“There slumber in every human being faculties by means of which he can acquire for himself a knowledge of higher worlds. There remains only one question -how to set to work to develop such faculties for this purpose.”~ Rudolf Steiner in Knowledge of the Higher Worlds
The Chrysalis Theory of Tarot objectively differs from traditional tarot theory. When I was first introduced to tarot many years ago, the conventional belief held that each card had a unique, salient meaning and that an unidentified mystical force or forces arranged the cards in a particular order to address the querent’s question, thereby allowing the reading to be decoded, usually by someone skilled in reading tarot – a “tarot master,” of sorts.
The Chrysalis theory holds that tarot layouts are entirely random and that cards provide overall themes and meaningful symbolism to be interpreted rather than hard fast meanings. We assert that during a reading the querent’s consciousness enters into mystical communion with Universal Archetypes, personal Guardians and often Ancestors. We further assert that each card in the deck can manifest specific guidance for all querents, but that some cards will resonate more than others depending on current life circumstances and the issue at hand. In other words, tarot readings are fluid not fixed.
The Chrysalis approach to tarot engenders self-examination, self-acceptance and self-awareness in addition to spiritual growth. In short, it is ~50% self-administered Jungian psychology and ~50% divine guidance. As a querent becomes more proficient – more self-aware; more spiritually mature – the psychology aspect decreases and the clarity of divine guidance increases. After all, this is what both Chrysalis and traditional tarot approaches seek to attain – divine guidance or divination.
We consider tarot to be a form of contemplative prayer. I hasten to add that divination is not fortune telling. It is “… a really beautiful aspect of spirituality. It asks us all to remove our egos, clear our minds and trust in the intuition [we all possess] to reveal and manifest the secrets of life, nature and the universe.”¹
To whom do we pray? What is divine? When using Chrysalis we invoke Universal Archetypes as well as the Higher Self, our angelic personal mediator and advocate. When we use the word divine, we implicate a Divine Other. We accede to each individual the right to define Divine Other; we are not religious dogmatists, nor is it terribly important how precisely the term is defined. What is important, however, is that Divine Other is seen as wholly separate from ourselves yet intimately accessible. It is at once both immanent and transcendent; within and without. When working with Chrysalis Tarot, we draw near Divine Other through Universal Archetypes. For this blog the archetype of choice is Gaia.
The Gaia Hypothesis, later the Gaia Theory (scientific), was developed in 1972 by scientist James Lovelock. It states, “…that the Earth’s [biosphere] is maintained in a habitable state by self-regulating feedback mechanisms involving organisms tightly coupled to their environment.” The biosphere is defined as the Earth’s surface plus that portion of the oceans and atmosphere that accommodate life.
I believe Gaia’s “self-regulating feedback mechanisms” are today being heavily compromised and eroded by the prevailing emotional environment on Earth. I call this developing thesis The Gaian Principle, which the Gaian Invocation introduces. “An emotional environment is one that promotes emotional wellbeing and provides stability for the children according to their individual needs. A good emotional environment will provide the children with adults who will provide them with emotional support, understanding their feelings and showing empathy.”²
Are we as a society providing emotional stability for children? Are we promoting an overall healthy emotional environment tethered to reality? If you’re unsure, scan today’s headlines for clues. The free-floating anxiety we live with on a daily basis is off the charts. Even worse, this condition is being exploited by bad actors. One can sense dark forces hard at work.
Here’s a helpful piece on emotional wellbeing. The banner image of this blog is an illustration of the electromagnetic brain. This link is to an excellent book on this subject written by an acquaintance, Shelli Joye, PhD. The resonances brought about by electrical currents of varying frequencies in the brain can weigh significantly or even dictate on our daily emotional status. These resonances alone can cause “bad days” and feelings of malaise and hopelessness.
I believe it’s more important than ever to invoke Divine Other however you prefer to do so, as well as to take steps to safeguard your own emotional health. I highly recommend invoking Gaia for divine guidance and reading up on Lovelock’s Gaia Theory. There’s no reason to fret about some “catastrophic anthropogenic (man made) climate emergency.” That’s pure fiction and hubris; Gaia regulates CO2 on Earth.
Next: Symbolic and Abstract Art as supersensible gates to Higher Consciousness.
© Toney Brooks, 2022