Spiritual Tarot highlights — Part 2
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.
Last time, we looked at the spirituality of love. Today we will explore the theme of Forgiveness as it shows up in the Tarot cards. Contrary to popular notions, there is great power in forgiveness, and it is a vitally important message. However, I’ve found that the advice to forgive everyone and everything is very hard for most of us to take. This is probably because most of us don’t understand what forgiveness is and we don’t really know how to do it. And there is also the problem that our ego, which wants revenge, shouts down our Soul, which wants us to practice forgiveness.
One way to practice forgiveness is to keep from having a grudge in the first place, and the advice of the Fool to assume innocence first can help us avoid getting mad about an imaginary infraction. So try this for a day: assume innocence first whenever you perceive an infraction.
In my experience, the card that talks the most about forgiveness is the Judgment card. In fact, I believe that this is the Judgment card’s highest message. Unfortunately, most of us have a lack of understanding of what judging versus forgiving really means. I would like to refer you to several posts about this card, which can go a long way toward clearing up this issue.
If you want to know more about why we should forgive, and if you want some encouragement to practice forgiveness, read my post about the Judgment card that talks about what forgiveness is and what it is not. Briefly, forgiveness does not mean you don’t evaluate the actions of others. It does not mean you throw justice out the window. It does not mean you condone bad behavior. (Some of this misconception comes from misunderstandings about the word “judge,” which another post talks about.) On the other hand, forgiveness does depend upon trying to understand that there always are deeper issues behind the behavior of others. (In other words, it’s not all about you.) Also, it does lead to a deep level of healing.
Another post about this card provides more reasons why we should avoid judging other people, along with explanations of why we don’t forgive, and one other blog post reveals how this card’s message of forgiveness leads us to the spiritual oneness of the World card.
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.