A Jungian approach to Tarot
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My, what machinations of the mind do we have here? What tricks and entrapments, what intimidations and torture devices? What subversive temptations of gargantuan proportions to hold you in place, hypnotise you into a standstill with their projections and distortions?
If you are finding yourself saying, “Why do things have to be so fucking complicated!” or “I long for the time when life was more simple,” or “It’s not FAIR! Everything was FINE when it was just about me!” — well, then: welcome to the Three of Swords.
Magic is nothing if not transformation. It is actively working with the basic elements of life in partnership with an intelligence that surpasses our limited perspective in order to abet our evolution — in no matter which direction that evolution happens.
There is something that you have gone through recently — a foundational experience — that encouraged you to take a different look at life and your place in it. “Encouraged” may be too gentle a word: frequently, the presence of The Hanged Man denotes a time where you have little choice other than to surrender.
Look inside you: what stories are you weaving? What feelings are you feeling? What beliefs are you holding to? Then, look around you: what is really going on? What truth is it reflecting — and are you as powerless as you believe you are to change your mind about it, even if only for a moment?
What are you not looking at? That might be a useful question. What is it that is calling to you that is not immediately in your purview? Or, rather, who? You, the Prince, are being summoned, by a Knight.
For the first time, in a key area, you have discovered that you are your own best resource, the progenitor of the beauty in your life, the sole witness to what is beautifully unfurling in front of you – born from you.
There’s a well-known saying (well-known in these parts, anyway) by Scottish poet Robbie Burns that I’m going to quote here in its original vernacular: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley” Or, to put it another way, with all the planning in the world, there are still times when you find yourself up shit creek without a paddle.
Are you going to follow your calling towards this higher vision? Or are you going to get waylaid by your shadowy, rivalrous saboteur – the one who wants power, even if it means sacrificing something altogether close to you? Are you going to follow your higher vision? Or are you just a load of hot “air-of-air” – blowing indeterminately even while you think you’re making real progress?
What happens when you are offered the capacity to see into a situation so clearly that something has to change as a result of your new level of perception? This week’s reading describes a moment when you are able reach for, and grab, the sword of insight by its hilt, and it becomes yours for the wielding.