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:
Using the Celtic Cross Spread to Explore a Past Event
We mostly use tarot to find out about the future, or explore a current event in our lives or that of our clients. Tarot is also an excellent tool for exploring past events too. All we need do is tweak the positions of our favourite tarot spread and we have our very own questionnaire built to explore the past! I’m going to use the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread in this post as it lends itself well to customisation.
(See my free tutorial on the Celtic Cross for a deeper understanding of its use.)
The Fool’s Journey as 3 X 7 Theory
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)
- 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, you will find the other. The darkness is expressed through our unconsciousness 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.