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Tarot - 3 Reasons Why The Future Isn't The Place To Be Looking

Tarot - 3 Reasons Why The Future Isn't The Place To Be Looking

What we tend to forget in our rush to get out of 'now' is that we can't jump over it or run around it: we take it with us - and we discover this when we find ourselves repeating the past. So by all means ask Tarot about the future, but if you're looking for something else, here are three other places where you can look instead, and which may just shift something that has continued to defy or elude you.

Tarot - 3 Reasons Why The Future Isn't The Place To Be Looking

Endings & Beginnings: The Tens In Tarot

Endings & Beginnings: The Tens In Tarot

The Tens mark the completion of the numerical cards in the minor arcana — and it has been some journey! From the divine potential held in the Aces, we have seen the expression of each suit manifest in our day-to-day lives, bringing up sensations, feelings, thoughts and experiences that are archetypal in nature — we can relate to them deeply and immediately.

Endings & Beginnings: The Tens In Tarot

No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Pt. II

No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Pt. II

"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." ~ Joseph Campbell. The entrance to the Hell Fire Caves in West Wycombe, Bucks. Consider this a quasi-Part-II to...

No Guru, No Method, No Teacher, Pt. II

"No Guru, No Method, No Teacher", Part I

"No Guru, No Method, No Teacher", Part I

For a very long time, I considered myself a bit of a charlatan. I've been a jack of all trades; and a master of none. I have talked about, and worked with, tarot, but I have never managed to fully tread the path of the adept in anything tarot-related.

"No Guru, No Method, No Teacher", Part I

Culminating: The Nines In Tarot

Culminating: The Nines In Tarot

Have you noticed that the Minor Arcana in the Rider-Waite Smith deck has focussed increasingly on a single figure as we have moved through the numbers, from Ace to Nine? This sense of isolation started in the Sevens, continued in the Eights, and is present in the Nines for the final time.

Culminating: The Nines In Tarot

Finding Your Way Forward: The Eights In Tarot

Finding Your Way Forward: The Eights In Tarot

When you’re feeling stuck, when you’ve reached an impasse, when you feel like you’ve been put on the back-burner; whenever any of these sensations colour how you experience your life, drawing an Eight is a clear message that things are on the move, about to move, or that you at least have the power to make a move.

Finding Your Way Forward: The Eights In Tarot

Is Your Life Falling Apart? Or Is It Trying To Come Together?

Is Your Life Falling Apart? Or Is It Trying To Come Together?

One of the greatest gifts that a Jungian approach to tarot - and to my own life - has given me has been indescribably precious: The understanding that the crisis and breakdown that I was plunged into aged 34 was not only normal, but a rite of passage.

Is Your Life Falling Apart? Or Is It Trying To Come Together?

Reaching The Mid-Point: The Sevens In Tarot

Reaching The Mid-Point: The Sevens In Tarot

In tarot, I believe that when we meet the Sevens we meet the idea of “consciousness” more fully than we have before. We have an opportunity to see ourselves in a different light, and we are only able to do this when we step back and inquire into the nature of who we are.

Reaching The Mid-Point: The Sevens In Tarot

Moving Into The Flow: The Sixes in Tarot

Moving Into The Flow: The Sixes in Tarot

In the Fives we hit the resistance and upheaval of rough seas. In the Sixes, just for a moment, we find ourselves in calmer waters, where we are able to regroup, take stock, and act with more clarity.

Moving Into The Flow: The Sixes in Tarot

Into The Fray: The Fives in Tarot

Into The Fray: The Fives in Tarot

This is the first time that conflict has made a significant appearance in each suit. Yes, we’ve had moments of conflict, but the Fives are defined by it. When we move from the realm of non-incarnate potential (the Aces) and into the world of duality (the Twos), we have bound ourselves to the experience of contrast. Perhaps conflict is inevitable. Perhaps what we do with it is not.

Into The Fray: The Fives in Tarot

When the Teacher Becomes the Student - A Lesson in Humility

When the Teacher Becomes the Student - A Lesson in Humility

This week, I came face-to-face with another learning lesson, in a very personal way. And this time it wasn't a lesson in doubt and awe, but a lesson in humility.

When the Teacher Becomes the Student - A Lesson in Humility

A Pause: The Fours in Tarot

A Pause: The Fours in Tarot

In tarot, Four enables something to come into balance more easily than its predecessors. It is a moment of suspended animation — as if there is a call to gather reserves, because they will be required soon enough as we move on again into the action and increasing complexity of the Fives.

A Pause: The Fours in Tarot

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