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    Tarot

    http://www.psyche.com/psyche/autiot/aleph.html

    Yes, there is a good Fool. As the great Greek sage learned from Pythagoras the Druid there is math in every letter of the alphabet. Notice also the minstrel is part of this before or alongside the jester on the path to being a Druid. Then one can harness the Harmonic interplay of energy and add conscious direction to what allows the potential of manifestation.

    "Aleph is the supreme energy, subtle, alive, but not existing as itself in the space-time world we know, because it is relative. It is the primal energy, it is in all and all is in aleph. It is beyond definition, incapable of being defined or limited. It can be seen to move at infinite speed and thus evades time. It can be viewed as primal consciousness unknown to itself. Wolf/Suares, Spectrograms

    "The twenty-two graphs which are used as letters in the Hebrew alphabet are twenty-two proper names originally used to designate different states or structures of the one cosmic energy, which is essence and semblance of all that is." Carlo Suares, Cipher of Genesis



    The inner meanings of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet describe different states and biological organizations of one two-fold energy in its spiritual and material aspects. These are the "fundamental powers of being" (G. Scholem), or primary building blocks of creation. The first nine letters, from Aleph (1) to Tayt (9) describe the formation of these completely-generalized structures, from the Intemporal to the Cell, on the level of archetype or seed. They are mirrored on the next two levels, existential (10-90) (in opposition: their meanings are the reverse of the archetypal/seed level)) and cosmic (100-900) (in transcendence: their meanings are cosmically significant as resolutions or syntheses of the oppositions of the first two levels).

    Energy is structured in nine generalized states on three levels:
    •1-9: archetypal, seed, or primitive: energies beyond our space-time continuum: Aleph to Tayt
    •10-90: existential, actualized in space-time within the cone of light: Yod to Tsadde
    •100-900: cosmic, beyond space-time, on the other side of the wall of light: Qof to Tsadde
    See: The Semantic Structure and Formative Meanings of the Hebrew Alphabet for an outline of the three levels.

    General outline of the autiot (Hebrew letters) Aleph through Tav: The letters have both a qualitative (letter) and a quantitative (number) value. The first nine letters-numbers structure Aleph on an archtetypal or seed level, as cosmic creative energies beyond space-time and result in the formation of a cell, or structure, capable of propagating Aleph into Existence (on the second, existential level, within space-time). The second nine structure Yod (Aleph in existence) and result in the formation of a cell or structure of existence which perpetuates itself within space-time. The third nine basic cosmic energies resolve the opposition of the archetypal and existential levels and signify cosmic energies and states of consciousness (Qof though Tav) and transcendent states of life (Kaf/500 through Tsadde/900).

    The alphabet ends with Tav, 400, the fourth letter of the third row. The next five letters are the completions of the alphabet, represented by five of the twenty two in "final" forms, which signify cosmic states of consciousness and the formation of transcendent, cosmically significant, structures. Aleph needs twenty-two letters to manifest as Yod (in existence) and realize itself as Qof (cosmic consciousness) and open the door (Tav) to the transcendent states of the five final letters.



    Aleph is the beginning, Tav is the end. The opposite pole of energy to Aleph is its mirror, the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Tav, 400, Cosmic Resistance, the Sanctuary of Energy and the center of our own psyches.

    The interplay of these two energies, Infinite Expansion and Infinite Compression, builds the universe in a process of creation that begins with the first word of Genesis, Bereshyt: Bayt-Raysh-Aleph-Sheen-Yod-Tav is a "beginning" because it is the most generalized equation for an eternal creation between the poles of Aleph and Tav.

    Basic, constant themes of the Qabala, embedded in every level of description, are the two-way flow of the one energy between Aleph and Tav and Tav and Aleph, the constant reminder "Everything with Aleph and Aleph with everything; everything with Bayt and Bayt with everything;" and the theme of the two partners in the Game of Life, Aleph (Life-Death) and Yod (Existence). These are the three foci of Qabalistic revelation in Genesis (Aleph to Bayt), the Sepher Yetsira (Aleph to Yod) and The Song of Songs (Aleph to Tav).

    Note to the reader: This is a dictionary. In case you are actually starting at the beginning of the alphabet, here is a brief introduction. We are used to assigning meaning to words, but not to letters, which vary from language to language in different words that describe the same thing. This is what the linguists mean when they say language is arbitrary: both "casa" and "house" refer to the same object, a container for people. There is nothing in either the words or their letters that has anything to do with a casa/house except for language arbitrarily assigning particular sounds to meaning.


    Arbitrariness :
    The absence of any degree of necessity between the signified and siginifier of a sign. Makes the sign symbolic. For example, in English we say "bachelor" to refer to an unmarried man, but since we might just as well say "foobar", therefore "bachelor" is a symbol.
    Principia Cybernetica: Semiotic Terms: Arbitrariness


    You are reading a dictionary of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, considered as non-arbitrary signs representing basic creative energies or states of consciousness. The idea of assigning meaning to individual letters may seem strange, and arbitrary in itself. And even if it could be done, would the words, let alone sentences, make sense?

    In the case of this dictionary, each letter is a word, so we won't have to wait long for the answer to our question. Each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a one to three letter spelling. This means that each letter is a "word" that means the meaning of the letter. It's not enough that we assign meaning to each letter; we have to do it in a consistent way so that the meaning of each letter is consistent with its contribution to, and reception of, the meanings of its component letters. Unfortunately, it gets worse: the letters that spell the letters have spellings and in a number of cases, infinite recursions. All those have to make sense also.

    It's not just that the definitions have to make sense, they have to define and be defined by other definitions. This is what we mean by non-arbitrary.

    In a moment, we will "define" the undefinable, Aleph, with the definitions of its own and other letters. What we really will be doing is having thoughts about the unthinkable, and it is necessary to at least refer to the next letter, Bayt, which is all we can think of, and not Aleph, although Aleph is in all our thoughts. Aleph, however we attempt to define it, is completely beyond our comprehension. To return to our example, casa and house refer to particular houses, but Bayt, which means "house" in Hebrew, is a generalized sign for "houseness" or container. What it contains is the uncontainable, Aleph, in the sense of "House of God," Bayt-El or Beth-El -- Bayt-Aleph-Lammed.

    Last warning: the dictionary is self-referential. It uses a relatively small set of generalized descriptive phrases in a consistent way to refer to the structure and meaning of each letter, which (because each letter is composed of other letters) need to be understood before understanding the whole structure or meaning of the letter you are considering. The reward for pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is a quick test of internal consistency (see below).

    Example: the spelling of Aleph:

    Aleph-Lammed- Phay: 1-30-80: unthinkable-life-death (Aleph) projects controlled organic movment (Lammed) into unstructured energy or the pool of all possible possbilities (Phay). This is the most general description of Infinite Energy coming into existence.

    When we examine the internal structure of Aleph by looking at its spelling, or constituent energies, we realize we are not analyzing Aleph, but only its effects: the traces (the flash of Lammed) in the cloud-chamber (of completely-unstructured energy or completely-undefined potential, Phay).

    Aleph: a word for the unthinkable: the infinite expansive energy or pulsation of life-death, beyond thought, beyond knowing. Life, because it is the infinite living source of all that is and all that is not. Death, because it is intermittant, not in duration, beyond space-time.


    The non-thinkable has for its symbol the Aleph (1). The Aleph is always itself and never itself. It is ever recurring, though never the same. Aleph creates, it is creation, it is not created, yet it exists. It has no existence because all existence is continuous. It has no memory, having no past. It has no purpose, having no future. If one retains it, it remains retained,. If one buries it, it remains buried. If one sets aside its obstacles, it is action. It breaks down resistances, though resistances are never broken by it. Without these, Aleph does not become manifest. Without Aleph, there would be nothing at all.

    Such is the image of Aleph. Aleph itself is beyond all consciousness, human or cosmic. The image of Aleph is only an image, for Aleph belongs neither to time nor to space. Aleph is beyond the realm of our thought, beyond the reach of our mind.

    Suares, The Cipher of Genesis, p.66"


    When you question the forces and your response to those forces for a few years you BEcome more and see no limits to reality.

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    A LOST WORLD OF SOUL

    "When you hear the word 'divination', chances are that certain images-- will spring to mind: dark gypsy fortune-tellers, tea-leaves, and crystal balls; a scene in a movie when the Ace of Spades falls in a card game or a strange figure draws the Tarot trump Death; charlatans, ouija boards, and phony swamis; or, perhaps, witch doctors and medicine men chanting around a fire. If you look a little deeper, you might see another kind of image lurking in the background: dark magicians in graveyards seeking forbidden knowledge, conjuring demons and the spirits of the dead.

    These images express attitudes - ridicule and fear - with a long history. For well over a thousand years, divination was a mortal sin and a capital crime in Western culture, a 'conversation with the devil' that was banished along with the old gods and the wise women. Divination is a central part of pagan culture and the pagan sense of a cosmos or 'living- world'. With the rise of the Church to political power in late antiquity, the old gods of this culture became devils and the living world became their work. With the rise of our modern 'scientific laws' of cause and effect, the devils in turn became superstitions, tales told by those considered to be marginal or uneducated such as women, lunatics, criminals, and savages. In spite of our inherited assumptions, divination is not a collection of superstitions. It is an outlawed way of knowing and speaking with a living world, a world ensouled and full of spirit." (1)




    Every aspect of life and many of the things considered to have no life or soul have been used in telling the intent and flow of nature. To say there is no destiny is common among the artists or scientists of each divinatory method and all understand the part we have to play. In the world of 'seems to be' that focuses on material and 'real' causes that MUST be seen (what can be called the "Toilet Philosophy") there is more superstition and destiny type of ideologies. Astrology is a refined mathematical method that has been considered a science even during the proscriptions against divinatory methodology and the rulers often were engaged in doing that which they tried to stop others from doing. We have dealt with some general divinatory methods such as 'divining rods' in 'Science' and we will cover others as we move along. The art and talent of knowing yourself and your 'center' or soul is clearly something 'free' and beyond acceptance of interpreters or priests. It was necessary to stop this freedom in order to gain total power or as close to it as possible. This book has an Orisha practice that is used in supposedly Christian Santeria. Having studied the use of what they call 'El Coco' or the casting of coconut shells I made a point to look for it. To my surprise I saw a word that looked much like Ogham or Ogam, which are variations of Ogham. The word 'ogun' was part of the process in what I think was one of the earliest methods of divination outside personal judgement or intuition.

    The following link is selling the I Ching as the earliest divinatory system. It is derived from Ogham as are the runes; I am looking at a kind of Tarot deck titled Ogham, The Celtic Oracle by Peter Pracownik and Andy Baggott. It is based on Tree Ogham which is just one kind of Ogham along with others like Beth Luis Nion and all runes. The author of the site says the Chinese invented paper - it occurs naturally on trees in Central America - better than papyrus which is also older than they say for Chinese paper. Yes, maybe the Chinese refined something a little more. But if you read the whole article you see more BELIEF and little truth. That is not to say I disagree with the thrust of the article - we do indeed benefit from knowledge developed by humans over more than a million years before the advent of writing and alphabets which Plato noted lead us away from wisdom and discipline.

    http://divination.com/resources/articles/history/

    To center oneself in Bibliomancy is a good way of showing what an important flux or conduit our soul can be in taking all things into consideration rather than just what the eyes or ears perceive, and the mind or ego often insist is the only reality to recent western theology. 'The Book of Answers' gives a short description of the process we think will be helpful for learning to accept your soul does exist and wisdom doesn't always allow itself to be seen. This centering is vital to a good Tarot reader getting a truer question from the petitioner if that reader puts the person's mind at ease or should I say out of the way.

    How to Use the Book of Answers

    1. Hold the closed book in your hand, on your lap, or on a table.

    2. Take 10 or 15 seconds to concentrate on your question. Questions should be phrased closed-end, E.G. 'Is the job I'm applying for the right one?' or 'Should I travel this weekend?'

    3. While visualising or speaking your question (one question at a time). Place one hand palm down on the book's front cover and STROKE THE EDGE of the pages, back to front.

    4. When you sense the time is right, open the book and there will be your answer.

    5. Repeat the process for as many questions as you have." (2)

    My recommendation is to ask only important questions and make sure you have no other questions in your mind at the time. In beginning to read a book it is good to do this and then record what you read and thought about the contextual idea expressed. When you have read the whole book turn back to what your first question was and see if you found the most important part for yourself at that point in time. This will test your effectiveness in centering yourself as well as attuning with the knowledge in the books you read.



    Many methods of intuitive thought are forms of divination. The common way we judge people by body movement and language has been very popular in sales as long as salesmen or saleswomen have been on this earth. Many top corporations ask astrologers to give their input on important decisions once they've narrowed their choices and contemplated their options. It is never a bad thing to have one's mind open to other possibilities and opportunities. However, over-dependence and reliance on such things will turn the process into a fear-driven experience that has no freshness or attunement at all, and may lead to negative self-fulfillment. If you are doing Tarot readings for yourself or any one person it is said every two weeks is enough. Bibliomancy answers are different because Tarot integrates many aspects beyond your primary question.

    1) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Divination, by Stephen Karcher, Element Books, Shaftesbury, 1997, pg. 7.

    2) The Book of Answers, by Carol Bolt, 1999, Hyperion, front of book with no page numbers.

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    Marie Louise Von Franz is part of the following quote from a Tarot site which is relevant because Tarot would be an ideal one of the four perspectives or magical four primary forces. It would be the local energy interplay of which people close to each other share hopes and thoughts unconsciously, which I observed can sense or be sensed for a duration of six weeks in future possible. In Tarot this is seen in the ten card spread as crossing the person in the near future. The near and distant time frames of both past and future would be one experiment focusing on how the consciousness interprets itself in time.

    Jungian psychoanalysis is borne from visions he saw, in many ways. His knowledge and scientific method was of the highest calibre. In this Tarot site we have a person worth reading talking about Jung's knowledge of the Tarot.

    "Dierdre Bair recounts in Jung: A Biography (Little, Brown, 2003, p. 549) that in 1950 Jung assigned to each of the four members of his Psychology Club an ‘intuitive, synchronistic method’ to explore. Hanni Binder was to research the Tarot and teach him how to read the cards. They determined that Grimaud’s Ancien Tarot de Marseille “was the only deck that possessed the properties and fulfilled the requirements of metaphor that he gleaned from within the alchemical texts.” Hanni Binder’s work amounted to very little as can be seen from her report preserved at the Jung Institute in New York. The group disbanded around 1954.

    What was behind Jung’s attempt to gather all this material? Marie-Louise von Franz recounts in Psyche and Matter (1988) that toward the end of his life:

    Jung suggested investigating cases where it could be supposed that the archetypal layer of the unconscious is constellated*—following a serious accident, for instance, or in the midst of a conflict or divorce situation—by having people engage in a divinatory procedure: throwing the I Ching, laying the Tarot cards, consulting the Mexican divination calendar, having a transit horoscope or a geomantic reading done. If Jung’s hypothesis is accurate, the results of all these procedures should converge. . . . [*a Jungian term meaning ‘the coming together of elements in the unconscious so that they form a consciously recognizable pattern of relationships.’ Christine Houde adds, “The constellated material is activated in the psyche of the individual where it attempts to erupt into the field of experience.”]

    “[This investigation would consist of] studying an incident (accident) by the convergence . . . of a multitude of methods, with the help of which we could try to find out what the Self “thought” of this particular accident. . . . The generally rather vague formulations of divinatory techniques resemble these “clouds of cognition” that, according to Jung, constitute “absolute knowledge.”

    Von Franz further explains that Jung’s “clouds of cognition” represents an awareness on the part of our conscious intelligence of a far vaster field of information, an “absolute knowledge,” within the collective unconscious. These images, on the part of a “more or less conscious ego,” lack precise focus and detail. Thus, the realization of meaning has to be “a living experience that touches the heart just as much as the mind.” She continues:



    “Archetypal dream images and the images of the great myths and religions still have about them a little of the “cloudy” nature of absolute knowledge in that they always seem to contain more than we can assimilate consciously, even by means of elaborate interpretations. They always retain an ineffable and mysterious quality that seems to reveal to us more than we can really know.”*

    On 9 February 1960, about a year before he died, Jung wrote Mr. A. D. Cornell about the disappointing end to his grand experiment:


    “Under certain conditions it is possible to experiment with archetypes, as my ‘astrological experiment’ has shown. As a matter of fact we had begun such experiments at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, using the historically known intuitive, i.e., synchronistic methods (astrology, geomancy, Tarot cards, and the I Ching). But we had too few co-workers and too little means, so we could not go on and had to stop.”

    The experiment proposed by Jung is discussed in the Journal of Parapsychology (March 1998): in an article titled: “The Rhine-Jung letters: distinguishing parapsychological from synchronistic events – J.B. Rhine; Carl Jung” by Victor Mansfield, Sally Rhine-Feather, James Hall. The authors conclude:"


    https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2008...ung-and-tarot/

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    As you read Tarot for someone, you should maintain the participation of the attention (Intent) of the questioner in order to hopefully build the bridge (or what little connection there might be) from your soul to theirs (spirit might be a word that applies). I did this by explaining the spread (I used the ten card spread) or attempting to educate the person. You can read what follows and select a kind of dialogue or taped and canned pitch to do this. Remember a soft mesmeric voice helps. That trained voice can help you in many other aspects of life.

    In Waite's writing we see he thinks the Albigensians (Cathars) might have created Tarot out of secret knowledge (alchemy or occamy which the Troubadour bards knew, who were involved in their efforts to return mankind to equality and wisdom). He also addresses a potential older divination root of the ten card spread which begins with the Diviner selecting representative cards based on what they know about the person. I did not use such an intrusive approach but occasionally I would have a card in my mind and watch for it to come up. I recall one case where I discussed this significator card before the reading and the questioner was upset. I later learned why - he had lied about his age.

    "AN ANCIENT CELTIC METHOD OF DIVINATION

    This mode of divination is the most suitable for obtaining an answer to a definite question. The Diviner first selects a card to represent the person or, matter about which inquiry is made. This card is called the Significator. Should he wish to ascertain something in connexion with himself he takes the one which corresponds to his personal description. A Knight should be chosen as the Significator if the subject of inquiry is a man of forty years old and upward; a King should be chosen for any male who is under that age a Queen for a woman who is over forty years and a Page for any female of less age.

    The four Court Cards in Wands represent very fair people, with yellow or auburn hair, fair complexion and blue eyes. The Court Cards in Cups signify people with light brown or dull fair hair and grey or blue eyes. Those in Swords stand for people having hazel or grey eyes, dark brown hair and dull complexion. Lastly, the Court Cards in Pentacles are referred to persons with very dark brown or black hair, dark eyes and sallow or swarthy complexions. These allocations are subject, however, to the following reserve, which will prevent them being taken too conventionally. You can be guided on occasion by the known temperament of a person; one who is exceedingly dark may be very energetic, and would be better represented by a Sword card than a Pentacle. On the other hand, a very fair subject who is indolent and lethargic should be referred to Cups rather than to Wands.

    If it is more convenient for the purpose of a divination to take as the Significator the matter about which inquiry is to be made, that Trump or small card should be selected which has a meaning corresponding to the matter. Let it be supposed that the question is: Will a lawsuit be necessary? In this case, take the Trump No. 11, or justice, as the Significator. This has reference to legal affairs. But if the question is: Shall I be successful in my lawsuit? one of the Court Cards must be chosen as the Significator. Subsequently, consecutive divinations may be performed to ascertain the course of the process itself and its result to each of the parties concerned."

    http://www.integralpsychology.org/up...aite_tarot.pdf
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    Who can say how we affect WHAT IS? I know I know more than some who call themselves wise but I know for certain I am just a fool.

    There are (of course) many threads this link gives input to.

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8I...w?pref=2&pli=1

    "Individuation

    The human psyche is a living ecosystem of flowing psychic energy and is conceived as a bipolar system embracing a series of opposites, eg anima / animus, light / dark, conscious /unconscious. These opposites create a tension, which is the source of psychic energy that needs to flow unimpeded to create a smooth flowing dynamic system. If this flow is impeded when one of the opposing forces is repressed an unresolved tension grows in the psyche. This creates disease within the individual and also in society in general.

    In today's civilization the vast majority of people are dominated by the unconscious so that disowned modes of behavior and thought are unconsciously acted out in terms of dogmatic thinking and inflexible attitudes towards religion, sex and human interaction in general with plans for globalization based on fear, control and scarcity. These projections are sustained by adhering to blame and victim-consciousness rather than looking within and healing their own personal hologram.

    The number of successfully individuated or self-realized people is remarkably few and is one of the main walls of the matrix. Things that prevent individuation include - lack of community; people in separation, focus on materialism, lack of introspection / meditation, overuse of medication to maintain egoic consciousness and lack of teenage rites of passage or initiations so that the process is often delayed until later in life when the neuroanatomy is less able to undergo structural change.

    Psychiatric Drug Facts - http://breggin.com

    Psychiatry: An industry video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qs9TLTvYFs

    Bruce Levine - http://brucelevine.net/

    Is Psychiatry a Scam - http://youtu.be/AG1VHpsgUcY - (http://www.rossinst.com/)"

    DNA - Gateway to Scalar Energy based Healing - http://thehealinguniverse.com/dna_physics.html

    1. DNA emits and absorbs light (information) : Low-level light emissions are a common property of all living cells with up to 100 photons of light emitted every second for every square centimeter of area - equivalent to the intensity of a candle at a distance of about 10 kilometers. DNA is the source of this photon emission.

    6. DNA produces wormholes in space:

    Wormholes are tunnel connections between different areas in our time-space universe and between our time-space universe and parallel universes, through which information can be transmitted outside of the constraints of space and time. DNA can cause magnetized wormholes in vacuum space. These wormholes are microscopic equivalents of the Einstein-Rosen bridges that appear in the vicinity of black holes. Quantum tunnels (which are similar in concept to wormholes) enable objects to pass through barriers that are impassable according to Newton’s classical laws of physics.

    DNA accesses information via these wormholes, passing it to 'consciousness', so enabling one to gain access to information that is outside one’s knowledge base. {I call this dimensional contact and genetic information transfer of a very high level.} This process is known as hypercommunication. Inspiration, intuition, telepathy, and channeling are manifestations of activated hypercommunication.

    In nature there are many examples of hypercommunication...

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    One of the forces which affect every person comes from our planet (obviously). A Golden Dawn course on geomancy can be accessed at this link. The descriptions seem righteous but I have not worked it.

    http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/imuhtuk/gdmans/geo.htm

    I would recommend to Deepak and Kaku that they do the Divination research Jung wanted to do. Oh. I just did!

    Michio Kaku



    If you are a scientist in the present day, and you do not believe in telepathy and many more paranormal facts - you are going to have to address what Kaku says about you. He calls such people "know-nothing scientists".

    "Theoretical physicists are not known for their rock star appeal. Scientists are not inherently cool by our modern standards because so often the average person does not understand what it is they do. Michio Kaku is working to change that and in the process, he has become a bit of a superstar in his own right. Michio sat down with Deepak Chopra for Newswire.fm's program One World to discuss his illustrious career, his latest book, and the conscious mind; an interest that they both share.

    Michio's new book, The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind explores many questions that a generation ago, only philosophers were discussing in the abstract. Today, he is making these things a reality. "Telepathy, telekinesis, uploading memories, photographing a dream, we've done it." He told to Deepak. But there are still vast mysteries in the human brain that science has yet to uncover.

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    "If you take a look at the neurons of the brain, each neuron is very complicated, connected to ten thousand other neurons but they're just neurons," Michio explains. "They're just either on or off but when you put one hundred billion of them together all of a sudden you get consciousness." Science is still trying to fill in the gaps between what each of these neurons does and how that translates to consciousness. So much of our own existence is understood because others are conscious of our existence. It's a complicated idea but Michio has a way of explaining his work that makes it accessible to the average person; you don't need an advanced degree in physics or biology or even philosophy to follow along.

    Michio's research has fascinating connections to eastern philosophy and it is this connection that makes his discussion with Deepak so interesting. Here are two men, with vastly different backgrounds, discussing the intersection of their interests in consciousness and bringing together different disciplines to examine the same mysteries. It is no wonder that both Deepak and his guest Michio Kaku are held in such high esteem.

    This is a blog series produced in partnership with One World, a video series with Deepak Chopra and NEWSWIRE.FM. To view the full video and subscribe to all the episodes click here."
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    Misconceptions abound, and some people think cards are evil. Aside from the fact that some people are brainwashed into fear by religious fruitcakes and those who want their money, why would anyone fear paper and ink in art form?

    If you are told that Destiny is a certain thing and that you will have to face what a reader tells you regardless of what you do, and become dependant on that reader who is fleecing you - it is YOU who are the problem, Frauds exist in every industry. If you are being taken for a fool (Not the good card called a Fool in Tarot) by your local mechanic because of your acceptance of a marketing approach, that is often hard to overcome, because of the complex nature of computerized working parts in a car today. But with Tarot you can easily enough learn to do your own readings and remove that possibility - other than fooling yourself. Like many things you can do that, but do not blame the cards if you become dependant on what they say, like Nancy Reagan did with her husband Ronald and the astrologer.

    Freedom from, or freedom TO

    I seek for wisdom and what to DO

    Just another rip off or partial understanding of hermetic teachings - but here it is.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqM3TE5TDw8

    Mme. H. P. Blavatsky, H. P. Lovecraft and Rudolf Steiner are all worth reading, I suppose. They got most of their insight from hermetics and ancient books like the books of the dead (modern name). But I tire of all the people following this path and taking pieces of truth - then ramming them with a fad or immoral concept - and making themselves more important than those who conceived these things long before they existed.

    To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs). So that with nature and law at his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may accomplish wonders. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. Man thus becomes the victim of the tides when he should be their Master.
    H. P. Blavatsky

    I will de-construct this saying to find the errors or truths.

    The first sentence has not said when one KNOWS how to act, It has not determined what 'repose' should entail. Does it entail meditation upon what one might ACT upon? Are "affairs" actually not worth acting upon at all? I see no LAW and no methods. Therefore the second sentence is an illusion or ego appealing to whatever MASTERY or power the "affairs" direct.

    The final sentence should ask a person to see depression as a moment for acting on a valuable insight or reflection upon the ego and how it works in the knowing that it soon will pass. In knowing the moments of great enthusiasm can also do the same deception can an individual work on knowing how to make use of enthusiasms and do it with balance?

    Brett Almond has described the approach I think is fair for a beginner, in the article below.

    "Tarot cards - What are they?

    Tarot cards are pictorial representations of events and energies that we are likely to encounter in life, such as determination, patience, new beginnings, leaving things behind, joy, togetherness, heartache, reflection, decision-making and many more. Tarot decks normally contain 78 cards, 22 of which are referred to as the Major Arcana and depict the major changes on our path through life. The remaining 56 cards, known as the Minor Arcana, expand on these themes. Like a pack of playing cards, the Minor Arcana are made up of four suits - wands, representing the spirit/fire, cups the emotions/water, swords the mind/air and pentacles the physical world/earth - numbered 1 to 10, Page, Knight, Queen, King. Some decks use different names for these suits, and others substitute Prince and Princess for Page and Knight, but most of the qualities represented by the cards are similar. The tarot can be used as a divining tool by reading cards that are selected unseen from a deck, and interpreting the interaction of the cards and their positions in a spread (specific layout), with reference to issues of importance in your life.

    A brief history of tarot cards

    The exact origins of tarot cards are unknown. Playing cards were in use in China in the eleventh century, and there is also evidence to link its origins to India and to Buddhism, although one of the most likely theories is that it originated in Egypt, where it is thought the priesthood used the cards. From these uncertain origins, the tarot survived (at times hidden, ironically, within church walls and at other times being used merely as a gaming tool) relatively unchanged until the 19th century, when several new decks were produced. Because of the small scale of production, these were probably limited in their circulation to those with an active interest in the occult. The first commercial deck - the Rider Waite deck - on which many modern decks are based, was produced in 1910 by A. E. Waite. The tarot has continued to grow in popularity, and modern printing methods ensure that it is becoming available to anyone who wishes to explore its uses. This is not to say that everyone understands the tarot - only study and personal growth can help to reveal its many mysteries.

    Can the tarot tell me my future?

    The tarot can be used to map out trends in your future. It cannot give you definitive answers, but it can tell you what is likely to happen if you follow your current course of action. For example, it may show that if you keep shutting yourself off from your partner, you are likely to continue being unhappy. Some tarot readers do have clairvoyant abilities and they may see you with three children in the future, but the final choice is yours. There is nothing to stop you using contraception after your second child, or using none after your third. The future is in your hands and no one else's. If a tarot reader tells a 25-year-old woman that she will marry when she is 35, she may not let any man near her for the next decade. However, she could meet the man of her dreams the week after the reading and may live with him for 10 years before deciding to get married. You must decide if you really wish to know your future. Do you really want precise details even if the tarot reader is clear enough to see them? What good will it do to know how many children you are going to have, and what if the reader's prediction is wrong? It may prove much more useful to examine the current issues in your life. How are you approaching your work, your family and your social life? How can you make things better for yourself?

    What is going on subconsciously?

    The tarot can help you to understand yourself better, throwing light on things that were previously far from obvious. At times you may find yourself thinking, 'Ah, now I understand why I was feeling like that!' and wondering why you didn't see it before. How do I find the answers to my questions? It is perfectly acceptable to ask a specific question before a reading. Sit quietly for a moment while connecting to a higher purpose, then ask, for example, 'Should I take the job that I have been offered?' The tarot cards can clarify the subject, allowing you to make a decision based on an understanding of the related issues, but it does not contain a Yes or No card. If all you want is a yes or a no, then it may be better to scrunch up two pieces of paper in a hat and pick an answer - but would you act on that advice, without being able to see any reasoning behind it? The tarot is about making informed choices and not about definite answers. It's about using the insight you gain from the cards to make up your own mind.

    The intention you hold when reading your cards is important. It can be tempting to quickly scan a spread, look up a couple of brief definitions and then move on because it doesn't look like the response you expected. If you always approach the tarot in this way, the answers to your questions will be shallow ones. If you spend some time trying to understand what each card is telling you, then put them away and reflect on them throughout the day, the answers you receive may be a little deeper or more revealing. Over time, your attitude to your cards shapes your relationship with them, and if you give them respect for what they can teach you, the answers to your questions will prove much more meaningful.

    How do I choose a deck?

    There are many tarot decks available. The Rider Waite deck is widely used, as many people feel that the energy of each card is portrayed very clearly. The Tarot of the Old Path is popular amongst those who are drawn to white witchcraft and nature-based religions, and the Cosmic Tarot is useful for those who prefer a deck with fewer symbols. The tarot card decks that we carry on this site are ones we feel have been created with good intention and with a thorough knowledge of the tarot.

    Over time, we can all develop sensitivity to the energies symbolised by the tarot, but it helps to choose a good deck, whose creator was clear enough in himself or herself to illustrate the cards energies accurately. What may seem the clearest deck to others may not appeal to you, so when selecting a deck use your intuition and choose one with which you feel an affinity. We stock other kinds of cards that do not conform to the system of the tarot and we have called these divination decks. These have various numbers of cards and may not represent energies in the same way as the tarot decks, although they contain many cards with similar attributes. They are like tarot cards in that they are graphical representations of energies that are best understood by feeling rather than thinking.

    cont'd
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    " Choosing a spread

    There are many tarot spreads in use, and most tarot books include at least a few examples. There is no need to use a wide range of spreads. Pick a few that you feel comfortable with and develop your understanding of which situations they are best used for. When doing a reading use your intuition to decide which spread is best - you don't necessarily need to know why. There is no reason why you should not design your own spread. You may make up a 'find a new job spread'. One card may represent your relationship with your current job, another for the kind of work you would be good at, and a third for what you need to change about yourself to help you get the job you want. A fourth card could represent the outcome of the situation if you changed yourself in such a way, and a fifth could be a keynote (overall flavour) for the spread. Write down the position and meaning of each card in the spread before you begin so that you are absolutely clear about how it will look and work. How do I start reading the tarot cards?

    There is no quick way of becoming a good tarot reader, just as there is no way to become a good car mechanic or counsellor overnight. The easiest way to learn is to buy a deck of cards and study the pictures, read the occasional book, do some practice readings on a trusted friend and bear the cards in mind as you go about your daily business. Everyday situations may call to mind certain cards, and making these associations will help you to get a feel for the tarot. For example, your boss may be a successful businessman, unstoppable once he has set a goal. You may observe that he sometimes misses other opportunities because he is so focussed on his initial project, and he may forget to share a joke with his staff. This may suddenly remind you of the Knight of swords, giving you a deeper understanding of that card which will be useful in future readings. You may have an inherent understanding of some cards, whereas it may take you years to gain a deeper knowledge of others. Reading the tarot cards can be compared to learning a new language. You begin by studying individual cards, as you would learn individual words. You then become aware of how the cards in a spread interact, which can be compared with learning to put words together to form sentences. As you practise speaking a new language you become familiar with its nuances and notice how different inflections can change the mood of a sentence. For example you can ask someone to, "please switch on the kettle", in a soft or neutral tone, or you can bark it, putting heavy emphasis on the "please" and making it sound as if you have been asking for hours, and this is the last time you are going to ask before you get really angry with them. There are so many ways that you can ask or tell people things.

    Tarot cards, like words, can have very different meanings dependent on where they appear in a sentence or spread. When you have been learning a new language for a while you start to think in that language. When you are learning how to read the tarot, there comes a point at which you no longer have to believe in it because it becomes natural. You know that it works because you have experienced it numerous times. When you read for someone else you become a storyteller, looking for the best place to start the story and the best way to relate it to the other person. If you cannot see what is going on in a certain part of the spread, the cards may be describing a relatively inaccessible part of their personality. You may want to ask questions about that area to help them express what has been hidden or unclear.

    Many study the tarot purely for personal use, laying out a spread only when they wish to understand a situation in their lives. The tarot can help to clarify what is happening, making their options clearer and giving them the confidence to move on. Books can help you on your quest to read the tarot but the main learning comes from within. How does a card feel? Trust your intuition. For example, you may be doing a reading for someone and a card may seem very fiery, like there is something inside them bursting to get out. You can also apply your experiences of the energy of the cards in your own life - for example, the next time you get the Knight of swords in a spread you may think back to the example of the determined boss and ask yourself, 'Am I focussed enough?' or 'Am I too focussed?'

    Are tarot cards safe?

    Some people are concerned that the tarot may be evil - that it may somehow be a means for doing harm or for channelling bad spirits. A reader only uses the tarot as a tool. You can drive a car dangerously, or use it to bring families together or to visit places to which you'd otherwise have no access - so it is with the tarot.

    You do need to take some care if you are looking for a tarot reader. Before having your cards read, ask yourself if you'd feel comfortable lending them money, or telling them a secret. If you don't feel you would trust them in some everyday matter, neither should you trust them to read your cards. When you allow someone to read your tarot, you are essentially laying a piece of your life on the table to be examined, and giving them the power to tell you what they see. The danger lies in what they might say and how this can affect you. If a reader is bitter and angry the tarot may be a vehicle for these qualities, and you could end up feeling the same way. Careless readers may tell you things in an inappropriate manner - saying, for example, that they see no future for your current relationship. You may have been married for 10 years and this thoughtless comment could leave you feeling lost, confused and with little hope for the future. Responsible readers will explore what they see in the cards in a more feeling way, commenting that there seems to be a lack of communication between you and your partner, or saying, 'I sense you are not showing your partner all of your personality. Why is this?'

    A reader cannot decide that there is no future for your relationship with someone because that is up to you. Stating that it has no future almost denies you the right to see the situation clearly and make your own decision - you may think that the cards have told you that your marriage is over, so you must get divorced. Just one irresponsible comment can cause chaos in someone's life, and in that way, the tarot can be dangerous.

    Summary

    The tarot can help us to know ourselves better and to understand why things happen to us. Acting as an open book of philosophy and psychology, it helps us to see the deeper purpose in our lives and to understand human nature. If you start to believe that the tarot works - really start to be convinced of it, or on some level really know it - what does that mean? It may be worth considering this question more deeply. How is it that these cards fall in the right places? Does it mean that you believe in a God? Does it mean that all material is in some way intelligent in that it knows where to go? Or is a deeper part of you influencing the way you shuffle and select the cards and, if so, how does it know where all the cards are to put them in the right order? Accepting that the tarot works can cause a big life change for some, calling many established beliefs into question - but what a wonderful subject to consider! It brings to mind the Fool card, which symbolises stepping off a cliff into the unknown - but the Fool just knows that he'll land safely."


    http://www.holisticshop.co.uk/articles/tarot-good
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    Many people consult Tarot in matters of the heart, so I put this here.

    "Major Arcana: Tarot Card 6 — Lover/ Eros

    Tarot card 6 is the Lover, representing an inner process. It portrays Eros, the universal power of union and love, the agent that brings a new level of consciousness to the seeker, and of "being alive" in the world. Eros is shown pointing his arrow towards the seeker’s crown chakra, meaning that the seeker is in a higher initiation that will unite the two opposites and paradoxical sides within himself, and blend them on his axial level. In that axial inner space within his being, the soul reveals itself to the seeker in many subtle ways. The gifts of Eros are many and they manifest in the ever-fleeting present as sudden bursts of enlightenment and intuition that are part of a transcendent primordial knowledge that gradually unfolds in his life.

    I personally interpret this card as representing a high level of initiation that corresponds to a baptism of fire, or the awakening in a seeker of a higher level of the abstract mind that remains a grace and a sacred mystery. Receiving the "wound" of the arrow of Eros illuminates the ego, or the limited mind of a seeker, and opens it up to receive higher truth, from where it unites itself with the source of the primordial tradition. The conscious choice of the seeker to enter a new dimension of being comes after his spiritual transformation and rebirth when the arrow of Eros opens his crown chakra, and from that opening, spiritual love pours down and inundates the psyche of the seeker who, from that moment on, transforms from being a lover of self to a lover of God.

    Furthermore, the color red on this card represents the color of spirit and the green, the color of life. Hence Eros brings about conscious spiritual transformation in a seeker, unfolding in him higher levels of consciousness. Later on, Eros appears as a cruel, playful child who torments gods and mortals alike, giving them more sorrow and misery than harmony and joy. Cupid aims his arrow directly at the human heart, piercing it, but we should look at this as purifying, as awakening and introducing the spiritual element into the nature of psyche itself. It also teaches us how to escape the entrapment of the lower energies


    Eros as seen In the Kabbalah

    The imagery of love, or eros, is crucial for a discussion of Shekinah. Eros implies a yearning for unity, harmony, and completion. Shekinah is the aspect which receives an impulse from its masculine counterpart, Yesod, and engages in the creative activity of harmonization. It is a mystical marriage bringing balance to the world. This marriage is God’s call to Himself in a transfiguration of His harmony in love. One important principle in Zoharic thought is man’s role in maintaining the Sephirotic balance. What is found in heaven is found in transfigured parallel in the world. The actions of man affect Sephirotic harmony, balance, and wholeness. In following Torah, one influences one’s Sephirotic counterparts, thereby helping to keep the divine realms in harmony."


    http://www.plotinus.com/eros_copy.htm#The Two Aspects of Eros

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