Storm Arcana

Intuitive Visionary Coach & Founder of Arcana Academy

Category: Inspiration

What Can You Expect from a Tarot Reading?

Heroic Tarot
The Tarot is a potent tool of transformation for understanding where you are in the present. It provides insight into cycles in your life, whether in behavior or situations, and helps you actualize your potential. We all face challenges and using the cards can provide us with guidance and awareness about how to rise to them.

In her essay, What a Tarot Reading Can Do for You, Traci Anderson outlines exactly what Tarot can and cannot do for you. The entire essay is well worth the read, but I have quoted some highlights for this post. I especially like what she says on the subject of the future:

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Synchronicity: A Spark of Spiritual Communication

bird above sand

Throughout history people have told fortunes with all manner of things: scattered bones, the remnants of tea leaves in a cup, tossed coins, watching birds across the sky, anything.  It has only been since the eighteenth century that Tarot has been used to divine intellectual and spiritual pathways.  Yet all of these methods stem from the same innate curiosity to know what is going to happen in advance.  The practitioners of these rituals possess an understanding that all things have a relationship to one other.  As Rachel Pollack states in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, “everything is connected, everything has meaning and nothing occurs at random.”

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Here’s The Thing: Jack Kirby’s Golem

Golem from Prague Last night I had a dream about a walking giant made entirely of mud. It was crudely formed, kind of a cross between Clayface from Batman and the Thing from The Fantastic Four.  It shambled around here and there, with blank eye sockets and a cavernous mouth. Strangely enough no sound came from it.  Then the dream shifted to a flat plateau in which I was looking up at the Tree of Life (from the Kabbalah) rising up from the earth into the cosmos. Each sephiroth shone brightly in between the branches. Then I saw an image of Jack Kirby as if he were travelling around like Doctor Strange in astral form. He said the word “golem” and then vanished.

I woke up with that word emblazoned on my mind. A golem, according to Jewish folklore, is an animated anthropomorphic being created by magic.  The word “golem” in Hebrew means “shapeless mass.” Some legends say that a golem is made out of clay, formed into a shape of a human, and then brought to life by a magic alphabet and the secret name of God. Adam from the Bible stories is called a golem for the first twelve hours of his existence because golem can also translate to “body without a soul.”

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Divine Devotions: The Lotus Sutra

Lotus Flower
In our search to connect with Spirit, we create devotions to find our center.  One way to do this is through the practice of chanting. Chanting transmutes negative energy to positive and is another way to activate one’s higher self.  Chanting helps quiet the interior mental chatter so we can focus our attention to our intuition.  It is in listening to our inner voice that we find balance. Chanting can transport you to another realm and activates your body’s natural healing processes. Chanting simply benefits your overall well-being.

One well known chant from the Buddhist tradition is the Lotus Sutra. This chant focuses on helping others come to a new realization of their lives through the ideal of the bodhisattva. A 13th-century Japanese priest by the name of Nichiren found a way to unveil the full motive of the Lotus Sutra’s benevolence.

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The Qabalah: The Mystical Process in Reverse

The Qabalah is a theosophical system stemming from Jewish mystical inner teachings.  It contains great knowledge for those who wish to study it, yet it holds even greater relevance for those seeking a psychic quest or spiritual adventure.

Qabalah is not composed of fixed ideas.  Instead,  it trains the student in new ways to think. The word Qabalah is from the root word, Qabal, which means “to receive.” Qabalah means “the reception.” The student must be open to receive the concepts via symbols.

Qabalah teaches us there is only one great being, a self who is the entirety of the universe. This One Being is all that was, is or will be. There is no obsession with simple dichotomies of “good versus evil” that limit overall awareness. There is one, with no secondary attribution. There is no “other.”

The Qabalistic method consists of a series of related symbols upon which the student reflects. As an inner relationship between the symbols becomes clear, the student taps into energy the symbol represents and encounters a deep awakening. Through this process, the awareness shifts from a personal search for meaning to that of the One Being, currently enjoying being a human in time.

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Are You at a Crossroads?

One of my favorite deities from the Yoruba tradition is Eshu the trickster.  Like all of the Orishas, Eshu has many names and functions. One of Eshu’s most celebrated aspects protects travelers and blesses roads, especially crossroads.  He is the god of choice and change, is able to speak any language known to mortal and god alike, and is free to break any rule. His protean nature and his powers of fortune (and misfortune) have made him popular in many countries. The number three is sacred to him and his assistance is often measured in this number (three things may happen in quick succession, or in three days, weeks, or months time. Here is a short story about Eshu that I found here (Wikipedia has a similar story):

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Like a Phoenix from the Ashes: Transcending Loss

Three of Swords“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer

According to the Golden Dawn tradition, the title for the Three of Swords is “Sorrow.”  Of all the Minor Arcana Tarot cards it most clearly presents an image of distress.  However, for all of its desolation, this image depicts a certain kind of balance. The three swords are neatly embedded in the heart in the midst of a rainstorm. Sadness requires one reaction–we must take the pain into our hearts, welcome it and go beyond it. The test is to bring the sorrow deeply within us until it is changed completely by love and trust. Pushing the agony away only distances us from the lesson we are being asked to learn.  Oftentimes we ignore the situations or relationships in our lives that are too stressful. We try to avoid any stressful thoughts, but this only serves to cement the hold the pain has on us. The evolution of our healing depends on our ability to accept the heartbreak.

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The Four Agreements +1

The Lion

There are certain books that come into your life at the exact time that you need them and they change your perspective forever.  Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements was one of those books for me.  I realize that many people have already heard of this book’s central tenets (based on Toltec wisdom), but I believe they bear repeating.  I’ve quoted them as they are presented in the book:

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

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Follow the Directions of Your Heart

The Archangel Raphael as interpreted by Yours Truly

I have recently spoken with many people who feel they are rushing headlong toward their futures without clarity or direction.  They tell me they are afraid to stop moving for fear of everything collapsing around them.  Goal-focused, they have not the time to enjoy the things in their lives that give them meaning.  I can certainly relate to these feelings.

Tonight I was reading The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth.  In it, he writes about letters the esteemed poet Rainer Maria Rilke sent to a friend.  I quote this passage from Booth to remind us all of things we might have forgotten:

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