My day was devoted to the first leg of one long-ass drive today. Day 2 tomorrow will see me tackling the back stretch of it. Before I left home, I decided to sit and stare at a version of the Chariot card, just to try to coax in some good travel vibes. As you may … More Tarot Tip: Conjure Card Energies!
TAROT TIP It’s pretty common knowledge that if you want to, you can mix Astrology into your Tarot practice. They’re two very different systems, but if you settle on some linkages to connect the symbols of one with the symbols of the other, then using them together can actually enrich your practices with both. The … More Kabbalah and Tarot
TAROT CARD FLASH MOB! I was holding forth recently about how it can be very illuminating to keep watch on cards that appear a lot for you across multiple readings in a short period of time (“stalker cards”). I also mentioned what I dubbed “MIA cards” – the ones that seem to be avoiding you … More Tarot Card Flash Mob
Learn Tarot by Doing You want to understand the Tarot deck better? Design one yourself. Even if you’re not an artist, pretend that you’ll have the perfect visual craftsperson at your disposal to create any images you want. Then the big questions are things like: Do you follow one of the RWS, Thoth, or TdM … More Tarot Tip: Learning by Design
Tarot Tip: combine it with meditation! Meditation Tip: combine it with Tarot! These are definitely two great tastes that taste great together. On the Tarot end, just pick a card that you want to consult with, or that has energy you want to coax into your life in greater quantities. Set the card up in … More Combining Tarot with Meditation
Tarot people have a long tradition of associating each of the four Suits with one of the classic Four Elements. No one really seems to question the wisdom of doing this in general. Where the discord does creep in is at that point where you have to settle on specific attributions. Like, should Cups be … More Tarot: Which Suit Goes with Which Element?
I was making coffee earlier, and because coffee makes magic things happen, I was suddenly struck with this analogy from nowhere, explaining how Major and Minor cards in Tarot relate to each other overall. Try this on for size: In many bodies of classical mythology, you have your humans living on the mortal plane, and … More Tarot: Majors Above and Minors Below
It’s pretty understandable that a Tarot reader might place a lot of focus on what the cards have to say. That seems to be the point of consulting them, right? But a Tarot reading isn’t exactly a one-way monologue performed by the deck. It’s actually a dialogue, a conversation…and that dialogue starts with the reader … More Tarot Tip: Remember the GIGO Principle!
It’s pretty natural when interpreting a spread to analyze the cards one at a time – that’s an essential part of any reading. Another really crucial step, though, is to also take stock of the entire array of cards you’ve drawn, after the last one has been turned face-up. This bird’s-eye view assessment can reveal … More Tarot Tip: Bird’s-Eye View
In the modern Tarot landscape, the overwhelming percentage of decks that you’ll encounter use either the Rider-Waite-Smith deck or the Thoth deck as their “role model.” Most decks closely follow one or the other of those two blueprints, and decks that stray too far from them run the risk of being dismissed by the Tarot … More Tarot Tip: Study Your RWS & Thoth!