Tarot Tip #2: Writing It Down
July 22, 2010 § Leave a comment
When you’re learning to read, it’s an excellent idea to keep a note of all the readings you do. But this can quickly turn into a chore, especially if you’re doing larger spreads, and it can make quick, spontaneous readings seem an impossibility.
At the same time, making notes on what the cards seemed to be saying in a given meaning helps you learn more quickly and – more importantly – helps you to start trusting your own interpretations more quickly instead of relying on the interpretations in books.
So what to do? The trick is to keep it short and simple. You don’t need to write down everything little thing. Make a note of the date, your question or the subject of the reading, and the deck you’re using. Jot down the spread positions and which cards you drew in each position. Then write down something specific about the image on each card which catches your eye. Don’t try and write about every detail on every card!
For example, for the High Priestess in an Advice position you might write: “The High Priestess is covering her book with both hands. She really doesn’t want anyone to read it. Maybe I should keep my thoughts to myself for now.”
July 13, 2010 § Leave a comment
Dear Tarot Doctor, I ended things with my boyfriend yesterday but then I did a reading last night and the card I drew for him was The Sun. In the book it says it means “joy, happiness, success”. Does that mean I shouldn’t have broken up with him? Thanks, Alys.
Thank you for your question!
First, I don’t know you or your boyfriend so I’m not qualified to say whether you should have broken up. I assume you had (good) reasons for ending it with your boyfriend, in which case you shouldn’t let a pack of cards change your mind. However, there’s nothing wrong with spending some time evaluating what went wrong.
Second, there’s more than one way to read the Sun card (as there is for every tarot card). For example, two possible meanings immediately spring to mind:
1) Like the real sun, your boyfriend always wanted to be the centre of attention. That might have made you feel like you weren’t important in the relationship.
2) Your boyfriend was too intense and full-on and didn’t give you any space. The sun’s wonderful, but if there’s no shade anywhere it can be difficult to take. Similarly, a boyfriend who’s constantly calling, asking how you are, and wanting to be with you can drive you mad – even if he’s just doing so because he really, really likes you.
I’ve deliberately plumped for more negative interpretations there, just to show the range of meaning the Sun can have. Which meaning is correct? Whichever rings true for you. You were there, after all.
Anyway, I hope that helps.
March 15, 2010 § Leave a comment
Dear Tarot Doctor, should I keep my tarot cards wrapped in a silk cloth? Thank you, Jen xx
Only if you want to.
Tarot Tip #1: Phrasing Questions
February 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
In the DVD you’re shown how to rephrase yes/no questions to get more out of a reading. This is because how you phrase your question has a huge impact on how successful your Tarot reading will be.
By far, “how” and “what” are the strongest words to use when phrasing your question. For example, you could ask “How can I achieve x?” or “What is going on between me and Bob?” and simply draw one card. That card would then show you your answer. That is, the image on the card demonstrates how you can achieve x or depicts what is going on between you and Bob. This makes interpreting the card and getting your answer really easy – all you have to do is read the picture.
January 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
Okay, it’s time to get the ball rolling. And whilst I, the Tarot Doctor, wait patiently (ahem) for someone to consult me, I’m going to talk about free will. Because that’s an issue that always crops up somewhere along the line when you’re learning to read Tarot.
There’s a commonly held misconception that consulting Tarot cards cancels out free will. That is, if you do a Tarot reading asking for advice, you are no longer in control of your destiny.
This is nonsense. Why should asking Tarot cards for advice be any different from asking, say, a friend, or a teacher, or some random stranger on the street? If you’re at the point where you’re asking anyone for advice it’s safe to say you’re having difficulty making a decision yourself. Ergo, any external input can only be a good thing. It helps to spark your brain and gets you out of your same-old same-old thinking patterns.
However, I understand that it is generally more challenging to contemplate resting your fate in the hands of 78 pieces of cardboard (which, for starters, don’t have hands) than in the lovely friendly familiar hands of a friend. The important thing to remember is that you’re not.
When you do a Tarot reading, the idea is not to say “tell me what to do”. The idea is to say “hey, I’m stuck, give me a hand here”, which is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. You draw a card (or more – often one is best in these situations) and then you ponder it. Your brain looks for ways in which the image on the card relates to your problem. Brains (being intelligent creatures) love making connections. Yours will invariably start firing out lots of different potential interpretations. Take everything your brain throws at you. Jot down some words and phrases if they pop into your head. Something there will prove useful, I promise.
It’s not about which interpretation is “correct” or about what the card is telling you to do; that way lies madness. It’s about what your brain does with what you see. The answer you seek comes from you – not from Tarot cards or the Universe or the big floating bodiless thing in the sky. And that means the question of whether Tarot undermines free will is a non-starter.