The 21 Principles of Tarot – 0

 

0. Aim in All Things to Restore the Spiritual Dignity of Tarot

 

Remember then, from the very beginning, that this is our spiritual journey.

This will never be any different, from the beginning to the end.

 

Extended Commentary

We see the tarot as the language of initiation into the Western Esoteric Initiatory System. The teaching of tarot is to provide a symbolism for a sequence of progressive mystical states and ultimately provoke and communicate those states in an accessible manner. The cards, arrayed on the Tree of Life, illustrate the challenges of […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XXI

 

XXI. Tarot is to Engage Life, Not Escape It

 

Life is our Temple.

Heaven is Hid in our Images and we Abide in the Sanctuary.

We should use Tarot to Take Us Beyond Ourselves, not See in it an Endless Series of Selfies.

So, at last, we might come to realise that this World is the Answer we have always sought.

Remember then, from the very beginning, we are wayfarers and our journey takes us to the very end, where we will switch off the lights together.

There is no […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XX

 

XX. Be Serious in your Study but Inventive in your Practice

 

A Tarot reading requires five attitudes, but a sixth is the attitude that it requires whatever it asks.

These attitudes are; congruency, flow, pacing, intimations of depth, and curiosity.

We should aspire that our reading is true to the cards as it is to life; that the divination comes to us and is delivered in a powerful flow; that we recognise when to speak and when to hold silence; that we communicate the connection to all things in our narrative; and that […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XIX

 

XIX. See the Spaces Between the Cards

 

Tarot is as much about silence as it is about speech.

In a reading there are spaces that make up the spaces outside of the lines.

Tarot shows us not only a map of the land but of the people, the politics, the names of the places as they were and are and will be known.

So, we might see that we can look between the cards and through them, as much as we can look simply at them.

Remember then, from the very […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XVIII

 

XVIII. Learn the Meanings with Precision, Reading is another Matter.

 

To learn tarot is to learn life.

In life, as tarot, we continuously strive to recognise rules and patterns for prediction based on our observation and experience.

The meanings of each card, whilst multivalent, tend to specific core meanings.

We learn upwards from the core meanings and downwards from connecting the cards to life.

Remember then, from the very beginning, to know what the cards mean and be able to justify your interpretation.

This will never be any different, from […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XVII

 

XVII. Spreads are for Beginners. Later, One Reads Only the Cards

 

Tarot is a lyrical language of the soul’s encounter with the Universe.
It arises freely, and like the most dignified dance, allows us to express ourselves in motion to the music of the divine.
The re-arrangement and reading of the deck is as sacred as the most religious ritual or act of love.
Remember then, from the very beginning, to Treasure it. Trust it. Let it divine you.
This will never be any different, from the beginning to the end.

 

Extended Commentary

The tarot deck itself is a […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XVI

 

XVI. Prepare to Face Ten Thousand Readings

 

Tarot is a dynamic engagement with every situation in time.

When we read for others or ourselves, we re-align ourselves to the present moment.

Tarot teaches us that time is the moving likeness of eternity.

Time is a Tower that is endlessly building and collapsing.

Remember then, from the very beginning, that every reading, time and again, is a reminder that you are present.

This will never be any different, from the beginning to the end.

 

Extended Commentary

The […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XV

 

XV. Every Reading is as Important as Every Other Reading

 

Tarot is the story of everyone as told by someone.

It is also the story of someone told by everyone.

A Tarot reading can be the most important thing that someone ever ignores.

So, we might never know (as with everything) the full consequence of our cards.

Remember then, from the very beginning, to treat every reading with respect.

This will never be any different, from the beginning to the end.

 

Extended Commentary

The first reading […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XIV

 

XIV. You Do Not Need to Know Everything

 

Tarot is an imitation of life in as much as life is an imitation of reality.

In a reading we can see the map laid out, but it will always be incomplete.

Tarot allows us to make a map of the map.

So, we might wonder from every reading, what new land has been revealed.

Remember then, from the very beginning, to look as far as you can, knowing that you cannot see everything.

This will never be any different, from the […]

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The 21 Principles of Tarot – XIII

XIII. Learn to Hear the Real Question

 

Tarot is a matter of life and death.

In a reading we can discern more questions from every card.

Tarot opens the gates to universal truths transcendent of space and time.

So, we should honour the question.

Remember then, from the very beginning, to listen and listen again.

This will never be any different, from the beginning to the end.

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