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The Victorian Romantic Tarot
O, that a man might know the end of this day's business ere it come!  ~ Julius Caeser Act 5 Scene 1 

I read Tarot professionally for some time at the urging of a friend, a professional reader, with whom I still swap readings.  Some of the readings I did during my professional tenure were  local face to face readings, others were via eBay, my own website and a popular psychic phone line.

Reading professionally wasn't a bad experience.  I received good reviews from my clients and I felt that I helped people to varying degrees.   My comfort level with predictive card reading (and this is what most people seem to want) was never high however and I have since given up on phone and internet reading altogether.  The only people I read for at this point in my life are those who talk me into it or probably more importantly those who understand how I read. 

And this is how I read.  I pull cards.  I give advice.  I guess.  Usually correctly though not always very specifically.  I don't make hard and fast predictions because  hard and fast predictions make me uncomfortable.  The reason for this is simple and probably somewhat provincial in a spiritual sense but here it is anyway.  Predictive readings make me uncomfortable.  Perhaps it's only conditioning.  But it bothers me that many religious and mystical sources don't endorse any kind of predictive divination.  

As most people know, witchcraft, astrology, and mediumship are pretty soundly denounced in the Hebrew bible and while not necessarily considered invalid (Saul gets good intell for example through witchcraft / mediumship) they are practices that are consistently portrayed as an affront to God.   On the rare occasion that divination is sanctioned, e.g. the biblical oddity of the Urim and Thummim of the High Priest of ancient Israel (Exodus 28:30), it is made clear that the practice is not an undertaking for the ordinary person.  

In the bible, prophecy is for prophets.  Dreams are another story however and there are many instances of relatively ordinary people being given remarkable dreams.  Dreams are allowable.  Dreams are a gift.

Except that, in my experience, divination is also a gift.  I have experienced synchronicities I can't explain - through Tarot, astrology and paranormal phenomena.  In my opinion, there are multiple dimensions, multiple ways of knowing.  As a marginally observant Jew, I do recognize the God dimension as the most sacred.  I believe that it trumps and overrides other dimensions, other experiences and other ways of knowing.  I believe in my dreams (see posts Dream Diary: Was this an Angel?Dreams: The Wandering Soul) but I believe in other things too.

Yesterday, I read a bit of commentary in the Hebrew bible:  By David L. Lieber Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary (Unabridged) The Rabbis of the commentary believed that God waited for the 3rd full moon post-Exodus to give the Israelites what is popularly called the Ten Commandments for a number of different reasons.   And while they did make it clear that astrology was not one of those reasons, they did mention astrology -  specifically the sign of Gemini. - and acknowledge its symbolism.  This surprised me because Etz Hayim is traditional commentary.

The commentary (to the commentary) went on to state explicitly that the Rabbis never endorsed predictive astrology and I think that's probably accurate.   Still there is a way of looking at these things. - a way of looking at all synchronicities really.

I posted an online readings recently and then I posted the repeat.  I have mixed feelings about those readings but I would like to think that they fit.  Especially now that I'm joining a new study group via Paul Nagys site TarotHermeneutics.com

I have been reading Tarot since 1971.  I was 13 years old when I started reading and I have read off and on my entire life.  I have yet to make a true peace with predictive Tarot but I am very interested in the idea of Tarot as spiritual tool.  I'm curious about the text for the class,  The Way of Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky, as well as Rachel Pollack's Tarot Wisdom which is the secondary resource for the class.

I have unfortunately spent the book budget for January but I will get  one or the other of these books hopefully as soon as I sell something at the shop  - PayPal being a money in, money out proposition! I will blog on the class at some point and encourage others to check it out via Paul's site.

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  1. I really like your take on this, the multiple dimensions, and ultimate sacredness of God. I've struggled with the scriptures' condemnation, too, but am still drawn to the tarot. I connect to the cards somehow, although I'm definitely a novice.

    My whole family, according to my sis-in-law, is fey (of or from the fairies), and we seem to have more than our fair share of ESP, synchronicity, etc. Nice to meet someone else who doesn't deny the truth of them!

    Hugs from a fellow Etsy Blogger!

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  2. Thank you so much for saying this! It's nice when other people can identify. Especially other Etsy people :)

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