Consulting the Tarot Cards for Guidance to Spiritual Enlightenment & Soul Health
readers have been consulted for spiritual guidance and life
direction by many health practitioners, spiritualists, feminist
historians, novelists, artists, film producers and aristocracy
for centuries. It is the great philosophical machine, a "map
to the psyche", and an ancient sacred text in the form
of cards. Many are skeptical until they experience the power
of a reading, and discover its profound spiritual teachings.
The Tarot is a set of seventy-eight images, which taken together,
depict all the forces that affect human life, along with all
the characters, events, emotions, and ideas that provide the
material of which human life is composed. This workshop will
introduce you to how these "archetypal Tinker toys",
function as self-awareness, transformational, and healing tools
that provide an interface between the realm of imagination,
and the material level of existence.
Kathleen has been reading Tarot professionally for 30 years
and teaching and lecturing on it in universities, colleges,
community centres, libraries, non-profit organizations and conferences
for almost that long.
What is the Tarot?
A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards- each one uniquely designed. These cards are usually divided up into 2 unequal parts, two sets of mysteries or secrets called Arcana. The Tarot is a historical artifact that amplifies natural powers of intuition to assist in uncovering and understanding aspects of past, present and future life. It is a set of archetypal images…
(Archetypes: “a fundamental and generative structure that eludes exact or exhaustive definition” Carl Jung; “things, an image, an idea, a pattern, which provoke a strong emotional response, yet can never be fully analyzed” Cynthia Giles) Examples of archetypes: Crone, Divine Child, Trickster, Magus.
…that can be used for meditation, creative thinking, personal development and spiritual growth. The Tarot is a collection of structures and ideas that summarize many fundamental principles of esoteric philosophy.
The Major Arcana represents opportunities for growth and expanded awareness, learnings for this world and reality, themes, messages, or basic universal issues. The great concepts stand alone; each one is a learning that we encounter in our lives. Many Taroists believe the Major Arcana depicts the myth of how humanity evolved from the primordial soup to the ordered, material realm we now inhabit.
Myths grow not, in soil of any particular place, but in the humus of humanity itself – it is the story of the breakthrough of the sacred into the world.
The Major Arcana depicts the human myth about how consciousness emerged/es from the sea of unconsciousness. Goddesses and Gods depict how we arrived from the unseen world to this seen world - unconsciousness being another word for the unseen world, and consciousness the seen world, suggesting that the birth of consciousness collectively also applies to each of us individually on the journey to enlightenment.
Minor Arcana is comprised of 4 suits of Ace to Ten and People cards – sometimes referred to as “court cards”. The people cards correspond with modern, clinical personality designations.
The Minors teach us a host of lessons, such as,
How to express our passion without being oppressive to others (Wands),
How to stand up for ourselves without violence (Swords),
How to be mindfully trusting and loving (Cups),
How to revel in our material abundance with an eye to assisting those less fortunate (Disks).
The essence of esoteric teachings, which have been taught to initiates since the dawn of time,
How the transformation of spirit to material took place collectively, and continues to unfold within each individual choosing to take the journey to enlightenment;
How the awareness and integration of the opposites within us – male/female, light/dark, ambition/sacrifice, attachment/letting go, moon/sun leads to wholeness, personal power and higher consciousness.
How the navigation, negotiation and acceptance of the polarities and magnetism, of destiny with character, and of individual with collective needs, carries us inevitably to the sacred experience of bliss,
How ultimately there is no “getting there” – enlightenment is NOT a Shangri-La at the end of a linear path – enlightenment is a spiraling path that leads to a centre, back out to the edge again, and back into the centre at a higher octave and so on.
The Fool’s Journey to Wholeness
Many Taroists subscribe to the notion that the Fool (number
0) is the protagonist of the journey to wholeness which is
mapped out in the Major Arcana. The Fool’s Journey to Wholeness
represents a psycho-spiritual map that initiates of the Tarot
follow to attain enlightenment. Enlightenment being a psychic
awareness of oneness, the cycles of birth, death and rebirth,
egoless-ness, love, and the balancing of energies – masculine/feminine,
black/white, chaos/order, nurturance/self care, love/fear,
movement/stillness, doing/being, sacred masculine/sacred feminine.
as all spiritual paths have prescribed tests that must be
successfully navigated for expanded consciousness, in preparation
for the ultimate state of wholeness, so does the Tarot. These
expanded states prepare the initiate’s consciousness to manage,
and contain the energy surges rising from the personal and
collective unconscious. As experienced Tarotists will testify,
this movement to expanded consciousness ever spirals around
and upward. You continue to expand beyond your first arrival
to wholeness – wholeness is a process, not a fait accompli!
In the beginning stages of learning the Tarot back in 1975,
I was initially struck by the “synchronicity” of how appropriate
the card would relate to events taking place in my life. At
some point, perhaps two or three months into my study, I was
confounded by the realization that this was more than synchronicity
– this was magic. In awe, I noted a resonance between my Majors
work, and my life events.
As I moved into teaching the Tarot it wasn’t long before I
noticed that my students were going through the same transformational
process in their lives; transforming life events dancing in
step with their journey to magical readership. Magical readership
is the kind of readership that gracefully and brilliantly
combines intuition with Tarot academia, empathy with self-awareness,
practicality with frivolity, and Yin with Yang.