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  • Tarot and the Spiritual Path by Arch

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    Tarot and the spiritual path:

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

    Matthew 18:3-4

     

    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.




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    beautiful and helpful thoughts for my journey. Thank you.

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    On 9/13/2019 at 6:26 AM, archimedea said:

    beautiful and helpful thoughts for my journey. Thank you.

    Glad to hear it! 🙂

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    This actually brought tears to my eyes, for I have struggled long and hard, with the gift of suffering, most of my days, with no near end in sight.

    Contemplation of quitting comes often, and occasionally overrules all logic.

    But ultimately, the rider must resaddle and continue the fools journey, lest the fool be destined to repeat his lessons learned only through infernal insanity.

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    Another great article, @Arch, as we head into 2020 and I'm thinking of another Depth Year. 🙂

     

    At some point a couple of years ago, I came to the conclusion that spirituality was a path that helped one to live with two feet planted firmly on the Earth. It wasn't about reaching for something "out there", or transcending this earthly realm. It was about finding the kingdom of heaven within and walking through life with that connection, responding to life events and situations with that relationship in place to draw on.

     

    Spirituality is a journey that lasts our whole life. I'm not sure there can be an end goal, as such?

     

    Perhaps there are some spiritual belief systems built on levels that one passes through on an upward journey. But I'm not sure how helpful that is? What does the top level look like in practical, human terms?

     

    Your point is a good one: after the World we must return to the level of the Fool again. This is the world we live in, and that our ancestors lived in. This is where we are. It's important to stay grounded.

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    5 hours ago, Starlight said:

    Spirituality is a journey that lasts our whole life. I'm not sure there can be an end goal, as such?

    Probably not, but we keep colliding with different spiritual issues,

    so at least milestones on the path becomes overcoming those.

    5 hours ago, Starlight said:

     

    Perhaps there are some spiritual belief systems built on levels that one passes through on an upward journey. But I'm not sure how helpful that is? What does the top level look like in practical, human terms?

    Good question, I think that is a very complex process that involves more than just the individual.

    In other words a collective issue.

     

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    6 hours ago, Starlight said:

    Spirituality is a journey that lasts our whole life. I'm not sure there can be an end goal, as such?

     

     

    Infinity has neither end nor beginning. So there cannot be an end goal.  

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    devin

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    7 hours ago, Arch said:

    What does the top level look like in practical, human terms?

    I think the top level is probably beyond human terms. Thus 'The Void' and various negatives - non-being, non-form, etc. or, put another way, a place so full, it appears empty.

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    16 minutes ago, devin said:

    I think the top level is probably beyond human terms. Thus 'The Void' and various negatives - non-being, non-form, etc. or, put another way, a place so full, it appears empty.

    More or less in the same vein as Kether in Kabbalah or just the Tao then,

    which I wouldn't disagree with, but it begs the question what the top that can be defined is.

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    2 hours ago, devin said:

    I think the top level is probably beyond human terms. Thus 'The Void' and various negatives - non-being, non-form, etc. or, put another way, a place so full, it appears empty.

    I agree with this also. But I have to wonder, what happens once this is attained. Are we formed back into the collective consciousness, i.e. source, and sitting in blissful observance, or do we repeat the Fools journey as a means to keep ourselves entertained? For once we reach the ultimate enlightenment, is that it? Or is that just the top level for this stage of consciousness. Perhaps there is more beyond that, through which we must also grow and learn.

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    2 hours ago, RowenaFae said:

    I agree with this also. But I have to wonder, what happens once this is attained. Are we formed back into the collective consciousness, i.e. source, and sitting in blissful observance, or do we repeat the Fools journey as a means to keep ourselves entertained? For once we reach the ultimate enlightenment, is that it? Or is that just the top level for this stage of consciousness. Perhaps there is more beyond that, through which we must also grow and learn.

    I don't believe that there is a hierarchy of levels one can climb and then be done.

    Not that such hierarchies doesn't exists or that they are useless,

    just that they are only part of the picture.

     

    Once you get to the top of the mountain, you usually climb down again.

    There are other mountains to climb, and plenty of people get by not climbing mountains at all.

     

    In response to this little debate, I wrote a new article where I bring in a slightly different perspective.

    The evolution of values which happen regardless of spiritual processes.

    Though there will of course be overlap and mutual influences flowing back and forth between the two.

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    This is a great topic, @Arch. I'm looking forward to reading the other article.

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    On 12/15/2019 at 10:28 PM, devin said:

    or, put another way, a place so full, it appears empty.

    That is such a beautiful description! 🙂

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    22 hours ago, Arch said:

    I don't believe that there is a hierarchy of levels one can climb and then be done.

    Not that such hierarchies doesn't exists or that they are useless,

    just that they are only part of the picture.

     

    Once you get to the top of the mountain, you usually climb down again.

    There are other mountains to climb, and plenty of people get by not climbing mountains at all.

     

    In response to this little debate, I wrote a new article where I bring in a slightly different perspective.

    The evolution of values which happen regardless of spiritual processes.

    Though there will of course be overlap and mutual influences flowing back and forth between the two.

    I agree with this as well. I see the concept of there being a "top end" as almost, defeating, because, "What happens, then?".

     

    I question if, once we reach a certain point, perhaps we are graduated to a new set of lessons, probably ones we cannot even conceive of in this dimensional existence.

     

    I will check out your latest article.

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