Sarita Armstrong

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Human beings in their spiritual quest are a bit like trans-continental travellers who have woken up at a caravanserai with a severe case of amnesia. We have forgotten where we have come from and have not much idea of our destination. Most of us just hang around enjoying the food and entertainment, forgetting that we ever set out on a journey in the first place. It has always seemed strange to me that we are set down here for a span of life on earth, and we have no clue as to why! Mankind is suffering from a mammoth case of disorientation – and yet there are many clues as to where we should be heading. We need to hunt for those clues that may lie beneath a load of sand over which we have already travelled without recognising the footprints of those who have gone before.

 

The Tarot and the I Ching give us some clues and some markers but it

is a bit like a treasure hunt - a search for the Holy Grail! A lifetime of

journeying on both land and sea has blessed me with opportunities to

expand both inner and outer horizons.The Major Arcana of the Tarot

may also be seen as a journey through life – a psychological  or spiritual

journey to enhance the physical journey on which we travel daily. Twenty years spent on sailing yachts without television or newspapers and with limited access to books fostered in me a way of thinking unfettered by the social norms of the day, so my mind expanded in what some might consider quite unusual directions.

Rather than following the normal way of

placing the Tarot cards, I intuitively

placed the cards of the Major Arcana

in an Oriental way, circular like clock

patience. Some of the cards definitely

fell into pairs (the Empress and Emperor;

Death and the Hanged Man, for example) whilst others (like Strength and Temperance) stood alone. Back then I did not see exactly how each hexagram of the oriental divinatory work, the I Ching, connected with the Tarot, but I knew it did for the first two numbered cards of the Tarot - the Magician and the High Priestess - stood like sentinels with the first and second hexagrams of the I Ching: the Creative Principle and the Receptive-Passive Principle, whilst the ideas running through that tricky card of the Fool lead us to the fundamental principle                        of the Tao.

The Journey

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