In my October 28 entry, I spoke of the Three Ps of the Feminine. One at a time, I’d like to reflect on them as they relate to tarot as I practice it.
Today, we’ll contemplate presence.
In the popular mind, the tarot is something that tells us the future, what will be. In my mind, there’s no such thing as a future set in stone. How can I know where I’m going if I can’t even see where I am? Potential futures are sculpted in every moment, sometimes consciously, often unconsciously.
To sit down and spend time with the tarot, whether a single card or a full layout, assists me to be present with what’s going on in my mind, feelings, and external experiences. Any cards I look at mirror my current sphere of life. A tarot layout is a snapshot of the here and now, a map of the current territory in which I can see my options. When I see these options, I am empowered to make conscious choices. I can both intuit and think about what I choose to plant, what I choose to alter, what I choose to maintain, and what I choose to release. Even those events which I didn’t want or cause to occur become understandable, so I can choose my emotional response to them and whether I’ll address them or simply detach from them.
To practice tarot IS to practice presence.
I asked the tarot, “What is presence?” and received the 2 of Cups, reversed. So presence is:
- a partnership with the Sacred Unseen
- a process of valuing and teaming up with my deepest feelings
- a way to say “yes” to my intuition
- a choice to love myself
- a heart-filled toast to the creative forces of the subliminal mind