Thursday, March 19, 2009

Is every person one meets a facet of the Tarot, evoking or provoking our own Tarot archetypes? Consider this discussion by psychologist Robert B. Marchesani:

It may be . . . that we are not who we think we are, at least until we settle into an acceptance of our ability to act as many others; maybe all the others we've ever loved or been loved by have shown us ourselves, echoed ourselves and muted ourselves, perhaps even called us to new selves. We become other than we thought we were in the face of difference. We respond in kind. We speak of people bringing out the worst in us and people bringing out the best in us. Some provoke, others evoke. But maybe it's not such a bad thing to see our cards being put on the table one by one over the course of our lives. Like a Tarot deck, some are portents, others are great hope. Or like any deck of playing cards, some are the ones we are looking for, the ones we need in the moment depending on where we are in the game. Others we put behind the rest may be the very ones we seek out later in the game.

Saints and Rogues

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