Spiritual practice will not eliminate negative emotions. Emotions are part of the palette of life, part of the way consciousness moves. Not only can’t you get rid of them, but you’d feel empty and impoverished if you did. Practice can change your relationship to emotions, so that instead of being swamped by certain feeling states, you can hold them, contain them, see into their essence, and ultimately, use emotions in the service of your liberation.
I read this on Mystic Medusa’s blog today and immediately thought: Hells to the yeah! Too many peeps confuse being a spiritual person with being a good person. Imo they are not the same thing and you can see this clearly in Life Lessons Tarot (aka the Major Arcana).
Following on from yesterday’s post about The Sun I thought I’d sum up the three core beliefs in Life Lessons Tarot (aka the Major Arcana). I call them Tarot’s Holy Trinity. They illustrate why I find Tarot to be such a beautiful and profound (not to mention useful) philosophy.
I describe Tarot as a do-it-yourself-know-thyself-kit. Forget fortune telling with the cards. As fun as that can be when fate looks golden, it can be a real ball-and-chain dragging you down when the cards are dark. Instead, I recommend using Tarot to get to know yourself better. To find out, as the Spice Girls sang, ‘What you want, what you really really want.’ To acknowledge your strengths and work on your weaknesses. To become who you are deep inside.
Life Lesson Tarot (aka the Major Arcana) spells out this journey in detail. And you know you’ve finally been successful at becoming a realer version of yourself when you pull this card out of the pack… Continue reading →
I promised a lovely lady on my Facebook page ages ago that I’d republish all my medical Tarot blogs. Here’s one I found. Sorry it took so long…
I’ve had way more experience of mental health issues in the last few years than I ever wanted to so I thought it might be time to tackle the Tarot of Mental Illness in more depth. Unsurprisingly the cards involved include those in the last section of Life Lessons Tarot (aka the Major Arcana). Note: These cards might turn up reversed in a reading about mental illness.
I’ve decided to dedicate Thursdays to re-running old posts. Maybe mashed up together or with new information thrown in. Because there are some Tarot stories that deserve to be retold. Because I want to refocus on central themes from time to time. Today is one of those occasions.
One of the reasons I love Tarot cards so much is that they’re deeply meaningful. In particular the group of cards commonly known as The Major Arcana. I refer to them as Life Lessons Tarot because together they read like a book about the core life experiences of a human being. For me this is Tarot’s Holy Book. I’ve divided it up into three volumes and a prologue.
‘Growing Into The Person You Always Should Have Been’ is the title of a newspaper article I read today in the local rag written by one of my favourite social commentators, a woman by the name of Wendy Tuohy.
In the article she explains this is a direct quote from David Bowie of all people, the once-upon-a-time glam rock god who has morphed into a content homebody. Continue reading →
Okay. So I finally make it camping and even work out how to blog from my iPhone and then what happens next? My tent breaks. Sheesh! Talk about beIng tested. Here is the Tarot of The Night My Tent Broke (pictures to be added when I get back home.)