The longer I work with the Tarot, the more I realise our intuition loves to connect with the symbolism of the cards’ imagery. Working intuitively with the Tarot allows us to enter the many layers of meaning associated with these symbols and hone in on the factors that are relevant to a particular situation.
The intriguing images in the popular Rider Waite Tarot deck were painted in the early 20th century by Pamela Colman Smith, a highly intuitive artist who belonged to an occult society known as the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. The deck’s pictures portray patterns of human experience and growth through which we all pass in our journey through life. The term “archetypal” is often used to describe these patterns – which are universal and have existed in all cultures throughout all periods of history.
Our intuition relates so naturally to archetypal images because they form an important part of the language of the subconscious mind, the “home” of intuition. (The images that arise in our dreams are often based on archetypes such as mother figures or authority figures.) And let’s not forget the fact that in the early stages of human evolution, before the ability to use words emerged, the human brain functioned largely through images and pictures.
The fascinating images of the Tarot spark our intuitive responses because our intuition is designed to guide our path in life – so it instinctively loves to connect with any form of universal wisdom – particularly if it brings the understanding we need for our personal growth.
The Tarot’s ability to connect us with the wisdom our intuition craves can be traced back to its origins in Renaissance Italy. The Renaissance was a creatively inspired period of history that featured a revival of classical Greek thought, and early Tarot decks featured images of Greek gods that were considered to be symbols of universal laws at work in human life.
From this we know that the drive for knowledge of the self and the cycles of human development lie at the heart of the Tarot. No wonder our intuition is drawn to, and flourishes within, the wise world of the Tarot.