by Sarah Bartlett
The Tarot is a deck of 78 mystical cards which for thousands of years has been used for divination and fortune-telling. It’s also used now as a wonderful tool for self-discovery, psychological awareness and spiritual awakening.
The tarot speaks a language which is accessible to all. It is a mirror of the human soul. Many people want to know Tarot meanings. The Tarot reveals your potential. It tells you about your current hopes, dreams or aspirations, and what you project into the future and the outcome of your choices.
You can discover the direction you’re going in, and what to do about it; how to improve your lifestyle, love life or personal goals and generally develop your own ability to make decisions and the right choice. The tarot is simply an objective mirror. The great thing about the tarot is that the cards never lie.
The Tarot and You
The Tarot works in two ways. The first as a symbolic language relying on imagery, numbers, association and a mirroring effect of your personal current situation, and secondly as a vehicle to tap the universal energy of the moment.
For thousands of years different cultures have tried to ‘divine’ the future. In other words we want to have some control over our destiny. Astrologers use the pattern of the planets or stars; palm-readers check the lines on your hand, the I Ching coin method is used in the East, and even the patterns of twigs, stones and tea leaves have been used to foresee the future. It’s a natural, human drive to want to know what will be. Divination derives from the latin word, ‘divinus’ which originally meant ‘to be inspired by the gods’. We use the tarot to see the truth of the moment, be inspired by the gods and thus the ability to divine what might also be the consequence of that moment, i.e. the future, whether one moment away or a year.
Drawing a tarot card is a random thing on one level. Yet is it? Could it be that the card, or rather the flow of universal energy which you are a part of, is chosing you? We seem to have lost the awareness over time that there is a connection between all things in the universe. An invisible energy which permeates all, whether we call it the divine in everything or ‘ch’i, this is an ancient belief that the events and patterns of the heavens or the tea-leaves in a cup or another person’s life are all part of this invisible connection. The Tarot and our apparent random choice of card is simply part of this process too.
This is where we come across ‘coincidence’ denigrated by scientists to the statistical nature of probability. Yet, ironically, it seems now the great physicists are beginning to agree with the mystics.
Carl Jung, the great twentieth century Swiss psychologist coined the word ‘synchronisity’ to describe meaningful coincidences. He believed that the tarot card we unconsciously select is generated by something inner which needs to be expressed, or must manifest in the outer world at the moment. We are simply tapping into the universal unconscious. That card is a powerful significator of the meaning of the moment. The card almost picks you as you pick the card.
The analogy of a ‘mirror’ is the simplest way to understand how you ‘read’ the tarot. Simply, when you draw the cards at random, you are drawing little mirrors of yourself. You are reading you.
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