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Try for yourself, and get an answer to your own question

Summary of the points made below: The basic idea; we are told lots of nonsense; what is good advice?; know what to do through positive suggestions; the answer is a starting point; trust yourself; why are we in life?; being in the zone; we understand symbolism; dream interpretation is more strange than the Tarot; the number 7; why seven days in a week; the value of effortlessness; what is the goal?

The basic idea
The idea is to pick a number [instructions on how to do this can be found at the end of this section] and let the symbolism and meaning of that number guide you to your desired goal; or at least point you in a purposeful direction. Sometimes you just need a quick fix to solve a problem; at other times, it is a long-term solution that is required. We should remember that, depending on what you want, different actions will be required.

First, though, consider these few points in order to have a background before getting the answer.

A question for you
How many millions of half-baked ideas, excuses, rationalizations for bad behaviour, outright lies and nonsense have we all heard in our lives? We hear this stuff and take in and accept at least some of it, no matter what its value. Is it then surprising that we are sometimes confused, or scared, or full of doubt? Can we, or rather how can we, heal ourselves or get back on a harmonious path that is right for us, and rightfully ours? I am suggesting that the pictures on Tarot cards will show us how to find and use the truth we need to know.

What is good advice actually?
Generic "good advice" is ok, but is it always the best course to follow? Saving for a rainy day is fine, but what if cautiousness stops you investing time and money in a course of action that would have changed your life for the better? You may decide to save $200 instead of taking an art class. That may be a good decision financially at that moment, but what if the class would have led to involvement with inspiring people and a fulfilling career? So how do we know if advice is good? I am assuming that a part of you knows what is right and best for you; thus, the number you choose provides access to personal wisdom.

No reversed or upside-down positions
If you're using cards with pictures, they can be obviously upright or upside down. If you turn a card over to reveal the picture, it may be reversed - this may be indicating that a particular course of action has been going on too long, or is becoming some kind of problem. Reversals can also show that there will be a delay, or a glitch, or may advise that you not to do something.

We can't always expect a clear upright or reversed orientation, however, when we smooth out a piece of paper. Let's therefore decide that the number we get will be positive - in other words, it will provide insight and advice on what to do or how to deal with the situation to get the best result, rather than what to avoid.

A starting point
The information provided about the number you chose is meant to be a starting point, rather than a full stop at the end of a sentence. When you discover the truth of a situation for yourself, so much the better. It's yours; it informs your actions and decisions; you don't have to remember what someone once told you, and maybe misinterpret it. You can look for the number to give you a complete solution to a problem; or you can expect it to point you in the right direction, or one that you can usefully explore.

Trust yourself
You picked the number, for whatever reason. It's between you and you, and no one else. No one needs to know what sort of strange method you used to come up with a solution; it was you asking yourself for insight that produced the result. It's a private experience, so you can be honest; there is no need to pretend, as you might with someone else around. This is not only refreshing, but also liberating.

Why are we in life?
Yes; why are we in life? We can come up with good answers to that question, even if we can't prove their correctness. Life may be a school, and we are given lessons, or presented with challenges. We all know the sense of satisfaction when we solve a problem or do something well. Life may, however, just be a random series of coincidences; or it may be what you make it. Whatever our take, we can probably all agree that there is a creative urge in man and we can do something with it. We should honour this urge - in whatever form it takes for us - and do something with it rather than ignore it. The Tarot will help us.

Being in "the zone"
People often want to know what the future holds, or what they should expect if they follow course A rather than B, or if they do nothing. Will it turn bad; will it go away; will it develop into something desirable? You can ask friends for input, but they may be as much in the dark as you are so they're not much help.

We understand symbolism
We understand symbolism - we know how one thing can stand for, or point to, another. If someone doesn't have the heart for a task, or if we say that his or her heart isn't in it, we know what is going on. We know that the heart represents courage, enthusiasm, interest, and so on. The symbolism of heart is probably much the same for everyone, no matter what the culture. Someone once told me that the ancient Egyptians - who knew enough to build the pyramids - believed that intelligence resided in the heart and not in the head. That's an interesting point to consider when we're making decisions.

Dream interpretation is more strange than the Tarot
You are about to explore the symbolism and maybe the objective meaning of numbers. It's not so strange, really. What is strange is the dream interpretation industry - books, dvds, Freudians and other psychologists, all agreeing or disagreeing about the meaning and significance of what you remember or half-recollect from being unconscious. Yet many have benefited from what their unconscious told them. As well, people believe - rightly or wrongly - in lucky and unlucky numbers, and it affects what they do and how they act.

The number 7
There are 7 days in one week, so 7 may be considered as a number of completion; everyone can understand this. 3 may be your lucky number. 21, as 3 x 7, might be very lucky. 3 might make us think of past, present and future; or yes, no, maybe; or physical, mental and spiritual, or some other group of three. 4, being a square, can represent solidity and durability, and be a good foundation upon which to build.

It's easy to think of there being 7 days in a week as a chance or random number with no particular meaning. However, after the French Revolution, the new authorities in 1793 changed the calendar to a decimal based one - each month having three ten-day weeks, the tenth day - decadi - replacing Sunday as the day of rest and celebration. This version of the calendar, however, didn't catch on and was abolished in 1806. Perhaps there is something about 7 and other numbers that means more than we might think. Was it just chance that the ten-day week did not last? Or was it because it was not correct in some way?

The value of effortlessness
We can all remember a time when we lost something and couldn't find it, no matter how hard we looked. Then we came across it when we weren't even trying. You knew it was somewhere; but your conscious efforts led nowhere and may even have got in the way. You may have been looking for particular information in a book and couldn't find it; then you open the book at random - right to the page you needed.

What is going on when this kind of thing happens? Maybe it's just chance; or maybe it's dumb luck. I'd like to suggest that it is something else, something more personal - that comes from somewhere in the 90% of the brain that we don't use. It's like being in the zone. There is a sense of ease and effortlessness, and rightness, and harmony.

The zone, whatever it is, is going on even if we are not consciously in it. This zone isn't our creation, though we can set ourselves up to enter and take advantage of the zone's knowledge, or the harmony that comes to us through mental contact with it. I am suggesting that we can contact it whenever we seriously need it - via numbers and their symbolism, and the types of experiences and actions they unfold.

What is the goal?
You might find it useful, before you read 'the answer' within the meaning of the number, to have in mind what you want to get or to achieve. What is the goal; what is the outcome you want; what result do you want; what direction do you want to go in? When you know the end-point you are aiming for, you can use the characteristics of the card to help you get there.

On the other hand, your question might be: What should be my goal?

How to access the zone
You want to pick a number between 0 and 21.

It's probably best if you can do it randomly because the conscious mind, with its fears and anxieties and trouble-making thoughts that it is so sure are real even when they're only fantasy, is left out of the picture.

If you have a Tarot deck, sort out the 22 major trumps. Shuffle, and pick one. This is your answer. Read the short essay that goes with that number. Proceed from there.

If you don't have a deck of cards, then:

o have a question in mind
o relax
o write out the numbers 0 to 21 inclusive on scraps of paper or index cards
o scrunch them up individually so you can't see the number
o throw the papers on the floor
o pick one and read the meaning in the Answers section
o proceed in the direction in which you told yourself to go

If you need help with the interpretation, contact John to set up a time to talk.

If you have something to add, or that might be of use to others who get the same number, send it in an email to bllntr at yahoo dot com.