The tarot often shows up in movies, television shows, song lyrics, and novels. It has, in recent years, shown up in the scene of crimes, theatrical works, museum gift shops, and video games.
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Many of these instances (except perhaps, creative drama or thoughtful television), perpetuate a rather outdated view of tarot; a view that limits tarot to the realm of the occult, or mystical, or perhaps simply, the frivolous. Characters who use tarot are often involved in darker arts or religious practices, or they might be immature emotionally, asking questions that prove shallowness and gullability.
These portrayals miss the point. Sure, there are those who believe the tarot is a form of direct and unmistakeable communication with the divine, those who use tarot out of selfishness or the desire to have power over others, and those who limit their use of cards to focus on rather trivial issues in their personal lives. But there are also those who see the cards as a way of looking within, in a quest to know themselves more deeply, become better people, and ultimately to help improve the world they live in.
I am a big proponent of long readings. I often spend two hours contemplating the cards as they are laid out, and will continue to ponder their meanings in my life for days after. When I do readings for others I give just as much serious attention, and often write long, in-depth reports, so the reading can be turned to again for further insight.
But sometimes (perhaps more often than we would like), it is necessary to do a much shorter reading. Can we get as much meaning from a reading that lasts only ten or twenty minutes? It may be condensed, but I have found that a short reading can be just as effective, and in fact might help us understand our first impulses about an issue better than one we dwell on for several hours.
We can get the message of a short reading as fully as we can gather the message of a television commercial or short song. Often, all we need from the tarot is that short message, something to carry around with us as a reminder, lesson, or affirmation.
Illumination Tarot is an exploration and study of tarot. It shares personal experience and wisdom on using tarot for self-discovery, spiritual growth, transformation, and divination. Created to help others find the most fulfilling way to incorporate tarot into a practice of mindful living, Illumination Tarot offers practical advice, information, and tools, as well as musings into more mystical considerations. The tarot tradition is treated with respect, as are the unique paths we all choose in our quest for understanding.
TAROT divination is not fortune-telling. The practice of fortune-telling is based on the false notion that human life is governed by luck, chance, or fate—by obscure powers at work outside the personality. True divination rests upon the occult truth that the causes of all events in human life are really internal, proceeding from the Cause of Causes - the Universal Intelligent Energy or Life-power which is the Source, Mover and Knower behind all the phenomena of the universe.
Because this Universal Intelligent Energy is omnipresent, it must necessarily be a real presence at any given point in space. Consequently it must be the real Presence at the heart of every human personality. That Presence is the True Self, the real I AM, the Concealed Divinity in the shrine of the temple of personality.
This True self is the author of all phenomena, and its perfect knowledge includes all the details of phenomenal manifestation, past, present and future. It knows all events, and the significance of all events. Thus it knows the complete past, present and future of every human being.
Ordinarily this perfect knowledge of the True Self is hidden from us; but under certain conditions some part of it may be brought down into the personal level of awareness. The right use of Tarot provides the necessary conditions, because Tarot is a device invented by expert psychologists who understood the laws whereby the superconscious knowledge of the True Self may be brought to bear upon the specific problems which confront us as we function at the self-conscious level of our waking existence.
Runes are an alphabetic script used by the peoples of Northern Europe from the first century c.e. until well into the Middle Ages. In addition to their use as a written alphabet, the runes also served as a system of symbols used for magic and divination. Runes fell into disuse as the Roman alphabets became the preferred script of most of Europe, but their forms and meanings were preserved in inscriptions and manuscripts.
The primary characteristic which distinguishes a runic alphabet from other alphabets is that each letter, or rune, has a meaning. For example, whereas "ay", "bee", and "cee" are meaningless sounds denoting the first three letters in our alphabet, the names of the first three runes, "fehu", "uruz", and "þurisaz" are actual words in the Germanic language, meaning "cattle", "aurochs", and "giant", respectively. Runes also have magical and religious significance as well, thus transforming the simple process of writing into a magical act. They are also used for divinatory readings and to create magical spells.
Today, runes have been rediscovered as a symbolic system and have gained immense popularity as a means of divination. They are, however, much more than a curious alternative to Tarot cards for telling fortunes. They provide a key to understanding the lives and beliefs of the ancient people who created them, and have much to teach us about a way of life that was perhaps more inimately connected to the natural world, and to the realm of spirit, than our own.
The Runic Journey (PDF)
This pdf includes: History and Origin of the Runes, The Meanings of the Runes, Runic Divination & Rune Magic
All humanity is intimate with the idea there is more to our lives than what meets our eyes. We instinctually strive beyond the limitations of the five senses.
From the fuzzy edges of our psychic vision we see glimmers of events that intrigue us...
* Where do we go for clarity when these glimmery subtleties appear?
* How can we get perspective when we’re faced with questions about ourselves, our community, our future, present and past?
* Upon what may we rely to provide us guidance when we are still yet unsure of our own worth and power?
They may not be the answers we want to hear or we may misunderstand them, but answers are always available to us.
Absolutely, the Tarot serves as both message and messenger to vital questions we have about our lives. But the Tarot is not the end-all, be-all of oracles.
Tarot is an effective tool.
Just as a painter commands the brush and a sculptor masters the chisel, the Tarot is another tool in an arsenal of resources we can use for our personal development and understanding.
This website is devoted to individuals who use their own minds, hearts and faith as their primary navigation system and desire to use the Tarot to augment their natural growth.
Additionally, Tarot Teachings is committed to re-establishing the honorable, timeless wonder that accompanies the use of Tarot. The goal here is to restore this esoteric art form back to its original beauty and organic grace. Over the course of time this website will provide a wealth of in-depth information and proven techniques that will broaden your understanding and allow for psychic advancement.
Very well done! With History of Tarot Cards, Meanings of Colors in Tarot Cards, Tarot and Astrology, Number Meaning of Tarot Cards, Tarot and Crystal Meanings, Symbol Meanings of the Tarot and much more!
There have been numerous attempts to construct systems of correspondence between the Tarot and the Sephiroth of the Kabbalah. Another fertile ground for this activity is to try to match the Tarot cards with astrology. This book was one of the first to try to make this connection. Beginning with a theoretical section, it then discusses each card. Another feature of this book is a comparison of characteristics attributed to each card by some of the previous writers such as Waite and Papus.
Originally published in 1930 under the title General Book of the Tarot, it was reprinted in paperback by Newcastle in 1975 under the much more germane title Astrology of the Tarot. The Newcastle edition is long out of print but not hard to find used. More recently Kessinger has added it to their print on demand inventory under the original title.
This four card past-present-future spread is a good to use for simple questions. It’s also great for when you’re short of time but need an overview of a situation. Enter your name and your question and get a free reading: Goddess Tarot Oracle.
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The pathology of the poet says that "the undevout astronomer is mad"; the pathology of the very plain man says that genius is mad; and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.
Moreover, the pathology, if it existed, would probably be an empiricism rather than a diagnosis, and would offer no criterion. Now, occultism is not like mystic faculty, and it very seldom works in harmony either with business aptitude in the things of ordinary life or with a knowledge of the canons of evidence in its own sphere.
The circles are the ten Sephiroth. Their numbers are printed above their names, and these are also the numbers of the Tarot trumps from the Magician to the Wheel of Fortune. Below the Sephirotic titles are the numbers of the major trumps which also correspond to those Sephiroth.
To those critics who may complain that my interpretations of the Tarot differ widely from most of those published hitherto, I would point out the fact that nearly all the explanations of the Tarot that have found their way into print have been based upon the false attribution of the cards to the Hebrew alphabet, used by Eliphas Levi.
Finally, I have said nothing of the divinatory uses of the Tarot, not because I agree with those who deprecate its application to the art of divination; but rather because it is my belief that the best results in foretelling the future with the Tarot can he obtained by none who are not thoroughly grounded in the philosophy of the cares.
The Tarot Trumps, being a sort of Universal Alphabet, may of course be interpreted in a variety of ways, but I shall discuss their Symbolism when arranged upon the Paths of the Tree of Life according to the Reformed Astrological Order given in the Appendix to
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If by this means we obtain "More Light on the Tarot Trumps" and the Universal Tradition, which transcends what we call Light and Darkness, becomes plainer to my readers, the book will not have been written in vain.
Before discussing the matter in detail, I am giving a brief summary dealing with the earliest traditions of Mankind and their effect upon the present day, or the New Aeon, the Cycle of Aquarius, in which we are not living.
This video includes two chapters of the 'Strictly Supernatural' Series:
Tarot & Astrology. Both used for centuries to predict the future and are the focus of this feature. This film narrated by actor Christopher Lee explores the devices humans have developed to understand mystifying phenomenon and make sense of the universe.
The first part of astrology takes you on a journey through the astology signs and it's history. With several interviews of known astrologers who give you their feedback of readings as well, and how astrological advice has been used in recent history, e.g.Ronald Reagan, Hitler and John F Kennedy. It's also an exellent tool to start learning about astrology.
The second part of tarot is very informative about the major arcana, the history of tarot, when it first appeared and used through the ages. Also with interviews from various tarot readers. And also very good for the beginners who which to learn what tarot is all about.
Total duration of this video is 1 hour 41 minutes.
Today's playing cards are so commonplace that it may seem to be a stretch that they have meaning beyond their role in game-playing. However, playing cards are based on an ancient system similar to the Tarot.
Each birthday of the year is associated with a main playing card, the Birth Card, and each tells its own story.
Tarot of Color is an attribution deck that shows the depth of correspondences. Each card has a color, esoteric title, astrological attribution, elemental attribution and many more.
One of the things that the hermetic order of the golden dawn brought to tarot was their elaborate attribution system. Not every modern tarot reader uses this system particularly in its entirety. It is in my opinion and amazing work and has interesting uses. The attributions system associates with the tarot cards just about everything in the world including sound, color, states of consciousness, astrology, the 4 elements, time, sequence, angelic forces, the Hebrew alphabet, Kabala.
Color can be a bridge between a Tarot Reading and your daily life. Look at the cards from a color perspective. If Red becomes a major issue, consider if there is too much or not enough. If you have too little red, showing as fatigue, low energy, you may want to add it to your wardrobe, diet or environment. If you think there is too much red, you might consider adding the complement (green).
Tarot of Color can be used on its own for readings, as flash card for learning the correspondences or to clarify a reading from another deck.
The Kaleidoscope tarot is a color and tarot divination system. All 78 cards from a traditional tarot deck (plus two extras for the element of earth & spirit) are represented with a color and a symbol. The colors and symbols come from the attribution system created by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
The Major Arcana has its Elemental, Planetary or Zodical Attribution. The Court Cards are marked with p for page, k for Knight, Q for Queen and K for King. The Pips are numbered one through 10.
Quest33 is a deck of 33 colorful cards. Once a card has been selected, Shankari’s voice begins to explain where you are in your life and gives guidance on what you need to do to grow. Depending on the card, she may tell you that you have lots of energy with no direction or you’ve made a profound shift from fear of the unknown to love of adventure.
Then she prescribes various rituals to help create harmony in your life and grow into joy on every level.
The number 33 is used because it is believed to be the most powerful and creative number in the universe. Shankari, a Balinese mystic and healer, has designed the entire collection of cards by hand. Each card represents its own world and meaning.
Oracle cards, but nothing like Tarot or I-Ching: Quest33 by Shankari -- New Interactive Web-based Journey of Self-discovery, Englightenment and Fun. (English)
The third card, or “reaction,” within the third spiral…”The Solar Plexus”…the center of “will.”
This card indicates an immanent “Rite of Passage.” An inspiring acceptance of “Divine Purpose” upon your personal quest brings a new level of empowerment. The Lotus represents your soul’s true purpose, passing through the limitation set by mind (yellow barrier), then through duality (the two snakes), then separation (the two yellow arcs above and below) in the image and finally through illusion (the dragonflies).
Forty glorious cards of Victorian "Flowers Personified" make up this gorgeous and unique oracle—based on original early nineteenth century engravings by JJ Grandville.
Here you are invited to meet characters such as the shy Miss Wallflower, sumptuous Lady Tulip and sad young Forget-me-not. Each flower woman will lead you to an understanding of the language of the flowers, and share with you their gentle wisdom.
Magic Prague, city of Art Nouveau and Deco, the Baroque and the Enlightenment. Yet also a place of gothic enchantment, golems, phantoms, alchemists and astrologers - the fantastic and fantastical. There is nowhere quite like the capital of Bohemia, with its rich mix of symbolism and style.
The Tarot of Prague brings the the diverse beauty and symbolism of the "Magic City" to a fully-illustrated 78-card tarot deck. The cards are made up of intricate images collaged from thousands of original photographs of the fabulous art and architecture of Prague.
In the early 1920's, the Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach was inspired to develop his famous inkblot test from a popular European parlor game called Klexographie. The game involved creating interesting images out of spilled ink and folded paper.
The paper was then passed around, and each person told a story based upon what he thought he saw in the image. One person might see a snake and feel apprehensive. Another might see a heart and feel romantic. You see, no two people see exactly the same thing in an inkblot. We view the image through our inner eye.
Like the parlor game, the Klexographie Oracle can unlock the wisdom of your inner voice ? that primal part of you that knows the answers but doesn't always speak loudly enough for you to hear. The images presented in this Oracle are all actual inkblots, nothing computer generated.
The Klexographie Oracle works in a similar way to readings with tea leaves, coffee grounds, fireplace ashes, candle wax, and the like.
To begin, think about your question. Then click the "Start" button, choose whether you want a black or multi-colored inkblot, and gaze upon the resulting image. The symbols and patterns you see will shed light upon your question. You may see multiple pictures within one inkblot. Do they tell a story?
No need to over-analyze what you see. Trust your initial responses to the images. This oracle speaks to your intuition, so allow your inner wisdom to pour forth. If you are uncertain of how the picture illustrates your answer, or if you require additional insight, perform a second inkblot reading.
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