While there has been an explosion in adult colouring books recently, the activity of colouring in a tarot deck is an already established one. The only problem was you had to be a member of a mystical, magical and altogether secret society to be instructed in this fine art.
For art, as we understand it, it was not. This was presented as art with a higher purpose: the art being the understanding and application of knowledge of colour, divination systems, religion, magic et al. These secrets are no more and whether you are aware of it or not, you work with a tarot deck that has been skillfully crafted in both types of art.
Thankfully, those of you who use tarot for divination, or your own purposes outside of secret society rules, colouring in a tarot deck is an excellent method to help you connect with your cards on a deeper level.
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?
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:
Tarot card counting is a wonderfully rich and exciting technique for reading tarot cards. Brought to light by the Golden Dawn, but used much earlier by European cartomancers, it allows a sequential story to unfold before your very eyes. It removes any cases of doubt as to what happens next or what tarot card meaning to apply within the circumstances because it is a very clear cut way of reading the cards. This tutorial will focus on tarot card counting as refined by the Golden Dawn, their system is interwoven with the Qabbalah and the Tree of Life, and you will see influences from these systems in card counting, though you don’t need knowledge in either to count cards.
Crystals form an integral part of most people’s spiritual journey and experience. I wouldn’t mind betting you have a crystal near you right now, a clear or rose quartz, an amethyst, carnelian, citrine, turquoise…
There is something calming, pleasing and reassuring about the sight and feel of any crystal. Browse your local new age shop and you will be enchanted by the glistening, the shapes and the colours. What you may not understand is the energetic qualities they will be flooding you with at the same time. Empaths can either feel enlivened or overwhelmed in such a shop, such are the energies moving freely around. On a recent visit to the geology department of a museum, I had to stabilise myself several times because of the strong pull on my energetic field by the rocks and crystals on display.
This has been known for millenia with crystals being used for healing in ancient times right up to the present. They were used not just for their energetic properties but for physical healing too. Combine with oils and other natural ingredients and you have a powerful cocktail of healing at your fingertips. The problem we may find is that some of the crystals required for very specific healings are hard to find or cannot be ethically sourced.