The Symphony Of Tarot - by Gwynn
Tarot can be many things to many people, a paradigm that often polarises opinion. Sadly, tarot can still engender the fear and suspicion for some, who not only feel threatened by the bringing of a perceived lower vibration into our physical world (is it possible to vibrate at any lower level than it sometimes feels?), whilst also expressing genuine concern for the tarot reader, who can be seen as a conduit and victim of bad, otherworldly ‘things’. With this in mind, tarot still seems to hold an enduring allure for even those who express fear and disapproval, which often serves to embellish the perspective that tarot is of the unknown and not to be trusted.
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For others, tarot is a means by which to express colour, shape and fantasy, sometimes with reference and deference to its esoteric, archetypal origins, and sometimes not. Perhaps for purists, the plethora of packs and mass produced ‘explanations’ and interpretations are an anathema. Does this superficiality serve to support the doubters and those who feel tarot is one step away from eternal damnation, or does it make available to many the opportunity to look beyond the froth and take the first step into the beauty of spirituality in its broadest sense?
Tarot is utilised in all sorts of settings for a range of reasons, including divination, healing and to deepen learning. Tarot readings can be undertaken virtually, over the phone or of course, for oneself and others, face to face, with or without an audience. The ethical considerations for those who seek to deliver, along with those who wish to receive, the perceived wisdom of tarot, have immense gravitas. The physical emotional, and spiritual implications of both giving and accepting a tarot reading should be very carefully considered by all involved, understanding and owning the intention created before, during and after such an important liaison is crucial - the Universe is always listening – do we create a cats chorus or a spiritual symphony?
Arguably, like everything in life, there is a duality to tarot and therefore, ensuring there is considered thought beforehand should help all involved to make informed choices. The lived experience of tarot can be based in love, to clarify, in perfect love and in perfect trust. The opportunity to explore the complexity of life with an ethical, non-directive and sensitive reader can be enormously significant, especially where the relationship between tarot and a reader is one that has matured over time, measured in depth rather than chronology. Everyone’s experience is different and certainly tarot is not for everyone, as in all aspects of life and living, we have choices and it is incumbent upon all to take personal responsibility for the contribution we make, both to the past, present and future of and for, ourselves and others.