More and more people are discovering spirituality and its place in their life.
During the pandemic, a lot of people became more introspective. They fully embraced the wisdom that spirituality can bring into their lives, especially when it comes to self-knowledge and understanding the world around them. However, this great step forward also comes with other big questions: How do I approach the more mundane parts of life like making money? What about my career and family?
Recently, one of my friends came to the decision that he would quit his job, get rid of his money, and pursue a purely spiritual path. I believe lots of people feel like the material world and the spiritual world are arch enemies. They believe that someone can’t be spiritual without getting rid of their material life.
Is this really the only way?
I would like to show what I mean by this by using an example from the beloved tarot, as tarot cards are a reflection of the world around us and its principles. Surely, it should have an answer to these pressing questions as well.
The 78 cards of the tarot are divided into two parts: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana has 22 cards that deal with one’s spiritual journey. The Minor Arcana has 56 cards that deal with matters of everyday life.
The Minor Arcana represent archetypal situations from the material world that we experience and, with the help of the Major Arcana, we understand them and obtain wisdom. Tarot doesn’t separate these two parts, but shows a hierarchy between them and that both work together in perfect harmony. One can’t exist without the other.
The ultimate goal of human life is to understand AND experience unity in all aspects and to ultimately feel like a part of this divine mechanism. Everyday life (yes, even an unpleasant boss) is here to create an “experience” while spirituality is here to create an “understanding” of that experience. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if one lives life in nature or in the city, because the laws of reality are equally valid everywhere on the planet, whether one is secluded or not.
Even though occasional seclusion can be helpful for healing and gaining a higher perspective on things, long-term detachment from the inescapable material world is not a good idea. We already started separating the spiritual from everyday life at some point during the industrial revolution. But this led to an imbalance because we had the “experience” but didn’t have the “understanding.”
Trying to widen the gap even further can do no good. Understanding without experience will always remain at a merely theoretical level of knowledge, without having any major impact on our actual development.
Wisdom is freedom. And knowledge comes from both experience and understanding.
Known on our platform as the Psychic Witch, Astrid is an acclaimed tarot reader, educator, radio show host, and spiritual counselor. Born with natural abilities, Astrid has honed her gifts by combining ancient wisdom with modern psychology and innovative coaching methods. She worked as a spiritual advisor for renowned clients like the Tower of London, Penguin Publishing House, Park Plaza Hotel Westminster, Sternberg Clarke Entertainment, and more.
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