Having gone through the “pip” tarot cards, from Ace through Ten, we now enter another domain: that of the court cards. Although part of the tarot deck’s minor arcana, the court cards have a quality all their own. They are essentially a separate, complementary unit to the preceding ten cards, representing the encounters we have with others, or ourselves, and of character traits that are asking for our attention.Read More
What we tend to forget in our rush to get out of ‘now’ is that we can’t jump over it or run around it: we take it with us – and we discover this when we find ourselves repeating the past. So by all means ask Tarot about the future, but if you’re looking for something else, here are three other places where you can look instead, and which may just shift something that has continued to defy or elude you.Read More
The Tens mark the completion of the numerical cards in the minor arcana — and it has been some journey! From the divine potential held in the Aces, we have seen the expression of each suit manifest in our day-to-day lives, bringing up sensations, feelings, thoughts and experiences that are archetypal in nature — we can relate to them deeply and immediately.Read More
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” ~ Joseph Campbell. The entrance to the Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe, Bucks. Consider this a quasi-Part-II to the “No Guru, No Method, No Teacher” post I did earlier this month about forging one’s own path. Up until a year ago, I…Read More
For a very long time, I considered myself a bit of a charlatan.
I’ve been a jack of all trades; and a master of none. I have talked about, and worked with, tarot, but I have never managed to fully tread the path of the adept in anything tarot-related.
Have you noticed that the Minor Arcana in the Rider-Waite Smith deck has focussed increasingly on a single figure as we have moved through the numbers, from Ace to Nine? This sense of isolation started in the Sevens, continued in the Eights, and is present in the Nines for the final time.Read More
When you’re feeling stuck, when you’ve reached an impasse, when you feel like you’ve been put on the back-burner; whenever any of these sensations colour how you experience your life, drawing an Eight is a clear message that things are on the move, about to move, or that you at least have the power to make a move.Read More
One of the greatest gifts that a Jungian approach to tarot – and to my own life – has given me has been indescribably precious: The understanding that the crisis and breakdown that I was plunged into aged 34 was not only normal, but a rite of passage.Read More
In tarot, I believe that when we meet the Sevens we meet the idea of “consciousness” more fully than we have before. We have an opportunity to see ourselves in a different light, and we are only able to do this when we step back and inquire into the nature of who we are.Read More
In the Fives we hit the resistance and upheaval of rough seas. In the Sixes, just for a moment, we find ourselves in calmer waters, where we are able to regroup, take stock, and act with more clarity.Read More