January 27, 2010
The Tarot will give an answer to a question.
You might like to think of the questioner as being on a quest – a bit like a hero on a journey. Think of movies and stories. The hero is presented with a challenge; they don’t want to do it for some reason, but change their mind; they fight and they win against the odds. Frodo, in the end, took the ring to Mordor.
There are certain tasks to be completed as well as possible; there may be an end-point to reach; there may be a weakness that has to be overcome; there may be reluctance on the part of the questioner to undertake the quest in the first place.
With this in mind, you, the reader, can have a way of looking at and describing the cards in the answer. What kind of task is shown by the card; how can he or she complete it; is there a card that shows a weakness to be overcome, and how is this to be done; does one or more cards show that the questioner is reluctant to do what is required.
If you think about the spread as showing a quest, you can help the questioner become a successful hero in a story of their own making.
January 19, 2010
The latest video for the course was on the Knight of Swords, and I began asking if we – the reader – would be happy or not to see this particular card in a reading.
If the question was about what someone’s birthday party would be like, then we’d probably be a bit unhappy, expecting hostility and rash and impulsive behaviour.
On the other hand, if the question were: Will I be able to get out of this difficulty?, then we’d probably think it’s a good card since you would have force and power to influence the outcome. You would have energy and the courage to take on your rivals or enemies, and to escape from their grasp.
Many students, especially in the beginning, want to know what a card means.
Perhaps we should pay more attention to the question that has been asked, and figure out how the card relates to the question, how it helps or hinders, how it supports the questioner or shows him or her in a difficult situation.
A good reading isn’t always one where you can forecast sunshine and roses all the way for the questioner.
It maybe ought to be one in which the reader makes the question more true and meaningful for the questioner, helping that person to a greater understanding of their concern – so they can make more informed decisions on their own after the reading.
January 16, 2010
Some of you will know that I am putting together a Tarot Home Study Course. This post will update you on my progress.
I am making a series of new videos that will provide information about the Rider deck cards and how to read them. There will be videos on:
- all 78 cards, treated individually
- 14 vidoes on the four Kings, the four Queens, etc. through to the four Aces
- 4 vidoes on the suits considered individually
- several videos showing exercises so you can get to know the cards better
- videos demonstrating different spreads: Yes-No; Celtic Cross; Horoscope Spread; a special 9-card spread
- videos with some sample readings incorporating information derived from the pictures
I am anticipating about 110 – 120 videos on dvds or cds. I expect the cost will be $49 because I have to pay bills, but want to make it affordable for all.
I am looking at the pictures on the cards and doing something with what is there.You don’t need to know astrology, numerology, the Kaballah or any other occult system; you don’t need to translate the symbolism into some other symbolism.
I am saying that the Tarot is like poetry – and as with poetry, you can see more in it and get more from it each time you read it.
A picture might remind you of a line from Shakespeare, or the lyrics of JOhn Lesson, or Grandmaster Flash or Eminem. The Tarot is for us all.
I’ve recorded about 55 videos up until the time of posting.
January 7, 2010
A quick and easy method for reading cards.
I’m not sure if quick and easy really belongs with reading cards. You should take your time, and you will probably have to do some serious or hard thinking to relate cards to questions. However, this information may help you make a start with a reading.
You know the question; the deck has been shuffled; the cards are face-down on the table.
Turn the first card and ask yourself if you are happy or sad to see that card. Then tell the questioner why.
So, someone might ask what will happen with a relationship. The first card might be the 2 of Cups, so you say: This is a good card for this question because of this and this; it shows … etc.
You will find that as you explain why this is a good card, the questioner will understand and be able to relate what you are saying to the answer to the question.
On the other hand, the first card might be The Devil, reversed, so you say: I don’t like this card because … Or: This isn’t a good card here because it shows … Or: I’m not happy seeing this card because...
Using this approach means:
- you can talk in a knowledgeable way
- you don’t have to use meanings you memorized but that don’t quite fit the question
- you can tell stories that the questioner can relate to
- you can discuss the picture on the card so the questioner’s imagination and understanding are stimulated so they are better informed after the reading
- you can discuss how you would handle a situation and the questioner can agree and follow your lead, or come up with a variation on what you would do
Try it; you’ll like it; and so will the questioner.