Agni Tara, Ancient Way Reading Tarot

The Desire card stands for your muse, inspiration, creative influence, stimulus, "the poet's muse". The muse can be traced back to Athena, who has been called the mind god, the goddess of prudent intelligence, her share of wisdom having been given to her by Zeus. She is able to bestow command, skill, courage and justice. However, Desire has double meaning, It can represent wish, but also associated with the trap of the Sirens, uncontrollable desires. Desire derived from the Sanskrit word Sevana, portraying desire, addiction, obsession, indulgence and death.

Once you are captured, addicted, you become dependent, or compulsively obsessed with any activity, substance, object, or behaviour that gives you pleasure. There is a parallel between physical addiction to various chemicals, such as alcohol and heroin, and psychological dependence involved in such activities as compulsive gambling, sex, love, work, eating disorders or even running and falling in love can become addictive.For instance some people fall in love with love itself. The reason for this compulsion is that love will produce beta-endorphins in the brain, which makes the person feel "high." This will shape the person character to continue on finding new loves. To achieve this feeling of well-being of euphoria, which will get you into an addictive cycle, only to leave the object of love after the chemicals wear off, fishing for another victim to fall in love with, to get high again. Many people left their family and children behind for the sake of satisfying their desire, their addictions to love. In doing so, the person becomes physically addicted to their own brain chemicals, ergo leading to the continuation of the behaviour even though it may have negative health or social complications, not to mention the broken hearts left behind and if they have  children, their life also impacted.

Desire is a type of "container" which relentlessly driven by a force called the libido, the collective energy of life's instincts and will to survive, and desire must be satisfied!

Ungoverned desire is a destroyer of balance and happiness. A state when we are controlled by urges to satisfy desire, but it will only bring momentary happiness. In the long run ungoverned emotions, leads to detachment, insensitivity, separation, and unsuccessful relationship. However, desire has two meaning, one is indulgence and the other is desire to better yourself. Therefore the meaning of the card is defined by its position.


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Representation of

- Dream, Desire, which can turn into obsession, indulgence.


- Sanskrit - Sevana.

Known as

- Sirens in Greek mythology.

Symbol for

- Sevana, describing desire, obsession, addiction and death. In positive understanding desire refers to worship, honouring, adoration.

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