The twenty-two Major Arcana cards in the Tarot deck are quite eloquent on the subject of our spiritual journey, and a particularly interesting aspect of these cards is the fact that duality is a recurrent theme throughout them. For example, the Magician and the High Priestess (cards 1 and 2 in the Major Arcana) form a dualistic pair, representing (among other things) activity and passivity, respectively. Consideration of these two cards in this light suggests some soulful insights, which we will explore here.
Duality is a recurrent theme throughout the Tarot’s twenty-two Major Arcana cards, which emphasizes the fact that understanding how to balance and integrate the complementary energies symbolized by these cards is an essential part of our spiritual journey. For example, the Empress and the Emperor form a dualistic pair, representing (among other things) the archetypal mother and the archetypal father.
How have three people in Orange County made a difference in the lives of African children? They started an organization that paid $2000 for repairs on a school in Gisenyi, Rwanda, bought milk for newborns of mothers with HIV in Bujumbura, Burundi, begun a campaign for AIDS awareness in both cities as well as other small projects that benefit children. In the US, it does more than raise money…it tells stories of Africa. It also conveys how much people in Africa appreciate that they are not forgotten.
However, it also lies within the power and responsibility of those who are being taught (and who are symbolized by the initiates on this card) to ensure that they are enlightened by tradition and religion, rather than enslaved or subjugated by them, since spiritual growth requires more than blind faith and unquestioning acceptance.
Nightmares care about us because they are striving to get our attention: yellow flag, flashing light, warning. Something is amiss and needs immediate consideration, probably change.
Lover's Card: On one level, this card is about love and romance, but there is much more to it than that...On a deeper level, this card stresses the importance of choosing love itself.
...dealing compassionately with our own inner beast, helps us become
more like the lady in the Strength card and less like the lion,
and as a result, we also learn how to calm the
fierce aspects of other people with love and kindness.
Though many of us are blessed with an unquenchable thirst for meaning and development, we rarely take the time to fully grasp the awesome responsibility of discovering our true purpose.