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Tarot Correspondences 

Saturday, July 15th, 2006

My understanding of “correspondence” is not so much primarily neurobiological as traditionally Neoplatonic. The unicity that I have gone on about is a very useful understanding of the englobing of the one. There is no outside to this inside. This is not denying an imminence transcendence contrast, which can be useful. Correspondence is the analogy of thing to meaning and meaning to thing. It is how our consciousness may color a world of gray. And how the world may ensnare our awareness so we do not know oneself or conversely how the world is totally a sublime celebration of joy. Where our consciousness is both free and bound to what is and can be. It is how the analogies of science may help us understand ourselves in community.For tarot reading, we have the interpretation of the images on the cards. We have numerological correspondences of the numbered cards. We have associations with the court cards of family patterns and lifecycle stages. We have the question of how a question at the beginning of a tarot reading influences the reading. Furthermore, we have the nature of spreads and how they channel and direct our reading of cards. We have card dyads where we compare and contrast, dialogue, if you will, two cards and see what they had to say to one another. We can add a third card, or voice and see where the conversation drifts. All of these arrangements which well exceeds most vocabularies. It goes back to classical spiritual alchemy that the book of nature can be read by the book of Revelation. And here I mean revelation as that’s spiritual insight into the Wholeness and interrelatedness of everything to all, the everlasting revelation, if you will. As far as where I may want to move this thread. I still have some more ideas I want to share from Stephen Farmer’s translation and study of Pico’s 900 Thesis that relate to how correlative systems work. Then depending upon interest, I would like to explore analytically aspects of the nature of analogy from traditionally occult and philosophical points of view. If the study of analogy doesn’t completely exhaust me, I would like to look at how universal symbols are generated in our experience. All with a focus upon tarot reading practice and hermeneutics.