Friday, June 15, 2012

#BookReview: The True Nature of Tarot


When I was younger I had a deck of cards that I inherited from my mother. The deck just kept showing up in my room and eventually she gifted them to me. It was a classic 'White Rider' (My nickname for my Rider Waite deck) deck and over the years I have found it to go missing for extended periods of time. Sometimes they would vanish when I was interested in exploring them. They would turn up later at the bottom of my closet under a mountain of clothes completely scattered - that was the most extreme and to this day I feel strongly that I should have read them. Unfortunately, I didn't think of it at the time.

I have never really resonated with traditional explanations in regards to tarot. I often have felt that many Tarot books try to force the symbolism. I have felt that because of this things would get left out of the reading  on account of symbolic reliance. The interpretation of that symbolism varied from person to person on account of personal experiences. So, when I would attempt to read a spread, I would often solely attempt to interpret the energy of the person as it interacted with the symbolic imagery.

In the first section of 'The True Nature of Tarot', Diane Wing, M.A. attempts to break down the Hollywood Occultism surrounding what it means to be physic, or 'In Tune with the more sensitive aspects of your environment' as I like to say. Simple put, it is to have an acute or heightened awareness. Diane spends a great deal of the first section of the book talking about the Universal Energy, how we receive and transmit information between us. She also talks about proper grounding techniques because working with energy (and certain people) can be very draining. In fact, I discovered that I do all of these techniques quite frequently and naturally when needed. This naturally satisfied my ego.

One thing that really resonated with me was when Diane wrote of spending too much time focusing on the validity of what she was expressing to the client, rather than just say what comes to mind regardless of whether it makes sense or not. She has stated that if the reading is accurate the client will understand it whether it makes sense to the person giving the reading. I can't help but link this to my previous thought about card symbolism.

Diane has written helped me realize something. The symbolism is best served when it is perceived in much of the same way as dream symbolism is to the dreamer. While the language is universal, all of us have had a different realm of experiences, successes and traumas. On account of this, our relationship with each of these symbolic images is different. This is what makes the interpretation so vast and personal. To Diane Wing, thank you for that insight. It allowed me to open up and appreciate your explanations of the major and minor arcana. I appreciated the section on ethics as well as the helpful advice on how to choose a practitioner.

Disclaimer: I received this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own and based upon my personal experience. Your experience may differ.

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