Learning Tarot

Cards Chosen

Bold phrases are from the information page for the card, italic phrases stand for the meaning assigned to the card position. See Yin Yang spread for position meanings. In this conflict, there are many people and groups involved, but I feel the two main parties are President Clinton and his Administration and the House Republicans. Clinton is key, of course, because he has the power of the veto. He also seems to represent the idea that fiscal responsibility is important, but not at all costs....

Exercise Other Permanent Pairs

- Choose one meaning for the card. - Think of a meaning that is the opposite. - Find another card major or minor that suggests this opposite meaning. - For ideas, scan the keyword summary charts and the opposing cards section of each card. Two of Cups Five of Wands Five of Swords Eight of Pentacles Eight of Wands Nine of Cups Exercise 15.3 - Court Card Pairs People both help and annoy each other because of their differences. Below are twelve court card pairs. For each one - Choose a personality...

Page Of Pentacles

Make your plans real mold the physical world use your body experience nature achieve tangible results act on your dreams get events in motion apply the tools at hand find a solution that works use common sense stop daydreaming work with what you have concentrate on what's effective draw to you what you need increase your means grow and expand enrich yourself go out to meet success seek abundance become secure accept that the solution is well in hand The Page of Pentacles can form a pair with...

The High Priestess

Allowing events to proceed without intervention opening to dreams and the imagination understanding the possibilities opening to what could be seeing your hidden talents allowing development letting what is there flower looking beyond the obvious approaching a closed off area opening to the unknown remembering something important sensing the secret and hidden seeking what is concealed acknowledging the Shadow Magician - acting consciously, thinking, the known and obvious Two of Wands - acting...

Court Cards

The court cards are people with personalities that reflect the qualities of their suit and rank. The court cards show us certain ways of being in the world so that we can use (or avoid ) those styles when appropriate. A King is mature and masculine. He is a doer whose focus is outward on the events of life. He demonstrates authority, control and mastery in some area associated with his suit. A King's style is strong, assertive and direct. He is concerned with results and practical, how-to...

Creating the Story

In this lesson, you will learn how to pull together the elements of a reading - to create a tarot story. This is not an easy process to describe because storytelling is an art. Even though you can be shown a few techniques, in the end, you must develop your own style as a tarot artist. This is the challenge (and fun ) of card interpretation. First, I want you to set aside everything you've learned so far That's right, just disregard all those fancy principles. In the last seventeen lessons,...

Introduction to the Tarot

Years ago, when I told my brother I was studying the tarot, his first comment was, How can a deck of cards possibly tell you anything about anything I laughed because I thought his reply summed up pretty well the common sense view of the cards. I, too, had my doubts about the tarot, but I found out that the cards can make a real difference in the way you perceive and deal with the challenges in your life. In this introduction, I'll try to explain why. The origin of the tarot is a mystery. We do...

Jills First Tarot Reading

This first reading took place in January 1990 as an Open Reading for Jill. Jill had been adopted at eleven months. She wanted to learn all she could about her first year. For several months, she had been trying to gain information about her birth mother and, to a lesser extent, her birth father. Jill tried to go through the agency that handled her adoption, but found that most of the information was closed to her. At the time of the reading, she had decided to pursue legal options to gain...

Reversed Cards

When you shuffle the tarot cards, they often end up facing in different directions. So far, I've suggested that you ignore this effect and simply turn the upside-down cards around. Now you are ready to learn more about reversed cards and what they have to offer. All life is energy - currents of force that mix and blend to form the patterns of our lives. Each tarot card symbolizes a particular energy, and a tarot reading shows the collective energies that make up a situation. When you do a...

Exercise Queens

Queen of Cups My cousin is going to need extra love and support. -- loving Queen of Pentacles I can figure out a way to get the keys if I put my mind to it. - resourceful Queen of Swords What's the real reason I was given this hopeless project -- astute Queen of Wands I'll have extra energy when I lose weight. -- energetic Queen of Pentacles I'll keep this secret since my friend entrusted me with it. - trustworthy Queen of Swords I'll be open and honest in this interview so there are no...

Exercise Occasional Pairs

Hermit someone hiding from the law Justice a representative of the law Nine of Swords not being able to rest Four of Swords being able to rest peacefully Two of Pentacles both figures have a bent leg perhaps a knee problem Hanged Man Chariot both cards show powerful figures ready to crush anything in their paths Death Four of Pentacles someone who is alone and loves money. Six of Wands someone who loves people and is surrounded by them Lovers enjoying the delights of paradise Six of Swords cast...

Exercise Traditional Position Pairs in the Celtic Cross

Create a Celtic Cross layout using any ten cards from the deck placed face down. For each of the six situations below, do the following - Imagine you are doing a Celtic Cross reading, and you have drawn the two cards listed under A . - Find these cards and place them face up in the positions indicated. Remove the cards that are there. - Write a short interpretation of these two cards as a pair. Use the examples in lesson 16 as a model. - For extra practice, repeat steps 1-4 using the second set...

Ace of Pentacles reversed

It just slips through my fingers. See image. I don't feel stable. The ground keeps shifting under me. Knight of Cups - reversed One day I'm up, the next day I'm down. These mood swings are difficult. I pretend I don't have strong feelings, but I do. Six of Swords - reversed This boat is going to capsize. See image. I refuse to stay depressed. I'm going to have some fun. Hierophant - reversed I'm dropping out of school. I don't see my religion the same way...

Articulate

Is adept at language and verbal skills communicates ideas successfully is a stimulating conversationalist often serves as a group spokesperson is a lucid writer and speaker renders honest, insightful judgments understands and honors all sides of an issue is concerned about truth and fairness views situations with a dispassionate eye is impartial and objective is a moral ethical leader encourages high standards works against corruption and dishonesty takes the high road in all dealings lives by...

Jills Second Reading

In June 1990, I did an Other Reading about Jill and her situation. The events which had transpired were so dramatic that I felt drawn to see what the tarot would say about them. In March, Jill met with a judge who was so convinced by the validity of her search that she ruled the adoption files should be opened. Through hard work, Jill located her birth parents within three weeks. Her father was reluctant to speak with her at first, but her mother welcomed her warmly after a surprise meeting in...

Description

The personality of the King of Wands is a combination of the positive fire energy of the Wands suit and the active, outward focus of a King. He is creative and never settles for old, tired approaches. He trusts his originality and allows his inspirations to take form. He's enthusiastic. He steps forward and takes the lead if the opportunity presents itself. Others follow when he shows them the way with confidence. He's forceful in pursuing his goals. He's not a quiet, passive observer unless...

Major and Minor Arcana Cards

Certain cards in the tarot naturally form into groups. These cards have unique meanings, but they also have a common identity with the other cards in their group. The two largest subgroups are the major and minor arcanas. The terms major and minor reflect the relative weights of these two groups. A major arcana card represents an energy that is deep, strong, decisive or long-term. When a major arcana card appears in a reading, you have tapped into a powerful energy in some area of your life....

The Major Arcana

The standard tarot deck consists of 78 cards divided into two sections, the major and minor arcanas. The word arcana is the plural of arcanum which means profound secret. To the alchemists of the Middle Ages, the arcanum was the secret of nature. The tarot cards are therefore a collection of the secrets that underlie and explain our universe. The 22 cards of the major arcana are the heart of the deck. Each of these cards symbolizes some universal aspect of human experience. They represent the...

The Magician and the High Priestess

On setting out, the Fool immediately encounters the Magician 1 and the High Priestess 2 - the great balancing forces that make up the perceived world. It is a feature of the material universe that as soon as we name some aspect of experience, we automatically evoke its opposite. The Magician is the positive side. He represents the active, masculine power of creative impulse. He is also our conscious awareness. The Magician is the force that allows us to impact the world through a concentration...

Setting the Mood

Your first step is to create a conducive mood. Lesson 6 offers some suggestions on how to set up a pleasing environment. You can try these ideas, if you like. Focus on what will make you feel comfortable and secure. When you are ready, sit down on the floor or at a table leaving some empty space in front of you. You should have your tarot cards and your question written on a piece of paper. (See lesson 7 for how to write a question.) At first, a full reading will probably take at least thirty...

StepByStep Procedure

Here are the steps for a tarot reading you do for yourself based on a written question. See lesson 8. your written question your tarot cards the layout for the spread you have chosen the card and spread information pages, if desired Setting the mood Prepare the environment according to personal preference. Sit down with some empty space in front of you. Relax and still your mind. Breathe deeply several times. Asking your question Hold cards cupped in one hand. Place other hand on top. Close...

Exercise Court Cards are People

The more you understand your fellow humans, the more you will understand the court cards. Over the next few weeks, observe your relatives, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Consider celebrities, historical figures, and characters from books, TV and films. Ask yourself What qualities does this person have Not have What qualities are helpful to this person Not helpful What court card is this person most like Least like How is this person unique unlike any type at all What court card types...

Exercise Arcana Cards in the Celtic Cross

In the layouts below, you are given just the distribution of major and minor arcana cards. Write a sentence or two for each one describing what you sense about it based just on the positions and arcana factor. You can check my suggestions, if you wish. This exercise is easier if you have something to look at. Take two decks of regular playing cards with different colored backs. One deck will be the major arcana, and one, the minor. (If you don't have playing cards, use squares of colored...

Exercise Comparing the Arcanas Separately

Remove all the major arcana cards from the deck and place them in a pile. Choose a minor arcana card for each one that has a similar meaning. You can choose on your own, or you can check my suggestions, if you wish. Put the minor arcana cards you have chosen in a separate pile. Shuffle and cut the cards in the major arcana pile, and lay out ten in the Celtic Cross. Find the matching minor arcana cards, and form a second Celtic Cross next to the first. Compare your impressions of these two...

Exercise Studying the Major Arcana cards

Spend a few minutes looking at the Card Section so you understand how to use it. Become familiar with keywords and actions as I use these terms in the lessons. Don't worry about memorizing anything. The goal is simply to get comfortable with the information. Now, choose a major arcana card from the deck and go to its information page. Notice how the keywords reinforce each other to create a certain kind of energy or focus. Note also how the actions flesh out the keywords. Read the description,...

Exercise Permanent Pairs in the Major Arcana

Below are two scrambled lists of major arcana cards. Match each card in list 1 with the card in list 2 that you feel is its permanent opposing pair. Give a short meaning for each card that shows the balancing relationship. Try this exercise before looking at the card pages. You can check my suggestions, if you wish. For example Magician Action -High Priestess Nonaction .

Sample Tarot Reading O J Simpson

On September 21, 1995, I did a Celtic Cross Reading based on the following question What is the O. J. Simpson trial telling us, as Americans, about ourselves, our legal system and our society O. J. Simpson is accused of murdering his ex-wife and her friend in June 1994. His trial has been an ongoing source of interest, conjecture and debate since its inception in January 1995. At the time of this reading, the trial is winding down with closing arguments due shortly. I chose to do a reading...

Opposing Cards Some Possibilities

High Priestess - nonaction, intuition, accessing the unconscious Hanged Man - suspending action, not doing Seven of Cups - lacking focus and commitment Four of Swords - resting quietly, storing energy Eight of Swords - confused and uncertain, powerless REINFORCING CARDS Some Possibilities Chariot - focusing, concentrating, being forceful Two of Wands - personal power, wielding a strong force Eight of Wands - quick action, making your move Eight of Pentacles - focus and concentration The...