Tarot gets a bad rap, especially in a city like Chicago where fortune tellers set up storefronts and grift unsuspecting customers with warnings of "blocked energy" or a "curse". But tarot is a lot older and in many ways more sophisticated than the stereotype. In prepping for this weekend's How to Read Tarot Cards- Level 1 workshop, I've been reminded of why I love this particular tool so much.
1. Spiritual software. It occurred to me yesterday reading my own cards that tarot are a kind of spiritual plug in, enabling a fluid connection point between the supercomputer of the subconscious and the focused outputs of the conscious mind. And, it seems to be able to pull from the large data field of psychic information- a perfect blend of information distilled into a simple, easy to grasp format that gives us the best possible executive summary.
2. The edit. Unlike channeling or mediumship, tarot forces a succinct edit of a particular situation and boils it down into pragmatic, tangible, and actionable insights. Tarot provides specific direction on people, places, and time frames that can be hard to grasp without the assistance the numbers, images, and structure so immediately available in the cards. With this focus, a single narrative thread tends to emerge, triggering realizations and clarity around ongoing themes and karmic cycles. Sometimes, simplicity is the best.
3. Archetypes. Tarot decks are literally full of friends. These characters- Jungian archetypes, deities, angels, gods- are both pragmatically helpful and spiritual inspiring. Archetypal work can be very powerfully transformative and connect us with spirit guides, other cultures, and helpful energies to heal, grow and evolve.
Interested in learning more? Join us for our Level 1 and Level 2 How to Read Tarot Card Workshops at the Center for the Exploration of Consciousness- get details here.