This week I am diving into the Buddha Tarot by Robert Place. This set was a gift to me from a friend back in 2004 and I have to admit that even though I did pick it up a few times, I have yet to do a full reading with it. I got a bit of a complicated relationship with Robert Place’s decks. They are stunning but I find them a tad bit cool as in chilly. They usually engage my mind more then my imagination or my intuition. But then there are times when that is quite ok too.
To start the weekend off I did the first exercise from my brand new book Tarosophy by Marcus Katz (and yes I am aware of the stupid ‘war’ in the on-line tarot community between different organizations, but I don’t belong to ANY organization and never will so won’t even bother with that, if me posting the name of a book is so disturbing to some that they feel like calling me names that only reflect on them) The book is awesome! The first exercise is to simply describe with a metaphor what tarot is for you and then ask the deck a question about it. Me being a librarian, I always saw the tarot as a huge filing cabinet so my question was: What am I cataloging? The reply was The Old Man and the Sadhu – The Hermit. Place tells us in the book about the day Siddhartha went to the city and saw the old man and was shaken by facing age but then also saw the Sadhu and realized that he wanted to be a holy man and be serene like the Sadhu. Old age alone is not necessarily wisdom but virtue brings spiritual peace. I could live a long long life and stuff that catalog with experiences but I need a purpose to create order in it and have use for it.
My next question is: How do I create the order I need? The reply this time was 4 of double Vajras. Here is a pig that represents the ‘poison’ Sloth. Kapha is the dosha associated with sloth and this card is a warning against it. I am a Kapha person! I am well aware I need to balance myself and try to be less lazy.
So how can the tarot help me balance my laziness? 10 of Lotuses. This card don’t give away a lot, Lotus is red and fire though. And we see a Wheel here that I see as a symbol for change. Often we see 10 of fire as a burden, but if you are a Kapha life is a burden and perhaps that blast of fire is what is needed to temper me. I need to fill this filing cabinet with more active, inspirational, creative and extrovert experiences or it will just be filled with plans, lists, wishes and thoughts.