One might consider image reading as something as old as mankind. They were there when man started to communicate with others and with the gods. They formed the basis of the first attempts of a written language. With time, the images evolved, as the communication skills got better and better. Alphabets were created. And little by little, images got replaced by symbols. Nowadays, our most usual method of communication involves the distant relatives of these symbols. We call them letters. With them, we can address everything we ever felt the need to, just as long as there exists a word for it and we can contextualize it.
However, and even though we switched from images to words and text, we never stopped using them. In a way, they got promoted. First, to art and memories and all the important stuff. Everything that was too important, too meaningful to express in words. Representations of gods and loved ones. Landscapes that had the power to bewitch us. Memories that held special meaning to us. Images got elevated from simple descriptions of reality to a direct link to everything that we held close to our hearts.
It’s no wonder then that images were used in divination. A direct link to the great unknown. Mystical visions. The images formed by tea leaves or coffee powders. The guts of freshly killed animals. The shape of clouds. Through these and other methods, we would pave a highway to the other realms and search for an answer. Our answer. Imbued with this knowledge, we would come back and act upon it. Or maybe not.
Enter the tarot. A portable set of 78 images conveniently printed on paper. Images that you can use to predict the future and the past, but also to unlock your imagination. To transform people or just to amuse them. To open new roads or just to revisit the old ones. Seventy-eight cards that can be combined in any way. In any number. The possibilities remain limited to just what our imaginations shall allow.
This, then, is the aim of this space. To promote tarot. Not just as a divination tool, but as something that has the potential to be whatever you want to be. We will have different people and different views to address it. We might talk about cinema, books, games or about whatever catches our eye(s). In the end, we’re talking about what we’ve seen and why it made us think about tarot.
If you have a perspective about tarot, we would love to hear from you. Feel free to contribute either in the comments section or by submitting something to us through our contact form or directly via email at maelstromtarot -at- gmail -dot- com. This is a free space. From everyone to everyone.
So, take a card. Take any card. Take the whole deck if you want to. Now place pictures next to each other and tell us a story.