Overcoming Fear

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Fear is what we feel when facing danger and the fear reaction is a natural primitive response. Invaluable to our ancestors whose lives were very different to ours. Life for them was a daily struggle to survive. The most basic response to fear is the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. Which allowed us to outrun preditors in a hostile world. Modern man does not have to deal with sabre toothed tigers or marauding rival tribes. What we do have to face is a world in which we are often put under a tremendous amount of mental and emotional pressure.

Stress, has been called the scourge of modern society; And is responsible for millions of people every year being off work. Fear can take many forms. There is a normal fear which causes us to avoid dangerous situations, which is healthy. There are phobia’s where someone may have a severe fear reaction, to what might seem to the majority of us to be a normal part of every day life.

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Understanding The Tarot

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The origins of Tarot cards, who first designed them, where and when and for what purpose, remain vague and elusive; despite the many attempts through articles and books to shed light on the subject. At one time or another writers on the subject of the Tarot, have assigned the invention of the cards to a wide range of sources; such as the religious rituals and symbols of the ancient Egyptians; others suggest that they spring from the mystery cults of the Mithras in the first centuries after Christ. Still others find similarities with pagan Celtic beliefs, or with the romantic poetry of the Holy Grail, which emerged during the middle ages in Western Europe.

If we wish to base our exploration of the Tarot’s origins exclusively on factual evidence, the first documented decks of Tarot cards; those which include not only the ordinary four suits of playing cards, but also the strange images of what are now known as the Major Arcana or Tarot Trumps. Spring from the second half of the fifteenth century and were painted in Italy. There are two of these decks. One known as the Charles VI pack and the other is known as the Visconti-Sforza pack, and the truth is that we do not know much about how they came into existence.

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