What Is Transformational Tarot?
A Direct and Magical Link to Spirit
The development of intuition is an essential part of our consciousness growth and it starts with understanding the resources available to us to tap into our subconscious and bring to the surface a deeper awareness of the rich symbology embedded within ourselves. The road to self-awareness is very personal and we each need to find an effective way to connect to Spirit.
Tarot as a tool for personal transformation. This might sound like heresy to some. Yet, every day more and more people seem to discover Tarot as a direct way to connect with hidden energies and deep meanings about themselves. Applied as a tool in transpersonal psychology, for example, Tarot can serve as a roadmap to understand our dreams, our fears, our hopes. It can help us find the archetypes that have played or are playing a key role in our lives. It can uncover our shadow energies; it can show us new ways of dealing with personal choices. Tarot can help us map our destiny. And it can definitely serve as a link to communicate with our guides and teachers.
Tarot as a gateway between the worlds of the seen and the unseen; between the palpable and concrete and the numinous and ineffable. But what is palpable and concrete? Is the world of our every-day reality more real than the Astral world, the world of our dreams, or the world of Spirit? This site is not meant to give definitions but rather to open the door to new ways of looking at our everyday perception of reality. Our purpose? To help the reader find ways to communicate with Spirit. Our tool for this new perception will be mainly through Tarot.
If you have reached this site out of curiosity, I hope that something here will strike a chord. Tarot has been discarded for so long as a game of fortunetelling, or a hoax, that it is not my intention to change anybody's mind about it. I offer here my interpretation of Tarot, which comes from more than thirty years of studying the cards and their layers of meaning. And I offer you a way to look at the images of Tarot, and to connect them to tradition, to mythology, literature, and to such disciplines as psychology. But more than anything, I offer them as a way to connect to your higher Self.
Transformational Tarot can be applied to any given situation in our life. The wisdom of Tarot becomes accessible to anyone who approaches this magical tool with the necessary respect and deference. I hope that these pages help the reader understand Tarot within a context that goes beyond fortunetelling or a "game" of life. The cards that we call tarot today have a very fascinating and contradictory pedigree, but their basic roots stem from Northern Italy. I am confident that these pages will lead you to new territories of wonderment and self-discovery and, don't forget to have fun along the way, because the most important thing we must carry within is Joy.
The disciplined study of Tarot and Metaphysics started for me in the early 1980s when I joined the Arlington Metaphysical Chapel in Arlington, VA. What started as an intellectual curiosity, slowly and almost inadvertently became a strong source of inspiration that opened a direct way to communicate with my higher self, validate my "hunches" and help decipher my dreams. Then in 1992, I became member of an esoteric mystery school founded by Paul Foster Case, a former member of the Golden Dawn, called Builders of the Adytum located in Los Angeles, CA. Cabala, Hermetic philosophy, Astrology and Alchemy are integrated into this school using Tarot imagery, the Hebrew letters, the Tree of Life, sound and color vibrations; meditation and rituals for physical and spiritual transformation. The images on the cards are used as meditation and invocation tools to access ancient wisdom from another dimension, to reach our guides and teachers and achieve a numinous union with energies outside of our everyday reality.
In my present research and work I seek to integrate the various elements that make such traditions as Alchemy, I Ching, Kabbalah, Shamanism and Tarot important tools for personal transformation. I hope that you find some of the material here included helpful for your own personal progression.
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