Is There Any Science Behind How The Tarot Works?

June 22nd, 2012

by DJ Ownbey

Does one have to know the scientific mechanics of how your car starts when you turn the key? Similar with Tarot readings; I believe science is catching up now more then ever to metaphysics. Quantum Physics and all the various experiments that are now being conducted at all the various universities around the world are revealing conclusive evidence that these things are real. Unfortunately, science has along way to go still.

Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung believed they worked through a process he termed as synchronicity. The theory of synchronicity can be summed up as co-incidence, meaning events that come together out side the realm of “chance.” These experiments were conducted at C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich.
I am also aware of Art Rosengarten that conducted allot of experiments with the tarot and he has authored several books on the subject.

The best approach to spirituality and getting a tarot reading is, “we become as little children,” as Jesus said. We forget all that we think we know all preconceived ideas and labels. We come with an open mind and heart. As the Buddhist term it the empty rice bowl and we allow spirit to guide us. Yogis call this state thoughtless awareness.

Understand that a real tarot reader does not need to know “anything” about your situation. As a matter of fact the less we know the better. Information can only biased one. Often times in the course of a reading we will ask questions to piece the puzzle together only. Provide no unsolicited information initially, as then we are looking for this or that—and we may miss something much more important that you need to know. I believe readings should always be approached in a very clinical way—so you can obtain the best results.
So when getting a tarot reading, it is a good idea to just surrender all your preconceived ideas about the situation you are coming about—as often your strong ideas about a subject can actually block the reader from seeing the truth. Also, understand that you can not judge predictions right or wrong in the present. Things you believe from your present knowledge are ridiculous is often exactly what will happen. Just keep an open mind to what the reader has to tell you—and keep a perfect state of objectivity. Being almost the detached observer is where the best tarot readings come from I have found.

If recommendations are made to you by the advisor follow them—religiously. If you go to a doctor and you don’t take the medication are you going to be helped? Keep in mind the definition of insanity is to do the same thing and expect different results—yet people continue doing this all over the world.
Allowing spirit to lead the way—always produces the perfect results- I have found.
Love and light,
dj

Tarot takes the guesswork out of relationships~

August 28th, 2009

by OzarkSeer

The Tarot cards tell a wonderful and fascinating story through their symbols, numbers, colors and the intuition and experience of the reader. The Cards will show your journey through life by the interpretation and the language of what is called symbolism.

The Tarot deck is like a book of story pictures that tell a story by the way they are interpreted, and this interpretation is done by the reader. A fascinating story can be told by reading the cards, either in a formal spread or in a more informal manner such as just drawing a card and interpreting its meaning.

The Tarot goes hand and hand with all aspects of life, but maybe none more than when it comes to relationships. Relationship questions are probably the most asked questions of the Tarot than any other. Whether it is a inquiry about what that hopeful significant other may be thinking about you, or something as ordinary as what are a certain associate’s motives are, the Tarot can give valuable insight into these matters and many others as well.

 Whether it is a love story or a tale of mistakes and misdeeds that can hopefully be avoided with the guidance of the cards, the Tarot can tell you the things you want to know about your relationships, not only with that special person, but also about what your friends and family may have intended for you. With the information that the cards give you can choose which path seems the best for your current situation.

Remember also that the deck may also tell you something that you may not want to hear, but you may need to know these things for your own safety or so that you may make an informed choice so that you can learn and grow as a human being. An experienced and ethical reader will tell you the good and the bad so that you may have a complete understanding of your unique situation. In this way you can make an informed decision about your relationships without worrying about “what if’s?” and “what might be?”.

 

The cards are a valuable ally in the game of life. Do not be fooled again by someone that has less than honorable intentions for you. The Cards will give valuable insights in matters of the heart, not only into what someone else is planning, thinking or feeling, but also about what the outcome of a particular decision will be. Look at all aspects of a relationship, not just what the other person has in mind but also what will be the outcome of dating this person, or that other person you are interested in. in this way you can make a better choice in your relationships.

OzarkSeer

“WHY MANY BELIEVE THE TAROT WAS INSPIRED FROM KABALLAH” By D.J. Ownbey

August 7th, 2009

by DJ Ownbey

There are many parallels that the tarot has with Kaballah. There are twenty-two letters in the Hebrew Alphabet (including the Fool) there are twenty-two Major Arcana Cards. There are 10 Sephirah there are 10 non court cards in the Tarots Minor Arcana Suits (Ace through 10). The four court cards can be linked to the secret name of God YHVH (pronounced yud-hey-vahv -hey) or some say “Yahweh” also known as the Tetragrammaton-and referred to by most Jews as Adonai (my lord), as this is the most Holy of God’s Names. In the Kaballah there are also four worlds this can be linked to the four suits in the Minor Arcana. In addition, there are twenty -two Major Arcana and twenty two paths to work in the Kaballah.
Although there is no direct evidence to confirm that the tarot was inspired by the Kaballah , as a life long student of both the Tarot and Kaballah—I feel there are to many parallels to be coincidental.
I am not alone in my belief that the Tarot was inspired by kaballah. Alfonse Louis Constant (later changed his name to Eliphas Levi to reflect the Hebrew Translation of his French given name), believed that the kaballah could not be understood without the Tarot and the Tarot could not be understood without Kaballah.
Eliphas Levi (born in France in 1875) wrote several books one was called, ” Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie” this book was later translated into English by Athur Edward Waite (the intellectual creator of the most popular Tarot Deck in use today–the Rider-Watie Deck).
Elphas levi’s ideas were perhaps ahead of his time and landed him two prison sentences for a book he wrote (Le Testament de la Liberté –“The Testament of Liberty”).
Eliphas Levi’s ideas led to the formation of the infamous “Golden Dawn.” This was an occult group (occult meaning “the hidden” and it is the study of spirituality as opposed to religion) that studied the metaphysical ideas of Kaballah and Egyptian Esoteric Ideas.
Although ,we know allot of the ideas of the Golden Dawn were misguided (as the all the keys to understanding the Kaballah were not published until 1995, we are left with some very interesting metaphysical wisdom from the Golden Dawn and a beautiful “Golden Dawn Tarot Deck” filled with symbolism and esoteric symbolism.
So the Tarot’s documentable history is very little, and I feel that looking at this with spiritual eyes there is a lesson in all this. The Tarot teaches us to see with “new eyes.” These are the eyes that come from inside ones soul. Things that we learn on the outer are simply information (in form). To reach spiritual mastery we have to know these things from the inside out. We have to learn to live from the inside out.
We come to a place when we recognize that are “beliefs” mean nothing and all that matters is our “knowing.” Knowing can not come from study or be objectified into words for it is of the spirit.
Namaste,
dj

Daily Tarot Card~

August 7th, 2009

by OzarkSeer

Tarot can be a wonderful tool in many ways, one of which is the simplest, yet I find also the most effective. A daily card is a wonderful tool on so many levels.  Personally I pull a  card per day, to find out what the day holds for me. It is a  general card, I do not ask any question. This one card a day can be very enlightening, perhaps even the most enlightening aspect of the Tarot in my opinion.  This card  will tell you what you need to know, to best manage the day, it will tell you the surprises you will face that day. It will tell you if there are obstacles, to be overcome, or if love will surprise you that day. A daily card in ones busy day to day routine, can be quite a blessing. Just knowing somethings coming early on in the day taking the surprise out of it can help you have such a better reaction to it when it happens. Sometimes my daily card enlightens to major things, like the day the sewer line broke ( that was a day let me tell yas, and i learned to have that number on speed dial if i ever pull that card again!)  Or sometimes it will tell of arguments best avoided. Some times just knowing its about to occur will pave a path for you to avoid getting stuck in the middle of it.  Sometimes it will tell you something very important…. Something that you may not understand exactly why at the time, but tells you to stay home that day. When you do you avoid a major bad thing from happening. I personally use a  daily card to know what the day will bring and let me tell ya you find out some very surprising things! I remember one time pulling the king of rods and the plumbing broke in my house that day! lets just say it was sooo fitting and i never thought of that card the same way again! You can know whats about to be if you take just a general look daily. Sometimes we miss out on important things by just asking specifically sometimes its a general reading we are needing!  Sometimes it will tell you a surprise is coming, or someone will reveal a special emotion to you. No matter what the daily card tells you, it is helpful to know when you start your day what to expect of it. Some how knowing helps lessen the bad days, and gives excitement to the good ones! Try it I’m sure you will like it! Just be sure to listen to the message they are conveying. Daily card readings, can be one of the most valuable tools, helping you prepare for what is coming.

OzarkSeer

History of the Tarot By D.J. Ownbey

July 30th, 2009

by DJ Ownbey

The first two decks that we know of appeared in 1441 and 1450, the later being the 78 card deck we are familiar with today (Vistonti-Sforsa of 1450).

The cards were originally known by the name Tarocchi (many allege they were named after a river and town where the first two decks originated (in Italy)—although this is speculation for the most part.
The French shortened tarocchi to “Tarot.” Most Europeans saw the cards as nothing more then a harmless game, much like we see our modern day playing cards. In fact, our modern day playing cards originate from the tarot (minor arcana-52 cards) The symbols change on our modern cards from cups to hearts, from swords to spades, from wands to clubs, and from pentacles to diamonds.

I believe this harmless game presentation was very wise idea—seeing how any type of Gnosticism (belief that we are divine and can connect directly with god—without a middle man) was punishable by torture and\ or death. Having ideas outside the scope of church approved ones, was a perilous journey in the middle ages.
Many people to this day, even professional readers, do not understand the “secret teaching to mastery” (enlightenment) the tarot comes to teach us— I plan to explore some of the hidden mysteries for the reader in future articles on this fascinating subject.

Tarot and the 4th of July

June 30th, 2009

by OzarkSeer

Tarot and how it relates to the fourth of July.

Just as our country, went through a lot, to be free nation that it is, so did the Fool, along his journey. Both started out as an idea, a thought, a dream. Upon realizing of the dream, both experiment with the joys, and the hardships that this new freedom brings. The Tarot, like our country, has more than one country of origin. The tarot, in the beginning was not allowed to depict living things, being an Islamic in the 14th century. The Tarot, much like our country, continued to grow with experiences and spread, even now a continuous change is occurring. Our country is much different now, then it was at that time it was founded. Many things have changed, but our freedom still remains, and part of freedom is in being able to change. All in all, we are all on the journey or independance, whether we take it with a deck of tarot cards, or as a country learning its independence. One of the great things about being free, is the freedom that we have, of speech, religion, study, anything really. How great a country, where we can pick up the deck of cards, and find out our future destiny, without fear of punishment, or persecution. Freedom, like a deck of cards does come with a price, one must treat them with respect, and responsibly. There are many freedoms to celebrate on the fourth, this is just wonderful that the tarot can be one of them!

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