Past-Life & Karmic Tarot


The tarot, with its multisymbolic depictions, is an excellent tool for uncovering the progression of your soul throughout its incarnations. This book is the first to offer specific spreads that answer the karmic questions that follow you from one lifetime to another.

Discover your karmic bonds, both positive and negative; see how a current life relationship has progressed from the past; learn which past lives have the strongest pull in your current life; gain insight into how to...

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The tarot, with its multisymbolic depictions, is an excellent tool for uncovering the progression of your soul throughout its incarnations. This book is the first to offer specific spreads that answer the karmic questions that follow you from one lifetime to another.

Discover your karmic bonds, both positive and negative; see how a current life relationship has progressed from the past; learn which past lives have the strongest pull in your current life; gain insight into how to make a decision today that will reverse past karma; and uncover karmic choices that will affect your future lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738705088
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Series: Special Topics in Tarot Series, #6
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Edain became a self-initiated Witch in 1981 and has been an active part of the Pagan community since her formal initiation into a large San Antonio coven in 1983. Edain has researched alternative spiritualities since her teens, when she was first introduced to Kaballah, or Jewish mysticism. Since that time, she has studied a variety of magickal paths including Celtic, Appalachian folk magick, and Curanderismo, a Mexican-American folk tradition. Today, Edain is part of the Wittan Irish Pagan tradition, where she is a priestess of Brighid and an elder.

An alumnus of the University of Texas with a BA in history, she is affiliated with several professional writer's organizations and occasionally presents workshops on magickal topics or works individually with students who wish to study Witchcraft.

This former woodwind player for the Lynchburg (VA) Symphony claims both the infamous feuding McCoy family of Kentucky and Sir Roger Williams, the seventeeth-century religious dissenter, as branches on her ethnically diverse family tree. In her "real life," Edain works as a licensed stockbroker.

Edain is the author of fifteen books, including Bewitchments; Enchantments; and her most recent release, Ostara: Customs, Spells & Rituals for the Rites of Spring.

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The Invoking Pentacle spread is one of the simplest in this book. It is designed to give you a broad overview of the facets of your past, the inherited inner traits that combined to make you who you are today. This may not only encompass past lives, but incidents from your current life that have created issues or karma that remain unresolved.
This spread's name comes from the five points of the encircled star known as the pentacle. In the early twentieth century the pentacle became the adopted symbol for many of the Wiccan religious sects, but its history as a spiritual symbol far predates modern Wicca. The symbol has been found on two-thousand-year-old currency in western Europe. It represented the five wounds of Jesus on the banners of the twelfth-century Crusaders, and it can still be seen adorning the chancery of the elegant
Essex Cathedral in England.
Contrary to prevailing opinion, an inverted pentacle is not a symbol of evil nor is it a portal for negative energy
(see Figure 1). Evil people have taken the pentacle, perverted it, and used it for evil, but that does not detract from it as an archetype of positive forces any more than inverting a symbol from any other spiritual path would be automatically evil unless used for evil.
The inverted pentacle can be used for many magickal and mystical operations. In the case of this tarot reading, it represents that which has come down to us in this present life from various other lifetimes,
the symbol of a sort of karmic stew that makes us what we are today.
Shuffle your cards in your usual manner, cut the deck, and then lay the cards out according to the pattern shown in Figure 2. Read them in the same order in which you placed them, keeping in mind that the energies being revealed may come from several past lives, not just one.

Card 1
The first card in the spread is related to the element of earth and speaks to us of our physical selves, our occupations, our animals, our finances,
our homes, and our families.

Card 2
This is the card of the water element and gives us insight into the spiritual,
intuitive, and psychic forces that have combined to make us who we are.

Card 3
Card 3 is governed by the element of fire. Fire's energy is that of passion,
courage, stamina, and transformation. A strong card in this position is indicative of positive change; a weak card is indicative of stagnant thinking or obstinacy.

Card 4
This card is governed by the air element and is related to our thoughts,
studies, intellect, and powers of communication. The thoughts and communication shown by this card are not necessarily truthful or correct,
but they are a part of our past and helped make up the energies and events that shape our current self.

Card 5
This is the card that represents your relationship to the “fifth element” of spirit. Spirit is your inner center, a place where all the other elements meet and blend within you. If one or more of these elemental energies are weak or excessive it can pull you away from your proper place-in your spiritual center seeking guidance from your higher consciousnness or your spirit guides. This card should give you insights into how this may best be accomplished. If your current you is not to your liking, take steps now to make positive changes. Use Cards 1 through 4 to help pinpoint the areas in which you may be most in need of rebalancing, then ask spirit to help you find your way back to your center.

Card 6
Card 6 gives you an overall impression of the current you as shaped by the four elements and spirit. If you are out of balance with the elements,
or have moved away from your center or spirit, this card may at first seem inconsistent with the others. Be open to what it is trying to show you. If you don't understand it today, you may tomorrow or next week.

Example Reading

Card 1: Strength, reversed
In our physical past our subject had the opportunity to display strength in both body and character and to know the limits of those strengths. In a reversed position this card can mean he allowed the powers of hatred or jealousy to consume and weaken him. In The Complete Book of Tarot
, Mary K. Greer writes that, in its reversed position, Strength can indicate a time of being overwhelmed by life and by forces that seem beyond the seeker's control.
This position is related to the element earth, which grounds and stabilizes us.When connected to Card 2 we can see a pattern emerging of past lives when the seeker dreamed too much, didn't take positive actions, refused to accept self-responsibility, and allowed life's difficult day-to-day issues to swamp him with their pressures.

Card 2: Four of Swords
In the position corresponding to the element water we find a card of repose. This card is usually an indication that more time was needed in creative contemplation rather than idle daydreaming. The catafalque,
on which the feminine figure reclines, evokes death imagery which, in the tarot, indicates a need for or a time of profound change for the seeker. Taking the time to look within and reassess his life and goals is essential to the future happiness of our subject.

Card 3: Ace of Cups, reversed
This position corresponds to the element fire, which boasts transformation as its dominant power. In an upright position the ace of any suit represents a variety of new beginnings. In this case, the cup is shown overflowing with an abundance of love, peace, and luck. These would all be welcome transformations for anyone. But note that the card is reversed, allowing the energy of the transformation to come pouring out without control. Caution is indicated to correct this karma with self-responsibility.

Card 4: Seven of Cups
This card is in the position governed by the air element, which relates to thought, study, and communication. The card in the deck I use depicts a young woman daydreaming about riches, love, fame, glory, and all the good things in life that the young see as possibilities for their lives.
Because it is in the air position, this is a card of thought, but it indicates those thoughts are scattered and personal energy is squandered on things that will not make the seeker happy in the end. This is an indication that a karmic thread has come down to our subject's present life because he did too much daydreaming and not enough communicating about his wants and needs, and he did not take action to get them. Creative visualization is a powerful tool for change, but it cannot work without some serious physical-world backup by the dreamer.

Card 5: Six of Swords
The so-called “fifth element” is spirit. Its power is that it unifies and coalesces all the other elements into a single working unit. The Six of
Swords in this position depicts a young man sailing in a swanlike vessel to a distant shore. In Celtic mythology-birds, cranes, and swans in particular-represent transition to the afterlife or the otherworld realm where one can attain the wisdom of the deities.
In many tarot decks the male figure is overseen by a transparent,
shadowy figure in a hooded cape who is guiding the boat.
The common interpretation of this card is that it is time to look toward the gifts of the spirit rather than those of earthly things. In this transition to a higher state of consciousness we can find wisdom, but we first have to trust in the power of spirit to lead us in the right direction,
even when we want to travel elsewhere.

Card 6: The Hanged Man
This is the perfect card to end this example spread. The Hanged Man represents all things that are static within and around the life of the seeker. If you look closely at the card you'll see the hanging man does not appear to be suffering, nor are his legs and feet bound so that he cannot
“unhang” himself if he chooses. Careful thought and looking to higher consciousness or deities for assistance is the way to break out of this cycle of inaction, which is the dominant karmic bond in this example spread.

Other Indications
The overall interpretation of this spread is that many small karmic bonds are still with you, preventing you from gaining the forward momentum you need to continue growing in wisdom and in spirit. The message is to look within and to your Higher Self and spirit helpers to lead you on to a more positive pathway.

Alternative Spread
If you wish to explore any of these karmic elements in more depth,
use the card representing your karmic issue as a significator card and use it as the foundation card in any other simple past-life spread found in this book. Focus on your goal of understanding this specific aspect of your past. Your new spread should provide more insight into your specific issue with each element and its karmic bond.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi
Foreword xiii
Introduction: Tarot and Your Past Lives 1
Past Lives and Your Soul's Journey 3
Coordinating Tarot Card Names 4
How to Use This Book 6
What the Advanced Reader Sees 7
Example Readings, Time, and Gender 9
Keeping Good Records 10
For Further Study 11
1 The Invoking Pentacle Spread 15
Example Reading 18
Alternative Spread 20
2 The Dark Moon Spread 21
Example Reading 23
3 The Irish Cross Spread 27
Example Reading 31
4 The Solomon's Seal Spread 37
Example Reading 41
Alternative Spread 44
5 The Karmic Choice Spread 45
Example Reading 47
Alternative Spread 51
6 The Rainbow Bridge Spread 53
Example Reading 56
Alternative Spread 58
7 The Tree of Life Spread 59
Example Reading 63
8 The Big Picture Spread 67
Example Reading 71
9 The Feng Shui Spread 77
Example Reading 80
Alternative Spreads 82
10 The Lifetime Convergence Spread 83
Example Reading 87
Alternative Spread 92
11 Omniscient Time Spread 93
Example Reading 94
Alternative Spreads 98
12 Growth Over Three Lifetimes Spread 99
Example Reading 102
Alternative Spreads 106
13 The Next Challenge Spread 107
Example Reading 109
14 The Future-Life Spread 113
Example Reading 117
Alternative Spread 119
15 The Constellation Past-Life Wheel 121
Example Reading 127
Alternative Spreads 133
16 Unmasking the Past 135
Example Reading 138
17 Past-Life Epiphany Spread 141
Example Reading 144
18 Entering the Tarot Cards 147
The Astral Tarot Card Divination Process 148
The Pros and Cons of Using the Entire Deck 153
Exiting the Cards 154
Knowledge Is Wisdom, Wisdom Is Power 155
19 Uncovering Your Past Lives 157
Working with a Partner or Seeking Outside Help 157
The Art of Self-Regression 160
Assessing the Regression Experience 166
References 169
Index 173
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