Synchronicity: Your Higher Self is Trying to Communicate With You

“Synchronicity” was another unique term coined by Carl Jung. Synchronicity is the occurrence of two or more events that appear to be meaningfully related but not causally related. Synchronicity holds that such events are “meaningful coincidences;” it implies that, just as events may be connected by causality, they may also be connected by meaning.

Synchronicity is an ever present reality for those who have eyes to see. ~Carl Jung

Man is compelled by his nature to search for meaning — he is compelled to make order out of apparent chaos. This organizing principle of the mind may be what creates reality itself.

Meaningful coincidences can be thought of as pure chance; but as they accumulate, as the correspondence becomes more exact and elaborate, their probability decreases and they become unthinkable, thus becoming impossible to be thought of as mere randomness, and lacking all possible causal explanation, one must see in said events a manifestation of order. ~ Carl Jung

According to mystics, reality was created by the cosmic mind as a mirror for the consciousness of Itself. The phenomenon of synchronicity that Jung defined is one of the ways for the connected nature of the underlying reality of consciousness to reveal itself.

In a game such as the Tarot, the natural process of synchronicity is given free play. The randomizing of the cards initiates the process, as you clear your mind of all preconceptions or wishes. Then as you deal the cards, you find that the cards seem to reflect an inner voice. The relationship of the cards to each other and their positions in the spread are all meaningful, and are interpreted according to knowledge and beliefs that you already have. When you put this together with the question you asked, the information becomes even more personalized, and intimately meaningful. Perhaps the Tarot should be called the “synchronicity game,” a device that allows the Higher Self to use the magic of synchronicity to speak to you in a language of images and words.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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My Secret Romance

PREFACE

My romance with the Tarot started out as a blind date.

In 2004, I created a conceptual art project that explored the nature of proximity and meaning; I wanted to design a computer game that would randomize the titles to paintings that I had already created. I decided to model my game on the Tarot since it contains cards with pictures on the faces. I designed The Transformational Tarot** as a virtual deck of 116 cards; some of the cards contain an untitled image while others display only a single word. When you “shuffle” the deck, the program creates a spread of randomly chosen image and words.

** You can still play The Transformational Tarot on your computer.

My experiment was very successful, but not in the way I intended. About halfway through the project, after I had programmed the game and created the cards, I realized that I had somehow made the transition from creating a conceptual art project to creating an actual tarot deck. I tested it on myself, and found it was eerily accurate. Then I ran it online and asked for feedback. The results were surprising: my game was reviewed in a magazine and endorsed by the editor. People loved it; many readers said it was the best reading they had ever had.

At the time when I created this computer game, I thought the images and symbolism of what I called the “traditional” Tarot were uselessly archaic; I did not resonate with the images I saw in the Rider Waite Smith deck or other traditional decks. Years later, when a traditional tarot deck came into my hands, I found myself studying it in earnest.

Learning the Tarot by studying what others think the cards mean was very dry and difficult for me. The meanings traditionally assigned to some of the cards didn’t jibe with my interests or intuition. I had just written my first book on creativity, and I intuitively saw that the Tarot, like art, is a tool for personal evolution; a way to access your intuition and higher guidance.

Over the years that I worked with the cards, I developed a blended reading technique which makes it easy to interpret the cards at a glance. My passion for the cards is the same thread that connects and informs all my work; a seeker’s quest for the answers to the questions that haunt all of us: what is the hidden reality that lies behind all things?

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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The Pip Cards in the Tarot

The pips are the cards numbered from ACE (1)-10. They show current energies that may be hidden from view or that the Querent may not see or want to see.

At the highest level, when correlated with their Arcana numerological equivalent, they show how to apply the higher principles and realizations in the Arcana cards to the issues encountered in daily life. For instance, the sixes in all the suits are correlated with the Lovers/LOVE card in the Major Arcana; all Sixes are then about the principle of LOVE as expressed through the energy of the suit.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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What do The Court Cards in the Tarot Mean?

The court cards trump the lower cards in the suits. The royal figures pictured on the court cards are analogous to those of a modern playing card deck, but the Tarot adds one more card: the Page.

The court cards represent creative mastery in each suit. In a departure from traditional tarot decks, the royal cards in the TOC are assigned a number, which aids in interpreting the card’s numerological meaning.

11 – PAGE ~ a message or messenger coming through the energy of the suit

12 – KNIGHT ~ the active agent of the energy of the suit

13 – QUEEN ~ mastery for the suit expressed as a “female” energy

14 – KING ~ mastery for the suit expressed as a “male” energy

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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What do the Lower Cards in the Tarot Mean?

The pips are the cards numbered from ACE (1)-10. They show current energies that may be hidden from view or that the Querent may not see or want to see.

At the highest level, when correlated with their Arcana numerological equivalent, they show how to apply the higher principles and realizations in the Arcana cards to the issues encountered in daily life. For instance, the sixes in all the suits are correlated with the Lovers/LOVE card in the Major Arcana; all Sixes are then about the principle of LOVE as expressed through the energy of the suit.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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The Major Arcana: The Soul’s Journey

The Major Arcana are the heart of the Tarot. These cards are the highest cards in the deck. Also called the “Trumps” because they trumped all the lower cards in the deck, if you are playing it as a game. This term also refers to the ancient Roman triumphal march, when returning victorious from a campaign. The Major Arcana represent the progress of the Soul in its journey through life.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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The Meaning of the Suits in the Tarot

Wands/FIRE
Energy, the Super Conscious (Higher Self), inspiration, desire, passion, and planning.

Swords/AIR
Thought, character, self-conscious, the ego, moral principles, communication, reason, and the intellect.

Cups/WATER
Emotions, romance, love, creativity, relationships, the Soul, karmic attachments, the past, and the subconscious mind.

Pentacles/EARTH
Health, the material world, materialism, the physical body, money, security, the environment, and industry.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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The Meaning of the Devil in the Tarot

The Tarot is meant to be taken symbolically, not literally. For instance, the Devil represents an archetype of the misuse of power: in the Tarot, the image of the Devil is the reverse of The Lovers card. The principle of Love shown in The Lovers/LOVE card, indicates a holistic awareness, inclusion, unity consciousness, acceptance, equality and abundance; the Devil is the opposite side of the coin, indicating a focus on a materialistic view to the exclusion of everything else. Believing in the Devil lends power to this concept of separation, thereby increasing the archetype’s influence. You give this concept life by believing in it and contributing your emotional power to it.

This is why the Devil card in The Tarot of Creativity is titled “The Shadow.” To Carl Jung, the archetype of the Shadow defines everything in yourself that you cannot see, or don’t want to see. It is an archetype that is understood the world over. Why? Because the creative system of duality requires shadow to balance the light. Or rather, the shadow defines the light as the light defines the shadow. A dualistic system creates out of the polarity of opposites; it can be no other way. Without the negative side, the system of duality would be like a teeter-totter that has only one side, or like a person trying to walk with only one leg.

~ Excerpt from The Tarot Key: Unlock the Secrets of Your Soul

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