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Jim Ventura's Creative Spirituality

Jim Ventura is an author, radio show host, and navigational consultant who has knowledge and practical expertise in working with a number of different types of Oracles (Tarot, Runes, Angel cards, Astrology, Numerology, etc...). He helps his clients and readers to see how the use of oracles can assist us in tuning into the messages from the Universe/Higher Self. Oracles are not only an excellent way to gain insight, but their use may also sharpen our intuitive abilities. Oracles infuse artistry and universal archetypal patterns together to trigger an awakening of the beneficial directional forces that exist both inside and outside of ourselves. Jim is the author of a monthly column called Snake Oil and is available (by appointment) for personal navigational consultations. More information about Jim's services can be found at his website: http://JimVentura.com.


Working with oracles can remind us of the amazing syncronicity that exists in this world. Whether you believe that a card or symbol chosen "randomly" is specifically meant for you or if its wisdom could apply to anyone at some level, we still can benefit by tuning into the wisdom of many different types of oracles. Each month I will discuss the message of a different oracle. Consider contemplating how this months symbol might apply to your life. See if tuning into this archetype through meditation can help you understand how both the positive and "negative" aspects of this month's oracle may apply to your past, present, or future.

The Tarot


For many people, the Tarot is seen as a tool that psychics and fortune tellers use to read peoples fortunes. Some people with more cynical and skeptical perspectives often see it as a "scam" device to take peoples money. Yet, any serious study of the Tarot will bring one to an increased awareness of how much insight this Oracle can truly give us. There are 22 major Arcana cards and 56 minor Arcana cards in a Tarot deck. The Major Arcana illustrate the universal archetypes we all experience at different points in our lives. The minor Arcana focus more on specific details of day to day life. The artwork of the Tarot can help us to see and understand the symbolism of what these archetypes tell us. Whether a card is upright or reversed also adds another aspect to consider.

The first Major Arcana card in a Tarot deck is the Fool. It is numbered zero.

Artist renderings of the Fool frequently suggest the imagery of a man with his trusty dog by his side and ready to step off a cliff. The symbolism of the cliff relates to any activity or endeavor that may involve risk. The dog image suggests the loyalty of one's trusting companion and the dogs association with guidance and protection. The number zero reminds us of the Fools association with an all or nothing approach. Zero represents both our fears and uncertainty as well as the possibility of manifesting wonderful new experiences. The idea of a blank piece of paper brings to mind the excitement of "writing a new chapter."

The Fool upright.

This card suggests that we are about to embark on a life path that involves risk. When we begin a new business, start a job, buy a home, flirt with another person, marry, or even attempt to get pregnant we are tapping into the archetype of the Fool. These are just a few examples of the infinite possibilities of the universal human experience of any new venture. The flow of adrenaline and the excitement of where this may lead us are all positive attributes of the Fool Archetype. We may not have certainty of where our new path will take us, but we know it will lead us somewhere. There is definitive outcome assured, yet within the uncertainty lies the excitement and enthusiasm of our human need to take risk from time to time. The Fool upright usually means purposeful risk with at least some element of practical and intuitive planning while reaching for a new adventure. Even with proper planning we cannot be sure exactly where our path will lead us. The Fool upright suggests that we will likely take the "plunge."

The Fool reversed.

Reversed the Fool often suggests an endeavor that may be too risky. We sometimes ignore common sense for the sake of experiencing risk simply for the need to feel alive. We may be putting ourselves into a situation that may not be entirely beneficial. Sometimes we convince ourselves that something will work out or that it is a correct course of action while ignoring healthy internal and external signs that we may be making a mistake. The Fool reversed will often suggest repeating a past mistake or moving forward without healthy caution. We may be considering an ill-timed venture or something that is too risky. Still, even if we make a "dumb mistake" we will usually learn and grow through the experience.

Jim Ventura 8-2011

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