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Tarot Compendium focuses on the esoteric workings that shape but more importantly power the meanings of the cards. As the introduction says, comparing exploring tarot to exploring a foreign city, “Esoteric information is like miles of electrical lines concealed under pavement. It is the water gushing through the buried pipes so large you walk through them with an elephant. It is the hidden network of tunnels speeding thousands of commuters over tracks to their station stops.”
While modern tarot approaches focus on the psychological, often at the expense of the esoteric, we should remember that “the evolution of esoteric Tarot and modern psychology both examine the same thing. They seek to examine and expand the inner life of the individual. Both practices dive into the deep space of the psyche, the places where personalities are formed, where behavior is created, where dreams are born—the palace from which an individual’s experience springs. Each modality reaches into darkness and obscurity to seek light and illumination. It is no coincidence that each unfolded next to the other. And it is no coincidence that many therapists, counselors, and psychologists find Tarot a useful tool for their personal and/or professional practice.”
Here is a tiny snippet about the exploration of the number 9 in tarot:
Number 9 is connected to six Tarot cards, two Majors [Hermit, Sun] and four Minors [the 9s of each suit]. The Hermit expresses the 9 as initiatory knowledge and the search for truth through meditation, solitude, and the ability to inhabit altered realities. The Sun is complimentary to the Hermit in the sense that it expresses sharing knowledge with others based on a dialogue leading to action. While the Hermit lights the journey with the lamp of knowledge, the Sun illuminates the entire world with its light.
The Minor Nines contain something about to occur, awareness of what is to happen, the origins and intentions that place the individual in a situation of knowledge. New forces are taking shape.