November 10th, 2008

A good way to approach learning the tarot is the meditative way. The first thing you need to do is to select a card. I would suggest you start with the major arcana cards. These are the big guns, people.

Just a word here. Tarot cards are basically, just 78 pieces of cardboard-ish material with pictures on them. They have no special powers. The magic happens when the images trigger knowledge in your very own subconscious.

You first want to achieve an altered state of consciousness.

When you are all wonked out (Heh. Not really, it is a lovely state of consciousness), I would suggest that you study the card you have chosen, and note how the pictures, inhabitants, and colours make you feel. A notebook with a page for each card would be very handy in your journey.

Next, in your mind, expand the card to life size, and walk into the image. You will still be doing the breathing that alters your consciousness. Notice how you feel, physically, at first. Are you cold? Warm?

Then pay particular attention to your emotional state. Are you excited? Happy? Afraid? Angry?

You will want to take note of all of these elements in your little workbook.

Any people or creatures you encounter in the scene should be noticed in detail. Are they approachable? Will they speak to you, or lead you further into the image? What message do they have for you?

When you have fully explored the landscape and inhabitants of the card, come back to your normal waking consciousness, and write down all that you recall.

By actually experiencing the card in the meditation, you are not ever likely to forget it.

This method is how you make the tarot your very own. You won’t need a book to tell you the meanings. In fact, I found any tarot books to be rather confusing, because there were so many different meanings for each card.

There are other things to learn about tarot readings, but if you are not willing to spend the time to fully learn the deck, they aren’t much good to you.

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20 Responses to “Tarot Lesson”

old knudsen Says:

Way too much to learn then you have to learn what upside doon means ach I’ll stick with me runes.

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Ash Says:

I love this! I can’t wait to sit down and really digest this, your suggestions, and your altered state post! Don’t go anywhere!

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Nan Says:

I find that regular playing cards work perfectly fine. It makes card games weirdly interesting too! But my favorite oracle is the I Ching.

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teeni Says:

Now I’m all relaxed and wonky feeling just from reading this post. Or it could be that I just got up too early today. LOL. It doesn’t look like my CommentLuv thingy is working but maybe I’m not approved for some reason. Oh well. That wouldn’t stop me from commenting anyway. ;)

Spookygirl Says:

Same thing you did ;) A 2GB memory card ;)

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Talina Says:

This is great info! I have a set somewhere I need to fig out now.

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The Over-Thinker Says:

I am fascinated by Tarot. But, like you said, I’ve really been confused by the literature…Great post, Witchy.

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Larry Says:

seems I’m perpetually in an altered state of consciousness – but I do like your suggestion of walking into the image. My mantra is “the universe is abundant and so am I” — so when you visualize what you want, don’t you know, you usually get it.

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Spookygirl Says:

I love this post! I have had the hardest time “getting” tarot. I just assumed I had no gift for divination..

Gonna have to try this method ;)

Oh, and I stumbled ya!

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lceel Says:

I haven’t done Tarot in years – but I have done in the past. It’s a bit spooky, for me. I find I really don’t like knowing that much about the people around me.

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Alec Satin Says:

Hi Witchypoo,

Wonderful points and tone.

Years ago I was completely inspired by the book Tarot step by step by Terry Donaldson. For those who who think they might want to learn, this could be a good place to start.

Glad to find your site and wish you well,
Alec

Dan Says:

Wow, I’ve never thought of tarot reading quite like that – the times I have done it as a kid were merely as you’d see on TV, having the ‘client’ cutting the cards and drawing a selection.

Once I started getting into hypnosis, magic and mentalism, I saw tarot cards as more of a ‘tool’ to create wonderful illusions, but this sounds really interesting!

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Angella Says:

Unfortunately, I am only playing with half a deck…

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Jenn FL Says:

This is a great post. I haven’t had my cards out in ages. It may be time to dust them off!

Thanks!

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Kelly Says:

I can’t wait to try this method! I have always love using tarot cards but this seems like such a better way to read them. I like the idea of “entering” the card in my mind and being a part of it instead of just interpreting the images with my own personal filter. Thanks!

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Rene Skrodzki Says:

An interesting take on the whole Tarot experience, once in a while I go and get a reading done, maybe next time I will just learn to do it myself.

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Jenny Says:

Now I’ll have to bust out the Tarot deck. I’ve always had others read them FOR me, I’ve never actually read them. Great points.

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Fiona Says:

*coughs and tries not to offend too many people*

easier just to say nothing :)

*cough*load of crap*cough*

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Rebo Says:

My mom used to read tarot cards. Maybe I should borrow them one of these days and try it out myself :D

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Somone Says:

I love the variety of articles you have here – this one is a great twist on some of the other how to’s out there.

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