I have met so many people and have engaged with so many clients wanting to study the tarot but have no idea where to begin. Getting to know 78 cards intimately sounds pretty daunting and a huge puzzle to work through. Thats what it feels like as a beginner because we’ve all been there but it was my passion for the cards that pushed me to research, to study and speak to others that were just as passionate as myself to explore further.
So how can 78 cards reveal the depths of me let alone be used for a divinatory tool? And where do I start? These are the three main questions I asked myself when I begun. What pulled me to the cards was the tool itself. It felt like an old remembering of using cards to tell the future and no we don’t need to use the cards just for this but that was my reason because I was born with the natural gift to see but I needed to decipher what was vision and what was my imagination, what was thought and what was an intuitive receiving and also what was emotion and what was an intuitive feeling. That sounds like a lot but I will eventually break it all down so it doesn’t sound like a huge task and more importantly enjoying the journey because it really is so enjoyable. It’s fascinating, surprising, confronting to the many doorways the tarot system can open for our own spiritual and healing journey.
So where to begin?
Really simply, first you will need to find a deck that you’re drawn to one where it engages your intuition, where it stirs feelings good or bad it doesn’t matter as long as it makes you feel and you enjoy looking at the images because you need to develop a personal relationship with the cards and like any relationship that is going to help you grow it needs to stir feeling and the images need to grab your attention where you enjoy looking at them.
I always advise beginning with a traditional deck or a deck that doesn’t steer too far away from the traditional deck. I highly recommend this because this is the foundation of the tarot and we need to understand the symbols and the traditional symbols itself which will unlock our subconscious where a wealth of knowledge and wisdom live but also the feelings and emotions we need to resolve. Resolving deep painful feelings will allow a clearer channel for our intuition and our authentic self to flow in allowing us to read the cards intuitively.
You will also need a journal because this is a healing journey ultimately and yes a lot to learn and jotting things down to remember what different symbols mean but also how they make you feel and any emotional feelings that may surface and feelings will surface both good and bad. I honesty believe that a lot of the time people are put off by the tarot because it does bring up a lot of feelings which make people feel uncomfortable and this is a practice to get to know you and for you to have a deep and loving relationship with self and the Universe.
Creating Sacred Space to Study
Creating space to connect on a deeper level is essential. It truly is. My whole house is designed so as soon as I walk in the door I drop into that relaxed space where I can hear my authentic self speak. When we’re relaxed we can receive clearer messages from our intuitive self but more importantly we need to feel relaxed for our own well being too.
Incense, candles, lamps, comfortable cushions and chairs, crystals, flowers, pictures which make us feel good and connect us to a higher and deeper knowing, whatever you choose to use to connect to your sacred self do that. Place your tarot cards in a place where you know you will pick them up regularly during the day and night and this isn’t to always be in serious study space but just to relax and enjoy looking at the card images and developing a relationship with them. In your relaxed state allow them to speak to you, be aware of how each card speaks to you and how those feelings change from time to time. Get to know the symbols intimately, notice how the colours that are used in the cards make you feel and notice the feeling you sink into when you begin exploring the cards. Notice that quiet, calm and mysterious space and just be present there… it’s a beautiful space to be in and it’s this space where we open the deeper connection to nothingness to allow our intuition to speak.
Here’s a list of some traditional decks and some not so traditional decks to begin with which don’t steer to far from the traditional symbols:
Visconti Sforza Tarrochi Tarot
Tarot of Marcella
Rider Waite Smith Tarot
Universal Rider Waite Tarot deck
Anna K Tarot
Ancient Italian Tarot
Two books I recommend beginning your study with. I love these two books they live on my bedside table:
Seventy Eight Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack ~ I highly recommend any book written by Rachel Pollack. Her books are clear and knowledgable and fantastic to learn from.
Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen ~ an absolute wealth of information again clear and full of so much knowledge.
Mary K. Greer is another great author of tarot books.
So I leave you with this little bit to get started with and I’ll see you all in the next post… and enjoy!! This is such an awesome journey and the best thing it is never ending! You’ll see… 🙂 xxx
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