Our simple seeker was enjoying the privacy of her secluded garden,
surrounded by several perspectives on the study of Tarot.
How did you manage to move your focus from The Hermit as a solitary
seeker of enlightenment to comparing Aces?
The Major Arcana relates to general personality characteristics, while …
Did I ask …?
The Aces introduce each of the four suits of the Minor Arcana, and
offer a sacred gift – a promise, almost.
How could a gift or promise be sacred and still be no more than
It’s not a freebie.
Then, what does it cost?
It’s not for sale, at least it cannot be purchased.
Then, how does one receive a gift that isn’t free and yet cannot
It’s a promise of reward if effort is made to follow one’s dream
or path, and is meant to inspire self-confidence.
How does Tarot differ from I Ching?
You’re asking me?
From my limited understanding?
Okay. They have little or nothing in common.
I Ching supports and explains social stability within a system
of generally accepted ground rules, or rules of order.
Tarot attempts to explain inner dimensions of personal experience;
feelings, desires, needs, fears, and interests, and tries to make
sense of them and blend them together. And more; it encourages
individuals to believe in their individual value and inspires them
to reach for success and happiness.
And I Ching does not?
Personal satisfaction and happiness do not seem to be high priorities
from an I Ching perspective.
Then, why study both?
We seem to need both individual and collective general rules of order.
But, we also need personal, emotional satisfaction; needs fulfillment.
Where does awareness fit into this scenario of a two-sided view of
the ideal society?
I didn’t call it ideal.
No. I did.
Then, I will let you explain where and how awareness fits into the
Awareness is understanding the reality that the individual and
collective are as two parts of an infinite oneness, within which
they share a dynamic relationship to each other.