When I wrote down my intuitive process for working with the Tarot and turned it into my book Back in Time Tarot, my greatest hope wasn't for astronomical sales or gazillions in royalties (yeah, like that can happen with a Tarot book of any stripe!).
Sure, I've always wanted to write a book and have it traditionally published. Some day. And sure, it was a great feeling when it happened in 2008.
But what I really hoped and wanted for Back in Time Tarot was individuals discovering the amazing layers of intuitive gold buried in memories and their perceptions of stories, songs, art, myths, TV shows, news items, historical events, renowned figures and more.
By mining these "everyday" experiences--whether mundane or profound, joyful or traumatic--and then pairing them with consciously chosen Tarot cards, I knew that a powerful link would form between waking reality and the personal unconscious, the material plane and the vast storehouse of symbols, archetypes and intuitive vision (the collective unconscious).
However, the BIT Tarot Method requires work. Plumbing intuitive depths, putting in the time to excavate memories and unearthing the soul is not for the faint of heart. Not only does it require actual physical work (creating a BIT Snapshot, choosing the corresponding Tarot cards and journaling the connections), but deep spiritual, soul work (so much so that this method has reportedly helped people to heal from emotional trauma and actual physical injury--not to mention "blown open" their Third Eye Chakra).
And frankly? People are lazy. Even Tarot people. They want their meanings handed to them for easy digestion and regurgitation. They want experts to tell them the "right" way or the "best" way or the "estoteric-let-me-bore-you-to-tears" way. But create your own meanings? Discover your own inner library? Nuh uh. Not for most. And that's OK! Not everyone is on the Earth at this time for intense soul work!
But when I encounter a brave soul who dives head first in any profound soul work--wow. I smile and give a hearty, silent hell yeah! to them as I witness their amazing journey.
Thanks to the internet, one ways we can witness extraordinary soul journeys is through blogs. I'm privileged to have met a wonderful soul named Michael Baneulos--aka Modern Day Oracle--who bought my book just a few days ago...but already has three incredible blog posts already up detailing his experience with the BIT Tarot Method.
To say I'm honored, humbled, excited to read Michael's responses to the Your Turn exercise from Back in Time Tarot--well, those apt terms would be an understatement to how I feel, to be perfectly honest. To somehow contribute to a person's going deeper, wider and higher with their symbolic sight and personal growth...wow. That's what I'm all about. That's my purpose.
Thank you, Michael, for buying my book and supporting my work. But what I'm most appreciative of is your courage, commitment and transparency to share your BIT Snapshots with the world. I'm benefiting from your blogs posts, and I'm sure others will, too.
I'll leave you all with two interesting quotes relevant to this blog post. One is a Facebook status update from the revered dream expert, author and shaman Robert Moss. He wrote: Physicists David Bohm and L. David Peat got it right: it takes "courage, energy and passion" to break out of consensual and habitual patterns of thinking. ("Science, Order and Creativity").
The other is a quote from the Illuminara Intuitive Journal With Cards that I'm working with right now (which is quite similiar to my BIT Tarot Method, but used with her special art cards). Author and artist Elaine Clayton writes:
When I first began reading intuitively, all of this associative memory came to me as vibrant information when interpreting during a reading. My own meanings and symbols emerged and spoke during the readings, coupled with the spiritual, healing sensation that you get when you know that you and every person alive are part of God and that we are all connected...
I knew that my intuition was linked to those personal meanings I had stored inside of me. Those meanings were not factual or rational, but they were potent and seemed to be a part of an inner library, a pictorial language of my own, a guidance system that I could use for myself and share with others.
-- Janet Boyer, Amazon Top/Vine Reviewer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer 2012) and the Snowland Tarot (Schiffer 2013). Featured in Tales of the Revolution: True Stories of People Who Are Poking the Box and Making a Difference (A Domino Project eBook edited by Seth Godin)