I love TED talks. This one was particularly in my wheelhouse. Of all the different ideas and ideologies I’ve explored as an adult, I keep coming back to Taoist ideas. Time and time and time again, Taoism has proven itself useful, wise, comforting, and relevant.
As Diane Morgan wrote in “Magical Tarot, Mystical Tao,” my favorite Tarot reference, Tarot and Taoism are utterly complimentary. Arising independently in two different eras and two different place in two vastly different cultures (15th century Europe and 2600 BCE China respectively) both lead to a place of introspection and harmony, to better choices and a better life path.
Jungian psychology is often cited as being a strong element in Tarot work. Carl Jung was also very influenced by Taoism. It all knits together. In my mind, Tarot and Taoism are an East/West harmony.
I’d like to share this TED talk with you, not because it has anything to do with Tarot, but to give you a glimpse into the philosophy that guides a lot of my tarot work.
If nothing else, Mr. Tang perfectly illuminates Bruce Lee’s “Be water, my friend”