Friday, 20. July 2007
Extracts from the site:
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.
The Fairy Tarot
Many of these instances (except perhaps, creative drama or thoughtful television), perpetuate a rather outdated view of tarot; a view that limits tarot to the realm of the occult, or mystical, or perhaps simply, the frivolous.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.
More: Tarot Today
|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.
Tarot of the Secret Forest
More: The Quick Reading
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.
- Exploring the tarot for insight and enlightenment
by Nellie Levine.
A comprehensive site - very well done and absolute advisable.
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