Chapter How To Read The Cards

Every day of our lives, our minds receive thousands of bits of information and impressions, all of which are stored away in mental cubbyholes, some for future use, some to be "forgotten" forever. But they are all there, with more being added all the time. This becomes quite a mental clutter, unless we can develop the concentration to retrieve only what we need when we need it.

This is particularly true of the Tarotologist, for you must not only be able to recall bits of data—facts and information—for each reading, but you must summon up the wisdom to make decisions and interpretations based on the material before you. Your mind can easily become confused and disorganized, especially if your client's thoughts are not properly directed as well, and this confusion and disorganization can seriously affect the veracity of your reading. This is the reason for having the client write out his question and concentrate on it, as outlined in the previous chapter.

But what about you? There is a device which I have found to be extremely useful in focusing your own concentration, as well as that of your client, during a divination. With the help of this simple aid, you can direct your spiritual attention to the higher energies you wish to contact and release yourself from the muddle of normal thought patterns.

Using the Lemniscate

The Lemniscate is a very ancient and powerful symbol: in mathematics it is the symbol for Infinity and resembles a figure eight lying on its side: OO. Ln occult teaching it symbolizes both Eternity and Infinity and is often used to depict Cosmic Consciousness. It can be clearly observed, for instance, over the heads of the figures in THE MAGICIAN and STRENGTH.

By drawing a Lemniscate in black ink on a piece of white poster board, as shown on page 220, you can provide yourself with a simple but effective means of focusing concentration and eliminating much of the distortion of negative or confusing vibrations.

Esoteric Circles

The Lemniscate should be drawn as two interlocking circles, side by side, with the words "ESOTERIC CIRCLE " written in the center of the left-hand circle and the words "WISDOM CIRCLE" written in the center of the right-hand circle (see CHART 7). The Lemniscate should be used with all spreads and kept with your Tarot deck and other tools for divination.

After the client has written his question, or if no specific question, "Wisdom of the Tarot" on a piece of paper, as described in the previous chapter, and is concentrating on the question or statement, he is given the cards to shuffle. Still concentrating on the paper, the client shuffles the cards thoroughly, then cuts the cards three times, restacks them and hands them back to you. As you perform the Ritual of Solidification, you ask the client to continue concentrating on the paper until he feels that his query has been absorbed into the Tarot deck.

Usually the client will be anxious to get on with the reading and will not take much extra time at this point. Now instruct the client to fold the question paper tv/ice, so that when it is opened the fold makes a cross which forms four squares. The client then places the folded paper into one of the two circles of the Lemniscate.

1. If the client has a direct question, the paper is placed in the ESOTERIC CIRCLE.

2. If the client has no specific question and has written "Wisdom of the Tarot," the paper is placed in the WISDOM CIRCLE.

(This same procedure is followed when you are reading for yourself.)

After the divination is completed, and the client feels satisfied that the query has been satisfactorily answered, you should remove the paper from the circle, tear it twice along the two folds and dispose of it. Each new query requires a new paper, and the previous paper should be destroyed before beginning a new spread.

Also remember to shuffle the cards thoroughly after each divination in order to clear them of the vibratory "imprint" of the former client. The Tarot Spreads

A "spread" is a particular formation of Tarot cards "spread out" in a definite order and sequence to obtain esoteric insight into the client's query or desire for guidance. There are many different spreads which can be used by the Tarotologist, and the nature of the enquiry determines which to select. Some spreads are simple and others are quite complicated, getting into areas of Karmic responsibility and other advanced concepts. For the purposes of this Handbook, I will describe three spreads which are adequate to cover the types of readings you will undertake at this stage in your studies. They are the types most frequently used and will provide you writh sufficient versatility in divination. These three types of spreads are:

1. The Celtic Cross

2. The Celtic Block

3. The Predictive Manteia

The Celtic Cross

This is the most commonly used spread and is a very ancient method of reading the cards. It will provide hours of intriguing study, and you will be amazed at how ten cards can relate so much information. The Celtic Cross can be used to answer questions that require some background or general knowledge.

Throughout this Handbook, I have repeatedly emphasized the need for becoming sensitized to the meanings of the cards themselves; now it becomes important as well for you to thoroughly learn the different spreads, so that you can lay the cards outin the correct order, concentrating on the cards themselves, rather than where you are placing them.

Ten cards are used in the Celtic Cross Spread. The first card is placed over the folded piece of paper with the client's query, which is in one of the two circles of the Lemniscate. As you lay out each card, you should say aloud firmly what each one represents:

1. This is what covers you.

2. This is what crosses you for good or bad.

3. This is the basis of the situation.

4. This is behind you, or in the process of leaving.

5. This is what crowns you and could come into being.

6. This is before you.

7. This represents your own negative feelings.

8. This represents the feelings of others around you.

9. This represents your own positive feelings.

10. This is the outcome.

Lay out all ten cards and complete the spread before attempting to interpret the cards. Don't hurry — take your time and observe everything you can before relating any information to the client. Take into consideration the Suit Keys, a profusion of any one suit, the balance of the spread and the number of Court Cards. When you are still new to divination, it is perfectly all right to make notes to aid you in determining the message. Keep in mind at all times the client's question or whether the Wisdom of the Tarot has been requested. Get the feel of the spread and allow your intuitive powers to arouse your sensitivity before revealing anything to the client.

On the next page, you will find a diagram for laying out the ten cards of the Celtic Cross. Remember, when laying out any spread, keep the cards close together and the formation neat. This helps considerably in making the vibratory flow of the spread smooth and potent.

On page 224 you will find an exercise which will explain the meanings of each of the ten cards as laid out in the Celtic Cross Spread. Study this exercise until you are thoroughly familiar with each card's meaning, as you may often be called upon to explain them to a curious client.

How To Read The Cards 223 CELTIC CROSS SPREAD

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