To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns

January 3rd, 2012 § 0 comments

The video below with Jason Silva is about patterns. The patterns that make up the natural world and the ones we’ve been creating with our technology.

It’s called To Understand Is To Perceive Patterns. And it makes no mention of Tarot or anything related to it. But it got me thinking about what it means to understand a Tarot reading.

It’s all about patterns. The patterns as we find them in the cards, their colours, directions, shapes, suits, numbers.

Are there a lot of Queens in your spread, a lot of blue, or red, or green? How many of the images seem to face in one direction? How many Major cards are there relative to the whole?

Whether you’re looking at a spread, or an individual card, it’s when you see the commonalities and anomalies within the images that you can begin to tell the story.

Just as in life, an individual incident might be very interesting, but it’s not a main theme in a person’s experience until it happens a number of times.

In Tarot, there might be one stand out card that is well worth paying attention to. But it’s how that card, or images in it, relate to the cards around it that tell the bigger story.

Individual symbols are important, and necessary to fully decipher the language of your cards. But understanding Tarot is really like understanding everything else. It’s all about perceiving the patterns.

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