A new series of Tarot classes starts this evening. Whee! I love the Tarot and I love sharing what I’ve learned by teaching others – it always brings new insights and realizations. Tarot has numbers, recurring themes within the suits, so many ways to convey meaning, but for me (the Art Major me) Tarot always comes back to the pictures.
Language is great – this writer tends to think so – but pictures… Pictures go to one portion of the brain, while language gets routed to another area. The image-storing brain-zone lets us think in pictures – and symbols and colors and all those bright and shiny visual ways – while the verbal-managing brain-zone handles the words and language. Both brain-areas are great, but clearly they’re different. And since that visual-area is designed for images, why not give it some?
Okay, here’s seventy-eight of them.
Sometimes, as we come to have more and more stored information about the Tarot in our heads, including how we might be able to verbalize these Tarot concepts to clients, we can forget to just look at the pictures.
Clients – especially those seeing the cards for the first time – certainly don’t forget to look. The images are fascinating, engaging, intriguing, perhaps scary or disquieting, maybe euphoric and encouraging. The images can be fraught with meaning more intensely personal to that client than all the stuff I’ve committed to memory. Even if I know three dozen variations of the subtext of each card, the new client sees only the “storyboard.” For them, until I speak, the pictures are doing all the work.
May I see with such fresh eyes each time I approach the cards.
Strength card from the Visconti-Sfroza deck, c. 1451-1453.