A dream from early this morning:
I’m playing the organ in a large brick church building — an improvisation on “Tantum ergo sacramentum” using whole-tone clusters. As I play, I’m aware that the walls are now covered in Marseille-style tarot cards. Some sections are in suits or majors and other sections are entire decks. Sometimes they’re sideways to fit the wall and at other times they’re upright and filling an entire space. This sight inspires me to play even more beautifully and creatively. It feels so good.
A few tidbits that come to my mind from this dream include:
- experiencing clusters of wholeness through creativity and tarot
- tarot as container or temple for prayer and contemplation
- making tarot fit the situation
- tarot as creative inspiration
- tarot as sacrament of the Mystery
- image/tarot/symbol as a numinous encounter rather than just a “reading”
- creative expression as an end in itself
I drew a card from the CBD Tarot de Marseille (by Yoav Ben-Dov) to respond to, “What is the principle message of this dream?” My own take on the Nine of Coins is the amalgamation of my various skills and tools into a creative and useable whole. Yoav’s suggestion, in his book, is that being a nonconformist or carrying out an unconventional idea may hold the key to future advancement. When I blend his interpretation with mine, the dream’s principle message seems to be that amalgamating my various skills and tools in unconventional, nonconformist ways can help me to advance my work and life into a creative whole that is useful to me and those around me. Beautiful!
The meeting of symbols through dream and tarot can be inspiring. Have you had such an encounter? If so, how did you explore it, employ it, or experience it? What, if anything, came out of it? Please tell us in the Comments…we’re listening…