I’d been trying to figure out exactly what the first post on this blog would, should be. A statement? Some type of witty story that shows off my spiritually adept writing skills with a twinge of a hipster NPR-ish “vocal fry”?
But then I went to Lindau, Germany two weeks ago. Lindau, a tiny tourist place on the Bodensee, has nothing - and everything you need for a getaway: lovely old buildings, a big beautiful lake and not that much in terms of Sehenswurdigkeiten.
It’s a great place to get lost. Which is why it’s also a great place to have one of these:
This Geodätischer Referenzpunkt - a waypoint - is located at the Lindauer harbor. You can use it to calibrate your GPS, a great way to stay on the right path as you’re bouncing through Bavaria.
This waypoint is not unlike tarot: if you’re about to lose your way, a spread, or even just pulling one card, helps you delve not into what may happen in the future, but what’s happening now. Which, I guess in a roundabout way predicts the future.
And what’s happening now requires that we “stay woke.” There are forces at play in our society that attempt to influence, whether overt or covert, how we feel about ourselves. This informs our decisions. It’s up to us to know this, to glean what’s in the nooks and crannies of our psyche that make us do what we do.
“The further development of the individual can be brought about only by means of symbols which represent something far in advance of himself and whose intellectual meanings cannot yet be grasped entirely." - Carl Jung, Collected Works
Even though Jung based his theory on the primordial, I believe this has more to do with subliminal societal influences: media images, stereotypes based on race and gender, and so on.
Using tarot cards can help work though these influences, help us find our way.
Care to join me?