November 24th, 2006

I Want to Believe

Karma, Reincarnation and Tarot - Part 7

Tarot

The goal of tarot is to momentarily disengage the individual from the control of the mind so their soul can get a message through. Throwing a cluster of objects to produce a specific result is normally beyond the mental capabilities of most people and so this lets the soul take charge. The cards bypass the mind by having the person pick cards as directed by spirit. The tarot enables the individual to tap into their own intuitive abilities by serving as a focal point for spiritual intervention.

The symbols in the tarot are like symbolic clues we receive throughout life. Events in the world that occur seemingly at random, such as a gust of wind or a falling leaf, are symbolic guideposts of impending events. The tarot reading is simply the intentional allowing of synchronism to furnish a sign. The tarot is a navigation tool for our lives. Symbols in the framework of a tarot deck provide direction.

A “reading” of tarot symbols gives you information about the present. Since the present is a seed for the future, the reading offers a vision of a “probable” future. Once the future has been glimpsed, it can be altered to either insure or deter what is seen. The tarot gives feedback about one’s location along life’s journey. The reading shows the possibilities, giving us choice and greater control over the destiny.

The application of tarot’s “in the moment” reading ability to the karmic/reincarnation based past and future is possible if one believes that the past, present and future are all happening at the same time. The paradox of fate and karma appears. As with any metaphysical paradox, there is an answer to it, but we cannot immediately grasp it if we think in terms of our physical, time based reality.

In consultation of the tarot, one can ask anything in any way. You can ask why, what, how , when, and where about any issue, decision, or aspect of your inner or external life – past, present, and/or future. Your questions may be specific or general. The tarot can respond to whether you should, can, will, or are. Karma and reincarnation questions are as valid as any.
Shaman - Horse

The God of Society

I think about God a lot. A recent conversation with a LJ friend had me saying the following:
I've been thinking about societies that have priests as their leaders. This doesn’t seem like a good model. The religious way society can have a "my way or the highway" philosophy, with sometimes the highway being death. The result is a society that stagnates under the influence of it's own dogmatism. Uneducated contemplation of the South American brings me to a place where I consider what happens to a society that has catastrophes, and the "god-connected" leaders don't have an answer. If a god-connected person doesn’t have an answer, who does? Society then collapses in anarchy.
I was contemplating this today, realizing that every society has a “God” of some sort. The blanket definition of a society’s God would be that force that defines and drives the society. Invariably, there are priests serving the society’s God. The priests are responsible for furthering the cause of the God, rewarding those who serve the God well, and punishing those who do not. The power of a society’s God is that it has most, if not all, of the answers. Any concepts not originating, or supported, by the society’s God are considered heresy. Those who promote the heretical ideas are subject to discipline, up to, and including, death.

Sounds fantastic eh? Consider the United States. The God of the United States varies, as the country is a representative republic. The vogue God of the past several years is that of Patriotism, Christian Religion, and Business. Those who opposed the priests of these Gods were condemned and considered to be untrustworthy. As I noted in my quotation from the previous blog entry, politics are the resting place for a society’s true, but temporary, priests. These priests will come and go with the shifting tide of political fate. The changes will bring in new Gods’ whims will be imposed on the people.

We are all on a spiritual path, even if that path is of “no religion”. The absence of an over-arching spiritual God places mankind in the God driver seat. In some ways, the atheist or Satanic path places more responsibility on man to be accountable for their actions. Perhaps this is the source of the society's God. Without an absolute agreement on who the Divine Godhead is, the God of mankind's society is present in the divine's place. Even a society that claims to be a theocracy is only a pale shadow of it's divine vision. The influence of society's God rules in place of projected Godhead.

Whatever the path, what are the duties that individual has to the society’s God? Does it matter if the society has a representative framework instead of a despotic? The two seem to blend at times when the society’s God is most revered by the appointed priests. The presence of the society’s God may be strong and weak at times, but it is always present.

Food for thought… ($.02) clink. Your thoughts on this topic???