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Spiritual Tarot highlights — Part 1

March 10, 2016

Perhaps you’ve read my Spiritual Tarot posts or my book, The Soul’s Journey.  There’s a wealth of information in both of those sources about spiritual messages in the cards, but I realize that it can be a lot to digest and assimilate. So I decided to create a few succinct blog posts to give you some of the highlights — sort of a Spiritual Tarot Greatest Hits.  These are select messages (and links to the Spiritual Tarot posts that discuss them) that will help you incorporate a spiritual practice into your daily life and spiritual messages into your Tarot practice.

First, let me note some of the fundamental spiritual themes that are recurrent in the cards.  It is into the following categories that I will collect these “Greatest Hits” post references.

  1. There is great importance in loving everyone unconditionally. This is part of any true spiritual practice, and it is linked to a realization of both our unity with everyone and our innate divinity.
  2. There is great power in forgiveness, but I’ve found that the advice to forgive everyone and everything is very hard for most of us to take. In spite of that, however, this is advice of vital importance.
  3. Simple though it may seem, mindfulness is a powerful spiritual practice. It includes the advice to live in the moment (or “Be Here Now”) and it is facilitated by a practice of meditation. Mindfulness also transforms our reality through the power of our awareness.
  4. We gain peace and tranquility through cultivating a sense of equanimity. But what does equanimity really mean? This topic is explored in blog posts about several Tarot cards.
  5. Appreciation and gratitude seem like very mundane things, but they can have a very spiritual quality too, as revealed by the messages of some of the cards.
  6. Contrary to the common notion that a spiritual path requires a vow of poverty, spirituality and abundance need not be in conflict.
  7. Finally, it is fundamentally important to recognize the difference between the ego and the divine Self, and it is equally important to put the two in proper perspective.

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Here, now, is the first installment of my Spiritual Tarot Greatest Hits, which provides some of the most important messages in the cards about the spirituality of love.

Ace of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersFirst, check out one of my blog posts about the Ace of Cups to see how to cultivate universal love. That post includes a simple little exercise you can do every time you’re out and about in the world, and if you can create the easy habit it suggests, your life will be transformed.  Another message of the Ace of Cups is simply to “Always see love first.” Perhaps this sounds simplistic, but one of my blog posts expands the how and why of it, including this advice:

Love everyone, and … see their good first and foremost, for that is what’s truly real. All else is illusion, either theirs or ours. … With that realization, we can act from a powerful place of love.

Another card, the Six of Cups, has a similar suggestion about how we can regain our childlike ability to love simply, and the Page of Cups suggests that people will respond positively when we become as emotionally open as a child.

Tarot of the Masters -- Lovers cardAs one might expect, the Lovers card also comments on the power and importance of love.  We tend to think that love just happens to us, hitting us when we least expect it. However, as you can see in a post about the Lovers card, love is also a choice, and it is a very crucial one that needs to be made constantly for our relationships to thrive.  That blog post also suggests how we can be ready for love, because in truth, many of us are not as prepared as we think we are, and sometimes therein lies a common obstacle to finding a suitable relationship. (Not surprisingly, a post about the Two of Cups has a similar message about choosing love.)

Two of Cups -- Tarot of the MastersOne of the underlying messages in this advice to “choose love” is that on the one hand, love is a feeling, but on the other hand, it is all about how we act toward other people.  We generally think of it as the former, but its aspect that we can control is the later.  I have written numerous blog posts about love in terms of how we treat other people, and the following are a few of them that explain ways in which we can become more loving people:

  • The Six of Pentacles explains that we can transform our lives by performing random acts of kindness for others.
  • The Nine of Wands begins with a quote from Plato (“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”) to show how we can be more compassionate to others and to lead us toward our innate oneness with everyone. (PS: This Plato quote is one of my personal favorites.)
  • The Ten of Wands provides a similar message about understanding the problems of others in order to become more compassionate toward them. In this case, it starts from the perspective that everyone is carrying their own burdens, which we don’t usually see.
  • Besides its advice about what to do, the Tarot also gives warnings about what we should avoid doing. In order to treat others in a more loving manner, the Four of Pentacles tells us not to define other people by how they affect our wants and desires.

And, by the way, it’s not just important that we love other people.  A spiritual life is also one in which we love life itself, and the Two of Pentacles suggests that laughter can be a vital part of that practice.

Of course, loving others unconditionally—a lofty spiritual goal—can be exceedingly difficult. The Queen of Cups describes one path toward making that easier.

As noted above, the importance in loving everyone unconditionally is linked to a realization of our unity with everyone and of our divinity. There are many posts on my blog that talk about how love and a sense of Oneness are inextricably intertwined.  Here are several of them:

  • The Strength card tells us to seek the Lady in others, not the lion. This can be a tricky business because their lion usually calls to ours, and vice versa.
  • The Devil card says that Hell is not a place we go to after death, it is a state of mind we inhabit when we believe in our separateness from other people and from the Divine. And how might this be related to love? My blog post uses this quote from Marianne Williamson to help answer that question: “Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of Heaven. Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of Hell.”
  • The Tower card reveals the dangers of anger, which, as a manifestation of fear, is an antithesis of love. See how these dangers threaten ourselves at least as much as they do the person toward whom we may be directing them.
  • World Card -- Tarot of the MastersFinally, we come to the ultimate card about our oneness with everything: the World card. This card epitomizes the highest ideal of love: a universal love of all humankind and even of all living beings. My blog post about it shows how the concepts of universal love and spiritual oneness are themselves universal, crossing the expanse of time and bridging the chasms between diverse human cultures.

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If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you’ll love my Tarot book — The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

 

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