The Tarot, Dreams and the Soul

Within the 22 major arcana, you can embark on a journey of soul-discovery, or interpret your dreams. By referring to the analogies between the 22 major arcana of the Tarot and the 22 number-letters which make up the code of the Cabbala, you may regard the pack of 22 major arcana of the Tarot as a kind of alphabet of the soul.

The more immersed you are in your present concern at the time of choosing four cards from your pack of 22 major arcana, the more your chosen cards and the interpretation you will draw from them, and will reflect exactly how you are feeling at the time, your present situation, the daily events in your life, the circumstances in which you find yourself and, of course, the probable evolution of the said circumstances. You may then go on to think that all that is occurring in your life is inscribed in yourself, and that the Tarot is a code or an alphabet which allows you to read yourself.

Take a Journey Of Discovery With The Tarot

Once you understand this principle, you may then use the 22 major arcana to achieve what we might call an auto-analysis. To do so, you simply need to make an appointment with yourself, so to speak, agree on a regular time and day, at least once a week, as you would if you decided to consult a psychoanalyst, and keep a journal of your spreads of course, as we always advise that you do. Naturally, you will need much objectivity to do this, and to show a lot of generosity and clear minded attitude towards yourself.

You should acknowledge the fact that this is something which we are not all capable of. Some of us need an interlocutor or someone to guide them on their journey to self-knowledge. But others prefer to do this on their own, and need no help whatsoever. It is for those of you that are confident in undertaking this voyage alone that we are offering our method of investigation and self-analysis:

As already stated, it is very important for you to be organised and find, in your schedule, a quiet and peaceful moment, at set and regular times; once a week or once a month if you like. As usual, arm yourself with a notebook which will become a journal recording your questions, your spreads and the interpretations you will draw from them.

Make yourself comfortable and think about your question. This time however, your question will not relate to an event or a situation in your life whose evolution you need to investigate, but will be focused on yourself, your behaviour, your attitudes, your actions and reactions, your motivations, your feelings, your desires, etc, all the factors, elements, parameters and characteristics which make up your personality.

You should therefore ask a question about yourself For instance, if you are very emotional, ask yourself the question why you are like it. Or else, if your are feeling worried or anxious for no real or obvious reason, ask yourself the cause of these anxieties which are tormenting or distressing you, and so on, bearing in mind that one question often leads on to another.

In your journal, enter the layout of the spread you have just carried out, before you start your interpretation. Finally, carry out your interpretation, in this case however, you are not of course trying to find an answer relating to an event or situation in your life, but to a mental state, a psychological behaviour, mechanisms that are working within the deepest part of your selfhood, and of which you are endeavouring to become aware.

Thus, your interpretation needs to be even more accurate and subtle, but most of all it should not be definite. Take all the time you need to work it out and, as far as possible, do not be too abstract under the pretext that you are dealing with your inner self Indeed, in the same way that the Tarot confronts us with the reality of events, circumstances and situations in our life, it can also confront us with the reality of our being, what we really are and what we are often a victim of.

Remember that you are not an abstract entity, but a concrete being made out of flesh and bones, truly alive both physically and morally, although you may sometimes doubt this fact because, like each of us, you have doubts. Having derived from your spread an interpretation which you think is as clear and precise as you can manage, and relates to your initial question, take note of it so that you may be able to reflect on it, go back to it and study it in more depth.

Interpret Your Dreams Through the Tarot

Following the same method exactly, you can also interpret your dreams with the 22 major arcana of the Tarot, using once again the cross-shaped spread, which is the most appropriate. If you have a clear recollection of a dream, write it down in a notebook, as precisely as possible, first remembering to take note of the date. Then, as soon as you have the time, re-read what you have written, immerse yourself once again in the world of your dream, and carry out a cross-shaped spread to try and find its meaning thanks to the five major arcana which make up your draw.

Once again, do not be tempted to be too abstract when interpreting. For instance, if your spread is made up of the Lovers, the Devil, the Moon and the Emperor, in this order, with the Chariot as your central, synthesis card, you may conclude that your dream is telling you that you are about to make a poor choice, a wrong decision, or that you are feeling unsure and confused (all elements in this spread revealed by the Lovers and the Moon particularly) and that a decision risks being imposed on you by extreme circumstances or someone in authority (the Devil as an outsider and the Emperor in conclusion).

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