This is based on my own experience. There are those with different views. This is okay.
Let’s talk a bit about Tarot! This is one is those subjects that comes up frequently in pagan and witchy aminos and it’s one around which there is a lot of good and bad information. I’ve been a student of Tarot since I was thirteen. I was thinking about this the other day and realized that means that I’ve been studying this for 20 years in one form or another.
Anyway, in that time I’ve learned a lot about the art of Tarot. Now, I’m certainly not an expert, but it is a true passion of mine.
For this blog I’m going to use a Q&A format with some of the most frequent questions I get and have gotten from people about Tarot. With that said, let’s get going!
Q: So Tarot is fortune telling, right?
A: Please, no. Fortune telling is about predicting the future. This isn’t what Tarot is about. It’s certainly true that Tarot can give direction and you’ve an idea of what may be coming, but it isn’t about telling the future. Tarot is really about telling about now. It tells us about ourselves, about current situations, and tells us where we’re heading.
An important thing to remember when dealing with Tarot is that the future isn’t set in stone. We are deciding our own futures one step at a time. A Tarot reading may tell of a coming event that never happens. Does that mean the reading was wrong? No. It means that you had information and acted upon it. At the moment of the reading that is where you were headed, but using the information you gleaned from the reading you assured that this would never come to be.
Q: Does your deck like you? What’s it’s personality like?
A: Honestly, I’ve never understood this question. My decks are all fine. You see, a Tarot deck is a deck of cards. It is cardboard and ink. I don’t believe that they have any personality beyond the personality and intention of the art. That said, they do have energy. It is important that you can connect with the art and the energy of your Tarot deck. This doesn’t mean you have to like the art of your deck, only that you can connect with it. One of my favorite decks that I read the easiest is one that I don’t particularly love the art, but I connect very deeply with it.
All of that said, I do believe that it is important to cleanse your deck to make sure that it is your energy connecting with it. While the deck isn’t a creature with its own mind it is a tool to connect to the consciousness of the Universe! It is important that they are cleansed and attuned to you as any tool would be.
Q: What do you do when books disagree with each other or when a meaning of a card didn’t make sense to the question?
A: Short answer: this will happen frequently. It’s okay. Tarot is an intuitive art. Each book you will find is written by someone who has studied the Tarot deeply and written their findings. You will notice that the main themselves carry from book to book, but the specifics can dramatically vary from author to author. Tarot card meanings are not rigid and unchanging. Tarot cards are ideas. Each card conveys a thought. The specifics really are dependant upon the art of the card, the spread used, the question asked, etc. If the “official” meaning in your deck’s book or another book/website doesn’t fit take a moment and look at the card. Look at where it is in the spread. What does it being too mind? Don’t overthink it. Let it come to you.
Q: Why do people think Tarot is evil?
A: Movies. That’s really the short answer. Also, the card images can be disturbing to one not familiar with them. I mean, my introduction to Tarot was in a movie where the Death card was drawn and it was proclaimed that the main character was going to die at midnight. This was during a seance. This is not how Tarot works and is absurd.
Q: How do you read reversals?
A: I’ll tell ya what… If you want to start some controversy on a Tarot blog or forum ask this question! You will get as many answers as there are members. Some Tarot readers don’t even use reversals. Honestly, there isn’t a correct answer to this question. Every Tarot card holds every possible meaning no matter the orientation. That said, if traversals help your intuition, go for it! Read them in the way that makes sense to you. Just don’t listen to the things that yell you what reversals HAVE to be. Again, Tarot is an intuitive art. Each reader will be a bit different in the way they read the cards. This is okay.
Q: I can’t find a deck I like and want to start. What do I do?
A: Get a deck. I would highly recommend a standard such as the Rider-Waite. You may not like the art, but it’s a standard for a reason. It’s easy to learn the symbolism and how to read the cards. If you don’t really have a foundation in Tarot it’s really difficult to say if you connect with a deck or not. There are decks that I absolutely had no interest in when I started, but as I learned they called to me more and more. The reason for this is I started to understand the REASON for the artistic choices. There were things going on that I had no idea about before. At this point in my practice I look more at the symbolism and “language” of the deck then the art style. After all, the language of Tarot is symbolism. The art can be beautiful and devoid of any meaningful symbolism or it can be atrocious, yet FULL of deep symbolism.
Well, that’s all for this Tarot Talk Q&A. Would you want another one? If so, what questions would you like addressed? You can leave them in the comments or message then!
Peace all! ✌️
This blog originally posted on The Witches Secret Amino.