does it work?
by Judith Laura
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I experience Tarot as
I experience Tarot as a spiritual intuitiveeven psychictool. This does not mean it cannot be used for meditation and for psychological self-understanding. It is excellent for these. But for me, its value goes further.I believe Tarot helps us contact the spiritual dimension of the Universe. And beyond thatand I feel this is the most important partTarot gives us a common language with which to communicate with that dimension. By this I do not mean that it enables or causes us to channel specific entities such as those a Medium channels, but rather that Tarot gives us a way to receive information from a dimension unavailable to us through our everyday consciousness. You may choose to call this dimension the universal unconscious, higher self, deeper self, Goddess, Spirit, etc. This "dimension" is NOT something "spooky" or "supernatural."
Tarot helps us contact the spiritual dimension of the Universe....
messages from "Spirit" frequently arise or appear in
From this explanation, it makes sense to me that when we use Tarot we are saying to the spiritual dimension: "This is the language in which I wish to communicate," just as you might tell a person that youd like to speak with them in English or Spanish, or some other language.When you use no psychic tool, then in a way you are saying to spirit, "Ill use whatever language you want to speak to me in." This usually means a steeper learning curve. It may also, however, mean more extensive potential for message content. For we are not limited to the symbolic language of the Tarot, or of the Runes, or other divination tools. For me this explanation of how Tarot works is most helpful. I dont mean it to be THE explanation that everyone must accept, but rather offer it to people who may be interested in my underlying assumptions in my approach to Tarot. To me, understanding Tarot as a language through which we communicate with the spiritual dimension of the universe helps explain phenomena such as how the symbolic art of modern decks (such as Wheel of Change, Shining Tribe, Daughters of the Moon, PoMo)which may differ greatly from that of long established decks (such as Marseille, Waite-Smith, Thoth)--still "work." The new decks work, I believe, for the same reason that the established decks work: they give us a symbolic language with which to communicate with spirit. The spiritual dimension is not biased towards Waite-Smith or Thoth. It is not biased towards using Jungian archetypes or Qabalah with your Tarot. As long as the deck is consistent within its own framework and I believe to a certain extent inspired, it will work. But even more importantly, spirit will work with whatever speaks to you most vividly. When you find the deck(s) that suit you best, you find the clearest language to share with spirit.
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