Michael Tsarion

THE INNER ZODIAC


Every man and woman is a star - Aleister Crowley

Tarot, Astrology, Kabala and Numerology are sister disciplines. Under no conditions are they meant to be considered, studied, taught, or practiced separately as they, unfortunately, are today. To do so, defines one as an exoteric practitioner. Those who would practice esoterically must combine, and use, all four Arts together. However, the exact manner in which this is to be done has not been of central concern to the vast majority of dabblers, New-Age savants or would-be scholars of the ancient Hermetic and Gnostic canon. The “glue” so to speak, that holds the four great Arts together has been ignored and forgotten. It has, fortunately, been re-discovered and advanced in the Taroscopic System,™ a dynamic gestalt that synthesizes them all, as the very Tarot's Major Arcana, through its imagery and numerology, instructs us to do. In this regard, the Taroscopic Approach signals a major revision of what we presently know about the Hermetic Arts of Divination. Of the many differences between Taroscopic and conventional Astrology, that of greatest import concerns the "inner zodiac." Contrary to what is believed, and preached, by exoteric practitioners of this ancient art, I seek always to advocate the esoteric fact that the zodiac is not an external phenomenon but is, rather, an inner psychic apparatus. It is an inherent attribute of the individual and collective psyche, an encodation in our very genetic structure, an eidetic image within our Race Memory, an archetype indelibly embedded within the core of human minds. It is, therefore, utter folly to presume the zodiac to be external in origin. It is this error that handicaps practitioners, believers, and interested students, and which prevents the true, and fascinating, "story" of astrology from ever coming to light. The story of astrology is truly magickal. It is also one which contains the secrets, so long sought, pertaining to the human condition, the mind/body split, and the "I" versus "Thou" dichotomy. The story of astrology reveals the core truths about these and many other profound philosophies concerning the mysteries of Life, Being and Cosmos. Astrology hides the secret of the perplexing connections between microcosm and macrocosm. The great story of Astrology cannot even begin to be told, however, until the phenomenon of the inner zodiac, is again recognized, authenticated and understood.

...astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity - Carl Gustav Jung

The fact of an internal zodiac was taken as a given in ancient Egypt, especially during the epochs when the Stellar and Lunar Cults were in ascendancy. Later, as the supplanting Solar and Saturnian Cults rose to become the hegemony, two changes occurred which had very negative consequences, religiously and psychologically, for mankind. Firstly, the sun replaced the stars as the dominant principle of the zodiac; and secondly (commensurate with the first change), the ego became the center, or prime executor, of human waking consciousness. Consequently, as a result of these shifts in conception and psychology, true astrology was abandoned, in favor of one which advocated, the strange fallacy, that rocks floating above us in the nether regions of outer space affect and change both the character and destiny of a human being. This preposterous "magic-rays," nonsense is still advocated today, and since it is a flagrant mis-truth, it has served to severely discredit the high science of astrology, and turn away many a fine intellect from a deeper study of a subject that is sorely in need of employment in today's spiritless and debauched world. The word "zodiac" (from the Greek zoon) actually means "living creatures," or "living beings," and refers, connotatively, to the fact that the true zodiac is within. It is essential, therefore, that we understand how the restoration of astrology's cardinal tenet impacts the psychic and social health of humanity. Great strides toward individual and collective healing are assured once it is clearly realized that the twelve signs of the zodiac are, first and foremost, archetypes of living consciousness. If they, subsequently, are discovered to be "out-there" in the heavens, they get there by way of human consciousness, by the psyche's strange, but scientifically acknowledged, capacities for projection and inflation. In short, the round of the zodiac, the famous horoscope of twelve signs, exist above us as a omni-directional, cinema-like, projection of the inherent twelve-fold, plastic matrix that sub-divides that organic computer referred to as the "Collective Consciousness." As the twelve disciples of Jesus represent aspects of his own consciousness, so do the twelve celestial signs of the zodiac, likewise, represent the twelve archetypal facets of our own being.

Know that the philosopher has power over the stars, and not the stars over him - Paracelsus

It is an erroneous interpretation of astrology to opine that special forces emanate from the planets and the stars - R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (Sacred Science)

The collective unconscious appears to consist of mythological motifs or primordial images, for which reason the myths of all nations are its real exponents. In fact the whole of mythology could be taken as a sort of projection of the collective unconscious. We can see this most clearly if we look at the heavenly constellations, whose originally chaotic forms are organized through the projection of images. This explains the influence of the stars as asserted by astrologers. These influences are nothing but unconscious instrospective perceptions of the collective unconscious - Carl Jung

As we all know science began with the stars, and mankind discovered in them the dominants of the unconscious, the “gods,” as well as the curious psychological qualities of the Zodiac: a complete projected theory of human character – Carl Jung

The idea is to demonstrate that the zodiac is an archetype, not only within the collective unconscious, but within the fabric of reality itself...as a ground plan of creation. This archetype has not been invented. It exists, and knowledge of it has been developed in step with evolving human consciousness - Denis Elwell

It is beyond question that the great ancient design of the zodiac is a wondrously conceived graph aimed to depict the structure of the Logos, the pattern or creative evolution, the essential constitution of the universe and the course of the current of life in the cosmos, and by analogy in man the microcosmic replica of the macrocosm...Man...was to fashion his new body of spiritual glory "after the pattern of the heavens," the frame of the heavenly or zodiacal man, the primal Adam - Alvin Boyd Kuhn

Of the four great Divination Arts, the Tarot is the most important and dynamic. It alone makes use of a rich palate of archetypal images, which resonate strongly with the deeper layers and dimensions of consciousness, and which, like mandalas or sacred yantras, serve as iconic guides on the road to self-realization and personal empowerment. The Tarot is, however, one of the most misunderstood and misapplied of the ancient Arts, and has suffered much desecration under the hands of exotericists and "New-Age" charlatans.

...the Alphabet of Thoth can be dimly traced in the modern Tarot which can be had at almost every booksellers in Paris. As for it being understood or utilized, the many fortune-tellers in Paris, who make a professional living by it, are sad specimens of failures of attempts at reading, let alone correctly interpreting the symbolism of the Tarot without a preliminary philosophical study of the Science - Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky

The medieval packs are hopelessly corrupt or otherwise far from presenting the Ancient Truth of the Book in a coherent system or shape of lucid beauty - Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)

The Gnostics know and teach that we are each our own priests and priestesses. “When the 2 and 2 equal 1,” said the Pythagoreans, it is then that the true "Christ" will be born within you. Now, interestingly, the first card in the Major Arcana of the Tarot - the Magician, happens to depict a Hermetic Magi (Initiator) who is in the very process of uniting fourness into oneness. The four are represented by a Wand, a Cup, a Sword and a Disk, which sit upon his strange three-legged table. These objects represent the four elements (Fire, Water, Air and Earth), the four suits of the Tarot, and the four modalities of consciousness (Intellect, Emotion, Sensation and Intuition) - yes - but they also represent the four sister Divination disciplines which also require unification. In fact, one may argue that if the tools are not unified, how can the developing consciousness, which depends upon them for its individuation, have a chance of actualizing that rare state?

The Tarot encapsulates many magical secrets a within its idiosyncratic imagery. The rich imagery of the Major Arcana  has esoteric correspondences to the Egyptian, Hebrew, Celtic and English magical alphabets, to the Kabalistic Tree of Life, the Chakra system, to the Alchemical process, the Emerald Tablets of Hermes, to sacred Numerology (Pythagorean and other), the physical orbit and movement of the luminaries and planets, to the astrological phenomenon known as the "Precession of the Equinoxes," to the process of Human Individuation, to the yearly maturation of the human-being, the Personality Types, the zodiac, the sequential movement of the historical centuries (1st - 21st), the Periodic Table of Elements and several other esoteric and exoteric phenomena. It without good reason that the sages of old referred to the Tarot as the real Book of Life. In fact, when students of Alchemy are pontificating about the mysterious Emerald Tablets of Hermes, they fail to recognize that these are again the actual Tarot.

The antiquity of this book is lost in the night of time...And goes back to an epoch long before Moses…It was written upon detached leaves, which at the first were of fine gold and precious metals…It is symbolical, and its combinations adapt themselves to all the wonders of the Spirit. Altered by its passage across the Ages, it is nevertheless preserved – thanks to the ignorance of the curious... Eliphas Levi

As an erudite Kabalistic book, all combinations of which reveal the harmonies preexisting between signs, letters and numbers, the practical value of the Tarot is truly and above all marvelous. A prisoner devoid of books, had he only a Tarot of which he knew how to make use, could in a few years acquire a universal science, and converse with an unequalled doctrine and inexhaustible eloquence - Eliphas Levi

The Tarot embodies symbolical presentations of universal ideas, behind which lie all the implicits of the human mind, and it is in this sense that they contain secret doctrine, which is the realization by the few of truths embedded in the consciousness of all - A. E. Waite (The Key to the Tarot, part II)

The Tarot can be considered to be one chapter, so to speak, of the greater book of symbolism. Its 78 pages of composite images, together with their geometrical, numerological, sabean and Astro-Theological motifs, open direct access to the inner wisdom body, to the “Living Oracle” housed within the right-hemisphere of the brain. The means of entering into dialogue with this oracle concerns the correct usage of, and meditation upon, mantic, iconic images, like those of the esoteric Tarot. The images on the Major Arcana cards, in particular, are figurative representations of numinous archetypal concepts, which provide the active link between man and world, consciousness and matter, and between the micro and macrocosmic dimensions of reality. As the atom is to external matter, the archetypes are to man's consciousness. And archetypes, as the Alchemists of old understood, prefer to express themselves in images, colors, numbers, geometric shapes, and in musical harmonics and arrangements. This fact was more recently re-discovered and confirmed by Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, and has been reiterated, more recently, by scholars such as Joseph Campbell and Leonard Schlain.

True symbolism depends on the fact that things, which may differ from one another in time, space, material nature, and many other limitative characteristics, can possess and exhibit the same essential quality – Titus Burckhardt (Alchemy)

It is the so-called "right-hemisphere" of the brain that possesses the ancestral hardwiring, so to speak, to decode and conduct these archetypal ciphers and transmit the subsequent gnosis, with its mysterious qualities, to the rest of consciousness for psychic and practical application. Unlike pedantic tutoring and instruction, the archetypes are personalized. They do not relate to, or communicate with, two people in the same way. Each "stereotype" (individual) is formed and shaped differently, and is a unique expression of the archetypal matrix. It is this uniqueness that our modern, sterilized, techno-manic world seeks to erase. For all the erasure of ritual, in our present anti-culture, the fact remains that we each have a different relationship with the color green than we do with the color red. We have a different relationship with ourselves than we do with other people. We have a different relationship to the air than we do with the fire. Nothing is the same and nothing is permanent in the field of time. Therefore, it is essential that the mind of the experiencer, as well as his experiences, be kept fresh and new every moment of every day. In the fertile soil of such a consciousness wisdom may eventually take root. Contrary to what is commonly believed, however, wisdom is not knowledge. And we are not automatically imbued by it with "experience." All that experience affords us is the ability to finally realize the level of our folly; which is a great step for most of us. True wisdom, however, is not merely the realization of our habitual error. It is a quality that comes when our lives are in synch with the ever-flowing, nameless, ambient force which is without beginning or end, center or circumference, limit or boundary, and which is rooted in our innermost core, as the roots of great oaks are rooted in the external earth. The first step toward a relationship with wisdom is, as the Oracle said: Gnothi Seauthon, that is, to "Know Oneself." And the first stage toward this state, involves work with the High Arts of Divination. If these Arts were good enough for the builders of pyramids, the masters of the High Renaissance, and for the architects of the cities of the world, they are certainly good enough for the common man.

Each card is, in a sense, a living being and its relation with its neighbors are what one might call diplomatic. It is for the student to build these living stones into his living temple - Aleister Crowley (The Book of Thoth)

Unfortunately, due to generations of indoctrination and persecution, the inhabitants of the western world have been long suffering from “symbol illiteracy.” Communication in words, we have to understand, cannot lead us anywhere spiritually. Words are, phylogenetically, a very recent form of communication. Moreover, it is only the minutest part of consciousness that chooses to expresses itself through language. It has been recently discovered that the human brain contains over 240,000 neural threads (enough to stretch from Earth to the Moon). On each micro-meter of these threads the data is stored as pictograms, composite images, not as words.

With the advent of verbal and written communication, humankind experienced a cognitive shift from the polyphrenic, holarchic mind to the monophrenic and hierarchic state known today. The mythographers behind the Judeo-Christian paradigm saw to it that the word of God replaced the more antique image of god. They did this by placing the prohibition against “graven images” in the “Mosaic” Commandments, putting it even before “Thou shalt not kill.” What are graven images? They are pictures of deity, multi-dimensional iconic expressions of the gods (Archetypes). Both Egypt and India was covered in them, and all ancient cultures understood that the mother-tongue, so to speak, of spirit, was symbolism, the greatest of which was to be read in the heavens.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years - (Genesis 1:14)

In order for the Solar Cults to supercede the ecocentric, matrifocal Stellar and Lunar Cults there had to be an all-out prohibition against iconic images and the modality of cognition they give rise to. Though the overt agenda was suppression, the covert idea, however, was to appropriate the powerful symbolic language of the previous Cults, and co-opt their gnosis into the new phallocentric religion. Without this deliberate theft of knowledge and imagery from previous theocracies, it is doubtful whether the modern religions, known today, would have been accepted, or have endured through history, as Fredrick Nietzsche knew and wrote: The Christian church is an encyclopedia of prehistoric cults.

The Judeo-Christian Old Testament, the tome of the phallocratic Saturnian and Solar Cults, is accepted to be based on the Semitic Torah. What is not commonly known or readily admitted, however, is that the Torah is itself based on - the Tarot. In fact, these words are from the same root. They both mean “way” or “law.” They are also the names of the feminine goddess principle. Long before Isis, Hathor or Mary came on the scene, the original mother goddess of the Egyptians was called Ta'urt. Her main symbol was the hippopotamus of the Nile. All the masculine gods were her ambassadors, and even Pharaoh was her nominated emissary here on earth. Later, as the cults and dynasties changed, the goddess Ta'urt became known by a plethora of other titles and names. She soon became known as Ma'at, Isis, Hathor, Sophia and finally as Mary the Madonna. However, the original Madonna, shown with her babe in her arms, was Ta'urt. The Tarot is named after her. It was considered her "Book of Life;" written not in words but in images. It was this kind of hieratic, ideographic communication which the orthodox religions (the institutions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity), were committed to destroy. The modern power-religions are founded upon the ruins and desecration of the ancient canon which once served as the greatest possible gospel, the holiest possible testament to the spiritual bond between man and nature.

You shalt not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is under the water of the earth - Exodus 20.4

The second commandment forbids Israelites from conveying any iconic information: no illustrations, no colorful drawings, and no art. So far as we know, there had never before existed a culture that forbade representative art. Why should a prohibition against making images be the second most important rule for righteous living?…According to the Ten Commandments, art, therefore, is more dangerous than murder - Leonard Schlain (The Alphabet Versus the Goddess)

By the invincible power of traditional subservience, the inertia of the general mind, enhanced by the gullibility of ignorance, the masses have slipped under the force of a victimization that is both pitiable and tragic…Religious thought has detached itself from nature and searches in the illimitable areas of feeling, thought, and wonder for what understanding these may yield it...Religion is not the realm of knowledge, or even of thought, but purely of belief, as for the masses…All this chaos in the religious area was attended, accentuated, if not largely inspired by, one of the most staggering phenomena in the history of the race. This was--and is--the presence, power, and influence of – a book! - Alvin Boyd Kuhn (Ultimate Canon of Knowledge)

It is more than suggestive that the prohibition, in the Decalogue, against making "graven images" comes before the prohibition against killing, implying that the creation of images is deemed by Jehovah to be worse than murder. The suppression of symbolic literacy was, to the Judeo-Christian Cults, an essential precursor to their monopolization of thought and belief. It was at this point that mankind not only lost connection with the flora and fauna, but with the inner "Wisdom Body." The Bible and Torah communicate through words, the Tarot through images. The former have caused humankind 2,ooo years of bloodshed and persecution for just that reason. Words are always open to misinterpretation. Language and verbal expression varies enormously and conspicuously from one culture to another and are further constrained by both intrinsic and imposed context and structure. The greatest words, those written by the poets, are “great” because of their capacity to convey images. Images, on the other hand, are not so confined and, therefore, do not normally foster gross misinterpretation or zealotry. They are synthetic, mutable, anomalous and cryptaesthetic. They welcome multiple interpretations and lead beyond the subject versus object dichotomy, to the state of kataphatic knowledge, where the knower and the known are not polarized. When a mantic image or geometric shape is deeply contemplated it has the ability to transmute consciousness from the “hylic” (base) level to the “phosphoric” (spiritual) level. It opens the consciousness to ancestral gnosis. This explains the Egyptian reliance on hierograms, the Vedic preference for mandalas and yantras, the Druidical oral tradition and the Gnostic Tarot.   

The man who understands a symbol not only opens himself to the objective world but at the same time succeeds in emerging from his personal situation and reaching a comprehension of the universal...thanks to the symbol, the individual experience is "awoken" and transmuted into a spiritual act - Mircea Eliade

Being symbol illiterate, as we are today, confines us to mentation of the hyper-differentiated neo-cortex and “left brain.” Moreover, it allows our already atrophying centers of cognition to be inundated and influenced by all manner of subliminal suggestions from the environment. It also ensures that we lose our rapport with the universal intelligence, preventing it from disclosing to us the secret of our personal destinies. We, subsequently, react against such an existential predicament by blaming god, or inwardly blaming ourselves for our “weakness” in faith and strength. We get caught in a vicious circle of self-recrimination, frustrated desire and addiction. However, the force we have learned to call “God” communicates to each of us every minute of every day. Our failure to attune to it ensures that we live inauthentic lives, clinging to the socially vetted roles and to the plethora of ready-made escapes from them. We become subject to what critic Alexis de Tocqueville called the “tyranny of the masses,” our lives circumscribed by prohibitions and rules, our desultory creativity ending in mere mediocre artifice. Image-starved, we seek to alleviate our systemic impoverishment in a compulsive and surrogate manner, via addiction to television, video games, sports, pornography, advertisements, drugs, and virtual realities, etc,. However, these bromides and panaceas can provide only temporary relief. They may satisfy the wish-fulfillments of the lower man but can never wholly fulfill the void, and certainly cannot empower or lead to wisdom. The symbolically illiterate person remains emotionally and psychologically arrested, and is easily indoctrinated and controlled by the elites who prosper from mass ignorance and complicity.

The second commandment forbids Israelites from conveying any iconic information: no illustrations, no colorful drawings, and no art. So far as we know, there had never before existed a culture that forbade representative art. Why should a prohibition against making images be the second most important rule for righteous living?…According to the Ten Commandments, art, therefore, is more dangerous than murder - Leonard Schlain (The Alphabet Versus the Goddess)

Luckily, there are remedies for our existential condition. Through the practice of the Divination Arts we open dialogue with the inner Wisdom Body, the "Living Oracle." The Divination Arts are our western magical tradition. They bring back “the Magic” into our lives once we give them the energy they deserve. They inspire, unveil and empower. But the esoteric secrets of each remained concealed until they are used together. There are many wrong ways and only one right way to do this, and this latter way is what the Taroscopic System reveals.

The tarot contains indeed the mystery of all such transmutations of personages into sidereal bodies and vice versa. The “wheel of Enoch” is and archaic invention, the most ancient of all, for it is found in China. Eliphas Levi says there was not a nation but had it, its real meaning being preserved in the greatest secrecy. It is a universal heirloom – Madame Helena Blavatsky

In a modern context, we can use the cards of the Tarot (or an Astrology chart) to help us demarcate the stages of the great Rites of Passage that occur throughout our lives. There are many such Rites, and they cannot be avoided. They can be attended by periods of intense euphoria, and considered peak-experiences. However, they can also be times of enormous emotional and spiritual challenge, when we are confronted by the resistance of authority figures or strange inner compulsions that disturb our equipoise and confuse our domestic and social interactions. The obvious Rites of Passage have been recognized by the mainstream psychologists and philosophers for some time now. They may include: birth, entrance to school, puberty, leaving school, the first sexual experience, the first job, marriage, giving birth, loss of a parent (or similar significant trauma), the astrological "Saturn Return," divorce, menopause, retirement, and death. There are many others, such as the moments of betrayal, or punishment for misdeeds, etc., not to mention the various euphoric experiences of a creative, religious or mystical nature. Philosophically speaking, the Rites of Passage exist as unavoidable phases or stages of maturation of, and for, the ego. They are periods when the “horizontal” axis of our ego-life (inauthentic existence), crosses the “vertical” axis of Self-hood (authentic existence). Each person’s ego-life has its own particular rhythm, movement and duration (all plotted in one's Divination Charts). The more unique a person's character, the more unique their Individuation Process will also be, and the more distinctive the Rites of Passage leading to it. The stage of Individuation (as it is now termed), was known to the Alchemists and described, figuratively, as "Quartering" or as a "Quaternity." It is the "Squaring of the Circle" of the Sacred Geometrists, the "Four Fold-Vision of God," to the Sophics, and the "Crucifixion" on Golgotha (Skull Hill) to Gnostic Christians and Druids. It was cryptically referenced in by Shamans, Brahmins, and Hopis, and every enlightened civilization on the earth, who maintained a strict reverence to the rites and rituals associated with biological and psychological maturation. Those who have seen fit to ignore, marginalize and annihilate the Shamanic Way, and who are responsible for the purveyance of false, anti-human ideologies, have succeeded in bringing the planet to the brink of ecocide, and mankind to the precipice of psychosis and oblivion. As a result of their subtle, and overt, coercion millions of fear-ridden people, like barren, crumbling debris orbiting a dead sun in the cold wastes of space, circulate around, and prostrate their dignity and sanity before, the sterile religions which offer neither light nor warmth. The warnings of the true servants of the Holy Spirit (Higher Self) have largely gone unheeded:

Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem be born, But not within thyself, thy soul will be forlorn; The cross on Golgotha thou lookest to in vain, Unless within thyself it be set up again - Angelus Silesius

For the mundane and pragmatic everyman, the various Rites are experienced as uncomfortable and even alarming deviations from the clear, sunny horizons which are the destinations of the amped-up ego-drives. They are considered interruptions in the routine, or punctures in the bubble of normality which is anything but. Due to these detours, and times when the wires become crossed and frazzled, we can find ourselves doing very strange things. The rules of the game evaporate or even appear grotesque during such traversals, and our experiences from the past, like the advice of others, become as useful as sign-posts in a a ghost town.

The ultimate objective of any Rite of Passage is to provide us the opportunity to quantum-leap from the "horizontal" sphere of existence to the "vertical," that is, to change the road we are on and get into synch with our higher calling. In mystical terms, we get a chance to make a proactive shift from our Karmic life to our Dharmic life, from monophrenic to polyphrenic thinking, from lower chakra to higher chakra drives. When we are ruled by Karma, ignorance is king, and both death and the devil are constant companions. It matters little whether we consider our adversary to be the projection of collective ignorance, or a red devil with two horns and a pitchfork. In the dark of the karmic life such matters are hardly a priority. There is scant protection against the storms of fate, and the only reason why life carries on is that we learn to accommodate the “rights” and “privileges” that most fellow inmates, like "Olivers" with bowl, receive. When we are living our Dharma, our lives are mutable, magical and real. Bad things, so to speak, may still happen to us, and we will still know adversity. However, our attitude toward the vagaries of life is not that of the karmic man. Our perspective and comprehension of what transpires is radically more mature and insightful. We are more than survivors; we are creators. We operate in the world as our own priests or priestesses, reinventing ourselves daily. We become our own teachers and are not dependent on the partial knowledge of others. Our rapport with life, with god, with nature, with others, and primarily with ourselves, is radically deeper and more meaningful than others can ever guess. In order to actualize our Dharmic Life, we will first have to endure many a personal sacrifice. Major areas of our lives will undergo significant deconstruction, and we will have to learn about the difference between egotism and egocentricity, liberty and freedom, sanity and insanity, wisdom and folly. As Sophocles wrote: Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse.

The average "Everyman" may experience approximately seven major rites of passage during their lives. The awakened person can have more, while the symbolically literate and self-realized person's life may be considered one continuous Rite of Passage. The round of the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana demarcate, and illustrate, the strange and mythic journey of these particular types. To understand what it would be like to live as such a person would be to know and feel what the Van Goghs, Dalis and Chopins of the world knew and felt, and what the Zambezi river feels as it curves over the precipice of Victoria Falls, plummeting and exploding into the deep, dark, churning basalt basins below. The men and women we tend to refer to by terms such as "genius" or "eccentric," are those who know very little of the horizontal mode of life. In the words of master musician Andres Segovia: their lives are an "ascending line" along which none but they can travel.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny compared to what lies within us - Anonymous

No matter to what depths I plumb, I always end with my wings beating steadily upwards toward the sun - Aleister Crowley

Regardless of the nature or intensity of the Rites of Passage, we are not condemned to go through them blindly and apprehensively. The four great Arts of Divination, when correctly applied, provide the pertinent information we need to predict and comprehend the variables, intensity and impact of what we will inevitably experience. Our own responses and reactions can be foretold, and as a result of the insight afforded us, we can minimize the chance for wrong decisions and choices. By way of the Tarot, or by way of its sister Arts, we can receive clear information regarding the events, experiences, opportunities, relationships, obstacles, challenges and warnings that are about to come our way, before and during the Rites of Passage, which are the major turning points of our life and which, once gone, will never come again.

Life is, after all, like an invisible labyrinth in which it is very easy to get lost. It is imperative, therefore, that like Theseus, we too have an "Ariadne’s Thread" to orient us during the darker moments, and to navigate us to our destination. When correctly constructed and interpreted, our Tarot Spread, or Astrology, or Numerology Chart, becomes our needed compass leading us safely through the shallows and depths of the omni-directional ocean of life. After all, as already stated, the zodiac and the chart are actually extensions of our inner consciousness. The Chart is the record of the advice we are being given by our own higher Guides.

...perhaps there is a pattern set up in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself - Plato

The Divination Arts, of Astrology, Tarot, Kabala and Numerology are the only diagnostic tools to provide coherent and invaluable insight into the Rites of Passages that we each will experience. They were in the world aeons before high-priced psychologists and counselors who are good at the “patch-up” but are not much involved in the prevention aspects. These exoteric approaches can never replace the holistic Divination Arts. In fact, exoteric scholars, in order to bolster their own artifices, continually avail themselves of esoteric wisdom that comes from the arcane canon. It is an accepted fact, for instance, that psychologist Carl Jung had a life-long interest in alchemy and astrology. And in truth, both he and his contemporaries, Freud, Adler and Reich, and others, merely rediscovered the principles and archetypes that the Alchemists, diviners and metaphysicians had employed for millennia. Freud and Jung merely utilized the language of science to elucidate the timeless principles they were researching.

Psychology text books of future generations will look back on the modern psychologists working without the aid of astrology as being like the medieval astronomers working without the aid of the telescope - Richard Tarnas Ph.D

...astrology represents the summation of all the psychological knowledge of antiquity - Carl Jung

Learning how to create and interpret one’s own Tarot Spread, or one’s astrological (Taroscopic) Chart, is both enjoyable and empowering. Reading for others is also one of the best ways to really serve humanity. Chart reading requires logic but also intuition and empathy. The Arts used are merely instruments which reveal the inner anatomy of a client’s psyche. They reveal what may lie hidden from their conscious minds. The Tarot, specifically, can be thought of as a cathedral. The individual cards are like the cathedral’s beautiful stained-glass windows; and the spreads are the “light” which passes, with varied intensities, into and through these windows. The adept reader merely interprets these nuances and relates to the client what their own source is seeking to reveal. From the most mundane domestic issues, to the great questions of destiny, the Divination Arts provide our answers and guidance.

Simply put, our lives can be compared to a great and complex jig-saw puzzle. We are each committed to put the myriad pieces together and finish the picture. However, with any real puzzle we get, if we choose, to first see the picture on the lid of the box before we begin. Seeing the overall picture is essential if we are to be fluent and expert at what we are doing. It is this "glimpse" of the cover of our life-puzzle that the Tarot and the other three Divination Arts provide. From the intelligence they avail us, we operate more intelligently, and are masters rather than victims in this vast and complex game of life. If we are given even a second's glimpse of the cover, our hands will move faster and we will progress with confidence in the right direction. Every day, we examine ourselves in a mirror so that we are physically presentable and dignified to the world. The time has come for us to use the Arts of Divination in the same manner, as mirrors of the soul, so that it can be presented to the world unfettered and resplendent, free, joyous and wise; proving that the stars are not only confined to the heavens above, but can be found shining within, and around, us with a luminosity that no amount of ignorance, deceit, or sorrow can blight or extinguish.

...Each grain of sand every stone on the land, each rock and each hill, each fountain and rill, each herb and each tree, mountain, hill, earth and sea, cloud, meteor and star, are Men seen afar - William Blake



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