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Form-Giver

Form-Giver

A Prelude to Tarot in the Land of Mystereum: An Imagination Primer.  The Original Mystereum Tarot Inception Story.   Enjoy!  So, you have a sense of how the Mystereum Tarot and The Land of Mystereum came to be . . .

The Mystereum Tarot Card Back

 

 I do not believe that reading the tarot is soothsaying or prophecy, and as well those are fun!  I do not believe that the cards give you anything that you don’t already have, much as the future does not, either. That’s an important point from my perspective.  The cards provide archetypal image references, seats for your mind, places to give place to your story.  And, a good tarot reader might tell you your story much in a way that many are not accustomed to in day to day language and experience. A Reading can be as much a non-sequitur that opens a part of your world as a catalyst, or act directly as a guide on your path. The cards compose a graphic story of psychic place, a set of images from and into which to unfold your context which is oftentimes already present, and simply not seen.  Informed perspectives are priceless!

The concept of setting into the creative adventure of this tarot deck began several years back when I made a connection between the meaning of architecture and The Magician and The High Priestess. And when I say the meaning of architecture I am literally looking to the word architecture itself. There is a four-point mode of being that I enjoy for the general purpose of architectural analysis which I will use to preface this connection for conversation’s sake, and to provide just a moment of suspense. This four-point mode is somewhat existential, and I have to honestly say I don’t think about these four points much anymore unless a building really perplexes me. Things incorporate over time, are amended into the soil so to speak:

1 How does a building stand on the ground?   How do you present yourself?

2 How does a building extend to the sides?  How do you extend beyond yourself and interact?

3 How does a building open and close?  How do you receive and set boundaries?

4 How does a building meet the sky?   How powerfully and clearly do you feel your dreams?

Now, for just a bit more suspense. I won’t go in to whether something has to be a building to be considered architecture. That’s another story, and tarot is the order of the day here. 

OK. Architecture. The meaning of architecture. If I disassemble the word into its Greek roots, I get arche and techne, and I STILL can’t remember how to make the accent over a letter work on my keyboard. I ask that you please imagine the accent and play along. Further for your imagination, that the accent starts low on the left and ends high on the right. Accent ague? Accent grave? Imagination. Arche, techne. Say ar-kay. Tek-nay. And, here’s where I made a connection.

Arche is the first inkling, the creation, the first spark of an idea. Arche is the place of inception, your place of creation, the internal house of your making, the vessel for all the things you bring into your world. Techne is the making, the putting together of the idea that has been created. Techne is the place of conception, where you give form to the formless. . .where the fledgling identities you create thrive! And, I saw The Magician and The High Priestess with their respective 1st spark of The Magician in the Place of Creation, and then the giving form to creations in the making of The High Priestess. And though I remained fascinated with the deck and stayed my course with architecture and art, the connection didn’t stick. Or, so I thought. . .

Scroll forward several years to the summer of 2006 while I’m gardening, and I look up at my turn-of-the-century Victorian house (1906) and realize that I’ve been working on the cards here and there, reading text and history when I can, or simply come across it with a welcome freshness, and …RUSH inside and rinse the dirt off my grubby hands and open up the folder on my computer. . . and there I saw. . . just down the page!…The Empress carrying to full term! The Emperor overseeing! And, it came to mind that I was thick in the middle of the largest scale project I have ever undertaken, had been discovering its sacred burial ground as I amended the soil in my own garden. Imagine my bright, wide eyes when I eventually came to looking at the Judgment card having a Hanged Man moment!  Afloat in clarity with consequences as my only thought!

Though architecture provided a form-giving metaphor for the creation of the Mystereum Tarot. . . from which I lifted arche, techne, identity, place, and context. . . the architecture may or may not stop right there. . . as the warm-up is oftentimes not a member of the performance, but an informing feeling. Either way or neither, though, my path was re-experienced and re-built, built back in upon refreshingly. . . expanding and contracting. . .pulsing with new life re-invigorating a continually pulsing path through the scales of life, driven by life itself.

Tarot in the Land of Mystereum Card Back

The tarot cards are wonderful trail-markers as well as storytellers along the path. Sometimes there is the soliloquy of a single card as the context. Sometimes a card or cards speak with the chorus of the other cards to flesh out context. Most all tarot decks present a visual vitality that speaks to the mind – you can call it consciousness or anything else for that matter. . .but in this regard, never-mind the research in this area(s) in this regard though fitting and inspiring even…in this regard there is no proof or re-proof but life itself. In this regard we each have our own say. With vitality at a variety of scales, and incorporating the concept of all similar, each unique to the cards, to ourselves, a whole world is present and complete at each and every scale. . .

And there, at that point was a shell in my garden cracking open of its own accord underground, felt and yet unseen, the story of the creation and making of this deck sprouting, remembering origin and destiny as one and the same maybe. Or not. The roots of tarot and architecture will flower perennially in my garden, naturalizing over time.  A wonderfully complete deck becoming dog-eared from use, naturalizing in the garden of life!   I will move from there now to the fruits that began to come from my garden in the summer of 2006.

Enjoy the Mystereum Tarot as it has made its way to become Tarot in the Land of Mystereum in 2010.  Thanks for visiting!  Proud to now have Tarot in the Land of Mystereum at The Tarot Garden, on Amazon, and at bookstores everywhere! 

Jupiter’s Blessings!,

Jordan Hoggard

www.jordanhoggard.com

 

 
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Fours: Birth-Placing Identity

Fours: Birth-Placing Identity

Tarot Birth Identities: The Fours

DEATH ~ EMPEROR  ::  XIII ~ IV   ::  13 ~ 4

Welcome to my Tarot Birth Card Identity Blog!  This blog is intended to be a simple overview of Tarot Birth Cards, a casual and concise walk-through of the groupings of Birth Cards to express some of the ways that they can contribute vital components to your identity.  Also, I will layer in Birth Card Preludes to express the whole of each Birth Card grouping in a short statement — Turbo Tarot Reading I call it. Short, sweet, and oftentimes deceptively simple.

I find that these Preludes, as I like to call them, turbo-readings of sorts, are best stated afterward, later to be utilized as initial triggers to remind oneself back to how the Birth Cards can tenor and integrate an overall expression from a single, natural voice.  Enjoy finding your own path with these, and I look forward to hearing your own, personal “trigger” Preludes and Birth Card thoughts directly composed from your feeling-sense of what you experience when you work with them..

Note also how these Birth Card expressions and Preludes factor in to hook up and work with my videos like the Grounding WIth the Family of the Fours.  Enjoy the correspondences of the numbers as they flow back and forth between the Major Arcana in the Birth Cards and each of the suits of the Minor Arcana of the same number, and as well your Courts in the videos.  Also, I encourage you to have some fun and come up with Preludes on your own for the Aces through the Tens, and as well Your Royal Court characters.

So, to start for example with this 2-card Birth Card combo, the 1st card can represent a person’s Outer Expression.  The 2nd card can represent their Inner Expression.  So for example with the Birth Card Chart combo of a XIII, IV; 13, 4; Death ~ The Emperor:

13 is the Outer Expression              4 is the Inner Expression

A Prelude of your own making can create and make your own brand of an Added Incentive that is integrated, hides in plain sight as something simply natural, and /or is simply inherent from your perspective.

Example: 4’s Birth Card Prelude: With Death ~ The Emperor as your Birth Cards you might have the ability to experience transformational senses of place?  Hold that thought, and . . . let’s get started walking through the the 4’s shall we?

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DEATH ~ EMPEROR
[ XIII ~ IV  ]   [ 13 ~ 4 ]
Note how the numbers of these cards add up to 4, and thus correspond with the Fours in general, and the Grounding WIth the Family of the Fours video on the Videos page of my Mystereum YouTube Channel.

The Death card represents your Outer Expression.  This is how most people ‘see’ you in the world.  The Death card is known for its abilities to renew, rebirth, and regenerate. It’s a bit like the 8th House in Astrology — sex, death, and regeneration. No wonder orgasm in the French is le petit morte, the little death. With the Death card your Outer Expression is represented by the experience the re-growth of things that replace decay. Are pregnant with ideas?  Do you keep sight of their refreshing qualities?

The Emperor represents your Inner Expression.  This is a side of you that only your closest family and friends ‘see’ — notice a them with the Inner Expression aspect?  With the Emperor as your Inner Expression, is it symbolized that you have an intrinsic sense of home and place and environment? — very Taurus and Libra, and some may take issue with this, though also very Sagittarian.  Do you have a genius driven by both place in general and your placement within most any situation?

4’s Birth Card Prelude: With Death ~ The Emperor as your Birth Cards you are graced and imbued with abilities to experience transformational senses of place. Do you see how this simple Prelude statement can express the 2 characters together as facets of one personality?:

Death ~ You have abilities to experience the transformational.
With The Emperor, astute senses of place.

Putting them back together again: Do you have developed abilities to experience transformational senses of place?  Enjoy your Birth Card Prelude as the cadence of a heartbeat to energize the things you do.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog, and find it useful in your process as you further emancipate And further enhance, reinforce, and strengthen the clarity of your own, personal, valuable Tarot voice!

Jupiter’s Blessings,

~ Jordan & The Land of Mystereum

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SUN ~ WHEEL ~ MAGICIAN       JUDGMENT ~ JUSTICE ~ HIGH PRIESTESS
JUDGMENT ~ STRENGTH ~ HIGH PRIESTESS
THE WORLD ~ THE HANGED MAN ~ THE EMPRESS
TEMPERANCE ~ HIEROPHANT        THE DEVIL ~ THE LOVERS
THE TOWER ~ THE CHARIOT         THE STAR ~ STRENGTH
THE STAR ~ JUSTICE       THE MOON ~ THE HERMIT

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