The origins of Tarot imagery are debatable but the cards were devised as a playing deck, with four suits combining pip and court cards.
The supposedly sinister Major Arcana evolved in part so artists and crafters could showcase their skills. Increasingly elaborate decks were commissioned by wealthy and aristocratic houses simply for the love of owning and displaying beautiful things.
Tarot images speak the universal language of mythic symbology. The archetypal characters, concepts and scenarios tell of The Fool’s journey from innocence through experience to enlightenment and self-realisation. Anyone familiar with Jung’s theories on The Collective Unconscious and Joseph Campbell’s deconstruction of Mythology will find nothing dangerously occult here.
The images of The Tarot serve a similar purpose to the black-splodge Rorschach Test. This is a psychological tool which allows us to consider a given situation and order our thoughts and feelings with objectivity. Meditating upon a Tarot spread can help us perceive things more clearly, negotiate life’s obstacles and acknowledge deep thoughts and desires.
Like many who appreciate The Tarot I perform a personal reading on each of the United Kingdom’s eight indigenous ancient festival days, the latest being Ostara, The Vernal (or Spring) Equinox which heralds the first day of springtime (Tuesday 20th March).
I will post my reading here on Friday evening. As usual I would love to hear your thoughts x