|© Loren Fishman CartoonStock|
I grew up in a Christian household, but would hear about the Buddhists, and their ideal of enlightenment. Cartoons like the one above make it seem easy.
What gets in the way? For Tarot, it could in part be the Seven of Cups.
Learning the Tarot is a lifelong process- one can have supreme experience, but the Tarot has never been "mastered".
Not that we wouldn't like to- as well as divine the lotto pick, never make a reading mistake, go ahead and end homelessness, hunger and have world peace to round things out.
Blinded by our ideals of Tarot just doesn't happen to those just starting out- what visions we can't come up with on own will find us somehow.
Pit stops along the way include:
-When we are just learning- "Going to be the BEST at this, once I..."
-Then there are the books- Is it possible to collect EVERY interpretation? (I am so guilty of this one!)
-Not to forget the add-on's- Bags, cloths, ooh a crystal or 100!
-When we are ready to branch into a different Tarot style such as TdM or Thoth- "Conquer all the reading styles!"
-If one begins to write publicly about Tarot " This could lead to fame, a book deal, and who will play me in the movie?"
-When we get great feedback - is it time to go pro? "How would it be to make a living reading?"
-Every time new Tarot decks are introduced (enough said)
|©World Spirit Tarot|
With the advent of the internet, it's never been easier to share our journals or a beautiful spread's atmosphere.
I like to think the image below resplendent of the Buddha under the Bodhi tree, having ascended beyond the four of cups' meditation, through the disappointment of the five, a visit from the six, and now distractions of dreams, and temptation.
|©Barbara Walker Tarot|
How we do daydream for how our lives could be!
|©Arcus Arcanum Tarot|
Daydreaming of itself is not bad, but it's not real, and it brings you nothing.
No thing. Ironically, we want all the things, yet if we project our dreams as the image above, we end up with the same fate as the Greek god Narcissus.
Ascribing to breaking down the Fool's Journey in three distinct stages, of seven cards each for the Major Arcana, it seems sevens are important points.
Now, the seven of cups in the Minor Aracana, the everyday experience as it were, yet many lose an important battle that has cost the war.
Numerals don't end with seven, and the Tarot is not only the suit of cups; What of the antithesis of desire- detachment? Detachment can be viewed as cold and unfeeling; most un- cup like.
As far as the Tarot reading, letting go of your judgements and experiences almost seems like mastery attained. Odd that when you let go, what is given to you.
What about when you get everything you want? That's a form of ascendancy as well. Once you have mastered something there is nothing to aspire for it anymore.
So channel the Seven of Cups sometimes. Dream for more, bigger and higher. Then, get Wands inspired, Swords energy precise, and grab that cup and make it so a Pentacles fashion. If you don't, know you've still made a choice.
Until next time, Tarot on!~