Transmutology is a new approach to the study of change. We wish to know about the art of transmutation and to practice it.
Can we find the precious gem of the true self? Can we turn obstacles into pathways? Can we become more aware of our true nature and the nature of reality?
The Tarot is used to meditate on our way of thinking about ourselves and the challenges of life. There is nothing psychic involved. There is no fortune telling, no prediction. ‘Suggestion’ would be a better word.
There is a question. Then the cards are read and their story revealed. The story may open one’s mind just the way walking into a room full of artistic masterworks can change a life forever.
My readings do not speak of how you will soon meet the person of your dreams. My readings talk about you, the questioner. The readings are an inquiry into how you actually are within a situation – how you may try looking at things, both consciously and unconsciously.
The Tarot is a marvelous tool for meditation. It creates unique visual impressions and stories full to bursting with meaning. All the stories revealed by Tarot readings bring something to the reader and the questioner. All Tarot readings are valid. They must simply have their subtle messages decoded by the reader based on his or her connection in the present moment with the questioner.
A reading stumbled upon in a video may have much to offer you in a particular moment. Enjoy the moment. Sit back, clear your mind of distractions, and follow along with the story of the cards.
The deck I am using is the Tarot of Marseille which is the oldest deck currently still in use. The minor arcana cards (the number cards) are much more abstract than the commonly used Rider-Waite deck. This leads me toward a method of reading that incorporates numerology. In other words, each number has a character which when combined with a card’s suit gives a meaning.
I will conduct more readings and they will all find their way here. I hope my readings are of service to you and begin a journey of awareness and eventual transmutation.
Yes, this is software I wrote that is a fully capable and very powerful 10-card Tarot reader. I didn’t know of any online readers that utilized the magnificent Marseille Tarot deck which is considered by many to be the greatest Tarot deck of them all. So I made one. Perhaps you have read Alejandro Jodorowski’s book, The Way of Tarot. It is one of the few books available in English on the use of this historic deck of cards. Right here is where you can fully explore the Marseille deck and get actual readings. As many as you like. The software allows you to shuffle and reshuffle the cards, then pick each one. Your reading is explained and some machine learning code kicks in and analyzes the general tone of your reading.
Sound good? Sound somewhat unusual? I think it is. I also think you will learn a lot about the cards here because each card in your reading is clickable and opens up an in-depth explanation of the card and its meaning in the Celtic Cross spread. I have also written a guide to the deck covering the major arcana, court cards and the number cards. The Marseille Tarot requires some understanding of how it relates to numerology so I have covered that as well.
These are the main features:
Written in HTML5 so it will work in a browser on most devices
Uses the classic Marseille Tarot deck
Full 78-card deck shuffling
Uses the popular 10-card Celtic Cross spread for readings
Includes reversed card meanings
Includes simple list readings and narrative readings
Artificial intelligence feature analyzes the tone of your reading
Get in-depth card meanings when you press the cards in your reading
This is a fascinating French documentary exploring the artistic connection between the oldest deck of Tarot cards known as the Tarot de Marseille and 15th century art. The documentary travels to Italy where Tarot was born to follow various leads and look at examples of the oldest Tarot decks and Italian art.
The work of Sandro Botticelli features prominently, as does Plato’s philisophical cave allegory which deals with the nature of reality and whether what we see is just a rough projection of reality. The connections between this idea and the Tarot’s Devil card are fascinating.
The documentary is entirely in French without English subtitles, so you’ll probably need to speak French to enjoy this.
In preparation for the upcoming Tarot section of this blog, complete with a brand new online Tarot reader, here is a television documentary on the history of Tarot cards. It’s narrated by the super-hammy Christopher Lee!
The best thing about the documentary is its brief outline of Tarot history. Its explanations of card meanings and interviews with Tarot readers are superficial and absurd. The interviewees tend to be of the type who predict actual events and make foolish assumptions rather than focus on what the cards suggest to a person and what they represent as possibilities in that person’s thinking. Most of the unfortunate people featured in this documentary are of the variety that the Tarot tradition should avoid at all costs. Pay no attention to them.
Enjoy the film for what it is and remember that if you have an interest in Tarot you won’t be disappointed in the new app which will be a very deep resource of information about the entire Tarot de Marseilles deck and will give full 10-card Celtic Cross readings with explanations and card details.
The Italian Visconti-Sforza Tarot deck dates from around 1450. There are several incomplete decks scattered around the world in various museums and private collections. A few of the cards are permanently missing. Apparently, the Tower and Devil cards are among those that got modern replacements to complete printings of this beautiful deck.
Recently, there have been highly successful reconstructions of various Tarot decks. One of the most well-known is the result of several years of work by the filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and Philippe Camoin who worked on their version of the famous Marseille Tarot deck in the 1990s. Jodorowsky's research and writing about the meanings contained in the that deck are fascinating essential reading for anyone interested in Tarot. He leans toward using the Tarot for self-knowledge and healing. His writing is inspiring. If you want to read what is probably the best book on Tarot, go get 'The Way of Tarot – The Spiritual Teacher in the Cards' by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Marianne Costa.
However, the actual cards produced by Jodorowsky have a hard-edged, overly precise clarity to them. Everything is edged in black line. The colors are flat and super saturated. It's too clean and modern looking. It misses an essential ingredient in any great Tarot deck: imprecision. My mystical mind prefers some mess. A little blur always makes a symbol more powerful. Clarity brings Tarot too close to the realm of text. The images should be shrouded, revealing multiple meanings only to close and slightly irrational observation. There are other Marseille decks that avoid this fatal flaw. The Visconti deck appears to have the chaos that I require in spades!