The true purpose of the Deck of Cards has been hidden behind children's games, gambling, and fortune telling.
There are three basic ways to view the Deck of 52 Cards. The first two ways are commonly known.
1. The Deck of Cards is seen as a gaming instrument.
When viewed this way, the Deck of Cards is used to play games like Bridge, Gin Rummy, Go Fish, and Old Maid etc.
It can also, at this level, be used for gambling as in games like Blackjack or Poker.
2. The Deck of Cards is used for fortune telling and divination.
At this level of consciousness, the Deck of Cards is used the way Gypsies used to use them -- as a means to predict the future.
The problem with using the Deck of Cards as a fortune-telling instrument is that it strips the individual of their own agency, their own power, and their own authority. Authority of outcome is assigned to the cards, as in: "Am I going to make money? Am I going to find romance? Well, let's see if it's in the cards for me. The cards will tell me what is going to happen."
So, at this level of awareness, the cards are seen as an instrument that reveals our fate. There is an accompanying sense of predestination that we are powerless to change. The future is already written, and the cards will simply show you what is already fated for you to experience.
What happens, then, is that a passive dependency on the "future" is created. People become obsessed with looking ahead in their cards to try to guess their future outcomes. So, this approach not only strips the individual of their own agency and authority, it also takes them out of presence in the present moment, which leads to feelings of stress and anxiety as they await what their "future" has in store for them, a future they may furiously attempt to divine based on what the cards predict.
And yet, the future does not exist, not right now anyway. So, if we are trying to read the future, we are trying to read something that does not exist.
But there's an even deeper problem with this fortune-telling approach because it's the ego that wants to predict the future. Consciousness wants surprises. Ego wants control. And trying to divine the future is an attempt to control the fears of the present. Instead of living in the moment, (trusting God), having faith in the process, and living in the possibility of the mystery, the ego obsesses about anything it does not know. And anything the ego does not know is perceived as a potential threat that will unsettle and destabilize its existence. And so, divination readings that aim to predict the future only serve to strengthen the tenacious grip of the ego in this present moment.
And in reality, the ego also does not exist. So, fortune-telling readings are essentially one unreality (the ego) trying to control another unreality (the future). It's fundamentally absurd.
Finally, when the Deck of Cards is used as fortune-telling device within a professional context, there can be a subtle and perhaps deliberate manipulation of power. For, the "expert" doing the card reading claims the power to tell the person what will happen to them in their "future." This manipulation of the "future" subtly but radically disempowers the individual who may be genuinely seeking guidance for their life in this present moment. The implicit message delivered is that in this present moment, you're powerless. The future holds yours answers and then only as a result of interpreting this esoteric knowledge, which you are powerless to do for yourself.
For all of these reasons, is it any wonder that many people and many spiritual institutions have steered well clear of these cards or even condemned their usage outright!
3. The Deck of Cards is a sacred toolkit to help you build your best life.
The third level of consciousness with which to view the Deck of Cards is the way we intend to present and share this ancient, ever-present knowledge: it's the source code of our space-time matrix — the programming language with which our reality is written. It's a conceptual model that reveals the sacred geometry of our existence, thus providing the underlying blueprint of our soul's journey upon this planet.
And with the veil of consciousness thus lifted about what these cards really represent, we can see that these very same "playing" cards are indeed The Source Cards.
Moreover, at this level of awareness, The Source Cards are a vehicle for self-realization and self-mastery. They are a tool of awakening to who we are and why we're here. They offer us a window into our humanity and our human existence upon this Earth.
I remember when I first found out that I am born to play the 9 of Hearts with a 7 of Clubs personality, I was, at the time, a business owner running a holistic wellness center. I was surrounded by healers, but I got to call myself "the business owner." It suited my ego. It gave me something to tell my family that sounded worthy of my Harvard education.
Meanwhile, I was fascinated by the idea of being a priest. I had gone to Roman Catholic seminary. Prior to that, I had worked as a student minister in an Evangelical Christian Fellowship. And later, after some intense psychedelic experiences, I had travelled to India, meditated all day, and took initiation as a Swami.
When I learned the meaning of the 9 of Hearts and 7 of Clubs, I suddenly had permission to live the life my soul wanted to live. My inner yearnings were validated. It wasn't just wishful thinking. It wasn't just my imagination. Here was an ancient system of knowledge that confirmed my inner suspicion that mine was a life path of helping to elevate humanity (9 of Hearts) with spiritual knowledge (7 of Clubs).
And funnily enough, over the years in my professional practice, I've often been presented with opportunities to tell people that being "spiritual" is not in the cards for them. I remember one example when a woman came to me for a consultation because she was thinking of quitting her job as a tax accountant to become a Reiki practitioner. She felt like she should do this because it was a more "spiritual" thing to do. But she actually didn't want to quit her job. She liked being a tax accountant. Still, because she actually liked her bureaucratic job, she thought there must be something wrong with her!
As I explained to her, it's in her cards that she would find great satisfaction managing money and helping people with their finances. She was relieved. And grateful. Why? Because she received the same inner validation I had received. She received permission to do the job that was satisfying to her soul. She got permission to like her job as a tax accountant! And that set her free.
The Source Cards help us to become aware of what is already present.
The Source Cards give us a lens with which to see ourselves clearly. To become aware of the patterns of our life. To be mindful. To be empowered. So that we're not over-taken by and consumed by the same recurring patterns over and over again. So we can become more conscious of what is happening. So we can see the patterns.
In that simple acting of seeing the patterns of who we are, suddenly a space opens. There's a gap between the pattern and who we are. And in that space a choice arises. Suddenly, there is an opportunity to choose how we want to engage the patterns of our life, how we want to play out that patterning, how we want to live our lives.
Thus, with this level of awareness for what they truly are, The Source Cards bring into our consciousness what might otherwise be unconscious. And as soon as we make these unconscious patterns conscious, we radically alter how we experience of them. Instead of experiencing these recurring patterns as something from which we cannot seem to escape -- something which controls us -- we suddenly have the opportunity to engage these patterns consciously. It's then that we can utilize these patterns as building blocks with which we can consciously construct the life that we prefer.
With conscious awareness, we have the power! Suddenly we hold the crayons in our hand. We are no longer drawn repeatedly, unwittingly into the same unfulfilling patterns and bad habits; we now have a conscious choice to choose how we want to play out these patterns of our life.
And there are literally infinite possibilities for how we can draw our life based upon the palette at our disposal. All we do here, at The Source Cards, is make you aware of what crayons you already hold in your hand.
To change the metaphor: it's as if, at birth, we are each handed a musical instrument. You may be handed the cello; someone else, the violin; someone else, the trumpet; someone else, the saxophone, etc. Now, what do you do with your instrument? How do you play it?
But... what if you were not even aware of which instrument is yours to play? What if you go through your whole life trying to play the wrong instrument because that's the way of life you were taught is best for you? Worse, what if you didn't even know that you have a particular instrument to play at all? Or then, in the best possible scenario, what if you do intuitively kinda-sorta stumble your way into figuring out what is your instrument to play in life, then what? How do you find lessons or instructions to play your life right?
We can each play a sweet, harmonious tune with the instrument we have been given to play. Or not. That's our free will. And together, we can choose to make beautiful music, like a complete, global symphony. Or not.
At the moment, on our planet, many people are playing their instrument badly, or not at all. The result is a cacophony of dissonant, unpleasant sounds: Those who are here to serve try, instead, to lord their power. Our artists are afraid to create. Our true leaders shy away from the mantle of responsibility. Etc.
Our intention at The Source Cards is to help you see the game you are here to play, the instrument you are here to play, the picture you are here to paint, the life you are here to live.
We want to hand you a set of tools to help you to master the art of being human. For that is the goal of life: to master the art of being human.
It's the only life that will satisfy your soul.