Here are some real Tarot readings:
Full quote and citation at
... I regret having sent so many enquirers off on a wild goose chase after
Tarot cards and the Holy Grail.
Despite Eliot's warning I did long ago seek wild geese. I only looked at
the Rider-Waite tarot deck though as I figured that would have been the most
familiar one that one Eliot was not familiar with (see his note below and
more about Waite's book and cards at
Anyway, I sometimes wonder if, in fact, TSE did read Waite that the two of
wands was not a better pick than the three of wands (lines from TWL below too.)
Below I have card descriptions from
The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, by A.E. Waite, ill. by Pamela Colman Smith
, at sacred-texts.com
(Sacred Texts has Buddhism in Translations too.)
Two of Wands:
Picture at http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/pkt/img/wa02.jpg
Text from http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/pkt/pktwa02.htm
A tall man looks from a battlemented roof over sea and shore; he holds a
globe in his right hand, while a staff in his left rests on the battlement;
another is fixed in a ring. The Rose and Cross and Lily should be noticed on
the left side. Divinatory Meanings: Between the alternative readings there
is no marriage possible; on the one hand, riches, fortune, magnificence; on
the other, physical suffering, disease, chagrin, sadness, mortification. The
design gives one suggestion; here is a lord overlooking his dominion and
alternately contemplating a globe; it looks like the malady, the
mortification, the sadness of Alexander amidst the grandeur of this world's
wealth. Reversed: Surprise, wonder, enchantment, emotion, trouble, fear.
Three of Wands:
Picture at http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/pkt/img/wa03.jpg
Text from http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/pkt/pktwa03.htm
A calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff's edge
at ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and
he leans slightly on one of them. Divinatory Meanings: He symbolizes
established strength, enterprise, effort, trade, commerce, discovery; those
are his ships, bearing his merchandise, which are sailing over the sea. The
card also signifies able co-operation in business, as if the successful
merchant prince were looking from his side towards yours with a view to help
you. Reversed: The end of troubles, suspension or cessation of adversity,
toil and disappointment.
Text from "The Waste Land":
Madame Sosostris, famous clairvoyante,
Had a bad cold, nevertheless
Is known to be the wisest woman in Europe,
With a wicked pack of cards. Here, said she,
Is your card, the drowned Phoenician Sailor,
(Those are pearls that were his eyes. Look!)
Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks,
The lady of situations.
Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel,
And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card,
Which is blank, is something he carries on his back,
Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find
The Hanged Man. Fear death by water.
I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.
46. I am not familiar with the exact constitution of the Tarot pack of
cards, from which I have obviously departed to suit my own
convenience. The Hanged Man, a member of the traditional pack, fits
my purpose in two ways: because he is associated in my mind with
the Hanged God of Frazer, and because I associate him with the
hooded figure in the passage of the disciples to Emmaus in Part V.
The Phoenician Sailor and the Merchant appear later; also the
"crowds of people," and Death by Water is executed in Part IV. The
Man with Three Staves (an authentic member of the Tarot pack) I
associate, quite arbitrarily, with the Fisher King himself.