Saturday, July 14, 2012
Who's In The Black Lodge?
So what does this have to do with the Tarot? Well, the Black Lodge is a place that has parallels in the waking world. Astral travelers speak of the "Dweller on the Threshhold", (and actually one description of the Black Lodge mentions this as well) where we are confronted by an entity that forces us to face our own shortcomings, guilt, emotional baggage, guilt, fears, weaknesses and insecurities. Only when we have left all these things with the Dweller can we proceed forwards. This is done for our own safety, as bringing these things into other worlds could very well create some general astral nastiness, as they could either profoundly affect us or attract negative and harmful entities. The purpose of this is also to in essence purify the mental and spiritual makeup of each person- to drop those things we no longer need, and that hinder us. So where do we find this in the Tarot, and what consequences can we expect? Another aspect I found interesting is, are there "Bob"s out there, and if so, what are they and how do they relate to us? In the show, Bob is purely parasitical. Palmer has some knowledge of Bob, and especially of his violent, abusive behavior towards Laura, causing Palmer no end of mental anguish. Whether or not Bob allows this for his own amusement at Palmer's expense, or his control of Palmer is imperfect, is never made clear. As I thought about it, I found a couple Tarot cards that seem to exemplify the concept of the Black Lodge.
First up we have the Tower- here is a card of destruction, which we can draw a rough analogy with to the Dweller on the Threshhold.
The next card that drew my attention was the Devil-
To sum it all up- the things we fear to face are not necessarily our enemies. It's only when we can't let go, in whatever way, that we need to fear, and run the risk of these things consuming us, the things we can't leave behind, and in so doing, are destroyed by. This process is not an easy or painless one, but like the Hanged Man, we need to see, or at least hope for, the other side and a better life there.