Understanding the Tarot Card Deck - Part 1Written by Lisa Lamont
One of first steps toward understanding Tarot lies in appreciating meaning of its two Arcana – Major and Minor. But even before that, novice does well by committing to memory meaning of “Arcana” – defined as “mysterious knowledge, language, or information accessible only by initiate.”
By its very definition, word “Arcana” exudes secrecy and a certain esoteric eeriness – making it perfect word for two branches of Tarot so important to believers, including new “initiates.” To learn about Tarot is one thing; to truly learn meaning of Tarot’s Arcana is quite another.
Because Arcana are secret, and because their deeper meanings are closed to many, learning them takes time, determination, and perhaps even a gift. This gift belongs to those with a desire to learn mysteries and knowledge of Ancients, special few, Chosen. The Arcana, though seemingly somewhat simplistic at first glance, are in actuality great secret to reading Tarot.
The first of Arcana, termed “Major Arcana,” symbolically relate to our physical, as well as intellectual, emotional, and spiritual states of being. These 22 powerful cards illuminate our strengths, weaknesses, fears, wishes, and light and dark portions of our souls. The Major Arcana in a commonly used Tarot deck include fool, magician, high priestess, empress, emperor, hierophant (wise man or teacher), lovers, chariot, strength, hermit, wheel of fortune, justice, hanged man, death, temperance, devil, tower, star, sun, moon, judgment, and world.
Manifest Your DreamsWritten by Jason Johns
For each of us, universe is different. A homeless man may view universe as unfair, hard and tough. A rich man may view universe as a lovely place full of luxury and pleasure. Both of them are viewing same universe, it is just different because of their perceptions of it and their life experiences.
This is a fundamental key to understanding, to know that how you perceive universe is how it is to you. If you feel it is full of fear and hatred, then it will be. If you think it is full of love and happiness, it is. Using some of techniques discussed in this, and other articles, you can start to reprogram way you perceive universe and change your life!
Think about how many times you have feared something happening and then it has. For example, you might be worried that you are going to bump your car, and then you do. Was it a premonition or did you create it? Compare this to amount of times you have looked forward to something and then it has happened. Usually fear is a much stronger emotion and focus, which causes object of that fear/thought to manifest much more quickly.
Of course, thought and belief does not just create universe on an emotional and psychological level, but also on a material level. We may fear that we are not good with money and hence we are not. You can use your will and focus on manifesting items that you want to further your life with. Remember that you can only manifest things you believe you can have. You may wish for a million dollars, but unless you really believe you can have it, you will not get it.
You need to be aware that things are not just going to fall out of air and land on your lap, though on occasion they may well do so, literally as well as figuratively. It sometimes takes a little while for what you want to manifest to appear. Sometimes it requires faith and patience on your part. It might be Universe is testing you to see if you really want it and will really dedicate yourself to getting it before you get it. You cannot sit back and wait for what you want to manifest.
There is a saying "God helps those who help themselves". This is true. When you are manifesting it is essential that you listen to your intuition and follow your instincts. It often also depends on whether what you are trying to manifest is in tune with your life's purpose or not. If it is not then you have an uphill struggle to manifest it. Also, if you manifest for selfish needs and with your ego then it is not likely to work. It works best when you manifest for greater good, selflessly, and from your higher self.
When working on manifesting remember to keep your mind open as to how it is going to appear in your life. For example, many of us may want to manifest more money. We have a mental program that says, "more money means I have to work more". This is not necessarily true. You might manifest more money from a promotion, a raise at work, a change of job or career, from a competition win, an inheritance, and many other ways. You need to be open to this because if you mentally limit ways Universe can provide to you then it is going to be much harder for what you want to come into your life. Listen to your intuition too because it will help guide you. You might get urge to buy a newspaper suddenly. You buy it and notice exact car you want for sale in it. Our intuition is from our higher self and will guide us if we listen to it.