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The reading proper is over, but the inner work is just beginning. Your goal is to integrate what you have learned into your life in some way. If you don't, your tarot practice will remain a beautiful pastime with no power to help you. As the days go by, think about your reading and how it meshes with your life. Ask yourself these questions Using what you have learned in a reading is probably the most important step - and the most difficult. It involves moving beyond playing with the cards. When you actually commit to integrating your tarot insights into your life, you have realized the true and lasting benefit to be gained from the cards.
You are going to write a question for your first tarot reading. Think about your life for a moment, and choose an area in which you are having some difficulty. (We all have one of these ) Avoid general concerns such as finding a life partner. Pick a specific everyday problem that is troubling you right now in your home or workplace. Choose something that involves you directly and that you care about personally. Follow the recommendations in lesson 7 for writing an effective question. Take notes as you go. We will be using these notes and your question in the next lesson.
During the next few weeks, look for an opportunity to try an Open Reading. I recommend a fairly quiet day when you feel at peace with your life and attuned to the moment. It should be a day when you have the time and inclination to step back a little and look at the larger patterns that are influencing you at this time. If a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion happens to fall during this period, use it as the basis for your reading. Follow the procedure described in lesson 10. (You can also refer to the step-by-step outline.)
Similarly, by reference to the path of the Earth around the Sun as a function of our time circle, the Dawn of the Year, or the Spring, and all that is associated with it in terms of new life, may be associated with the Sword cards. In like manner the Wands relate to the powers of Summer the Cups to the powers of Autumn, and the Coins to those of Winter.
Forms of expression by stepping through a luminous veil of transmutation or changing of means of material expression. The death known to a fallen world is a travesty, a distorted shadow, of this process. The Last Judgement The call to the new life of all that is past and in error, of all that sleeps in the vale of illusion. The birth into cosmic citizenship.
The card's other symbolism reflects its dual aspects. He holds an ankh, Egyptian symbol of life, to indicate that under the law he bears the power of life and death, and will hopefully use it well. Four rams, symbols of Aries, adorn his throne while at the crown's peak he bears the sign of Aries (unfortunately resembling a propellor). Now, Aries symbolizes force, aggression and war, but as the first sign of the zodiac it also signifies the new life of spring, which can emerge from the stability of a just society. In ancient times, where the Goddess reigned, the king performed a special function. New life can only come from death therefore, each winter, the Goddess's representatives sacrificed the old king, very often dismembering him and planting the pieces in the ground, thereby mystically fertilizing the earth. Later, when the male dominated religions took over, the king came to symbolize the rule of law which had clamped a lid of repression on what seemed to the patriarchs as the...
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.
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 minor arcana cards do not carry the same weight, but they are still important. They chart the ups and downs of daily life and register changes in You could draw a minor arcana card in one reading and then draw a major arcana card about the same subject in a later reading. What started as minor has become more important over time. Similarly, a major matter can fade and lose its urgency as your life changes. You can assume that a major arcana card brings greater energy to whatever area it represents. Give that aspect extra consideration and take advantage of the power building there.
A wand is a strong, masculine object, alive with potent force. Leaves are growing as new life bursts forth. The wand reminds us of a magic wand used to perform miracles and create wonders. The gift of the Ace of Wands is creativity, enthusiasm, courage and confidence. Aces are portals between the realms of the major and minor arcanas. They allow powerful, but impersonal forces to come into your life. An Ace in a reading shows that its qualities are becoming available to you. If you take advantage of them, you will achieve greater happiness and success. An Ace is always interpreted as beneficial, positive and life-enhancing. to make real and important changes in your life.
No Tower built upon false foundations can withstand the raw energy of purification. The ivory fortress of the intellect, the prideful Chantry of ambition, the lonely citadel of the isolated self and the paper constructs of the material world become targets for destruction. Cast into the dimensions of uncertainty, those who dwelt in ignorance must face a new beginning.
An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new spirit is entering your life. It draws on the energy of the Ace of Wands The Ace of Wands is a symbol of possibility in the area of creativity, excitement, adventure, courage and personal power. In readings, it shows that a seed of bold enthusiasm has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a creative idea, surge of optimism or need to act boldly. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event. When you see this Ace, examine your life to see how its potent, confident energy could work for you. Be daring and brave. Sometimes you have to risk to get what you want. Look for the path that will excite you and push you beyond your limits. Seize the initiative, and let your enthusiasm take you to new heights. Wands are the suit of individual power and fulfillment. This Ace tells you that a time of passion is beginning. You will...
An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new spirit is entering your life. It draws on the energy of the Ace of Swords The Ace of Swords is a symbol of possibility in the area of intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity and fortitude. In readings, it shows that a seed of clear understanding has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a compelling idea, desire for the truth, call to justice, or a need to be honest. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event. When you see the Ace of Swords, examine your life to see how its clean, sharp energy could work for you. Think about your problem objectively. Look for situations that are unjust or confusing and resolve to set them right. Above all else, commit to being honest and ethical. This card tells you that you do have the inner resources to overcome all
The cards in the tarot are not good or bad in themselves. They only describe certain energies or influences. It is up to you to use this information to make conscious choices about your life. Although the Tower can show a shattering breakup or downfall of some kind, you do not have to view this negatively. Sometimes an explosion of feeling or dramatic shakeup provides welcome relief, clearing the air and freeing up new energy. A tarot practice is based on the understanding that wisdom from some Source will come to you through the cards. At first, you may have to accept this on faith, but after awhile you will receive the proof you need in the results you experience in your life. If you can approach the cards with trust, your tarot practice will take off. Good luck
Most of the time you will want to consult the tarot because you are facing a problem or challenge. Something about your life is troubling you, and you want to understand why it is happening and what you can do about it. The best kind of tarot reading for this situation is the Question Reading. You write a question about your problem, and you receive your answer by interpreting the cards. The question helps you relate the guidance you receive to your situation in a way that makes sense. In this lesson, I describe how to create a question for a reading you do for yourself.
The most important feature of a spread is the fact that each position has a unique meaning that colors the interpretation of whatever card falls in that spot. For example, the Four of Pentacles stands for possessiveness, control, and blocked change. If this card were to fall in Position 4 of the Celtic Cross Spread (the Past position), you would look at how these qualities are moving out of your life. In Position 6 (the Future ), you would instead view them as coming into your life - a quite different interpretation.
To fully understand the female principle and evolutionary process, we must realize that the mystery of woman and her ability to produce children is unique and God-given. We must learn to appreciate the qualities of motherhood and how the strength of the female relates to earthly responsibilities. Woman plays a remarkable role in nature it is through her that man is born. The Empress in all her feminine glory fulfills every man's dreams and hopes. We should attempt to study her earthly role and feel the essence of life pulsate in every living thing. Know the majestic splendor of continual reproduction in the whole concept of nature. Experience the throb of Divinity in every growing thing. Learn to listen to the constant cry of mankind reaching out to touch its destiny. Through each other, man and woman should find peace and harmony. Meditation on this vibrant symbol will teach us the true purpose of life. We must understand that the Empress does not represent the female alone in her...
The divinatory meanings of the Magician derive from both hands, the one which receives the power and the one which directs. The card means first of all an awareness of power in your life, of spirit or simple excitement possessing you. It can also mean, depending on its position and your reaction to it, someone else's power affecting you. Like the Fool, the card refers to beginnings, but here the first actual steps. It can mean both the inspiration to begin some new project or phase of life, and the excitement that sustains you through the hard work to reach your goal. For many people the Magician can become a strong personal symbol for the creative force throughout their lives.
This fool is man who has passed through the most advanced stages of human development on earth and has reached the highest level. His consciousness has united with the divine. Yet in so doing he has removed himself so far in spirit from his fellow-men that nobody understands him any longer. Already as the hanged man he saw everything the other way round but even if he saw everything in this way, he did so from a human point of view. Now that he has crossed the threshold between the two worlds and finally died in the grave-furnace as a mortal human being to rise to a new life as a heavenly being, he can no longer see anything from the human
A tarot reading is a map of all the counterbalancing tendencies that are or could be operating in your life at one time. To read this map, you must understand the Law of Opposition - that any quality, once identified, implies its opposite. This is a basic principle of the material universe. The Fool discovers this principle at the very beginning of his journey when he meets the Magician and the High Priestess. These two show him that nothing can be defined in isolation, only as one pole of a balancing pair. In a reading, these two cards could be showing you the importance of the restriction freedom issue in your life. They define the extreme ends of a continuum of experience from which you choose the best balance point for yourself. There are three types of card pairs.
Before you move on to the next Family, spend an evening studying the WANDS, getting to feel more and more at home with them. Think of them as a family that has just moved in next door. They have invited you over for an evening to get acquainted. It takes time to get to know your neighbors properly, so don't be in a hurry. Enjoy the time you spend with them, realize that they will be a part of your life from now on.
The Midwife (neutral good, Wisdom) is a conduit to creation, although she does not create on her own. This halfling is a key that lets new life or information into the world. Her heart can see the good in even the worst situation. She can see the import of any new arrival, but if the card is misaligned, the new arrival will likely not inspire much joy.
In readings, the King of Swords asks you to take the kinds of actions he might take. For example telling the truth, thinking up a solution, communicating well, or judging fairly. This King can also represent a man or woman who is acting as he does, or an atmosphere of reason, honesty and high standards. In a reading, he tells you that his special energy has meaning for you at this time. Let yourself be inspired by this King in whatever form he appears in your life. An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new spirit is entering your life. It draws on the energy of the Ace of Pentacles The Ace of Pentacles is a symbol of possibility in the area of prosperity, abundance, trust, security and groundedness. In readings, it shows that a seed of productivity has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a feeling of centeredness, desire for results or need to focus on practical matters. On the outside, it could be...
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