Divination and Tarot Reading

People all over the globe for centuries have been interested in two inter-related  things: what’s the best way to live in this world, and what’s going to happen in the future?

Throughout history,  cultures have turned to divination for answers. What’s in their best interest to do?  What are the consequences of their actions?

People have invented complex systems to divine what’s best and when: The Mayan Calendar, the I Ching, the Tarot, astrology, and many more.

Divination systems have symbols associated with phenomena in nature. The diviner learns the associations, and can tell what’s going to happen by the pattern the symbols make.

Tarot cards powerfully stimulate the intuition. Each one is also keyed to different phenomena in nature: elements, planets, colors, etc. If the diviner knows the correspondences, the cards, laid out in a pattern that makes relational sense to the reader, act like an ignition key that turns on their intuitive intelligence.  Working together, the intuition and the imagination can make the jump from staring at pieces of paper to reading a detailed map.

No matter what the method of divination, if you want to read for other people or divine about world events, first raise your own vibration. Soothe your own self with the wisdom and truth you can receive when you ask. That is a good starting place from which to read for other people.

The Tarot History I Learned from my Metaphysical Teacher

I learned from medium and metaphysician Eric Teissedre that the original tarot was used in ancient temples as a tool to know Divine Will. The priests didn’t ask the early tarot specific questions like a client might ask. ( i.e., “What about getting a Master’s degree?” They asked the gods to speak to them through the cards, and give the message they needed to hear. However old the tarot cards are and wherever they came from, they are to this day, an instant way to receive divine wisdom.

As a divination system, tarot cards are magical, practical, and anybody can use them. They can look into the past, see the very big picture; warn, state the truth of a situation, bring divine insight, and see the consequences of an action a person is thinking of taking.  One of its most intriguing mysteries I witness daily, is that people with no experience can accurately tell a story about themselves through the cards. The tarot brings can bring out most peoples’ inner knowing.

In October 2010 I spent a week researching tarot history at the Widener Library at Harvard. I was curious what scholars thought about the tarot and people who studied it.

The library holds a vast store of metaphysical books in its basement,  three floors down. The tarot histories I found there traced its beginnings to France in the 1400’s, although none were conclusive about its origins and use.

I’m much more inspired by the origin story that Eric taught, in which the cards’ symbols were encoded with ancient wisdom acquired by the Egyptians. Tarot card precursors were like tablets with symbols that were encoded knowledge on them,  used in temples to commune with the gods, and gain wisdom and truth.

There are hundreds if not thousands of different tarot decks. I use the Rider- Waite deck because its colors and symbols relate to planets, elements, and other phenomena in nature, allowing the cards to describe circumstances that occur in nature.