Who, me? Read Tarot cards?
Yes, YOU! Learning to read the Tarot isn’t as complicated as many people think. You don’t have to be psychic to use Tarot cards. You do, however, need to be in tune with your intuition. Our intuition is the natural ability to instinctively sense things in the world around us. It’s our navigational system. You know how it is… sometimes you just “know” where to go, how to get there, and what to do. Other times, not so much.
That’s where Tarot comes in. We all have the ability to tap into our intuition, but many of us have lost that connection. For many, the Tarot is a tool to help reconnect us with our built in Life GPS.
Think about this: Dorothy lost her way back home to Kansas. She was given the ruby slippers. Those shoes became her connection to where she needed to be. Tarot can be your very own pair of ruby slippers!
Intuition isn’t the same as our cognitive abilities. It is a gut feeling we get regardless of the logistics of a particular situation. Intuition lets us know when something is wrong, even when all outward appearances seem just fine. Our intuition will give us signs, letting us know that we are on the right track.
For example; have you ever met an individual who appears wonderful to everyone else, but your senses tell you that something isn’t right and it’s not because their socks don’t match? You may not be able to put your finger on it, but you just “know” that this individual isn’t one to be trusted. That’s your intuition talking. And the more chatty it is, the more you want to listen.
Think about this: Not everyone you come across will be your ‘cup of tea’. You must learn to separate ego and emotion from the true vibes your intuition is giving you. The same goes for different situations. When you think that your emotions may be ruling your thought process, turn to the cards. They will help guide you.
Being psychic is a little different. Psychic ability is one in which one’s senses go beyond the normal range of perception. It is considered a gift of sorts. Different people who are considered “psychic” may actually have a specific type of gift.
Psychic abilities manifest in several different ways. Some people are clairvoyant, meaning they “see”, some are clairaudient, meaning they “hear”, and some are clairsentient, meaning they “feel”. This is just a short list of the more obvious forms it takes. Just like intuition, a person who is psychic can innately use their gift without having to think about it consciously.
To be an effective reader, you do not have to be psychic per se, but you do want to be in tune with your intuition. Your ability to interpret the Tarot starts with developing a good relationship with your intuition. It’s like anything else. The more you do something, the better you become.
Think about this: You already have the answers to all of your questions. While it may seem as though life didn’t come with a road map, the reality is that we were born with one. And best of all, you carry that map with you wherever you go. No suitcase needed!
Start an intuition diary. Find a notebook that you like. My favorite is the composition notebooks that are found in most any office supply aisle. Write your experiences in this notebook. Here are some examples of things you can practice on:
- Your phone rings. Who is on the other end of the line?•Which elevator will arrive first?•Will the next traffic light be green, red or yellow?•Focus on a call you would like to receive from someone. Did you suddenly hear from them?
•If the doorbell rings and you’re not expecting anyone, who do you think it is?
Some people are naturally intuitive and even psychic while others have to work a little harder to get the same sense of what’s going on. There are many wonderful meditations out there to help if your intuition needs a little kick-start.
Tarot cards are tools with which to focus our intuitive senses on. We also use our intuition to focus on the person being read, more commonly known as the querent (one who seeks). This helps us assemble an accurate picture of what is going on in that person’s life.
When you buy a box of tarot cards they are not “magic” in and of themselves. At first they may just look like a bunch of pretty (or confusing) pictures. Once you pick them up, that’s where the “magic” begins. Your own energy becomes imprinted onto the cards. Your connection to the symbolism on the cards is what creates the magic. The symbolism sparks your intuition in relation to any given card. As you look at the cards, each picture will invoke a feeling. Those feelings are the foundation of a tarot reading.
Ok, got it. Now where do I start?
If you haven’t already chosen a tarot deck, you’ll want to do so. Choosing a tarot deck is a very individual thing. You’ll want a deck with imagery that speaks to you. For simplicity, I teach using the Rider-Waite deck. It has stood the test of time as the best “starter” deck there is. There are a few different styles. On the next page are some examples.
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