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Tarot as a Code of Divine Wisdom

“To my excellent readers. I’ve invited my daughter Danielle, to post on her favorite subject, the Tarot. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as I.”
– Genevieve

Elder Tarot readers I have known have not wanted to teach anyone how to interpret or intuitively work with the cards as they have maintained that such knowledge should be for the privileged. In stark contrast, I believe that the wisdom of the Tarot needs to be shared with all who seek it. With this knowledge, we can all live a more fulfilling and magical reality. Accordingly, I will share some of the insights I have gained over the past 22 years first as a scholar of tarot and then as an intuitive spiritual counselor and teacher of Tarot in Ireland.

My knowledge of the Tarot derives partly from my initial 10 years of research, but mostly from a further 12 years of channeling what I call Divine Wisdom. By study, I learned that the origins of tarot may be linked to the great mysteries of Egypt and that the first known deck was the Italian Visconti-Sforza deck which dated to the 15th century when religion and state were inextricably one. Via channeling, I gained knowledge about the Tarot as a clever symbolic way to encode divine laws that the elite wanted to keep secret. The cards were not originally intended for fortune-telling and only became so when gypsies discovered them and thought they might capitalize on their treasures. Later the profoundness of their meaning became even further watered down when they were reduced to what we know today as a traditional set of playing cards.

The Hermit from the Visconti-Sforza Tarot

Rather than shroud the subject in unnecessary verbosity, I seek to make the wisdom of the Tarot accessible and therefore simple for all to understand. Some of my favorite books which articulate my approach to greater depth are: Mary Greer’s Tarot for Yourself Workbook, Rachel Pollack’s 78 Degrees of Wisdom and Liz Greene’s Mythic Tarot. In each of my bi-monthly postings, I will present just one card, beginning with the 22 Major Arcana, each of which is a simple but powerful divine law which can assist you in living a magical reality.

The meanings of 12 of the 22 Major Arcana can be correlated with astrology signs, and of course you may refer to Genevieve’s blog for further insights accordingly. As knowledge of astrology can empower an individual to act on their strengths and to seize opportunities in their path while avoiding possible pitfalls, so do these particular cards. The other 10 cards, however may be considered true destiny cards, whereby divine intervention supersedes individual actions.

Major Arcana also align with the 5 elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether which can further illuminate the divine laws that I will set forth and explain in the postings ahead. Earth Arcana teach you to stay firmly rooted in practical reality, but not to get too stuck in or attached to material forms. Water Arcana allow you to flow with your emotions, but also reflect your negativity when you block it and incur stagnancy. Fire Arcana inspire creative action, strength, and courage, but burn you if you are careless with the power they give. Air Arcana stir up aspirations to seek the best in people and to make the right decisions, but easily can sweep your dreams away if you allow doubt and worry to erode your determination. Ether Arcana awaken your faith in something higher, but bring you down if you lose it, like in the Persephone myth. All Elements as One, which are featured in what I term as the destiny cards, invite you to take a holistic vision of your life and warn you against disconnecting from the Divine.

So in viewing the 22 Major Arcana, recognize that they are all interrelated and that one evolves into another.

My next posting will feature the first of the Major Arcana, The Fool.


February 4, 2009  1 Comment
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1 Karuna Hodgson { 02.04.09 at 1:55 pm }

Hello Danielle,
I’m excited to see that you will be making this kind of contribution to the blog. I love the Tarot and really don’t understand much so I will be very interested to read each of your entries as they come in. Congratulations on the new little treasure in your family.
Much love, Karuna

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