What is Tarot?
How do we Interpret?
What can we learn from a Reading?
There are many approaches to the problem of imparting the secret knowledge of the great initiatory teachings, the great religious teachings of all nations, from China and India, the Middle East and Europe. The Tarot is one of these approaches, providing an initial structure on which to work out the dynamic interrelations of things and events in the universe, in the world, and in the individual.
The Tarot consists of 78 cards, 22 of which being the Major Secrets, the remainder Minor Secrets arranged in four suits which correspond to the modern day playing cards – cups (hearts), wands (clubs), swords (spades), pentacles (diamonds).
The Tarot possibly emerged from the Middle East and dates back approximately 600 years. The Tarot is in fact a ‘thought machine’, one derivation leading to the interpretation of motives behind, and resultant direction of, individual choice – as we choose, so we become. We do what we will, and we pay the price.
The Tarot in the context we use it here at The Magic Wheel is as an ‘interpretative mechanism’, able to assist in clarifying the way in which feelings, motives, thoughts and actions of an individual may be elevated from the sub conscious and unconscious into the conscious – it shows us what is hidden.
The Tarot when understood is a means of controlling and developing the human mind and of revealing to it certain capacities and levels of being possibility otherwise hidden from ordinary consciousness. Without this clarity of consciousness six main types of modification often affect and foil a balanced life and clear choices:-
- unknown influence
- emotional bias
- inhibition of feelings
- impedance of action
- disturbance of sensitivity &
- interference of thoughts in the mind.
It is the purpose of the Tarot in the process of Readings to enable individuals to clarify the modifications(above) and make more informed choices based on the likely outcomes of those choices.
No Reading is entirely foolproof over time, because each moment is an opportunity for another choice. Ultimately the outcome & karma of any individual choice lies in the will of the Source of our own being and of the universe. “God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Nevertheless eliminating genuinely faulty expectations and unrealistic choices which will lead to obvious self-delusion & poor results is the primary purpose of Readings. If we can step beyond merely childish expectations the Readings process is a powerful diagnostic and precursor to informed choice, when properly understood.