Tarot Reset

A Tarot reset is when you go back to the fundamentals of what the tarot is. I have done this countless times in my life. The herd instinct is particularly powerful in the tarot community – “facts” are restated over and over again in different books without ever questioning where these “facts” come from.

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I do a tarot reset several times a year to re-assess what I think I know about the subject, discarding and re-integrating concepts as I go. Its a brutal exercise sacrificing my own sacred cows and assumptions, never mind what everyone else thinks.

This blog is an attempt to go beyond the statements, conjections, myths, beliefs, fears and wishful thinking that bedevils tarot. I retutn to the basis of tarot, which is, like astrology, a combination of the elements, planets, signs of the zodiac and numbers.

In other words, I strive to return to the roots, but also incorporate my own experiences and modern thinking, particularly the alchemical insights of Carl Jung.

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