Tarot Tuesdays I: jumping right in

Previous posts: Launching Tarot Tuesdays (what to expect), What’s in the cards (a little bit about Major and Minor Arcana)

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The struggle on how to begin sharing my tarot cards journey has turned my draft folders into a discombobulated mess.

Oh, I had plans! I was going to make lists and plan things out for you in chronological order and delve into historical accuracy and elaborate with academic wisdom and then…

I got confused.

If I get confused by my own words, I can only imagine what it does to you when you read my words. Hah.

So, I decided instead to keep things simple and start with the one thing everyone is most curious about:

PULL THE CARDS and READ THEIR MEANING

All the academic, educational insights will fall into place later.

Here is what happened:

Day 1 of pulling 3 cards

On the first day (April 17), I went on this site, clicked shuffle three times, and then picked three cards from left to right.

This is what I was given:

Left: the Chariot – Middle: the Empress – Right: Five of Swords reversed

Keep in mind I did not know a thing about the cards at this time. It wasn’t until later that I learned terms like Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, suits, court cards, and the link to regular playing cards (♦♣♠♥). (Click here for a brief description of these terms)

I didn’t even know that cards can be pulled in reverse (upside down) and how that makes their meaning change.

I also didn’t know that you can choose not to read cards upside down; there really is no rule or obligation that makes you do something a certain way.

As I said, I knew nothing. But I also wanted to start somewhere. Which I did.

Pulling cards and jumping in blind was as good a way to start as any.

I shuffled and picked my cards. This was the beginning of my tarot card journey.

Next, I needed to understand what I was looking at. This is what happened next.

Looking at the card

For the sake of introductory simplicity, let’s concentrate on my first card: the Chariot.

What did I see?

I saw a warrior stand inside a chariot. Two sphinx are pulling the chariot, one is black and the other one white. They are looking or pulling in different directions. The warrior seems to be guiding them without reins.

Analyzing the card

I did a little bit of reading on some of my favorite sites to help supplement my understanding of the picture on the card. This meant looking a little bit longer and digging a little bit deeper into the obvious, and connecting the images with insightful messages.

The Chariot card – details

  • The warrior is standing, not sitting. This indicates action, focus, moving forward with intent and purpose.
  • The sphinx are black and white which depicts opposition or duality. They are also facing in different directions, implying they want to pull toward different destinations. This is a challenge or an obstacle for the warrior in his chariot.
  • The warrior is not worried. He doesn’t need reins to guide the sphinx. He uses his internal strength and willpower to guide his errand sphinx toward his ultimate destination.

There are other symbols which invite the reader of the cards to explore even deeper meaning. For instance, there are meanings associated with the canopy above the warrior’s head, the stars on the canopy and on the helmet of the warrior, the fact that the star on his helmet has six points, the staff or wand he’s holding in his hand…

There is a lot to know. Pacing myself and allowing for baby steps will assure continuance. I don’t know about you but if I get overwhelmed by too much information I shut down. I did not want this to happen, so I kept it simple and ‘on the surface’, so to speak. For now.

Once I felt comfortable with the gathered information from the card, I turned to my websites again to see if I could learn how to attribute the card to personal circumstances in my life.

Linking the card’s images to personal circumstances

I accredited this card on that first day with the following terms:

determination, dedication, action

I turned my attention toward my personal circumstances and realized this card could signify my course of action in writing, and publishing books. Because I had recently self-published my first book, and subsequently gotten an encouraging review, I was feeling pumped about moving forward with book writing and self-publishing.

But there were the challenges, represented by the black and white sphinx who are pulling the chariot in different directions.

Can I, like the warrior in the chariot, stay focused amid the distractions and challenges I was subjected to by covid/lockdown/family circumstances etc?

The Chariot card tells me to:

  • be bold and courageous
  • set boundaries to minimize or eliminate distractions
  • stay focused and motivated
  • control the direction I’m traveling in toward my desired goals and end results (write and publish books)

This is a simplistic glimpse into my analysis of my first tarot card. The interesting thing about the tarot cards mean different things to different people. The trick is to recognize the lessons the tarot is providing you with its designs, symbols and artistic expression. It functions as a tool to help fine-tune your intuition.

But this takes time to learn. Don’t rush, and don’t feel like you need to understand every single symbol. Over time you will learn to recognize some of these automatically.

Same card, different meaning

If you were to choose the same card as I did, you would see a similar message as I described above. The black and white sphinx will still imply challenges or obstacles, for example, but they may not pertain to a writing career for you. Perhaps your challenge is relationship related, or a work situation, or even a fitness or health issue you’ve encountered recently.

This is the fascinating part of the tarot cards. They are uniquely designed for you to tap into your intuition which in turn will help guide you through life’s journey.

I’ll stop here now. It’s been over a month since I’ve started this tarot journey and gained some intriguing insights. I will share them with you in the coming Tarot Tuesdays.

Thank you for coming along for the ride! As always, feel free to contribute your own perspectives and opinions.

See you in the comments.

More on Tarots here

18 thoughts on “Tarot Tuesdays I: jumping right in

  1. Just a question: When you pull the cards do you have an intent in mind? For example, what does each of the three cards represent. So for me, I might have the intent that they represent 1) issue, 2) action, 3) outcome.

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    1. While I was learning, I did not use the question initially. I have come across what you mention here, and I have also come across ‘past, present, future’ and all its variants. And there are many possible spreads you can use, although the three-card one seems the most popular for beginners.

      I started listening to some podcasts and youtubers who do readings, and they always use a question. It’s something I’m still wrapping my head around. How to ask, what to ask…

      How does it work for you? I am especially interested in the action and outcome part – do the cards always help or do they sometimes distract from the issue at hand?

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      1. What I find with the cards is that they will always point to what is most important for me at the time, regardless of the question. But for the purpose of journalling, it’s good to have a question.

        So, if I was reading these cards for myself, I might read: Issue: movement – I have committed to but am procrastinating on taking action. Action: I know what I need to do and how to do it – time to walk the talk. Outcome: (was it the five of swords). I need to get out my head – my perfectionism – as it only serves to stand in my way.
        Action can be a shift of perspective, an actual act, or a question. Outcome can be what’s likely to come next.

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  2. So essentially, Tarot cards are flexible enough that anybody can associate anything into them. It’s a bit like the Bible Code trick (Michael Drosnin wrote a book where he claimed the bible had all of history hidden in it – if you word-wrap the entire text at different page widths, clusters of words cross each other – like Hill, Dallas, and Kennedy).

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    1. It’s supposed to help you on your journey by tapping into your intuition.

      If I pull the Chariot card during a writing thing I’m going through it’s only natural I’m gong to attribute the symbolism to that experience. If someone pulls that card and is going through a divorce or breakup they will attribute the symbolism to those unique circumstances. Meaning, the cards pictures remain the same but the individual can take the core messages from the symbolism and apply it to themselves. (determination to write and publish a book vs determination to cut the ties of the toxic person and initiate/follow through on the divorce). They are learning to tune in or dig deeper into themselves to see better, or more clearly.

      I’m still learning and some of the learning curve is uncomfortable…but that’s part of the journey. Coming to terms.

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  3. Now, I wouldn’t have seen the sphinxes like that. I see duality, but I also see balance, harmony… like ☯️ They may be turned in different directions, but they’re looking forward. Direct, certain.

    But you da teacher and I don’t know very much about tarot, so I’m here to learn.🤓🍎

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  4. Ok I love this! It is so interesting to me. It’s really about thinking it out, looking at what’s in front of you. Looking forward to this!.,

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