Posted 21 May 2004 - 05:13 AM
A lot of people run into that problem when first investigating an interest in Tarot. You are *So* not the only one.
There are a few good starter books out there.
One, called Learning the Tarot, by Joan Bunning, is not only available at Barnes & Noble; it's available free on her website.
It's really excellent. PM me if you want the address.
It's also important to get a deck that speaks to you (I can give you another web address where you can view hundreds online).
Many people advise you at the start to sit down with your new deck and look at the cards and write down the first meanings that come into your head for all of them. Big job...there are 78!
After you've done this, THEN go read someone else's interpretations. Point is, you are the reader, and your meanings are very important in addition to traditional ones.
Personally, I never had the patience to sit and learn the traditional ones. I finally gave myself permission to just read intuitively (whatever popped into my head), and from there my readings took off.
Funny thing is, now, I've been considering going back to learn traditional meanings too! Everybody has to do it in the best way for themselves.
Oracle decks are a good place to start too, because they emphasize your own intuition/meanings. They take away the stress of traditional meanings (since there are none in most cases).
It's also good to just by a deck you like and play around with it. It doesn't have to be serious all the time.
I hope this helps!
PS: I chat on a forum like this one dedicated to Tarot and for people of ALL levels of experience. It's a good learning place, info also available by PM.)
Posted 27 May 2004 - 04:01 PM
anymore, i just use my intuition combined with my own knowledge to divine information about spirits or situations or people, but when i do consult a book, my favorites to date are the books that accompany the haindl deck and the book that goes along with the mythic tarot. of all the books i've read that attempt to "translate" the cards, those books match most closely to my personal beliefs about the tarot and end up being the most accurate.
however, for spiritual readings, i find that the poet's tarot is the most intuitive and most useful. i almost always get surprisingly accurate details about hauntings, spirits, and ghosts with that deck.
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Posted 20 June 2004 - 07:03 PM
I don't use traditional cards...I use a regular deck of playing cards that belonged to my great-grandmother. The strength they contain is almost visible to the eye.
I also read over a mirror - Retain the good energy, and deflect any negativity that may enter the scene through the person I am reading for.
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Posted 04 August 2004 - 08:59 AM
When I first got my deck, the first thing I was taught was to play with them, feel them, and if you have a book, give yourself daily readings. Many do the one card reading, then interpret the meaning with the book. You can do the 3 card spread, past, present and future. These are super easy to do and they will surprise you on their accuracy. These will keep your interests up as you learn the meanings and then moving onto your own translations.
Posted 04 August 2004 - 12:31 PM
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Posted 04 August 2004 - 07:39 PM
When I first started, it was me, and my book. I am somewhat dyslexic, and found trying to read while attempting to learn the meanings, well, I still don't know all the meanings, only what spirit gives me. I just in the last 6 weeks, quit posting alot, and began using my cards a bit more. I just started doing readings again back at a learning site, and am amazed at the accuracy of the cards and spirit. I really hope some really gifted people here take this opportunity to learn what they can, because this is something that rarely happens online. I listen to my cards much more than I would by reading my horoscope in a newspaper, or what have you. Theres some pretty intuitive people here(trust me, I can tell) and this will open up a whole new world for them.
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