A Spiritual Journey with Tarot

by Gary Meister, CTM 
Tarot is an excellent tool for meditation to enhance spiritual growth.  With Tarot, in our readings, we each have subtly different meanings for the different cards, meanings which work well for ourselves - better than anyone else’s meanings.  In Spiritual Tarot it works the same way.  We each have our own path and we each see subtly different things in the Major Arcana to help us along that path.
With this series, I’m sharing my journey, in hopes that it might help to shine a little light on yours.  I’m using the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot on this spiritual journey.

The Star


The Star pictures a blond woman kneeling beside a small pond.  She is nude, showing she is hiding nothing; the truth is there for all to see.  Her left knee rests on the ground at the water’s edge.  Her right foot rests on the water.  In the ancient wisdom, water symbolizes spirit, so this shows that she rests her life on both the material and the spiritual. In each hand she holds a pitcher from which she pours water, back into the pond on the right, and onto the land on the left.  She is “pouring” her spiritual energy into both her physical and spiritual life.  Eight stars shine overhead, one large and seven smaller.  In the distance a mountain can be seen, symbolizing the heights we can reach by feeding both the physical and spiritual aspects of ourselves.
Having received an awakening flash of understanding from The Tower, we now have a bit more light in our lives.  But, starlight is dim at best.  It hints at light, but is not very illuminating.  The metaphysical key word for The Star is “meditation.”  We know that the light is available to us but can actually see little of it.  Through meditation we “seek more light.”  We go into ourselves to find and identify that spirit-self within, the God-Self.  
Meditation, in order to be effective, can not be a catch-as-catch-can activity.  We need to make a regular schedule for our meditation, and stick to it.  The mind can reach deeper and deeper into itself, through this listening activity, and begin to recognize its higher aspects as it does.  It is good, at this point, to begin keeping a meditation diary or notebook chronicling the progress we are making.  And progress will come if we stick to our schedule and meditate often.
How much should we meditate?  Well, too much can be self-defeating.  Some say a half hour once a day, consistently at the same time each day, is as much as we need.  Some say twice a day is better.  It is largely up to the individual, but it should be at least once a day for real progress to be made.  
Now for some good news!  Not only does this meditation help your spiritual growth, it also tunes you up physically.  You should notice more energy after you’ve been meditating for a while.  Studies have shown that the heart tends to slow down and the blood pressure tends to lower just as a result of your meditative process.  There are many books on the market which teach meditation; one of them would do a lot more justice for your learning than I could in this short article.
When I meditate on The Star, I remember that my meditation schedule is important to my spiritual growth.  It reminds me that the light is always there, I just have to learn to be aware of it at all times.  My meditation will help me with this.
That’s what The Star means to me.

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