A Jungian approach to Tarot
Can you call time on what is no longer inciting adventure nor exciting your curiosity, and pursue only that which draws you deeper and deeper into its labyrinthine passages – an odyssey you are only too happy to take because you sense – perhaps you know – that it’s really taking you somewhere?
This week’s reading, you see, is far closer to last week’s than may first seem apparent. It may be closer than feels entirely comfortable. It is close for a purpose, though, and that is to get into a particularly fusty, dusty corner of the psyche to brush the metaphorical cobwebs away.
You’re being asked to consider tempering a stance that runs the risk of becoming narrowed and set in its ways. And if you’re agreeing and pointing your finger out there somewhere, it may serve you to turn that finger inward and look closer to home. The Four of Disks is bang in the middle of the reading, just as you are bang in the middle of your life.
Is “Power” really true power if you can’t move freely? Does real power require you to stay where you are? How much – or rather how little – are you trusting that that power is capable of flexibility, and that it will move with you when you move? Because at some point, you’ve got to get up out of that chair.
The cards have spoken, and I trust that what they have to say is what you most need to know.
When you are da boss, it will be an authentic expression of you as an individual, and not simply some assumed guise that rumples like a nylon suit, edging further up your ass as you try and walk your talk, a chafing reminder that, no, you don’t have to pretend and you don’t have to lie to yourself.
You are now in a phase where you are trying to separate truth from fiction. The Seven of Swords was the moment where you saw your situation clearly: that you didn’t have to continue choosing what you were choosing. The Moon is now the time where you get to decipher where the path for you really lies.
This is the start of a journey. This is a moment when something steps into existence. It is neutral, this energy. It is our own subjective response to it that attaches a particular judgement, whether that is positive or negative. What is certain is that there is an air of the new, a beginning.
How you see your life is enmeshed deeply with how you learned to view it growing up: your conditioned thoughts about how life works, what you can expect of it, and the threatened consequences of even questioning that learning, let alone trying to undo it.
At its best, it is an enriching experience that may hold a Shadow element. At its worst, it is displacement, acting out, or a flight into health, which can result in re-traumatization in an environment that is not equipped either to recognise true Shadow when it emerges, or to deal with it. A