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with Dan Pelletier

Don't anthropomorphize your Tarot deck. They hate that.

I began my journey with Tarot in 1972. In the last decade, I've suddenly heard that one needs to 're-order' their deck, 'charge' it in the moonlight, 'smudge' it to clear it, 'knock' it on the table to shake out negative energy.

Say what?

Comes a time, where beliefs begin to get in one's way, a stumbling block placed before the blind.

The need for ritual is a reflection of 'something missing'. Perhaps we've lost touch with our environment. The 'environment' is something politicians have to do something about (not our immediate surroundings). Cycles are based on the calendar (we look at it to see what phase the moon is in), time exists in clocks. Calendars, clocks, and politicians are a distraction, an illusion.

Tarot works best when we occasionally set it down, go outside, look up at the moon and stars and listen to what the night sounds are telling us.

Tarot works best when we have a sense of wonder.

My shaman friend Two-Raw-Sugars once told me, "You go up mountain, pay attention, and show respect. You go down the mountain, pay attention, and show respect. The mountain does not change. You do.

"Go up the mountain, stay in your head, do not pay attention; you go down the mountain, stay in your head, do not pay attention, mountain erodes. Mountain changes. You remain the same. TAROT GARDEN

"Life is no different. Closing your eyes improves your vision."

I've always felt that 'the answer' isn't really the point in divination. Reading Tarot is about creating change, seeing probabilities — and possibilities.

The recent move from 'fortune telling' to 'counseling' with divinatory materials is in my opinion — bogus. The first requires faith; the latter is built around ego. Corrine Kenner once said, "When we call our gifts intuitive, we diminish them. We make them smaller. We claim them as our own creations, and we trace their origin back to our innermost selves, rather than accepting our psychic talent as a gift from a power greater than ourselves." I agree.

Some things in this world are simply ineffable. Ego hates that. So we make up stuff so we don't have to deal with the ineffable. Our world becomes diminished.

We 'charge' the deck with crystals, we feel better and more secure. We shuffle a certain way, because to shuffle a Tarot deck like playing cards, "Flaps the magic out of the deck." We feel more secure.

The true magic and power of Tarot — is not the deck, it's not the art. It's the reader who leaves their ego at the door.

I've heard of readers who get tired and wiped out after one reading. That's because they are trying too hard (and we know what Yoda had to say about that one), they're channeling ego, and not plugging into 'the one'.

Remember, you woke up this morning. Today is a miracle. Explore it with a sense of wonder. Stare at the stars and remember the ancients stared at the same stars. Remember also, we are constructed of Star stuff.

"It's quite literally true that we are star dust, in the highest exalted way one can use that phrase. …I bask in the majesty of the cosmos. I use words, compose sentences that sound like the sentences I hear out of people that had revelation of Jesus, who go on their pilgrimages to Mecca….

"Not only are we in the universe, the universe is in us. I don't know of any deeper spiritual feeling than what that brings upon me." Neil deGrasse Tyson - Beyond Belief: Science, Reason, Religion and Survival.


Dan Pelletier is the author of 'The Process - The Way of the Tarot Reader', articles appearing in the Tarot for Life website newsletter "Seeker's Journey", TarotSchool.com, and Tarot Passages; Dan has also published interviews with deck creators on the tarotgarden.com website library.

Dan has been reading Tarot for himself and others for close to four decades; is also co-owner of The Tarot Garden, a highly respected resource for Tarot decks and related information on the Internet.

He now resides in Des Moines, IA.

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