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  • The Source of Tarot by Arch

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    • By Saturn Celeste


    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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    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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    Posted (edited)

    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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    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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    Posted (edited)

    Interesting analysis.  Thank you!

    Haven't yet read all of your papers and knew little about Swedenborg before today.  Fascinating man,  a little like Teilhard de Chardin with the originality of his thinking? 

    I very much like the framework of the four worlds.  Traditional Christian faiths don't go into any detail about the afterlife.  Hinduism does a little, and I don't know about Islam - except that Islam is basicallly a gentle religion.


    My most meaningful encounter with the 'Other' was through spiritualism (not the religion but ideas of connection with other spirits).  I absolutely believe in other dimensions through my experiences with mediumship and my reading of some of the works of spirits like Silver Birch, Chan and Ramadahn.  Some Theosophical work has also helped  - but my learning has been a little haphazard.

    My reading of the literature mentioned above makes me believe that we evolve as spirits into something more beautiful and 'conscious' but the reading I've done doesn't suggest a framework.   It is more about  behaviour so that we can evolve.

    I encountered Tarot long before this.  Tarot enabled me to understand intuition and my own 'self' as a spiritual being having a human experience (Teilhard de Chardin again).  I use Tarot now as you have suggested - to understand my inner self and to communicate with my 'guides'.    Symbolic language at a deep level.

    Thank you once more.  You've given us a lot to think about.


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    Posted (edited)


    Glad you found it interesting.


    This is the first I hear of Teilhard de Chardin, but reading up on him,

    it does indeed seem to be similarities in the basic stance.

    *Apparently it was mentioned higher up, but I never followed up on the mention.


    I find it interesting how different people experience and make sense of this landscape.

    In a way I think no one person holds the key to actual understanding,

    hence every judgment on others stance only become projection,

    as their understanding is just as limited as the one they are taking on to judge or even condemn.


    Morally that can make one feel good, but at the same time it can be intellectually vexing

    to realize how little one comprehends of the whole puzzle.


    After my last article on Kether, I had to take a break to integrate all the stuff I've exposed myself to in this process.

    It can become spiritually crushing to try to write about the "glories beyond the abyss in heaven"

    and then have to face down material issues in Malkuth, mirages of appearances in Yesod

    and attachment issues from Hod up to Geburah; and then to find the road one has detailed so clearly in theory, blocked in reality.


    The reason I haven't written for a while, is mostly because the spark of inspiration died with that last article.

    It was as if someone hit an off switch.

    I've proven to myself that I can still write about it, if I only vow to write stuff for my own exploration.

    So there seem to have happened some motivational short-circuit at the end there.

    Which makes sense given that I touched upon the issue of transcending divinity and how it was basically giving up everything.

    Every motivation and every desire set aside for a higher divine purpose.


    Which would in some way represent Metatron kicking me all the way back to Malkuth for my transgression of flying too close to the sun.

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    How lovely to hear a mention of Teilhard de Chardin here. I was in a huge Teilhard phase a few years ago and read a load of  his books. I was hugely impressed. I am now a "fan" of the noosphere; it makes so much more sense to me than "heaven".

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    10 minutes ago, gregory said:

    How lovely to hear a mention of Teilhard de Chardin here. I was in a huge Teilhard phase a few years ago and read a load of  his books. I was hugely impressed. I am now a "fan" of the noosphere; it makes so much more sense to me than "heaven".

    I agree that heaven is quite outdated, and it does have a lot of religious baggage.

    Yet every new concept comes with its own cultural baggage from its own period.

    Swedenborg wrote of heaven because that is what he knew, while Teilhard saw a new path I guess.


    I might look into some of that if there is interest, as I don't see much point in writing articles that people don't want to read.

    Besides I feel "heaven" is pretty much covered at this point.

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    Oh sure - it was just that I think Teilhard in general is so very interesting. And your article is great. Write more.

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    8 minutes ago, gregory said:

    Oh sure - it was just that I think Teilhard in general is so very interesting. And your article is great. Write more.

    Okay I have downloaded "The phenomenon of man" from the internet archive,

    will read it and if I get inspired to write again I will write. 😉

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    Arch, we can only use the language and education we have to understand the spiritual journey

    and our understanding evolves.

    I'm not a Thoth devotee but respect those who are.
    Like you, I find the journey of others fascinating and learn so much by reading and listening.
    Keep writing!

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