So I’m hanging around a Tarot forum the other day.
People there are going on about how “Qabbalistic” approaches to the Tarot are the only real ways to become better Tarot readers. No, more than that, better people.
Was I in a Tarot forum? Or maybe over at a fundamentalist forum?
Nope. It was a “serious” Tarot site.
Frankly, I’ve never heard people involved (or trying to be involved) in Tarot say those types of things before. The entire thread just blew my mind. Especially the way these same self styled Magus’ treated “non-initiates”. I’m still cleaning up the coffee that I sprayed all over my computer.
Is it because only dedicated students of Tarot are occultists?
Is it because anyone who talks about intuition instead of “correspondences” are living on fluffy white clouds?
Maybe, but I think it has more to do with the fact that many past celebrity occultists used to write on and on about the Tarot being a pictorial representation of the Qabbalah. People read this and think, “Hey, if they did things this way, so will I.”
Many of these occultists were products of their historical environments and were truly innovative, both in the realms of Magick and Tarot. But times change, and the problem starts when people start clinging to their every word as if they were the Law.
These types of people unwittingly become carbon copies, adding nothing new or innovative whatsoever to Tarot.
On the forum, the way these “carbon copies” were treating “newbies” was as if they were guilty of spouting blasphemous rumours.
These “carbon copies” remain popular because, well, they’re popular. But as the Tarot continues to grow and develop, many of these so called “experts” will be given less and less “weight”, and be treated no differently than any other alternative “expert” – as a possible, and perhaps questionable, source of information!
Want to emulate a great Tarot reader? Try these people:
Why? They are all intensely focused on looking towards the future of Tarot; to new and innovative approaches to both Tarot and the dynamics involved in Tarot readings – just like the occultists of the past, not the carbon copies that are floating around now.
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
– Louisa May Alcott
Let’s learn from the past, let’s not cling to it.
The storms will come soon enough, but we all sail our own ships. The best Captains learn how to sail from the sea itself.
See, that didn’t even take the full three minutes.