Yes, I think it does.
In mythology, memory was worshiped as a vital part in connecting with divinity. Mnemonic — the word we use for a device that aids the memory — is related to the name Mnemosyne, the Greek Titan goddess of memory, who was said to have known everything that is past, present and future.
History, science, anything requiring the remembering of previous states to determine future states is under her power and without her, nothing would exists (at least, nothing we could remember). Humans, without memory, without her, wouldn’t even be able to remember their own name, where they were, how to speak, how to walk; there would be no ability to develop pattern recognition, no ability to recognise faces, enemy’s or friends — survival would be difficult.
Mnemosyne role, therefore, is linked to time. She is the organiser of time and an oracle’s best friend. Think about it. Even time can erode the memory of what was, and what will be. Without our ability to remember, time would cease to even be a concept.
On a more spiritual level, the act of enlightenment would never be a possibility; the act of Being could not be understood without her.
Mnemosyne, memory, is the goddess of Diviners of Time.
She is the Mother of all the 9 Muses. The muses are the inspiration for all that we know, and all that can be dreamed off — for even dreams can’t exist without her.
Lethe, the river of oblivion
Memory was so important to the ancient Greek understanding of Being, that they told stories of Lethe, the river of oblivion, that flowed through Hades. It is known as the river of forgetfulness, and the shades of the dead were required to drink from its water in order to forget their earthly life.
These mythological associations are profound in that they associate forgetfulness with death.
What does that mean for us Tarot readers?
There was a study conducted by a Russian psychologist, Alexander Luria, between 1920 — 1950. The subject of this study was a journalist known simply as, “S”, who could remember names, dates, and telephone numbers without every having to write them down. As Luria tested S with increasingly complex data, all of which he was able to remember years later, it transpired that S accomplished his amazing feats by translating everything he heard into strong mental images or sensual experiences. It turns out that he had a condition called synesthesia — it means that the boundaries of the senses sporadically become blurred. This means he could see the word “Cat” and experience the taste of chocolate, salt or the colour red at the same time.
This study goes some way to indicating that people with great memories use all their senses to create memorable links between random bits of information.
When I read about this experiment, I immediately thought off all the Spiritual, Tarot included, techniques that use the 5 senses to bring two random bits of information vividly to life.
Okay, this is what it really means for Tarot readers!
It means two things. First, that memory is linked to divination for without memory there would be no ability to conceptualise Time; that memory is linked to Spirituality, for without memory there would be no ability to conceptualise Being (that without memory we have already drank from the river of forgetfulness and are experiencing a living death). Second, that a great memory uses those same visualisation techniques that are harnessed to develop Spirituality. With these two reasons combined, I can only conclude that by developing a good memory, I also develop my ability to read, use and understand Tarot (both its spiritual and divination applications).