The Purpose of the Tarot

Not everyone sees the Tarot as I do, as a tool for personal empowerment and evolution. Chances are if you are attracted to this book, you resonate with this philosophy, and are intrigued by the subliminal, universal messages that seem to underlie the card images and titles. To me, the deck shows a system for understanding the underpinnings of duality, while it hints at the larger reality that lies underneath.

What I call the Higher Self or Spirit is not God, it is the larger part of you, the part that could not come wholly into this level of density, this material existence. The self-conscious is the ego/mental body that thinks (erroneously) that it has to be in charge. The subconscious is the emotional/physical body. These together form what I call “the divine triad” of the enlightened individual.

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The Language of the Higher Self

As an artist, it is obvious to me that the Tarot is a visual language of archetypes and symbols, but it is more than that: it is a map masked as a game that outlines a path for the seeker of personal empowerment. The Tarot is meant to address the way our greater psychic awareness, aka the Higher Self, communicates through symbols. A deck of cards with images is a perfect language for the symbol-based reality of the right brain. The right brain gathers information from disparate sources and synthesizes the bits and pieces in order to derive a meaning or construct something new.

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The Quantum Explanation

The running of a random computer program, or a good card shuffle, allows synchronicity free play. And it allows the mind to peer behind the curtain of the holographic universe to see how consciousness creates reality, as in the famous “double-slit” quantum experiment, where the expectations of the viewer influenced the (apparent) outcome of the experiment.

Quantum mechanics is a form of physics that is subject to the rules of consciousness, rather than to the rules of density or physical matter. Consciousness rules the world of the subatomic; it is the energy behind the world of appearances.

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Tarot in Sentences

The analogy of Tarot to language is obvious: each card in a reading can be seen as a word in a sentence. In a language, a word is made up of characters that are each symbols that stand in for a packet of information. As the symbol-characters are strung together to create a sentence, so the symbols and archetypes in a card can be assembled by the brain into a cohesive unit of meaning. And in the same way that words are strung together to create a meaningful sentence, so images on the cards in a reading can be assembled in a coherent and meaningful sentence.

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The Tarot Key

The Major Arcana cards are referred to as “keys;” they are indeed keys to the mystery of the universe, the YOU-and-I-verse that exists within our psyches. The Tarot opens the door to understanding the mysteries that have haunted man for thousands upon thousands of years, ever since the first being thought to look at the skies, and see a meaning enclosed inside a mystery.

And so, we come full circle, to the alchemist’s concept of the Quintessence: what they termed, “the realm of the gods,” as a reality, unseen, but able to be reached. This psychic, psychological realm is where the archetypes, once revered as the gods, overseers, protectors, and idealized prototypes of man, still exist as images, deeply engrained into the collective conscious. This is the rich cultural treasure that is our heritage as human beings.

Eventually the seeker comes to understand that the ultimate mystery he sought to understand was never “out there” at all; it is a mystery of the mirror, the mirror that is the mind, which is ultimately an explanation wrapped in an enigma.

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How to Communicate With Your Higher Self

The whole point of esoteric practices like the Tarot is to reestablish the natural system of the divine triad with the Higher Self or Super Conscious as the director, the ego as the personal assistant or executor of the will of the Higher Self, and with the subconscious/physical body as the energy source, and place for manifestation on the material plane. In order to experience the harmony of the divine triad, the Tarot teaches us to purify ourselves of all unconscious thoughts and emotions. Higher awareness is always a conscious choice, not a default condition.

The purpose of tools like the Tarot is to put you in contact with your Higher Self by accessing your natural intuition. In order to do that, you must learn how to choose your vibrational signature. As long as you consistently resonate with the frequencies of the lower emotions and dense, disempowering belief systems you cannot “hear” the messages of Spirit, or your Higher Self. If you cannot hear the voice of your Higher Self, you are like a boat without a rudder on the sea of life.

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 7

If the sum [of the numerical value of all the cards] equals twenty-two or lower, I use the corresponding card and its sum for enhanced reading. For instance, let’s say that your sum of a Celtic card spread is 108; you add these numbers together to get 18 — in numerology, you always drop the Zero because it has no value — which, in the numerology of the Tarot is The Moon/DREAMING. The 18 is related to the 9 in the Tarot since you can sum the 1 plus the 8 to get 9, The Hermit/EMERGENCE. If the sum of the reading equals the numerical value of one or more of the cards on the table at any point in the reduction process, I look at that card as being more important than the other cards in the reading.

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 6

2 + 13 + 7 = 22

Adding the numbers together returns the sum of twenty-two for the reading, which is a Master number, as well as being the “secret” number of The Fool. In general, if you arrive at a Master number you stop. A Master number is a double number — they are all multiples of 11, starting with 11: 11, 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99. If the sum of the reading is more than 22, I sum it again to further reduce it.

The sum reading tells me that in order to be RECEPTIVE to the dictates of Spirit, and use my mental abilities to REMEMBER what I already KNOW (Memory), I should allow myself to be fresh to the world (The Fool) and use my INSIGHT (my power of reasoning) as a guide.

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 5

One thing that I like to do is sum up the reading in order to get what I call the “meta-meaning.” The Tarot of Creativity especially lends itself to this practice, as all the cards use Arabic instead of Roman numbers; even the Court cards are assigned numbers. So the above reading would sum up like this:

2 + 13 + 7 = 22

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 4

…And here are the equivalent cards from the Tarot of Creativity. If you allow the titles in the cards to form a sentence, you get a reading:

Be RECEPTIVE. REMEMBER what you already know (MEMORY).

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 3

…However, I sometimes prefer to read the three cards as a sentence. The Tarot of Creativity lends itself to reading this way. Here is a recent reading I gave myself. First, the RWS deck:

The High Priestess is a Major Arcana card that indicates deep inner knowledge. The Queen of Swords/AIR means mental mastery and clear discernment. The Seven of Pentacles is a seven, which means that the work indicated by Pentacles is spiritual in nature.

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 2

I often do a Celtic Cross layout for a long reading, but my favorite short reading is a three-card reading. This simple reading can give you oodles of relevant information.

Invite the Querent to shuffle, then cut the deck into three pieces, and choose a stack with their non-dominant hand. Then deal out the top three cards in a row. This row can be read in several ways. The most popular way is to read the cards in sequence with the first card as the past, the middle card as the present, and the last card as the future.

Left Card = PAST Middle Card = PRESENT Right Card = FUTURE

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How to Learn to Read Tarot ~ Part 1

I recommend that you start reading Tarot with only a few cards at first. A one-card reading is a great way to start out, because it allows you to really focus on one card at a time, and this makes it easier to learn the Tarot.

Pick a card, any Card
In any reading, your real questions and desires are often buried under superficial concerns. Be careful not to try to mold your reading to those superficial ideas, but allow it to reveal the desires and intentions of your innermost soul.

To develop your intuition, it is better to not ask the Tarot questions when you first learn to read; it is much better to open yourself up to whatever comes through. The best way to do this is to empty your mind of all concerns and questions before you lay out the cards. Allow them to speak to you without you trying to assign a meaning or category to them beforehand. By not asking a question, you allow the Higher Self to communicate more clearly with you. When you see the reading, you will naturally know what it is about, because you will see the cards’ concerns.

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Energy Reading ~ Gemini: Communication

Energy Reading ~ Gemini: Communication

 

Rider Waite Smith Tarot
A page seems to admire a pentacle that he holds aloft.

A wave collapses into a particle when we look at it, and back into a wave when don’t; this is the magic of creation — the magic of the quantum field, which shows us the sleight of hand directed by consciousness itself. The Page looks at the Pentacle with awe and wonder, approving and welcoming it as a magical gift that has suddenly appeared.

Tarot of Creativity
DESIRE is the title of the Page of Earth card. The message represented by the number Eleven is the Divine Intent that emanates from the Higher Self. Intent at the higher level of Spirit translates as desire when it hits the self-conscious…

The creative master learns how to move it from the emotion of desire (perception of lack) to the feeling of desire (intent). This is what is meant by the purification of desire: you graduate from an emotion of lack, to the feeling of wholeness, from the separation induced by the time-space field, to the unification in the moment of now — outside all temporal forms. Desire spurs the impulse, the movement of creation.

When You get This Card in a Reading
Allow the energy of desire to move you towards the life of your dreams.

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Learning how to Handle Reversals in Reading Tarot (part 3)

In general, when a card is upright, its energy is free to manifest; if it is reversed, the energy of the upright card may be blocked, losing power, or not yet fully developed. Many people think that a reversed card means the opposite of the upright card, but this interpretation may be too simplistic once you start really working with the cards, and they start “talking” to you. Here are a few ideas of what a reversal might mean:

  • ~ A hidden energy or influence
  • ~ A developing energy
  • ~ Blocked energy
  • ~ An energy that is waning
  • ~ An inner lesson
  • ~ An event or influence that has recently passed
  • ~ Spiritual information
  • ~ A shamanic or spiritual initiation
  • ~ The opposite meaning

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

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Learning how to Handle Reversals in Reading Tarot (part 2)

When you are learning the Tarot for the first time, I recommend that you only work with upright cards. To do this, simply shuffle the cards so that they remain upright, turn them right side up after dealing, or interpret them upright no matter how they appear in a reading. Once you have thoroughly learned the upright meanings, you can use your intuition as to what an upside-down card in a particular reading might mean. Remember that just like the upright cards, the reversals will change in meaning according to the circumstances, which could be the question of the Querent or the influence of the nearby cards.

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Learning how to Handle Reversals in Reading Tarot (part 1)

When you think about it, learning the Tarot can be a monumental task. After all, there are 78 cards. If you try to learn the reversal meanings at the same time that you learn the upright meanings, you are doubling your task at the very least, and this is just if you believe that all the cards have only one possible meaning in every reading or situation, which is simply not true.

A reversed card, like its upright sibling, never means the same thing in every reading; the meaning adjusts and the card transmutes according to the circumstances and the variables. For this reason, I think it is better to start with the basics before you add complications to the learning process.

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The Journey of the Fool ~ Part 4

The Fool walks through not just the Major Arcana, which symbolize the “higher” path of spiritual mastery, but through the other cards in the Tarot. He travels through the Minor Arcana, the four suits which each represent a different path of Earth-based mastery. The Fool nears the edge of the cliff but his eyes are on the sky, as if he has a vision of a totally different reality. He is so innocent to physical reality that he doesn’t comprehend that he might fall. A little dog that represents socialized consciousness nips at his heels to try to warn him of the dangers of his foolishness. Jumping off a cliff is certainly foolish in the eyes of “normal” people, but the Fool comes from a place where physical, or social rules don’t apply. The Fool is looking up, he has a vision.

What is the vision of The Fool? He desires to become The Angel or Perfected Man. His task on Earth is to remember his original, perfected Self while in physical form. He came from a state of perfection, and his job is to “re-member” or reassemble himself back into perfection while experiencing duality.

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The Journey of the Fool ~ Part 2

…Calling this card “The Fool” is a blind — an intentionally misleading title, meant to confound the profane seekers of enlightenment, who would not be able to reconcile the “foolishness” of a Fool with goal of wisdom or enlightenment. The Fool stands in for the Hero; a universal archetype that thrives in the mystical arcana of every civilization on Earth.

A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man. ~Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949)

The Hero is in every fable, in every culture. Often he starts out as an outcast or loner. He begins his journey as the underdog in a battle or situation that grossly disfavors him, and proceeds on his quest — suffering one or many dark nights of the Soul — without help from his fellows. He is on his own. Everyone he left behind thinks that he is a Fool. And from their standpoint that is the only thing he can be. Often he wonders if what they think of him is really true, but, although he may waver and doubt himself, he cannot stop his quest once he has started…

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The Journey of the Fool ~ Part 3

The Tarot follows the progression of The Fool on his path through life, as he strives to find what he lost; to remember the higher consciousness that he forgot when he was forced into spiritual amnesia by the density of this plane.

The Fool is arguably the most important card in the deck, but this has more to do with the fact that the Fool, as the daring Hero, is a universal archetype. He is a hero because he dares to do what may seem to be dangerous or foolhardy to other souls: come to Earth.

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The Journey of the Fool ~ Part 1

SPIRIT IN MATTER—at once both the journey and the seeker of experience. The Fool represents the Spirit who has descended into matter. He is the holy fool who can be either foolish or wise.

Traditionally, The Fool is the only unnumbered card in ancient decks; modern decks assign the value of Zero to this card. One could argue that the Zero is not a number at all, it is a placeholder that has no intrinsic value. However, the Zero as the universal symbol of the circle is an archetypical concept that defines the vast sea of Cosmic Consciousness, the implicate field. A circle is one of the most ancient glyphs worldwide, appearing in every ancient culture on Earth. The symbol of the circle means Spirit, with its center everywhere and circumference nowhere.

The Fool is the most important card in the Tarot; he is said to be traveling through the deck as he travels through life. Ultimately, the Fool represents everyman in his journey through life. The Fool represents the Soul of the Querent as it journeys through material existence and learns how to apply the laws and principles of the universe in his life…

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Tarot and the Tree of Life

Tarot is often used in conjunction with the study of the Hermetic Kabbalah. In these decks all the cards are illustrated in accordance with Kabbalistic principles. The most influential tarot deck exemplifying Hermetic and Kabbalistic ideas is the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, which bears illustrated scenes on all the suit cards.

Hermetic Kabbalists see the cards of the Tarot as keys to the Tree of Life. The twenty-two cards including the twenty-one Trumps plus the Fool or Zero card, are often called the “Major Arcana” or “Greater Mysteries” and are seen as corresponding to the twenty-two Hebrew letters and the twenty-two paths of the Tree; the ace to ten in each suit correspond to the ten Sephiroth in the four Kabbalistic worlds; and the sixteen court cards relate to the classical elements in the four worlds. While the Sephiroth describe the nature of divinity, the paths between them describe ways of knowing God. ~en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermetic_Qabalah

The Tree of Life is represented throughout the Tarot, especially the Major Arcana: it is the tree that frames The Magician card, it is shown behind the man in The Lovers card, and it is the tree from which The Hanged Man is suspended.

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