Tarot, Karma and Reincarnation
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Karma comes from the root kri, "to do". The principal is
based on the idea that actions determine your destiny. One becomes good
by good action and bad by bad action. Each karma, or action, generates a
vibration that continues to vibrate in the mind. These vibrations are
subconscious impressions. Like attracts like. Love attracts loving acts,
malice attracts malice. The attraction and reaction is non-judgmental,
and does not involve the operation of morality or a single divine judgment.
Fate and Karma are very different. Fate means that one's life has
been predestined. Karma is exactly the opposite. With Karma, your
destiny is completely under your control, be it for good or for bad. The
basis by which the two work is something of a paradox, and is suggested
as a further area of study.
Karma works hand in hand with reincarnation. Reincarnation means
rebirth of the soul into a new body based on the soul's spiritual level,
for the purpose of learning certain life lessons. It is a journey of the
soul, simply put. The soul makes a choice about the lesson it will learn
during a physical incarnation, and the lesson(s) are largely based on
the karma built up during past incarnations.
There are three "psychological" ways to gain an awareness
of past lives.
1. Dreams - It is possible in dreams to get glimpses of
previous lives. If you're in a dream, but with a different body, it
could be one of your previous incarnations. Dreams are an interesting
way to relive past life events. While dreaming, you temporarily lose
touch with your worldly life. This is the time where your buried past
life memories have a chance of surfacing because you're more free to
2. Hypnosis or Past Life Regression - With this method, you
are put into a hypnotic state in an attempt to free past life memories
and identities. Under hypnosis we are more relaxed and able to look back
at our past lives; we don't have the inhibitions that normally keep us
from having such memories during regular consciousness.
3. Meditation - If we are able to meditate deep and to a
certain level, we can access past life memories. Again, by meditating,
we lose our worldly concerns and inhibitions and are more receptive to
the complete truth.
The soul can be described as the eternal energy that sustains your
body and makes your body seem real. The soul contains all of the
intelligence that allows your body to function. It is the only constant
in your many incarnations. Your body is like a mask, hiding your true
self, the soul. You really don't die. Upon leaving the physical plane,
you first go through a resting period where you are in a very deep
sleep. People have described this as much, much deeper than your deepest
sleep while on Earth. After you have refreshed and recharged yourself,
you then enter a new world where things are different than the physical
plane. This world is called the astral plane. At this level, the rules
are different in some big ways. There is no real concept of time on this
level. In addition, you are given the power of thought projection, the
power to create things from your thoughts. Also, the body needs no sleep
or food. The basic theme of the astral plane is that since you've shed
your physical body due to bodily death, you can learn more about your
astral body. This astral body lies under your physical body when you're
in the physical plane. After remaining a certain amount of time in the
astral plane, most of us reincarnate back into the physical plane. We
have to choose the appropriate situation and birth mother for our next
incarnation. Then the cycle is complete.
Outside of the psychological ways of investigating karma, evidence of
the operation of karma can be viewed in the ancient "arts of
divination". The arts include but are not limited to: astrology,
numerology, palmistry, and rune systems.
Astrology provides the clear evidence of karma. The natal chart
outlines the traps or temptations, special talents, self defeating
techniques, and love partners that are partly or wholly influenced by
karma. The path of karma running through your life is most clearly
revealed in the natal (birth) horoscope. A natal chart, cast for a
personís birthplace and time, provides a microcosmic application of
the macrocosm overhead. In the modern Western world, this chart takes
the form of a circle made up of twelve portions. The planets are placed
in the circle, their position relative to each other forever fixed in
time. As the birth of a person happens only once, the natal chart is
frozen, a blueprint of karma Ė the strengths and weaknesses inherent
in a personís being.
Astrological event charts look at the nature of time Ė its
possibilities and potentials Ė at any given moment. The goal of the
event chart is to understand the way that the momentary energies
interact with the innate karma of the natal chart. Transits are a way of
seeing how life unfolds. Transits give insights into the tides of karma.
The tides cannot exist without the sea, and the affects of the moving
planets require the sea of our natal karma to come into being. Transits
can mark times of crisis and triumph, chances to advance, and times of
transition, danger and hope. It could be argued that moments of
"fate" take place when there are strongly planetary/energetic
interactions with our natal karma.
Each day of the year has a unique energy created by the combination
of the energy of the numbers that make it up. The same is true for the
name that is given at birth. Each letter has an energy, and their sum
represents a natal "energetic" blueprint. The day of birth and
the name given on that day are not accidents. They are determined by
karma and reincarnation pre-birth choice. Unlocking the secrets of the
numbers reveals why a person is here, what their lessons will be, and
where their karmic challenges will lie. Some dates and names carry heavy
atonement for karma.
The most heavily karmic names for women are Ruth, Victoria and Huette
while the most heavily karmic names for men are Rudy, Victor and Hugh.
The Connection of Astrology and Numerology
Both astrology and numerology share a similarity that they can both
be natally calculated and recorded. A personís natal
"blueprint" for karma can be locked into an astrological chart
or a diagram of numbers and letters. The process follows a pre-defined,
"scientific" approach. The natal chart and numerological
numbers are not obtained intuitively. The procedure can be documented in
a book or programmed into a computer.
The procedural method of astrology and numerology is both a strength
and a weakness. The strength flows from the fact that anybody can do it
with the proper training and/or tools. Analysis after the factual
creation of the karmic maps can be very standard too, not requiring
intuitive intervention. The relative absence of intuition is also the
weakness of these methods.
Webster's defines intuition as "quick and ready insight;"
and "the act or process of coming to direct knowledge without
reasoning or inferring." It is derived from the Latin word
"intueri" which means "to see within." It is a way
of knowing, of sensing the truth without explanations.
Intuition is something that we are born with and use everyday.
Intuition is present in everyone because it is a survival skill, not a
spiritual intention. In this form it is an unconscious tool, an extra
sense outside the analytical, logical and rational side of the brain. In
an untrained form intuition is very powerful. Intuition warns us who is
"dangerous", when to be fearful, and when to jump into a
situation. It can become a more reliable and valuable tool when the
language of intuition is understood and developed. Untrained intuition
can be confused with emotional desires and fantasies. Accurate intuition
enables you to gain vital and valuable insight into yourself, family,
friends, business associates and the world around you. More importantly,
intuition provides you with guidance so thoughts and actions are
nurtured to produce hopes and dreams.
The three psychological ways to gain an awareness of past lives, and
the karma associated with them, share a traits of:
You temporarily lose touch with your worldly life.
You don't have the inhibitions that normally keep you from having
such memories during regular consciousness.
You lose your worldly concerns and inhibitions and are more
receptive to the complete truth.
The rote and standard of astrology and numerology do not easily fit
these traits. Intuition works best when the three traits are practiced.
Intuition then flows, revealing the sensing of truth without
explanations. From this sensing the revealing of past reincarnations and
the path of karma begins.
The goal of tarot is to momentarily disengage the individual from the
control of the mind so their soul can get a message through. Throwing a
cluster of objects to produce a specific result is normally beyond the
mental capabilities of most people and so this lets the soul take
charge. The cards bypass the mind by having the person pick cards as
directed by spirit. The tarot enables the individual to tap into their
own intuitive abilities by serving as a focal point for spiritual
The symbols in the tarot are like symbolic clues we receive
throughout life. Events in the world that occur seemingly at random,
such as a gust of wind or a falling leaf, are symbolic guideposts of
impending events. The tarot reading is simply the intentional allowing
of synchronism to furnish a sign. The tarot is a navigation tool for our
lives. Symbols in the framework of a tarot deck provide direction.
A "reading" of tarot symbols gives you information about
the present. Since the present is a seed for the future, the reading
offers a vision of a "probable" future. Once the future has
been glimpsed, it can be altered to either insure or deter what is seen.
The tarot gives feedback about oneís location along lifeís journey.
The reading shows the possibilities, giving us choice and greater
control over the destiny.
The application of tarotís "in the moment" reading
ability to the karmic/reincarnation based past and future is possible if
one believes that the past, present and future are all happening at the
same time. The paradox of fate and karma appears. As with any
metaphysical paradox, there is an answer to it, but we cannot
immediately grasp it if we think in terms of our physical, time based
In consultation of the tarot, one can ask anything in any way. You
can ask why, what, how , when, and where about any issue, decision, or
aspect of your inner or external life Ė past, present, and/or future.
Your questions may be specific or general. The tarot can respond to
whether you should, can, will, or are. Karma and reincarnation questions
are as valid as any.
The tarot cards can communicate in a combination of two ways:
symbolically and intuitively. A symbolic reading is also known as a
"book" reading. An accepted, predetermined meaning is applied
to the card. The quality of a symbolic reading is determined by the
readerís understanding of card meanings/symbology, both alone and
along with other cards. The symbolic reading is kin to the procedural
methods of astrology or numerology, but the element of spirit
"picking" the cards in the moment adds an energy factor that
the others do not have. The soul/spirit picks the cards at the moment of
the question, when intuition can be focused, instead of at the moment of
birth or the time of naming.
The second method of reading is via intuition. When the cards are
read intuitively, they "speak" to the reader, and there is no
knowledge of underlying symbology required. The intuition of a reader
picks up on the pictures in the cards or some other unclassifiable
method. Some intuitive readers donít require the cards, and use them
only as a backdrop to a answering a querentís question. Other
intuitive readers use the cards as a "jumping off point", and
the reading moves forward from the first impression received from the
cards. An analogy of this is being shown on a map that one is somewhere
in the Southern United States, and then determining the probable climate based on the
time of the year.
Most readers use a combination of symbolic and intuitive reading.
Questions are often structured in the tarot through a spread, or
layout. This is a symbolic pattern of positions, each with a given
meaning. A card-symbol is selected for each of these positions and
interpreted in relation to the assigned meaning of the position.
Individual spreads lend themselves to different questions.
A spread is like a map. It is a preplanned structure that the
seemingly random, but synchronious events, can fall. The maps can be
very defined or very rough. An analogy is if one considers the position
of Greenville SC to Atlanta GA. The "mapping" between the two
can be at these possible levels:
. They exist (this is a very valid starting point!)
. They exist in this dimension
. They exist on planet Earth
. They exist in the United States
. They exist in the Southeastern part of the United States
. Greenville is north of Atlanta
. They are both located on HWY 85
. Ö and so on
The more defined the spread, the more specific the answer will be.
The drawback of a very specific spread is that the universe does not
like to be pigeonholed. The right question and the right spread is
important. Spirit, however, may or may not cooperate fully with the
intended "map", and if other information is supplied, the
answer will make no sense if plugged into a question with the supplied
Why will Spirit seem to not cooperate? There are a variety of ways to
get a "wrong" or non-understandable answer.
The question is not important compared to something else going on
in the querentís life. The analogy is that the querent is asking
what color shoes they are wearing while a truck bears down on them.
The answer seems wrong, but the person is just not open to
hearing the reply. The querent wants to hear another answer.
The parameters of the question were too largely defined, and it
is not know what question or person the cards are referring to.
The parameters of the question were too small, and the answer is
bigger than the box provided.
Multiple questions were asked, and multiple answers are given.
The question has been asked many times, and Spirit is just tired
of answering. Another tact is being tried by the spiritual
guides/soul, and we havenít figured it out yet.
And there are more. This is only a sampling. Practice and being open
to the voice of the divine are the paths through these difficulties.
Tarot, karma and reincarnation have no special link. Tarot is merely
a tool, a good tool, that can be used to explore the realm of karma and
reincarnation. The advantage of tarot over astrology and numerology is
the ability to tap deep into the intuition to discover answers. This
presents both a difficult challenge and a wonderful opportunity. As
spreads are the voice of the tarot, one will be presented next for
further exploration. The proper use of spreads on the potentially tricky
and paradoxical questions of karma/fate and reincarnation requires
planning, practice, and a will to listen to answers that arenít