Friday, June 26, 2009

Tarot Reading in the Here and Now

Years ago, I picked up the Osho Zen Tarot deck in the Waldenbooks where I was working at the time, and I fell in love with it right away. The vibrant artwork and powerful right-brain images are what first captured my attention. What has kept my interest all these years is the wonderful zen nature of the deck. Many people think of tarot cards as something you use to foretell the future. Yet no one can ever really tell you exactly what your future will be, because you are always interacting with it in other dimensions. You constantly impact your future with your thoughts, words, and deeds in the present, whether you are conscious of this or not. Tarot cards can predict what future outcomes you might produce if you remain on your present course, but you can also alter that course a lot or a little by things you do between now and when said event is likely to occur.

Our lives are not etched in stone. They are more like clay than stone. Keep it moist, and you can continue to mold and shape it as you see fit for the rest of your life. Let it dry out and it will harden and become cracked and rigid. When this happens, it becomes much harder to shape future events. It also becomes easier for your life to shatter into bits. But even if your life does become hardened and cracked, the sooner you recognize it the better. If you begin adding water energetically, by tuning into Spirit, your life will begin to soften again into something that can be molded. If you don't tune in once you realize that you are off track and need to get back on, it is much more likely that something will occur that will cause your world to shatter it to bits. This is a much more harsh reality to endure than keeping your life soft and malleable so you can change as new events and people enter your your life, or as loved ones leave your life for whatever reason and in whatever way.

While tarot and other divination forms can predict what is likely to happen in your life, most times it cannot predict the future with absolute certainty. There are certain events that you programmed into your chart and recorded in the Akashic records as life events that must happen, but even then the severity and intensity of the life experience charted can be tempered by inner growth and setting new intentions. Whatever lesson you are meant to learn through certain karmic life events can be learned through more gentle means if you tune into Spirit. If there are events that will occur no matter what at a certain time, such as the death of a loved one, rest assured that having tuned your life into Spirit, you will handle the situation at a higher level and in a less life-shattering manner.

In keeping with this idea of tuning into Spirit, rather than trying to predict the future, you should shape your future consciously by figuring what is going on in your life in the here and now. That's where the Osho Zen Tarot comes into play. What is so much fun and unusual about the Osho Zen Tarot deck is that it refuses to tell the future, now matter how much you try to get to do that. You might get a little information on the past, but only as it is directly related to the present. Even if you use a standard three-card layout: the first card representing the recent past, the second the present, and the third the future, you will get answers are obviously, present, present, present. It's hysterical really, but it also makes huge sense given the origin and intention of the makers of the deck, so it's best just to go with it and work on your here and now so you are happier when you reach the future.

Below is a link to the Osho Zen Tarot Deck at Amazon.com. The second link is for the Spanish Edition, so make sure you get the right one.