Lon Milo Duquette spoke with me earlier this week as part of my research for my class “A Tarot Deck Journey: How to Start and Finish Your Own Tarot Deck.” Part of this endeavor includes asking Tarot deck creators and distributors to talk about what they believe makes for a truly great Tarot deck. Lon is the creator of “The Tarot of Ceremonial Magick,”as well as numerous books on Tarot and Magick including “Low Magick: It’s all In Your Head! You Just Have No Idea How Big Your Head Is,” “The Chicken Qabalah,” “Sex Magic, Tantra, and Tarot” and the instructional DVD “Tarot, Kabbalah, and Other Oracles” among many other titles. Below is a snippet of my interview–the part that made me cry. 🙂
Lon mentioned a conversation he had with his wife about Tarot. She said that all Tarot cards ultimately have the same message, but each say it in its own way. I asked him what that ultimate message might be. While he said that any given day his answer might be different, here is the answer he had on the day I asked the question:
“They (the 78 cards of the Tarot) are all saying that Love is a real force. Love is a noun. Love is a real, real, energy—as real as electricity or nuclear energy. They’re all an expression of how love manifests, how it courses through creation. At any given time, I don’t see it as a “Fool’s Journey.” Every Tarot card is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, and is a snapshot of Love manifesting through creation, Love in the process of creating, Love in the process of destroying. Every one of the cards has potentially, in its symbolic meaning, a way to tell that story from Alpha-to-Omega in its own way. It’s as if this Love and this Light, the Tarot is a gem, a jewel, that has 78 facets to it, and every way you turn it, it’s like a specific spectrum and that card represents the sub-division of that Light. Today’s understanding is that that Light is what we try to wrap our minds around when we use the word Love.”
Lon will be in New York City at Cafe Vivaldi performing from his new album on Saturday, April 21st at 8:00 p.m. He will also be lecturing on Magick and performing at other venues in New York City and Connecticut that week. Please check him out on Facebook and at his website.
I will be teaching this class as part of the Reader’s Studio 2012 here in New York City this month! To book a reading for yourself or someone you love, please go here! I am running a special Mother’s Day offer for that special Mumsy in your life here as well.