Yesterday I wrote about exploring looking at my role as a Tarot reader from a different angle. I know that what I am writing about will reawaken Tarot readers relationship to the cards. It has too. Why? Because we Tarot readers for a long time have been borrowing from others, information about the Tarot. When you begin to see the Tarot again from a naked perspective, like child seeing the world for the first time, you will be simply dazzled in amazement. The world free from limitations.
It is so easy when you begin to use the Tarot to look towards other experts for meanings about what the Tarot is. It is a natural phenomenon to feel that others know more than you, especially when they have written a book. A book is like a stamp of authority that is easy to bow down to and I too have looked towards countless books on the Tarot for guidance. But what has eluded me was my own definition of the Tarot, that did not arrive from my head, but was born through direct experience in my Heart.
What I begun to notice when reading Tarot books, is that everyone has an answer for what the Tarot is. Some Tarologists go so far as to give vague theories as to where the Tarot came from. But I have chosen to do none of this and my goal is to walk with the beginner, someone who knows nothing about the Tarot and those who have experience in playing around with the Tarot, to invite them to let go of all their answers and begin again from a fresh mind, a tabula rasa.
So what is the Tarot?
I have no answer as to what the Tarot is. Even after 15 years of looking at these cards, I cannot tell you what the Tarot is. It is simply a mystery to me, seeking to be known and each time I grasp a piece of the puzzle, it shape shifts its form and transforms itself into something else.
I sat in meditation, holding my 22 Major Arcana Tarot Marseilles deck close to my Heart. Many years ago a mysterious Tarot teacher taught me this method of playing with the Tarot cards. She said that when you hold the Tarot cards close to you Heart, the Tarot cards breathe in the vibrations of the heart, so that the cards that you choose after shuffling them are resonating with you on a Heart level. I do not know if this is true, but it simply feels good to do, its my sacred way of connecting and getting into an intuitive plane of consciousness.
I asked the question: What is the Tarot? I thought about all those years that I have been giving Tarot readings, all the questions that people have asked me, all the visions and symbols that have touched me, and after shuffling the cards until I got an instinctive sense to stop, I chose one card to reflect a response to this question.
The card that came up was the Sun card:
I begun to look at the card and actively listen to what would begin to appear in my mind’s eye in the form of images, ideas, sounds and realizations. This is what naturally begins to happen. But on this occasion, I decided to not refer to what I have read about the Sun card from other Tarot books and actually just look and forget that I am trying to adhere to a tradition, forget to look for astrological corrolations, forget trying to see the numerolgical value of the card and just look and wait to see without really knowing what I was actaully looking for.
Questions begun to bubble within me, so how do these keywords relate to my question?
Is the the Tarot, Energy, Life giving, Light, Awareness, the centre, Truth, High Consciousness, beauty and power?
What does the Sun do?
How is the Sun like the Tarot?
I than decided to let go and wait for further realizations to come through. How tempting it was to walk with those crutches, as if the answer was the prize or that having the meaning right now this second was the most important thing.
I also begun to ask:
- Why do I give Tarot readings?
- Why do people have a Tarot reading?
- What do people expect when they have a Tarot reading?
- What does the Tarot mean to me?
― Alejandro Jodorowsky
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