Most contemporary art consists on understanding the poetry of objects. An object charged with associations, placed next to another object charged with its own associations, would elicit meaning just as words do….
That is what attracted me about the tarot in the first place. The visual language in the cards reveals… poetic images we read. We see how those streams of water being poured by the woman in The Star resemble the two dogs in The Moon, and we read: “Water runs like wild dogs.” If instead of the moon we have The Sun next to The Star, we read “Water wells up like the embrace of twins.” We find a suggestive image and we let it work on us. It takes the mind of a poet to decode it.
This places the use of tarot within the idea of “magic as the intentional use of symbols to engage the mind in a process of transformation.”
As an alternative, I propose a phenomenological approach to the tarot that doesn’t focus on symbolism as an intellectual construct but rather on the way we experience images.