Kabbalah Metaphysics 137
When we talk tarot (tah-row) we are really talking about energy and consciousness in picture form.
In the spiritual sciences it is said that the link between us mortals and god or the non-physical invisible worlds is through the domain of the subconscious. We know from the study of psychology that the language of the subconscious is symbols, pictures and imagery.
The past masters of this esoteric wisdom understood this language of the subconscious and so encoded this wisdom into the symbols of tarot.
Reference the saying; “a picture is worth a thousand words”.
Tarot is a deck of cards that can be liken to a book of 78 pages. Each card or page consists of aspects of the ageless wisdom mystery teachings which intention is to lead one to individuation. Individuation is the psychological process of becoming integrated and whole.
- The major arcana or greater mysteries or secrets. This consists of the first 22 cards, and is called archetypes. These 22 archetypes (ah-key-types) symbolizes the journey of the soul from the source to the physical planes to gain experience and then return back to the source as enlighten beings.
- The lesser arcana or lesser mysteries or secrets. This consists of 56 picture cards symbolizing personalities, conditions, situations, circumstances or events we may experience in our everyday life experiences. Tarot is not only used as a form of divination but also as a system of meditation to connect with different aspects of our psyche or spiritual side of our being. To this end we utilize the major arcana or the archetypes. Archetypes are real psycho-spiritual energies within us. These energies are primal and unconscious however they create and influence our realities and life experiences. Archetypal energies are at the core of how we think, feel and act. They shape the dynamics of our lives. These archetypes reside in our individual and collective unconscious and appear to us in mythologies, plays, movies, fantasies, religious stories and dreams. Since these archetypes have such an unconscious influence in our lives it behooves us to have an intimate understanding of them. we can do this through the study of tarot. Tarot is the most available set of archetypal images we in the western world can have access to.