Understanding The Tarot Symbolism of Pillars, Arches, Walls, Bridges and Castles
In recent years, information about and interpretations of the Tarot has transformed in interesting ways. The Tarot is most commonly known for its use in fortune telling, but there is also Tarot symbolism, which Carl Jung explored in Man and His Symbols. The archetypes in the cards are also used in the Court Cards to explain personalities. Beyond its occult meanings, the Tarot symbols provide interesting spiritual interpretations.
In order to best understand the Tarot, it's important to understand the symbolism behind the cards. One motif common in Tarot cards are artificial structures.
Arches: Arches are heavily symbolic. They represent pathways, openings and initiations. In a Tarot reading, an arch shows signs of new directions or new opportunities.
Brick Wall: The brick wall can be seen on the sun card. It is symbolic of holding back or of negative thinking preventing positive progress or events. The brick wall represents the need for keeping ourselves in a positive state that allows for positive energy (symbolized by the sun) to flow through us. It may also indicate a need for personal advancement through keeping ourselves open.
Bridges: Bridges take people and things from one place to another, so they are symbolic of assistance and resources that might be available to us. In Tarot readings, bridges represent the opportunities and aid that can help us reach our goals. In the five of cups card, the bridge symbolizes movement away from grief to another life stage.
Castles: Castles represent a need to build towards goals. They are a physical symbol of the need to have a substantial base for our goals. They can also represent shelter, particular the sheltering of the self. In this case, they can be symbolic of our need to shed limiting factors.
Pillars: Pillars represent balance. It is common for tarot cards to have two pillars on either side of the card's focal image. This represents a middle-ground and shows that the card's figure has chosen that ground. In readings where pillars recur, it might represent a need for balance or tact. It can show that we need to choose a middle-ground that would be more beneficial to us. It may represent a need for more balanced thinking.