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April 4, 2011

“My day cards show The Star, The Page of Cups and The Tower. What does this sequence imply?”

The Star would indicate hope and a loving phase. You will become aware of how successful you are and you will find courage in this awareness.

The Page of Cups indicates the beginning of creativity. You unconscious is trying to communicate with you and needs a vent. It could signify the entry of a person who is carefree and emotional. It could also mean that the you may be emotional today.

The Tower would signify a time of turmoil – and also a change that is about to happen because of this phase that you are entering. In the linking of these cards, the hope represented by the Star could result in a change of an old world order in your life. There will be a breaking of bonds or perhaps a release of your own ego into a direction of humility.

You will definitely see things in a new way.

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April 26, 2010

How Do I Know If A Tarot Reader Is Legitimate?

Answer:

It is always good to be mindful of potential commercial frauds regardless of the product for which you are shopping. There are no hard and fast rules on determining if a particular tarot reader has legitimate skill or if they are simply perpetuating a fraud in order to make money. Part of this has to do with the nature of tarot reading: it does not produce a measurable effect, but rather advice concerning future possibilities.

There are, however, some general issues for which to look out and evaluate:

Does The Reader Only Provide Optimistic Predictions?

Tarot reading is the evaluation of influences at work on you and/or in conjunction with a particular issue. It’s reasonable to assume that not everything in your life will be butterflies and roses. If you reading sounds too good to be true, be warned. To readers this is a profession, and repeat customers are their bread and butter. Some, therefore, are more interested in telling a customer what he wants to hear rather than what all a reading actually indicates.

Does The Reader Attempt To Sell “Solutions” To Predicted Problems?

Many readers are located in new age stores that sell a variety of magical accouterments. There is nothing wrong in this in and of itself. However, be extremely wary if a reader warns you of something dire and then offers to work a spell for you (for a price) or sell you items that will help protect you specifically from the predicted threat.

Such behavior strongly suggests that the reader is using the tarot reading primarily as a means to market other products. Worse, he is generating fear in the attempt to make his products more appealing.

Does The Reader Offer Concrete Promises Of The Future?

Legitimate readers generally agree that tarot readings are a measure of influences and possible outcomes in your life rather than concrete visions of the future. The future is fluid. If it wasn’t, there would be little point in knowing the future since it’s already written in stone.

By Catherine Beyer, About.com Guide

April 26, 2010

Tarot Cards And How Tarot Readings Work.

Tarot cards are one of many forms of divination. They are commonly used to measure potential outcomes and evaluate influences surrounding a person, event, or both. The technical term for tarot reading is taromancy (divination through the use of tarot cards), which is a subsection of cartomancy (divination through cards in general).

“Predicting the Future”

Readers commonly believe that the future is fluid and thus absolute predictions of future events are impossible. Instead, they focus on possible outcomes as well as examining influences related to the issue at hand, influences the subject might not even be aware of before the reading.

Tarot reading thus arms the subject with additional information so that he or she may make more informed choices. It is another avenue of research, so to speak, and should not be seen as coming with any guarantee of ultimate outcomes.

Spreads

A spread is the arrangement of cards dealt in a reading. Each position in a spread is associated with a different aspect of the question posed. The two most common are probably the Three Fates and the Celtic Cross, but there are many others.

The Three Fates consists of three cards. The first represents the past, the second represents the present, and the third represents the future.

The Celtic Cross consists of ten cards representing a variety of things including past and future influences, personal hopes, and conflicting influences.

Major and Minor Arcana

Standard tarot decks have two types of cards: Major and Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana are similar to a deck of regular playing cards. They are divided into four suits, with each suit having one card for 1 to 10, and then face cards referred to as the page, knight, queen and king.

The Major Arcana are stand-alone cards with their own unique meanings. These include cards like the Devil, Strength, Temperance, the Hanged Man, the Fool, and Death.

Sources of Knowledge

Different readers have different ideas of from where their talent comes. For many psychics and magical practitioners, the power is inherent within the reader to tap into universal understandings, and the cards are simply a medium to help trigger that personal talent. Others may speak of tapping into a “universal mind” or “universal consciousness.” Still others credit the influence of gods or other supernatural beings to place the cards in a meaningful order.

Some readers refrain from explanations altogether, acknowledging that they do not understand the specifics of how it works yet recognizing that it does, in fact, work. Such a mindset might be comparable to all of us who use cars on a regular basis even though most of us have very little idea how a car actually works.

Power of The Cards

Few readers would suggest that anyone could just pick up a deck of tarot cards and produce a meaningful reading. Often, the cards are viewed as having no power at all and are simply a helpful visual cue to aid the reader. Others believe there is some power in the cards that accentuates the reader’s own talents, which is why they’ll only work from their own decks.

By Catherine Beyer, About.com Guide

April 26, 2010

A bit more about the Tarot.

This is for all those who have never had a Tarot reading done for them, and/or for those who wish to understand the aspect of “Tarot” in order to learn and cultivate the art of Reading.

What is Tarot?

To people unfamiliar with divination, it may seem that someone who reads Tarot cards is “predicting the future.” However, most Tarot card readers will tell you that the cards offer a guideline, and the reader is simply interpreting the probable outcome based upon the forces presently at work.

Anyone can learn to read Tarot cards, but it does take some practice. It’s a highly intuitive process, so while books and charts come in handy, the best way to actually learn what your cards mean is to handle them, hold them, and feel what they are telling you.

Tarot Decks:

There are hundreds of different Tarot decks available. Some are based upon famous artwork, movies, books, legends, mythology, and even movies. Choose a deck that feels right for you.

If you’re not sure which deck is the best one for you, and you’re a beginning Tarot reader, pick up the Rider Waite deck. It is the one used most often as illustration in Tarot instruction books, and it’s a fairly easy system to learn. Later on, you can always add new decks to your collection.

About The Cards:

A Tarot deck consists of 78 cards. The first 22 cards are the Major Arcana. These cards have symbolic meanings focused on the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. The remaining 56 cards are the Minor Arcana, and are divided into four groups or suits: Swords, Pentacles (or Coins), Wands and Cups.

Each of the four suits focuses on a theme. Sword cards generally indicate conflict or moral issues, while Cups reflect matters of emotion and relationships. Coins focus on the material aspects of life, such as security and finance, while Wands represent things like jobs, ambition, and activity.
How Do Tarot Cards Work?:

Any experienced Tarot reader will tell you that reading cards is an intuitive process. Like any other form of divination, the cards become a focal point for your own psychic abilities. There is any number of different spreads, or layouts, which can be used in a Tarot reading. Some readers use elaborate layouts, while others may just pull out three to five cards and see what they need to see.

One of the most popular layouts is the Celtic Cross method. Other well-known spreads include the Tree of Life layout, the Romany spread, and the Zodiac method. You can also create your own layout, like the Pentagram Spread.

Reversed Cards:

Sometimes, a card comes up backwards or upside down. Some Tarot readers interpret these reversed cards in a way that is the opposite of the card’s right-side-up meaning. Other readers may not bother with a reversed interpretation, feeling that the messages may be incomplete. The choice is yours.

Keeping Things Positive:

Although you may pull half a dozen cards for someone that indicate all kinds of gloom, doom, and destruction is headed their way, try to keep things positive. If you believe some sort of illness is coming, or their marriage is in trouble, DON’T say, “Oh no, this is bad!!” Instead, remind them that things can change at any time, based upon the decisions they choose to make in life.

Read for anyone and everyone who will let you – and don’t be afraid to tell people what you see. Eventually, you’ll get comfortable with reading Tarot cards, and that’s when your skill will really shine.

By Patti Wigington, About.com Guide

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