|Posted on 31 December, 2019 at 0:30||comments (0)|
I want to share how my current view and use of the Tarot. It has significantly clarified since working full-time with the cards over last few years. Submitting exercises and writing reflective pieces like this have sharpened my understanding. Again this is my approach only, and I am not recommending my take for anyone else.
My readings have two driving desires for seekers - spiritual growth (from the Majors) and diagnosis and healing (from the Minors). Like most of us I have always seen a difference between Majors and Minors but now they are more differentiated than previously.
The Majors are essentially my oracle deck. Each card makes a call to seekers to move forward on their spiritual journey. For example, The Devil is a call to 'break free' from recalcitrant material obsessions and desires. Don't get me wrong these are really tough demands and seekers need to know that they will have a series of successes and failures. That's life.
I emphasise diagnosis and healing with the Minors. I also treat the Courts and Pips differently. Unlike many others I see the Courts as a call to emulate the best qualities of the suit, such as steadfastness of the Pentacles, loving & compassion of the Cups, and acuity of Swords. The cards - Pages to Kings - emphasise these qualities in different ways. The Pips represent different phases of the current cycle of development in a particular aspect of a seeker's life. These cards offer reflections for diagnosis and healing. Again they highlight difficult areas for a seeker to face.
I should mention that my reversals are internalised versions of the uprights.
|Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 14:10||comments (0)|
Opinion: let's talk Court cards, as questions arise regularly about them. I want to share my approach, which is somewhat unusual and non-traditional. As always, these approaches work for my readings, but may not work for you.
Let's get some of my assumptions out the way first. All my readings are for reflection and insight and not for divination. So, it isn't surprising that I do not see the Court cards as representing people in the seeker's life. Rather I treat them as exemplars of what the suits have to offer. I see all Court cards bringing positive messages of skill, energy and kindness to readings within their areas of influence, such as feelings for Cups or ambitions for Wands. Don't get me wrong the cards also come with warnings.
I see the differences among the cards are a combination of maturity and experience playing out through the suits. I shall refer to the cards as people to keep the language simple, but I do not see them that way. And, again, remember the Court cards are addressing one aspect of life (feelings or ideas or desires or physical aspects) rather representing whole people (who are far more complex than that).
Pages are the least mature, even though they have considerable innate capability. The Pages learn through open-minded trial and error (as young people often do), and may appear 'fickle' at times. So their behaviour is risky, as there is little appreciation of the real danger. You could imagine The Fool as a kindred spirit. So a very charming and warm Page of Cups will jump in and out of emotional experiences without any sense of malice. Or a sharp-minded and forthright Page of Swords will explore multiple ideas with little commitment to any one, at least initially. I would use these situations to prompt reflective questions for the seeker.
Knights represent more experience, and they explore their abilities and limits through deliberate experimentation. This will often involve genuine risk-taking, where the dangers are known ahead of time (unlike those of the Pages). I often see determination, as they build their skills. The warning is being overly ‘single-minded’. A grounded, steadfast Knight of Pentacles could pursue a particular material interest single-mindedly, such as share trading or gym membership, to see what can be achieved. Just don't get in the way.
Queens and Kings are the experienced cards that utilise their skills to shape their worlds for the better. The Queens make changes through influence and personal strength. The warning here is ‘overbearing’. An astute Queen of Swords is very persuasive and convincing in arguments to achieve her aims. However be prepared for tongue lashing if you are seen as blocking the way. By contrast Kings work through command and leadership to make change. Again in excess it might be ‘oppressive’. So, a steadfast, grounded King of Pentacles will establish systems and reporting mechanisms and even micromanage expenditures to control home finances, as an example. A King of Cups, who is probably very charming and seductive in approach, will seek to control emotional relationships in very explicit ways through rules of behaviour.
I hope this is of interest.
|Posted on 28 December, 2019 at 14:10||comments (0)|
Opinion: learning the Tarot, then here is one approach: build your own quick reference cards (but not copying others;). Create a series of tables with columns and here are some suggestions.
MAJORS: number, full name, primary keyword (as a "mental trigger"), brief description of the message upright & reversed
SUITS: name, primary action (e.g. feel for Cups), other keywords
MINOR NUMBERS: number, common meanings
MINOR COURTS: name, four columns for each suit, then fill in your interpretation of each combination
MINOR PIPS (1-10): similar to Courts.
SYMBOLS: most common symbols used and their meanings
COLOURS: most common colours used and their meanings
CARD COMBINATIONS: a list of card combinations you want to remember.
Then review and revise over and over again. Treat them as living documents and keep them with you for exercises in Facebook groups.
Hope that helps
Addition to avoid any confusion: one immediate criticism is the recommendation of a primary keyword I mentioned above. It would be a mistake to limit the range of meanings to one word. You miss too much. I use a keyword as a mental trigger to a wider network of related ideas. If that makes you uncomfortable then use multiple keywords.