30 Questions Tarot Challenge, post #3

This is the third post in the series of the 30 Question Tarot Challenge, announced here. The full list of questions can be found on Calamity’s Child’s blog, here. This post is about the purpose, technique and spirituality behind reading the Tarot.

14. For what purposes do you usually use the Tarot?

  • I use the tarot for divination purposes, for gaining insight into situations from the past, present and future, and for channeling messages from the divine, for myself or for others.

15. How much emphasis do you put on the textbook meanings for cards, and how much stress do you place on the “feeling” you get from cards through their artwork/symbolism, etc. Do you do both, or one or the other?

  • I have learned the textbook meanings and use them as guidelines for interpretation, but my intuition always has the final say. Sometimes it can happen that a card actually has a slightly different textbook meaning but then I see it and a very clear message appears in my mind. This happens especially often with card combinations. For example, recently I pulled a combination of the Wheel of Fortune, 10 of Cups and the Moon. Immediately I heard “a miraculous development!”. Indeed, there happened an unexpected, sudden but wonderful opportunity, that was accepted and seized with gratitude. ^_^

16. Do you ever use the Major Arcana without the Minor Arcana or vice versa?

  • No. I see the Tarot deck as a unit, and splitting it up makes me feel like it is incomplete.

17. Do you do readings using reversals? Why or why not?

  • I do not use reversals. I tried once or twice, but it just did not fit with the way I worked. Having some cards upside down in my deck also messes with my OCD xD

18. Do you feel a “connection” to your cards?

  • This is a rather vague question… What I feel is that the cards give me a more clear connection to divine guidance. Imagine coded messages coming through a signal to a receiver. The tarot cards are like a receiver with a signal amplifier, and a pre-agreed code that can be decoded quickly and works even if the signal is slightly obstructed or garbled. Once the beginning of the message is received and decyphered, the rest just flows. With the Tarot cards I am essentially saying: “please start the conversation by using signs from this pre-defined language that I am very likely to understand, so I can tune in to and pick up the message with greater accuracy and detail”.

19. Do you feel/think the cards “think” or have their own consciousness? What do you believe makes the cards “tick?

  • As I said in the previous question, I see the cards as a receiver for divine guidance. That being said, I don’t believe that the cards have a consciousness. I believe that the reader, when drawing cards, can sense the energy around the cards which contain the reply to the question, and is guided by angels, guardian or guide spirits, or another divine presence. Then during the reading they can impart further information and messages in form of clairvoyance, clairaudience or any other *clairsense* in addition to the card meanings.

I hope you enjoyed this post 😀 I sure enjoy writing this series a lot. Tomorrow’s topic will be reading for myself and for others.

kitty hugs to all~

~Joouna

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