Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Exploring the Tarot by Karen La Puma

I am a great believer in the power of Tarot, and I consult a dear friend regularly (and have done for many years) who is a gifted Tarot reader. So, I am delighted to welcome author Karen La Puma to discuss the Tarot. Frieda Harris said, “The Tarot is God’s Picture book, or it could be likened to a celestial game of chess.” The Tarot symbols are amazingly insightful pictorial mythologies that have come down through history as an unbound book of 78 cards. They represent our inner and outer experiences and operate visually, symbolically and non-linearly to reach us in the same states as dreams and meditations. The mystery of how they work is explained by synchronicity, which is a concept that Carl Jung coined to explain the meaningful coincidences or psychic orderliness that transcends time and space.

Cosmic symbols are powerful because they have multiple meanings. They are like throwing a rock in the water and the layers and layers spread out and draw us into the unconscious realms. The Tarot archetypes are steps on the journey and can be seen as verbs or actions to take. They are also forces of nature and patterns of being and can be and we can relate to them as nouns or the personification of Divinity. They could also be seen as adjectives as they are descriptive paths. The symbols show where we are now and where we are going.

This ancient system has countless decks and expressions. The Tarot follows the general pattern of 22 Major Arcana, which represents universal principles of life. They fit perfectly with Astrology and the 10 planets and 12 Zodiac signs. They also connect with the Hebrew alphabet and the Tree of Life. The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards. There are 4 suits that cover the elements: air or mental subjects (swords), water or emotional states (cups), fire or the perceptional nature (wands), and earth or physical and financial issues (disks). Each suit has ten cards that signify life’s opportunities, gifts and challenges. There four royalty cards that represent the teachers who have mastered the different elements. All these potencies or adapts can help you discover your inner knowing, so you can find your own answers. When you allow the Tarot to guide your growth, it is like having your own psychic at hand. As you open to these supernatural aids, they become your teachers, experiences, initiations, and the path to greater awareness.

Awaken to Tarot and its original companion deck, Awaken Tarot Cards, are a complete inner guidance system. Distilled and accessible, this combo makes cosmic archetypes available to you so you can awaken your own inner voice. Come and explore these sacred tools and commune with magical helpers.

Karen La Puma
is the author of a series of books called A Toolkit for Awakening, which are based on the Goddess Warrior on the Hero’s Journey. She is a motivational, intuitive, and spiritual counselor in private practice in the Bay Area since 1979. She is a teacher, astrologer, hypnotherapist, Reiki master, inspirational speaker, and creative storyteller with a potent and timely message to empower your life. Her latest book is Awaken to Tarot: Be Your Own Guide with Astrology, Numbers and the Tree of Life. Visit her website at or connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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