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Learn about tarot meditation where you imagine entering into your cards and exploring their landscapes and inhabitants in a form of pathwalking used by mystics of old.
One of the most popular tools for divination and self-improvement, Tarot cards are now, possibly more than ever, at their zenith of popularity, a veritable golden age, with new, fascinating decks being created and published on a weekly basis. More people are utilizing this system of 78 cards as it was intended to be used but also discovering endless new ways to explore it. In addition to divination and fortune-telling, the cards are becoming a tool for tarot meditation, ceremonial magic, as an aid in astral projection and spell-work.
One of the most fascinating ways to put your cards to good use is to make them a tool for what the Hermetic magicians of old referred to as pathworking - a specific type of guided tarot meditation that relies on the alpha state of mind in exploring the subconscious and the hidden world beyond it.
Start your Tarot meditation as any other form of individual spiritual practice - in peace and quiet, away from distractions, with preparatory cleansing and breathing exercises followed by sharp focus on the task at hand. The goal is to transfer one's consciousness outside of the physical body and into the chosen Tarot card, to "enter" it using your astral frame. Just like regular astral travel or past life regression, it takes a bit of practice but is definitely an attainable goal.
At first, be sure to fully concentrate on the card and do your very best to memorize every detail and hold it firmly in your mind's eye. Now close your eyes and visualize the card. Repeat the exercise a few times until you are sure you have its image firmly engraved in your consciousness. Next, imagine the card getting bigger and bigger, until the figures in it appear life-size. Now you may enter the picture.
Completely immerse yourself into the vision and carefully observe the landscape beyond what the image on the card normally shows. Look carefully and try to absorb every sensation - be it that of sound, touch, taste or smell.
As most cards are populated by characters - people as well as animals - of one kind or another, try to communicate with some of them. See their interactions as a story unfolding before your eyes. Ask them questions. Sometimes, you will receive deep messages filled with ancient wisdom. On another occasion, a mere joke or a trick will be played on you. Not everything has to be as serious as you expect it to be. Some cards (especially those of the Major Arcana) possess deep archetypal energies. Others (such as certain pips of the Minor Arcana) can be populated by cheeky astral spirits. Approach each situation with an open mind and without judgement. Absorb everything.
You can also choose to see yourself as one of the figures in the card, to become that person or that archetype. Don't be afraid to go deeper and explore further. Just like astral projection, getting out of any situation is the easiest part. Each Tarot card has a lot of wisdom to offer. Return to it from time to time, see and hear what it has to say to you, take notes, keep a journal, and continue learning.