Lady Rose and her blogging partner, Mama Kelly, are now offering a weekly tarot reading for bloggers who request one. Every Saturday evening they will select a question from the emails they receive, and one lucky blogger will be selected for a free tarot card reading.
There are many avenues in this world for all of us to find additional insight into our lives. We can study the bible, the talmud, kabbalah, astrology, runes, tea leaves or tarot. Studying these books and philosophies and disciplines are all ways to find meaning in life. Anything that helps an individual find comfort or understanding or insight and personal growth and happiness and peace is good.
There are many different religions and philosophies and ancient teachings on this planet. I think what connects us all as human beings is our desire to know and to understand. What I find fascinating are the varied mythologies and theologies that cultures all around the world--from the Ancient Greek Gods to Aboriginal and American Indian and Norse God mythologies--have created to find this meaning. And all these writings, including the apocryphal stories that accompany Judeo-Christian teachings, do tend to revolve around certain archetypes that Carl Jung has identified. And very closely related to the Carl Jung archetypes are the tarot cards.
Not too long ago, I actually dabbled in many of these. I believe in a Supreme Being. I follow one of the world's major religions. But I've also studied astrology, Chinese Astrology, Numerology, Tarot and Kabbalah all to find additional meaning; and at one time I even dabbled a little bit in Tarot. And because of my interest in Greek Mythology, the deck I used was the Mythic Tarot, which is pictured above, and is a really beautiful tarot deck.
I don't really read the tarot cards anymore, but I actually have computer software that does tarot and astrology readings for me. What's fascinating is that on any given day, the zodiac astrology readings and the tarot readings are often very similar. I don't think this is spooky at all. Tarot and Astrology are NOT fortune telling.
However, on any given day, each of us experiences certain feelings and certain energy. On any given day, we are influenced by the people and events in our lives. How we see these people and events is often a nebulous perception that we really can't put our fingers on. Daily or Weekly Tarot and Astrology Readings, however, are lenses by which we can use to focus our perceptions and our feelings, and therefore they are tools we can use to help us find insight into our lives and the lives of our friends and loved ones.
I believe in God. I have my own reasons for my belief--not the least of which is a story I recount in my Classic MTMD post ALASKA Day 4: In God's Country There Be Angels. And too many cultures separated by vast time and distances have independently developed theologies based around a Supreme Being with many similar characteristics that deep down at the very core of our being, if we are to be honest with ourselves if not completely scientific, there has to be a reason why. Perhaps this is a "proof" of God's existence. And perhaps, just maybe, Tarot, Astrology, Kaballah and the like are all instruments whereby we can focus in and tap into a higher or at least a different plane of understanding wherein God is alive, is present, and is speaking to us every day.
For more information on these subjects, please see the following Wikipedia articles on: Tarot, Astrology, Chinese Astrology, and Kaballah.
And for a really great read from a master of science fiction and magic realism, please check out Last Call by Tim Powers, which not only is one of the most creative and brilliant novels I've ever read, it's an awesome and sometimes heartbreaking story with an amazing triumph in the end. Tarot cards and all kinds of mysticism are used as storytelling devices; and the book is an education and a wonder and a powerful work with turn-the-page action, breathtaking descriptions, and many clearly-defined quirky and multi-dimensional characters.
Thanks for reading.
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