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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Big 20/20 Event: Day 12: How To Read The Tarot

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Here we go with our Day 12 tutorial.


How To Read The Tarot

A two-card reading I did while working with Tarot For Writers. I used The Goddess Tarot deck. The card on the left tells of a character's best quality. The card on the right tells their worst quality.
This post is brought to you by the lovely Jamie.
Have you been curious about delving into the world of Tarot reading? Would you be surprised to learn that everyone has a psychic ability to some extent, but many of us haven’t opened up to these abilities? There are a few different things you can do to open yourself up and explore the world of Tarot.
First, you’ll need to pick a deck of cards. I highly recommend only getting a deck if you have been able to handle it personally beforehand. You are not giving the answers when reading tarot, nor are the cards. To me, you are using the cards as a means to connect with Spirit and receive information. By handling the cards, you get the chance to connect with their energy and see how they feel. There are a couple of things to especially pay attention to:
1) Do you get a sense of discomfort when handling them?
2) Are they hard to shuffle?
If you answer “yes” to either, there is a good chance those are not the cards for you.
Secondly, you will need to take time to get to know the cards. Spend time looking at them, contemplating the images, and be sure to follow any addition instructions you may get in the booklet that should come with your deck. This will allow you to connect even more deeply with the deck. I also recommend checking out the book “Tarot for Writers”, as they give a lot of great things to think about.
Third, take the time to meditate and set up a nice, relaxed (and clean) area to read in. Make sure you’ve freshly cleaned the surface you are planning to put the cards on. Cleanse the cards before you begin by either visualizing white light surrounding them or lighting incense (or a candle) and holding the cards in the path of the smoke.
This is a standard three-card reading from The Goddess Tarot. The cards tell the past, present, and future whatever the reading is about. There is usually a fourth card which gives a lesson that must be learned to achieve the desired outcome.
Finally, do your reading. Say a prayer for helpful, truthful information to come through, then shuffle the cards as you keep your mind focused on the person asking the question and what they want to know When it feels “right” stop shuffling and hold the cards in your non-dominant hand while tapping the cards three times. Deal out the cards needed, then turn each one over and read it before moving on to the next.
Happy reading!
Jamie's Bio:
Jamie White is a music addict, book lover, pet servant & NaNoWriMo survivor. When she's not busy writing posts for CultureShock, she's taking pictures for her photo blog and spending time with her husband and pets. She released Stains on the Soul and Clutter via Pagan Writers Press in 2013.
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