Esoteric Artists Come Together on Tarotsmith.com
Unlocking the Secrets of Tarot Card Reading
Tarotsmith is not only a website, but also a small group of esoteric artists bound by the common thread of occult experience. Each of the five artists currently featured on http://tarotsmith.com brings his or her own unique bit of esoteric experience to the table, creating a proverbial feast of wisdom for visitors who come in search of occult knowledge. "The occult" is a rather elusive term that seems to defy definition, but the easiest way to understand the concept is as "the hidden," meaning knowledge of oft-times taboo subject matter that is readily available, yet overlooked by the layman. The ordinary individual is repressed in many ways, living in a state of self-denial that is more comfortable than going against the grain of mainstream society. Although the tarot deck is a tool of the occultist, even the online tarot community tends to think of the word "occult" as a dirty word. In reality, all the occultist does is shine a light on the dark unconsciousness that the layman is generally too unfamiliar with, or too uncomfortable with to acknowledge. Just as uncomfortable truths are shunned, so is the occult.
One of the goals of esoteric art is to shine a light upon the darkness of the unconscious mind, to awaken that which sleeps within. It is the unconscious mind that harbors the roots of mental problems. Tarot cards use esoteric symbolism to give readers clues to where their problems lie. It is up to readers to be honest enough with themselves to accept anything that the cards may suggest, however painful or disappointing the message could be. For this reason, it can be much easier for tarot readers to do readings for others.
The idea of using tarot cards to reveal the future is known as fortune telling, but the occultist views this as a lower function of the deck. Rather than accepting what the cards would indicate that the future holds, Tarotsmith suggests that the future should not be seen as unchangeable. Instead it is up to a person to create his or her own future. One of the main lessons to be learned from tarot is to take responsibility, and to take action rather than passively accepting fate as if a person has no hand in it.
An esoteric tarot deck contains more than just 78 cards with lovely artwork. It is composed of the artist's life lessons which were gained by meticulous study and practice of occult concepts. Tarotsmith presents the works of several esoteric artists who wish to share what they have learned with the world. It is Tarotsmith's wish that others who share the goal of getting more in tune with themselves can put their tarot cards to good use, to help them become more conscious of their own psychic abilities. These cards can be read freely at http://cards.tarotsmith.com.
Founded by figurative artist Jeremy Lampkin in 2009, for the past four years Tarotsmith.com has provided free tarot reading using cards by esoteric artists along with other divination services. Tarotsmith's mission is to help explorers of the occult to uncover the hidden knowledge they seek.
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