upaya tarot

contemplating the cards


After years of competent but not particularly earth-shattering tarot reading, I rediscovered the European style cards I grew up with, but had dismissed as mere games. This time around,  I discovered their great depth, beauty, and wonder. Thus began my infatuation with Marseille and historical tarots.

As a full-time Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and translator for over fifteen years, and newly minted lama, I approach tarot from the contemplative stance that is a mainstay of my daily life. I believe strongly that each of us has within us the ability to access everything we need to know to navigate our everyday and spiritual lives with happiness, integrity, and generosity. This quality is not dependent on our individual religion, belief, gender, ethnicity, or even species. The only prerequisite is mind.

Life can, however, obscure our wisdom, and the path to uncovering it. With the right tools, we can sharpen mind’s inherent clarity and knowing nature. Tarot is one such skillful method for accessing our innate wisdom, creativity, and goodness. In my experience, tarot is an art, teacher, meditation, and more, all wrapped into one.

This blog began as my private e-journal for learning the Tarot de Marseille and historic tarots related to it, as well as some contemporary art decks. It will take me a bit to shift things over to a state accessible to anyone other than myself.

Thanks for your patience, and for sharing your experience of contemplating the cards.