Re: The Reader’s Reading I just did. My spread was pretty helpful overall, but the last card was a little fuzzy to me. I’m picking a card to meditate on for a while, to help guide my beginning tarot journey. Out of all the cards, Death is the card that immediately made the most sense to me. I flipped it and I didn’t need to know what it’s position in the spread was supposed to mean because I already knew what that card meant to me. I knew why it was there and what it was trying to tell me as soon as I flipped it. My boyfriend tells me all the time, “Carrina, you’d be happier if you could just learn to let things go.” I’m an incredibly passionate person and I feel everything intensely. This makes it hard to let things go, especially the little things. Continue reading “Death & Letting Go”
Today, I did a six-card spread designed to provide insight into my journey as a tarot card reader. I can in no way take credit for this spread, I found it through Beth at littleredtarot.com; she calls it the Reader’s Reading. Follow the link to read more about it.
Today, I pulled the III of Pentacles from my deck. The Pentacles is a suit that I don’t really connect with very much and struggle to read (that just means I need more practice with them). This card feels very structural to me. Institutional, almost. For whatever reason, I associate mountains with wisdom, so this seems like a card of institutional wisdom. School. I’m an American university student, so this idea of institutional education is very tangible in my life. Which makes sense when interpreting this card, because the pentacles are associated with the physical self or the body. These cards tend not to be too abstract.
First things first, I am using the Wild Unknown Tarot right now, so all credit for this beautiful art goes to Kim Krans.
When I think about the aces, I think of iconic images which represent, in some way, the spirit or flavor of the whole suit. They are the pure energy represented in the suit as the whole–they are the chief icon to lean on when interpreting the other cards in the suit. For the Wands, this is their undying energy; for Cups their bottomless pools of emotion. Then there are the Swords which seem to typically have a pretty dark feeling to them–even more particularly in this deck. And lastly there are the Pentacles with their overt physicality. All four feel like beginnings to the story of their suit.
I began my journey into Tarot with a traditional Rider-Waite-Smith deck, you all know the one, the one with the infamous checked card back. It was sooooo traditional that it was from, like, the 70’s–it didn’t have a glossy finish. It felt like paper and didn’t have the dreaded copyright information on the card face. But when I moved out, I did the ‘right thing’ and gave the deck back to my mother and bought my own, new Rider-Waite-Smith (still with the checked back). Unfortunately, this meant having those glossy finished cards. I don’t like that plastic-y, glossy feel. I’ve been working with, and trying to learn those cards in some capacity on and off again for about a decade. The images are so complex, and there is just so much in them that I have constantly found it difficult to get all of the image associations packed into those cards. The images almost feel like helpful hints or cheat codes to help me decipher the cards. But my approach, it always felt a bit too academic–a bit too forced. I wasn’t connecting with the cards, but I was learning.
Another Court card; goodness gracious. The court cards are some of the hardest cards to learn and interpret in the tarot, and they are some of the cards that I need the most work with. For me, the Father of Swords immediately invokes my actual father. I tend to associate people with the suits based on the element associated with the suit and the element associated with their Zodiac sign, and my father it a Libra–a little air baby like me (he’s totally not spiritual in any way and would probably gawk at being called a little air baby). Much like the Mother of Swords, I view the Father of Swords as yet another stern figure. He is someone who has faced many challenges in life and is colder for his trouble.
What is a Tarot Birth Card you ask? It’s a Major Arcana card corresponding to a number linked to the numerology of your birthday.