Tarot and the Spiritual Path by Arch
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Tarot and the spiritual path:
I wrote an article earlier about the source of Tarot, a brief outline of the territory we traverse.
There is so much more that could be said about it, yet I’m vary of just throwing stuff out there for people to chew on,
without proper context.
It is easy to just think that one will achieve enlightenment or wholeness in a heartbeat,
if one just has the map of how to get there, yet anyone who has studied a map,
knows that the map is not the terrain. When one finds oneself at the place the map describes,
one encounters issues and obstacles the map didn’t include or only vaguely alluded to.
Maybe it is raining, maps generally don’t include the weather at any particular time.
(Though these days, there are maps for that)
So when trying to walk the path, one will suddenly encounter a lot of problems.
Problems one just didn’t expect, this is why so few ever get to the top,
they get discouraged on the way, and fall off, for some reason or another.
This article looks at Tarot from a spiritual perspective, walking a spiritual path,
and using Tarot as a tool to assist in that process.
I myself am one of those walking such a path, I’m not at the starting line,
but I’m hardly at the end of the line either.
Be wary of those that say they have arrived, they usually have not arrived where you think.
One thing that has struck me about trying to grow spiritually, is how hard it is.
There are many reasons for this, yet one of the elephants in the room is the direction of focus.
To grow spiritually one must look at ones shadow, try to deal with it.
One starts like Kabbalah points out in Malkuth, yet many traditions wants one to focus on Kether.
To focus on the sun, to look straight up, blinded by the light, and not minding ones feet.
Now I’m not saying that the sun is bad, far from it, but right now, that is too high a goal.
Just like Icarus, ones wings are not ready for such heights, they will likely melt and one will fall down.
To be able to get up into the heights one must build, build from the earth towards heaven.
Some people are able to fly higher than others naturally, yet even they should be careful.
Many have become overconfident, in their mastery of the sky.
Failing to see that without a connection to the earth, their treasures in heaven are worthless.
Besides no matter how high one flies when one close ones eyes, when one open them,
one will find oneself right back here on earth, with the rest of humanity.
The first Tarot trump of the Fool, is often where one starts traditionally, yet that time is long past.
Sure when one where born, one where there, but no longer, that is why Jesus said.
And he said:
Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
One is actually at the complete different end of the spectrum, namely at the World card.
Unless one accepts the complete disconnect from the source and the long path back,
one will never reach wholeness.