…Tarot. Or is it the science? or psychic mediumship? or is it a craft?
It’s all of these things, and, quite possible, none of them.
That’s a bold statement for an out-of-the-closet Tarot-reading life coach and counselor! But you’re in luck, because I’m feeling both introspective and talkative. It’s a rare combination that often results in some sort of essay just short of a Heirophant-i-cal lecture.
Most good Tarot readers will encourage other readers to experiment and follow their intuition. I’m not even going to open that can of worms. You know, the scientific quantification of what intuition is. I’ll just, for the sake of this post, assume that everyone reading it has the ability to intuit my intention.
Today was a hallmark day. Hmm. On second thought, most of the readings I do turn out pretty well, even if I do so say myself. (And, No, that’s not my ego; just relating the reported perception of outcome from my clients.) So, while I would not begin to second guess the Universe and suggest that one reading or another is more important than another, I would venture to suggest that some readings are more important to me for one reason or another. Today was one of those.
So I did a pre-reading for the client, before the reading with the client. The amazing thing was, for me, that my reading for the client – a seven card spread, by the way – identified all of the issues and elements that came out in the two readings with the client. Even more amazing was that she drew six of the same seven cards I did. And she drew them from a different deck. My rational mind always wonders at the statistics of such an outcome. It would be nice if someone could figure that out for me. Oh, and I wrote down the reading I did for her before our meeting, and gave it to her after the reading I did with her.
[I would suggest that you don't play dominoes with me.]
So, what does all this mean?
Was it art? or Art? science? intuition? psychicism? craft?
I suppose there’s an element of most them involved to some degree. I can’t read the cards if I don’t have some idea of their general meanings. General meanings that become more specific during a reading from intuition, from experience, from ability to read the client, from being in tune with the Spirit, from…?
I used both the Thoth deck and the Transparent Deck from Emily Carding, the latter being one of my all-time favorites. No other deck allows for the process visualization of layers, layers in the reading which mimic the layers of the human psyche, spirit and soul. For Path work, there probably isn’t a better deck. At least in my ever so humble yet emphatic opinion.
So what is Tarot? It’s a tool. A tool that allows those with some ability to communicate with Spirit, through and with their own, to provide information to seekers about important events or questions.
Like any tool, it takes experience and knowledge to use it. And like any craftsman, having the right tool for the right job makes the job easier. And a craftsman knows how to use a tool for related jobs for which it was not intended. That’s where intuition and creativity come in. And maybe Art, as well.
So, Tarot pals and pundits, enjoy your connection to the Cards, your clients – and the Spirit.
Blessings to you in the Space Between…