Studying the Tarot is like taking a symbology/esoteric/psychology
course. The Tarot (a word that doesn’t exist in any language other than
as this deck of cards), is a depiction of our journey as spirit into
physical form. The stages/learning at each step in this development and
what it means when we successfully reach the end of a cycle are
represented with a card.
When I used to teach the Tarot, I was amazed by the changes I witnessed
in the lives of the students as they learned the meanings and how to
read them. Marriages and other significant relationships were split and
forged; career paths were quit and launched. Students’ appearances
Enlightenment or psychological growth (whatever lingo is your jam) does
impact on us in a multitude of ways. Self-love and acceptance relaxes
our muscles especially those in the face, and all the joints in our
bodies. The resting expression on our faces will alter – we smile,
laugh and cry more easily making us look younger. As the joints in our
bodies relax, we walk and move differently. Sometimes our appearance can
alter so profoundly, someone we haven’t seen for a while might not even
Secrets Revealed in the Tarot
All aspects of our journey and experience is comprised of good and bad.
For example, the Devil card, which would be assumed to signal bad news,
teaches us that sensuality without love becomes usury, addiction and
entrapment. Cups, which are embraced as positive cards, reveal that
ungrounded intuition and emotional instability can lead to paranoia and
Our masculine and feminine aspects must be in balance.
For example, the leadership qualities revealed in the Emperor must be balanced with the empathy and nurturance of the Empress.
Our life journey continually moves us towards wholeness
Our process of learning and growing throughout embodiment leads to an
acceptance of ourselves, our limitations and gifts. This is encapsulated
in the World card and a study of the four essential elements
represented in the four suits. For example, when one of the elements is
over-represented in a reading, we are guided to re-balance by bringing
more of its opposite into our lives.
The human experience is an expression of spirit in matter.
When our spirit enters matter, there will be irresistible temptations
from both the unseen and seen worlds. The High Priestess represents
insight, spiritual riches and knowledge. Following her call may lure us
away from our bodies, however, and our day to day concerns for survival.
Slavishly following the signals of the High Priestess may distract us
from the needs of their bodies to eat and express sexual passion (eating
disorders such as anorexia nervosa exemplifies this pathology). The
Empress is the riches of the Goddess made manifest. She beckons us with
promises of a generous harvest, physical pleasure, and the blessings of
birthing. Too much Empress energy may lead to too much mothering and
Our journey to wholeness will mean sacrifice and death,
as revealed through the Hanged One and the Death cards. We must learn to
relinquish our ego’s mythology of total control to discover the riches
of self-actualization. True psychological health is reflected in our
ability to sacrifice our egotistic needs to be recognized and admired at
the alter of what supports the greater good and truth.
Balance is the key to emotional/spiritual maturity.
Awareness of our spiritual power must lead to prudence, responsibility
and beneficence or we will reap the ultimate backlash from the unseen
world of sickness, despair and alienation.
Pride always comes before the fall.
The Major Arcana
offers this lesson several times along the Fool’s journey. The Devil
reminds us to be mindful of the trappings of success and the danger of
losing the freedom and joy truly only available from the spiritual
plane. The Tower finally rips down all vestiges of egotism and Judgment
promises us atonement (at-one-ment) for our lapses into egotism and be
awarded a grace of rebirth.
We are Spiritual Beings in a Physical Body
At the World card, we achieve wholeness. We embrace true joy which is
an awareness of our purpose in life. We are balanced, spiritual beings
in a physical body, here to do the work of the sacred. Our trials,
challenges and losses are regarded from a perspective of wisdom,
acceptance and generosity. We humbly acknowledge that it is only in
this very moment that we can experience fulfillment, all else is
I wish you all an enlightening and fulfilling autumn! Set your
intentions to make this a month of balance, right purpose and joy.
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