Traversing the Tarot

I have always been fascinated with tarot cards but was never fully confident or sure of myself to try to learn the tricks of the trade. While my education into tarot study is predominantly for self-readings, I have occasionally done readings for friends in person and on the phone. I don’t claim to be a master by any means, but I am of the belief that when doing a reading for someone else, that person’s intention and energy will transfer through me to the tarot cards to provide an accurate reading, and generally, this has been the case. I try to hold that person’s question in my mind’s eye and allow myself to be a conduit for the answer the person is seeking. The world of tarot is large and vast as there are many types of tarot cards and many interpretations to understanding these psychic tools.

I started with the Goddess Cards as a gift from a good friend of mine. I had the intention in the back of my mind to get into tarot, but never got around to researching it myself. One of the best ways to get started was the prompting of a gift and a friend to guide me through. The Goddess Oracle Cards, while depicting famous world-renowned goddess or lore and history, helps to channel and answer questions of particular care to women. The cards can still be used by men or to answer questions for men, but certainly women can agree there is a certain empowerment tied to learning about female goddesses that may embolden and guide the reader to action. These cards consist of a smaller deck than your standard Rider-Waite Deck, but they are fun, colorful, and come complete with a mini book to help summarize the cards’ meaning and interpretation. I find these as a great way to get started on a simply level and they can be displayed as a reminder for the message you received from them.

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Before going on a road trip to Sedona last fall, I was finding my Goddess Cards were giving me inaccurate readings. I couldn’t understand why they seemed so off the mark. I researched and learned that you should consider your tarot cards as a living entity and, like any human or creature, they would rightly not want to be asked questions 24-7! I was asking the same question over and over expecting a different answer or, at least, constant assurance that the answer was true. Naturally, anyone nagging at the same question would get tired of giving the same result, so I believe the cards decided to stop answering my questions all together. I needed to “treat” my cards to a “spa day,” so to speak and thought bringing them to Sedona into an energy vortex would help recharge them and hopefully, let the cards forgive me for being so annoying! I also tried to ask the cards questions like “What kind of questions do you like to answer?” almost like I was courting the cards. While I took the cards out in two vortexes in Sedona, I tried another reading for myself in front of my friend and found the cards to still be giving me an inaccurate reading. When I gave the cards a chance to read for my friend, they were spot-on! Feeling ever frustrated, I decided to give them a rest and just tote them around with me and be conscious of them, but not be too needy or dependent. I realized you can’t consult the cards everyday and of course the interpretations can be general and broad.

After about a month’s time of resting and providing the cards a new velvet satchel, they started to provide accurate and beneficial readings. I’ve been using the Goddess Cards for about 7 months now and completely love how easy and quick they are. I have decided to “step up” my tarot game and I was also gifted a deck of the traditional Rider-Waite cards. These include 78 cards (way more than the Goddess Cards!) that are divided into two major parts: The Major Arcana and The Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana are further divided into four suits: Ace of Wands, Ace of Swords, Ace of Cups, and Ace of Pentacles. In addition to the Major and Minor Arcana, there are the Court Cards and pips cards number on through ten and, lastly the lone Fool card. The cards themselves are very beautifully illustrated and there is an interesting history behind the woman who created the art of the tarot that I recommend you read here.

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While there are many resources out there to learn the tarot, my advice is to take your time, practice for yourself, and have fun.

Enjoy the road to divination!