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The Tarot Tradition...
Most people, if they have heard of the Tarot, think only that it has something to do with fortune-telling and prediction. Perhaps they've seen various Tarot decks for sale - 78 cards with mysterious and intriguing pictures on them - or seen a stereotypical image in a movie of a gyspy-looking Tarot card reader making 'predictions'.
The Tarot is, however, much more
than this. The Tarot is both an ancient and currently-evolving tool
for comprehending and guiding our processes of personal, creative,
and spiritual growth.
The Tarot has been around since the middle of the fifteenth century (that we have evidence of), over five hundred years.
It is both a 'book' to learn from about the nature of life, especially its 'spiritual' or esoteric mysteries, and also a very practical 'toolkit' to help keep one's feet in the centre of one's own path in life. The first I'll call the 'metaphysics' aspect of the Tarot, the "talking the walk", the second I'll call the 'personal growth' aspect of the Tarot, the "walking the talk". In truth they're one and the same, rather like a mysterious tool or appliance that contains its manual or handbook within itself.
Taromandala: the pattern that connects...
The Taromandala Teachings are a new understanding of the Tarot and life, and a method of Tarot reading and Tarot counselling, where:
newly-revealed inner patterns of the Tarot,
the pattern of a powerful new layout of the Tarot cards,
the energy patterns of the human body and psyche,
the patterns of personal, creative, and spiritual growth,
have as a basis the same pattern: what I call the 'Taromandala':
Tarot & Mandalas, Western & Eastern...
The Taromandala Teachings combine the wisdom of the Tarot, a Western Mystery tradition, with the wisdom of Mandalas, an Eastern Mystery tradition. Both are supreme images of wholeness.
A Mandala is at its most essential
an image of a circle and square combined: a circle squared, that
is, a circle marked with the four directions (East, North, West,
& South) in some way. Historically Mandalas have been used for
millennia as meditative aids to understand and invoke wholeness.
Some are enormously complex, with rings of fire, elaborately painted
gates and temples and pantheons of gods and demons - others are
In contemplating these images, as a mirror of the Self and the Universe, one's attention and energy is drawn to the centre, where all opposites are balanced and resolved. Thus Mandalas can be considered as a way to be centered on the path of life, in the unchanging still space of pure being.
The Tarot, as a Western practice, has traditionally been more a description of the path of life itself, concerned with the nature of our changing fortunes over time, and how to navigate these most effectively.
Eastern Mandalas shed a new light on the Western Tarot. From this new centre, the Tarot reveals itself to be a Western Mandala, a sacred psychology describing both the path of life, and how to remain centered on that path. Essentially the Tarot is an metaphysical understanding of wholeness, duality, and paradox, and a personal practice of centering, balancing and being.
The usefulness of the Taromandala...
The Taromandala provides:
a powerful key for understanding the Tarot as a whole. To view the Tarot as the holistic nature of reality, as the nature of life's mysteries (such as guidance, synchronicity, continuous evolution etc.), and as the nature of the 'Tao', the 'way' of a balanced life. Not the Tarot as 78 little 'boxes' (those classic 'pigeonholes') but a seamless whole. Rather like looking at the picture on the box of the jigsaw puzzle rather than at all the little pieces.
a Tarot card layout (or 'spread') that is drawn directly from the 'shape' of the Tarot itself, and is therefore as powerful, as detailed, as internally related in all of its parts, and as flexible (in adapting to a number of other related configurations) as the Tarot itself. Ten cards taken from the full 78 cards in the deck, but still having all 78 'nested' within. And not just in one way, but in many different ways, holographically. Rather like the way a piece of a holograph stills shows the whole picture of the original but at a slightly more fuzzy scale.
a Tarot card layout that is drawn directly from the 'shape' of the human body itself. Not just in one way but a number of ways. This shows how 'Mind' and 'Body' are intimately related. The body is an outer show of inner soul. Becoming sensitive to 'reading' the subtle energy fields of the body is to 'read' the psyche, and the memories, dreams, talents, character, and destiny there within. Rather like observing the more detailed ripples of water when a pebble has been tossed into it, and not just the more obvious or grosser waves.
a way of Tarot reading, and more so, Tarot counselling, that is both classically 'static' and modernly 'dynamic', and also both classically 'predictive' and modernly 'possibility' (or 'choice') based. The Taromandala Tarot card layout is both a static 'snapshot' of the client, and a guiding method of dynamic counselling 'process'. This 'Taromandala' dynamic counselling process/method is also a key to understanding and practising counselling in general, and more so, ritual, as the essential notion of how to initiate and transform oneself and others. Rather like Tarot reading and Tarot counselling as 'time-out' to reorient, re-source, and replenish energetically, an inner 'rehearsal' before embarking outwardly again centered, balanced, and empowered. Not just 'Tarot reading' as information or 'answers'. This applies to both reading for or counselling oneself, and reading for or counselling others.
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