Again I was going through my old files, this time looking for a particular handout from a course I taught many years ago. Before I'd gotten very far I came across these two quotes that speak to my understanding of symbols:
Dr. Jose Arguelles Author, The Mayan Factor
"Rich symbolism and ingenious construction make Tarot one of the best instruments for true occult education, that is, drawing out the wisdom hidden within you. The Tarot Keys do not put something into your consciousness. They call forth what is already there."
B.O.T.A. Tarot Correspondence Course
That first quote really knocks my socks off every time I read it. It touches on something I've known from very early childhood, when I'd try to tell my parents about a dream I'd had, or explain what my drawing really was about. And the second addresses what I always tried to help students believe when they would ask me in that frustrated way of a newbie not yet trusting her intuition just what a particular card or symbol thereon meant.
These two quotes were on a handout I gave my students. They were also posted prominently in my Tarot room, as much to remind myself of the power of symbols, as to share them with anyone else.
Please see the top of the sidebar for my background with the Tarot and a recommendation to beginners.
‘til next time, keep enjoying the incredibly rich symbol system that is The Tarot,
[aka: Patricia Kelly]
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