Tarot & Your Soul’s Quest

by Vivian Hadleigh on June 18, 2013

The 22 cards of the Tarot’s Major Arcana are a map of the ascending spiral dance of your soul’s quest for evolution and enlightenment. Each card marks a step along the way and offers profound insights regarding where you are on your journey, why, and how to get the most out of each step.

You begin your journey as The Fool (0). In modern decks, The Fool is shown as naïve and a bit unconscious of his surroundings. But older decks often reveal The Fool as a carnival huckster or thief, a person steeped in the material world, greedy and grasping.

The Magician (I) is the one who jars you out of your trance. These days a Magician often enters your life as a speaker who excites you by demonstrating the powers of meditation, or the Law of Attraction, or perhaps a particular psychic ability. You battle your way through the crowd surrounding the speaker at the end of the lecture, and finally get to express your enthusiasm. The Magician smiles and hands you a map, which leads you to…

The Priestess (II), your first true spiritual teacher. She may instruct you in the mysteries of Tarot or meditation, psychic development or Reiki healing. When you have learned enough, she pulls back the curtain behind her and gestures you down the path to…

The Empress (III), who is Mother Earth, the Feminine Force, source of fertility, abundance, cycles and seasons, creation and destruction. Through her you learn how things unfold without intervention, that everything has its time, and that energy and possibility wax and wane, just as the Moon does. She then passes you on to her consort…

The Emperor (IV), who is the Masculine Force which expresses through will, action, order and form. He is the Grail King, the archetypal ruler whose health, for good or ill, determines the well-being of his kingdom. At his best, the Emperor is a benevolent, compassionate and caring ruler; at worst, he brings famine, war and destruction.

The Pope or Hierophant (V) is the first teacher who challenges you, who forces you to measure your new-found beliefs and knowledge against others’ perceptions. Here you get to find out what your friends and family think of your new ideas. If, after seeing their reactions, you want to continue on this path, you are granted permission to move on to…

The Lovers (VI). Originally The Lovers showed a young man choosing between two women, or two paths, deciding whether to go for carnal satisfaction or a higher, more sacred experience. Although today’s decks often show a couple, The Lovers card still asks you to choose your path, sacred or profane, and then to follow it without hedging.

If you again choose the sacred path, you next learn how to wield the Feminine and Masculine Forces, beginning with…

The Charioteer (VII), who demonstrates the power of focused will. He shows you how to control his team of horses or Sphinxes, not by using reins, but through the sheer impact of steady, powerful intent. You practice driving his chariot down the road to discover…

Strength (VIII), a woman leaning affectionately on a full grown lion. Her strength is a peaceful and loving heart, and she tames even the most ferocious creatures by approaching them with both kindness and kinship. Using the Feminine Force, the Law of Attraction, she creates by making a place where the possible can take form.

Now you move on to a hard-to-find trail which begins at the foot of a mountain and leads to…

The Hermit (IX), an old, solitary man in tattered clothes. You almost move on without speaking, until you recognize the wisdom in his ancient eyes. He guides you into the cave of your own heart, and teaches you to be quiet and still, and in the silence discover who you really are.

You depart The Hermit’s sanctuary by the back door, and find yourself stepping off into space! You fall, turning and turning, whirled around and around by the action of…

The Wheel of Fortune (X). Finally, you stop spinning and land! Dizzy and tired, you look around to get your bearings, and are stunned to see that you’re back where you began, but somehow…not. As you puzzle over your disorientation, you see before you…

Justice (XI). A blindfolded woman who holds a sword and scales. She explains that the next stage of your journey will seem more intense and challenging because you are learning about the Law of Karma, the balancing action of cause and effect. When she points her sword at your foot, something grabs your ankle and—whoosh!—you become…

The Hanged Man (XII). Oddly, you find that hanging upside down can be very restful, and are content to watch the world go by and enjoy how different things look from this position. Then you realize that you have been slowly lowering into the earth, and it’s too late to stop the ground from surrounding you and beginning to squeeze, and squeeze, until you finally slide free, reborn, and land at the feet of a skeleton in knight’s armor, who says that he is…

Death (XIII). He has come to help you get ‘down to the bones,’ to reveal the essential, innermost structures that give form and meaning to your life. Then he whips out his sword and, in a blur of action, slices away parts of your life that hold you back. When you’re through feeling astonished, you realize you feel lighter, freer, as you continue along your path until you meet the Archangel of transformation, who sweeps you into a process of…

Temperance (XIV). Relieved of outer burdens, you are ready to be remade. In an experience as demanding and uncomfortable as the intense heat and pounding used to temper steel, you are purified of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual ‘toxins,’ charged with spiritual energy, and then sent on to meet…

The Devil (XV). You find yourself in an inferno of torment, pitying the poor man and woman chained to the Devil’s pedestal, until you understand that you, too, are emotionally chained to parts of your past. Then you remember The Lovers’ lesson, that you can choose your path. Noticing that everyone’s chains are loose, you lift yours off and quietly escape into a dank, dark…

Tower (XVI). Feeling trapped, you realize that you’re still locked within beliefs and choices that no longer serve you. You race down narrow stone stairs, escaping just as bolt of lightning is unleashed from the forces raised by your transformation, reducing The Tower of your past to rubble, and freeing you to become…

The Star (XVII). You are pure, tingling energy, illuminated by the awareness that you are connected with everything in the Universe. There are no longer any outer obstacles between you and full realization and enlightenment, but, as you turn to explore the path further, you find yourself facing the still, dark pool and Karmic Pillars of…

The Moon (XVIII). You are nervous about the eerie surroundings until you see a sunny hill in the distance. As you study the dark pool, the water ripples and faces emerge from your subconscious. They are your faces, parts of you left behind long ago. These ‘yous’ offer to become one with you again, to carry you across the pool, past the Karmic Pillars, and down the path. You accept, and quickly find yourself on a green hill, standing in…

The Sun (XIX). You have become pure radiance, warmed by the Sun and lit from within by the power of your fully awakened inner Masculine and Feminine essences, and the ‘lost’ parts of yourself, which have been brought together into wholeness. Only the final stage remains, that of…

Resurrection or Judgment (XX). Now you encounter your Eternal Self, your Soul, and your past, present, and future lives, in a process of awakening that makes you realize that you are no longer one with all that is, you are all that is! You are…

The Universe (XI), a seamless and integral part of the Consciousness and Being that fill and encompass the ever-expanding sacred reality of life. You dance naked and ecstatic in front of the sacred hoop that forms the entrance to the next level of exploration.

And when you’re ready, you step through the hoop into the next level of the journey, where you begin—again—as The Fool (0).

This and other blog posts are available at Amazon.com in my book Embracing Life in a Challenging World.

Originally published in 2010 by California Psychics in two parts, as “Your Soul’s Quest” and is published with the permission of Outlook Amusements, Inc, the owner and operator of California Psychics ®.

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