What is it about the human sub-consciousness that needs to be decoded and crack-opened for us to see ourselves? What is it that remains buried in our deeper inner folds that needs to be recreated in order to preserve the future? These questions have vitally plagued us for generations and, yet, we remain in the threshold of research that promises us nothing more or less than reviewing/rewriting our past. Hence, we can safely conjure that history lives in us. We are an active repercussion of our past. We breathe our gendered roles. We feed our bodies with archaic practices only to be refined by technological miracles. Therefore, we (re)live our histories.
The several mystical knowledge and practices have rendered us with this hope that we can look into our sub-conscious and decipher our ambiguous dreams or envision the future. Para-psychology offers clarity to a certain extent and so does history. The Celts, the Cherokees, Greeks, Chinese, and so many others have harnessed the various arts of fortune-telling and, through these arts, we ‘witness’ ourselves exploring ‘the self’. The innumerous instances of civilizations that have benefitted from their processes of divination not only explains the fear that is ingrained in us, but, also, our desire to better. Eventually, the question that remains unanswered is why.
There are no proper answers to these questions and that is why we need to revisit our past with the aid of todays awareness. We need to look at the distance that we have travelled in search of our past. It’s easy to conclude that a look over our shoulders while we tread forwards has made us ‘curioser’. Here’s a look at the inbred reading of psychoanalysis, history, myth, art forms of divination, healing, and stories from our everydays. This is a perfect platform to engage in the intermingling of our understandings and awarenesses with a supposed outcome.
To begin with, let us say that we have a ground to build our dialogue from, such as tarot cards that tell you a story of a journey. The tarot card set comprises of twenty-two major arcana cards and fourteen cards in each suit that are known as minor arcana cards. The four suits are cups, swords, wands, and pentacles. So, lets say that there are twenty-two basic events in life and fifty-six reactions to the said situation which can determine the stages of struggle. This is, probably, the least best way to define the tarot. After all, it is never easy to define something that is so subjective in its accounts and practices. Many tarot readers use their intuitive knowledge to read the symbolic arrangement, while many readers adapt their knowledge to engage with the cards which can safely include visualisation and imagination along with the myths that situate around the images on the cards. As we tread the path to understand the role of divination, we must also look at the politics present around it. Religion over the years has become a silent propagator of how most pagan practices are incorporated in our daily existence.
So, here’s a quick overview of what is to follow in the near future in our platform. Do connect with us through your comments and compliments as we gently thrash out our individual light. The idea is to engage critically.
The writer, Satarupa Bhattacharya, is a goof-proof makeup freak. She dwells in practices to engage with society, politics, and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in literature and cultural studies from an Indian university. She is, currently, tweaking her possibilities of encashing on corporate academia as passed on by United States of America. She thrives on coffee and oils.