I’ve been working with the tarot for the past week in an effort to develop my divination skills and because I’ve become interested in it–for the umpteenth time. 🙂 However, I feel like I’m understanding it a bit better this time around.
I use the Gilded Tarot deck by Ciro Marchetti (you can see the deck here), which came with the Easy Tarot Handbook by Josephine Ellershaw in a boxed set. Some of the cards are easy to read simply by looking at the picture, while others I must look up in the book.
I’ve been finding that I’m a bit better at understanding tarot than I give myself credit for. Sometimes I find that a card’s “meaning” is quite literal. For instance, when I did a reading to find out more about Lady Freyja, I drew The Chariot for “what do you love.” The true meaning of this card is “triumph, but not without effort” (Ellershaw 121). However, Freyja does have a chariot, pulled by two cats, and so the idea that Lady Freyja simply loves her chariot and cats is what I felt to be the card’s “meaning.”
Other times, the card simply refers to events during the day. Yesterday I drew The Fool as part of a daily reading. It means “unexpected opportunity.” The opportunity in this case was my fiance getting in the shower so I could go outside to make my tea offering (see yesterday’s post). It was nothing grand, really.
I’ve learned a lot about tarot in just this past week! I look forward to continuing it for a full month to see what I’ve learned. I will decide whether to continue my studies at that point in time.
Ellershaw, Josephine. Easy Tarot Handbook. Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 2007. Print.