Understanding Tarot: Seeing Beyond the Myths

Written by Christin Snyder

There are many misconceptions surroundingrepparttar Tarot that have caused much debate. Forrepparttar 122327 past 15 years I have usedrepparttar 122328 Tarot as an instrument to gain understanding and insight. In this time I have had to grow into this tool also, learning through experience what it can and cannot do. Tarot is not a fortune telling device as often depicted. It is not a magic wand that lays out an easy future by providing allrepparttar 122329 answers in advance. The future is not set in stone, our use of free will determines what directions we take and if we believe otherwise, we give our power away to circumstance.

Simply put, Tarot is an instrument used to gain deeper insight & understanding through symbology and exploration. It is a tool for personal transformation throughrepparttar 122330 combined usage of psychology and spirituality. It enhances awareness, and inrepparttar 122331 process expands horizons by highlighting choices and scenarios by laying it all out before us. Living an empowered life means understanding thatrepparttar 122332 future is not entirely predestined. I believe we come here knowing and allowing ourselves to have certain experiences, but we also shape those experiences through integration of what we have learned. Just like a grade in school, you have certain objectives and lessons that are part ofrepparttar 122333 goal plan. Some students will succeed, others will not makerepparttar 122334 goal, but each student shapes his/her own learning experience through effort and application. Tarot, when used properly, was never intended to be “magic”, just a tool for insight to helprepparttar 122335 querrent make more empowered decisions. It acts as a sort of study guide, enhancingrepparttar 122336 learning process through displaying repeating behavior patterns, potential consequences/rewards for ones actions, and possible choices. The Tarot through its series of images tells a story, each card represents different personality traits, attitudes, actions etc, and through these pictures a story begins to emerge. The ultimate outcome is entirely inrepparttar 122337 hands ofrepparttar 122338 one seekingrepparttar 122339 guidance.

As with anything else misunderstood, it is human nature to fear and label things which can be viewed as a potential threat. Things that are different are frightening and often labeled as evil outright, rather than explored. Remember, we live in a society that burned people alive only a few hundred years ago because of fears of evil. I am reminded ofrepparttar 122340 famous quote ”The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Human nature in a fear state is a peculiar phenomenon that causes those in its grip to say, do, and believe some rather absurd things. The whole propaganda about Tarot being associated with Satanism andrepparttar 122341 Devil is flat out nonsense. No,repparttar 122342 Tarot was not written about or condemned inrepparttar 122343 Bible or any other holy book for that matter, asrepparttar 122344 Tarot did not even come into existence until somewhere betweenrepparttar 122345 14th and 15th century AD. We must remember to keep our holy books in context, as they are meant to be taken symbolically and not literally. If we were to actually take some of these books literally we would still be stoning women, sacrificing animals, and smiting our neighbors. As with anything else,repparttar 122346 Golden Rule applies: “Do unto others”.

The vast majority of us who use Tarot in our daily lives are no more evil than anyone else. We work jobs, raise families, and socialize withrepparttar 122347 rest ofrepparttar 122348 community and do otherwise perfectly “normal” things. We don't all have big head dresses and speak in funny accents telling others we have mystical magical powers and can change lives, bring people lovers, or dole out winning lotto numbers. The charlatans who practice this kind of thing, and propagate these misconceptions aren't evil either, they are just plain greedy and eager to capitalize onrepparttar 122349 pain and misunderstanding of others. I have seen just as much greed in many churches & temples, so i would advise people to not jump to conclusions, but to research and try to gain understanding into how this tool works before labeling it as anything.

The Chi of New Homes ... Feng Shui-ness and Destiny

Written by Edward B. Toupin

When my wife and I were searching for a new Las Vegas home in 2002, we wanted it to have a solid foundation based on Feng Shui principles. My wife researchedrepparttar essentials and we decided to build a home that met our needs and supported good Chi. The internal layout ofrepparttar 122326 furniture was a slow process because we want to ensure that everything "was energy (Chi) efficient". We even went so far as to pick a plot of land that had a curvy street in front and located on a hill with a view of a "city of money". With all ofrepparttar 122327 work we did in buildingrepparttar 122328 structure and embellishingrepparttar 122329 interior,repparttar 122330 house feels fantastic andrepparttar 122331 energy feeds us and moves us forward!

This positive experience tickled my curiosity and I decided to assemble some of our observations, based on our initial house hunting and, later, my interest and research. Inrepparttar 122332 Las Vegas area, I focused on Feng Shui "compatibility" based on empty new-builds. All ofrepparttar 122333 homes were built withinrepparttar 122334 last five years and were unoccupied. I acquired a few pictures and comparedrepparttar 122335 structures and placement of built-in components (i.e., doors, windows, and potential placement of furniture as necessitated byrepparttar 122336 structure) to several books and resources I have available on Feng Shui. Inrepparttar 122337 end, I noticed some consistencies with regard torepparttar 122338 class of individual for whichrepparttar 122339 homes were built.

Since we are newbies to Feng Shui, I submittedrepparttar 122340 research to a few Feng Shui experts to see if we were "inrepparttar 122341 ballpark". Some ofrepparttar 122342 conclusions I came up with and discussed with these experts were:

* For homes withinrepparttar 122343 Upper class of society,repparttar 122344 structures were built to support power and money. * For homes withinrepparttar 122345 Upper-Middle class of society,repparttar 122346 structures were built to support employment and consumption. * For homes withinrepparttar 122347 Lower to Middle class of society,repparttar 122348 structures were built to support production. * For homes withinrepparttar 122349 Retirement class of society,repparttar 122350 structures were built to support endings and isolation from society (e.g., foot of bed facing an external door).

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