Tarot: Social Aspect Of The Self

*In the Tarot cards, you are shown many vital situation in which sometimes, the characters are calling to basic interior forces of the Soul. They have relationship with different stages of our life. They symbolize the figure of the Father, the Mother, the Woman and the Man, the Animus or Anima, Master, a Soul’s healer, Medium or Bridge between the flesh and the spirit. In others, celestial characters are present, that are promoting from the Heaven the opportunities for spiritual realization. They help us to find ourselves in contact with the force of love, relationships, creativity and vital enthusiasm. They are suporting our physical-bodily evolution. There also are animals, like the lion, a serpent, an eagel, the bull, horses and dogs that are helping us to display our rooting with the instinctive side in ourselves that is very close to Earth’s forces. All of them form part of our daily reality. We can sacralize the workwadays activities trying to be a waken in order that the the symbols of all the vital objects will reveal us the true potentital.

It is usually said that whe a person starts the pathway toward the “individuation” or self-realization , he or she can be driven away from relatives, friends and so they becomes isolated. This is aparent in some cases, but it is just an interpretation. The habitual socialization impress into our soul a series of duties. Behaviour’s patterns. And the “choosing” that the Soul does , is not in agreement with the exterior voices. She has not choice. Either she evolves or she is lost for herself. No one can choose for another soul. And the road of the meeting the interior thruth is seeded with misunderstanding, conflicts, lonelines and distrust. Because the collective mind likes to keep all its members well linked among them. No one can submmit another person’s soul…not even that of a community…unless during a long time. Life is like that… profound, inmense, eternal.

The development of the soul, of just a single human being who has been realized, is beneficial for all the rest. It shows a humble heroism and just perceived when is “contaminated” to all the rest of souls, and transmmited to them in an asbolutely natural way …. without violence. That is why I beleive that all kind of lecturing and proselytes’s captation is a huge cheating promoted by those that are really “not realized” and much more afraid of themselves than the ones that supposedely would need “to be saved”

“The force of the “Cosmic Man” will emerge again in the Eternal Life’s cycle. May be in other forms, but it will do it destroying horrid tyrannies, terrorific alineations and animic sluggishnes. The Human Being is the only thing that it counts"_ (“The Individuation” Carl G. Jung)

WHEN THE GREAT MAN HEARS TALKING ABOUT TAO….HE FOLLOWS IT WITH DILIGENCE.
WHEN THE MEDIUM MAN HEARS TALKING ABOUT TAO…MAY BE HE FOLLOWS IT AND THEN AFTERWARDS ABANDONS IT
WHEN THE FOOLISH MAN HEARS TALKING ABOUT TAO….HE LAUGHS HEARTEDELY
IF HE WOULD NOT LAUGH AT EASE… IT WOULD NOT BE THE AUTHENTIC TAO
Lao Tse (Tao Te King)

Following the soul’s dictations or Tao is sometimes very hard. It is likely to the “child” that St. Cristóbal’s legend whom he waded from one shore to the other and in the middle of the stream he felt that the child was weighing more and more as if “he would transporting the whole Universe”. And just all of a sudden he “knew” that was carrying Christ (The Cosmic Man) on his shoulders.

There exists a very little known factor about the “self” and it is , its collective aspect. Almost all the symbols that are unfolding in the personal dreams. And these, most of the time are expressing human relationships. The Tarot cards can be the personification of all these characters of the dreams that are mixing up, and giving place to a great deal of vital situations that are reflections of that experience that is consciously consolidating or that that has been kept into the subconscious. At the very end, Life is relation. A whole adventure of relations. Beings that are inside of us due to a genetic contain… or may be educational. Beings that we have met along our lives. A continous “tanning” of our soul. Frictions between submmiting and recepting. And behind all this, there is “the interior child”. Than one that is looking without speaking and loving without choosing.

Only one person that thas been “realized” or “spiritualized”, live a normal life and serve as a contagious and vital encouragement, to a positive form of existing and influencing to others without the direct intervention of will. This is figure of the “Buda”… that has been realized in order to accomplish the interior journey that is now living, absolutely unperceived by the others and rennouncing to a greater glory, for his destiny is to serve as a Light to his trip companions….at the time that is showing the communion and compassion he feels for all the beings of the world.

The Tarot cards, and specially, the Mayor Arcanes, are expressing in a visual, symbolic and archetypical way, the form in which the human being has been integrated with all his soul into the relations he is keeping with the Universe, either the internal as the external.
We call “internal universe” what the soul capts, absorbs, synthesize and perceives with his senses and capacities. The senses are five, but the capacities are four; Intelectual, Emotional, Bodily-Sensual and Creative-Sexual. All of them are different in each individual and even different in just one individual depending on the moment of his life or development. All of them can be encouraged or depressed Be recognized or be ignored. And they amplify their circle’s action over groups, families, people and cultures. And the individual is at the same time “contaminated” by the capacities of these more “crowded” entitties.
They participate in the human being’s evolution as species and in all that he is creating and destroying. His potency’s core is the instinctual, that one that can not be modified at will. And this instinctual is a basic flood of the Universal Mind, that is creating eternal cycles of Construction – Preservation – Destruction or Life Death – Life. It is the dark and profound TAO. “you can call it the Mysterious Mother”.
It is the instinctive force of The Fool’s card, that is the occidental culture takes the form of a jester that is beyond the good and the bad. He is not conditioned by the intelligence, emotion, sensuality or sexuality. He is absolute free, nourishing the existence with an uncontrollable force, that in time will be becoming one… afterwards two and gain after, three, so then, creating all the uncountable things. He is advancing towards the Life’s expression initiating the cycle and all the beings that are emanating from him are embarking on the trip of Self-Consciousness.

This journey is expressed in the 22 Mayor Arcanes. And as each history is a narration of encounters and dis-encounters, the Tarot perfectly expresses the social aspect of the “Self”. The combination of the cards constitutes a sort of brief “bars code”, a genetic code of the being that is presenting at the moment of the reading of the cards. It does not express a touchable reality but a deepening into the soul and a window through which we can contemplate the interior’s landscapes.

WITHOUT MOVING FROM MY HOME
I KNOW THE WHOLE WORLD
WITHOUT LEANING ON MY WINDOW
I CAN SEE THE TAO OF HEAVEN.
Lao Tse (Tao-Te-King)

With the help of the Consciousness, that is the supreme guide of the Soul, the Human Being receives in his nterior the image that is discovering his pulsings , vital experiences, wishes, hidden realization’s environs, erroneous relations of the Soul, interior strength. Many things cannot be known because they are hidden in the unconscious. The necessary socialization of Man is hidding the animic instinct and even the proper animal instinct. The conscious aspect of this integrationg into the unconscious is the “goal”. The “home” the Tao Te King is talking of. The “window” is the conscious introspection and the Tao of Heaven is the “Self”.The “Cosmic Man” that we are…And so, we will realize and be… with full consciousness, when little by little, or in a sudden, we do not know, we will mutate and give the necessary evolutive step.
The method is the full self-awareness of the… HERE AND NOW.

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Tarot: Social Aspect Of The Self

RosaCobos

Bilbao, Spain

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I present here, another new section of the article, Tarot. Archetypal Journey.
All of them are related to the same theme… and trying to open a window of philosophical window to this world that has shown itself as a real practical tool and not esoteric as many could have thought of.
I thank all the persons that are following these chapters that I am so lovingly presenting. They encourage my dedication and make my efforts be highly recompensed.
Rosa

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