There is a new translation of a compendium of lectures by Julio Cortázar, article here. A great article by the way, which highlights his work and this recently published volume. I mention this because if you peek around this site a little you will find a little story about why I chose La Maga Tarot for my tarot readings. It all came about because of Julio Cortázar and one of my favorite books of his, Rayuela or Hopscotch (english translation). As I was reading the article I was reminded of why Rayuela is one of my favorite books, and why Julio Cortazar ranks as one of my favorite authors. The crux lies in his profound exploration of reality, textual reality, perceptual reality, and the stories that form said realities, basically his approach to the unreality of reality. In all his short stories and books there is a latent and visceral sense that this reality is not all reality, conveyed through the character’s interaction with the unfolding story. This is all quite magical in fact. There is one particular short story that really struck me when I first read it, and continues to do so when I reread it. It is called La Noche Boca Arriba (click on the title to read it in spanish). In this story, two lives are playing out simultaneously, one is in the distant past during the Aztecs, and the other is in the present. The narrator begins on a normal day, the main character riding his motorcyle. Everything is going smoothly until a brief slip occurs and he has an accident. As he is taken by the ambulance and lapses into unconsciousness the two timelines bleed into each other and flip upside down. Now he is an indigenous man running for his life during a ritual hunt. Is it an exploration of past lives, perhaps? But I feel this short story is emblamatic of more than just that, Cortázar is exploring here through the precise medium of storytelling, the rhizomatic essence of reality, while also denying a master narrative, the ONE reality. He weaves the text, the words snaking back and forth with such finesse that you as the reader are not sure where the truth lies. Cortázar is a master story teller that excelled at the art of writing short stories. His theory about short stories is that they are a snapshot, a precisely captured image, wherein a portal is opened and the reader is able grasp what in everyday life escapes perception. Revealing in the process, abiding truths in the shape of the big questions. Or rather, unmasking the Big Questions, those that reside just at the periphery of our consciousness, those we generally ignore.
Why do I share this here, well this site is my attempt at openly exploring all questions through the stories formulated by images and text. Card reading is about piercing the veil, lifting it just a slight bit and letting the question interact with the images so that a story emerges. Card reading is about formulating the mutlifarious nature of truths. Like the example of the snapshot, laying down a group of cards is the captured image, the portal opens and now the reader lifts the veil and glimpses the answer already inherent in the question. In essence making the unconscious conscious.
Needless to say, I recommend Julio Cortázar. If you read spanish dive in, if not, find a translation and give it a go. I will definitely be picking this new publication up and will perhaps be sharing my thoughts on it here.