Ah the Tarot! A mystery to most, but a science to me. A way to dig deep into my own mind, or the mind of another to extract hidden knowledge and perceptions.
Here is my one and only deck (that’s about to change), the Rider-Waite Tarot. Conceptualized by Arthur Edward Waite and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith. Pamela began painting images for the 78 cards starting in 1909. This is probably the most popular deck on the Globe. You can purchase it on Amazon.com, if you haven’t already. Do it!
Have you every heard of Angel cards? They are are little pieces of paper (not cards necessarily) with one word on them. A large amount of them are put into a box and you pull one out at random. I did this for my Junior English class in High School (before I got into the Tarot), and I loved it. Everyone pulled a card and we went around the room and explained how this word had relevancy in our personal life. Let’s say some one pulled “force”. Thoughts come to mind… “force… what’s forced? are my actions forced? are things I say forced? people force me to do things I don’t want to. It makes me unhappy and puts me out of control…” Immediately these thoughts begin to take shape. It makes you think. It makes you reflect. This is the basis of oracle cards, but the concept here is also incorporated into the Tarot.
The cards make us think. “What relevancy does this card have to my question? How is this spread formulated to affect me in a personal way?” These thoughts aim to send us on a pathway of reflection and projection. Matters which have occurred in the past that we now look deeper into, and matters which we fear or seek after that have yet to come. “What if? What will happen when… how will I react?” This is a process of examining possibilities—preparing yourself, and clarifying past issues.
This is a divinatory tool used to aid you, and is not meant to control you. How you use the Tarot is your decision, and your adventure. I hope that you will respect the cards with genuine benevolence.