Today is my 5 year anniversary on WordPress, and in that time I’ve created almost 1,400 blog posts. (This means that on average, I’ve posted here on about three out of every four days in the last 5 years!) You can find a list of some of the highlights in a blog post from last year.
In celebration of this anniversary, I would like to offer my fans here a special rate on readings. If you contact me between now and the end of this month (i.e., before March 31, 2015), and if you mention this special in your message, I will give you the following discount on my usual rates for Skype or email readings:
For Email readings:
Medium reading: Typically, 5 – 7 cards — $35
Full sized reading: Usually about 10 cards — $55
For Skype readings:
$65 for an hour reading or $35 for a half hour reading.
“The older we get, the more we lose; this is the law of impermanence.” — Ram Dass
I am wary of interpreting the Death card as being a predictor of death, but often enough, I have seen it come up as an indicator of a past death that the querent needs to deal with. Learning more about how to deal with loss in general and death in specific will help a Tarot reader become better able to help other people who are dealing with such issues. Consequently, I recommend an article titled “Ram Dass Meditates on Learning to Grieve.” Here are some quotes from this article:
It is important, as we get older, to learn how to grieve… We lose loved ones, cherished dreams, physical strength, work, and relationships. … All these losses bring up enormous grief that we must be prepared to embrace completely, if we are to live with open hearts. First of all surrender to the experience of [the] pain … be patient with the process … each person’s grief has its own timetable … ultimately you come to the truth of the adage that “love is stronger than death.”
And here are a couple of my own blog posts to help you learn about dealing with death:
A couple of days ago I posted a “Conversational Tarot” article about the Two of Swords. My conversational Tarot articles are intended to show how a card can stimulate an interesting, though-provoking discussion, often on a philosophical topic. My hope with them is also that my readers here will join in on those discussions. Several people did post comments on that article, but they tended more toward a discussion of what the Two of Swords can mean rather than their thoughts on the topic of our “two minds.” Since this seems to indicate that there’s an appetite for a discussion of what the Two of Swords means, today I decided to post a “pithy meaning” for this card, and here it is:
Are those your only two choices? There are always other options; look for another one.
(This one might be more appropriate for the Two of Swords reversed or in a negative aspect.)
Last year, I described a way to initiate thought-provoking conversations using the messages of the cards. A great way to facilitate this process is to use my Pithy Tarot app, which provides a quick “pithy” meaning along with a card. Today I did this and got the following meaning for the Two of Swords:
You may be of two minds on a subject, but eventually you have to choose one of them.
Here are some of my thoughts about this:
First of all, this suggested that I consider what it might mean by being of two minds. There is the typical colloquial meaning, of course, which is that you are conflicted on a topic and it’s hard to make up your mind so you can make a decision. In fact, that is what I was intending with the above pithy meaning. But there is another way to consider this, a way that takes us deeper into a philosophical consideration of what our minds really are. That’s what I want to discuss here.
I believe that we are always “of two minds,” by which I mean that our minds are composed of two different consciousnesses, which I’ll call our robot brain and our spiritual consciousness.
On the one hand, our brains are basically very complex computers. Simply put, they are composed of hardware (the organic brain itself—the so called “gray matter’) and software (all that we have been taught, whether explicitly or implicitly, throughout our lives—such as instructions from our parents, books we have read, and the myriad experiences that shape our lives). When you look at it this way, it becomes hard to see how we could actually have any free will at all, although we recoil from that demeaning thought. However, most of our actions in our day-to-day lives are basically robotic reactions to external stimuli. Also, the thoughts that keep popping into our heads all the time are the product of that computer. Addictions are perhaps the most extreme example of this, but all of our irrational behavior comes from the dark side of this aspect of our minds. Of course, it’s not really that simple since our brains are so incredibly complex, but when you think about it in these terms, it is hard to see how we can be much more than very intricate robots. (For more about this, see an article titled, Why you don’t really have free will.) Luckily, though, this brings me to the other component of our minds.
There is another analogy we can use for our brains. Instead of seeing them as complex computers, we may also see them as radios that pick up transmissions from our eternal soul, however you want to conceptualize that. (Some may call it an aspect of the Divine). Thus, your spiritual consciousness is another part of your mind, the part that comes from your eternal Self. It can manifest as our intuitive or psychic sense, and it is what gives us free will to the extent to which we avail ourselves of it. Of course, we have to have the volume on that radio turned up loud enough to hear it over the drone of the computer brain. And that’s where the problem arises for most of us. The chatter of our organic computers is usually louder than the gentle whisper of our spiritual radio. So how do we change that? One suggestion is that this is the point of meditation, which seeks to quiet the organic computer so that we can hear the spiritual radio.
So … how might this affect our interpretation of this card in a reading? It may say that the problem you are facing comes from relying on your computer brain and not paying attention to your spiritual radio. In other words, it may suggest that you need to pay less attention to the robot in you and more to your soul. It also can urge you to consider that someone else is (as most of us are) acting badly because he or she has a badly programmed computer. And perhaps this will allow you to see that person in a more compassionate way.
So, what do you think? This conceptualization is an evolving explanation for me, and I would love to hear your thoughts on this too. After all, you and I probably have two different minds on this topic. :)
PS: Does anyone know the source of this quote? Let me know if the comments section if you do, okay?
“You need to know things that others don’t know. It’s what no one knows about you that allows you to know yourself.” ― Don DeLillo from his book, Point Omega
And if you would like a Tarot reading, may I request that you consider getting a reading from me. :-)
Postscript: Since I know people will ask, I’ll mention right here the info on the painting shown above:
The painter: Jehan Georges Vibert, the painting is called: “Fortune Teller”. And, by the way, that’s just the title of the painting. I still maintain that I am “a fortune helper, not a fortune teller.