Why did I choose the Tarot?
July 23, 2020 | 5 comments
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Upon reflection, I don't believe I chose the Tarot. I think it chose me. It is like that with divination tools, spirit guides and connecting to spirit in general. Your connect will be presented to you in an unmistakably profound manner. Resisting would be futile because it/ and or they, will simply keep appearing.
I was introduced to the Tarot deck by a man who became my first serious love and live-in for a few years in my early twenties. The year was 1974. The Tarot in those days, was regarded by many to be on par with a Ouija Board. Dark, unpredictable and possibly, according to some, an instrument of the DEVIL. Most shunned it out of fear.
There were only 2 Tarot decks for sale in the city of Toronto and they were tucked away in a rare and unusual bookshop downtown, close to U of T. I've always been attracted to places, people, businesses and things that are of questionable repute: The strange, extraordinary, mysterious, unpredictable. Put a sign, "Beware!" on it and I'm first in line. A Scorpio. 'nuf said.
By the time I was introduced to the Tarot by this man of the world, I already knew I was psychic and had had many enlivening experiences with it. I used to play psychic games with my bestie at 14 years old. In Grade 10 the following year, I presented psychic ability as a topic in a physics class presentation which was enthusiastically received!
When this fellow pulled out a deck of cards to do a "read" for us, I was all in. That first Tarot reading was mind-boggling enough to motivate me to get my own deck and begin a serious daily study. A journey that I continue to pursue 46 years later. I'm still waiting on a new Tarot book to arrive which discusses the new deck I have on my table. Studying the Tarot is never a fait accompli.
All Divination Systems Tell Us Something
The quality of that something however, depends on the values supported in that system. The Tarot deck offers a profound philosophy which in essence is an outline of the human consciousness evolving. Shuffling the cards brings these profound values (archetypal Tinkertoys) into play with each other in a random form that tells us a story. The cards tell a collective story of consciousness evolution but in the context of a reading they tell us YOUR personal spiritual story.
The Tarot nudges us in directions that encourage optimism, spirituality and a belief in the necessity and value of change. Such a vital guide for us all to have since generally people distrust and fear change.
We structure space, time, and nature from a strong ego position in our Western Culture. We fool ourselves into believing we control everything. Nothing will ever change. Once we get everything set in place, we're good for the long haul, or so we desperately hope. When that fails and our ordered existence slips out of sync again, we panic. "The fates are against us!", we lament.
We know in our hearts and from our experience that nothing ever stays the same but like a default position, we return to it immediately following any change or crisis. In the real world we have absolutely no control over the forces of nature which change all the time. Natural disasters and wars especially triggered masses to seek the guidance of an oracle.
Kings, Queens and other leaders have consulted oracles for millennia (always secretly!) to get a sense of where the spirits are carrying the tribe. Oracles have played a pivotal role in our evolution yet are rarely acknowledged or credited for it.
A good Tarot reader combines a sensitivity to the pictures on the cards, to the person sitting there nervously and excitedly staring at the cards and most significantly, to their inner voice/intuition. An effective reader does not repeat traditional fixed meanings, but rather they will find new meanings and interpretations. Part of a reader's training lies simply in studying the cards while another part lies in gaining a personal sense of them through practice, meditation and creative work. It takes years of dedicated study and practice to become an aficionado reader.
What about Free Will?
How does free will come into play with respect to a reading when its central purpose is to determine a destiny?
We possess free will to the extent we are conscious. Our natural gifts, limitations, social conditioning and life experience construct our world view. People who have gone for analysis or psychoanalysis with the intent to become more conscious, are enabled to act more from free will than someone who remains unconscious of their primary feelings, motivations and aversions. Most of our belief systems, as an example, are quite unconscious. Habits, patterns, partnerships, work and self-image are a few examples.
Our destiny is a cosmic dance between opportunity and ourselves; both conscious and unconscious selves.
In summary, we do possess free will but the degree to which we are able to effect it to serve the greater good, is dependent on to what extent we are conscious. Tarot readings can also be helpful in determining and revealing these much to most client's surprise! Whether your destiny is being skewed by the lack of outer options or by your own unconscious sabotage, the Tarot is a helpful tool in revealing both sides of the coin. With greater inner awareness, encouragement and support all of us are better equipped to make decisions that are wiser and more beneficial.
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