- Anima / Animus
- Father / Mother
- Wise Elder
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Personifying playfulness and innocence, children appear in several tarot cards. They remind us of who we have been, and of a time when we were pure and free of the self-importance of adulthood. To reconnect with our inner child is to return to a simpler form of ourselves, one not weighed down by burdens or tangled up in concerns.
Spirit is the fifth element, coming after Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. It resides within each of us, and at its highest level is that which we call God. At its lowest level, it takes the form of a ghost or apparition.
It often takes the form of a winged creature such as an angel.
Spirit uplifts us, makes us more than we are, and provides relief when things are at their worst.
The trickster is an important figure in folklore. Taking such forms as the Joker or Coyote, he embodies cleverness and wit, but also deceit and irresponsibility. He appears to provide comic relief as a jester or clown, but also to humble us, never allowing us to become too full of ourselves. Like a zen koan he makes us think in new ways about ourselves and our motivations. His mischief is most harmful when we take ourselves too seriously, but is neutralized when we learn to laugh at ourselves with sincere pleasure.