This page concentrates around several important philosophical and spiritual concepts necessary for understanding Tarot and proper using of the Tarot Cards.
At the very exact moment of birth we become members of Earth’s energy field. With our first breathing in, our core is being formed in us. This core is being formed in every new incarnated individual, representing its psychic essence.
Everything that has been born (or even every action that has been performed) at a certain moment of time bears within itself all the qualities of that exact moment.
A person cannot be fully understood without looking first at its birth date. Therefore we speak of the connectedness between our birth date and our destiny. What are the exact forces responsible for this connection? What lies behind those forces? Tarot gives us an answer to those and many other questions.
This is not to say that our destiny is predetermined in its totality. Many Tarot readers make this mistake by claiming that they can determine the absolute future. It would be foolish and incorrect to claim that we cannot change or rule our destiny, since this would negate the fundamental rule of Free will. God has given us free will to live our life, ideally, according to the design of our True Selfves. We could even make mistakes (yet, better not), and depart from that design, if we wanted to – this is what freedom means.
So, Tarot understood in the above sense is more of a tool of self discovery and self realization, as it is a tool for divination.
One guest can spoil the party. One person can change the world. One person for the good or for the bad. The psychic structure of every individual is important. And this psychic structure is dependant on our date of birth.
The Spiritual Components of Tarot
Understanding the Major Arcanas:
The Major Arcanas represent cosmic elements. Each of them is a microcosm for itself. They correspond to the 22 Paths on the Tree of Life in Kabbalah. Understanding these Higher Arcanas requires mental ability of connecting seemingly unrelated concepts and ideas. Only our conceptual thinking keeps us away from reconciling the contradictions. Once this is understood, we enter the level of initiation necessary in order to gain deeper spiritual insights of the Tarot Cards.
Understanding the Minor Arcana – the Suits
There are 3 main components of Tarot in this respect.
First, we have the 4 elements, the 4 main groups.
- Fire, means imagination, dynamic energy and sensibility. People with fire as predominant force are positive, outgoing, impulsive, and can react very emotionally. Fire corresponds to the Wands.
- Water, means intuition, and flexibility. People with water as predominant element in their nature are prone to slower reactions, they are patient, more willing to receive than to initiate. Spiritually and emotionally they are flexible. They can be influenced and shaped by others. Water corresponds to the Cups.
- Air means intellect, it represents a support to our will for a certain idea. People with air in their nature are mercurial, mentally agile, and clear. Their head rules over their heart. Sometimes, too much thinking can be wrong, the same way indulging in some of our instincts can be. They think prior to acting. Air corresponds to the Swords.
- Earth means common sense, no matter whether or not people with the earth element in their nature actually use it. These individuals are great workers. Their main occupation is to realize their dreams to the most practical details, and acquire material abundance.
Second, we have the 10 potentials of Tarot.
The potentials depict our moving force, the rough energy that makes us move. In the Tarot cards, this potential is being expressed through the numbers of the Minor Arcana Deck. If we exclude the aces as yet undefined root forces we can assign the following potentials to the Tarot Cards 2-10:
2. Initiative; flexibility; volatility
3. Determination; intensity; pride
4. Stability; order; rejection; justice
5. Activity; power; opposition
6. Ambition; leadership; self-centeredness
7. Versatility; domination; fear
8. Sharpness; prudence; short-sightedness
9. Forcefulness; ability; stubbornness
10. Persistence; conservatism: stubbornness
Third, we have the seven frequencies. They indicate the type of aspiration a person have. Alternatively the frequencies are related to the emotions. They are symbolized through the mythological pictures of Deities as well as through the seven Planets.
- Mars - discipline, tendency for action, initiative, impulsiveness, impatience.
- Sun - aspirations, ambition, pride, nobility, idealism
- Venus - beauty, perfection, extravagance, versatility, productivity, independence, sloth
- Mercury - tendency for understanding, quick-witted, nearsightedness, cunning
- Saturn - tendency towards completion, constructive, intensity
- Jupiter - tendency toward stability, order, caution
- Moon - tendency for inconstancy, compliant, adaptable, active
Some Directions For Tarot Readings
My opinion is that one should open Tarot Cards only for oneself and use their help for self development and spiritual growth.
Since there is so many tarot divination around us, here are some directions as to how to better interpret the meaning of, say, single card from the Minor Arcana Suit.
There are three challenges of life every person faces which are important in tarot readings and which the reader needs to recognize.
3. social relationships
The above three challenges are usually being meet with four principal responses. Those are:
2. earning money
3. getting along with others
4. the environmental impact and physical predispositions.
So, the route one takes when trying to understand a specific Tarot Card (from the Minor Arcana set) is:
1. take a look at the element.
2. consider the potential of the card.
3. consider the frequency of the card.
4. put all this in context to person’s challenges and principal responses.
It is clear that the possibilities of interpretation are infinite, and that only sufficiently developed (spiritually) and experienced reader would be able to meet them all.