symbolize a universal law, which is "There is always another way."
I also love how most archways in the Tarot are fitted with pillars, which convey a sense of duality.
This feeling of duality really plays nicely with the arch meaning because often we're faced with some kind of contrast that prompts us to shift (move through the arch) our views.
Consider every subject as a two-sided coin: A light/positive or a dark/negative. These pillars symbolize the fact that everything in our existence is holds both "yes" and "no" energy.
The arch meaning, then, represents our point of decision. The arch is place where we have reached our epiphany and we've internally confirmed our plan of action after weighing the balance of choices available to us.
The arch meaning also deals with protection. From a structural perspective, archways allow motion while serving as a foundation to buildings. This is a metaphor in the Tarot. In this light, archways encourage forward motion.
Arches are a lasting symbol that says "Move forward and your world will not crumble - only expand. Protection is here."
At least, that's what archways speak to me.
Take some time to consider what arches are saying to you as you walk through them in your Tarot readings.
Maybe you can ask yourself these questions as a means for more clarity about archways in your readings:
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