Tarot and archetypes: How does the Tarot actually work?
The Tarot, as a deck of ‘fortune telling’ cards, is viewed with deep reverence by some, a sense of trepidation and fear by others (who believe it can used to harm, and/or that the person reading the spread is somehow ‘trafficking with the devil’), and complete disdain and skepticism by the rest, usually those who believe there is nothing beyond the physical ‘matter’ that we experience in life, and also the very ‘physical’ human form that we see in the mirror each day.
I’ve always been fascinated by the fact (note, I didn’t say belief) that the Universe is always communicating with us, if we care to listen. I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that we are more ‘vibration’ than we are ‘matter’.
We are vibrational beings living in a Vibrational Universe. Even our five senses are vibrational. The fact that we interpret vibration through these sophisticated sensors accounts for the large variance in the way different human beings perceive and interact with their world. We are constantly ‘translating’ Non-Physical reality into something we can understand, and experience.
I’ve noticed that it’s commonplace for many people to use the phrase, ‘that’s random’ when something weird, unexpected and ‘spooky’ happens that their rational mind cannot immediately comprehend. For example, thinking of a friend they haven’t seen for 10 years (or more!) and then their friend suddenly appears.
Yet, nothing is ‘random’ in the Universe.
Everything is precisely orchestrated, or to put it another way, God hasn’t made a mistake in a very long time. I personally don’t like to use the word “God” and prefer “Universe” or “Spirit” because the word “God” is so overlaid with misconceptions and dogma. It is a label that has become heavy with so many false meanings attached to it – remember, a word is a just a container for different thoughts (or energies).
The biggest trap is that people often ‘think’ they know God, without really having a direct experience of their Inner Being. The gateway to knowing yourself as a Vibrational being is not taught in schools. It is felt in communion with nature, when praying deeply or meditating deeply – when the mind is absolutely still and there is no movement of thought.
The Tarot has to be seen in this context, in the context of wisdom and the Inner Being.
It is a tool to delve into the inner landscapes of our life, nothing more, nothing less. It is ‘revelatory’ in that it simply mirrors back to us what we are really thinking and feeling, rather than what we believe we are thinking and feeling (we’re good at fooling ourselves).
The ‘how’ or mechanism is more interesting that you might at first think. Firstly, the channel must hold the energy of the question in mind (linking with his/her higher awareness), and this opens the Non Physical Akashic. To understand more about this, read the work of Edgar Cayce.
Then the channel will hold in mind a container for the cards to fall into – this is called a ‘spread’.
Then from a superconscious awareness, the channel will shuffle the pack and lay the cards out. How the relevant cards end up in the right place remains something of a wonder and mystery.
I have personally seen the SAME card re-appear time and again for someone, because that card is relevant. (Note that the mathematical probability of this happening is very low). The fact that the same card appears each time (until they have dealt with the lesson) is telling. Again, is it ‘random’ or ‘perfectly orchestrated’? You decide.
My perception of the process of shuffling and laying out of cards is that it is largely done by the subconscious mind (which is very fast at processing data) and the hands move very quickly – have you seen a blackjack dealer at a casino?
The way to understand the subconscious shuffling of cards is by looking at the fact that many of us drive our cars around on the road whilst maintaining a conversation and even thinking about something else entirely whilst the subconscious mind does the actual driving. It is only when there is a sudden and real emergency (someone pulls into your path) that you snap out of your semi-hypnotic state into absolute “Presence”.
The last and final factor to be considered is how do the cards ‘know’ what is going on. I believe they don’t. There is no truth, life, intelligence, nor substance in matter.
The Soul or Spirit knows the layout of the deck and uses the greater power of the subconscious mechanism to lay out a spread that is relevant to the question. Then the seer, or mystic, ‘reads’ the information or data. The seer interprets what is in front of him/her in real time, reading both the energy of the spread and the energy of the person. It is an art.
If we look at history, there have been many sacred tools and books to help us understand ‘the mystery’. For example, the Tao Te Ching, the Vedas and Upanishads all seek to convey through the limited medium of the written word what cannot ultimately be know through words (intellect) alone.
The Tarot itself is a container for deep wisdom, if one can understand and interpret ‘energies’ in the form of archetypes and themes that recur again and again in the lives of all human beings. Our paths are unique but our stories are Universal.
The Tarot, in the hands of a clear channel, has the unique ability to mirror back to you what you need to see and hear to heal, to be empowered. We are challenged to go beyond overly simplistic, dualistic ways of thinking and seeing the world.
There are many different types of deck out there, but fundamentally the cards should speak to the seer (the person doing the reading) else it will be a very dry, mechanic and boring reading. The ability to read the energy and speak from that space is paramount, rather than just saying what the ‘standard meaning’ of a card is. The card is a clue, a pointer, a sign. It has to be read in context, it has to be interpreted.
It is difficult to see ourselves clearly, and to admit to our own patterns. There is a great truth, ‘you create your own reality.’ But do you actually know that you do this? Can you see the correlation between the thoughts you are thinking, the actions you are taking (or failing to take), and the results you are getting.
As a method of seeing beyond the mundane, the ability to ‘read a deck’ is unparalleled in the hands of a clear channel. By clear, I also mean loving and compassionate. A person who contemplates life deeply, who prays, meditates, and who has a direct connection to their Inner Being. When they come to the table, their energy will be clean. They will not be judging or condemning you, they will be helping you understand the deep patterning that is at work, and thus awakening you.
The law of vibration states that whatever your beliefs are, they represent your point of attraction. So, if you believe that life is unfair, then you will keep attracting people who treat you unfairly, and situations that leave you feeling disappointed and frustrated. This, for example, might appear as the four of cups (this is just one card, and there woutd be other cards that reinforced this card). The Four of Cups represents our tendency to take for granted the things that we have, making it hard for us to see what treasures the universe presents us with. We tend to have the answers to our troubles right around us, but we tend to focus too much on what we do not have.
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