Welcome to the Matrix Tarot
A thought struck me while watching 'The Matrix' trilogy, that many of the characters and events in the films were not just suited for the various archetypes of the Tarot, but damn near perfect for them. So I decided to start working on the images and characters that have created this deck. As seems to be the usual case, I've got as far as the Major Arcana, but I promise you I am working on the rest of the deck! I'll add more cards as I find the right events and characters. I hope you enjoy this version of the Tarot, and I welcome any constructive comments about it.
Hopefully I should not have to say that the images are not mine but the property of the people who made the Matrix. So I cannot grant any right to anyone to use the images. Frankly I'd rather you didn't anyway, and certainly not without crediting the creators of the Matrix and/or me. If you do own the images on this site and my use of them offends you, please contact me and I'll remove them. You can contact me at peregrine @ madasafish . com
Reading the Cards
If you are new to Tarot you may be wondering what you actually do with the cards. Well, the best place to find out is by reading some of the books I recommend below. However, a quick explaination never hurts.
Tarot cards are the occult equivalent of an adjustable spanner, they are a tool rather than some way to bind people's future. They show only the shadow of what might come to pass if the questioner keeps travelling the path they have started on. Everything can be changed about the future, so you need not panic if you get a bad reading. I think of the cards as similar to the experiment you do in physics lessons with magnets. You put a piece of paper over a magnet and sprinkle iron fillings on top of it. When the iron falls you can see the lines of force around the magnet. The cards a re like the filings, they just show you where the forces in a person's life are. Change the magnet and the filings will be different. Thy reveil what is hidden, but have no efect on the patterns of force themselves.
The most important thing with a Tarot reading is what it says about the past. Many people make mistakes about the direction their life is going because they don't understand how they got to where they are. Tarot shows you the path you have travelled and can make the choices you made clearer, so as to understand where you are going. In Tarot, like in 'hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy' it is the questions you ask that are important. If you don't understand the questions, how can you understand the answer?
Doing a Tarot reading is very straight forward. The questioner shuffles the deck to 'imprint their energy on it'. If you don't shuffle the deck, don't bother with the reading. How can the cards tell you anything about yourself if you havn't so much as touched them? When the questioner has shuffled the deck to their satisfaction the reader lays out the cards in a 'spread'. This pattern of card may take as few as two or three cards or be a vast spread of twenty or thiry cards. The spread itself doesn't matter, as long as the reader knows what each position means.Simply put, each position in the spread has a maening, and each card has a meaning, and by putting them together you have a reading.
For more information about Tarot cards and how to read them I'd like to recommend the following.
78 degrees of Wisdom - Rachel Pollock
Tarot for Dummies - Amber Jayanti
The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volumes 1-3 - Stuart Kaplan
Here are a few useful links on the web to do with Tarot and The Matrix.
I've not included any 'teach youself Tarot' sites as I don't really beleive
that any 'ten day course for $29.99' can do you any good at all. Read
some of the books recommended above, and find someone who know the Tarot
to set you on the right path for your own studies. Learning to read Tarot
is about relating the cards to their positions and each other. Learning
the meanings by rote will not make you a reader. In fact, to my mind there
is no way to compleately understand the Tarot. You will always meet someone,
see a new deck or find something in a reading that will teach you something