Recently, I posted a set of Basic Tenets of Evolutionary Tarot, the way I often refer to my work with the cards. When I re-read them a couple of days ago, I decided that they needed to be tweaked a bit. Just like us, they’re a work in progress. Here they are in their newest form:
- The tarot is not a belief system; it is simply a tool.
- All tarot cards are neutral symbols. There are no “good” or “bad” cards. The card concepts are enlivened by the questions, processes, templates, life experiences, and understanding that we take to them.
- Neither the cards nor “fate” make things happen; people make things happen.
- Rather than consider a tarot card concept as a noun, it can be helpful to consider it as a verb or process.
- Rather than consider a tarot card concept as a blanket statement, it can be helpful to consider it as an open-ended question.
- The tarot practitioner is simply a guide. The subject — individual, pair, group, or organisation — is the expert on hir/its own life. The tarot encounter is a way to tap into this personal expertise.
- Fundamental questions that underlie the tarot encounter include: Who am I? What questions do I carry in this lifetime? What is my full potential as a human being? What script can I write in order to become this? What are my unique qualities and gifts? How can I share these with my community and the world in a life-giving manner? What do I most need to know or learn at this time?
- The tarot encounter’s primary objective is the intensification of a person’s (or organisation’s) consciousness or self-awareness. It is an invitation to insight, empowerment, and effectiveness.
- Through tarot encounters, one is able to derive meaning from life situations. Repeated derivation of meaning over time assists one to generate a personal practical philosophy. Application of this personal philosophy to “real life” contributes to personal and collective evolution.