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    The Source of Tarot:

    Written by @Arch




    There are as many names for the place what we connect with to get our wisdom from Tarot,

    as there are systems that deal with the spiritual realms.


    Jung called it the collective unconscious.

    Swedenborg called it the third heaven.

    Taoism calls it Wu-wei.

    Kabbalah calls it Kether.

    Theosophy calls it the Akashic records on the etheric plane.


    No matter what name we give it, it must obviously be the same phenomenon.

    Else different people all over the world wouldn't come up with such a similar idea.


    Yet what does this mean for us who practice Tarot?

    How do we relate to this source and what is it?

    This is difficult, cause no one can tell anyone what it is before they have experienced it.


    The more attached and focused we are on earthly things,

    in other words what we can see and touch in the world around us.

    The place called Malkhuth in Kabbalah, the complete opposite of Kether.

    The harder it is for us to connect with this other world.

    People who are naturally drawn to Tarot, often are in tune with this level anyway,

    yet many people are almost cut out from it, or like myself, "Now I see it, now I don't!"

    And what I see isn't necessarily the highest plane.



    "...angels feel the warmth and see the light, while we do not, the reason being that we are

    focused on physical warmth and light; and as long as we are, we feel spiritual warmth only

    as a kind of pleasure of love and see spiritual light only as a kind of sense of what is true.

    Since people know nothing about the spiritual warmth and light within them as long

    as they are focused on physical warmth and light, and since they can know about this only

    through experience offered by the spiritual world. I need first of all to talk about the

    warmth and light that surrounds angels and their heavens. This is the one and only way to

    shed some light on this matter. However, the levels of spiritual warmth cannot be described

    on the basis of experience because the love to which spiritual warmth corresponds does not

    fit into the images of our thought."

    Swedenborg - Divine Love and Wisdom



    As Swedenborg pointed out, just because we let go of the physical world,

    does not mean we rise all the way to the top, there are multiple levels between

    "The Lord" and our place of dwelling.




    "We can tell clearly from the angels of the three heavens that there are levels of love and

    wisdom. Angels of the third heaven so surpass angels of the second heaven in love and

    wisdom, and these in turn so surpass angels of the farthest heaven,

    that they cannot live in the same place. Their levels of love and wisdom mark them off and

    separate them."

    Swedenborg - Divine Love and Wisdom



    Now regardless what "heaven or plane one draws upon,

    there is enough wisdom for us who live on the earthly plane anyway.

    Just because something is higher up, does not make it necessarily better for the purpose of a reading.

    It would be like thinking it would be better to get the prime minister or president of a country

    to come out to deal with minor tasks.

    They would probably not even know how to deal with the issue,

    as they had issues of a totally different order going on.


    Swedenborg points out:



    "The thoughts of angels of the highest or third heaven are thoughts of purposes;

    the thoughts of angels of the intermediate or second heaven are thoughts of means; and the

    thoughts of angels of the lowest or first heaven are thoughts of results.

    It is important to realize that it is one thing to think on the basis of purposes

    and another to think about purposes, one thing to think on the basis of means

    and another to think about means, one thing to think on the basis of results

    and another to think about results."

    Swedenborg - Divine Love and Wisdom





    Different people will approach the contents of these planes in different ways.

    I won't go much deeper in Swedenborgs portrayal of these heavens, those curious can instead read his book.


    Rather I'd like to focus on the way we leave this earthly realm.

    The process of intuition is the vehicle we use to go to higher levels.

    Some people  have always been intuitive and hence have much experience with it,

    and when exposed to tarot engage in it naturally.

    Some need training before they can engage it,

    yet others struggle with it a lot and often shun it as a result.

    It is important to realize that everyone is different in this regard,

    and that we all have strengths and weaknesses,

    this is only one of many things one could be spending ones time on in this life.




    "Thus, on the one hand, a definite choice is made among the possibilities of life,

    since only the rational choice is consciously accepted; but, on the other hand,

    the independence and influence of those psychic functions which perceive life's happenings are essentially

    restricted. This limitation of sensation and intuition is, of course, not absolute.

    These functions exist, for they are universal; but their products are subjects to the

    choice of the reasoning judgment. It is not the absolute strength of sensation, for

    instance, which turns the scales in the motivation of action, but judgment."

    Carl Jung - Psychological types



    What Jung is saying here is that we can perceive both on the level of sensation and on

    the level of intuition. Yet what determines what we do with what we perceive is how we judge it.

    If we reject Tarot because of rational reasons from a materialistic standpoint,

    then we have decided that the collective unconscious is worthless and merely a fantasy.

    If we embrace it, we have accepted another view on it.

    People who quickly reject it, often do so, because it scares them,

    either because they are unable to engage it properly, or because it conflicts with their model of the world.


    Swedenborg called the wisdom, light and love, and this emotional stance on the collective

    unconscious is part of the reason why rational science rejects it.

    It conflicts on a fundamental philosophical level on what basis one should form ones judgments from.

    From cold reason or from warm wisdom, there will never be an absolute answer to this issue.

    One have to accept such basic differences in philosophy and worldview.


    That is why we who use Tarot, contact the collective unconscious, to ask for wisdom beyond this earthly world,

    beyond reason and intellectual facts and figures.

    It is the want for spiritual answers!



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    Saturn Celeste


    Excellent article, @Arch  I enjoyed it very much. :bubble_bthumbsup:

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    This is really great @Arch And it makes me want to seek even further into the limitless possibilities of what tarot can show us. Beyond answering questions of day to day occurrences. What is there beyond the beyond?

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    Thanks, very interesting. If I could just add three more names: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit, called it the noosphere, David Bohm, the physicist, the implicate order, and biologist Rupert Sheldrake, morphic fields. These three all imply that this 'informational' realm is pervasive and right at hand, less than a hair's breadth away, not a distant, elevated layer as such, but a current in which we are all inescapably immersed, one essential for normal human functioning. Thanks again!

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    Thanks guys!

    It means a lot that you appreciate the effort I made 🙂


    @devin I'll keep those names in mind, the next time I need to delve deeper in this direction!



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    What a fantastic article!!! so much information and insight. Thank you.

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    Little Fang


    Wonderful article, Arch! ❤️ Thank you for submitting it!

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    @Arch thank you very much, that was an interesting read, gave me some food for thought ❤️

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    I'm a newer enthusiast & am interested in learning TAROT and Angelic oracle card reading. 


    Please suggest the ideal e-resources reading and online card resources... As being student, right now I can't afford to buy these costlier material. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😇🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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