When Death Means Death

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Don’t we talk in spiritual terms in this community? We talk of death as if it is a beautiful experience. Some also play down the Tower while it’s been nothing short of devastating in my life.

We tend to do this with the Death card too – “Death doesn’t mean death, it means transition, or the end of something.” And so it goes on. But sometimes Death does mean death and more importantly, it is a part of life we cannot escape from. Like the Tower, when it comes crashing down around your ears. If you’re not already on your Chariot ready to drive through the devastation like a phoenix rising from the ashes, you will find yourself in the rubble, scratching your head and wondering what on earth just happened and where do I go from here?

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Virgo Through the Eyes of Tarot

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When I was preparing my tarotscope for Virgo, hosted by Siobhan’s Mirror, it naturally made me think more deeply about the cards associated with my own birth sign. I’ve privately approached this before, as I’m sure many of you have also. In seeking to understand myself further I collated the cards related to Virgo through astrology and numerology and produced these cards:

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Meditation on Death

Buddhism encourages new followers to go slowly and adopt the practices gradually. This is sound advice. Buddhism isn’t just another religion or philosophy to learn about, it’s also culturally different from anything we’re familiar with in the West, and is presented in many Eastern languages. Gradual suits me just fine.

On the Buddhist path, compassion is pretty much a prerequisite and one I very much agree with. Only it can be really, really hard to feel any sense of compassion when we hear and read such disturbing news across the media. It can be really difficult to feel compassion for our fellow man when they can be so annoying, egotistical, spiteful, hurtful, inconsiderate…

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An Unlikely Relationship

Guest post by Barbara Moore

Tarot cards are more than just a collection images, a game, or a fortunetelling device. They are, together and individually, doorways into the human experience. We find themes such as balance, opposing forces, and enlightenment repeating through the cards. Tarot is powerful because it is not just a collection of images but a complete system. The system affects meanings as much as the images. The cards within the deck are in dialogue with each other. We can gain even more wisdom when we eavesdrop on those conversations. There are many ways to do this. One is to study pairings or groupings based on visual similarities.

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Journey Through The Major Arcana – Part 3

The 3 X 7 Theory: Part 3

In my Part Two of Journey Through the Major Arcana, I talked about Rachel Pollack’s presentation (in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom) of the Major Arcana Trumps as a sequence, or progression, of an individual’s journey to individuation and enlightenment. The Trumps (minus the Fool, who represents the individual taking the journey) are divided into three lines:  Cards I-VII are seen as consciousness (the outer concerns of life in society), Cards VIII-XIV are seen as subconscious (our inward search to find who we really are), and Cards XV-XXI are seen as superconscious (development of a spiritual awareness and a release of archetypal energy). Darkness and light are the duality that is expressed through the Tarot. Where there is one, one finds the other. The darkness is expressed through our unconsciousnes and is accessed through our intuitive self (as represented by the High Priestess and the Moon). To truly understand ourselves, we need to move into our deepest core. It is within the line of the superconscious that we develop our spiritual awareness, and open up the archetypal energy of the cards and our lives.

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Journey Through The Major Arcana – Part 2

The 3 X 7 Theory: Part 2

In my Part One of Journey Through the Major Arcana, I talked about Rachel Pollack’s presentation ( in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom) of the Major Arcana Trumps as a sequence, or progression, of an individual’s journey to individuation and enlightenment. The Trumps (minus the Fool, who represents the individual taking the journey) are divided into three lines:  cards I-VII are seen as consciousness (the outer concerns of life in society), cards VIII-XIV are seen as subconscious (our inward search to find who we really are), and cards XV-XXI are seen as superconscious (development of a spiritual awareness and a release of archetypal energy).

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Journey Through The Major Arcana

Guest post series by Bonnie Cehovet

I think that everyone understands that the journey through the archetypes of the Major Arcana is a journey of individuation, of personal growth and enlightenment. There are several different ways in which the journey can be broken down. In the companion book to the “Universal Marseille” deck, author/Tarotist Lee Bursten discusses the 3 X 7 theory, which is based on Plato’s theory of the soul being divided into three parts: The Soul of Desire, The Soul of Will, and The Soul of Reason. According to this theory, Trumps I-VII represent the Soul of Desire, Trumps VIII-XIV represent the Soul of Will, and Trumps XV-XXI represent the Soul of Reason.

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