If you have ever wondered why relationships, marriages, friendships and family are illustrated so richly and with so much detail in the Smith-Waite Tarot, you only have to look at the personal astrology charts of both Pamela Colman Smith and Arthur Waite.
She was a Bohemian, single all her life and close to Edith Craig, a theatre world designer who was famously in a lesbian menage a trois. She died without ever marrying or having children (that we know of) and with her friend Nora Lake the sole beneficiary of her will.
Pamela has Uranus, the South Node and the Moon in Leo in her Fifth House of children, using the Natural House system of astrology. She was born to ‘mother’ children with that Moon and in fact became well-known for her children’s stories and illustrations, quite apart from the Tarot.
The South Node suggests karma from another lifetime regarding motherhood and we can’t help noticing the North Node, right opposite, in Aquarius – the sign of groups and friendship – and this is most certainly The Golden Dawn. Who or what was ‘opposing’ her we will never know.
She also has Uranus in Leo, and this planet has long been associated with sudden shocks, radical changes and revolution – the upset is usually a set-up by the universe designed to give one freedom and independence.