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Meditations With The Tarot Universal Archetypes

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“On this absorbed conscious level of the imagination, I encountered an entire submerged world of forms and figures, full of symbolism and wisdom.”

Eva Maria Nitsche

Since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the Tarot. Despite my fascination, my first deck came into my life in my early adulthood. I had the limiting belief that I should never look for and buy a deck of cards. My deck would have to find me. The funny thing is that one day the deck came, and I had to buy him.

At that time I started a massage course, and on the third day of the course, a colleague came to me and very discreetly asked me if I wanted a tarot deck. She needed money and in the midst of so many people she didn’t know, she thought that I would be the one who was going to buy her the deck. And I did. I bought the Eva Maria Nitsche Tarot of The Trance.

I was so happy to finally have my own tarot deck … but the truth is although I think the artwork is beautiful, that world of forms and figures were not speaking to my subconscious. We never got along very well, and I ended up offering it to someone else. Please do yourself a favor, if you are interested and willing to work with the Tarot Archetypes, go, choose and buy your Tarot deck. Take as long as you need and, look for a personal and intuitive connection with the card imagery and symbolism.

“The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.” 

Arthur Edward Waite

Personally I find Tarot to be the most accurate, dynamic, and practical method of advice.

The tarot is really the mirror of our soul, it not only reflects our inner reality but also points us the path or guides us in a direction.

Arthur Edward Waite, commonly known as A. E. Waite, said in “The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1910)” that the true tarot is pure symbolism, it does not speak another language and does not offer other signs and its inner language of the emblems, makes it a perfect alphabet with infinite combinations and all prevailing in their own sense an instrument that allows us to access our unconscious, our shadow, and the collective unconscious through the universal archetypes, symbols and myths associated with the 78 arcana that make up the Tarot Game.

The Tarot origins are lost in the veils of mysteries and time itself and seem to insist on obscurity.

The first Tarot historical records date from the middle age, but only in the 18th century did references to the use of Tarot as an oracle emerge. Today there are several types of tarot, systems variations, and published works. Leaving Tarot history aside, what really matters is its fantastic benefit to humanity, when used correctly, in the view of self-help and therapeutic advice. There is no one who is not amazed by his symbolic world and its precise answers to our inquiries.

Meditating With Tarot

You can purchase a tarot yourself and seek self-knowledge and guidance for your inquiries. You don’t have to be a master. Gradually as you get to know its symbols, its myths, and reading methods, it will also awaken intuitive aspects within you. You will notice that the tarot arcana seems to be a living organism and tell you a story!

This method is a very simple meditation to be done with the tarot, and I always refer it to everyone who is starting their path. If you are new to Tarot and find overwhelming to use the full deck, select only the 22 major arcana and start with them. When you feel ready, add the minor arcana.

How To Meditate With Tarot

  • Concentrate, and relax your mind;
  • Ask a question;
  • Shuffle the Tarot cards;
  • Draw 3 cards;

The 1st is the current situation, keep it in the center, the 2nd is the past of the question on the left, and the 3rd is the final result of the question on the right.

  • Turn the cards around and look at them;

Observe what they do to the images, is there any movement? Are the figures looking somewhere? What is the overall idea they give you? Are the colors dark or light? What is the feeling in you when you look at the Tarot card? Fear? Rage? Denial? Is the drawing sad? Happy? What does each card convey to you individually? And together? Observe how they act together and separately.

As you practice this form of meditation you will master the reading technique.

Note all the observations made in your Tarot journal log, this way you will start to build your individual interpretation of the arcana, and the practice of writing using paper and pen improves the way the brain receives, processes, retains and seeks information, promotes focus and attention, reinforces long-term memory, clarifies patterns, gives the brain time to think and when properly guided, is a source of conceptual development and stimulation of the highest cerebral cognition. 

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Tarot Books I Recommend

Intuitive Tarot: 31 Days to Learn to Read Tarot Cards and Develop Your Intuition

The Modern Witchcraft Book of Tarot: Your Complete Guide to Understanding the Tarot

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom: A Tarot Journey to Self-Awareness

The Ultimate Guide to Tarot: A Beginner’s Guide to the Cards, Spreads, and Revealing the Mystery of the Tarot

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