On Saturday, three friends and I watched the documentary Tarology: the Poetics of Tarot, a piece about New York-based tarot practitioner Enrique Enriquez and his work with the Tarot de Marseille. He has a huge message about experiencing the cards rather than just interpreting them.
We enjoyed watching Enrique leaving Trump V on a church door and acting out all 22 Majors in a backyard garden. We revelled in symbols common to two or more cards being called visual rhymes. We nodded and breathed a mutual, “Yes!” as Enrique told us that the tarot just IS; it has no attachment to whether or not we heed its advice, doesn’t care about whether we like or don’t like our situations.
My own insistence on context when using the tarot was affirmed when Enrique said that the cards on their own can be like the ramblings of a madman on the street until we take a question to them. Then they make sense because the symbols have come into contact with context. We liked the idea of literally describing what’s happening on a card to someone and the listener assuming that the description is a metaphor for her/his situation. It reinforces my own feeling that it’s our own imagination and creativity that give the tarot any relevance.
The fresh approach in Tarology enlivens our work and life with the tarot. What a joy to meet the tarot as its own being without layer upon layer of superstition or invented traditions attached to it. It’s a bit like seeing a favourite mentor or teacher without makeup. “Oh, that’s who you are.”
My friends and I felt that Enrique Enriquez advocates being present and paying attention to what’s in the here and now, not only as a way to read the tarot, but also as a way to live. There’s a sense in the film that “Life as Great Art” would be a good life motto. One person described it as very permission-giving, freeing us to experience the tarot in a way that’s relevant to who we are as individuals without having to enter decades of esoteric study.
Please do get a copy of the Tarology DVD and savour its poetic spirit. You can order a copy at http://tarologyfilm.com/