Tarot Blog Hop – Tao of Tarot… 13


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Yin-YangIt’s that time again! Herding cats, broken links, education and all in all a good time; I have the accompaniment of Tori Amos as I get started on my third blog hop post. If you haven’t heard of a Blog Hop, it’s okay you may know it as a Writers Circle or similar, the word hop in some places meant a dance or gathering. Either way it is a place where like minds join and write about a topic of choice. We have a shepherd or herder of cats, who keeps a master list of everyone involved.
 
The topic of this month’s was a choice of two…
 
A) Find a card that represents, to you, more than one of the four elemental energies, specifically two which might be thought of as “opposites”. I think, when I say this, of the way that we have such varied interpretations of wands and swords, depending on which is fire and which is air….but, is there a case that could be made for a single card being both? Such a concept of a card being “two things at once” is usable in any of the suits, depending on one’s understanding of the connection with elemental energies. It isn’t necessary for the two elements to directly be sourced opposite one another in any concept of directional alignments, but as you discuss the card, make sure you are evaluating its connection to two opposite characteristics of the tool or being represented on the card.

B) Find a pair of cards which work as a unit but represent two opposite views of the same situation. They both may be in the same suit or in two different suits, one may be major and one minor arcana, but if one were to receive both these cards in a reading, how would one represent the opposing energies thereof as they apply to the same situation?

… Never known me to do what I was told …

 

The Tao of Tarot

The-MagicianSince this was announced as the topic I have struggled to find the words that fit, well it is a bit more than that it got me thinking about the whole world of Tarot and how its become a convoluted mess, you have the traditional decks and then these psudeo-decks as well; now don’t misunderstand me, I have nothing against them, I just wouldn’t call some of them Tarot, the reason being is they are actually more Oracle based than Tarot, so right away I can see there is scope for expansion in what we’ve been asked. As I said I don’t have anything against them, I just don’t feel they are tarot.
 
It’s true I have never really known me to do what I was told, I always seem to head off on paths uncharted, not unlike the Magician, he’s old enough to take care but young enough to go off on an adventure to see where it takes him and it is the very same with me and my thought trains. You would think that I would have a male and female comparative since I am following the contrast of Yin and Yang, but at the moment I don’t think there is a Yin (female) card off the top of my head asides from the Queen, but believe me when I say there are times when I can outmatch all four queens in the deck and today is one of them, so I think the closest match for this Yin and Yang balance is The Hermit.

… Wisdom teaches tolerance but …

The-HermitToday while I was prepping for writing this up, I realised that one of the major battles I have been having since really coming into my own sense of self is that Tarot has become fluffy. Not the art of it but the decks, authors just seem to push out these really fluffy decks as if we’re going to become offended by some of them, I can name three major cards and several minor cards that could instantly evoke offense but the thing is that they are apart of Tarot History. They were developed during a major upheaval in world history, the word arcane means record of ancient knowledge, so not only do the Tarot depict events through history but they are a record of the changes our world has been through.
 
Wisdom teaches tolerance but today, my wisdom is teaching me to take a very large kipper, dip it in water and then attach the words “Stop It” … This is where my Hermit card comes out, wise enough to know when to say nothing, but old enough not to care and say it anyway. I find that there is no balance of late, well not where I am from anyway, many of the decks I have seen are fluffy, let me hold you hand and tell you everything is going to be fine… Whereas the true tarot decks tend to be more, You’ve frelled up, it’s one big messy pile of poo-doo and you’re gonna have to clear it up, but here are the things you are going to need to make sure it’s cleaned up properly.
 
StrengthThe way I see things at the moment are a bit less fluffy and more realistic, Tarot is an amazing tool, tells you exactly what you need to hear at the right time and in the most direct way in other words it’s the Yang balance. These pseudo-tarot decks or more akin to Oracle decks are more Yin balance. They have the gentle and soft approach to things, where they cushion the blow, it’s as if they are saying, oops look you made a mess of things, but hey that’s okay, in fact its fine. Here is a cookie, and some milk, and don’t worry petal, let’s look at the lovely clouds all pink and fluffy. Now while you are looking at them, forgive yourself and the mess. There isn’t that lovely? Fix the mess? Oh no dearest, I don’t fix your mess, I just tell you how lovely things are…
 
Well okay maybe slightly overkill there but you kind of get the point; I just really need to stress this point here, I do not have anything against them… In fact as a collector I have many, MANY variants of these decks, and they have a purpose, most of them are doorstops but it’s a purpose… Tao is very much about the balance and these stark contrasts are the balance of Tarot, you can’t really have one without the other and they actually service a purpose for the user because some don’t want to face the realities of the Tarot Decks of old, they prefer the fluffy bunny approach where angels are going to give you sonnets, and words of comfort, it’s not as if Angels have ever had to smite, topple towers or evict one of their own now it is… Oh wait… My bad, yeah they have…

Cards of Balance…

 

… Balance within All things is Important …

LoversWithin the Tarot it’s important to have balance, true it can be said for all aspects of life but in Tarot there really does need to be a balanced approach and I can’t think of two cards that are more apt and to do with the balance than in the Major Arcana, minor cards have their balances as well but my approach with the minor suits is they re-enforce what the Major cards have already told you. In terms of writing, the minor deck are the character and the major deck is the narrative or the plot. Balance is never more so noticed than within the lovers, you have the union of opposites within this card. The beauty of it is although it’s represented as male/female and most of the time they are man/woman it isn’t defining relationships unless that is the question stated.
 
It’s polarities the male/female, white/black, light/dark or positive/negative of any given situation, in other words it’s the yin and yang of a problem or situation. There is always one inside the other, which is the nature of the union. To understand and also resolve any situation you must be able to see both sides or at least be able to understand perspectives in order to reach a conclusion and resolution that is best suited to any given situation. That is why Tarot has to have a balanced approach to it and the questions asked.

Move along home…

 

… Direct can be uncomfortable …

Wheel of FortuneThe Wheel is the counter-balance or the nature of things. I tend to see it as the completed union of opposites and in that the wheel turns to like nature it doesn’t stay static and much like this post has been The Wheel can be direct and direct can be uncomfortable, at times I am quite blunt and forward its part a change within me where I have stopped with the ‘story’ or ‘explanations’ when they are not needed and it is also a dyslexia thing too, I hope this hasn’t been too hard to read.
 

Still you have made it to the end of the post and now its time to as they say move along home, below as above are links to the next blog in the hop. Thank you for stopping in on me 🙂
 

Jay x
 

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13 thoughts on “Tarot Blog Hop – Tao of Tarot…

  • Joy Vernon

    And then you tell the client that they’ve made a mess and this is what they need to do to clean it up and they get all mad at you that you didn’t tell them “rainbow unicorn fluffy pink cloud” and what a mean psychic you are perhaps they just won’t pay. 😉 I like your interpretation of the Wheel as counterbalance–very nice–I just might have to start using that meaning myself!

    • Jay Post author

      Oh I have been there on a few occasions, sometimes clients or people at event fairs don’t like it when the words that fall out of my mouth mirror whats been happening and yeah I have been faced with do I give you pink fluffy unicorns and rainbows or stormclouds and a bucket. I think it is one of the main reasons I pulled back doing readings, a few of us are starting to find that the clients we are encountering have created their own mess but aren’t willing to either confront it or be responsible for fixing it and because of this are pulling back from readings mainly because its out of our mouths before we can apply the filter…

  • siobhan

    *chuckling at the young enough magician and old enough hermit* What are these magical decks? Are we talking Lisa Frank Tarot? Happy Tarot? All nontraditional decks? Which decks are the doorstop ones? lol

    • siobhan

      On a more serious note, I attended a workshop I loved about duality as a necessary component and function of tarot in order to understand the cards and your post reminded me of this workshop.

      • Jay Post author

        Yay for the memory jog Siobhan 🙂 The decks I am referring to along the lines of Guardian Angel, Archangel Power, Angel Tarot; they are useful decks but I don’t feel that they are strictly speaking Tarot decks, but more along the lines of Oracle decks. Duality is part of nature itself, everything has its equal and its opposite and it’s the very same in Tarot, I don’t believe that it could be any other way. Heh, my door-stop decks are maybe something for another blog-hop 😉

    • Jay Post author

      Hey Arwen, for the most part its not there are just some decks that are jumping on the Tarot band-wagon that aren’t really Tarot in the truest form. They are more in line with the Oracle decks, well to my mind anyway.

  • Vivianne

    Jay, that is not what ‘arcane’ means; and someone who is direct and complaining about fluffiness needs to use words other than ‘frelled’ and ‘poo-doo’. And interesting post – I liked your choice of cards, and your explanation of why: thanks 🙂

    • Jay Post author

      I am thankful for your response Vivianne, as without challenge and honest commentary, people like myself don’t grow and learn; I’m going to follow up a couple of your other points as well from your reply to the post.

      The first point is my use of the word arcane and yes I can understand why you have told me that it is not what the word means. Given that arcane can be defined as mysterious, obscure and secret knowledge; and that it can also be extended to include that only some would have this knowledge, then by modern day interpretations it would be ancient. According some of the books I have on the subject, the first records of Tarot date back to pre-gregorian calendar times and earlier when you include egyptian, babylonian and russian roots as well.

      The second is my choice of replacement swear words, while I can understand why this entry appears to be complaining, to use your word; that has been an unintended consequence of the way I have written it. I decided not to use proper swear words for one reason and one reason alone, this is my professional domain, it houses all my work as well as my blog entries and because of this I refrain from swearing just as I would in person. On a personal blog, where only selected people who are my friends can read, there is swearing when it is called for. I rarely swear in person, so I am unlikely to change that habit when I am writing for one reason and one reason alone, I try to be the same in text as I am in person.

      • Vivianne

        You cannot change what a word means – ‘expanding’ it to mean what you want it to mean weakens your writing, as all others who read it will take and understand it’s ‘proper’, exact meaning rather than your own – unless you explain your expansion at the time. In addition – the books you have which state tarot comes from Egyptian/Babylonian times ? Throw them out.

        You don’t have to swear to be direct: there are still better words than ‘frelled’ and ‘poo-doo’ which are not swear words 🙂 If you don’t swear ordinarily, how would you have said this to a client ?

        • Jay Post author

          That’s absolutely fine Vivianne, and you are perfectly entitled to you words/comment. I’m not exactly sure what I am meant to add to this or if it requires any further additions from me. As you seem to have stated your thoughts, your understanding and your feeling on this post very clearly. It’s possible that you are just as much right about what your saying as I am right about what I have said in my post. It is also possible that you are wrong.

          However as this is my space, my contribution and I am quite happy in expressing myself very clearly, very directly and very honestly at this point; let me be clear as possible. I won’t be throwing out any books, certificates or decks any time soon, the reason some of them are antiques that I have spent a lot of time finding and collecting. These books contain knowledge and understanding that pre-date both of us regardless of our singular or combined ages, so to me they speak a great deal more sense than any of the fluffiness that has been around in recent times.

          Now further to this on the subject of arcane/ancient and changing what the word means, I don’t believe I did, in fact I believe the point I so clearly didn’t make the first time around was this… By the standards of 2016, most knowledge and most information that has been written about the tarot would at this point be arcane and also ancient at the exact same time, the meanings of these words for me are interchangeable because the era in which a great deal of information means that again by 2016 standards, it is mysterious and it is secret because it is old and because it has come from a time that pre-dates 2016.

          Lastly and let me be absolutely direct and absolutely clear on this final point, how I speak to my clients shouldn’t really be any of your concern, my word choice again should not really be any of your concern either, but it clearly has struck a nerve. The lesson perhaps from this is two fold, my lesson is acknowledging that at times not everyone will accept or agree with what is said in post or replied. I cannot and will not speak for the lessons of others; nor is it my place to.

          I thank you for your contributions and the gifts they have brought me Vivianne; however it is my hope that you will respect my wish that you do not reply to this comment, but I do welcome your further comments and interactions on future posts if you so wish to do so.

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