Over 25 years ago while living in the East Village of New York City I received a series of incredibly accurate readings from a tarot master who encouraged me to develop my intuitive senses and work with tarot. I began reading for myself, friends, friends of friends. In the mid 90's, I moved to Los Angelesto work on a film, and when not acting or auditioning I devoted energy into going deeper with my cards. Soon after, I found out I'd booked the feature film The Craft by receiving a basket of candles and tarot cards from Sony Studio. Serendipitous timing, indeed. I worked on many films during this time and always brought my cards on location.
Years later after a film shot in South Africa wrapped, I traveled to Zimbabwe where I did a lion walk, the kind you sign a paper saying no one will sue if you're eaten, and a picture from that day became my own strength tarot card, reminding me the symbols and archetypes that speak our human tapestry are real within us all, not just abstract concepts on cards.
The symbolism and archetypes are a mirror for today and a compass for the future. It helps clarify what's happening when you can't, and what that future might look like for different potential paths you may chose. Tarot sheds light on the grey areas, in a way akin to a psychology session.
Tarot doesn't tell your future, it shows you the here and now, and future options based on present choices. It gives insight as to how to shape the future, which by nature, is in a constant state of becoming, its fluidity influenced by our actions or inaction. Questions involving timing are tricky as you can change your future at any time.
What tarot is not- evil or satanic, look through the imagery and you'll find angels, allegories to bible stories and the Kabbalah. The cards merely represent a way to connect our own energy and intuition.
With its ability to spotlight the shifts needed and highlight what's on track, I consider tarot my favorite on call therapist/life coach.
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WHAT IS TAROT
"Tarot helps reveal and slough away subconscious patterns that keep us stuck and spinning, it propels us forward into the space we'd like to be."
TAROT cards are made up of 78 cards
The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits: The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World and The Fool. Cards from The Magician to The World are numbered in Roman numerals from I to XXI, while The Fool is the only unnumbered card, sometimes placed at the beginning of the deck as 0, or at the end as XXII
The Minor Arcana (lesser secrets) consists of 56 cards, divided into four suits of 14 cards each; ten numbered cards and four court cards. The court cards are the King, Queen, Knight and Page, in each of the four tarot suits. The traditional Italian tarot suits are swords, batons/wands, coins and cups; in modern tarot decks, however, the batons suit is often called wands, rods, the coins suit is often called pentacles or disks.
The Major Arcana represent the journey of life starting with The Fool and ending with The World. These cards signify major events and choices at hand, they appear heavier in the reading and carry more weight.
The Minor Arcana represent situations and relationships that come and go. Itshows where and how we're affected by the past, how we are reacting in the present and our paths to the future. It shows us what is working and what isn't.
Tarot is not evil or satanic.In the imagery and you'll find angels, allegories to bible stories and references to the Kabbalah. The cards merely represent a way to connect to our personal energy and intuition.
Tarot does not tell your future, though it can help shape your future.