Unlike many Tarot card readers that feel their way through a reading, my experience has taught me that if the questions are clear and answerable, the information on the cards can be taken literally. It’s not about turning over a card that shows a man hanging upside down and trying to figure out what it means, but rather, it’s about extracting the meaning behind what has been assigned to the card. I encourage people to use, and ask about, the assignments and then take what the card gives you.
In order to give the game a chance to play-out, if you state that you want a classic keyword that describes the situation the best and you draw The Hanged Man, the cards are telling you that one or more of the following words is what you’re looking for: Sacrifice, Transition, Spiritual transformation, Suspension, Restriction and Letting go. You don’t need to make anything up or listen for spirits to talk to you, you just simply look for the answer in that set of words.
If the question was ‘what is the best advice that the cards can provide me regarding how I can get my kids through college?’ the cards could be telling you that it’s time to make a sacrifice or maybe let go. It could be that simple. Depending on the context of the other cards, it may be a different keyword in the collection or a combination.
In any case, it’s not about finding the right thing or element on the card, it’s about being clear about what you need and then using what has been assigned to the card.
With this in mind, as long as you clearly define the working set of answers or descriptors that the cards represent, you can use any deck of cards and get meaningful readings. In the great space of consciousness, it doesn’t really matter if you’re dealing a Bicycle brand two of hearts or a Rider-Waite two of cups, they can both represent the same set of results.
So, when you read through this Tarot Manual and see images of cards, you’ll see that I’ve assigned different sets of results to the same card. Specifically, I’ve assigned Classic, Mundane and Predictive meanings to the cards in order to help me get answers that are specific to readings that about interpersonal, ordinary or eventful issues.
What’s really important is that the questions state what kind of answer you are expecting to find. When this is done, it’s easy to find the answer or advice.
2 thoughts on “Approach”
If a question is stating the kind of answer I am expecting to find, then why would I bother asking? I have already set my intent which would skew an unbiased question, wouldn’t it? Also, ultimately we wouldn’t need cards if we understand how to ask questions, right? I’m pretty new to all this.
Hi Diane, I will revisit this article in order to be clearer. The context of my statement is that when you use a deck of cards, you need to also state your intention with regards to what definitions that you want the cards to represent. In my case, I am using one set of cards, which resemble what you would see as standard classical cards. When I approach my reading, I will state how the cards should be used so that I can reference the correct definitions. When I do a personal reading, I use the classic meanings. When I do a prediction for an event, I use meanings from the different definition sets based on the card position in the spread. Thus, I am stating from which definitions set I expect to find the answer. Does that make sense?
Regarding the question about not needing cards if we understand how to ask questions, I would ask, how do you get answers to the questions that you ask? The whole point of using Tarot cards is to ask a ‘source’ that is outside of our own ego and then listen and feel for the response. The more you define the rule set for this other source, the better that other source will be able to communicate with you regarding what you ask of it.
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