Contacting Your Self

Tarot cards aren’t just a divinatory device. In fact, that’s one of their more mundane uses. The deeper uses of Tarot involve its function as a map of the journey toward true knowledge of the Self. What is most true is the inner knowing of the Self. Some call it “the God within.”

One of the best ways to access it is to use certain Tarot cards as aids to meditation. It’s not that tough to do. Use the indicated card as a focus point for your meditation; you can even just gaze at it and let associations flow. Notice the colors, the figures in the picture, etc. What do they suggest to you?

A card that’s especially good to get your intentions clear regarding wanting to keep the relationship with the Self strong is The Chariot (Number 7 in the Major Arcana, a.k.a. Key VII). [This picture is from the B.O.T.A. deck. To some extent, the deck one uses isn’t critical. However, some decks are more faithful to the traditional (proven effective) associations of the cards. These decks will work more directly in meditation.]

The importance of Key VII lies in its associations to the ideal state of consciousness. 7 - ChariotThe body is the chariot itself, pulled by the twin sphinxes of intellect and desire (wants and needs, left and right brain, etc.). The Charioteer is the Higher Self, the true expression of the God within. Therefore, the true mover/driver of our existence should be that Higher Self, rather than letting the sphinxes run amok. BTW, notice how peacefully they await the charioteer’s command. This is symbolic of the inner peace that accompanies allowing the Higher Self to be the driver of our life.

Of course, this is just the start of the associations to this card, and I won’t go into them all here. Patience, gentle reader.

One other tidbit, though. The Hebrew letter on the lower right of the card is Cheth (pronounced chet’ where the ch is kind of like that in the Scottish word “loch”), which means fence or enclosure. So, this card can also be used as a way of strengthening our personal, psychological boundaries.