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A working definition

Recently I wrote an introduction to Tarot on my danish web site page about Tarot Reading.

The writing process, that did in fact resulted in a sort of essay, gave me a clearer understanding of my own view upon the Tarot, and a working definition:

Tarot is a language of symbols, that we understand intuitively and with which we communicate with the unconsciousness to get a deeper understanding of the possibilities that lie latent in the Now.

I also understand the Tarot in terms of Energy: I think the Tarot in itself pictures different kinds and levels of energy in a symbolic form.

Therefore I see the Magician as the card that in itself symbolises or
personalizes the Tarot. Both because he master the energy – divine or unconsciouss forces – and because he has the Tarot symbols as tools on his table. He has the elements in his power.

The Magician master the Now perfectly, and he is connecting using himself as the channel of energy the heaven and the earth. He has the lemniscate
hoovering above his head, the symbol of infinity and endless possibilities. The roses and lillies symbolizes what we need to understand and have in our hearts to master the Tarot: Love and Purity.

The Magician symbolizes paradoxically both potential and manifestation at the same time. Nothing is impossible for the Magician.

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4 Responses to “A working definition”

  1. Jim Says:

    Thank you for this post on Tarot. Your definition of Tarot is crisp and clear and one of the best I have seen.

  2. Kristine Gazel Says:

    Dear Jim
    Thank you for posting you comment. I’m glad you liked my definition.
    Love, Kristine

  3. Aspen Says:

    what exactly is the symbolism of the scroll in the magician’s hand


  4. Kristine Gazel Says:

    Hello Aspen
    It is not a scroll but a magic wand.
    The symbolism – well it is a tool for chanelling energy from heaven to earth and thereby manifesting power in the real world.
    Love, Kristine

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