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Basic Tarot Part 1

Tarot cards and tarot readings often conjure up Hollywood movie images of gypsy fortunetellers that are both mysterious and a little scary. I hope to demystify the tarot by sharing my own thoughts about what the tarot is and how it is used in a real psychic reading. So if you are a bit skeptical about the use of tarot cards in your reading, you can relax and know that it is just a means of focusing the reader’s already present psychic abilities.

The traditional, 78-card, tarot deck has been around for centuries and has roots in Astrology, Kabbalah, Christianity, Buddhism, Sufism, and ancient Egypt. It is divided into both major and minor arcana. The major arcana are the 22 cards that are numbered with Roman numerals. They usually have a longer or greater significance in a reading. The minor arcana are the remaining 56 cards that are divided by the suits of pentacles, wands, cups, and swords. Each suit relates to an element: earth, fire, water, and air, respectively. There are 10 cards in each suit. Minor arcana cards tend to have shorter or lesser significance in a reading, in general. As for now, this is the most technical I will get in terms of history and symbolism.

I will cover the literal meanings of the tarot in the next few articles. Today I will discuss the first thirteen major arcana cards. I will include the upright meanings which are the more positive interpretations in a reading. I will also include the reversed meanings which are often either more negative than or just not as positive as the upright meanings. For example, the Sun card is usually a very positive, happy card. The reversed meaning doesn’t necessarily that it is a bad influence. It could mean that client is not seeing the bright side of his or her own situation and needs to do so to be proactive in creating a positive outcome. The interpretations are all very different depending on the client’s individual reading. The other cards in the tarot spread and the vibes that the reader gets make all difference in the interpretation. So one must have psychic abilities to do a good tarot reading.

This leads me to my next point about tarot cards. The tarot deck is simply a visual representation of energy. This is the energy that the reader picks up from the client. In my own experience, I use the cards as a springboard for my own clairvoyance (psychic seeing), clairsentience (psychic feeling), clairaudience (psychic hearing) and claircognizance (psychic knowing). I really don’t need the cards, but they are helpful in organizing a reading and getting it started. Because I am a tactile person, I also enjoy the process of shuffling and laying down the cards. In addition to meditation and other psychic development tools, the tarot was one of the main tools I used in honing my own psychic abilities several years ago. I enjoy the cards. They are fun. So I continue to use them in many of my readings.

I took one formal class in reading the tarot cards in 1996. The teacher, a successful, seasoned psychic took us through the entire literal meaning of the deck. As a studious, eager newbie, I took diligent notes. Then as soon as she was done she said, “Okay, now you can just forget about all of that because, in a real reading, it’s always going to be different for each person.” The logical part of my brain panicked. Then she said we were going to practice reading each other. I was petrified. But after the teacher coaxed me to breathe and relax, I did great readings on the other students who were total strangers to me.
I was able to see more than I could ever see if I stayed boxed in with the literal meanings. This was my first time doing readings! I was already learning to trust my own impressions.
For example, a client may have the High Priestess in their tarot reading. I could interpret that as the client has latent psychic abilities themselves. In addition to that, perhaps the blue in the card will stimulate a vision of the client painting a picture. I will get a strong feeling that the client could use their artistic ability as one means to develop their clairvoyance. This is how easy it is to go beyond the literal meaning. Your own senses are the key.

So to begin to satisfy the logical, left side of your brain, I will introduce the first 13 cards of the major arcana of the tarot deck. If the tarot interests you as an intuitive art form, then study to your heart’s content. I encourage you to read up to get your individual, scholarly satisfaction. This is important, especially at the beginning. But then at some point, you can practice with a real person and just let go and flow with of whatever visions, words, sounds, impressions, feelings, sensations and even smells come to you. This is the right side of your brain that is opening up. This is your artistic, intuitive guidance that is in touch with the divine. Your angels and spirit guides will use whatever means they can to talk to you. Tarot is one way of many to open up to the spiritual, psychic realm. Practice, play and enjoy.

I will cover the cards for you in the weeks to come… Stay tuned.


 

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