Today, I shuffled the tarot and randomly selected three cards to project upon.
CARD 1: JUDGMENT
Something new is trying to get my attention. I’m not sure how to deal with it because it’s unfamiliar. I am doubting my abilities and looking away from the matter at hand because it's intimidating.
CARD 2: THE HERMIT
Rather than avoiding the new, uncomfortable experience, I am observing it directly. I am fully entering it and trying to learn from it. What is happening? How can I best respond to this?
CARD 3: TEMPERANCE
Rather than looking outside of myself for answers, I am consulting my own internal guidance system to find the best response to the situation. I’m listening to what I intuitively feel is right, acting on that without being forceful, and seeing where it goes. Since I am experimenting with unfamiliar phenomena and methods, I am apt to make some mistakes, but that is part of the process. Each step, be it a success or a perceived mistake, will help me refine my approach.
TAROT AS A TOOL FOR REALITY CONSTRUCTION
The tarot is a mirror. It is a collection of images that are striking enough to provoke the imagination, yet ambiguous enough to allow each person's current psyche to be projected onto them. You can look at the cards and say what you see. What you see reflects the projections you make onto the rest of your life.
The cards stimulate your projections. You articulate your perception. Then you observe the contents of your projections. In doing so, you will begin to notice the patterns in your own projections. You can then draw conclusions as to how your subjective interpretation of life shapes your experience. You'll see how your perception and response to life can be shifted to your benefit.
The tarot is not telling you anything. It's a tool that helps you to see yourself and formulate your own thoughts. You can use its images to activate your own intrinsic ability to observe your life and recognize your capacity to create and re-shape your reality through the conscious direction of your attention.
This process of reflection--you can call it a tarot reading, if you like--shows us how the direction of our attention affects our entire reality. By examining the focus of our attention and its effects, we also see how we can shift our attention to create desired changes. If we are not aware of our tendencies, we can't alter them. If we become more cognizant of how our perception influences our experience, we can more effectively shift our attention to help us navigate and shape our days.
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