Let me begin by saying that a few short weeks ago I knew absolutely nothing about tarot cards.
I admit I sometimes read mass-produced horoscopes from newspapers or online. I’m a Libra. Occasionally I read the Chinese horoscopes too; I’m an Earth Monkey. We are currently in the year of the Ox which began on February 12, 2021.
As far as tarots are concerned though, I didn’t really know anything about the cards, the practice, or the history. I didn’t even know what the cards looked like.
One day someone sent me a link of this guy who does tarot readings online (youtube). He was referencing my zodiac sign. As he shuffled the cards and read their meanings, I was astounded at how familiar some of his interpretations sounded to my current circumstances.
He peaked my interest even though I didn’t understand how any of this can happen.
I really was completely clueless about tarot cards, and, if I’m being honest here, a little afraid. I had always assumed (incorrectly, as it turns out) that reading tarot cards meant someone, or something, was going to reveal things about my future.
So this is where my journey into tarot card reading began. I asked myself these questions:
Do I believe that someone, or something, has the power to foretell things about my future?
And, am I the kind of person who can handle hearing what they say?
To answer these questions, the first thing I did was consult the internet. I discovered almost immediately tarot cards do not reveal my future or predict what happens next. Tarot cards do not hold some hidden mystique or magical power.
I found this explanation by Kathleen Olmstead quite apt:
Despite what you might have heard, the tarot will not reveal your future. / Tarot helps you cut through the excess to find what is important. / Tarot is a guide to finding the answers that are already inside you. It provides insight and clarity into the world around you.source: Kathleen Olmstead, author of A Beginners Guide to TAROT
One of the best explanations I have come across is made by Brigit Esselmont whose website appeals to me on several fronts. She said:
The most powerful way to read the Tarot is to use the cards to access your intuition and your inner wisdom.source: Brigit Esselmont, biddytarot.com
Note: I use several websites and books as I travel through this journey of discovery. I have already dropped some websites and books which didn’t speak to me or lined up with my own world view, and I’ve added new sources as well. I’ve been reading and comparing notes, bookmarking what works for me, and deleting what doesn’t.
I usually know within a few minutes if a new subject will capture and retain my interest. I have learned a number of important things on this tarot card journey already and it’s only been nine days. My interest continues to evolve.
However, right from the get-go, I got a little confused. I struggled with how to begin. I wanted to learn things from its inception, and grow my knowledge and depth of understanding slowly. By taking my time, I gave myself permission to quit at any time if things started to sound a little outrageous. I am, after all, neither a religious, nor a particularly spiritual person. Or so thought.
I think I would like to share my experience here on these pages and make it a regular series. As I mentioned previously, Tarot Tuesdays are going to allow me to share my discoveries and hopefully will entice some of you to contribute to the discussion as well. Many of you have said you’d like to hear more about tarot cards, so let’s do it!
Here are a few snippets of what’s happened in the past nine days, just to whet your appetite:
Because I didn’t know how, or where, to start, and I didn’t have a deck of cards, I simply used an online site that let me shuffle with a click of my mouse. There is an insurmountable amount of information online which can easily become overwhelming; I just picked a couple of sites and told myself I’m in a the learning phase, I can change at any time.
Next I browsed tarot card decks at various online stores and discovered two things:
- there are many types of varying artistic interpretations
- tradition suggests you do not buy your own deck, but rather, should be gifted one
I happen to know a person who is well-versed in this subject matter. Summerhill Lane is a local blogger in my city and we follow each other; she was the perfect person to ask about tarot cards. Long story short, she gifted me a deck of cards. ❤
Card reading and learning their meanings
I began my journey into tarot card reading before my gifted deck of cards arrived, so I started online.
Each morning, I chose three cards and learned their meanings by reading various sources.
I analyzed (with help from the first website where I chose my cards) each card’s design, symbols and general appearance.
To deepen my understanding, I read additional in-depth descriptions at other websites, and sometimes in books. This allowed me to compare my sources. Did they convey similar messages? This was crucial for me as I would only attribute credibility if the underlying traditional practice was maintained. Too much on the internet is fluff – I wanted to see if the more reputable sites prevailed some commonalities. (They did.)
Next, I made notes about the cards’ meaning by noting their symbolism, design and position (cards can be upright or reversed).
Finally, I connected the cards symbolism to my current life situation and summarized the meaning as it pertained to me. I will describe my experiences in more detail in the coming Tarot Tuesdays.
After nine days, I began to form a repertoire of knowledge. I started to notice patterns, symbols and their meanings. Many are based on age-old traditions dating back to mythological times. These and other influences from the cards imagery guided me toward an awakened, more lucid subconscious. Even in this short amount of time, I have learned to tune into my intuitive emotions and to think with more clarity.
I think I will enjoy learning more about tarots.
What do you think? Would you be happy to read about my experience with my journey?
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