Tarot. (deep sigh) There are a lot of misconceptions and judgements that come up from just mentioning the word. In fact, I lost followers on Twitter after sharing a Tarot youtube video I’d made. Most people don’t understand it. Most people think it’s fortune-telling. And almost everyone thinks it automatically associates you with the world of the occult.
And yet, Tarot is an incredibly practical, down-to-earth tool for me that is neither of those things. I don’t think it has anything to do with “fortune telling” or “psychic powers;” but rather I believe it has a direct application to intensive self-study and introspection.
If you’re familiar with Jung and depth psychology, you’ll recognize certain characters in the Major Arcana (that is, the main deck). These are the universal archetypes that people either adopt as their own or manifest in their surroundings. These are teachers. You learn so much about yourself by “doing the Tarot,” and alternately about those around you.
The High Priestess, for example, is the second (technically third) card in the deck who beckons you to your inner voice. Your calm waters of knowing. Your depth. Your dreams. The gentle waters, rippling and lapping against a deserted shoreline, at midnight, tell you a secret. That is the High Priestess. She will show up for you when you need to know.
This is the metaphor, the symbolism, the Tarot presents us. To study ourselves as much as others. To connect to something just beyond the reach of words and not quite falling into the category of conscious thought. The major Arcana represents our journey here on Earth, in many ways, starting with card zero (technically the first) the Fool.
And if we distill that down, then understanding the Tarot is a way to understand our time here. And that’s why I Tarot.