For those that know me personally you may be aware of the fact that I've been reading the Tarot for years. Literally starting after I first became acquainted with it after watching a special on tv that took a journey through the entire deck, if I remember correctly.
Since then I'd been thoroughly enamored and empowered to be able to use a tool and access guidance in such a visual way...
For all the years that I have been reading however, my practice has always been focused personally. Nearly all of my readings have been for myself and while that's just fine and dandy there is a standard one performs to for oneself and many times another one performs to for others.
When I'm reading for myself I always know the direct question of course, while when I read for others I prefer to let the cards speak and then relate them to the question. My reasoning for this is that sometimes people come asking about something they don't really want to know about and in fact have something else on their mind that they don't want to deal with. On the other hand this is a bit of projection on my part. While I'm sure it has happened, it's not necessarily 100% of the time the case. And yet another reasoning for it is a little test of proof I impose on myself.
I also avoid "yes/no" questions mostly because I don't see any answer as merely that simple. Life isn't a math problem with a set answer and I don't think our circumstances are either. When I'm answering I see it more as a "yes, because..." or "no, because". Typically I take the majority rules stance on the cards orientation and then explore the details after.
I'm in the process of integrating other systems more into my readings as well - accessing numerology, astrology, color, and various other symbolism. Already I look at what I call theming where I consider the elemental distribution, and ratio of other types of cards to get an "overview". This doesn't replace a card/placement interpretation but it gives a feel for the reading and adds another dimension I believe. While I won't say I invented it, it is something I started doing on my own because it seemed a natural progression to look at the cards in such a fashion.
All in all I have to say I'm not as far along as I'd like to be but I certainly can make it my aim to get there. To aid this goal I have decided that I'll be doing a daily reading and meditation from the Tarot and I will employ each of my decks to explore the variety of visual symbolism. As I am a collector of decks I tend to buy more than one may be likely to use merely because I love the imagery. That being said I have a few decks I've honestly never read from at all so I wouldn't be nearly as familiar with their symbolism as if I had been using them for years.
So are you willing to take this journey with me? Are you as excited as I am? I'm hoping you are and I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences with the Tarot in the comments below! Also if you're new to the blog feel free to hop onto the newsletter which will be going out in the coming week and don't forget to check me out on social media!