Tarot and Your Spiritual Path
But now I’ve stepped back for a moment (a Seven of Pentacles moment, let’s say) to reassess where this blog is going, and what purpose I want it serve.
Definitely, blogging about the Tarot is both fun and valuable (in many different ways), and that’s not going to stop. But I’ve wondered if … well, maybe it’s more accurate to say that I’ve worried that it will interfere with my work on my next Tarot book which I have in the works. This is a book that I’ve started and halted and then restarted a few times. Other projects have arisen (such as my books Tarot Affirmations and Uncovering the Tarot of the Masters) to sideline this one, and I don’t want my Tarot blog to derail it again. Although I’ve written a large portion of this new book, there is a lot of work yet to be done on it, hence my concern. But then I realized that there is a way that I can make both endeavors – this blog and my book – work together. If I blog about my work on the book, then I might get some valuable feedback along the way. Also, the blogging process should help me keep on track on my book.
When you work at home, you have no deadlines to meet and no one checking up on your progress (or lack thereof), so sometimes it’s hard to keep your nose to the grindstone. But what if my blog could fulfill that role? It should be a lot easier to resist distractions if I know that the entire Internet (or at least the half-dozen people following this blog) is watching.
So that’s what I plan to do. Of course there will be general Tarot posts interspersed (okay, maybe more than just interspersed) but I plan to discuss what’s happening with my new book. Don’t worry, though; I’m not talking about using this blog as a mere progress report. I plan to make it more of a sounding board about the Tarot material in the book, so you won’t have to sit through boring updates like, “Well, I wrote a couple of pages today.”
So what’s this new book about? At this time, my provisional title for it is “Tarot for Your Spiritual Path” (as you may have guessed from the title of this post). Although the connection between Tarot and spirituality is apparent to many of us, it’s certainly not a given to everyone. And even where it is realized, a deeper exploration of it is (I hope) of great value.
Certainly, spirituality is not just what we do in a church, a temple, or a synagogue. It is how we live our lives every moment of every day. It’s the integrity, compassion, and reverence with which we live our lives.
Similarly, the Tarot realizes that the divine and the mundane are intertwined (see, especially, the Magician card), and a Tarot reading can help us deal with the mundane problems of our lives in such a way that it also helps us discover our inner, sacred being. We also can do readings using spreads specifically tailored to explore questions about spirituality. And we can use Tarot cards in ways that are less conventional — to facilitate meditation, and to lead us on a guided visualization into an inner, spiritual realm. Finally, this book will examine spiritual messages of the individual cards, which can lead to readings with more spiritual overtones.
I know this particular post hasn’t really explored the Tarot, but I think it serves a valuable role as an introduction to many future posts that will be richer in their Tarot discussions. So please bear with me here, and as always, let me know what you think.
The book mentioned above has now been published and it it titled “The Soul’s Journey.”