by Mark Mordin
THE VIEW FROM THE WINDOW.
Mark Mordin has been a Tarot practitioner for over 35 years. The Tarot has been a lifetime study for him since he first encountered it in the late sixties in the Middle East, and the cards have accompanied him throughout a 16 year sojourn in India, and whilst he studied, practised and taught Holistic therapies in 3 continents for over 30 years. Mark is available for one-on-one readings at Watkins every Wednesday.
Step 3: Divinatory State of Mind
Part 3 of a short series on Self-Guidance through Tarot. See part 2.
So, we have clarified our intention and, by limiting the number of factors we have to juggle, limited stress and anxiety. Now we must move on to the “divinatory frame of mind”, which we might as well call a “meditative state of mind.” Obviously when we read for ourselves the subject is likely to be “charged”; at the very least it disturbs our peace, otherwise why bother to do a reading about it?
So how can we get into our peaceful, meditative, divinatory state of mind whilst concentrating on something that disturbs us?
Luckily the answer is simple; it’s to do with putting aside only a little more than usual of our personal baggage. This is something we do every day a thousand times; we put our troubles to one side automatically over and over again. When we buy a bus ticket or a bottle of water, when we meet a casual acquaintance on the street, or call the plumber, or answer the telephone we don’t vent our negativity outwards. Instead for the time we’re engaged in these practical events we put our problems on hold, even if only a little.
So to enter the divinatory state, start by putting aside only a little more than usual of your personal baggage. We don’t have to be perfect, only good enough. It’s worth noting that we usually put aside our problems when engaged in practical activities; in the same way we need to start by paying practical attention to our physical selves and surroundings. This is why so many of the authentic texts on meditation start with the where and when, the physical position and so on. Once that is in place we start to harmonise body and breath and move into expanded awareness, using whatever process is familiar to us.
Now, since our aim is divination, it will be useful to repeat the original aim and question once we’re into a calmer space; don’t make it the focus of your meditation, just activate the aim and question and notice the response within your being. If there’s a sense of constriction, perhaps, or a “No” in some way, then this is an indication not to proceed with the reading. The possible reasons may be – wrong aim, wrong question, wrong time or place, or perhaps that there’s no need to do this reading. Anyway if this is your experience then fold away your reading and carry on a normal meditation; which may be more valuable anyway.
If you have received an assent for the reading from within yourself then we can carry on to the Step 4 – the Interpretation.