Benebell Wen’s review of the Lions Gateway Tarot by Jessica Henry is comprehensive. Some tarot readers bond with a deck by ‘interviewing’ it, but another way to get to know a deck is to use it for a month long challenge such as the Once Upon a Tarot Challenge. In this case I am using the Sakki Sakki Tarot to help develop a character but you can always take the journey to help gain self awareness or to gain focus and set goals.
“Everyone has a story,” renowned anthropologist Barbara Myerhoff stated, and these stories “told to oneself and others can transform the world.” The name Story Aperture is inspired by Barbara Myerhoff, who described the way a personal story can provide an opening to understand not only one person’s life, but larger truths about the human experience.
Aperture stories are stories which come when we put the light on symbols to be found within Tarot, Oracle, Lenormand or Playing cards. When we focus like on what the symbol is telling us, we are find deeper meanings which enable us to adapt and adjust our narrative. When we work with an aperture we see well beyond overt meanings and tap into important healing structures.
When we work intuitively with Lenormand, Tarot and Oracle cards we hold micro art galleries in our hand and we have access to insights that have been drawn from the collective unconsious.
When we use a camera it is the depth of field that will determine:
- where your viewer’s eye is drawn in a photograph, and
- whether or not the photograph is telling a story.
If we keep the camera lens in mind as we examine the cards that have emerged more light is shone on particular features. Often it is the understructure which reveals an entirely fresh model for telling a story. When we work intensively with an image it can help us face a difficult situation or deal with and heal trauma.
I have found it inspirational to sit with another person, over a Devonshire tea (Coffee), to sling cards, work intuitively and to listen to the stories that rise up. In the process of working out what the understructure is telling us, at a particular moment in time, we are telling aperture stories.