Does The Tarot Have A Place In The Modern World?
The Tarot deck is based on ancient philosophies and has been used to give seekers insight into their personal lives for centuries. In the 21st Century, where our lives run at a ridiculous rate and we have easy access to counsellors and the benefits of the Internet, is the advice offered by the Tarot now outdated?
The factor that prevents the Tarot from becoming antiquated is that the themes it explores are just as relevant today as they were when it was first created. Modern man may feel that his needs are different but, in truth, we are all governed by the same basic issues that our ancestors were: we all need to feel loved and worthwhile. The key to divining the answers to our questions is not based on magic or trickery, but simple insight and a little intuition.
Our Individual Circumstances
The Tarot is divided into two parts: the Major and Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana deals with the grand themes of our lives; the energies and forces that everyone is subject to. The Minor Arcana acts as a focus for those energies, helping to apply them to our individual circumstances and personalities. The Tarot does not claim to be a crystal ball; it helps to point out how we are affecting our own lives and the lives of those around us. In addition, perhaps the most important aspect of the cards is that they remind us that we all possess the tools with which to shape our destinies.
A reader is required primarily to intuit the meanings of the deck. Just as an actor needs a ‘third eye’, in the form of the director, to help him find his way through a play, the interpreter acts as a third eye for the seeker. Again, this is not magic, just employing someone’s psychic abilities to make sense of what are apparently random images. In addition, the seeker provides human contact and someone with whom the seeker can be honest. There are all manner of quick fixes available in the 21st Century, but the Tarot offers humanity, hope and self-confidence.