October 29, 2010 at 3:01 am #35664
As a supplement to my other practices, I have had a
recent interest in investigating Tarot . . . to use
as an extra tool for insight and divination. I realize that
the I-Ching sort of serves this purpose in the Daoist
community, but I’ve been a little more attracted to Tarot
for some reason. Maybe because it feels a little more
feminine, and hence sexier . . .
At any rate, I finally decided to take a lesson.
There is a “New Age, Wicca”-style bookstore near where I live
that I’ve visited for years, and the female owner of the
store (who has done Tarot for 25+ years) offers one-on-one
instruction. For some reason, the time was right to take a class.
It was an absolutely magical time. It was a 1.5 hour class, but
this was only in principle, as we ended up going for about 3 hours
(but still only charging me the 1.5 hour price). The couple that
owns the store, owns about 14 cats . . . some strays that
she gives to people that need pets. At any rate, they usually
have a couple of cats in the store that wander around.
The reason I mention this, is because one of the cats–a cat that
was half black and half white (a very yin-yang cat!!)– kept coming
over to me and purring and wanting me to pet her. She was nuzzling
me so intensely on my chest, I thought she was going to try to mate
with me. It was intense. It seemed as though the cat were in love.
It didn’t want to leave me alone. The woman owner who was giving
me the class seemed rather surprised, as I guess this cat usually
tends to be mean and “doesn’t like anybody”. It was kind of funny.
But I figure if there’s going to be a cat that takes interest in me,
it’d be the yin-yang kitty.
Anyhow, on to the actual class. She really gave me a lot of information.
At times it felt a little bit of an overload, since I knew nothing
about Tarot before coming really, but I think it stems from the
fact that she’s had like 25 years or something of Tarot background.
She gave me a TON of handouts (free), a lot of which were her own
compilations of things that she had come up with over the years, which
was very nice of her.
A number of amazing things happened during the Tarot class.
One of the first things she did, was to figure out and tell me what my
“Significator” cards are. I don’t quite understand what it is about
yet, but I guess there are a couple of cards in the Tarot deck that,
due to your astrology, mean that they are more representative
of “who you are”.
Apparently, due to my astrology, my Significator cards are the
King of Cups, and the Death card. She said that the Death card usually
shocks some people, but it is the card for Scorpios (which I am). In
fact, I have 4 Scorpios in my chart. At any rate, the card is supposed
to reflect the intensity of the Scorpio and it’s desire to pierce
through the veil of understanding, to understand life and death,
to embrace transformation, etc.
But here is what was shocking . . .
and this even shocked this Tarot woman:
She had me shuffle my new deck for the first time
(I had picked a style I liked online, and bought one
prior to coming to the class)
Then she had me randomly cut the deck and pick a card.
I did so.
Guess what card I drew?
The King of Cups. My first Significator card.
We spent some time studying it.
Then after returning it to the deck and reshuffling,
she had me do it again.
Guess what card I drew?
The Death card. My second Significator card!!
You know the odds of me picking those two cards
like that in sequence?! I did the math. It is like 1 out of 6400!
At any rate, she said that that will leave an impression on her even.
She mentioned that she saw that as a sign that I might have
a natural spiritual mojo, and at the very least, it shows that
I definitely picked the right deck for me, and the deck was
basically telling me so.
There was really incredible things that happened later on as well,
but maybe I’ll stop here to avoid babbling on too long.
At any rate, the whole three hours went like that.
One shocking thing after another, and all the while
the yin-yang kitty intensely in love with me
(No I didn’t take the cat home.)
Life is good.
SOctober 29, 2010 at 7:31 am #35665
Tarot is an wonderful initiation path, personally I am much more attracted to it than I Ching. Every card of the Tarot is like a painting with multiple layers.
Depending on your point in life different layers come to life, I like this dynamic aliveness so much better than I Ching. It has been one of my first loves in my spiritual life.
You need a good deck created by someone who is really into it in depth, exactly because of the multiple dimensions and hidden wisdom of the cards.
Glad you enjoy it so much, it is a wonderful tool to help you and support you in life.
I am a scorpio myself 🙂 the hidden mysteries in the cards are appealing to the mystery loving mind and heart of a scorpio.
Some months ago my sweet Chris gave me a Dragon Tarot Deck as a surprise gift.
I have a deck that I bought almost 30 years ago (jeez I am getting old!)
Yet ‘they say’ that a Tarot deck needs to be given by the one who knows you ~ loves you ~ supports you. Which means that this person needs to know you to be able to pick the right deck for you. It took almost 30 years for someone to buy me one 🙂
If not you have to buy one yourself, as I did, as you did, it works fine believe me 😉
Happy Birthday in this month of scorpio!October 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm #35667
I’ve had cards read for me twice, 1 year apart, by my brother. Each time everything has happened as he said. The first time it was true but in a way that i never expected or thought of. The second time i knew what he was going to say before he even said it. It was obvious in my own mind what was going to happen and the cards just proved my own thoughts further.
It is pretty amazing but sometimes it can make you worry about something you know will happen but it’s impossible to stop it anyhow. SO… maybe it’s nicer to not know and enjoy not knowing until it surprises you.
I’ve been interested in them for a while before but never bought a deck. Dog chewed up one of his cards so now his deck is useless. I think i will never have a deck.October 31, 2010 at 11:21 am #35669
The deck that called to me was the “Maroon Tarot”.
See attached link.
It’s a self-published deck from Poland.
If you click on Gallery, you can see all of the cards.
Something about its otherworldly ethereal feel called to me,
and on top of that, the cards seem to have some intrinsic magic.
For instance, take a look at the Star card. The Star is
so bright, I almost feel I need sunglasses, and yet it is
For you, Dragon Tarot huh? I guess I’d expect nothing else 😉
SOctober 31, 2010 at 11:35 am #35671
>>>It is pretty amazing but sometimes it can make you worry
>>>about something you know will happen but it’s impossible to stop it anyhow.
If you know it’s going to happen, then there’s nothing to worry about.
The only thing that remains is acceptance.
While Tarot can be used as a divination tool, I see it more as
just another tool for self-insight. You know how if you put a magnifying
glass over some kindling, the sunlight gets focused and it can start a fire.
Well that’s what I think Tarot is, a spiritual lens.
SNovember 16, 2010 at 1:03 am #35673
…that organization was initially known as Task Force 160 and eventually evolved into the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment- the “Night Stalkers” of today. They are one badass aviation outfit, able to operate at night and under all weather conditions anywhere…
-ERICK L. HANEY, Inside D. Force
Suggested reading: ROBERT TEMPLE Netherworld, PAUL FOSTER CASE True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order, DAVID ALLEN HULSE New Dimension for the Cube of Space
Black hawk, not just any little bird…
I have also impression that healthy way to take look at Taro/Rota is to see it as possible instrument of insight. One could also use it during symbolic meditative practices as Buddhist mandalas are used in tantric sadhana.
I mean Vajrayana, because Guhymantrayana is quite something else.
In my opinion ALEISTER CROWLEY’s Thoth Tarot pack is the most interesting one for myself. So pity that it’s not available as plastic version, because then one could use it for intensive Patience.
It’s good to be aware of that basic structure which underlies Tarot pack. I mean how 22 Great Secrets & 56 Lesser Secrets relate to Qabbalistic Tree of Life (22 Paths/10 Sephira).
RILLUMARILLUMAHILLUREIHEIHEINovember 16, 2010 at 1:36 am #35675November 16, 2010 at 2:08 am #35677
A symbol is something such as an object, picture, written word, sound, or particular mark that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention.
GRASPING THE SPARROW’S TAIL & SINGLE WHIP (Prunella modularis/politics)
That old accusation is that I supposedly write out of topic, but it ain’t necessarily so.
For practicing inner alchemy learning sooner or later “the language of the birds” is beneficial in my opinion.
I’m not sorry for using citation which seems not to belong to this topic, I mean my earlier CPP -posting citation.
Before starting intensive internal work with symbols, it’s good for oneself simply to learn distinguish one symbol from another.
I for example have indulged investigating various patches of U.S. armed forces. So I have learned to recognize patch of Centra Spike, Delta Force, DEVGRU…and I have also learned to see the nuances like being able to notice when you have just regular SEAL patch and when you have SEAL Team Six (DEVGRU) patch etc.
What I wanted to say that there are many ways to work with symbols. If somebody is seriously interested about NEIKUNG, maybe (s)he should really seriously also consider then also learning as many Chinese things as possible; like speaking putonghua, reading and writing characters, listening Jingju and so on.
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