The principle and development trend of tarot card array

The trend of tarot card: The tarot card array can be roughly divided into "intuition system" and "azimuth system".

The trend of tarot card: The tarot card array can be roughly divided into “intuition system” and “azimuth system”. (There is also a way of dividing it into “meditation”, “illustration”, and “magic”. The first two are different from the two I mentioned, but their connotations are basically the same. The “magic card array” is not used for divination, nor is it a Tarot.

The main branch so is not included in the research. Those who are interested in studying the “magic card array” can check the books related to magic by themselves.) The intuition card array also has a fixed order and position. However, a fixed position will not have a fixed meaning. It focuses on the whole and solves the card from the overall feeling. The deck is a whole. The shape of the card array generally looks dazzling, and it is easy to make people think.

Combined with the picture of the card, it constitutes a source of inspiration for understanding the card. Such card formations generally do not use rational analysis but rely more on intuition to solve the cards. Because there is no fixed basis for solving cards, it may not be a problem for experienced tarot masters to solve them, but for beginners, they often don’t know where to start.

The azimuth system has a fixed order and position, and each position has a fixed meaning. Often, the formation of a card array requires the efforts of several generations of Tarot masters to be perfect enough. Therefore, this type of card array is relatively classic, easy to learn, and has a very good practical effect.

The creation of this type of card array generally begins with inspiration or experience summarization, and then, after a long period of practice, repair, improvement, and the integration of relevant “occult” knowledge, it gradually takes shape. Most of the decks we use today are these decks.

The disadvantage of the intuition system is that it is too empty and unreasonable, which leads to Tarot masters saying that it is difficult to find a focus point, and it is difficult for beginners to learn. The orientation system also has many shortcomings. One is that it has a perfect framework, which limits the thinking of Tarot masters. Especially for beginners, it is easy to fall into the misunderstanding of being too analytical and too rational.

If you don’t care about “inspiration”, the charm of the tarot cannot be reflected, and the ability of the tarot cannot be better displayed. On the other hand, because of the perfect framework, today’s Tarot masters seldom care about the progress of the Tarot. They just lay on the achievements of their predecessors, praise, and praise, and do not think about making progress. In particular, some people are obsessed with “magic” and want to increase their spiritual power with blood sacrifices, but they don’t care about the tarot roots of “Kabbalah” and “astrology” that can really improve “spiritual power”.

Everyone should know the development route of the Tarot card array: Traditional → Simple

Once upon a time, the tarot card array was magnificent and magnificent, with fifty or seventy cards at every turn. Solving a card array could exhaust the tarot master to the point of collapse. (This is the reason why Tarot masters limit the number of divination today. Hehe, unfortunately, everyone puts the reason for limiting the number of divinations down to an incomprehensible mysterious force) After several generations of tarot masters’ efforts, it has become what it is today.” The holy triangle of 3 cards, the alternative of 5 cards” is such a streamlined card array.

Probably due to the influence of “fast food”, the pace of life in the new world has greatly accelerated, human nature has become abnormally noisy, and they are often impatient with complicated things. It seems that everyone is focusing on simplifying the card array, and the simpler the card array, the better. So much so that there is even a “card array” in which a single cut, only one card is cut to solve the problem. It seems that this is no longer a card array.

The simplification of the card array is at the expense of details. An overly simplified card array often makes the description of the problem too vague, although it seems to improve the accuracy (if the problem description is vague, the probability of accuracy will definitely increase.), However, it has forgotten the original intention of the Tarot to “guide the lost”, and rarely can provide very specific suggestions for the inquirer. Take the most classic “Holy Triangle” card array that everyone unanimously praised as an example.

One card describes the past (cause), one card describes the present (pass), and one card describes the future (result). Sometimes I have encountered the idea that the information displayed on the card is “too thin”, and there are often many ideas that I think are right but the card is not given at all. Is this understandable, a card describing a very complex past, maybe very comprehensive?

To sum up, the development path of the Tarot card array should be:

  • Intuition → rationality → rational card array combined with intuitive analysis
  • Traditional → Simplified → Medium (the number of cards is about ten)

Each card in the deck is not isolated, there are connections between them. And there is generally a “flow” of “consciousness” in the entire card array, um… let’s call it that, I can’t find a suitable word to describe it. Everyone should be able to understand what Tata said below.

1. Time flow.

In fact, the flow of time also implies cause and effect. But time is dominant. The representative of the time flow between the card arrays is the “Holy Triangle” with the highest occurrence rate. Oh, it’s a classic card array, and it is everywhere… This kind of card array often pays great attention to describing the “past”, “present” and “future.” ”, even only describing these three time periods, to understand the direction of fate by studying the changes in the flow of time.

Follow the trail of fate with time as a clue. The flow of time continues throughout. This kind of card array is generally down one line, and some are divided into two or three lines in the middle (such as two-to-one, three-to-one), and the description of the problem is rarely one face. The action between the cards is usually the dot acting on the dot through the line. The past acts on the present, and the present acts on the future. (The effect of the past on the future is indirectly through the present as a medium.) The advantage of such a card array is that there are clear traces that can be traced, and the order is relatively clear.

2. Causal flow also hides the flow of time.

After all, it is normal to have a cause and then an effect. However, in a card array containing “causal flow”, it usually does not focus on the passage of time, but on understanding the role between cause and cause, the influence of cause on effect, and the feedback of effect on cause “ Understanding through cause The effect, through the effect to explore the cause.

The relationship between the cards in such a card array is more complicated. Often points and points are connected by lines, and then several points and lines form a surface and act on another surface, and they can also act on points in another surface. and line. The Love of Venus is a typical example of face-to-face. (Position 1 represents the mentality and views of the inquirer, which directly affects Position 2: the influence on the inquirer, and Position 4: the influence on the other party. Position 3 represents the mentality and views of the other party, and also affects the 2nd position. No. 4 and No. 4. 2 and 4 are combined with the combined effect of 1 and 3 to solve the card. It cannot be solved in isolation. The four causal lines of 1-2, 1-4, 3-2, and 3-4 constitute A cause face-first acts on the 5th position of the fruit face: “trouble, hindrance”. This trouble is affected by the joint action of the position, so it needs to be solved by combining the 4 positions. And the 5th acts on the 6th, 7, 8 (respectively describe the future position), the three aspects of the future include the influence of the 5th position ( through 5, indirect influence 6.7.8)

There are also some card arrays that are radial, with multiple “cause-effect” lines forming a surface. In addition, the line between the cause and the cause constitutes a “stream of consciousness” like a spider web structure.

3. Mixed flow

As the name suggests, it is a mix of temporal and causal flows, but not a simple mix. Take the hexagram for example.

In this array, there is a separate flow of time and cause and effect (yin triangle, yang triangle). Two streams of consciousness, form a vortex and are finally concentrated in the center of the vortex – position 7 (representing the result). In addition to remaining independent of each other, only the role of fusion. There are other functions and connections between cards. No. 2 acts on 4 and 6, and “current situation” affects both “countermeasures” and “attitudes”. And No. 6 is also affected by No. 1, and at the same time acts on No. 4… So when solving cards, you can’t consider each card in isolation, you should combine the cards that affect it and find a common point to solve. The time triangle and the factor triangle cannot be solved separately, and the interaction between the two must be considered.

The so-called flow of consciousness refers to the flow and jump of consciousness when a Tarot master solves cards, and it is also the effect between cards. The flow of time is relatively simple, and it is easy for ordinary people to find that when you solve the cards in the “present” position, you will subconsciously associate the cards in the “past” position with the cards in the “future” position. combined to solve. The flow of factors is not easy to find and is often the effect of a deeper subconscious.

If you can pay attention to these “flows” when you deal with cards and create a card array, you can often get twice the result with half the effort, better deal with cards, and create a more reasonable card array.

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