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Month: July 2013

What Can You Expect from a Tarot Reading?

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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

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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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The Eyes Have It

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Created in 1962 by the artist Steve Ditko, Spider-Man made his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15. Since then, this superhero has gone on to great popularity spawning cartoons, movies (how many reboots are we at now?) and countless comics and toys. Does Spider-Man’s longevity stem from the fact that his iconic wraparound eyes on his mask are based on a prevalent image of an alien?

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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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Mutants, Mystics & the Magick of Promethea

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My favorite comic book series of all time is Promethea (sorry, X-Men). I know that is quite a bold statement to make. However, this delightful story written by Alan Moore and drawn by JH Williams III is not only an engaging story about a college student who discovers she can transform into a goddess from her imagination, it is also a magickal treatise which can teach one about the Kabbalah

In his amazing book Mutants & Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero Comics, and the Paranormal, Jeffrey J. Kripal summarizes Promethea thusly:

…the series advances through the adventures of college student Sophie Bangs, a young feminist who discovers through a college writing assignment that she has slipped through into the Immateria (a kind of astral plane of the Imagination that is self-existent and accesible to every individual) and become the subject of her term paper, the ancient warrior-wisdom goddess Promethea. The message is clear enough: be careful what you write about. Or as Barbara, the previous human vessel of Promethea, tells Sophie in the first issue: “Listen kid, you take my advice. You don’t wanna go looking for folklore. And you especially don’t want folklore to come looking for you.”

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Celebrate Freedom! Heroic Tarot’s July Schedule

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“I don’t have a diary, I don’t write things into a diary. I imprint myself into the sky and when the sunlight shines brightly, I can stand under the sun’s rays and everything I have imprinted of myself into the sky, I will begin to see again, feel again, remember. And when the wind begins to blow, it blows the details over my face, and I remember everything I left in the sky and see new things being born. I am unwritten.”

~C. JoyBell C.

In Tarot readings the presence of The Four of Wands (seen above depicting Rogue on the Four of Clubs from my X-Men Tarot series) symbolizes the feeling one gets after a great challenge. It’s having the optimism to see yourself through the hardship and focusing on gratitude for what you already have. It’s also the exhilarating feeling that freedom brings. Are you tied down to something that no longer brings you excitement? What could you bring to completion? Are you in a rite of passage?  Let Heroic Tarot help you bring more stability into your work and creativity! 

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