A couple of days ago, a client wrote me a very sweet email that contained these words:
Thank you so much, James. So wonderful to sit with you and your colourful cards and have the benefit of your wisdom, skill and compassionate presence. I’ve always been happy to recommend you to others and will continue to do so.
This piques my curiosity about the qualities mentioned, so here’s a bit of a reading around them, using the Jungian Tarot by Robert Wang.
- What is wisdom? PRINCE OF PENTACLES, UPRIGHT. Wisdom is to pay close attention to what is real and grounded in a self-assured manner.
- What is skill? FIVE OF PENTACLES, UPRIGHT. Skill is to adapt one’s tools, resources, and reality from a place of responsible authority.
- What is compassion? FOUR OF CUPS, REVERSED. Compassion is to act on deep, deep feelings, to be the agent of spiritual relationship, and to give one’s cosmology a home.
- What is presence? TEN OF WANDS, UPRIGHT. Presence is to set one’s personality aside temporarily so that one can be dedicated to the “I-Am-Ness” in the moment.
When I piece these together, the cards suggest to me that the client felt that hir tarot consultation with me was an experience of paying close attention to the reality of hir situation, adapting the tool (the tarot, in this case) to suit that reality, and bringing our larger maps of how the universe works together into the same safe space in a temporarily egoless moment. I ask Life that this may continue!