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Into the Mystic: Debunking the Myths

Bonnie Baranski for local2 sault ste. marie
May 17th, 2011 at 9:09pm | Last Updated at 9:10pm

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One of the questions I am often asked, about the work I do, is about the Tarot Cards. Somewhere, along the centuries, the Tarot cards got a bad rap.

Some people are actually afraid of them. In any class I teach about using the cards, I always try to set the record straight.

To believe the Tarot cards are evil, or dangerous, gives them a power they do not have.

They are cards, the pictures on them, are archetypes. You would not say a chicken is evil, or that rocks are evil, yet these are both methods used for divination.

Chicken entrails are read by holy men or holy women in some tribes in South America.

Runes are rocks, with images on them, and they are also read by seers.

Yet, we do not acquaint them as bad or evil, as often as the Tarot cards.

The first indication of Tarot cards, as we know them, was in the 15 century. The full 78 card deck was not used for divination yet, but the 52 card deck and the jokers were.

Some of the images on the first decks are very Saint like, even to showing an almost halo on some of the queens. There is a reason for this: I have read that some of the artists that designed the images of Saints for church windows and peoples homes in the 15th century, also designed the images on the Tarot.

If you look at the Visconti-Sforza deck, one of the oldest decks found, you can see the Star card and Temperance look very Saint like.

Could this connection to the dominant religion of the day be the elusive connection to naming the cards evil?

Tarot: The FoolI can find no corroboration of this, except to say that some churches have denounced them.

The tarot are cards, and cannot perform evil deeds, however, that is not to say that there are people who use them in a dangerous way, but the same can be said for any method of the occult. In the wrong, unbalanced hands, they could be misused.

I love the beautiful images on the Tarot, and love that they are old, and have been around for many years. Carl Jung talks about Archetypes quite often in his work with dreams and psychology.

He is not considered evil. The most beautiful Archetype in the tarot deck, in MY opinion, is the mother card (number three, known as the empress sometimes). It has all the beautiful imagery of creating, birth, and love. An archetype that would express this would be Mother Teresa, or Mother Mary, Gai, Kwan Yin.

The cards are ancient, beautiful expressions of a Spiritual journey. They have been maligned, but are beginning to enjoy a resurgence, exemplified by the many new, and creative designs, for the many decks available.

The card for this week is...
from the Visconti-Sforza deck: THE FOOL.

This is a card of the beginning, the first steps of a journey, a return to an innocent trust, things will work out, A call to the child in you, be foolish, trust your instincts, even if those around you are saying don't be foolish.

The Archetype for this card asks you to go forward, on trust and faith alone, to believe.

Ms. Bonnie Jewell-Baranski
Mystic Messages


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