In this category of my blog I want to look at the spiritual meaning of Tarot cards, specifically the major arcana of my favourite deck, the Thoth. I believe that these 22 tarot cards are a spiritual development guide in pictures, pointing out the major spiritual lessons that a soul has to learn on its journey towards enlightenment.
When dogmatic Christianity became all-powerful, ancient esoteric wisdom could no longer be spoken of or taught openly, and so this wisdom was encoded into symbolic images. I believe cards were chosen as the medium because card games were very popular and common at the time, and at first glance this set of images would look like nothing more than a harmless game to dictatorial eyes.
I won’t be discussing how to interpret the cards in readings, as there are already many excellent book and online resources for that. Rather, I want to look at how each major arcana card in the Thoth deck can help us with our spiritual development and direct us on our personal journey of the soul. Meditating on a tarot card can be extremely helpful when you’re struggling to master its specific lesson in your spiritual life.
I will deal with the cards in numerical order, starting at 0 with The Fool, but it’s important for you to know that you won’t necessarily experience these lessons in sequential order. Sometimes you will jump straight in at number 21 (the last lesson), or you may have to repeat the same lesson over and over again until you finally understand and integrate it! It will depend very much on how far you have raised your consciousness in previous lifetimes, and the lessons your soul has chosen to focus on this time around. (There is comfort to be found in the fact that no matter how difficult or trying something may be in your life, you know you were the one who asked for it!)
I’m going to use the term “Spirit” in these posts, but you can substitute the word Source, God, Goddess or whatever you choose to call the unifying energy that flows through and connects all of us.
The Fool Tarot card
Spiritually, the Fool represents the spark of something new which can lead to tremendous transformation. Often Spirit blesses us with an exciting new opportunity or idea, and the challenge is whether we can muster the courage to break out of our safe, cosy cocoon and go for it! It’s risky, it’s scary, but infinite and unlimited potential is at our disposal if we just take that first uncertain step.
Once we reach adult-hood our enthusiasm and open-hearted trust in the essential goodness of the world can have become buried under cynicism and hurt, and this prevents us from reaching our full potential. Instead, we take the easy option because it’s secure and safe and we know what the result will be (even if that result doesn’t really satisfy us). The Fool encourages us not not let our wounds dictate our behaviour, to follow our expansive hearts and not our restrictive heads, and to dare to look at the world we live in with the innocence and playful joy of a child.
Life is for grabbing and living, for exploring, and constantly growing and changing. There are no limits to what you can do if you just believe and trust in yourself, the universe and Spirit.
I’m a movie fan so for me The Fool is Neo taking the red pill and unplugging himself from the Matrix!