The most famous magical mirror was owned by John Dee, and you can still see it at the British Museum. Probably Mayan, the polished obsidian disk with its handle is easy to hold. That Dee, or more probably Edward Kelley’s ability with the mirror is not in doubt, considering the prodigious output of magical writings known as Enochian testifies.
There comes a time when you realise that the spiritual and magical systems do not quite match up to your expectations. There must be more to them, but their limitations become more and more apparent.
Punditt Maharaj exemplified this extraordinary ability to transcend all spiritual and magical systems in this world, and worlds beyond. He was able to use those systems, but he gave an extra dimension that has taken me over twenty years of study and research to discover.
Punditt never discussed his work; he expected me to learn from the Spirits. Having Spirits talk is one thing, but having the ability to hear them is quite another. It was not until Punditt entered into Silence (he has retired, and rarely speaks to anyone), that I began to understand his work.
From a very early age I knew I was different. I spent most of my childhood on school premises, and I was particularly aware of spirits, especially when the buildings were empty. I remember one day at school when I was thirteen, looking at the other children, and realising that I was different. Now, you may think that I was going through a typical teenage phase, but for most of my teens I felt too old to do most things! I also spent a lot of time with adults and older people, despite being nearly the oldest in my year.
Reading the Tarot is about giving answers, isn’t it? People come with questions, spoken or unsaid, and once the tarot cards are shuffled, cut and spread, all the answers come tumbling out.
So many of my clients these days come to me when they are lost – they no longer know they are, what they should be doing, where they should live, who they should live with… the list goes on and on. These are all intelligent, articulate, successful people in their own right, so where does this existential crisis come from? Lack of choice.
Oh dear, Stephen Hawking does not believe in heaven – it is relegated to a fairy story. Does it bother me? No. Is he right? Yes, but not for the reasons he gives. His view that we are simply fluctuations of the quantum field is gloriously materialistic – for the quantum field is simply a manifestation of something that no physics experiment could ever prove.
Tarot readers love complexity; tarot is a rich medium full of imagery, arcane concepts, mysticism, magic and philosophies in a smorgasbord of chicken soup. Is there any problem with that? You bet. We have lost the wood for the trees. In my view tarot needs to be deconstructed to its simplest forms, to rediscover a purity of order and structure that is mathematically based. If we do not, we cannot find new insights and uses for this already brilliant and powerful system.
Tarot has accumulated attributions from many other systems to varying degrees of success. You might think they aid the reader in interpretation, but adding complexity to an already complex system is madness. The most obvious systems to go in the trash can are astrology and the kabbalistic tree of life, and kabbalism in general. While we are about it all the attributions in Liber 777 can be unceremoniously dumped. That still leaves us with beliefs and isms such as paganism, magic, spiritualism and all the others, so they have to go too.
Games that use chance to determine the next move nevertheless require strategy to win. Remember playing Ludo as a child? Depending on the roll of a dice, which counter you move is critical to winning or losing. Monopoly is another classic example. I found that the orange set of streets with houses and hotels was always a good idea and not owning the expensive Mayfair and Park Lane. Military gaming also requires several dice to decide the nature of the move. Simple tarot spreads such as the Celtic Cross eliminate that uncertainty.
Strategy is something that is long ignored by Tarot Readers, and I think it is time to explore this very important concept. To start with, I had better offer a few definitions of strategy:
- A plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim.
- The art of planning and directing overall military operations and movements in a war or battle
Merriam Webster gives a fuller definition: