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Easy Spiritual practices: the High Priestess

April 14, 2016

High Priestess -- Tarot of the MastersSpirituality is not just what you do in church on Sunday. It doesn’t have to be some tough discipline that takes years of practice.  No. It’s also all the little things in life too, like smiling at a stranger, giving a coin to a beggar, and stopping to smell (and appreciate) the roses. So if you want to be a bit more spiritual, if you want to come one step closer to the Divine, here is one easy little spiritual practice for today that was inspired by the High Priestess card.

Everything in the Universe has the potential to express the voice of the Divine. 

The Divine is always talking to us, giving us the answers and guidance that we need. Unfortunately, we usually are not willing to stop and listen, or we think that only a select few special people are able to hear the soft whisperings of the Universe. But that is not true.  We all have this ability; it just takes practice and patience to hone it.

The Tarot is one particular tool to help us hear the voice of the Divine, but it certainly is not the only one.  For example, in ancient times, people sometimes saw portents in things like the flight of migrating birds, and today some people use things like tea leaves. The point is that Deity’s voice can use any vehicle, and if we listen, we will be able to hear the sacred word of the universe in anything.

Are you willing to try that today?

To begin to experience this ability, spend a moment in silent contemplation of your surroundings.  First, breathe deeply, calm your mind, and get centered (however you choose to do so).  You may want to bring to mind a question or personal issue you want guidance on, or you can choose to look for a general message about your life. In either case, once you have entered a calm, meditative state, look around calmly and without judgment.  What is the first thing that captures your attention?  View it for a while without thinking about what it is or what it means.  Just let it soak into your consciousness.  Then consider what it might represent symbolically and consider what message that may suggest. How does it answer your question, what guidance does it provide, or what comment on your life does it make?

Finally, throughout the day, approach life with an attitude of listening. Be open to hearing the voice of the Divine. Don’t “try” to hear it; just be open to it. You may be pleasantly surprised at the messages you find.

By the way, if you want help interpreting the symbolism of pretty much everything you might find, there are a couple of books that I can recommend. One is A Dictionary of Symbols by J.E. Cirlot, and another is Dictionary of Symbolism by Hans Biedermann. The former is more detailed, but the latter is more accessible to the layman. You might also be interested in reading a blog post of mine from a few years ago titled “Tarot and Symbolism.”

For another perspective on hearing the Divine’s messages in everything around you, I would like to refer you to Lon DuQuette’s Book of Ordinary Oracles wherein he demonstrates how to use ordinary items around the house to divine answers to everyday questions.

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This blog post includes excerpts from my Tarot book — The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.

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