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Author Topic: Advice on using the Tarot  (Read 7902 times)
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« Reply #6: September 10, 2007, 11:25:31 am »

My question is, was it that the deck and I didn't work well together, or that Tarot's just not my thing? I already use the I Ching, which I love because it gives me clear, concise answers constantly. I am interested in Tarot; I just don't know if it works with me or if it was just the deck used.

It could be the deck, it could be that Tarot is not your thing.

Are you generally a visual person? (i.e. you learn well from visual images, tend to enjoy visual arts, etc.) I'm not (I'm reasonably competent at handling them, since our society is a heavily visual one. But it's not my preferred mode of interaction.)

One of my teachers pointed this out to me when I was frustrated over Tarot related work, and said, basically "You do much better with words. Why not figure out something that works with that."

Over a couple of years, I put together the idea and function of a quote deck: it's a collection of quotes from books I know very well, picked for 3 layers of function (what the words actually say, what the words mean in context of the book, and what the words mean to me, emotionally (why I picked that quote.) It's an impossible deck for other people to read, because there's a layer of personal interpretation in the choice of the quotes - but it produces very clear (if sometimes snarky) readings.

Since I started working with that, I've found it much easier to work with Tarot - I get clearer readings, more often. I often run two readings in parallel now (lay out a Tarot spread, then pull a quote deck card for each Tarot card.) I find the interlinkages fascinating and usually illuminating.

I think there's some useful stuff (in meditation, reflection, as a way to seek overall balance in your focus ) in having some knowledge of Tarot. But I also don't think it's the One True Divination method for everyone.

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