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                                                    When the wrong person uses the right means, 
                                                      the right means then have the wrong effect

                                                                                                                                                                   Chinese saying 


This site is simply an effort to present my personal philosophy, understanding, and methods of working with the tarot.

Through my consultations and teaching work I am attempting to dispel the climate of superstition and fear that has surrounded the tarot for centuries. Most of this should be regarded quite simply as ignorance, prejudice, and misinformation. It is an unfortunate fact that many of these misunderstandings are still being perpetuated today, not only by skeptics who dismiss tarot out of hand, but sometimes by the very people who are themselves working with the tarot. I am certainly not going to defend the many readers out there who will exploit the mysterious nature of the tarot for their own benefit, but, just because there are those who may choose to use it unwisely, please try not to judge the device itself .

How anyone views and uses tarot is wholly dependant on their beliefs and their own experience of the world.

Those who have a very narrow and defined outlook will see that reflected in others. Readers who carry judgemental attitudes borne from religious, cultural, or environmental influences will often try to impose them on their clients. Considering all of this, I strongly advise that you should always look beyond the cards themselves, and more directly at the person who is holding them.

For me, any good tarot consultant should have undertaken a high degree of self-examination, and should never forget the age old wisdom that was inscribed above the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi  .....  "Know Thyself"
 

 

 

                   

                         CG Jung

Origins

Many differing schools of thought exist about the origin of the tarot and I am not going to attempt to unravel any of those mysteries here. Although all of the hypotheses are fascinating, none of them can be regarded as any form of absolute truth. Personally, I think that most of this speculation mainly serves to detract from the recorded history and development of the tarot that validates its use today. What we can draw from all this conjecture is the fact that tarot seems to have a curious ability to evolve, reflect, and to stay relevant to the present time. As we develop new propositions and theories about the very meaning and nature of life the tarot seems capable of commentating on them.
Consequently, it is the work of Carl Gustav Jung, and the new way of understanding the psyche that he introduced, that has become the cornerstone of my understanding of the tarot. Within Jung's theories are all the components that give a solid basis to explain how tarot works, and also to illustrate why the appearance of certain images has been a recurrent theme through history.


Ever since the dawn of human consciousness the use of symbolism and pictographic communication has been clearly apparent. From cave paintings, hieroglyphs, and ancient pictographic languages; reflected in our modern era by cartoons, storyboards, and corporate logos. We respond to visual cues every day of our lives.

 Tarot and creativity

 

 

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