A traditional Tarot deck consists of 78 cards; Twenty-two of these cards are known as the Major Arcana with titles to indicate their specific symbolism. There are many ways to work with these archetypal energies. Most readers of the Tarot either see the Major Arcana as individual entities or they see them as a progression of meanings. The first perspective understands each card as presenting unique traits or experiences as relevant to a person’s spiritual advancement. For example, the Hermit represents application of knowledge, the Wheel represents a change in circumstances, and so on. This approach considers numbers on each card as significant according to the idea associated with them, instead of seeing the numbers as important due to their succession.
The word myein is an ancient Greek verb meaning “to keep the mouth shut.” Linked to medieval initiation rites and the secrecy surrounding them, Myein has come to stand for that which cannot be explained.
In The Magician’s Dictionary: An Apocalyptic Cyclopedia of Advanced Magic(k)al Arts and Alternate Meanings, E.E. Rehmus writes that myein is the root of the word mystery and states, “
There is a practical reason for keeping silent about private or creative projects, especially while they are in the planning stage. Any talking about a plan will be a talking out of it, because talking is an action of its own and automatically substitutes for physical action…Plans must also be hidden until the moment comes to act or others will interfere with them.
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: