Seek and You Shall Find the Answers
Symbols around us are left to the various interpretations of the individual and the community. History and cultural tradition has altered these perceptions, but some remain consistent over time. They are a language that few have had the chance to translate completely. Symbols of the ancient pagan religions have been absorbed into the modern beliefs. Both viewed them with different eyes and different cultural baggage. Neither is right nor wrong, but the intention of the one who placed it that should be considered for interpretation. It is not for the viewer to just decide what it means to them.
Imagine if a person wished to interpret the hieroglyphic symbols of the ancient Egyptians from a point of view only based in the modern era. Instead of the ibis being related to Thoth, it is viewed as a stork in the modern view. It is here that I feel the understanding of matters related to the occult is viewed. To most eyes with a theological lens, these matters are easily viewed as something evil, foreign, or possessed by the outsider. Fortunetellers and astrologers are tolerated but scoffed at by these some people because they are considered to be readers of signs. Yet, they are left alone and allowed to continue on their way because they are not regarded as a serious threat to the religions of the world. Their skills of interpretation are mostly muted so they will present a non-threatening position.
Over the years, I have always been amazed with the different views on the matters deemed occult. However, it is generally mild until the mention turns to pentacles, Ouija boards, pagan rituals, and tarot cards. At this point, the cries are for the sinners to repent as they are supposedly turning their minds from the focus of God. It is quite possible that this is true, but what is found can lead to some answers from within. Especially when it comes to the tarot cards, the enlightenment found there can be eye-opening.
Let me begin by focusing my interpretation of what the word occult means. I turn to the dictionary for the definition. Occult, according to Merriam-Webster, is defined: matters regarded as involving the action or influence of supernatural or supernormal powers or some secret knowledge of them. For the tarot cards, we will leave the supernatural to the side and appeal to the secret knowledge found with them.
Few things in our world are this full of symbolism and arcane understanding. These cards comes from various sources with numerous people designing them with different definitions for the symbols, but for the most part, there are consistency in the cards and allow a person to understand what the language of the cards is relaying. As with most things, there is a habit for the reader to create ritual around the cards in order to keep the consistency and formality regular each time.
Many years ago, I had my first encounter with these old items of oracular information. It was a moment of surrealistic visions where I came to understand more of myself than I ever thought possible. At first, I sat there and searched for the reasons why this was not really happening. I had been told and ministered to over the long years that the items of the occult like tarot cards were to be avoided. By the time I was done, I needed to understand how this language worked.
So, I turned to history to find my answers and it was revealed that the language was something that had always been with me. In the doctrines, symbols, and definitions that were part of my life already. The minute symbols on the cards were learned already. I took the next step and learned to read the cards with some proficiency. I am not fortuneteller, but I help to interpret the symbols of the cards. The answers to the questions come from those that shuffle the cards. In other words, the subconscious mind creates the order of the cards as one shuffles the deck. As it is unseen and not truly understood, it appears supernatural. It is a road to the subconscious similar to the exercise of dreams.
Essentially, why I felt this topic was worthy of sharing had to do with the fact that I am learning. I am learning to understand once again that the answers to my own questions are within. I have not touched the cards in a long time, but recently, the words of those blogs, such as Alex at The Liberated Way, here have reminded me what I have already.