Thursday, January 17, 2013

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card - Step 18 - Imagination

21 Ways to Read a Tarot Card
Mary K. Greer
In step eighteen of our journey, we explore the tarot through our imagination.

Imaginative practices, also known as guided visualizations or active imagination, involve beginning with a particular image and then letting it unfold spontaneously.

Paracelsus, in his alchemical writings, presented 'magia' and 'imaginatio' as related concepts. According to him, it is through use of imagination, "the inner sense of the soul," that things inaccessible to the physical senses can be perceived.

Activity 18:1 - Take your chosen card and imagine yourself as one of the figures in the card. Explore your surroundings, your actions, your wants, your needs. After some time, separate from the figure and return to your sense of self.

Activity 18:2 - Take notes on your experience. Thank the figure in the card for sharing with you. How was this different than the embodying the card in the previous step?

Most will find this activity very similar to step seventeen, but push to take it a little further. In the previous step, you basically did a position pose, here you will explore beyond that.

In the case of the Two of Swords, my chosen card, I felt the figure's emotions - her fears, her desires, and her extreme need to let go of the armor. I soared from the ground, joining the birds in flight.


Mary K. Greer goes into further details in The Way of the Adept section.


If you haven’t already, grab a copy of the book for a deeper understanding of 21 Ways to Read the Tarot. Available in Print and Kindle.

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