Dreams And Tarot – Two Threads From The Same Cloth?


For some it is okay to work with dreams but not with Tarot. With the Tarot comes unhappy baggage. It is quite possible, in fact, to use the Tarot to facilitate self-growth and understanding. No divination required.

With the Tarot, as with a dream, there are many and varied images – and the images sting the subconscious in the most delicious way.

In this article we will discuss how Dreams and Tarot can be cut from the same beautiful fabric, yet being separate threads.

First, the Tarot and dreams are both ripe with symbols.

Tarot decks like Rider Waite Smith and Thoth Tarot have a finite symbol set, as the creators are not alive to produce more cards. (Many have decided to create decks with their own symbolic vocabulary, but these are not the decks I'm referring to right now.)

With dreams, on the other hand, the symbol set is constantly added by the dreamer, even several times a night!

Second, dreams and the Tarot provide insight into much more than just symbols.

With Tarot there are many factors that contribute to the meaning of a reading: the question asked, the layout of the cards, the position a card is in, the meaning of a given card, the pattern across and the connection between the cards (eg, "elemental dignities" faced by the characters on the cards, etc.)

The richness of dreams certainly does not come from symbols alone (unlike a "dream dictionary" approach). The meaning of dreams comes from the gestalt of the dream, the sequence of events in the dream, and the emotions in the dream, to name a few things on top of my head. You can even ask a question before you fall asleep, called "incubating a dream," and stimulate a dream that relates to your question (no guarantee this will make sense on the surface).

With dreams, too, the symbols are both uniquely those of the dreamer but also carry an element of universality (how many people do you know who have dreamed of their childhood home? Why not participate in a survey now and send your results!)

Tarot and dreams can be viewed at the service of revolutionary insight.

Both modalities involve looser, associative thought patterns rather than logical a-> b thinking, with swirls of images and evoked emotions. It may represent something spiritual to you (a Higher and Better Self or Higher Wisdom), or simply a source of creativity or innovation.

A big difference between Tarot and dreams?

The Tarot is useful external. You don't have to fall asleep or go into a reverie to produce the symbols in a tarot deck, and you don't have to put in any effort to remember or remember them. record in the middle of the night – they already exist in the world to project onto, onto easily mixed card stock.

Dreams are internal. They must be taken out from inside. They are, as the Talmud is reputed to say, a letter that must be opened. However, dreams can benefit the dreamer without being communicated. Seriously! According to some theories, sometimes just living the dream can be enough.

Luckily I noticed a complementary relationship between Tarot and dreamsthat is, working in one modality stimulates the other. When I work with tarot cards, the source of my dreams "gets better". Funny, though, tarot pictures don't find their way into my dreams. Working with dreams, on the other hand, improved my ability to read tarot cards in a more holistic, less "keyword" way.

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