Why I Love the Tarot
To many people, a deck of tarot cards represents something just a little less sinister than evil. However, a quick check of Wikipedia shows us that these cards came about in the 15th century and were originally used for playing games. Not unlike our playing cards of today. It wasn’t until a few hundred years later that they were used for mystic divination.
When you mention tarot I think most, if not all, people think of gypsies, glass bead curtains, crystal balls, and smoky incense. I must admit, the image is a little romantic and attractive.
An exotic woman clad in brightly woven clothing glides across the dimly lit room. She explains to the teenaged girl sitting at the table that she can help her to see her future. The question must be asked with sincerity and intent. All answers are held in these mystical cards. And so they are, in a way.
The tarot helps me organize my thoughts about a particular subject and the cards themselves represent different angles from which to view them. In other words, they help me think. Nothing magical or occult. Confused?
There are scores of spreads (layouts) , each particularly good at thinking through a question. You may use a simple past-present-future spread to think about just that. The past, the present, and the future. You may choose a different spread for a question related to finances.
Each position in a spread asks you think about a specific part of the question asked within the spread. For instance, the card in position three in the Celtic Cross spread represents the root cause of the problem.
Finally, each card has a specific meaning. They also have different and special meanings if they’re dawn in a reverse position. Learning them takes some time. I still need to refer to a book from time-to-time.
So to put this all together, if I had a relationship-related question I might choose to use a Celtic cross spread, where the card in the third position relates to the root cause of the problem or matter. I draw the Four of Cups card in that position. This card tells me that my problem may be centered around a longing for that which is indefinable and ignoring the reality. Hmmmm. I think about that and it could be true. My limerence often times leads me to this place, and I am in a strong limerent state right now.
However, this reading is dependent upon all other cards in the spread and what they’re projecting. The meaning of a card can be slightly altered, weakened, or strengthened by the presence of another card in a complimentary or opposing position.
What this does is force you think about different possibilities and outcomes for the problem on which you are meditating. Very handy. It sparks the imagination and sometimes a revelation. Often I come up with the best and most creative solutions to a problem after consulting the cards.
This is why I love the tarot. Well. That and the fact that the artwork is delightful!
Interested in the tarot? There are several different decks to choose from. You need to research them and see which deck speaks to you. I use the Druidcraft tarot.